Politicians tell us that they have to keep secrets from us to protect National Security. Certainly that often is true. Sadly and scarily, it’s sometimes not true — sometimes they keep secrets from us to protect themselves against us. How can we distinguish when they classify documents to protect our nation, as opposed to when they classify documents to protect themselves against us?
What is National Security? Is it security for our nation, or is it security for our government against us? What is our government? Isn’t our government “of the people, by the people, for the people”? Isn’t our government us?
Who gets to decide the answers to these questions? Politicians don’t discuss these questions with us. They simply declare National Security, without further discussion. When we find out that their declaration was to protect themselves against us, they say “I take full responsibility”, pardon themselves, and move on.
Sometimes they embark on a path to destroy the person who informed us that their declaration of National Security was to protect themselves against us. They call the person a traitor. They go for the jugular, against the person who informed us that their declaration was not really to protect our nation.
Disclosing National Security secrets is treason. Disclosing the fact that politicians fraudulently use the National Security label to protect themselves against us is not treason — it discloses treason. The problem we face is this: How can we know who the traitor really is? Is the traitor the person who discloses the fraud, or are the traitors the politicians who commit the fraud?
Fair-minded patriotic Americans struggle with these questions. The more we trust and respect our government, the less we worry about these questions. The less we trust and respect our government, the more we worry about these questions.
Trust and respect are the basis of government. Without trust and respect, government is not “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Without trust and respect, government is nothing more than a Ruling Class. When a Ruling Class declares National Security, the people who it Rules sometimes have good reason to doubt or disbelieve.
In recent history, four names stand out: Daniel Ellsberg, Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning), Julian Assange, and Eric Snowden. They all disclosed documents that politicians had classified as National Security secrets.
Daniel Ellsberg disclosed documents that politicians had classified as National Security Secrets — documents known as the Pentagon Papers. The New York Times and The Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers. The Supreme Court gave its okay to the publication. The Pentagon Papers informed us that politicians sent 58,000 of our loved ones to die in the Vietnam War, based on lies by our politicians. Would you label anyone as a traitor? If so, who?
Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Eric Snowden did exactly what Daniel Ellsberg did. Each of them individually and unilaterally took it into their own hands to disclose documents that politicians had classified as National Security secrets. They apparently did it for exactly the same reason that Daniel Ellsberg did it — because they knew politicians fraudulently classified the documents as National Security secrets in order to protect themselves against us. We don’t yet know this to be true, but, with each passing day, it appears more and more likely to be true.
With each passing day, our level of trust and respect for our government inches downward. With each passing day, our level of trust and respect for Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Eric Snowden inches upward.
In a September 21, 2020 article published on the website antiwar.com, it’s been reported that a group of more than 160 “heads of state, congressional members, diplomats, and lawmakers from all across the globe” endorsed a letter calling for the United Kingdom to free Julian Assange instead of extraditing him to the United States for trial. Would you have endorsed a similar letter on behalf of President Richard Nixon, White House Counsel John Dean, or Attorney General John Mitchell?
Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Sadly and scarily, those words ring true today. America faces grave peril, when we aren’t sure who the traitors are. America’s ship needs to be righted, and we know who has to do it. We have to do it.