Doug, Thank you very much for this "insight". You just wrote down all of my
thoughts about Diane Roark and her activity.
My problem was, that all those thoughts were not on English :).
For each person it is always very important to see, that what he did/does
has got a meaning and value for others. Even if they are very few.
I hope, someday she will read it.
When one thinks on the amount of effort, pain and suffering the lady put
into this case, the psychological as well as the physical stress she went
through; it really is quite admirable. The not so surreptitious personal
surveillance and monitoring by the F.B.I and C.I.A. and N.S.A. and the
threat of a long prison sentence in a supermax prison if she didn't do a
deal and plead guilty to a "minor" offence (A "plea bargain" which she
rejected and the charges were eventually dropped). Remember too, that her
nightmare began way back in 2004, when, instead of having to go through all
of this, she could have been looking forward to a happy and peaceful (but
probably boring retirement), she travelled down another avenue. She decided
that a major constitutional and moral wrong was taking place in "her"
America and decided to do what she could about it to get it exposed and the
wrongs righted. And, as one follows her trials and tribulations, one can
see her learning curve expand and she realised that nailing the NSA and
those corrupt or incompetent leaders associated with the Trailblazer project
to the mast, or bringing the US democratic state to heel, was a bit more
complicated than she first thought... :-).
Of course, an added extra, and something which makes her project so
worthwhile for us all, is that she did manage to get out into the public
domain an awful lot of information which would otherwise have remained
unknown. Casting my eye back over the various cases, such a lot of things
came out which I didn't know, and though at times it was difficult to
understand (and I still don't comprehend all of it, as there were so many
cases, precedents and star decisis to consider) it was a nice, practical way
of learning about US law, politics and philosophy. As I have said before,
court cases can be valuable sources of information especially for the
secrecy or human rights buff, and of course they are where the morality,
ethics and law get played out in a practical way. Using the courts is not
the only way of struggling for change of course, as it is expensive and
time-consuming and demands a high level of discipline and knowledge in a
number of spheres.
One of things I have found in life is that one has to read a tremendous
amount and explore many avenues of life, most of which is tedious and boring
and one thinks at the time just how unworthwhile it all is. But there comes
a time, when some of that information, induced or deduced, can be turned
into knowledge, and suddenly rises up from the back of ones mind, to surface
as the solution to a problem which has been bugging one for a while. From
the flat plateau of learning to the occasional Eureka moment... :-).
If you have plenty of time and interest in the subject and you want to read
more about Diane Roark then just type her name into your browser...Quite a
lot of interesting stuff on her including media interviews. The law cases
she conducted are of course available on cryptome.
Her story might make an interesting project or book for someone...if it
hasn't already been done... :-).
"Some of the world's greatest speeches were never made in public".