2014-05-09

 

The not-so-quiet American

I'm more than a month behind on my Vanity Fair reading---who cares about Lewinsky anyway---but could not miss reading the Snowden Speaks special report published last month. An excellent piece detailing the saga up to now. As Snowden says: "this post-terror generation rejects the idea that we have to burn down our village in order to save it---that the only way to defend the constitution is to tear it up." Given the behavior of both most recent administrations and congress on these matters, it makes it clear that while I do intend to vote because there are important policy differences between both parties, all my financial and energy support has to be put on post-national, policy oversight organizations which are the only hopes of any checks on the current democratic system: Amnesty International, the Innocence Project, Mayors against illegal guns, Government Accountability Project, Propublica, and the like. Looking forward to what First Look Media is going to do. See also acceptance speeches for the well-deserved annual Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling.

"Sooner or later...one has to take sides. If one is to remain human." Graham Greene, The Quiet American


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