May 10

Citizenfour is a Must-See!

In Brief—The Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour by Laura Poitras is about Edward Snowden who selflessly released to the world indisputable evidence that the American government was secretly and illegally snooping on innocent Americans and world leaders in the name of protecting us from terrorists. Learn how your privacy is being compromised by a government out-of-control.

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The Shocking Truth—

“And this year’s winner of the Academy Award in the Documentary category is (pause)…CITIZENFOUR!”

The Laura Poitras cinema verité film about Edward J. Snowden is probably the most important documentary ever shot in our time. The actions of Edward Snowden are the most important to have taken place in the last decade. Snowden’s revelations about the extent of the United States’ unconstitutional and illegal mass surveillance revealed to the world the lies and hypocrisy of the American government. And though the United States is the major player, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have engaged in the same illegal behavior.

If you’re not alarmed, you should be. Our privacy is being stolen and invaded every day in the name of “fighting terrorism,” but terrorism is only a small part of the illegal snooping on average Americans…and people throughout the world. Much of the information collected by our government is shared with local police departments. Most of the information gathered is on innocent Americans who are not only innocent of any wrongdoing, but are simply exercising their rights under the constitution.

We all live in a sort of fishbowl getting only that information deemed acceptable for our consumption by the government and its handmaiden media outlets. This is called “propaganda.” The world outside our fishbowl is only vaguely seen. A person has to actively seek out alternative viewpoints to get a truer picture of what’s going on.

This is what Edward Snowden revealed: That our government is secretly collecting information on average citizens as well as the few terrorists who want to destroy democracy. Put directly, the American government is undermining our rights in the name of fighting terrorism. It is, in fact, destroying democracy while telling us it’s protecting us. Republican or Democrat, both are actively engaged in undermining democracy.

Some of the excesses are ignorance of the law and of the constitution, some use the excuse of following orders without question, but some are deliberately flouting the law simply because the power exists. All of the overreach is destroying our privacy and democracy. That is what Edward Snowden’s revelations exposed.

Snowden did what he did because he realized that what was being done was a violation of our rights, everybody’s rights. Embarrassed by his revelations, the American government has accused Snowden of treason and charged him with espionage under an obscure and largely unused ancient law.

By contrast, Gen. David Petraeus knowingly gave his mistress-lover top secret material to impress her and to get her into bed. The U.S. government gave him a mild slap on the wrist, leaving him free to make millions of dollars. Snowden’s revelations were from a patriotic motive; Petraeus’ motives were in his own selfish interests.

Despite this travesty, the U.S. government’s propaganda machine has convinced many Americans who are unaware of the true facts that Petraeus is merely a naughty boy while Edward Snowden is a vicious spy.

See Citizenfour to learn the real facts. Step outside the propaganda fishbowl to learn the truth. Rent Citizenfour or see it at the nearest mall, but see it ASAP. Spit out the blue pill and take the red pill to see how you are being victimized.

See Citizenfour.

 

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    • Art Ulene on May 10, 2015 at 17:13

    We did see Citizen Four, and it was terrific. The documentary turned me around about 175 degrees on the Snowdon issue. I do believe there were other, better alternatives for exposing the situation that would have fewer innocent individuals exposed to danger, and that would have lessened some “collateral damage” to otherwise unrelated, but important, issues.

      • Don Bay on May 11, 2015 at 16:28
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      You have raised an important question: What might Edward Snowden have done rather than act in the manner he did? 1) He could have reported the government’s illegalities to his supervisors or 2) He could have gone to the press with his information.

      1) Early on, Snowden stated that, following protocol, he took the information of the government’s illegalities’s to his supervisors, but they told him to shut up, that he could lose his job by questioning authority. Put more plainly, he tried to follow protocol and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms.

      2) Had Snowden tried to take his information to the press, they would have required proof of his allegations. The press (the media) wants to avoid costly lawsuits and injunctions by requiring proof of the allegations. Proof was the documentation that was given to the press. Thus, Snowden had to provide the documentation for which he is being pilloried. The alternative would have been that Snowden’s revelations would have gone nowhere. Provide proof or “Goodbye.”

      Despite being challenged to show that individuals were exposed to danger or that acts of terrorism would have been committed unless the government used the powers it did, there is not even one instance where they have been able to show that Snowden’s revelations have resulted in damage. Put plainly, the government has been unable to prove its claims. For exposing hypocrisy and lies, Edward Snowden is being punished unjustly.

      “Collateral damage” is an American military euphemism for alleged non-combatants killed by mistake. Barring Americans and allies killed by mistake, non-combatants killed by mistake are not named and seldom even acknowledged.

      Have you ever noticed that the public is expected to accept the military’s word that those killed by our side were “insurgents” or “the enemy?” The American military says that all Muslim males between 16 and 55 are assumed to be “insurgents.” Put plainly, this definition permits the military to identify all those dead bodies as “insurgents.”

      I have followed the Snowden story from the beginning and make every effort to be as honest as I know how. To do otherwise is to damage my credibility. The added information is my way of presenting reality and uncomfortable facts. I am always happy to accept correction since it allows me to be as accurate as possible. I subscribe to the belief that all of us are entitled to our own opinions, but we are not entitled to our own facts.

      Thanks for giving me the opportunity to sound off.

  1. Canada has passed Bill C-51 which provides for surveillance similar to the NSA. My understanding is that the Harper government is now defining protest against tar sands pipelines as terrorism and C-51 helps track such terrorists, including aboriginal people defending their land against the pipelines.

    You’re right that these spreading government surveillance activities threaten our freedoms globally

      • Don Bay on May 11, 2015 at 16:52
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      I have done a bit of research into Canada’s Bill C-51 and find your allegations to be a correct interpretation of how the law will affect all Canadians. Though I am not a Canadian lawyer, I am pleased that my interpretation of the surveillance law is shared by numerous individuals who know more about the law and the Harper government than I do.

      Without going on at length about the oil sands and the damage their exploitation is doing to the environment, I believe that the Harper government will do anything in its power to continue and even expand the oil sand exploitation. This so-called surveillance law (Bill C-51) is the Conservative’s effort to label as “terrorist” any group deigning to impede or stop the tar sands project.

      Fingers crossed that the Alberta revolution will spread and remove Harper from office at the earliest possible moment. C-51 may just accomplish that.

  2. It’s almost too overwhelming to believe that any one of us has a chance to turn the tide of government over-reach. And, as the World slowly moves in a conservative, or should I say, ultra-conservative mind set, the forces that push these agendas will have an even more intractable foothold.
    I plan to see the film, but I do so knowing full well that I won’t feel any better as I leave the theater.

      • Don Bay on May 11, 2015 at 13:35
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      I’m glad that you plan to see “Citizenfour,” but it’s far less than the whole story of the extent of the government’s illegal spying on all of us. As I told Art, Snowden told his supervisors of the illegality, but they told him to forget it and move on. He was forced to move on as you will see in Citizenfour.” Thank goodness he did.

      It may seem overwhelming, but unless we fight every incursion on our rights, we will have no rights. As citizens, we have a responsibility to act when our rights are threatened. If we leave it up to ignorant, self-interested politicians to protect us, we will lose. We may have other interests that seem more important at the time, but the rights guaranteed under the Constitution are the most important element of life in a democracy. Fight the machine! Guaranteed that you will feel better for doing so.

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