The Pot Calls the Kettle Black

France sharply criticised US spying, allegedly including eavesdropping on official EU communications. Germany is indignant, remembering the STASI and Gestapo. Germany has the world’s strictest privacy laws, as a result of its tumultuous history. The UK has GCHQ and MI-5. Eavesdropping CCTV cameras are on practically every street corner. Vast data collection, as in Prism, is the norm. Are Anglo-American rights at risk? It would appear so. Once again, recalling the words of an eighteenth century Anglo-American, Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” come to mind.

All of this cloak and dagger, extra-legal behaviour by government is done in the name of national security. To be free from terror, it seems, it is assumed that citizens must surrender freedom from government. The question is often stated, “If we give up essential freedoms, aren’t we doing exactly what the terrorists want?” Not really, no. Former American President George W. Bush would have it that terrorists hate Americans because of the freedom inherent in American society. Identifying with this flawed reasoning leads to an assumption that terrorists won’t attack, if Americans are less free. Obviously, this is as idiotic, as is Bush’s statement. It tastes of “Freedom Fries”. Terrorist attacks against the US and the UK have both occurred as a result of Anglo-American imperialism. Britain has an aggressive domestic security service, which has developed from decades of IRA insurgency. The answer to this dilemma is to simply get out of Ireland. Leave Ireland to the Irish. Queen Elizabeth I’s incursion is not a tradition for Queen Elizbeth II to observe.

The US has endured decades of Islamist terrorism, due to its colonialism in the Middle East. America shows no respect for Islam or Arabic customs. Americans barely know their own history and geography, let alone have an understanding of Middle Eastern society. Factor in American insistence upon maintaining not only an excessive military presence left over from cold war paranoia, but vicious puppet dictatorships, as well, and one begins to see why America is a target. Just as in the logical course for Britain to rid herself of the IRA threat is by getting out of Ireland, America must leave the Middle East. To answer the predictable and obvious argument for the need to depend on foreign petroleum, if a nation can utilize science to chronically explore space, it has the technology to harness renewable sources of energy. Fossil fuels are as outdated as their sources: dinosaurs and Paleozoic plants. Only the greed of the one percent provides reason to remain.

Spying incessantly upon one’s own citizens is not the answer. Common sense foreign relations are. Le Monde reported that the French Intelligence service, DGSE, intercepts computer and telephone data on a vast scale, similar to the US Prism program. The French? Yes, the French. Those very audible critics of US hyper-security measures are doing precisely the same thing as the Americans. One needs to merely look closely at the history of French police collaboration with the Gestapo and the totalitarianism of Vichy, and a tradition of invasive disregard for human rights by the French government are painfully apparent. However, so is the reaction to such government abuse by the French people. Le Monde’s assertions should prove to be a catalyst.

Britains have been sick of government intrusion for years. The plethora of Guy Fawkes masks and hoodies at every English demonstration speaks of the People’s discontent and rebellion against authority. MI-5 cannot track you, if they cannot identify you. Le Monde’s and The Guardian’s revelations have awakened the People to government’s inherent hunger for power. It is a hunger which must be tempered. The neo-colonialist passions of France, the UK, and the US have brought home the violence of the Middle East. Those very actions, which were encouraged against the Soviet Union by the Mujahedeen, are coming home to roost. Neo-colonialism, which serves no one but the one percent, must cease. Unrelenting surveillance on a nation’s own citizens, in absence of probable cause, is a violation of the principles of both the French Revolution and the Magna Carta, which was, after all, the inspiration for the following quote:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

No legal basis exists for relentless government intrusion by the NSA, DGSE, or MI-5. The foundations of our mutual governments preclude that. These same foundations of government, however, do provide for the right of the People to resist it, and resist it we must!

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About Stefan Jacke

MagicRobert presented me with a vellum document, composed in an insane script. We were in a well secured vault in the Michener Library. His face exploded into a broad smile, as he saw me recognize the words, "That government governs best which governs least." It was a copy of "On Civil Disobedience" in the author's own hand. The experience called to mind a conversation Henry David Thoreau had with Ralph Waldo Emerson, as Thoreau sat in a jail cell, incarcerated for protesting the Mexican War. Emerson asked, "David, what are you doing in there?" Thoreau responded, "The point is, Ralph, what are you doing out there?" Once, long ago, I jumped off of big red trucks, lifted weights, and cleaned toilets for a living. Then I wrestled drunks, ran around in circles, and got splattered with blood and all manner of body fluids for a living. Now I enjoy the stillness of early morning in my rocking chair on the porch, with a hot cup of coffee, trying in vain to forget the past. Thank you, Robert!
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