Extinction Threats Tips Website vs. Government Failures
We probably cannot prevent an extinction event within Earth's biosphere, but can delay one perhaps long enough for the creation of self-sufficient space colonies.
There are great threats to the world which need to be dealt with by highly competent and effective security services which actually do their job well. The problem is that these security services have been unwilling and unable to even deal with national threats, and are generally disinterested in the welfare of the environment on Earth.
It is common sense that there will be terrorists as well as other threats for as long as there are humans on this planet, so that we need good intelligence and security services.
We should not try to live without security services, and there will always be tradeoffs between privacy and security. Absolute privacy would allow some of the greatest threats to our existence to go undetected until it is too late, whereby there may be no second chance to learn from this mistake and adjust.
One question is whether politicians have the will, the resolve, and the power to deeply reform their security services.
International agencies such as the United Nations and Interpol have been very limited in their abilities to do much, needing to work thru national security services.
The bureaucracies are opaque and have proven themselves inadequate countless times, against less sophisticated and larger threats which should have been more detectable.
In this internet age, it is time that security also made its way into crowdsourced, peer to peer networks.
To some extent, it already has, with Wikileaks, OpenLeaks, and others. However, we need a non-governmental, public, internet based tips website and network to deal specifically with extinction related developments, in both the public and private sectors.
This author has personally witnessed awesome corruption and ineptitude among government institutions, which I do not intend to air in this book if anywhere at all, as it's not necessary nor prudent. Instead, all that is necessary is already out there from whistleblowers, and what's needed is to piece together these pieces of the puzzle to show the big picture, because if you don't understand that, and leave these matters into the hands of government officials, that's a recipe for disaster.
Whether it's Hurricane Katrina, or 9/11, or Iraq's supposed weapons of mass destruction, or understanding of large Middle East groups, the "experts" have repeatedly come up way short of even modest expectations. Add on the farce of the 54 terrorist plots that the NSA claimed it prevented, and the subsequent revelations about those claims, it's no wonder that the general public wonders what's really going on in our national security bureaucracies.
An understandable amount of corruption does not bother me, knowing human nature, as long as people are doing their jobs and trying to fulfill their responsibilities. It's when they don't try to fulfill their responsibilities, due to individual or special interest benefits, carelessness cronyism, and/or ineptitude, in vital roles, that we need to step up and do something ourselves.
As part of the generation going thru the technological time of potential extinction, we are all responsible.
American Government "Intelligence" Corruption and Ineptitude
Understanding what has happened with the world's only remaining superpower is critical, if we are to have any hope of competently addressing extinction risks, because it shows the need for internet citizen activism to operate separately.
While Edward Snowden got the most press for leaking illegal NSA spying, simply because he showed documents with "Top Secret" at the top, Snowden's case is not the one which should be the biggest. There are several others which should have received a whole lot more press, such as:
Like so many others, both Tice and Edmonds tried to go thru official whistleblower channels first. Only as a last resort did they finally go public.
Money is the root of most evil. The human instincts of comfort, indulgence, and social status (ego) drive individuals to seek out positions of power and control, often for their own self interest, or that of their tribe, without sacrificing for the greater good. If you do not go along with the white color gang, you're unlikely to get promoted much, especially into the centers of power.
(They have lots of great assignments to remote places where you can do the hard and often dangerous work while others back in the bureaucracy derive benefits. When things go well, everybody tries to take credit. When they go wrong, it's fingerpointing the other ways.)
Washington, D.C., like many other places, attracts people who seek power and status. It's not a place where people take risks or make personal sacrifices much for the greater good. It's a place where image and public relations are performed with high skill on one side, but secret deals to the contrary for individual and special interest group benefits go on in secrecy.
Having worked and lived there for 10 years, well networked, these are my own observations, but I think you can also piece this together from what's out in the press from a small number of whistleblowers.
What is most remarkable is what an extremely tiny percentage of people will actually risk sacrificing their personal career, wellbeing, and family benefits to blow the whistle on extremely serious wrongdoing. We're not talking about just pettiness or money, we are talking about dereliction of duty and gross irresponsibility, for individual personal gain.
We are a dangerous and often ugly species. -=-=-=-=-
Unfortunately, there is a high probability that the result will just be a lot of sensational press with negative attention to the agencies which will result in little more than entertaining the readership, who tend to have a short attention span. Abuses have been exposed before in history, but Congress obviously hasn't instituted enough reforms and oversight to prevent them from happening again. This phase will probably pass, too. People will cheer the whistleblowers, some token reforms will be announced with fanfare, but in the end it will be a return to "business as usual" for the most part. What's to make us think it will be any different this time?
The biggest fear
From the interview of Edward Snowden by Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong:
"The greatest fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. People will see in the media all of these disclosures. They'll know the lengths that the government is going to grant themselves powers unilaterally to create greater control over American society and global society. But they won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things to force their representatives to actually take a stand in their interests."
A similar thing applies here. The greatest risk is that so many people know about the risks to us, but in the end "won't be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things" but will just move on to their next cool distractions with a short attention span, and not play a role in our generation to help humanity solve this problem.
Meanwhile, too many voters may just put into Congress and the White House the next round of demagogue who convince the masses that they will be the better one to improve the economy. It's still all about money?
As Ray McGovern said, his organization doesn't give awards to people for predicting the rain, they give rewards for building arks.
What we need is solutions, implemented to completion. Not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.
The solution, in my opinion, is to set up some kind of international "intelligence" non-governmental organization (NGO) consisting of people from many different countries all over the world, screened and vetted for reliability as well as minimization of potential conflicts of interest, trained in confidentiality and compartmentalization, having a democratic system for promotions, as well as a checks and balances system, and with a public relations arm, in order to diligently research allegations of threats in the world, counter fear mongering false allegations, and make sure that governments don't miss and really do follow up on the real threats.
America cannot be the policeman of the world. In fact, people around the world are trusting the American intelligence agencies less and less, as well as many other national intelligence organizations. We need an alternative, international NGO.
This needs to go beyond just terrorist threats. It should be expanded to include threats to the environment of our planet in this era of mass extinctions, including pollution, illegal bulk fishing in international waters, and other threats to the security and well being of other life on this planet, in addition to our own.
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