The leading story on all news channels concerns the man that squealed about the US Government surveillance program. As interesting and disturbing as this story might be, more interesting is the reaction of various governments, reporters, and commentators. Having access to various media outlets around the world, I am able to watch the follies and be entertained.
No power enjoys being made to look foolish. The backlash is fierce. As might be expected, US media are attempting to appease their government and reduce the damage caused by being caught cheating on their people. The man, who is a hero to many, is painted as an arch-villain. Anyone assisting him is equally villainous and guilty of many crimes against humanity (ie. the United States).
What I see is the hypocrisy. Worst for anyone that grew up believing in all we were taught is the disappointment. Loss of innocence can come at any age, because it is something incremental. Some joy goes out of living. As antidote, one must only think of people living in horrible conditions to understand that a bit of government surveillance is tolerable and far better than suffering endured by most humans.
Once again, disturbing news for law-abiding citizens that are still foolish enough to believe in government integrity...
I recall during my days of business travel having had a concern that most Americans did not even know was a mattered about which citizens must be concerned. At the time, it was illegal to do business with Libya or any Libya business. How did that concern me? I would have been breaking the law if I stayed in a hotel owned all or in part by Libyans. Of course, I had no idea about the ownership of hotels in which I stayed and never sought the information. I considered that living on the edge (to show you how edgy my life was).
After reading the following article in the New Yorker, I learned that it was okay for the government to, once again, ignore its own laws. Those apply only to stupid, innocent citizens.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.