Famous whistleblower Edward Snowden has a dire warning for everyone grappling with the coronavirus pandemic: don’t let authoritarians exploit the crisis to claim more power.
Snowden told Vice that he sees the rise of emergency laws, increased surveillance, and other ways that governments have suspended civil rights to combat the pandemic as a disturbing power grab.
And, he added, he doesn’t expect the leaders behind it to relinquish the newfound power when the coronavirus outbreak finally recedes.
Snowden argued that a global pandemic was readily predictable, and that scientists and intelligence agencies had long been sounding alarm bells. Imposing new emergency surveillance, he argues, is a particularly disturbing play.
“As authoritarianism spreads, as emergency laws proliferate, as we sacrifice our rights, we also sacrifice our capability to arrest the slide into a less liberal and less free world,” Snowden told Vice.
Ultimately, Snowden fears that the world leaders claiming new emergency authority will hold onto them well after the pandemic ends.
“Do you truly believe that when the first wave, this second wave, the 16th wave of the coronavirus is a long-forgotten memory, that these capabilities will not be kept?” Snowden said.
“That these datasets will not be kept? No matter how it is being used, what is being built is the architecture of oppression.”
And I mean … All governments, at least in Europe, continue to be tough on the Corona virus, and that’s right.
However, no one is willing to ban meat consumption – at least during the blackout period. And no one talks about the main cause of virus formation.
Even the conservative media warn of viruses and bacteria in factory farming and point this out every day.
Nevertheless: The animal transports go beyond the borders with even looser regulations than before, hunting in Germany is allowed without restrictions, feeding pigeons remains forbidden, with a fine of 1000 euros for non-obedient citizens
The stupid government in Germany wants to introduce the app warning system in mobile phones that send a signal as soon as a registered corona infected person appears.
That’s not all.
The German government expects 40 to 50 million volunteers of the app system !!!
In the first place it is voluntary, then it is mandatory.
The majority of the population does not understand what is really happening. And it doesn’t even understand that it doesn’t understand.
This makes the surveillance system easier than ever.
Animal rights activists will not be spared the future harmful consequences of the current corona measures.
Animal transport, undercover investigations in slaughterhouses, demonstrations against animal exploitation … It seems that more and more means are right to end the fight for the animals.
Our struggle has long become a political issue. We have to stay on the side of animals and fight against systems and governments that want to prevent our fight.
Stay free, stay active! for the animals.
Best regards to all, Venus