“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
No truer words have ever been spoken. We live in dangerous times where our every move comes under the scrutiny of the state. We cannot board an aircraft even for a short jaunt without getting naked for the state. We cannot travel our country’s roadways without our papers (license, proof of insurance, registration). We can’t improve our personal property unless it meets the standards of the state. And now the state is pushing hard to stifle our right to free speech.
When I was a child in the 1960’s, information came from television, radio and newspaper. Each evening at 6:30 America tuned into Walter Cronkite, the Huntley Brinkley Report or some other talking head which provided us, or should I say regurgitated to us what the state wished for us the public to know. The news was basically the same as today but the conflicts were different, the scenarios at the core were the same then as now. If one was lucky, your television was able to receive all three channels-ABC, NBC and CBS. Americans assumed that they were informed because Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley were the guys in the know who visited our living rooms every night and kept us abreast of the latest happenings around the world. And they would never lie to us, right? Little did we know how ignorant we were.
Some of the people knew that what they heard, saw or read wasn’t the full story. They had joined in with organizations who had delved into the real world and through tireless investigative research had entered the “rabbit hole”. These people were generally considered fringe groups each with their own issues that were important to them. They published underground newspapers and pamphlets and did their best to spread their knowledge to the masses. The state considered many a threat but did little to stop them because their reach was limited due to the technology of the times.
Fast forward 50 years. We have high-speed communications systems allowing news to be broadcast worldwide while it is happening. Technology, much of which was created with the help of the state has made information more accessible to the common person and has even allowed for the rise of the citizen journalist. Many people today have digital video and audio equipment and the citizen journalist, if they are smart have theirs on them at all times.
This ability to transmit news on the spot has been a blessing for the public at large and a thorn in the side of the state. The citizen journalist via the internet has been inspired to become the news anchor, the writer of their own news publications, reporter and photo journalist all in one package.
No longer do we have to wait for the “film at eleven” because it is already available with the push of a button and a few keystrokes. And the state is frightened of this and are working into the wee hours to close the Pandora’s Box they have opened. Their only option is to trample the Constitution and Bill of Rights. They are hard at work to send us back into the technological stone age by trampling free speech.
The internet is the last true frontier, untamed and wide open to possibilities. In it’s inception it was viewed by many as too complicated for most to go beyond e-mail and chatrooms. What evolved was the realm of news the people weren’t supposed to know.
And as in the 1960’s, the pioneers of this new frontier were considered fringe groups not worthy of much notice. The state payed little attention until September 11, 2001. Not only did the world of the average person change, the world of the state changed. The new frontier of the internet not only exposed the state as an evil entity that was working against us all, it also exposed that the state had always been working against us but was better able to conceal it back in the day.
So now we have all sorts of bills in the US legislation to curb internet usage or the complete reworking of the system so that it may be regulated by the state, regulations which decide what can be said and by whom. Efforts by such groups as the NSA and the ADL have only been able to place stumbling blocks on the path to truth but have had little if any impact on the truth as a whole.
But, through such websites as Facebook, MySpace and other lesser social networks, the state is plying it’s trade. My friend endgamenow recently posted a couple of videos to Facebook exposing the efforts of Barack H. Obama, alleged President of the United States and house speaker Nancy Pelosi to hide that Obama is ineligible to hold the office. Facebook in it’s infinite wisdom stated that “…this video (which is someone’s opinion), “is not allowed because it’s been reported as SPAM”. Where is the first amendment? You won’t find it at Facebook. You might find a picture of your girlfriend naked performing a lewd act on your best friend, but heaven help us if they allow the truth to be exposed. YouTube, the activist friend and foe is also guilty of censorship which I personally have been subjected to at least six times myself.
Why would the state censor us when we are exercising our first amendment? Because the first amendment gives us the right to say what others don’t want to hear. It also allows others to hear what the state doesn’t want people to hear. So they now watch us when we e-mail, when we text or IM and post to Facebook, MySpace, YouTube etc. And from recent FBI raids on activist groups in Michigan, N. Carolina and several other locations in the US, “they” are out to frighten us into remaining silent by making examples of these poor folks who are the true freedom lovers and defenders of the Constitution.
I am all for capitalism, but how does a 26 year old such as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg have a net worth of $6.9 billion. could it be through an alliance with the NSA, Homeland Security and groups like the ADL, taking kickbacks from the state to leave a backdoor always open at Facebook. If you use Facebook or other social networks, you do so at your own peril because Big Brother is most likely watching you. And HE will decide how you think and feel given the opportunity.
And through media manipulation the public will be told that the internet has to be shut down due to terrorism and protect the people. The only people “they” are concerned about protecting is themselves and their cushy corporate interests. Because activists are the new terrorists. Censorship is to protect them and by Presidential directive, if you step to far out of line, they can kill you. Period