By Dr. Paul Craig Robertsn
is hard to understand the fuss that Washington and its media whores are
making over Edward Snowden. We have known for a long time that the
National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying for years without
warrants on the communications of Americans and people throughout the
world. Photographs of the massive NSA building in Utah built for the
purpose of storing the intercepted communications of the world have been
published many times.
is not clear to an ordinary person what Snowden has revealed that
William Binney and other whistleblowers have not already revealed.
Perhaps the difference is that Snowden has provided documents that prove
it, thereby negating Washington’s ability to deny the facts with its
the reason for Washington’s blather, it certainly is not doing the US
government any good. Far more interesting than Snowden’s revelations is
the decision by governments of other countries to protect a truth-teller
from the Stasi in Washington.
Kong kept Snowden’s whereabouts secret so that an amerikan black-op
strike or a drone could not be sent to murder him. Hong Kong told
Washington that its extradition papers for Snowden were not in order and
permitted Snowden to leave for Moscow.
The Chinese government did not interfere with Snowden’s departure.
The Russian government says it has no objection to Snowden having a connecting flight in Moscow.
Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino
responded to Washington’s threats with a statement that the Ecuadorian
government puts human rights above Washington’s interests. Foreign
Minister Patino said that Snowden served humanity by revealing that the
Washington Stasi was violating the rights of “every citizen in the
world.” Snowden merely betrayed “some elites that are in power in a
certain country,” whereas Washington betrayed the entire world.
With Hong Kong, China, Russia, Ecuador, and Cuba refusing to obey the Stasi’s orders, Washington is flailing around making a total fool of itself and its media prostitutes.
of State John Kerry has been issuing warnings hand over fist. He has
threatened Russia, China, Ecuador, and every country that aids and abets
Snowden’s escape from the Washington Stasi. Those who don’t do
Washington’s bidding, Kerry declared, will suffer adverse impacts on
their relationship with the US.
a stupid thing for Kerry to say. Here is a guy who once was for peace
but who has been turned by NSA spying on his personal affairs into an
asset for the NSA. Try to realize the extraordinary arrogance and
hubris in Kerry’s threat that China, Russia, and other countries will
suffer bad relations with the US. Kerry is saying that amerika doesn’t
have to care whether “the indispensable people” have bad relations with
other countries, but those countries have to be concerned if they have
bad relations with the “indispensable country.” What an arrogant
posture for the US government to present to the world.
have a US Secretary of State lost in delusion along with the rest of
Washington. A country that is bankrupt, a country that has allowed its
corporations to destroy its
economy by moving the best jobs offshore, a country whose future is in
the hands of the printing press, a country that after eleven years of
combat has been unable to defeat a few thousan d lightly armed Taliban
is now threatening Russia and China.
God save us from the utter fools who comprise our government.
world is enjoying Washington’s humiliation at the hands of Hong Kong. A
mere city state gave Washington the bird. In its official statement,
Hong Kong shifted the focus from Snowden to his message and asked the US
government to explain its illegal hacking of Hong Kong’s information
China’s state newspaper, The People’s
Daily, wrote: “The United States has gone from a model of human rights
to an eavesdropper on personal privacy, the manipulator of the
centralized power over the international internet, and the mad invader
of other countries’ networks. . . The world will remember Edward
Snowden. It was his fearlessness that tore off Washington’s
China’s Global Times, a subsidiary of The
People’s Daily, accused Washington of attacking “a young idealist who
has exposed the sinister scandals of the US government.” Instead of
apologizing “Washington is showing off its muscle by attempting to
control the whole situation.”
China’s official Xinhua news agency reported that Snowden’s revelations had placed
“Washington in a really awkward situation. They demonstrate that the
United States, which has long been trying to play innocent as a victim
of cyber attacks, has turned out to be the biggest villain in our age.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made it clear that Russia’s
sympathy is with Snowden, not with the amerikan Stasi state. Human
rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin said that it was unrealistic to expect
the Russian government to violate law to seize a transit passenger who
had not entered Russia and was not on Russian soil. RT’s Gayane
Chichakyan reported that Washington is doing everything it can to shift
attention away from Snowden’s revelations that “show that the US has
lied and has been doing the same as they accuse China of doing.”
