For those who are paying attention, the story of Edward Snowden has captured our imagination.
According to his most recent interview with the South China Morning Post, he intends to hide out in Hong Kong and allow the courts there to decide his fate.
In response, government officials have denied Snowden’s allegations. They say they doubt he had access to everything he claims.
Their denials remind me of the arguments I hear from clients who lack computer savvy. They stare in stupefied amazement when I explain how Google Cloud Print allows me to print to the wireless printer in my office from wherever I am located with my smart phone.
The officials who say Snowden was not allowed access to those areas forget that he had a top-secret clearance AND he was a computer geek. He pay rate indicates he had unusual technical skills and, with those skills, it is likely he could access anything he wanted to access.
Glenn Beck claims Snowden’s information is just the beginning. Supposedly, Beck has access to whistleblower info that will make Snowden’s claims pale in comparison. He says the new material is so earthshaking that the person will only reveal it in front of Congress on live television.
Beck ends the video clip linked here by saying, “You haven’t even begun to be outraged.”
This assumes that people are outraged at a government that stores every piece of communication it can store.
At the 10:45 mark of the video linked in this article, Snowden’s says, “My greatest fear regarding the outcome of these disclosures is that nothing will change.”
He understands that Americans tend not to be outraged about a situation until it affects them directly.
In fact, this is the issue that alternative media generally faces when attempting to share a story that has a fringe element to it or sounds conspiratorial.
The general public won’t accept the story unless they hear it on mainstream media.
Therefore, they follow the lead of those who would suffer consequences if the stories were true.
They ridicule and deny the facts, even when thorough investigation indicates they are true.
At this point, it appears the Snowden story may help the general public become more accepting of stories reported in non-mainstream sources.
After all, alternative media has been reporting on the collection of personal data for more than a decade.
Two other topics where we may soon see a shift include UFO reports and the spraying of chemtrails.
The signs indicate we are on the threshold of numerous revelations.
It remains to be seen what the general public will do with this new information.