Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award 3361

Ray McGovern and the Sam Adams party have presented the Sam Adams award to Edward Snowden.  I am delighted.  This from Ray’s account of the event:

In brief remarks from his visitors, Snowden was reassured — first and foremost — that he need no longer be worried that nothing significant would happen as a result of his decision to risk his future by revealing documentary proof that the U.S. government was playing fast and loose with the Constitutional rights of Americans.

Even amid the government shutdown, Establishment Washington and the normally docile “mainstream media” have not been able to deflect attention from the intrusive eavesdropping that makes a mockery of the Fourth Amendment. Even Congress is showing signs of awaking from its torpor.

In the somnolent Senate, a few hardy souls have gone so far as to express displeasure at having been lied to by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA Director Keith Alexander — Clapper having formally apologized for telling the Senate Intelligence Committee eavesdropping-related things that were, in his words, “clearly erroneous” and Alexander having told now-discredited whoppers about the effectiveness of NSA’s intrusive and unconstitutional methods in combating terrorism.

Coleen Rowley, the first winner of the Sam Adams Award (2002), cited some little-known history to remind Snowden that he is in good company as a whistleblower — and not only because of previous Sam Adams honorees. She noted that in 1773, Benjamin Franklin leaked confidential information by releasing letters written by then-Lt. Governor of Massachusetts Thomas Hutchinson to Thomas Whatley, an assistant to the British Prime Minister.

The letters suggested that it was impossible for the colonists to enjoy the same rights as subjects living in England and that “an abridgement of what are called English liberties” might be necessary. The content of the letters was so damaging to the British government that Benjamin Franklin was dismissed as colonial Postmaster General and had to endure an hour-long censure from British Solicitor General Alexander Wedderburn.

There has been a determined attempt by government to justify the need to intercept everybody’s communications, all the time.  We have, yet again, had MI5 claim there are many thousand violent Islamic terrorists running around the UK, (yet somehow not managing to kill anybody).  The cry of “paedophiles” is raised, as always.  I can imagine them suggesting the entire population be shot dead, and justifying it as making sure they get the paedophiles.  The tabloids would go with that.

There still had not been a single credible claim by the mainstream media that any named individual has died, despite that contingency being trotted out all the time as the reason Snowden and Manning should not have revealed state crimes and abuse of power.  I am hopeful that, with the internet still largely free to the dissemination of information, out next massive whistleblower is only weeks away.

3,361 thoughts on “Edward Snowden Gets Sam Adams Award

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  • Habbabkuk (La vita è bella!)


    Don’t forget that your reply to my question about the olive trees is still outstanding.

    No slacking, now!

  • fedup

    And if you think the police/press will do what they are told by SIS – well look where that got them…

    AA you are not answering the questions put to you before and now the SIS stick, oh dear, oh dear.

  • AlcAnon


    I know a forum admi who hasn been visited by the police for less. Calling for the killing of all Jews as “English Knight” explicitly did once before deletion will get you arrested. There are no “ifs and buts”.

  • fedup

    I know a forum admi who hasn been visited by the police for less. Calling for the killing of all Jews as “English Knight” explicitly did once before deletion will get you arrested. There are no “ifs and buts”.

    And I know of a man who kicked his dog and got a visit from the police too!

    Where do you really live AA?

    Come on fess up.

  • Sofia Kibo Noh

    Re truly antisemitic shite posted on this thread.

    Cui bono?

    Thanks for the Medialens link Herbie (11 00pm)

    Hats off to “the beleaguered and shunned activists, radical journalists and human rights campaigners who are the conscience of the nation, as well as Palestinian families in the West Bank struggling in vain to hold back Israel’s ceaseless theft of their land.”

    There are very few intellectuals or writers who have the tenacity and courage to confront this reality. This is what makes Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel” one of the most fearless and honest books ever written about Israel. Blumenthal burrows deep into the dark heart of Israel. The American journalist binds himself

  • Sofia Kibo Noh


    But you get the gist.

    I better get to bed now the cock-ups have started.

    Goodnight all.

  • fred

    “white-hat/black-hat who cares”

    The domain names are all registered to someone in Panama. The ISP the IP address belongs to is in Dallas Texas. The address has been spammed to thousands of blogs and forums it shows over 15,000 hits on google.

    Someone is getting articles written then trying to get as many hits as possible for them. The reason is no doubt commercial.

  • fedup

    Sofia Kibo Noh, first off no clues now, that is not how the musical blame game is played! Secondly the stuff is not even antisemi….. it is a feeble attempt in being “controversial”.


    AA why do you think I asked you; where do you live?

    Who is being paranoid? All kindly of course!

    Such a quint parochial world views, are sort of refreshing really!!!!!

    PS the forum admi referenced would not have by any chance a foreign sounding sort of a name would he?

  • AlcAnon


    Please explain to me the commercial reason. Do you know how long they have been advertising non existing products? Clue: at least a decade. Yes there is value in it to someone but that value is in you clicking the link – not the product.

  • AlcAnon


    You’re so extreme you could actually be SIS (from a rejected “Spooks” script) – in which case your superiors should be having words. As you are presumably not, I promise to reveal my identity to Craig Murray and he can pass it on to you if he sees fit.

  • fedup

    You’re so extreme you could actually be SIS

    AA ROFL, don’t have break down episode there! What extreme? You need to get out into the world more, really!

    in which case your superiors should be having words. As you are presumably not, I promise to reveal my identity to Craig Murray and he can pass it on to you if he sees fit.

    Superiors? The only “superiors” are the ziofuckwits and their “master race” shit.

    ROFL When we are drinking in the pub next time, he can tell me all about it then!!!!

  • Ben

    “You need to get out into the world more, really!….”

