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The US government has filed an extradition request for Julian Assange.
Why am I having to waste so much time of late, writing columns about the US government and its petty vendettas against those who have irked it?
Yesterday it was Kim Dotcom who the US government are clearly attempting to "make an example of" on the issue of copyright infringement. Today it's Julian Assange who they've decided should be punished for his crimes.
And what are those crimes?
Well first and foremost, it's making Uncle Sam look bad, and there can be no worse crime than that (or so it appears).
Yes, Assange helped catch the US government with its pants around its ankles and for that there can be no forgiveness -- so now they are on the warpath, seeking his extradition to the USA where he will be given a fair trial before being found guilty of all charges.
One thing I've also noticed is that there's been quite a swing in public opinion in respect to the four main figures who have upset the US government.
The quartet of super-villains consists of Assange, Snowden, Manning and DotCom.
Each of these people have, in some way or another, incurred the wrath of the US government and have been subjected to ongoing campaigns designed to sway public opinion against them.
Oh yes, the campaigns are subtle and somewhat covert in nature -- but they are successful.
What better way to divert attention away from your own evil deeds than to paint your accuser as an even more evil person?
Snowden unmasked some truly outrageous actions by US security services and military. He did little more than tell the truth (with evidence) as to the degree the US government was abusing the people it was supposed to protect and serve.
Assange was instrumental in uncovering hideous war crimes perpetrated by the US government, something that, if this had been WW2 and the offender was Germany, would have been praised and cheered about by the US. However, when it's a "trousers around ankles" situation involving the US government, the response is to attack the messenger.
In the oft-repeated words of those who seek to rob us of our freedoms and rights to privacy, "only those with something to hide have anything to fear". However, that clearly does not apply to those in power; especially those in power with many skeletons in their closets.
I hate to say it... but from where I stand, the USA is teetering on becoming a rogue nation.
By attempting to vilify (and incarcerate) anyone who dares to expose the dirty and illegal dealings of the US government and its agencies, they have become as bad as the many despot dictators they help overthrow in the name of "democracy" and "freedom".
Sure, Gadaffi and Hussein were not nice people -- but then again, I don't call the slaughter of innocents or the unfettered surveillance of peoples in violation of a written constitution the acts of a benevolent state. And now the relentless persecution of those who do nothing more than shine a little sunlight on the truth paints an even darker picture of the USA as a power.
Don't get me wrong, I count a lot of US citizens as good friends. The people are not the problem here. It is the increasingly corrupt government and state agencies which commit their crimes and offences under cover of secrecy who are the villains. Let me repeat again... "Only those with something to hide have anything to fear" from those like Snowden, Assange and Manning.
And if the US government wants to persecute people -- why shoot the messenger? If you really do think this is simply about the security of the nation... why aren't you punishing those who designed the security systems and protocols that were so easily breached by these whistle-blowers? They are surely just as culpable, are they not?
One of the claims made by the US government to justify the harsh treatment of the trio of whistle-blowers is that it placed the lives of US citizens and operatives in danger by disclosing sensitive intelligence information.
Well if that's a criteria for persecution, how about the people at Boeing who are responsible for the deaths of so many innocents as a result of the 737 Max8 crashes and subsequent denials?
Why aren't you going after the people whose actions and negligence really did create death -- not just the potential for such?
Oh... what's that? Boeing is one of those large corporations deemed to be "a friend of congress"?
Yes, that's the other problem with the USA. In a country where there is supposed to be "one man, one vote", it seems that the reality is closer to "one dollar, one vote" and large corporations (with lobbyists) get to have a huge amount of say in what goes on.
Which brings us full-circle, back to Kim Dotcom and the RIAA, MPAA, doesn't it?
Someone, tell me there's nothing wrong with this picture -- please!
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