USA – Spies on nations and people and demands media/HR freedom from other nations!
Posted on July 30th, 2014

Shenali D Waduge

We are a little confused. Are all laws to be bent for the American Government and all Americans declared immune from international jurisprudence? Can the American Government do and say what they like but others are forbidden to do the same? Where are these new laws actually written and who have been foolish enough to accept them? Angela Merkel is spied up and so are other leaders, the American public is watched, every mode of communication is tapped and the whistleblowers end up the guilty party. Who are making these laws and are people seriously ready to follow them? Any nation promoting freedoms and rights cannot be violating them. Those nations that violate freedoms and rights should not be given any podium to preach about rights and freedoms leave alone draft UN Resolutions!

Let’s take a recap on law and order according to how the US deems fit

  • Iraq is bombed on the pretext of weapons of mass destruction. The promise was to liberate the people and instead a steady flow of US-backed jihadist foreign fighters ensure Iraq is a bloody mess. Scores of IDPs, scores of refugees, Iraqi soil and environment effected by DU and other harmful chemicals – Not a single one is bothered. The UN, its Secretary General or the Human Rights Chief behave like the 3 monkeys – See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil! 
  • Yugoslavia is broken, Kosovo is created to become a US-NATO military base and drug transit point and Libya is devastated and its leader killed because of a lot more reasons than the US or its paid media would have us know. Little by little the truth is coming out just as we realize that 9/11 is a hoax.

The officials of the Sri Lankan Government are advised to keep in their possession a report titled “With Liberty to Monitor All”  which concludes that US surveillance practices are harming journalism, law and American democracy”. Every time the US envoy or US official tells a lie just read out excerpts from this report and demand answers. This is a start for all our leaders lazy to read and counter American lie-propaganda. Its also good for the local media and others worshipping the West.

The recent complaint made by the US funded workshop on digital journalism is interesting because back home in the US National Security Agency’s dragnet of communications data poses a direct threat to journalism in the digital age by threatening to destroy the confidence between reporter and source. The GOSL must also raise the name of former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie who accused the US Government of clamping down on journalists. Quote the example of the 35-year jail term imposed on Private Chelsea/Bradley Manning – his punishment for being the wikileaks source! That pales in comparison to the 105-year sentence requested for freelance journalist Barrett Brown in a hacking case. Can the Sri Lankan authorities also remember to ask what freedom of media prevailed when the Department of Justice seized the phone records of Associated Press!  

The Sri Lankan media in particular those coughing for dollars and pounds might like to be reminded that in October 2013 Free Press delivered 78,000 signatures to the US Attorney General Eric Holder, urging the Department of Justice to end the harassment and intimidation of journalists. When Free Press Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director Josh Stearns made the following statement: The United States faces a mounting press freedom crisis. Journalists must be able to report freely wherever the story takes them. It is unconscionable that American journalists are afraid to return home for fear of their own safety and the security of their work.” this should get Michelle Sisson all worked up too!

If anyone doesn’t know the name of Glenn Greenwald, they should. He was a journalist who broke the story of National Security Administration whistle-blower Edward Snowden. Greenwald has revealed a list of Americans the US has been spying on. In the land that demands freedom of media, Edward Snowden became a virtual fugitive hunted by the American Government. Does anyone know the name James Clapper? He is the Director of National Intelligence. Clapper insisted that secretly spying on every ordinary American was essential in order to protect our nation.” Could any other country but the US say the same? If the US has its own presstitutes, Sri Lanka boasts the same and so Snowden became the target of undiluted tirade of media

While the US embassy in Colombo is signing MOUs with Sri Lankan lawyers, sending selected few for overseas training and also selecting journalists and local media to be their co-partners in crime, back home in the US, American journalists and lawyers are having to change the way they do business because not only is the US Government spying on them they are also grabbing online information via Google, Facebook etc. Users of Vodafone may be shocked to know that the company has disclosed its network to 6 countries – no guessing what these countries are-the usual culprits of course!

