|Independent Lens "1971" on PBS|
"1971": In 1971, long before Edward Snowden's revelations of NSA surveillance, a group of citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the public. Their actions exposed the FBI's illegal surveillance program of law-abiding Americans. Now for the first time, these anonymous Americans who risked everything share their story publicly.
This is the "link" to it... do watch it.... I was inspired and horrified at the same time. I remember some of this --these events.... For example, the Episcopal Franciscans in San Francisco were on this FBI watch list.... --which would have included Joel... Oh those pesky Franciscans...
For more about what was uncovered, the FBI tactics, who was being investigated, here is the Wiki article on Cointelpro.
So... on this day after Memorial Day, when we remembered those who gave their all for the sake of freedom --I remember those others who also risked and gave their all, for the sake of freedom.
--kind of like All Saints and All Souls, heh?
At prayer this morning (2 Corinthians 1:12-22)
Indeed, this is our boast, the testimony of our conscience: we have behaved in the world with frankness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God—and all the more toward you. For we write you nothing other than what you can read and also understand; I hope you will understand until the end—as you have already understood us in part—that on the day of the Lord Jesus we are your boast even as you are our boast.
Since I was sure of this, I wanted to come to you first, so that you might have a double favor; I wanted to visit you on my way to Macedonia, and to come back to you from Macedonia and have you send me on to Judea. Was I vacillating when I wanted to do this? Do I make my plans according to ordinary human standards, ready to say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” at the same time? As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been “Yes and No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not “Yes and No”; but in him it is always “Yes.” For in him every one of God’s promises is a “Yes.” For this reason it is through him that we say the “Amen,” to the glory of God. But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, by putting his seal on us and giving us his Spirit in our hearts as a first installment.
--in him it is always "Yes."
So, how, can any of us ever say "No" --??
The connections made between these events in the video and Snowden are stunning, and should remind us never to take anything for granted. And how close we always are to a descent in to hell... probably now more than ever before.
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve it's liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? ... The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it's natural manure. --Thomas Jefferson, Letter to William Smith, 1787
We seem to forget that our "Founding Fathers"and mothers broke the Law in fomenting the American Revolution.... Let us be ever aware and vigilant --for the sake of our neighborhoods, the people, the church, the Nation... .
And, no, I can never ever condone violence. Except, perhaps, to follow the example of our Lord and turn a few table over... . Just sayin'.
But, I cannot understand the apathy, the lethargy of our current time....
And--just for fun....