Thursday, January 30, 2014

Norwegian MPs Nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

The only thing that could make a dystopian nightmare like George Orwell’s 1984 much worse would be to have it operate secretly.   Snowden’s disclosures are now and only now forcing a complete overhaul of the underlying technologies and empowerments that were seriously on the brink of been seriously abused, simply because they could.  This will rebound on other states around the world as we discover a new gold standard for modern freedom.

It is too soon for the end game for Snowden, but it is clear that the surveillance state has taken a massive blow.   It remains to be seen if it is mortal.  It is still likely going to take serious negotiations to bring him back and provide him protection.  What we certainly do not want is a gratuitous assassination to match that of Trotsky.  By now cooler heads should have prevailed.

In all this, we will shortly be able to close down all such surveillance once and for all and that will force the government to return to the old ways of spy craft.

Norwegian MPs nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

Published time: January 29, 2014 11:31 

Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prizeby two Norwegian lawmakers, who say the NSA whistleblower contributed to “transparency and global stability” by revealing the depth and sophistication of the global surveillance apparatus.

Snorre Valen and Baard Vegar Solhjell, parliamentarians from Norway’s Socialist Left Party, announced the nomination on Facebook on Wednesday.

Noting that “peace is more than simply the absence of war,” the MPs said that Snowden had contributed to global security by revealing “the nature and technological prowess of modern surveillance.”

“The level of sophistication and depth of surveillance that citizens all over the world are subject to, has stunned us, and stirred debate all over the world. By doing this, he has contributed critical knowledge about how modern surveillance and intelligence directed towards states and citizens is carried out,” a statement by the Norwegian MPs said.

The legislators said Snowden’s leaks may have damaged the security interests of several nations in the short-term, noting they do not necessarily support or condone all of the former NSA contractor’s disclosures.

“We are, however, convinced that the public debate and changes in policy that have followed in the wake of Snowden's whistle-blowing has contributed to a more peaceful, stable and peaceful world order.”

Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee invites 'qualified people' from national assemblies and governments, courts, universities and former laureates to submit nominations.

The deadline to nominate candidates for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize is Saturday. The winner is announced on the second Friday of October each year.

In October, a group of US whistleblowers presented Snowden with the Sam Adams Award for ‘Integrity in Intelligence’ in Moscow, where the former NSA was granted temporary asylum.

Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who was present at the ceremony, told RT the award “is a candlestick holder for someone, who has shone bright light into dark corners.”

In July, the German branch of Transparency International also awarded Snowden its Whistleblower Award. That same month, a Swedish sociology professor also nominated NSA leaker Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize for his “heroic effort at great personal cost.”

Professor Stefan Svallfors said giving Snowden the Nobel nod could “save the prize from the disrepute incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision” to give the 2009 award to Barack Obama.

In 2013, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.” OPCW inspectors entered Syria on October 1 to help implement a last minute plan hammered out by the United States and Russia which saw Syrian President Bashar Assad agree to destroy his chemical weapons stockpiles in order to avert US-led military strikes in the country.

The Nobel Committee received far more criticism the previous year by opting to grant the European Union the peace prize "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe."

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