Chris Hedges: Americans Have No Privacy Left, No Capacity To Communicate Without Govt Watching + Transcript

with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 25, 2013

Russia Today
June 25, 2013

Edward Snowden stencil by Eclair Acuda Bandersnatch

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The US government pulls out all stops to prosecute, hound, and capture those who reveal classified data. This plus constant control and surveillance makes it impossible to keep anything private or secret, Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges told RT.

RT: The US is focused on chasing Snowden, which seems to have distracted from his revelations – is anyone in the States asking whether the surveillance system prism was constitutional?

Chris Hedges: Some people are, but not many, which is quite distressing. You have Glenn Greenwald, the journalist from The Guardian who broke the story. You have lawyers Michael Ratner from the Center of the Constitutional Rights asking those kinds of questions, but I think that for those of us who care about freedom of information, about protecting sources, about stopping wholesale government surveillance, I think it’s been a very lonely time. And I think one of the things that’s been so distressing is that the serious questions that should be asked are not being asked.

RT: Does that play into the hands of the government and what Washington would like to keep secret?

CH: Well they can’t keep it a secret anymore, it’s exposed. But I think what they have done is divert attention to that kind of a mini-soap opera that is now taking place, as Snowden leaps from Hong Kong to Moscow, to ostensibly Cuba, Ecuador. They knew we saw the same thing happening to Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, to Bradley Manning, who exposed war crimes and is now on trial in military court in Maryland. It’s a very similar and oppressing kind of scenario, where the state propaganda machine has quite effectively diverted attention away from where it should be, which is the effect that there is no more privacy anymore left in the United States, and focused attention on character, on activities of Snowden. Through their lens, it’s not a dispassionate view of either Snowden or what he’s done.




Updated: June 26, 2013 added video interview

Chris Hedges: U.S. wants to plug leaks and divert attention

RTQuestionMore on Jun 25, 2013

Chris Hedges, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, believes the U.S. government is busy hunting down whistleblowers when it should be concentrating on the embarrassing revelations.

Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.


Michael Ratner: Conspiracy to Commit Journalism

breakingtheset on Jun 25, 2013

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin talks to Michael Ratner, president emeritus at the Center for Constitutional Rights and Wikileaks attorney, about Edward Snowden’s great escape, and the media rhetoric that paints government whistleblowers and journalists as traitors.

(begins at 1:35 minutes into the video.)


US Rulers Fear American People by Finian Cunningham

Jonathan Landay: Insider Threat: Government Employees Urged to Tattle On Coworkers In Effort to Stop Classified Leaks

Sibel Edmonds Blows the Whistle on Government Blackmailing + Russ Tice Reveals the Truth About NSA Spying

Julian Assange: Snowden, Manning Victims Of Obama’s War On Whistleblowers + Glenn Greenwald: Where is Edward Snowden? + Assange on the Bradley Manning Trial

NSA leaker Edward Snowden flies to ‘third country’ via Moscow + Glenn Greenwald Responds To News Edward Snowden Has Left Hong Kong (updated)

11 thoughts on “Chris Hedges: Americans Have No Privacy Left, No Capacity To Communicate Without Govt Watching + Transcript

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  6. Here Jim Corbett is reporting in the fashion that Mr Hedges advises, bringing some important issues and perspective to the table:


  7. Yes Hedges hits the nail on the head.

    The wild goose chase for Snowden is the Public Relations Regime distraction technique: Wild Geese – Red Herrings – the magicians hands working overtime.

    But even the alternative media is fallen into the ‘Hyper Analysis’ trap of “is he or isn’t he” a natural born whistleblower, doing the same disservice of distracting from the main issue; that of the system being an evil despotic panoptic maximum security state.

    That is drown out in all the hoopla of speculation on Snowden’s sincerity or lack of. This is the shame of living in a pathological society.


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