Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize but likely won’t be reported by most of mainstream press
I was up this morning, around 6 a.m., and I was surfing on the internet for new information about Edward Snowden, in regards to any new developments on any new, disclosed information and what do I find? An online news article titled “Edward Snowden nominated for Nobel Peace Prize.” I was like “Whoa, this is BIG news.”
The introduction of the report stated: “A former Norwegian minister nominated fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday in a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee.”
Since the site was down, I went around to the social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and submitted this breaking story by Khaleej Times, an English newspaper that was launched in the UAE in 1978.
One thing that I noticed from searching through Google was the fact that most of the major news organizations had not covered this story yet. That was very surprising considering the significance of what a nomination of this magnitude represents. Edward Snowden is a former NSA contractor who exposed the secret, global surveillance apparatus of the NSA that makes George Orwell’s prophetic 1984 look like a drop of water in the ocean. The surveillance apparatus put in place by the NSA is one that strives for omniscience, by collecting metadata across the world, from your computers as well as your private telephone conversations. The NSA can even turn your speaker phone on and off without your knowledge, as well as the little camera on the monitor on your desktop or laptop computer.
According to the Khaleej Times, former Socialist Left Party minister Baard Vegar Solhjell and party colleague Snorre Valen stated in the letter sent to the Nobel Committee that “the level of sophistication and depth of surveillance that citizens all over the world are subject to have stunned us and stirred debate” on public trust in government worldwide. Snowden’s revelations have made citizens around the world think of how their rights are being circumvented and violated by the mass surveillance structure.
In the U.S., phone metadata is being collected on citizens without any suspicions of crimes or any legal probable cause whatsoever. I think it’s safe to say that this a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, along with other rights to privacy granted by the Bill of Rights.
This practice by the NSA leaves American citizens in a position where they’re living in a proverbial ‘fish bowl’ with no way to escape. Any ‘sexting’ photos on phone or over internet you can be sure the NSA has it. Those naked photos of your wife, husband, boyfriend, or girlfriend have government copies if you ever lose the originals. It’s a high-tech global ‘Peeping Tom’ system.
Re-thinking the observation of how most major news organizations didn’t cover this story brings me to one conclusion: The mainstream press isn’t a big fan of Edward Snowden.
Mainstream Press tries to ignore news on Snowden and whistle-blowers in general
The mainstream press has proved once again to be a hostile witness, when it comes to reporting stories that are of deep public interest and discussion, to anything deemed embarrassing and troublesome to their corporate and government masters. For Snowden to be nominated and possibly win the Nobel Peace Prize is a proverbial ‘slap in the face’ to the White House and their attempts to prosecute and persecute whistle-blowers such as Snowden, as well as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, along with the Obama Administration’s vindictive persecution and prosecution of Pvt. Bradley(Chelsea)Manning.
If Edward Snowden wins the Nobel Peace Prize, it will be a historical event that will resonate with the global community for a long time to come. It would be a victory for whistle-blowers all over the world.
My only fear is that Mr. Snowden will likely to pursued for assassination more rigorously than ever. The price on Mr. Snowden’s head by the US government may be the highest in history.
Mr. Snowden just may find himself a permanent home in Russia, unless great forces can bring him closer to home, and yet greater forces can find him pardon and back in the United States.
But returning home may only be nothing more than a dream.
To read the breaking story, click this link: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?section=international&xfile=data/international/2014/january/international_january823.xml