Edward Snowden is a very brave man. He put his life on the line in the name of freedom. Who would have thought that an American must flee his country to seek asylum in another to escape jail for trying to uphold democracy in the land of the free. Those who believe the famous Bill of Rights now fear a knock on the door, a stranger in the street, a shadow at the corner of their eye.
Wasn't America the country you ran to when fleeing persecution? The world has been turned on its head.
I wonder if they will come for me. I haven’t released any secrets but I do use the internet to research my books. I drop keywords all over the place: weapons, explosives, bombs, detonators, automatics, AK47s, Uzis, fighting knives! Just writing this gives me the shivers … and did I remember to lock the door.
I like my life in St. Martin and don’t want to be snatched off the street and wake up in a cell in Guantanamo wearing an orange jumpsuit and bag over my head. Nor do I want to seek asylum in Anguilla (as much as I like Anguilla).
Such monstrous breaches of privacy by governments plays right into the hands of the terrorists and I can’t help thinking they have won. (Oops, ‘terrorist’ there’s another keyword.)
In his election speech Obama said he would listen to all Americans. I don’t think this is quite what the electorate had in mind. We do have some protection in St. Martin against phone eavesdropping, as I doubt even America’s National Security Agency would have any more luck getting decent service from the island’s phone companies than I do.
Having my fingerprints taken and my retina scanned every time I enter the US is a huge intrusion, and being told by Britain’s Foreign Secretary that if I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear, is insulting.
There is one positive in all this. If, after reading my emails and browsing history, they come after me, then I can expect an explosion in book sales.