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Snowden's message

Snowden’s message

Edward Snowden just left Hong Kong for parts unknown.

It’s claimed he should’ve stayed in the U.S. if he wanted to be a whistleblower, and had evidence of government wrongdoing. This sounds good on paper, but in actuality some people in government fear having their actions revealed to the people.

We have government that ignored warnings of a Minneapolis FBI agent that may have stopped 9-11.

We have government spending trillions of dollars with the private sector, “privatizing” much of our defense (for profits!), and that proved a complete waste of money. After spending trillions of dollars, it couldn’t even protect the Pentagon building.

Women soldiers are raped in the military every day. When they “blow the whistle,” they’re labeled as troublemakers and punished. Shouldn’t we at least defend our own soldiers? “Support our troops”?

Ninety percent of the people wanted gun (violence) control legislation; 1.5 percent (NRA) opposed. Government defeated legislation.

Roughly a third of our legislators belong to ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council. In “exchange” for support, legislators are handed cookie-cutter legislation to pass in each state. The legislation isn’t brought by the people; it’s brought from the shadows by ALEC, a “privately” funded group of corporate interests wishing to make money off our government, rather than work for it.

This is part of the roots of the great “gridlock” in Washington. It’s the basis of the so-called Tea Party movement. It’s what George H. W. Bush referred to as the New World Order: almost complete control of our government by corporations. Almost the exact definition of fascism. All that’s missing is for someone “charismatic” to come along.

If Mr. Snowden intended to harm our country, wouldn’t he have quietly sold to a highest bidder, like any good capitalist? I think he felt U.S. people need to wake up.

A. Martin


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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