When the government of the superpower that tries to dominate the planet needs to use fear to control its own citizens, something odd is going on in the world.
When the President of the United States threatens the government of any other state with his country’s extraordinary military power, it is obvious that his aim is to make the people of the other nation force its government to submit to Washington for fear of retaliations.
But when those subject to intimidation are the same instruments of the only global superpower –even the direct executors of the crimes ordered by the highest commands – and they revolt; humankind receives the news with some joy and great hope.
Right now, it is officials, experts and workers of the intelligence departments of the armed forces of the United States who, disgusted at the actions of which they were made protagonists or actors, are rebelling. They are also being hunted for having disclosed their sad experiences in a patriotic effort to stop the smearing of the prestige of their nation.
These former officials have taken a stance against the policy of espionage practiced by their own government against other peoples and also against its own people. They have denounced the fact that the purpose of the highest American intelligence authorities is to instill fear among the country’s citizens, as well as in the citizens of other countries, to prevent social uprisings.
In June 2012, the Australian citizen Julian Assange, had to seek the protection of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London under the existing norms of diplomatic asylum arguing that he was a “victim of persecution in several countries not only because of his ideas, but for having published information that affects the powerful; for publishing the truth and unmasking the corruption and serious abuses against the human rights of citizens all over the world.”
Obviously, the political persecution came from the United States. However, the fury of repression unleashed by Washington against those who leak confidential government information in order to defend public interests, or who divulge data about the espionage practiced by the United States on its own citizens and citizens in the rest of the world contrasts with the protection or passivity displayed regarding the vigilance, control and punishment of the crimes which they discovered or denounced.
In October 2001, mathematician William Edward Binney, a high official in the National Security Agency (NSA) resigned after 30 years at his post and denounced the espionage practiced by the government on the communications of the citizens. The FBI persecuted him for years.
In 2007 there were two notable cases. One performed by another former NSA employee, Thomas Drake, who warned about the creation of a mass espionage program known as PRISM.
The second was by a former analyst of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), John Kiriakou, who revealed the systematic practice of torture, in particular the one known as “waterboarding” (simulated drowning) applied by the U.S. government in Pakistan.
The most recent known cases of persons accused of revealing this type of information are those of private Bradley Manning and ex-CIA agent Edward Snowden. Both are targets of the rage of the U.S. government
Manning was tried in court for having given to the press confidential information about many felonies committed by the U.S. armed forces. He was exonerated of the crime of “aiding the enemy” that would have meant prison for life without parole, but the prosecution is still pressing to obtain a lengthy prison sentence as an exemplary punishment.
The government of the United States has unleashed against Edward Snowden a relentless manhunt which, with the complicity of several European governments, nearly caused the death of Bolivian President Evo Morales. The United States accuses Snowden of revealing detailed information about its global espionage network which targets, together with countries which Washington considers its enemies, countries, which it considers its partners and supposed friends as well.
There is hope in the fact that within the heart of the American people there are actions and gestures being taken which indicate the empire could one day be stopped by the only force capable of doing this without humankind having to pay the exorbitant price in lives and resources demanded by wars and revolutions.
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann http://www.walterlippmann.com/