Looks like I have really managed to piss off the ass lickers in the NSA, my internet connection has gone to absolute hell. My bandwidth has plummeted and I have to keep closing and reopening my browser to maintain any kind of connection. I’ll re-quote this little tid-bit from a former NSA whistle blower William Binney.
Asked what Edward Snowden should expect to happen to him, one of the men, William Binney, answered, “first tortured, then maybe even rendered and tortured and then incarcerated and then tried and incarcerated or even executed.”
Pissing off the NSA clearly comes at a price, even when you are as small and insignificant a blogger as I am.
Soviet dissidents were citizens of the Soviet Union who disagreed with the policies and actions of the Soviet Communist party and Soviet government and actively protested against these actions through either violent or non-violent means. Through such protests, Soviet dissidents incurred harassment, persecution, imprisonment or death by the KGB, or other Soviet government agencies.
While dissent with Soviet policies and persecution for this dissent existed since the times of the 1917 October Revolution and the establishment of the Soviet power, the term is most commonly applied to the dissidents of the post-Stalin era, because after mass extermination of Stalin’s political opponents the Soviet regime faced the new generation of opposition, and began attacking those intellectuals who opposed political censorship, repressions and other violations of human righs.
Under Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev the Soviet regime continued intimidation of opponents by censorship, arrests, harassment, imprisonment and/or involuntary exile in of many prominent cultural leaders, such as Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Andrei Sakharov, Yelena Bonner, Joseph Brodsky, Natan Sharansky, Pyotr Grigorenko, Yuli Daniel, Vasili Aksyonov, Mstislav Rostropovich, Galina Vishnevskaya, Aleksandr Galich, and others. A few cultural figures managed to escape from the Soviet regime, such as Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Lyudmila Makarova, Mikhail Shemyakin, William Brui, and others. Attacks on prominent dissidents ended with Mikhail Gorbachev’s policies of glasnost and perestroika in the late 1980s and partial liberation of political prisoners from GULAG prison-camps. However, the political leadership of post-soviet Russia continued harsh treatment of opposition by censorship, harassment, and/or imprisonment .
From the early 1970s, the term dissident was first used in the Western propaganda  and subsequently, with derision, by the Soviet media. Human rights activists in the USSR then adopted this term in the mid-1970s.
I have no delusions or illusion that I am in the same league as the dissidents named above from the former Soviet Union, those were men of extraordinary bravery. One would like to believe that here in the United States of America we have not fallen into that same abyss that the former Soviet Union once inhabited, though it is difficult the believe that we are not staring into that abyss when small insignificant bloggers such as myself have our internet connections disrupted because of our opposition to the systemic institutionalized corruption running rampant throughout the Federal Government.