Peter Patau

Peter Patau

Posted on 07/04/2013


Photo taken on July  4, 2008


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Fourth of July 2013 Under the Watchful Eyes of NSA

Fourth of July 2013 Under the Watchful Eyes of NSA
Today the United States celebrates its 237th birthday. It's a day off from work, a day of patriotic pride for many, filled with picnics, barbecues and fireworks. But few seem to be spending much time thinking about those 56 men in Philadelphia who pledged "our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor" to the cause of freedom more than two centuries ago. It's hard to imagine what they would have thought of today's America, in which the government collects data on every major form of communication used by its citizens. A government which reaches out across the ocean to detain a sovereign head of state who was rumored to be harboring an American whistleblower on his jet.

The founders didn't know telephones or email or airplanes. But they knew about freedom and its absence. If they could get their heads around the technology, they would probably have thought these were actions more typical of a tyrant like King George than the America they loved.

Belleuse, Adèle, Peter Brutschin, * ᕈᗩᕰᒪ and 5 other people have particularly liked this photo


10 comments - The latest ones
Dave Linscheid
Dave Linscheid
A beautiful fireworks capture, and thoughtful commentary.
Freedom can disappear in one dramatic action, or in a series of little thefts.
5 years ago.
Gamma Infinity
Gamma Infinity
Americans are boiled frogs. The heat is turned up so gradually that no one notices. Suddenly you won't be free, and it will be too late to do anything about it.

On Independence Day, we honor Thomas Jefferson, who said tyranny was a legitimate cause for revolution. (He also owned slaves. The 1700s were like this.)

We spend a lot of time honoring all the soldiers who died so we could be free.

Except we're not free. Did they die in vain?
5 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Great capture and timely commentary.
5 years ago.
Maria
Maria
Beautifully captured :)
5 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Splendid !!!
5 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Wonderful capture and a somber reality.
5 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent!
5 years ago.
John McKay
John McKay
Well said, excellent photo as well.
5 years ago.
Peter Brutschin
Peter Brutschin
(http://www.ipernity.com/doc/295421/23088839)
5 years ago.
Donna
Donna
beautiful mood!
5 years ago.