Friday, May 31, 2013
Enemies of the State: What Happens When Telling the Truth about Secret US Government Power Becomes a Crime. Blowing the Whistle on Spying, Lying & Illegalities in the Digital Era.
While watching the keynote speech of the 29c3 by Jacob Appelbaum he mentioned that one of the most important, if not, the most important talks of the conference is this talk here. A panel of 3 whistleblowers and truth tellers, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake and William Binney tell their accounts of their first hand experiences while working within the US government and how they (US government) planned and even implemented programs and actions that not only violated privacy but our basic rights as humans and our constitutional rights. I downloaded this speech and listened to it while I was at work so I never had the proper opportunity to view the slides they showed to the audience. Jacob was absolutely right. This is such an important talk. I was shocked by what I was hearing (listen as she mentions American Al Qaeda.) There is plenty more and one of the most stunning accounts from this talk was Thomas Drake's analysis of data and how we use it and how the government (NSA) can get a hold of it.
Alot of what they refer to are personal accounts that really hit your heart. Between the FBI raiding homes and pointing guns at children to being black balled for telling the truth. This talk has opened my eyes even further and it truly is frightening. But what this video does not show is the Q&A with this panel. Even though fear lingers in my spine these people talk with such light and optimism (more blatantly in the Q&A.) Luckily the audio (full presentation: audio only) has this. It also brings hope that there are people out there that will not stand down when freedoms and rights are thrown out the window.These people bring great information and hope. The people will rise and the government should be frightened. This is a very important talk for every person who resists or who wants to learn about what their government is doing to them and their natural lives.
Existence is Resistance