Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Edward Snowden Dwells Deeper into the Struggles and Contradictions of American Society

In this second part to his video interview, Edward Snowden dwells deeper into the contradictions of American society. He points out that there are many Americans who are "good people with good values who want to do the right things", and yet "the structure of [U.S.] powers create a certain [false] mindset in the global consciousness" and are "working to their own ends to extend their capabilities at the expense of the freedom of all republics."

In addition, Snowden points out how American mainstream media has become a propaganda machine for the government and against the American people and anyone who believes in democracy and freedom. He references his own example about how most of the U.S. mainstream media is towing the government line against him such as defining him as fugitive, traitor, someone who has aided the enemy, criminal, anti-American etc., with the primary purposes of deterring future whistle blowers and distracting Americans and others from the real issues surrounding the National Security Agency. Further, Snowden points out that U.S. media companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc., allow the U.S. government backdoor access to all communications of Americans and foreigners.

Snowden concludes that "I don't want to live in a world where everything that I say, everything I do, everyone I talk to, ever expression of creativity, or love, or friendship is recorded. And that's not something I am willing to support; that's not something I am willing to do; that's not something I am willing to live under. I think anyone who opposes that sort of world has an obligation to act in a way they can."

At issue in Snowden's statements is the integrity, viability, and legitimacy of American democracy. Clearly, Snowden's facts about the U.S. government do not translate into "government by the people, for the people, of the people." Rather, they translate into government against the people glossed over by a propaganda view of American democracy.

The FDA's recent audit findings on the U.S. federal electoral system correlate closer to the government against the people view. The 2012 FDA Electoral Fairness Report on the United States shows that the U.S. federal electoral system borders a failed state. The FDA auditors measured the following scores:
  1. two failing scores for legislation pertaining to electoral finance (48.25 percent) and media election coverage (42.5 percent);
  2. one unsatisfactory score for legislation pertaining to candidates and parties (57 percent);
  3. one satisfactory score for legislation pertaining to voters (70.25 percent);
  4. overall score of 54.5 percent out of 100 percent. 
It is important to note the electoral system is a key cog in the U.S. system, because it results in political power. Therefore, this cog is very revealing as to the true nature of American society.

In addition, the FDA Media Study of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election, covering 7,921 data points, shows imbalanced and narrow media election coverage favouring Obama in the following manner:

2012 Presidential Candidates
Total Media Coverage
1. Barack Obama
2. Mitt Romney
3. Gary Johnson
4. Jill Stein
5. Virgil Goode
6. All Other Candidates/Parties

These media findings are consistent with Snowden's observations in which the mainstream media is working closely with the government and sidelining any person or organization which threatens the structure of powers.

What is at stake for Americans and persons from similar societies, is their freedom including privacy and existence in a people-based democracy.


Revised 2012 FDA Electoral Fairness Report on the United States

FDA Media Study of the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Mr. Stephen Garvey, Executive Director Foundation for Democratic Advancement

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