Obama’s genie by Joan Swirsky



Obama’s genie
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By Joan Swirsky
February 27, 2018

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Imagine a guy in his mid-thirties walking on a beach in Hawaii and seeing an object that actually looked like the genie lamp he read about in his childhood – the kind of lamp he could rub until a genie popped out and granted his most fervent wish.

Being a pretty ordinary guy – you know, the kind who hung out smoking pot, who slacked off in school, who didn’t get the girl and actually hated and was jealous of the guys who did – he asked for power.

Poof – the Genie granted him his wish, power beyond his wildest dreams.

To be sure, the Genie certainly didn’t know that this ordinary guy didn’t want merely to embarrass the guys he was jealous of, he wanted to destroy them. And not through the ordinary methods – knives, guns, poison, etc., although all of them might play a part one day – but through politics!

The most important thing the Genie didn’t know was that all those cool, get-the-girl guys were only symbols for the thing Mr. Ordinary hated most – America!

But too late – the Genie had given him the power to mobilize the entire world against the country he claimed was the place of his birth.

ONE LUCKY GUY

Who was this ordinary guy?

He said his name was Barack Obama and he was born in 1961 to a white mother and a black father from Kenya, Africa, who met at the University of Hawaii. Reporters had no interest in finding a marriage certificate, but – as leftists are so fond of saying – it’s only a piece of paper!

Two years later, the boy’s parents divorced and young Obama’s mother met and married another U. of Hawaii student, Lolo Soetoro, a native of Indonesia. In 1966, the couple moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, with five-year-old Barack, who was adopted by his new father, which according to Indonesian law would automatically make him an Indonesian citizen. His student ID card carried the name of Barry Soetoro. Four years later, Mrs. Soetoro gave birth to a daughter named Maya and sent 10-year-old Barack back to Hawaii to be raised by her parents.

In Indonesia, the reporting grows fuzzy, some saying that Barack attended a Christian school, others saying a Madrassa where he studied the Koran. The latter seems more probable as Mr. Obama himself described the Muslim call to prayer as “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset.”

After high school, Mr. Obama studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles. But again, the media weren’t curious enough to ask for the transcripts and so none were ever produced. Was this to conceal Mr. Obama’s status as a foreign student? Mmmmm.

Then, he transferred to Columbia University in New York City. But strangely, no first-person reports ever emerged of any associations, sightings, relationships, or dating of the Ivy League student – and, again, no transcripts.

Mr. Obama moved to Chicago in 1985 and became a community organizer – entering the profession of his and Hillary Clinton’s idol, Saul Alinsky, the America-loathing Marxist whose book “Rules for Radicals” provided a blueprint for “fundamentally changing” the United States of America from a capitalist, free-market, U.S. Constitution-respecting, freedom-loving country into either a Communist paradise or an Islamic caliphate.

In 1988, our One Lucky Guy entered Harvard Law School where he became the first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review…quite amazingly, seeing that he wrote not one article to earn this honor and that – ta da – no transcripts of his years in the law school ever materialized! The media once again demonstrated a remarkable lack of curiosity about who paid Mr. Obama’s immensely expensive tuition.

They also had no interest in asking Mr. Obama why Simon & Schuster cancelled the contract on the book they gave him a pricey advance for – Dreams from My Father – which was finally published in 1995 by Times Books (a division of Random House). Or how on earth his publisher, editor, and the professionals employed by the literary agency, Acton & Dystel, could all have gotten it wrong when they distributed a publicity brochure for the book that featured the author’s picture and a blurb that read: “Barack Obama, the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” – a description future candidate and then Oval Office occupant Barack Obama spent multimillions of dollars on denying!

After Harvard, the new graduate joined a Chicago law firm where his supervisor was another Harvard Law School graduate, Michelle Robinson. They dated, then married. But surprise, surprise, there is no record of their marriage certificate, just as no photos of Michelle being pregnant with their two daughters, and no birth certificates of their daughters exist in the public domain.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

No, not the policy of favoring members of a minority group in job hiring, college admissions, etc., but rather the concrete steps a number of movers and shakers took when they began to think that Mr. Obama would be the perfect fit for Chicago “machine” politics.

