A quite interesting story on the person who served as contact for Edward Snowden before his complicated exile is available at the New York Times (needs cookies enabled).
But maybe the most interesting stuff is not when they talk about the spy who became a whistleblower but how Laura Poitras, a journalist, was, long before that, subject to a very extreme political persecution every time she traveled outside her country for reporting transparently on the invasion of Iraq, it seems.
Though she has written to members of Congress and has submitted Freedom of Information Act requests, Poitras has never received any explanation for why she was put on a watch list. “It’s infuriating that I have to speculate why,” she said. “When did that universe begin, that people are put on a list and are never told and are stopped for six years? I have no idea why they did it. It’s the complete suspension of due process.” She added: “I’ve been told nothing, I’ve been asked nothing, and I’ve done nothing. It’s like Kafka. Nobody ever tells you what the accusation is.”
And not just her:
William Binney, a former top N.S.A. official who publicly accused the agency of illegal surveillance, was at home one morning in 2007 when F.B.I. agents burst in and aimed their weapons at his wife, his son and himself. Binney was, at the moment the agent entered his bathroom and pointed a gun at his head, naked in the shower. His computers, disks and personal records were confiscated and have not yet been returned. Binney has not been charged with any crime.
This kind of totalitarian police state is not at all the kind of idea US-Americans have or would like to have about their country. However it is very real: since the false-flag attacks of September 2001, the federation has been taken over by a perpetual state of emergency, renewed each year by the President, that allows police and spy corps to operate beyond any judicial supervision. This police state is justified with continuous allegations of "terrorist" threats, which in most cases, if not all seem extremely suspicious when looked at critically.
The police state feeds the "terrorist" paranoia, probably even forging real attacks, some of which have been covered in detail in this blog, in order to justify itself. It's a total Gestapo coup whose main goals are clearly to hide the very police state from public scrutiny and to perpetuate its "need" by continuous threats and even some very real false-flag attacks.
Jacob Appelbaum, a privacy activist who was a volunteer with WikiLeaks, has also been filmed by Poitras. The government issued a secret order to Twitter for access to Appelbaum’s account data, which became public when Twitter fought the order. Though the company was forced to hand over the data, it was allowed to tell Appelbaum. Google and a small I.S.P. that Appelbaum used were also served with secret orders and fought to alert him. Like Binney, Appelbaum has not been charged with any crime.
These are I guess the lucky ones. The police state, which is now legally authorized to murder anyone, has probably killed quite a bunch: suspicious deaths like the "suicide" of Aaron Swartz and many other people with lower profiles pile up. Why? The North American Gestapo trying to hide their tracks.
So is the USA anymore the country of freedom it presumed of just a decade or two ago? Not at all. It is quickly decaying into a totalitarian police state. The forms are retained by the moment but any close scrutiny evidences an almost total lack of democracy: media concentrated in few hands, politicians that only serve the corporations, a judiciary that has been completely neutralized... and police eavesdropping even in your breakfast bowl. And it is worsening by the hour.
And, of course, what happens in the USA affects all the World.