Liberty and Tyranny: Symbols Side by Side – in America

Published on July 12, 2014 by Harold Pease, Ph.D

I awoke on a Sunday morning in a place I was visiting and a ray of light was coming through the window. The window view showed side-by-side symbols.

One of the symbols was a representation of liberty; a small community of multi-colored and multi-shaped living structures were filled with residents going about their business.

These residents were oblivious to the second symbol, represented by large, grey, ugly, windowless government buildings spying on and recording everyone’s communication. The contrast of liberty and totalitarian intent was startling and breathtaking.

To the far left of the window view was a new housing development intruding into largely undeveloped land, with brown hills above it and a large hay farm in front.

Here residents made choices that enhanced the quality and comfort of their lives largely free from total government spying and restriction—or so they thought.

The number of churches to the population seemed unusually high, five church steeples reaching skyward, as if begging for the influence of God in their community, in what looked to be no more than 300 structures, mostly apartments, as seen from my window—all within a mile of where I was.

I attended one of the churches and was greeted with the opening song “America the Beautiful,” the classic patriotic tune words written by Katherine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward.

It housed the favorite words “America! America!” followed by four phrases in four verses “God shed his grace on thee,” and, “God mend thine every flaw,” and, “May God thy gold refine,” and again, “God shed his grace on thee.” Obviously, these Christians loved their liberty. A similar tune representing a relationship between God, country and liberty could have been found throughout most of the country the Sunday before the Fourth of July.

In stark contrast off in the distance about two miles, but still clearly visible from the left side of the same window, was the most profound symbol of big government ever—the new NSA spy center, the largest in the world, capable of holding a yottabyte of information collected from every person on earth, some say, for generations to come.

These enormous, ugly, grey, windowless, buildings perched on a hill with intimidating guard-houses restricting entrance, represented potential total control of the actions and thoughts of every human. What is different about the Bluffdale, Utah spy center from other such centers in the United States is that the government does not deny that it specifically targets its own citizens.

Much has been published on NSA government spying of its own people and has published on this topic two previous articles, so nothing new is found in this one.

A project began under George W. Bush and accelerated under Barack Obama, Bluffdale “is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks

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