In 1995, Mr. Obama’s mentor, the communist Alice Palmer, announced that she was giving up her seat in the state senate to run for the U.S. Congress and anointed Mr. Obama her successor. She had personally introduced Mr. Obama to Bill Ayers – the anti-war founder of the terrorist group the Weather Underground Organization (WUO) who advocated killing 25 million Americans to actualize his goal of overthrowing America – and to Ayers’ partner in crime, his wife Bernardine Dohrn. In fact, Mr. Obama’s political career was launched in the Ayers’ living room.

But after Mrs. Palmer suffered an unexpected defeat in the special congressional election, she decided she wanted her state senate seat back and asked Mr. Obama not to run. He not only refused to step aside, but said he was going to pose a legal challenge to the legitimacy of the signatures she had amassed to qualify for the ballot. Using that tactic, he got all four challengers – including Mrs. Palmer – knocked off the ballot so he could run unchallenged in heavily Democrat Illinois.

Mr. Obama spent three terms in the Illinois state senate – from 1997 to 2004 – when he decided to run for the U.S. Senate. And whaddaya know! Trailing in third place with only three weeks until the primary election, Mr. Obama magically – or you can blame it on the Genie – got some hack from the Chicago Tribune to publish salacious dirt on both Democrat rivals (one involving sealed records of one, no less), which destroyed their candidacies and gave the nomination to, again, the unchallenged state senator.

That was in March. The following July, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) pushed for Senator Obama to give the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. It was a masterful presentation in which the extreme left-wing radicalism – which defined his years in community organizing and state office and would later define his eight years in the Oval Office – was camouflaged to perfection.

“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” he intoned to the audience, “there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. The pundits like to slice-and-dice our country into Red States and Blue States…. we are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

Yeah, right.

DEFINITION OF CHUTZPAH

On February 10, 2007, only three years into his first term, Senator Obama announced his intention to seek the presidency of the United States of America. Just as his three terms in the Illinois state senate had yielded a remarkably unremarkable record of boilerplate liberal “accomplishments” – with abortion, especially late-term abortion, and also blocking legislation to protect born-alive survivors of abortions at the top of his list – so had his first three years in Washington, D.C.

But on August 28, 2008, the fledgling senator was nominated for president, defeating the perennial glass-ceiling candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), and going on to defeat the Republican in Name Only (RINO), Arizona Sen. John McCain.

Who – we ask – could manage to mobilize left-wing politics worldwide, including:
The entire spectrum of the American Democrat Party,

The worldwide America-loathing Muslim Brotherhood,

The bought-and-paid-for American media whores,

The impotent socialists of the European Union,

The impotent socialists and Communists of Venezuela, Cuba, and other utterly failed regimes,

The Muslim terrorist regime of Iran,

The dictator-populated United Nations,

The mal-educated millennials raised on leftist propaganda,

The bitter abortion-loving, man-hating feminists,

The pathological jealousy of all things successful,


On and on and on and on….all negative?
Of course, that ordinary guy was Barack Obama – a member of the infamous Choom drug-inhaling gang.

But his fans yearned to believe that Mr. Obama was not half-white, but instead the Great Black Hope who would redeem Big Bad America from its racist past, and also that he was a successful author. Regarding the latter, Jack Cashill made a slam-dunk case in his blockbuster book Deconstructing Obama: The Life, Loves, and Letters of America’s First Postmodern President that it was actually Mr. Obama’s close pal – the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers – who wrote the book.

And they wanted to believe that Mr. Obama was a very honest guy, which is why they nodded their heads affirmatively when he said that in over 20 years of sitting in the pews of the “Reverend” Jeremiah Wright’s church, he never heard the preacher’s anti-American, anti-Semitic rants.

Throughout the campaign (and well into his occupation of the Oval Office), a group of 400 leftist – ahem – journalists decided they didn’t like authentic journalists questioning Mr. Obama on everything from the constitutional eligibility of his candidacy to his longtime relationships with radicals like William Ayers and anti-American, anti-Semitic bigwigs like Rev. Louis Farrakhan. To prop up their candidate of choice, and to go after any of his critics and questioners with a vengeance, they formed JournOlist.

