John Cusack + Arundhati Roy – Conversations with each other and Snowdon and Ellsberg

Things That Can and Cannot Be Said: A Conversation Between John Cusack and Arundhati Roy
Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00
By John Cusack and Arundhati Roy, Outlook | Op-Ed – go to for original

Every nation-state tends towards the imperial – that is the point. Through banks, armies, secret police, propaganda, courts and jails, treaties, taxes, laws and orders, myths of civil obedience, assumptions of civic virtue at the top. Still it should be said of the political left, we expect something better. And correctly. We put more trust in those who show a measure of compassion, who denounce the hideous social arrangements that make war inevitable and human desire omnipresent; which fosters corporate selfishness, panders to appetites and disorder, waste the earth.”—Daniel Berrigan, poet, Jesuit priest.


John Cusack: One morning as I scanned the news – horror in the Middle East, Russia and America facing off in the Ukraine, I thought of Edward Snowden and wondered how he was holding up in Moscow. I began to imagine a conversation between him and Daniel Ellsberg (who leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam war). And then, interestingly, in my imagination a third person made her way into the room – the writer Arundhati Roy. It occurred to me that trying to get the three of them together would be a fine thing to do.

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Snowdon speaks to the EU

Published on Friday, March 7, 2014 by Common Dreams
What Europe Should Know about US Mass Surveillance
Whistleblower delivers written testimony to European Parliament
by Edward Snowden

Common Dreams editor’s note: What follows is a statement addressed to an investigative panel of the European Parliament looking into the nature and scope of U.S. surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency and its partner agencies in Europe. Subsequent to the statement are specific answers to written questions posed by the panel to Mr. Snowden. 

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Interview with Daniel Ellsberg, Stewart Baker and Amy Goodmann – Democracy Now



Was Snowden Justified?

Former NSA Counsel Stewart

Baker vs. Whistleblower

Daniel Ellsberg

This Interview was done by Amy Goodman from Democracy Now.  It is a vivid display of opposite positions.  It shows the “Nitty Gritty” of the debate and is worthwhile to study.  Some of my “Democratic (big “D”) friends are in a serious debate along the same lines.  This will help blow away the fog and hel p us see, that Edward Snowdon has worked hard to let us see the light.  It also shows, that our “establishment” is not so happy about this …

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Tough days at the (surveillance) races

From “American Prospect”

  • It’s been a busy week for those on the NSA beat. First, the partner of Glenn Greenwald—the Guardian reporter who’s worked closely with whistleblower Edward Snowden—was detained for nine hours at Heathrow Airport. …
  • … after which The Guardian had to destroy the hard drives that stored the rest of the leaked data, or surrender it to the U.K. government.
  • Then The Wall Street Journal revealed today that the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs—which have names like Blarney, Fairview, Oakstar, Lithium, and Stormbrew—cover 75 percent of U.S. web traffic. This doesn’t mean analysts are sifting through your embarrassing Google searches, but still, yikes.
  • Meanwhile, the NSA isn’t quite sure how much info Snowden has yet to leak, but they think it’s probably a lot.
  • And we’re not done yet! Bradley Manning, who provided more than 700,000 government files to Wikileaks in 2010, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.
  • So what’s it all mean? Dana Milbank is worried that whistleblowers who try to take a more traditional road to transparency aren’t being appreciated by the Obama administration, which could mean a steady stream of litigious leaker messes is in our future.
  • Joshua Foust wonders what Manning’s sentence means for future whistleblowers. “The big question of whether it will serve as a deterrent to future leakers, however, remains to be seen.”
  • Political fallout from the brouhaha is starting to become clear. Young voters are increasingly miffed at President Obama over what they see as clear breaches of Internet privacy.
  • Anyway. Maybe the best way to solve this is to make PRISM available to everyone! There’s an app for that, right?

The real reasons behind the rejection of Susan Rice

Five hours before Susan Rice resigned from her candidacy for Secretary of State Ray McGovern posed some of the real doubts about her:

If you read this article and then read the official explanation of the White House you shake your head in disbelief, because you have learned what the real reasons probably are: a cover up for the CIA along with an appeasing step towards the GOP. The American Public can only guess what is going on, unless it reads the article by Ray McGovern …