In his Guardian interview with Glen Greenwald, Edward Snowden mentioned that he hoped to seek political asylum in Iceland because of their strong protection of internet freedom. Iceland is the perfect place for him with a name like Snowden!
Maybe cold countries breed courageous people. They stood up to the banksters and now they show courage again…. by standing up for Snowden! We need more of this cold-whether courage in this world!
Edward Snowden is a man of courage. He bravery and fearlessly speaks the truth to power. He is not a spy, rather he is an “unSpy” who revealed truth by exposing lies. Now Iceland is standing up for Snowden!
It reminds me of when Todd Anderson stood up in the fictional movie Dead Poet’s Society. When Todd stands on his desk bravely shouting “O Captain My Captain” he destroys the bystander effect. His brave actions allow his classmates to follow his courageous example standing up for their beloved teacher Mr. Keating. Now we see Iceland standing up for Edward Snowden, who himself stood-up for the civil-liberties once valued by every American.
To Spy or to “unSpy,” that is the Question
Snowden’s heroic example provides an opportunity for all in similar situations, all future whistle-blowers can look to him and his example…. and like him, speak out and tell the truth. The classic Marianne Williamson quote sums it up the best:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
As Ron Paul famously said “truth is treason in an empire of lies”, many are throwing around the t words ‘traitor’ and ‘treason’ when speaking of Edward Snowden. The last time I checked, violating the Constitution was treason. Violations of the Constitution are exactly what Snowden is blowing the whistle on. If this isn’t doublespeak I don’t know what is.
Building a New Underground Railroad to Iceland
On the DailyPaul website, one person called for a new underground railroad to Iceland:
I intend for this letter to be a call and message to anyone out there who feels like they know too much to speak out and tell the truth. Good people harbored escaped slaves in the antebellum south, good people harbored persecuted Jews during the holocaust, and good people will harbor treasonous heroes known as whistleblowers. Perhaps a new underground railroad is in the making through Asia right now providing Edward refuge into Iceland. No matter what happens, the American people are behind all those who speak out telling the truth and we will support you. God Bless!
No sooner was this request posted then the story broke that one legislator want to do just that. After taking over the news this weekend, at least one Icelandic legislator has put the word out that she is ready to help Mr. Snowden however she can and make sure that he arrives to Iceland safely and protected under their flag as a political dissident. – Read more here.
Perhaps this is a trend for the future…. perhaps Snowden will not be the last to seek sanctuary in Iceland… perhaps more ex-spy’s will come out from the old, or rather more “un-spy’s” will retreat to the cold in defense of Western ideals establish with the Magna Carta: “…no free man shall be taken or imprisoned or disseised or exiled or in any way destroyed except by the lawful judgment of their peers or by the law of the land.”
“I describe this man as an American hero,” judge Andrew Napolitano told Fox News host Shepard Smith, “willing to risk life and liberty in order to expose to the American people one of the most extraordinary violations of the American principles, value judgments and the Constitution itself in all of our history.”
The fact that former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden decided to go public with his grievances against the U.S. government is certainly brave and bold. People can and will accuse Snowden of many things. But no one will ever accuse him of not having the guts to stand up for what he believes, namely liberty.
He said his greatest fear is that nothing changes.
His life is changed forever. He could have stayed on the down low in Hawaii collecting big paychecks, blowing it every night on booze and blow. But he didn’t.
He donated to Ron Paul. He’s one of us. How do we help him? How do we make sure his biggest fear is not realized? That nothing changes?
We have to reach beyond ourselves, our own small group and become part of a tidal wave, like the one in Japan, that washes over the entire Apparatus.
Time to activate the networks. Beyond the Ron Paul circle. Beyond the anarchist circle. Beyond the libertarian circle. Beyond the Republican circle. To everyone.