Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Supposed KREMLIN Foe Literally Invites EVERYONE In To Have Fun Feeling Liberated

We’re getting there. Where? Who hardly knows but, socially, we’re moving. As much change isn’t agreed on, is dramatic evidence of our emergeing from the Modern Dark Ages. Monday, in a country where many expect more free-speech repression, recently inconvenienced by the legal process, recognized free-speech blogger and anti corruption activist,Aleksei Navalny, entertained fans and government representatives by creating a theatrical experience out of discovering his office bugged with a listening device by who? Or is it by whom?
The New York Times title, Kremlin Critic Debugs Office. Tweets About It., By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ, shows video of the wiretap device found, after arriving for work, with the help of a wiretap detector provided by a colleague. The Times correspondent described it as a scene out of the cloak and dagger days of the Soviet Union, except Mr. Navalny proceeded to describe the entire affair in real time to his 274,271 followers on Twitter and post a video about the discovery on his blog. About the photograph of a device hidden behind the baseboard in his office, Mr. Navalny asked, “Experts, what is this?”
But – Not content with just involving his online experts, Mr. Navalny apparently summoned the authorities. Twelve police officers arrived along with wiretap experts who, Mr. Navalny reported, determined the device was in fact equipped with a microphone and they also discovered a hidden video camera.
The police dusted for prints and wrote up a report. Uh huh.
Ksenia Sobchak, pop celebrity turned alleged government opponent, said in an apparently sarcastic Twitter remark, “Shocker! Navalny’s being listened to? I’d never have thought.”
The hijinks is brilliant theater and might just be the best possible reaction foreveryone’s benefit as last week Mr. Navalny was charged with embezzlement and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Such an outcome, as MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ’s colleague Ellen Barry reported, would signal a sharp escalation in President Vladimir V. Putin’s efforts to defang Russia’s opposition. Mr. Navalny was previously the target of an investigation into the same embezzlement case, but investigators dropped it in the spring saying they found no evidence of wrongdoing.
So far, as this current example demonstrates, Mr. Navalny has tended to make light of his situation, taking frequent jabs at the authorities in the domain where he is strongest: social media.
In a video later posted to his blog, Mr. Navalny said he and his colleagues, whom he described as “paranoid,” had decided to check for bugs in his office “for the fun of it.” And, “Honestly,” he said, “I thought they’d hide them better.”
Exactly. With all the technological resources at hand for anyone with a few dimes or kopecks to rub together, it’s not necessary for spies to plant devises on a premises unless there’s a message to be had when the device is found. And that’s this – Welcome To The Machine – there’s nothing to fight about when the ruthless insist on their way.
But, as Mr. Navalny portrayed, it’s time the ruthless came out to play, and not with us, but amongst us, because this very well could be The Brand New Day.
Month Day - ..., 2017

_/__/2012 concluded: ending


  The courier said, "I'm in the Waldorf. The recipient doesn't answer her phone. And the Package Room says she's not registered under her name, Delta Blair." 
  The courier scratched his head. "No sir. If the recipient isn't here or you don't find her somewhere else I'm supposed to bring this envelope back to you. 
  "You're not in the city anymore? You gave me this package in your bathrobe.
  "Yes sir but I really wouldn't know how to go about charging you for my standing here waiting for her all night. And possibly all day tomorrow.
  "I understand it's important. Yes sir. Okay. And if I just search Delta Blair her photo will bounce off the Internet at me, you say. 
  "Okay. Twenty an hour. I'll wait. 
  The courier was looked at peculiar waiting in the Lobby and explained his task to the Front Desk. He went for coffee and ate the sandwich his wife always made sure he brought with him. 
  He walked for a bit on the 50th Street side. Past the swanky Apartments' Entrance, 

by the Loading Dock where the luxuries are shipped in.

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