Sure enough, this overwhelmingly left-wing and deeply corrupt group refused to ask even one question about why Mr. Obama used a state of Connecticut Social Security number when he hadn’t lived one day of his life in that state; why he lost his law license in 2002 (or if, in fact, he ever took the bar exam); why Michelle’s law license was inactivated by court order; why Mr. Obama never released more than a one-page medical report…the list of unasked questions goes on and on.

And when any moderate or conservative journalist asked him about saying during his campaign that he had traveled to “all 57 states – I think one left to go”(did he mean the 57 states of the Organization of the Islamic Conference?), or in office when he stated that the people in Austria speak Austrian, or referred to military corpsmen as corpse men, or described his grandmother as “a typical white person” – you get the picture – the media whores immediately pounced, accusing any critic of being a “racist.”

How clueless they were and are to this day of their own rank racism, in essence telling Americans that they’re not allowed to criticize a black man because he’s not smart enough or strong enough to take it…but they are smart enough and strong enough to defend him by insulting his critics. Cannot make this up!

THE COUP D’ÉTAT CABAL

America has had unlikely presidents before Mr. Obama, but none quite as unlikely. How did this happen?

For almost an entire century, and certainly since the tumultuous ’60s when Bill and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and Dick Durbin and other far-leftists reared their seditious heads, the left has been looking for the one defining figure to get them over the goal line, that being literally overthrowing the United States of America – the land they loathe.

Jimmy Carter was a start, but the Dolly Parton fantasizer lasted only one term before America came to its senses and elected the genuine conservative Ronald Reagan. After enjoying two terms of peace and prosperity, Americans once again voted for Republican George H.W. Bush – only to boot him out in favor of the charming southerner Bill Clinton, whose victory, political pundits claimed, was helped immeasurably by the phony third-party candidacy of Texas billionaire business mogul Ross Perot, who bowed out of the race at the last minute, de facto throwing his votes to the man who would become known forever as “slick Willy.”

Clinton’s eight long years lasted largely because of a strong economy, decent job growth, a surge in homeownership, and Family & Medical Leave for 20-million Americans, among other factors – in spite of non-stop scandals, impeachment, perjury, and the loss of his law license, the accusation of rape, the stained blue dress, the pathetic wife, the mishandling of terror attacks, the proliferation of corporate scandals (numbering 86), the floodgate of unvetted immigrants into the country, the massacre at Waco, the colossal failure of Hillarycare, betraying America by by selling advanced U.S. missile technology to our enemy the People’s Republic of China, and threatening little Elian Gonzales at gunpoint.


Once again, America came to its senses and elected #43, the former two-term Governor of Texas George W. Bush, the son of #41. The affable junior enjoyed two terms until the coup d’état cabal was ready for their full-on assault on America. But “W” facilitated that assault by joining the left in their fantasy that Islam was “the religion of peace” and acknowledged, himself, that his “Mission Accomplished” banner was a bad idea, and that he failed to push for immigration reform. Others cite a skyrocketing deficit and the fact he waged two costly and ineffective wars (in Afghanistan and Iraq).

Over all these years, leftist heavy hitters were developing their takeover. Armed with multibillions of dollars from a handful of powerful America-detesting progressives, they covered every base, starting with the media whores who proved to be the easiest to buy and control. Next they bought every member of the Democrat Party, instructing them to sing one tune and one tune only throughout the candidate’s presidential campaign and his entire tenure…and insisted that they, the real brains behind the coup, would provide both the tune and the lyrics.

Next, they implanted the consigliere, Valerie Jarrett, to basically run the presidency, and also speech writers to formulate every single solitary word that Mr. Obama spoke, even demanding that he use a Teleprompter to address a kindergarten class!

