Thursday, 20 February 2014

Chelsea Manning: Sam Adams Award 2014

This is Chelsea's preferred photo - there are no recent ones, obvs.
When the public lacks the ability to access what its government is doing, it ceases to be involved in the governing process. There is a distinct difference between citizens, in which people are entitled to rights and privileges protected by and from the state, and subjects, in which people are placed under the absolute authority and control of the state. In essence, this is the difference between tyranny and freedom. To echo a maxim from Milton and Foes Friedman: a society that puts secrecy – in the sense of state secrecy – ahead of transparency and accountability will end up neither secure nor free.

Edward Snowden addresses the Oxford Union by videolink yesterday as Chelsea receives the Sam Adams Award For Integrity And Intelligence.

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