Alternative Christmas Message

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Janus project 6 days to go to completion.  Christmas Day saw the “Alternative Christmas Message” from Edward Snowden on Channel 4 TV.  So I thought an alternative message needed an alternative carol – here are some new words to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”


Alternative Christmas Message

We wish you a Merry Christmas
from somewhere deep in Texas.
On your i-phone, laptop, Nexus
we’ve spied without fear.

We’ve been monitoring
you and your kin.
On your i-phone, laptop, Nexus
we’ve spied without fear.

We ignore people’s privacy,
we abhor human rights, you see,
and adore all the secrecy
that helps us breed fear.

You all know that we’ve been spying.
Now it’s shown that we’ve been lying
and there can be no denying
that we’ve spied without fear.

We’re exposed, yes we’ve been blowed on
by a “traitor”, Edward Snowden.
His revelations have just flowed on
and cracked our veneer.

Final Refrain:
Bad tidings we’re caught
in surveillance we’ve wrought.
The leaks will all connect us
to the scandal of the year.


25th December 2013 – headline from the Independent

Notes:  “Edward Snowden warns over global threat to privacy during Channel 4’s Alternative Christmas Message.”  US whistleblower Edward Snowden warned about the global threat to privacy during his Channel 4 Alternative Christmas Message.  Snowden, who was behind the leak of documents revealing mass surveillance programmes, said in the broadcast: “Great Britain’s George Orwell warned us of the danger of this kind of information. The types of collection in the book – microphones and video cameras, TVs that watch us – are nothing compared to what we have available today. We have sensors in our pockets that track us everywhere we go. Think about what this means for the privacy of the average person.  “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all. They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalysed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”