01 July 2013

KIERKEGAARD ON TYRANTS & MARTYRS & Snowden, in new statement, accuses Obama of using ‘old, bad tools of political aggression’ 1JUL13

PRES Obama is not responding to the revelations of the American government's massive spying on it's own citizens and it's allies around the world in a very presidential manner. He is acting more like a spoiled child, mad because he got caught doing something he shouldn't have done, blaming, and trying to shift the blame for all the damage for the wrong on the person who exposed him. He and his administration has even resorted to the very childish admonition of everyone else does this too. Amazing, and unfortunately just another example of what a waste Obama's second term is going to be because he has decided not to be the president he campaigned to be but instead has decided to be a continuation of everything wrong from the administrations that proceeded him. Here is what Kierkegaard had to say about tyrants and martyrs, and yes, I believe Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden are going to end up being martyrs for our Republic....
The first form of rulers in the world were the tyrants, the last will be the martyrs. Between a tyrant and a martyr there is of course an enormous difference, although they both have one thing in common: the power to compel. The tyrant, himself ambitious to dominate, compels people through his power; the martyr, himself unconditionally obedient to God, compels others through his suffering. The tyrant dies and his rule is over; the martyr dies and his rule begins.

-Soren Kierkegaard

By Max Fisher, Updated: 

Edward Snowden, in his first public message since arriving at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport eight days ago, has issued a statement accusing President Obama of deploying “the old, bad tools of political aggression” and “using citizenship as a weapon” in order to silence him. It describes the Obama administration as “afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.”
The message also accuses Vice President  Biden of pressuring foreign leaders to deny his extradition requests.
Here is Snowden’s statement in full, as it appears on the Wikileaks Web site:
One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat from my government for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.
On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.
This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.
For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person.
Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.
In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.
I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.
The official Twitter feed of Wikileaks announced the statement in advance, another sign of the group’s efforts to assist Snowden in finding a country that might shelter him. Sarah Harrison, a researcher with WikiLeaks, reportedly traveled with Snowden on his flight from Hong Kong to Moscow. News agencies in Russia reported Monday that she had filed an asylum request with Russian officials on behalf of Snowden.
Snowden has been in limbo since arriving at the transit area of Moscow’s airport. Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking at a news conference earlier on Monday, suggested that Snowden could stay in Russia as long as he stopped releasing information damaging to the United States. “There is one condition,” Putin said. “He has to stop his work undermining our U.S. partners, as odd as it may sound coming from me.”
Snowden reportedly sent a letter to President Rafael Correa of Ecuador thanking him for examining his request for asylum there, according to Reuters.
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