Within weeks or months, the honchos-in-chief delivered to their hand-picked puppet – that would be the guy who rubbed the genie lamp – the massive to-do list they had been working on for decades:
11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare, aka socialized medicine),

Mountains of Environmental Protection Agency regulations that effectively killed the coal industry and other domestic energy sources, among other Draconian rules.

A blueprint for Common Core, aka socialized education (read: leftist propaganda),

An elaborate plan to destroy the military, as Matt Barber spells out here, by, among other things, purging military commanders, enacting Rules of Engagement that militate against our success in combat, cutting military pay and benefits, cutting missile defense, etc.

The introduction of members of the Islamic supremacist group, the Muslim Brotherhood, into the highest reaches of the American government.

Weaponizing the Internal Revenue Service and, we now learn, the FBI, the DOJ, the DHS, and other agencies of the U.S. Government, a function, Tom Basile writes in Forbes, of Obama’s “dangerous arrogance of power.”

On and on and on and on.
ENTER THE GENIE SLAYER

The Obama regime, as Americans have now learned, was steeped, indeed marinating, in illegality and corruption. There was virtually no dirty trick they believed was beyond the pale, no department (FBI, anyone?) and no operative (Seth Rich, anyone?) beyond exploitable or dispensable.

They believed this because every single poll told them (and told America) that Barack Obama’s successor would be his former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, a woman who had elevated corruption, dishonesty, and malfeasance to a virtual art form.

In other words, with Hillary’s election, their dirty secrets would remain with them.

They welcomed the sixteen Republican candidates who ran against Hillary for president in 2015, especially the mega-mogul Donald J. Trump, whose inexperience in the political world and colorful, tabloid-rich background made him the perfect target for their oppo-research team to skewer.

But as candidate Trump systematically leveled every opponent and Hillary was left to face the guy who labeled her “crooked Hillary” – inspiring the huge crowds he attracted to chant “Lock Her Up! Lock Her Up!” – Ms. Glass Ceiling began to devolve, relying on Democrat operatives like Donna Brazile to give her questions to upcoming debates and forcing her to commit unforced errors like calling Trump supporters, a month before the election, “a basket of deplorables.”

When the Obama/Hillary crew finally smelled the coffee of possible defeat, they hatched a plan to destroy a President Trump if, in fact, that eventuality came to pass. And it did. And they launched their plan – to produce a phony dossier and accuse President Trump of colluding with Russia in order to win the election. Relevant to mention here is that it was over a million dollars from Hillary’s campaign coffers that paid for MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the dossier.

Just as their moneybags donors had directed them during the Obama years, both the media whores and the Democrats stuck to the script – Trump-Russia, Trump-Russia, Trump- Russia. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was anointed by another former Obama operative, Ron Rosenstein, to conduct the Russia collusion investigation.

Mr. Mueller hired – exclusively, with not one exception – Democrat prosecutors and lawyers, most of them contributors to Hillary’s campaign, to help destroy the newly inaugurated President Trump. They labored for over a year, with the oleaginous top dog on the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), leading the charge.

The result: The stunning revelations of widespread, massive, endemic corruption and collusion with Russia – by the Democrats themselves! But not one scintilla of evidence against President Trump.

On February 24, 2018, reporter Gabby Morrongiello of the Washington Examiner quoted former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka – who commented on the four-page memo released a few weeks ago by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), which accused FBI and Justice Department officials of abusing their power and deliberately misleading the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to gain permission to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page because of his contacts in Moscow:

[Surprise, surprise – 10 of the 11 FISA court judges were appointed by Obama!]

“Remember,” Gorka announced at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, “we’re only at the beginning of FISA-gate, which eventually will be Obama-gate.

“It’s not the Ben Rhodes of the world, it’s not the John Brennans, it’s not the Susan Rices, who are only culpable for the criminal regime we had that spied on Americans illegally,” Gorka said, citing several senior Obama administration officials. “Guess what – somebody had to let them.”

“And guess what?” Gorka continued. “It’s the last president of the United States.”

Rep. Nunes apparently agrees, as he identifies Mr. Obama to WorldNetDaily.com as being the person who was really in collusion with Russia “for eight years and setting the stage for orchestrating a conspiracy theory of collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump during the 2016 election.”

