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      Those Five Blue Spying Eyes

      The blue eyes of the anglosphere. (Photo: PJRC, 2013)The Edward Snowden revelations should focus attention on the secret dominance of the Anglosphere, known as the "Five Eyes", of the global surveillance elite - the privileged sharing of secrets between the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. These remnants of the British Empire still view the outside world with elitist suspicion. The "outsiders" include Germany's Angela Merkel, Brazil's Dilma Roussef, France, Mexico, Spain and Ireland's Mary Robinson, who was forced out as the UN's human rights commissioner early in the Iraq war, and, of course, Russia, China, southern Europe, and all leaders from Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

      Contemporary elite theory concentrates on racial superiority, gender dominance and class dynamics between haves and have-nots. A closer reading shows that the Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking nations see themselves as the inner circle of power. According to James Bennett's "An Anglosphere Primer", one of many research reports:

      "Anglosphere theory examines the reality that on about any ranking of the characteristics of successful civil societies - prosperity, political freedom, social trust, new company formation and innovation - the Anglosphere nations form a significant cluster at the top." (Bennett, Page 5).

      Current descendants of the Anglosphere breed in fraternities, university secret societies, gentlemen's lounges, country clubs, and traditionally, the world of global intelligence services. The current anger of so many world leaders is not only against the intrusions of Big Brother technology but at the racial and cultural barriers that exclude them from equal status amidst global rhetoric about inclusion and democracy. The simmering argument over whether we live in a Unipolar or a Multipolar model of global power distribution contains these traces of cultural and racial superiority at their root. To reduce these categories to America Power versus global power unconsciously invites a majority of Americans to believe they are superior by nationality, when in fact they are distrusted and relegated to secondary status by the real powers-that-be.

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      So why did Miranda try to return to Brazil from Berlin via one of those "5 eyes"? Its security systems knew he was coming with material from Poitras. And he had several alternative flights to choose from that would have avoided all the "Five."

      November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Munk
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