Greenwald’s Book Excerpt Redux: “Collect it All” (and MIA/Assange/Tesla, First Look $550k)

MIA and Assange: The singer seems to be quite a fan of Assange, she’s gone on record saying she’d like a hologram of him on stage. Worth noting here — MIA is the reason Assange has his own little chunk of Tesla technology in the Ecuadorian Embassy, in the form of a Power Plate vibrational therapy machine.

(The company credits the idea to the Russkies, but it the idea was developed and perfected by Ole Nick, who famously demonstrated it on Mark Twain… causing the latter to crap his pants.)

Speaking of Wikileaks… after the everyone’s favorite “publisher of last resort” announced they’d be leaking the censored All Seeing Eye victim country’s name, First Look announced $550k in grants to a variety of foundations… with the bulk of the money going to the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which was originally established as a way to funnel money to Wikileaks in the face of the banking blockade. Interesting…

Rounding out today’s coverage of the Leakosphere, JYA has posted an excerpt (a verry lengthy one) from Greenwald’s book. It’s the third chapter, covering the Five Eyes’ push to “collect it all.”

It’s a good read, a concise summary of many of the issues you may have missed. But the part worth reading is the very end, where Greenwald makes the point that “in the eyes of the US government, this global network and other types of communications technology threaten to undermine American power… a system of ubiquitous spying allows the United States to maintain its gripon the world.”

You should go read the full cite, the relevant part (the VERY end of the PDF) is not longer than one of these messages.

As you do, I would point out that Greenwald is only half correct. Remember that the US national security apparatus considers itself the “New Rome,” as Snowden’s ‘Cinncinatus’ alter-ego so neatly illustrates.

As much as the Roman military’s control of the roads was important to the maintenance of empire, the roads themselves played an equally key role. “All roads lead to Rome” was the saying, and it was the communications network which they represented that created the first ‘cultural imperialism’ of European history.

Therefore, it’s my argument that while parts of the US government no doubt see the Internet as a threat to US power, other parts likely applaud it as creating more of that power. “All things thrive on attention,” perhaps.

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