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Implications of the Surveillance State
By Mark A. Goldman
Even those who are deeply incensed at the thought that the NSA and others are snooping on every American do not necessarily understand what the implications are; how this program has already destroyed most of what we thought it meant to
live in America.
Most Americans do not realize that the country that exists in their minds has already been dismantled. In some sense this ignorance is now our only hopeÖ but only because our illusions are really our cherished memory
of what we think we have and what we really want. Only now what we think we have no longer exists and if thatís what we still want, it will have to be reclaimed... it will have to be won all over again for we now live under a tyranny that we donít all yet recognize or experience because up
until now the dismantling of the Constitution has been a secret or at best a taboo topic for
No branch of government now operates as it was originally intended or visualized by the Framers. Those who are in control have corrupted every important aspect of what it means to live in freedom and in a democracy. We have to deeply lie to ourselves in order not to see what we have become as a nation, as a people.
Those who hold high office are being
blackmailed. They live in fear of losing face, status, reputation, position, money, or whatever is important to them. They follow orders
and no longer think for themselves. Many donít even know that what they believe has been programmed into them, defining the limits of what they are allowed to think if they wish to hold onto their position in life.
You don't have to be an elected official for this to happen to
To be elected to public office requires that you gain favor from certain individuals who possess wealth and power. And yet you canít get elected unless you get enough votes. So to get elected and
to stay in office you have to tell voters what they want to hear but
later, behind closed doors, do just the opposite of what you told them. You have to ignore injustices you discover and sign legislation
that contributes to injustice in ways you may not even understand. And those injustices
can include some of the most horrific crimes that
human beings can contemplate and carry out against other human
You have to spend your time dialing for dollars rather than doing the peopleís
business. You have to pass legislation that funnels money into the hands of the already privileged and undeserving few at the expense of
ordinary citizens. You have to support war and war crimes. You have to tow the party line, fall into place, and follow the lead of people you fear. If you donít fall into line you can be destroyed by someone who has the goods on you and knows how to use
that illegally gathered information to get what they want. There are exceptions, of course, but you live and operate within the confines and in an atmosphere of systemic corruption. And this is true whether you are a judge, an elected official, or an appointee to a position of power.
The specifics that prove what I am saying
is true, are what whistleblowers have been trying to tell us and what those in power donít want us to
know; for if too many of us did know and understand, and if we believed in
ourselves, we might actually try to do something about it and succeed.
Of course if we never try and donít succeed, we will continue to lose more of our freedoms, our wealth, our dignity, and our happiness.
On Following Orders
Declaration of Legitimate Government
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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