We are very pleased to publish the “Alternative Christmas Message” of heroic NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden broadcast on the UK’s Channel 4 on Christmas Day 2013.
Every year, apparently, the Queen of England gives a Christmas message to the nation; this year Edward Snowden was asked by Britain’s Channel 4 to deliver an “Alternative” message. We tried to access it via the Channel 4 website but – like a lot of others – only got as far as this:
Is the Snowden “Alternative Christmas Message” being blocked by the NSA or GCHQ? Are the Illuminati behind the censorship of this? Is it evil space aliens in cahoots with the depraved Obama Administration?
Oh, who cares? We just went to YouTube where we found at least a half-dozen versions of the thing. We then made this verbatim transcript for the handful of people left here in the United States that have the “skillz” to actually read more than two written paragraphs at a time without nodding off into their crap “dinner” from Taco Bell. Enjoy!
“Hi, and Merry Christmas; I’m honored to have a chance to speak with you and your family this year.
“Recently, we learned that our governments, working in concert, have created a system of world-wide mass surveillance, watching everything we do. Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras; TVs that watch us – are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go.
“Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person: a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means “to have a private moment to themselves”, “an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought”. And that’s a problem because privacy matters. Privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.
“The conversation occurring today will determine the amount of trust we can place both in the technology that surrounds us and the government that regulates it. Together, we can find a better balance, end mass surveillance, and remind the government that if it really wants to know how we feel, asking is always cheaper than spying.
“For everyone out there listening: thank you, and Merry Christmas.”
– Edward Snowden
Note: We’d just like to take issue with one statement made by Snowden in his message: the idea that “a child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means ‘to have a private moment to themselves’, ‘an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought’.”
That will only happen IF WE LET IT HAPPEN! It is entirely within the power of the working classes of the world to put a complete stop – not just to this massive spy apparatus being built by the microscopically small capitalist class in order to maintain its class rule over the billions of the world’s working people – but to put an end to the greed-based capitalist system that spawned this Orwellian nightmare. It is up to every working class woman and man to dedicate their lives to the fight to defend and extend the rights and liberties of the working class worldwide. A global capitalist police state is not a fait accompli – far from it. But if the majority of the world’s workers fail to organize to actively oppose the development of this system – by any means necessary – then that dystopic future world where children grow up never knowing what “privacy” means can definitely come to pass. It is up to US to determine what kind of future society we want to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. To leave it up to the capitalist class and their bought-and-paid-for politicians to reform the system – that they themselves have built! – would be the height of irresponsibility on the part of the working class. The time to start working to end this brutal capitalist system – which openly presents us with a future of endless wars, poverty, exploitation and mass surveillance in a global police state – is NOW! Join us!
Friends of WikiLeaks – Chicago