Danny Breslin

How it is…

How to Become a Traitor – Lesson One

It’s easier than you think to become a traitor, all you need is a sense of right and wrong and the courage to come forward. Hats off to Edward Snowden who had the guts to stand up and say “You know what? This ain’t right!”

The people who we have trusted to keep us safe from all those nasty people who want to do bad things to us are, like a spider, slowly and secretly building a web to entangle us all, to trap us, to restrict our freedoms that we have for way too long taken for granted. The freedom to be an individual, to say, believe and think what we want, to go where we want, read, watch, enjoy and do what we want unimpeded (within reason of course – there are certain boundaries that should be observed and respected.) We don’t want our right to privacy taken off us, we don’t want our conversations eavesdropped, our personal communications read and vetted, cameras following us, GPS plotting our every move…do we? Well I don’t anyway.

Yes there are bad people out there who should be watched, who should be stopped before they commit vile acts – but I’m not one of them!

You may think and you will certainly hear “Well, if you have done nothing wrong then you have nothing to fear.” Who decides what is right or wrong? What is a threat to national security? How far will we have to go before we are branded a traitor for simply saying to one of your friends “I don’t agree with government foreign policy. It’s not right what they’re doing over there.” Dissent punishable by…..

Maybe you mention a keyword that lights up the board at GCHQ or NSA and they come and take you away; under the law you have no rights as a terrorist so forget legal representation and your day in court, you will be disappeared into a very deep and very dark hole. Serves you right you bloody traitor!

In his Fourth Realm Trilogy, John Twelve Hawks writes about the Panopticon, a prison designed by English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century, in which one watcher could observe all the inmates at the same time without them knowing whether or not they are being watched at any given moment; thus ensuring obedience. With cameras everywhere, satellites tracking us, stored DNA, and thanks to Prism all our communications monitored – welcome to the Panopticon.

So what is the answer? Simple my friends: say nothing, not even to your family or your closest friends. Do as your told, reject all criticism of the government and the security services because they have only your best interests at heart and are keeping you safe. Keep your mouth shut and your head down, and whatever you do: don’t speak the truth because the last thing truth will do will be to set you free.

P.S. I know you lads at GCHQ and NSA are reading this so I’d just like to say you are doing a wonderful job. Thanks.



June 10, 2013 - Posted by | Stuff and Nonsense | , , , , , , ,


  1. Hello lads!

    Comment by Andy Szpuk | June 10, 2013 | Reply

    • I’m hoping to get myself on a no-fly list so I’ve got an excuse not to get on a plane again.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | June 10, 2013 | Reply

  2. Sweet you,

    I’ve an award for you, for the person who you are and the things you share with the world

    Thank you for that..

    Namasté, Summer

    Comment by Summer | June 10, 2013 | Reply

  3. I did notice people agreeing with ALL you have to say here, Danny. No dissent! Nice!
    Hmm… so, let me go and share in your thanks to the NSA. Yeah sure, doin’ a great job, all ya guys!

    Comment by mj | June 13, 2013 | Reply

    • MJ…do I detect a hint of sarcasm? I’m sure they mean well.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | June 17, 2013 | Reply

      • Oops! Wasn;t my intention at all – our blogging friends mean well, you are right. It’s the security guys I’m sarcastic at!

        My apology to you and everyone who’s reading!

        Comment by mj | June 17, 2013

  4. No no no, MJ I meant the security people too!

    Comment by Danny Breslin | June 17, 2013 | Reply

  5. let me be the first to ” not totally agree” . I think the US/ journalists need to check out Snowden, too. Someone who brags he can wiretap the President of the United States at will needs to be investigated. And why go to China? he thinks it’s the bastion of freedom? And he’s not satisfied with $200,000 salary? Maybe he wants millions more from the Chinese, then retire with the loot in Iceland? I’m sure people will say, it’s the message, not the messenger, but for the sake of truth and fairness, the messenger should be vetted too. This is ” national security”, not some public servant taking home some office supplies.

    Comment by renxkyoko | June 20, 2013 | Reply

    • Erm…I don’t think he’s in it for the money. I think you might be missing the point. We are being spied upon like we’re enemies of the state, like terrorists or criminals yet we’ve done nothing wrong. We’re lied to and bullied and victimised by our governments. We are no longer free, we’re imprisoned in this panopticon and there is no way out. Snowden has given up everything to tell the world about what is going on and should be praised not hounded by the real villains of the piece.

      Comment by Danny Breslin | July 8, 2013 | Reply

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