In WWII, Lord Haw-Haw was the appellation given to English speakers living in Germany who delivered propaganda broadcasts on Nazi German radio. The most notorious of these was William Joyce, who was executed for his collaboration.
We now have a Lord Haw-Haw for the 21st century: Jacob Appelbaum, who has decamped to Berlin (where he is a neighbor and collaborator of Laura Poitras). Jake is going around giving talks accusing the United States of being the most malign force in the world. He only brings up, say, China, claim that “people say that China is bad but they have nothing on the US.”
Case in point is this talk in front of the European Parliament in Brussels. (I am only linking, not embedding, because I do not want that creature’s mug appearing here.)
Note extreme claim after extreme claim, none of which are verified or even verifiable. For instance, his “partner” being hovered over by night-vision goggle wearing agents of the security state. The proof for which is . . . Jake’s word. Sorry. Not nearly good enough.
Appelbaum paints a picture of an Orwellian state in which everyone-including you, gentle readers-is the subject of constant surveillance. Note the typical conflation of “can-does” that is characteristic of this lot.
Note to something else I’ve pointed out before: Appelbaum’s repeated use of his own personal experiences to illustrate broader points. In fact, they do the exact opposite. They demonstrate exactly that Appelbaum is the exception that proves the rule. He is trying to garner sympathy for himself by saying that he is you, or could be you. But he ain’t, and you aren’t. Don’t be fooled. Don’t be played. Don’t be flattered by his line “the state thinks you are so important they are after you”. The state is after him for things unique to Jacob Appelbam: He is involved up to his neck in a variety of murky schemes that reek of criminality. I suggest taking a read of Catherine Fitzpatrick’s writings about him. He is a manipulative snake, and people trust him at their great peril.
There are a lot of people who criticize the US government and US society quite vociferously, and quite viciously, from the United States, without experiencing anything that remotely resembles harassment. Again: What Appelbaum and Poitras are experiencing (and no doubt they are exaggerating their experiences) is the result of some very specific conduct, not their brave speaking of truth to power.
Again, Appelbaum is saying believe him, not your lying eyes. It is the very exceptional nature of his experience that totally undermines the veracity of his entire narrative.
One other thing that always bothers me about the Jake the Snake: the incestuous relationship between Tor (for which Appelbaum is a spokesman amongst other things) and the US government. Why won’t Appelbaum come clean on that?
I think the Haw-Haw/Appelbaum metaphor is quite apt. Like Lord Haw-Haw, Appelbaum scurried to Berlin to deliver egregiously dishonest and manipulative propaganda broadcasts against his country. Indeed, what Appelbaum is doing is arguably far worse. For whereas Joyce limited his efforts to radio broadcasts, Appelbaum is involved in many far more active measures, not the least of which is his collaboration in the Snowden espionage-certainly after the fact, and quite plausibly before the fact. And, of course, collaboration in Snowden espionage now means collaborating with Putin and the Russians.
And where are real journalists on this? They have been conspicuously silent on this lot; given the Berlin-Greenwald-Snowden connection, that’s quite a feat. Moreover, their agenda is hardly hidden, and their association to Snowden says quite a bit about Snowden. But I guess the media like the story too much to question it, and those who might question it are intimidated into silence by the rest of the tribe.