Freedom of the press and legal protection for those who expose government abuses and lies have been obliterated by the corporate state. The resulting self-exile of investigative journalists such as Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Appelbaum, and Laura Poitras, along with the indictment of Barrett Brown, illustrate this. All acts of resistance—including nonviolent protest—have been conflated by the corporate state with terrorism.
The mainstream, commercial press has been emasculated through the Obama administration’s repeated use of the Espionage Act to charge and sentence traditional whistle-blowers. Governmental officials with a conscience are too frightened to reach out to mainstream reporters, knowing that the authorities’ wholesale capturing and storing of electronic forms of communication make them easily identifiable.
Elected officials and the courts no longer impose restraint or practice oversight. The last line of defense lies with those such as Hammond, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning who are capable of burrowing into the records of the security and surveillance state and have the courage to pass them on to the public. But the price of resistance is high.
”In these times of secrecy and abuse of power there is only one solution—transparency,” wrote Sarah Harrison, the British journalist who accompanied Snowden to Russia and who also has gone into exile, in Berlin. “If our governments are so compromised that they will not tell us the truth, then we must step forward to grasp it.
Provided with the unequivocal proof of primary source documents people can fight back. If our governments will not give this information to us, then we must take it for ourselves.
When whistleblowers come forward we need to fight for them, so others will be encouraged.
When they are gagged, we must be their voice.
When they are hunted, we must be their shield.
When they are locked away, we must free them.
Giving us the truth is not a crime. This is our data, our information, our history. We must fight to own it. Courage is contagious.”
The passages and quotes above are from an article titled “The Revolutionaries in Our Midst” by Chris Hedges for Truthdig (November 12, 2013). I have taken the liberty of breaking up the HUGE paragraphs that so many online articles use, and I have added emphasis where I felt it was applicable. Otherwise, the words of Mr. Hedges and Ms. Harrison are untouched.
Like so much of Mr. Hedges work, it is a MUST READ! So, what are you waiting for, an invitation? Go read it, already . . .