Ecuador says the traitor is Washington, not Snowden.
stuck pig squeals from the NSA director–”Edward Snowden has caused
irreversible damage to US”–are matched by the obliging squeals from
members of the House and Senate, themselves victims of the NSA spying,
as was the Director of the CIA who was forced to resign because of a
love affair. The NSA is in position to blackmail everyone in the House
and Senate, in the White House itself, in all the corporations, the
universities, the media, every organization at home and abroad, who has
anything to hide. You can tell who is being blackmailed by the
intensity of the squeals, such as those of Dianne Feinstein (D, CA) and
Mike Rogers (R, MI). With any luck, a patriot will leak what the NSA has
on Feinstein and Rogers, neither of whom could possibly scrape any
lower before the NSA.
gangster government in Washington that has everything to hide is now in
NSA’s hands and will follow orders. The pretense that amerika is a
democracy responsible to the people has been exposed. The US is run by
and for the NSA. Congress and the White House are NSA puppets.
quit calling the NSA the National Security Agency. Clearly, NSA is a
threat to the security of every person in the entire world. Let’s call
the NSA what it really is–the National Stasi Agency, the largest
collection of Gestapo in human history. You can take for granted that
every media whore, every government prostitute, every ignorant
flag-waver who declares Snowden to be a traitor is either brainwashed or
blackmailed. They are the protectors of NSA tyranny. They are our
The world has been growing increasingly
sick of Washington for a long time. The bullying, the constant stream of
lies, the gratuitous wars and destruction have destroyed the image
hyped by Washington of the US as a “light unto the world.” The world
sees the US as a plague upon the world.
Following Snowden’s revelations, Germany’s most important magazine, Der Spiegel,
had the headline: “Obama’s Soft Totalitarianism: Europe Must Protect
Itself From America.” The first sentence of the article asks: “Is
Barack Obama a friend? Revelations about his government’s vast spying
program call that into doubt. The European Union must protect the
Continent from America’s reach for omnipotence.”
Der Spiegel continues: “We are being
watched. All the time and everywhere. And it is the Americans who are
doing the watching. On Tuesday, the head of the largest and most
all-encompassing surveillance system ever invented is coming for a
visit. If Barack Obama is our friend then we really don’t need to be
terribly worried about our enemies.”
There is little doubt that German Interior
Minister Hans Peter Friedrich has lost his secrets to NSA spies.
Friedrich rushed to NSA’s defense, declaring: ”that’s not how you treat
friends.” As Der Spiegel made clear, the minister was not referring “to
the fact that our trans-Atlantic friends were spying on us. Rather, he
meant the criticism of that spying. Friedrich’s reaction is only
paradoxical on the surface and can be explained by looking at
geopolitical realities. The US is, for the time being, the only global
power–and as such it is the only truly sovereign state in existence. All
others are dependent–either as enemies or allies. And because most
prefer to be allies, politicians–Germany’s included–prefer to grin and
It is extraordinary that the most important
publication in Germany has acknowledged that the German government is
Washington’s puppet state.
Der Spiegel says: “German
citizens should be able to expect that their government will protect
them from spying by foreign governments. But the German interior
minister says instead: ‘We are grateful for the excellent cooperation
with US secret services.’ Friedrich didn’t even try to cover up his own
incompetence on the surveillance issue. ‘Everything we know about it, we
have learned from the media,’ he said. The head of the country’s
domestic intelligence agency, Hans-Georg Maassen, was not any more
enlightened. ‘I didn’t know anything about it,’ he said. And Justice
Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger was also apparently in the dark. ‘These reports are extremely unsettling,’ she said. With
all due respect: These are the people who are supposed to be protecting
our rights? If it wasn’t so frightening, it would be absurd.”
For those moronic amerikans who say, “I’m not doing anything wrong, I don’t care if they spy,” Der
Spiegal writes that a “monitored human being is not a free one.” We
have reached the point where we “free americans” have to learn from our
German puppets that we are not free.
day Germany is a new country, flushed of its past by war and defeat.
Russia is also a new country that has emerged from the ashes of an
unrealistic ideology. Hope always resides with those countries that
have most experienced evil in government. If Germany were to throw off
its amerikan overlord and depart NATO, amerikan power in Europe would
collapse. If Germany and Russia were to unite in defense of truth and
human rights, Europe and the world would have a new beginning.
About Dr. Paul Craig Roberts
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. His latest book, The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West is now available.