[Editor's Note: The following post is by TDV Editor, Gary Gibson]
As the USSA continues to devolve into a full blown police state empire the ironic keeps becoming the norm. So it is that a whistleblower has to take refuge from the secretive, tyrannical US government in totalitarian socialist China. Ah, but here I'm playing it fast and loose with what is considered to be China. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is actually in Hong Kong, which is technically part of China again though it remains semi-autonomous. Years of British rule left Hong Kong with a Western-stlye justic system that seems to be more in tact than the tattered one barely covering up the empire's naughty bits back in the US.
In fact, it was Snowden's growing realization of just how wicked the US government was growing that led him to risk spending the rest of his life in prison. Snowden had been enlisted in the US Army and then worked as a security guard for the NSA before being stationed in Geneva, Switzerland as a CIA information technology spook in 2007. That's where he had access to the incriminating data about secret and far-reaching government surveillance programs. That was also just before the election of Barack Hussein Obama. We had to stifle a laugh when we read that Snowden considered going public about the nation's secretive programs then, but decided against it because he didn't want to put anyone in danger and because he actually believed that Obama's election would rein in some of these secret spying programs.
Candidate Obama passionately debates President Obama on privacy
That sort of childish, simplistic faith in politicians makes us smile wistfully. It matters not which face — the socialist, the communist or the fascist — that the people are given the illusion of picking to put on the juggernaut of the state. The state just continues to grow more sinister and more violent. (States are by their nature constantly attempting to control all people, resources and information over as much geography as possible.) Elections are the equivalent of giving your aggressive pancreatic cancer a pet name and legally changing it at regular intervals. These revelations about the NSA, PRISM and the depths of government surveillance are no suprise to me or any of my anti-state homies. We understand that this is par for the course for governments and especially for the US which is in an advanced state of surveillance police state imperialism.
Snowden told the Guardian:
Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world…I realized that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good…
Ah, there. That's better. Snowden came to realize just what sort of monster he was serving. And to his credit, he acted courageously about it. He also acted very prudently as well as very bravely. Going public probably offers him quite a bit of protection. And he had the good sense to go public after fleeing the country. As he said, he could have easily just sold this information for lots of money, but he was motivated by something more: "I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under…I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy, and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.”
Further showing that he is catching on, Snowden has said: “…I believe that at this point in history, the greatest danger to our freedom and way of life comes from the reasonable fear of omniscient State powers kept in check by nothing more than policy documents.” Testify! Paper doesn't stop bullets. In other words, the very nature of the state is the theft and violence by a minority given legitimacy in the minds of the ruled. In even more words, the government can do what the hell it wants. It will do it in secret and should anyone try to pull the curtain back to expose the unchecked power of the inherently immoral, thieving, murdering, surveilling state, the government will do everything it can to discredit and make a painful example of that person.
Snowden also realized that he would become a target for the world's most aggressive state ever and that he could be "Assanged" or, even worse, "Manninged". So he fled the US for China in order to get a shot at safety from a government that wants to crush very publicly those who expose its abuses. The world has truly turned upside down. Granted, and as mentioned above, Hong Kong isn't quite like the rest of China, but the irony remains. If it's freedom from the overreaching state that is your goal, then you should be looking to get away from the USSA.
And now even Russia is offering Snowden political asylum. Russia's treatment of its own whistleblowers and political dissidents is the opposite of encouraging, but in a continuing effort to show up the West, Russia is virtually making itself a bastion of liberty for outsiders looking for protection from their own predatory governments (as our editor-in-chief has pointed out, often no government is worse to you than the one that purports to own you). French national treasure Gerard Depardieau was very flagrantly welcomed as a Russian citizen by Vladmir Putin when the former fled France's Soclialist government's expropriating income tax on the wealthy. Meanwhile Icelandic Pirate Party members have also suggested that Snowden could seek protection in Iceland…though the new conservative government may not be as interested in that offer as those who had made the offer.
Snowden accepts that he will likely never see the country of his birth again as a free man. He is prepared to spend the rest of his life in self-imposed exile for his brave actions. We'll let him figure out which nation-state tax farm will be most willing to shelther him from the USSA monster that will dog his steps for the rest of his days. But those of you reading this probably haven't attracted such extra special attention from the state, so if you're looking to escape the US for any of the other numerous good reasons, your choice of a new tax farm is a lot simpler. No need to seek asylum with brutal quasi-communist regimes. TDV specializes in providing alternate citizenships and passports in countries that won't hunt you down around the world for income taxes, among other things. Click here if you belong to the world's most murderous and aggressive tax collector and you've been considering a divorce.
We commend Edward Snowden for helping to show the world just how far gone the USSA is. But we also sadly see the truth behind his worry:
The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things… And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it’s only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that… because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny.
I pray we're wrong about this, but we really don't see how it could turn out any other way. The total surveillance state is clearly already here. The boots of the total police state are bound to follow, ready to leave their impression on the neck of every subject across the land. First it will become impossible to get your capital outside of the border and then it will become impossible to get yourself outside either. If you have been poised to get out, consider Mr. Snowden's actions to be your clarion call to take action.
Gary Gibson, The Dollar Vigilante’s Editor, cut his teeth writing for liberty and profit as the managing editor of the now-defunct Whiskey & Gunpowder financial newsletter. He now writes for and edits The Dollar Vigilante. In his capacity as managing editor of TDV’s monthly subscription letter TDV Homegrown, Gary insists on playing Russian Roulette by basing himself in the USSA heartland so he can round up information on how the TDV readers stuck in the USSA can best survive and profit in the increasingly turbulent times in the morally and financially bankrupt empire.