- Posted January 6, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The written word: Your personal essays
By Ozwald Balfour
In many ways, 2013 could be described as the year of the Whistleblower. Edward Snowden took matters into his own hands when he defected from the United States with a treasure trove of secrets about the intrusive nature of data collection by government agencies. What is most disturbing is that technology makes it possible for governments and corporations to collect and keep data on everyone.
There may be national security imperatives to spy on the leaders of foreign countries. But why spy on ordinary citizens in the hopes of catching international terrorists? This is one of the evils of capitalism. Corporations in business to make obscene profit develop the technology to sell to the biggest consumer of all time- the government of the United States of America. Millions of citizens are employed by corporations in the business of making tools that limit Liberty. In addition, one in six employees in America works for the government.
From jail in Utah Jeremy Johnson while under federal indictments ‘Blew the Whistle’ on Attorney General, John Sallow. Within ten months of his inauguration, angry voices joined by the constant drum beat of the media resulted in the disgraceful resignation of the Attorney General of what is supposed to be the Best Managed state in the Union. What does this say about the state of affairs nationally? Mr. Johnson’s motives aside, John Swallow and others in government routinely brake laws of the land for political gain and conspire to ‘cover their assets.’
Most citizens remain in the dark as to the magnitude of corruption perpetrated by public officials at all levels of government and private corporations. By the time some are aware, they find themselves in a dilemma. They are vested in a system that controls every aspect of their lives. A very small group stands on principal and exercise moral or personal convictions. They are the Whistleblowers. What is the price of becoming a Whistleblower? It could include, Elimination.