We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, November 22, 2010

Top FBI Officials Push Silicon Valley Execs to Embrace Internet Wiretaps

by Tom Burghardt from Antifascist Calling

As the class war, disguised as a "war on terror", heats up all over the world, the ruling classes are looking to "full-spectrum dominance" over their own "unruly" citizens by gaining complete access to information about your online activities. You are to submit meekly not only to full body scans and pat-downs at airports, but to have all of your communications scanned as well by ruling class spy agencies. This excellent investigative journalist and friend of working people delves into the latest developments in the US.
The weakest link in the battle to preserve privacy rights...are the corporate grifters feeding at the federal trough.

...it becomes clear that profit always trumps democratic control and privacy rights.