A new video montage of recent interviews with former NSA employee and whistleblower Edward Snowden exposes how the global COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns – which have been particularly severe and far-reaching in Western countries such as the UK, Canada, and a number of major US cities – combined with the already immense power of Silicon Valley and its allies in the national security state, serve to “seal off” individuals and entire populations from one another. “This is just the beginning,” Snowden warns of these unprecedented times. “All of these things have consequences today that we are not informed about.”

The beginning

“I would say it’s kind of unusual…we’re all spread out all over the world in different rooms, everyone’s locked in…but for me, that’s how I’ve always lived.” He talks about how so much of our lives are “mediated through screens.” Increasingly, our lives are “mediated through these screens. We’re spending less and less time outside and more and more time staring into screen to connect to this larger world – to something beyond ourselves.”

Edward Snowden 2021

Ultimately, in the video, titled “Edward Snowden 2021,” he asks the following questions as a warning: “The MOST VICIOUS HONEST 10 MINUTES OF YOUR LIFE!”… “We increasingly have the impression that what is happening is far away from us, that it is separate from us, that something is happening that we are witnesses to rather than participants in. Ask yourself: Is this what you want? Is this what you have agreed to? Is it consistent with the vision of the future you want to see?

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Snowden continues: “The institutional powers of our day (which have adopted for themselves some mandate – whether to do business, whether to regulate the lives of others, whether to wage war) do not seem to care much about your answer to that question: Is this what you wanted? Is this okay? Did you agree with this?”

The answer is often “you don’t have a choice,” whether you agree or not, … “because they have the gun, they have the baton. Like Facebook would say ‘click OK to proceed’ – and if you don’t, there’s nothing you can do…”

“Because they [Facebook and Big Tech] control the politics, and through the politics they control the platform, and through the platform they control the public… they exert a great deal of influence by compartmentalizing us, disconnecting us from the things we need to do to connect and engage with what is considered ‘normal life’ today.

“It’s time we recognize that these are forced decisions,” he cautions, while warning that this threatens to become permanent unless the public wakes up and acts.

Warnings

These are issues and “warnings” that Snowden began talking about from the moment the pandemic hit the West and North America last March, leading to the imposition of emergency “stay-at-home orders” by state and local governments in many places:

“Edward Snowden says COVID-19 could give governments invasive new data collection powers that could last long after the pandemic is over.” “Could?” More like sure.

“In five years, when the coronavirus will be gone, our data will still be available to them – they start looking for new things,” Snowden said last spring. “They already know what you’re looking at on the Internet, they already know where you’re going on your phone, now they know what your heart rate is. What happens when they start mixing all those informations together and applying artificial intelligence to it?”

In his recent statements, Snowden emphasizes that this is one of the main causes of the “rising tide of anger” we’re now seeing around the world, going on to say, “People recognize that there is no consent, not in a way that really matters. People don’t feel concerned… and they don’t agree with that.”

“What we see is a divorce between the individual and the institutional in terms of power and accountability.”

World leader

Referring to world leaders and global ruling elites, he urges to be aware of the immensely alarming reality we have blindly maneuvered ourselves into as a society: “We have to realise that there is apparently nothing they can do that will make them suffer serious consequences, while the smallest infractions in our lives, which may even be civil and not criminal, are immediately digitalized at the moment of the error and held in a permanent record and controlled by these groups … whether they are commercial or governmental.“


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