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Verax!: Bradley Manning II - America's Whistleblower Saga Continues...Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
Former undercover CIA employee Edward Snowden proves again that America's criminal activity can only go so far...
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - A former undercover CIA employee named Edward Snowden who used the name Verax (Latin for truth-teller) is emerging as the whistleblower who would not stand for the latest intelligence scandal involving Verizon. He tossed this hot potato into the world spotlight, again showing the public the degrading side of American politicians, as they move in a McCarthy-like way, trying to ensnare citizens for connections to "terrorism".
This, while the U.S. government increasingly assumes its place as the lead terror organization of the world with endless support of Israel's ethnic cleansing, illegal wars to destabilize Middle east governments, strike drones, and the circus ring president willing to order the assassination of a 16-year old boy and friends because the kid's father is a suspected terrorist.
That just isn't how America's forefathers envisioned things, I think that is a fair assumption.
Today's Sacramento Bee has the full story, it is mind numbing in a way, to know that America's heart is still staffed by honest people willing to completely throw themselves under the train for the sake of others.
Bradley Manning showed us so much, he revealed the way Americans simply slaughter living, breathing people with their aerial toys, snorting their pleasure at the destruction of human beings they have never and will never see up close.
Nobel Prize Nominee Manning, is at the very top of the list of humanitarians who refuse to accept this behavior on the part of his country. Now Snowden joins the race and perhaps, just maybe... the powers to be, like Obama, will take notice, and realize that their actions of death and war, gun restriction and privacy invasion policies, are not something they will continue to get away with.
It was Sunday night when Snowden revealed in an interview that he was indeed the primary source of informational disclosures of NSA (National Security Administration) documents, revealing what he described, as a systematic surveillance of American citizens.
"I'm not going to hide," Snowden stated to the Washington Post. The Guardian in London also carried information about this whistleblower. Snowden was a tech specialist with the firm, Booz Allen Hamilton. He is currently located in Hong Kong, a favorite spot for international characters trying to keep a reasonable distance between themselves and the U.S. government.
Former NSA official Thomas Drake, is quoted saying, "I consider it a magnificent act of civil disobedience."
Millions of Verizon customers owe Snowden their gratitude, it turns out this whistleblower is a Ron Paul supporter, and that is relatively unsurprising.
For his part, Snowden believes the revelations he made are already making a difference, of course the American government under Barack Obama will continue to clamp down and threaten employees, but I think we are learning that money and fear have little value next to simple honesty, regardless of the consequences. I hope Snowden manages to avoid going into U.S. custody for a very long time.
09 June 2013
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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