Had a weird thought today when reading (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Channel_Islands)
The islands were invaded by the French in 1338, who held some territory until 1345. Owain Lawgoch, a mercenary leader of a Free Company in the service of the French Crown, attacked Jersey and Guernsey in 1372, and in 1373 Bertrand du Guesclin besieged Mont Orgueil. Jersey was occupied by the French in the Wars of the Roses from 1461 to 1468. In 1483 a Papal Bull decreed that the islands would be neutral during time of war. This privilege of neutrality enabled islanders to trade with both France and England and was respected until 1689 when it was abolished by Order in Council following the Glorious Revolution in Great Britain
Maybe the world is a fucked up place, always has been and always will be and the current situation with Bush 1,2 Obama (bush3?) just is the way it is and the situation wont change no matter how many Assange/Snowden/Lavabit situations occur.
Its us (geeks and people who just want to do right in the world) versus them (invaders/conquers/money hungry power grabbing politicians and morally corrupt corporations).
Its always been that way and always will be that way.