Daniel Greenfield writes that “the Obama era is over. It was wiped from the pages of history in one night that left Congress and the White House in Republican hands. Obama’s…frantic efforts to campaign for Hillary did no good. The public…made it clear that he did not matter. Obama once thought that he belonged to the ages. Now he belongs in the rubbish bin.”

Maybe…but maybe not. President Trump not only wiped out any shred of Mr. Obama’s so-called legacy, he effectively destroyed the fantasy of a magical genie that has guided the former community organizer’s lifelong obsessive mission to destroy America.

Is it too much for the rest of us to fantasize that the man who once chanted “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” will have a prosecutor replace the G in genie with a G for Gitmo?

© Joan Swirsky

By Bruce Moyer: March 2015: The Most Powerful Court You Have Never Heard Of



Washington Watch | March 2015
By Bruce Moyer

Long The disclosures by Edward Snowden about the size and scope of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, both in the United States and abroad, has prompted a flurry of Congressional proposals aimed at reframing the foreign intelligence- gathering process. While the thrust of these proposals is aimed at the intelligence-gathering process itself, several would also alter the operations of the federal court in Washington that provides judicial oversight of intelligence gathering and, in fact, authorized the con- troversial NSA telephone metadata collection effort disclosed by Snowden.

The court we’re talking about is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC. Described by CNN as “the most power- ful court you have never heard of,” the panel plays a significant role in the sensitive balance of foreign intelligence-gathering and civil liberties. Established in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), the FISC hears applications from the government and decides whether to issue orders approving certain electronic surveil- lance activities for foreign intelligence purposes. Another Article III tribunal co-located in Washington, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR), reviews the rulings of the FISA court. Collectively these are referred to as the FISA courts.

Unique Among Federal Courts
The FISC is unique among federal courts in its narrow jurisdiction, the selection of its judges, and the secret conduct of its day-to-day operations. The Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court plays an especially engaged role in the affairs of the court. The FISC’s 11 district court judges and review court’s judges are “designated” by the Chief Justice, foregoing the usual process of presidential appoint- ment and Senate confirmation. Similarly, the Chief Justice designates the chief judge of the FISC and the FISCR. The judges of both courts serve one term of seven years and are not eligible for a second term. Because of the sensitive nature of its docket, the FISC and the Review Court operate largely in secret and in a nonadversarial fash- ion. Since its creation in 1978, the FISC has operated primarily in an ex parte manner with the government as the only party presenting arguments to the court and seeking warrants approving of electronic surveillance, physical searches, the use of a pen register or a trap- and-trace device, or the access to business ecords for foreign intelligence and international terrorism investigations.

The FISC operates out of a secure location in the federal court- house in Washington, D.C. Each week, one of the eleven district court judges that comprise the FISC is on duty in Washington. Most of the FISC’s work is handled by the duty judge with the assistance of a small group of attorneys and clerk’s office personnel who staff the court. On occasion, judges outside of the duty-week rotation handle more complex or time-consuming matters, at the direction of the Presiding Judge.

The secret and nonadversarial nature of the FISC’s proceedings and the revelation of the court’s approval of the NSA telephone meta- data collection effort have spurred several Congressional proposals that would change some of the underlying practices of the FISA courts. The most controversial proposal involves the court’s appoint- ment of a special advocate when the court is considering a novel or significant interpretation of law. Other proposals would establish en banc panels of the FISC and would alter the voting rules of the FISC in an attempt to create a higher bar for the approval of government surveillance activities.

A Special Advocate Before the FISA Courts?
The appointment of a special advocate within the FISA courts has stirred the greatest controversy. The House last year passed legislation (H.R. 3361) giving the FISA courts substantial discretion to determine when to appoint an advocate, as well as decide the nature and scope of the assistance to be provided by the advocate. A broader Senate measure (S. 2685) last year would have more rigidly mandated the appointment of an advocate to make specific argu- ments involving privacy and civil liberties. The Senate bill stalled at the end of 2014, carrying the debate into 2015 with some urgency. Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which authorizes electronic foreign intelligence surveillance activities, expires on June 1.

