We’re going to scare you
I’d hate to come off as a conspiratorial sort of guy. My thoughts and ideas on governance and political theory are birthed from a very rational non-tin foil hat kind of place. However it didn’t take long for even the hairs on my neck to stand up.
Firstly, let’s start off with one of the lead off stories on Aug. 2. Eric Snowden, the defense contractor who leaked information on the NSA surveillance program received a one year political asylum in Russia. From Russia, Snowden apparently got some love from ex-KGB agent turned stud muffin President Vladimir Putin. Putin is basically politics’ Hugh Jackman — ever see him with his shirt off? Dreamy.
Snowden now can go about how to hide from the United States and avoid either extradition to a US court or being killed by a CIA operative. Unfortunately, Mr. Snowden will be living the consequences of his actions and be on the run for the rest of his life. It’s going to be the most ugly game of Where in the World is Carmen San Diego.
As I was looking at news websites about Snowden, a singular thought popped into my mind.
I wonder if on Monday we’re going to hear about a major terror plot being exposed by either warrantless wiretapping or the NSA programs…..
It didn’t take long.
Monday’s headlines were the President Obama shutdown of several embassies overseas due to intercepted communications between suspected Al-Queda operatives. FOX News, MSNBC and CNN used that story as the lead-in to Monday’s evening news.
Terrorism. Terrorism. Terrorism. Buy something. Terrorism. Buy a quesedilla. Terrorism. Find a wife on some stupid goddamn website. Terrorism. Watch baseball.
See how the above statement didn’t make any sense? Neither does the terrorism story. However, allow me to speculate as to what is actually happening with the corporate media news cycle.
From my perspective, the United States military runs the entire world — the whole enchilada. A very naïve yet resourceful military analyst not only leaked information on domesticated cyber-spying but went to the two countries that would actually have the moxie and the muscle to defy US power: Russia and China. Imagine that. Mr. Snowden has to run into the arms of a Communist country and a former Soviet Socialist empire to gain his freedom from the land of the free and the home of the brave.
As the NSA program was being exposed, and Snowden successfully eluding the most sophisticated and powerful army in recorded human history, the American government is using the same strategy over and over again as it always has: manufacture consent of the American voter through the media.
In other words, the American media will be encouraged to use news stories to make American citizens scared to a point where they will consent to the security state. We need the NSA surveillance state. Look at the plot we just uncovered. We need you to take off your shoes at the airport. Remember that shoe-bombing idiot that tried to light his shoes on fire? We need to take off our shoes, belts, and go through a machine that can see through your clothes. Remember we were attacked on 9-11-01? We need to invade Iraq and Afghanistan. Remember the Anonymous hacker group that was hacking Amazon.com and other websites? We need the NSA’s program XKeyscore.
See my point? You see something on TV and you become sympathetic, and agreeable to anything the government and corporations want you to do. Between TV shows and TV advertisements, I wonder if anyone has the time to think and wonder what the hell is actually going on next door, down the street, at city hall, or in Washington, DC.
It’s really hard for you to make up your own mind when someone else is making it for you.
Anyone suddenly hungry? Let’s go to Taco Bell and chat online with my Smartphone……