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.
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.