It is the times that change or so people say. However, repeatedly over several hundred years, times have changed, but life remained the same. People didn’t change. Greed didn’t change. Power seekers continued their quest for power and found it. As they found it, they multiplied it and drew similar folks to support an ever expanding power structure that eventually blossomed into what we have today. Today, we all understand the corporate-quasi-government, known by many names, but the Shadow Government best describes it. It is made up of large international corporate heads, banksters, politicians, media moguls, and even religious leaders. But now, times are changing.
Recently, because of a few brave, and some would say foolish, folks revealing to us the extensive nature of how we are all being monitored and even manipulated, it has become real to us. It isn’t that we didn’t know this intuitively, because we did. However, until recently it was not brought out into the light for all to see. It is no accident that we call CIA operatives, spooks. However, something different is afoot. People are beginning to say no, this is not who we are.
Today, in Moscow, Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time. In it he explained why he did what he did.
“Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications, anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.
It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.”
He went on to say; “I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: “Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.”
Accordingly, I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice. That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.”
Snowden has followed Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and General Cartwright, and a few others who have begun to take the risks to tell us all we should not tolerate any further expansion of this shadow government activity. I know some will attack me and this article, certainly. However, I would ask only one question. Are you comfortable with throwing away the Constitution? Are you comfortable with dismissing your rights and most importantly do you have that much faith in our governmental leaders to trust them without constitutional protections and transparency?
I think there is a 20% group who are, but the majority of us are not ready or willing to do so. However, in the past, when we have witnessed a government reaching beyond the boundaries, like Germany under Hitler, or Russia, under Stalin, fear prevented the majority from standing up and when they did, it was always way beyond the time to do so without bloodshed.
This time around though, I honestly believe it is different. We have watched Egypt, not once, but twice within a year take back the power from corrupt players in government. We watched Iceland as they took back their financial system and jailed the corrupt bankers and politicians.
There are military leaders and politicians, on a global basis, who have been seeing for quite some time that there is nothing in what they have been instructed to do for the people of the country that they think they are serving that benefits them in the long run. It is a matter of the truth coming forward without the fear that has caused so many to keep the secrets and not broadcast the truth to the masses. Now is the time to put it all into a perspective that is going to bring it all to a close. With that closure will come the stepping forward of the ones who have been awaiting their opportunity to step up and take on the responsibility of forming governments that will work with the people in the establishment of the governing energy that is with the people, not against them. It is a matter of the people finally having their voice in how their lives will benefit from the harmonious act of working together. No more false divisions based on race, religion, or gender. No more fear mongering to “rally the citizens”, such as the war on terror, the war on drugs, or the border wars. We just aren’t buying it anymore.
People are beginning to realize that the doors to freedom and self-empowerment are now swinging in a way that tells us it is time to take back our rights to live as we desire and intend for our lives and all of humanity. It is a matter of supporting the movement that is upon us and being able to stand in our power without the feeling that we are at risk. The image of the single man staring down a tank in Tiananmen Square comes to mind. He was simply saying out loud to the entire world, “I am no longer frightened or intimidated.” We all should feel this way. When we see someone else being intimated or harassed in this manner, no matter where they are in the world, we should all stand and say “no, this is not acceptable.”
We should see in this moment that there is a new dawn breaking that represents the glowing light of freedom, and that casts its light on a new way of life for all of us. We now can reach all of us and talk with everyone in the world through the advances of social media and communications. It is no wonder, that these avenues are being so closely monitored. It is a matter of walking in our strength and expressing our love for all of existence. The Love that we emanate is the lasting essence of all that takes place from this point on through our total awakening. As we all go forward in the next days, weeks and months let us realize that certain energies are in place in order to be able to step forth as we will be finding so many are doing. This is the time for the outward movement based on the inward knowing of how things have to change in all avenues of existence. Life is not about power or money, but freedom and tolerance. Life was not meant to be lived in paranoia, but pronoia. This truly is a new day beginning.