The next time Michelle Sisson or any other US envoy or official comes out with the mantra on media freedom and people’s rights the following list needs to be read out to them

  • US Government spies on us through out computers, phones, cars, buses, streetlights. We are spied upon at airports, on the streets, via mobile scanners and even drones.
  • US photographs the outside information on every snail mail
  • US can even turn on your camera and microphone while your phone is off. NSA had inserted its code into Androids operating system which led to ¾ of the world’s smartphones being bugged.
  • If Google knows every WiFi password you can be assured that the NSA knows it as well!
  • Verizon and AT&T had responded to 1.3m NSA requests for cell phone locations & data in 2011.
  • NSA can spy through your computers webcam or microphone
  • Microsoft has worked hand in hand with NSA and FBI and spies on users of skype, outook and hotmail
  • ‘Black boxes’ are said to be installed between 90% to 96% of all new cars and from 2014 all new cars will have black boxes that can track your location.
  • Under the Patriot Act, the US has collected records of every phone call made in the US – the US is storing every call made and has the capability to listen to them at any time.
  • England’s GCHQ spy agency and NSA are in fact sharing data while Germany, Australia, Canada and New Zealand are also sharing with NSA but Angela Merkel found to her embarrassment that even her phone was tapped by the US – so much for cordial relations!
  • What should be alarming to the apologists of the US is that the US Government is collecting and storing virtually every phone call, purchase, email, text, internet search, social media, health information, employment history, travel and student record of every American. Even drones are used across US states to spy on Americans. These drones are equipped with technologies that can identify faces, track people based on their height, age, gender and skin color.
  • Those praising American freedom of media and human rights may like to let us know what type of freedom and human rights they are talking about if the Department of Homeland Security is allowed to search laptops and phones based on ‘hunches’! Is this not a violation of the 4th amendment of the US Constitution? India may like to wonder whether it was also on a hunch that the Indian diplomat was cavity searched.
  • Any traveler to the US may have experienced how they have had to untie their knotted hair just because authorities have had hunches. Some travelers have had their laptops seized because of hunches and kept for weeks.
  • If 9/11 was an inside job then the rest of the regulations that have nicely kept foreign nations and even American citizens in check falls to place while a the real culprits are on a roll looting nations after imploring R2P on them. The American public is too brainwashed by corporate media and prescribed medication to take a stand and with over 2million prisoners not too many would wish to take a stand in the US nowadays especially after watching how law enforcement treated the Occupy Wall Street protesters. So the American Government bulldozes nations with American tax payers money and takes over strategic assets of these nations and hands them over to American and Transnational Corporations and American soldiers have been sacrificed in the process while the same culprits keep arming the Islamic fundamentalists they created and they become the ‘foreign rebels’ fighting proxy wars!

What kind of a country that preaches human rights and freedoms would use drones to spy on its own citizens? The answer is just one word – AMERICA

The American investigative journalist Barrett Brown needs to be mentioned again. The US is prosecuting him because he was investigating links between the US Government and private intelligence industry. He may face a 105 year sentence in prison! Brown has a gag order preventing him and his legal counsel from making any statement to the media regarding his prosecution. Is this not an example of stifling public debate and restrict right under the First Amendment to the publics right to information about the trial. Brown is denied bail. He is even accused of posting an already public URL link. Does this mean people can’t even forward URL links? What kind of freedom is America talking about?

While the US Colombo office is funding workshops on digital journalism the report by Reporters without Borders declares US guilty of attacks on whistleblowers and digital journalists! US is number 46 out of 180 countries in its press freedom index.

There is no reason for Sri Lanka to feel shy to question the US authorities. The US journalists themselves will be happy because they are now beginning to realize too late that they have been flirting with the devil and now the devil has gagged them. Reporters that covered Supreme Court cases are now barred and not given passes. Organizations requesting freedom have even lost the freedom and credentials they held. Please check out what happened to SCOTUSBlog.com.

The US has made clear that it doesn’t consider press freedom issues in the United States the same way it does abroad. US treats its hunt on whistleblowers and digital journalists as a separate category which no one can question. The only solace for American journalists is that if foreign nations harass them the American state would come to their rescue but if the American state harasses them it is a matter of national security and no one’s concern. What kind of freedom and rights is the American Government talking about!!!

The pax Americana project is ruining in the world. The Americans have themselves to blame if they have allowed themselves to be subdued and agreed to have their private invaded. There is still time for Americans to wake up. As for the American embassy and its mantra on press freedoms and rights, we are well aware of the usual culprits that are funded for this diabolical exercise. They are just a laughing stock among society but enjoy distributing accolades amongst themselves and sharing a cocktail while conspiring to overthrow the government. Its good for America to look at itself in the mirror for a change.

 


 

5 Responses to “USA – Spies on nations and people and demands media/HR freedom from other nations!”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    With all due respect to SW, I think it is NAIVE to complain about these. This is the WORLD ORDER. MIGHT IS RIGHT. Not just USA, UK, Russia, China, Endia, Malaysia, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France, Pakistan, Israel, Saudi, etc. also do this.

    The lesson is SL MUST follow or go EXTINCT. This is a dog eat dog world. We have to sharpen our teeth and claws to survive.

    What SL must do.