Proponents of the appointment of a special advocate argue that the nature of a non-adversarial process prevents the FISA courts from hearing opposing viewpoints on difficult legal issues, especially ones involving privacy and civil liberty interests. The Federal Judiciary is not so sure. In a letter to Congress last year, Judge John Bates, then director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (and a for- mer FISC judge) embraced the House legislation’s approach, which imparts to the FISA court the discretionary authority to appoint an advocate, a power the court already inherently maintains. Bates criticized the Senate’s approach, which directs the FISC to appoint an advocate in certain kinds of cases. “… [W]e are concerned that insert- ing into FISA court proceedings an advocate with a statutory mandate to make specific arguments would raise substantial legal questions and impede the courts’ work without furthering the interests of privacy or civil liberties,” Bates wrote. Those questions involve separation of powers and judicial independence considerations.

FBA Panel Session on the FISA Courts
These concerns and the broader challenge of balancing national security, privacy, and civil liberties will be spotlighted at the FBA Mid-year Meeting on Saturday morning, March 28, in Arlington, Virginia, when an esteemed panel of judges, lawyers, and academics will debate the pros and cons of altering the FISA courts and their operations. Consult the FBA website for further details.

Bruce Moyer is government relations counsel for the FBA. © 2015 Bruce Moyer. All rights reserved.

rt.com: Holy Trinity of whistleblowers



Holy Trinity of whistleblowers: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning go up in Berlin (VIDEO)
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Lifesize bronze sculpture featuring (L-R) former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former US soldier Chelsea Manning convicted of violations of the Espionage Act, on May 1, 2015 at Alexanderplatz square in Berlin. (AFP Photo / Tobias Schwarz)
Lifesize bronze sculpture featuring (L-R) former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and former US soldier Chelsea Manning convicted of violations of the Espionage Act, on May 1, 2015 at Alexanderplatz square in Berlin. (AFP Photo / Tobias Schwarz)

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One of the German capital’s central squares has become the stage for a provocative art piece, which not only celebrates whistleblowers, but encourages other ordinary citizens to speak out.

“They have lost their freedom for the truth, so they remind us how important it is to know the truth,” Italian sculptor Davide Dormino told the media in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz.

The life-sized statues of the three whistleblowers stand upon three chairs, as if speaking in an impromptu public meeting. Next to them is a fourth, empty chair.

For Dormino, who titled his piece, Anything to Say? this is the centerpiece of the composition.

“The fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want,” he told Deutsche Welle.

Dozens of people, including children, have already overcome their fears, and stood up on the platform, some with a loudspeaker.

“People are saying many different things. From politics to babbling to silence, from people who desperately are wanting to help Julian, Bradley and Edward to people who have no idea who they are. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech,” said Dormino.

Bradley Manning, who leaked US diplomatic cables in 2011, is serving a 35-year sentence in a military prison. Manning has since changed her gender to female, and is now known as Chelsea. However, she is presented in her former guise as a male US soldier in the composition. Julian Assange, who hosted Manning’s files on his Wikileaks website, remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, aware that leaving it may leave him exposed to extradition to the US. Former intelligence agent Edward Snowden, who revealed the intricacies and reach of NSA surveillance technologies, has been marooned in an undisclosed location in Russia for nearly two years.

‘Courage is contagious’: Artist campaigns for Snowden-Assange-Manning monument

Dormino, who came up with the idea together with the US journalist Charles Glass, specifically chose a classical bronze statue for his depiction – and not an installation or abstract piece – since statues are usually made of establishment figures. For the Rome-based artist, this is an injustice – while men who order others to their deaths get immortalized, those who resist are often forgotten, so “the statue pays homage to three who said no to war, to the lies that lead to war and to the intrusion into private life that helps to perpetuate war.”

Dormino says he will now tour the world’s most prominent public places with his exhibit, recording the opinions or ordinary citizens across the globe. One place he may not be welcome is the US: an unapproved bust of Snowden, placed in a New York park last month, was removed within hours.