    Fedup; AA is quite worldly wise, IMO. Please reserve your rancor for worthy targets.

  • AlcAnon


    Assuming you do know Craig, he won’t support your paranoid opinion of me, I guarantee that 100%. (Well not if you are partcularly paranoid… 🙂 )

    You really do seem to me close to losing it if you’re a “good guy”. Just a target for the anti-“Murrayistas” or whatever they call themselves.

    Are you turning into a parady of yourself? I wonder…

    Do you know how you come across?

    Anway – all:IMHO

  • Daniel Rich

    @ Ben,

    Q: They just trash things up; nothing for them to gain beyond that.

    R: I disagree. If there was no ‘benefit‘ in it for those who willfully post libelous entries, ‘they‘ wouldn’t be around. The question is: on who/what/whom/which part of the world the lid has to be kept on?

    Anti-Israeli and/or anti-Jewish hatred is fully detatched from legitimate criticism of the Apartheid Regime’s actions and those who wholeheartedly support it.

    disclaimer: No Palestinians or their livelihood were destroyed during the production of this writing.

  • Ben

    Daniel; That comment was about the bots (handbags, record-players) and had nothing to do with our resident trolls.

  • fred

    “Please explain to me the commercial reason. Do you know how long they have been advertising non existing products? Clue: at least a decade. Yes there is value in it to someone but that value is in you clicking the link – not the product.”

    I dunno, probably just leave a tracking cookie.

    Look if you know something say something, if you don’t know anything don’t say anything, I’m not one for playing childish games.

  • Beelzebub (La Vita è Finita)

    This is what happens to an unattended, unmoderated blog.
    Craig may take some small comfort from the notion that it is worth the while of at least five people to trash it at every possible opportunity, but down here in hell we are laughing fit to bust.

  • Mary

    How about Mark Pritchard MP, Conservative The Wrekin? Pure greed and chutzpah. Why do they fall for these stings?

    Mark Pritchard MP: ‘my annual fee would be £3,000 a month’
    Telegraph investigation: Over five months of talks at high-end establishments, MP promises access to his global contacts

    These very many £thousands of supplementary earnings listed below are not sufficient for his purposes apparently.


    The Soufan Group. http://soufangroup.com/about/team/
    The Consumer Credit Association. http://www.ccauk.org/about-us/meet-the-team/
    International Management Partners Ltd. Non trading, A Max Mosley is a director.

    plus other registered financial interests and many paid for overseas visits. Barbados, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey, USA, Ethiopia, France….I won’t go on.

    Member of the Conservative Friends of Israel and a visit to Israel in 2005.
    18-22 September 2005, to Israel with Conservative Friends of Israel to meet members of the Israeli Government and opposition, Parliament and the military; and grassroots organisations promoting Arab-Israeli co-operation. Meeting with Palestinian think-tank. Travel and accommodation paid for by the Conservative Friends of Israel.

  • Mary

    Of greater concern to some of us and of greater importance than the exploits of the trolls here, is the massive loss of jobs being announced.

    Over 1,000 at the Co-Op bank, 500 at Tata’s steelworks and today, over 1,000 jobs at BAE shipyards.

    BAE to cut possibly more than 1,000 UK shipyard jobs

    The shipyards affected are Portsmouth, Govan and Scotstoun. But no worry the work on the white elephant aircraft carriers and the replacement Tridents continues.

  • Mary

    Pro-Israel lobby’s influence on British political elite exposed
    Posted by The Editors on November 6, 2013, 8:07 am

    Pro-Israel lobby’s influence on British political elite exposed in new Spinwatch report launching in House of Commons


    Contact: David Miller (Co-Director, Spinwatch) on [email protected] – 07786 927 551

    A new Spinwatch report* revealing the strategy, ideology and funders of the influential but little known pro-Israel lobby group BICOM, will be launched in an event at the House of Commons on Thursday evening this week. A copy of the report is attached.

    The first in-depth study of its kind, ‘The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving Peace a Chance?’ details the emergence of the organisation at a time of crisis in British Zionism when Israel’s harsh repression of the Second Intifada starkly revealed the failure of the Oslo peace process.

    It documents how its chairman and main donor, the billionaire Poju Zabludowizc, built on the wealth inherited from his arms dealer father, developing close connections in Israeli business and politics.

    Its staff concentrate on encouraging the British media and political elite to sympathise with Israel, amongst other means by organising trips to the region.

    ‘Giving Peace a Chance?’ also exposes the links between BICOM and key players in the Fox-Werritty scandal which forced former Defence Secretary Liam Fox to resign in 2011.

    It will launch at a free event in the House of Commons this Thursday hosted by Bob Russell MP. Registration is required.

    “This will be an opportunity to hear the results of the first in-depth research project on one of the most important pro-Israel lobby groups in the UK,” said David Miller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Bath and co-author of the report.

    “The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) presents itself as a supporter of a two state solution in Israel/Palestine and of the peace process in the Middle East. Our findings suggest, on the contrary, that it supports the rejectionism of an Israeli state which refuses to give peace a chance.”

    *Produced with financial support from MEMO – Middle East Monitor.


  • Sofia Kibo Noh


    Good to see you back.

    I hope you have a beautiful mouth-full of teeth again.

    Sorry about Little Bro this morning. He’s got to the chapter on “Winning Hearts and Minds” but he’s not quite got the hang of it.

    He looks up to his Uncle RD so much and he wants to play with the grown-ups.


    Re BICOM. There seems to be a notion that Zionism needs large numbers of lobbying groups. The problem for them isn’t lack of numbers. It’s that their message increasingly collides with the humanity of anyone who takes the trouble to educate themselves and see the fruits of the Israeli experiment.


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