1-10-14, WASHINGTON — Fugitive intelligence contractor Edward Snowden’s theft of 1.7 million secret documents could potentially…. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/international/americas/2014/01/11/398039/Leaks-may.htm
1.7 million secret/top secret documents: it would take from one to 10 decades of analysis and understanding to comprehend what 1.7 million government secrets mean–those documents are probably mostly useless, dated, as there is a decay rate for most information-to-be-acted-upon, “actionable”, as we now say.
No one on the planet now knows what 1.7 million docs mean, but anyone may guess. My guess is this: that a government that increasingly is obsessed by secrecy is already 99%+ alienated from its own citizens. It also implies a deep or subtle need for government to hide, to obscure, to deceive.
But what is our traditional root of government? At Gettysburg Lincoln surprised the country with “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
That concept may be visionary, that concept may be centuries ahead of its day. I highly doubt that all 1.7 million documents will outweigh that concept. We should not exaggerate the currently local time/space/drama into some all-important significance. What is most valid to me about Snowden’s supposed betrayal is that we today have a secret government, plain and simple, documented redundantly. That has shaken us to our roots and will continue to do so. The betrayal here could in reality be of all those who choose to make of America a land of secrecy instead of one of justice, opportunity, straightforwardness, hope–in a word, a land of destiny under Providence. Destiny under Providence does not equate to secrecy. Stalin and Lenin and Mao might have thought so, though. -RD