Re: Hey NSA, government agencies we don't believe you
IMO the most important revelation from the Snowden Docs and how the governments of the Five Eyes responded is the extent of the surveillance, lies and secrecy.
Surveillance, lies and secrecy, those that we now know about, show the failure of democracy and the openness needed to have informed voters.
The biggest lesson from Snowden and the fall out was that elected representatives, as well as all watch dog systems in governments, are routinely lied to and without consequence.
Democracy requires transparency, openness, the action of government needs to be known and understood by voters.
That does not exist in any of the Five Eyes and continuing to act and believe it does is preventing the restructuring needed.
Without needed changes any promises from any part of government is worthless, at best a distraction while the real business of government goes on behind the curtain of security.
Yes it has always been a complex chess game but recently one that has undermined democracy and our ability to trust any of our governments or any claims from anyone in government. Our governments have been lied to and lying to us for far too long to have any creditability.
Which begs the question, where do we go from here? We can't believe any claims from our governments but what are the options?