Snowden, 38 Years Ago!

On September 16, 1975, a Tuesday, at 10 a.m. in room 318 of the Russell Senate Office Building, it was "declared":


mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>"We must know to what degree they [the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, etc] have turned their techniques inward to spy on the American people … If such unlawful and improper conduct is not exposed and stopped, it could, in time, undermine the very foundation of freedom in our own land."


mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>The comments that follow come from a non-American, a Greek, and address the interesting problem of freedom in the US society. By "society" we mean the approximate 67% of [normal] ordinary Americans and exclude the "moderate" 33%, which includes the vulgar 1% of the ruling elites. Of course, for the 1% there is no problem of freedom; they are the problem. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>I think that one of the factors that contributed to this progressiveness (leftist to even "leftish" attitude) of the US people, was the revolutionaries, known as the "48ers", especially the German ones, who arrived in the US as immigrants, after the suppression of the 1848 social revolution in Europe. That the "Haymarket 8-hours-work" victory, probably one of the most socially successful and tragic historical incidents, happened in the US, could be a verification of that. The "Wobblies" of the late 19th and early 20th century is one more piece of evidence about this progressiveness of the US people.   

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- David Wise and Thomas B.Ross ["The Invisible Government", Vintage, 1964]. 

mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family:Arial”>- Victor Marcetti and John D, Marks ["The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence", Knopf, 1974 and Dell 1980].