    1. Record ALL phone conversations, emails, SMSs of Tamils, Muslims, NGOs, ALL known anti-SLs, etc. for a start. Later extend it to EVERYBODY.

    2. Record ALL numbers they contact.

    3. Make a NETWORK MAP of individuals.

    4. TRACK their business activities. Send the TAX MAN to tax anti-SLs to the MAX.

    5. Identify ANY illegal activity they can be FRAMED for and frame them.

    This can be done VERY CHEAPLY but is very useful in national security. MOST anti-SLs are found in electronic media. Tracing them, busting them and eliminating their NETWORKS is easier than otherwise.

  2. Leela Says:

    I say take cue from Israel and face our foe who aims to destroy us.

  3. AnuD Says:

    That is why Sinhala – Buddhists need political Buddhism.

    Sri Lanka has to move to the modern times in every way.

    Otherwise, Sri Lanka will be destroyed.

  4. AnuD Says:

    My only concern is whether Sri Lanka has to become a Cuba in Asia in order to live as Sri Lanka.

  5. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    To quote the article: “We are a little confused. Are all laws to be bent for the American Government and all Americans declared immune from international jurisprudence? Can the American Government do and say what they like but others are forbidden to do the same?”

    For all practical purposes the answer is YES. Though it is not written down in stone the UNHRC will not oversee US human rights violations because it does not have that power. That also applies to other major powers such as China, Russia, and even India. The massive human rights violations just in these three nations should warrant some level of investigation. BUT THAT IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN.

    Lorenzo is absolutely right. Get real. Only power speaks. That is how Colombo won over the Tamil Tigers. Colombo exercised her dormant power to finally crush them in spite of world wide protests. Same is going on in Israel. If Israel is to tow the UN line then Hamas will win and Israel will cease to exist. The worst hypocrisy of the UN is that UN buildings openly house Hamas rockets. If Israel knew there were rockets in UN building then one can reach the conclusion the UN too knew about it and did nothing. So much for human rights and the exercise of power.

    What Sri Lanka can do?

    -Become self reliant on the purchase of arms. Nations who are self reliant in this area have weaned themselves from the politics that go with purchasing arms from other nations. Becoming an arms producer also brings in the cutting edge technology that has dual applications. It could be a great money producer if Sri Lanka becomes and arms export nation. By not doing so does not translate to being the “good guy” in the block but the most stupid one.

    -Develop an economy less dependent on tourists. Every time Sri Lanka has to deal with a crisis the tourists flee the scene. Sri Lanka can easily emerge as a center to process and polish world wide diamonds in the same manner India has emerged in this area. The Indian city of Surat is bringing India billions of dollars in revenue.
    It is a natural skill Sri Lanka already has since she is a gem producing nation with a large workforce that processes and polishes her domestic gems. Time to expand.

    -Develop Sri Lanka’s space industry. The days of only advanced nations embracing this sector are long gone. with new and cheap technology rocket science has been made easier with nanotechnology. China just made space her new frontier in her military expansion. India is reaping billions by launching satellites of other nations for a fraction of the price. the same reasons that allowed “Radio Ceylon” to prosper are the same reasons why space technology is viable for Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is situated in the correct geographical area for such a project and already has it on the books.

    -push the strategic alliance with China to her full benefit. If Sri Lanka can become a member state of the Shanghai cooperation Organization (SCO) of China through this alliance and become a member state of the Collective Security Treaty Organization of Russia capitalizing on the growing rift between Russia and the US/NATO then Sri Lank has gained the power to be one of those nations which the UNHRC will find hard to interfere.

    -As already commented by Lorenzo Sri Lanka’s SIS should play a far greater role than she is playing. That is assuming she is not playing a far greater role than I am thinking. If the US NSA could do what they do. If RAW almost divided Sri Lanka after she helped divide Pakistan and annex Sikkim then the role of a secret service agency in the rise of a nation’s power cannot be understated. MOSSUD of Israel has kept Israel in power as much as her military might. If not for them Israel would have been blind to the many tunnels and the capacity of Hamas.

    -I am sure there are many other areas Sri Lanka can achieve including studying the reasons why Singapore rose from obscurity to the level of power she currently holds, but I will conclude that the Buddhist Sanga must now play an even greater role in the future of Sri Lanka.

    Why now because in neighboring India the Hindu Nationalist party the Bharata Janata Party is rapidly redefining India into a Hindu oriented state and away from the old Secular oriented state. Soon Hindu India will dominate the policies of Sri Lanka, taking the side of Sri Lanka’s Hindu minority. In order to stop that Sri Lanka needs to rise up as a Buddhist power in the region that puts Buddhist values above the rest. If Sri Lanka fails in this then her minorities will determine her future.

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