Thoughts on the Survelliance State


When I was in high school, I had an obsession with George Orwell. 1984, in particular, radicalized me. At that time I was not in Honors English, so I couldn’t read it in school so I took it out from my library and finished it in a day. It was a frightening book, filled with dreary and depressing ideas about the destruction of written language, political apathy, and Big Brother, who is there to remind us we are always being watched.

Everything in that book has come true except we are not quite frightened enough to stop speaking out about our governments wrongdoing–at least not yet. Give it some time. Everybody has their limits. When they start arresting journalists and executing them in a public fashion, that’s when I shut up.

The only we hope are leaks like the ones that just came out about Prism and the NSA. Knowledge lends toward our ultimate liberation. Julian Assange and Bradley Manning know this, and that’s why Assange is holed up in an Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and Bradley Manning is in jail facing charges of aiding the enemy and ‘wantonly publishing’ among other things.

It’s undeniable that there is a risk in revealing truth now. It is clear that we are being watched. Even as I type this, my keystrokes are being logged. But that should not halt our efforts. They are few, we are many. We will always be more than them.

Courage is contagious. Credit is due for all the journalists who are risking jail to reveal the truth to us, and all the whistle blowers as well.

As long as these leaks keep happening, we have nothing to fear.


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