America’s freedom is under assault — by the very people who are supposed to protect it.
Under the guise of “fighting terrorism,” the secret police have staged a silent coup. The NSA, CIA, and the rest of the security apparatus now judge us in secret, and condemn us to harassment, imprisonment or death without trial or due process.
It’s time for us to fight back.
We have a choice: Destroy the security apparatus and regain our liberty, or succumb to tyranny, and live the rest of our days under a totalitarian dictatorship run by spies.
Too few people in America perceive the true nature of this threat. Why? Because political discourse in America today is little more than an echo chamber — a fishbowl in which everything gets distorted. What’s needed in perspective.
As an expatriate foreign correspondent who’s lived abroad for the last fifteen years, I can offer you that perspective. To echo Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen:
“Never have I seen the true life of my homeland so clearly, and at such close range, as when I was far from it.”
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A boot on your face for the rest of your life.
Technology changes everything.
The printing press made journalism possible — and thus modern democracy. The Internet threatens to destroy journalism, and end our few, brief centuries of liberty.
The NSA has commandeered the Internet and put us under martial law. We now live in a panopticon, a global world-prison of gigantic proportions, and most of us don’t even know it. A world in which we are guilty until proven guilty. A world of totalitarian dictatorship.
We are entering a new Dark Age. We may not be able to stop it. But I do know this: I will not go gently into that darkness.
J. M. Porup Biography: I’m an American-born, American-raised foreign correspondent. I left the U.S. in 1999 and since then have lived in Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Canada, and now Uruguay. I’ve traveled in and covered twenty more. I authored numerous Lonely Planet guidebooks to Latin America, and currently contribute to The Economist. As a former computer programmer, I bring a depth of experience to NSA/surveillance coverage that most journalists lack.
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