posted on Feb, 3 2009 @ 01:00 PM
Please forgive the long nature of this post. This is a story all the revolutionary types should read. I urge you to read to the end, even if you
don't agree with everything said.
Picture this scenario, if you will:
You're a person who has, over the past few years, become increasing disatisfied with the way things are going both in your country and abroad (unless
you're one of those ignorant types who is unaware of a world outside your borders). You've been robbed by the government, you've been robbed by
their coroporate buddies, and your freedoms are being stripped away. There's a new president in office, but it looks like, despite all his talk, he
is working for the same crowd as the previous guy. There's talk of action by the people against the government/system/cartel in charge, and you want
to know how you can help out.
So, what do you do? There's noone local you can talk to, as they just want to talk about TV/movies/music/etc. You need something with a wider reach,
so youhead to the internet. On the internet, you can talk with people all over the world, connect, network, share ideas and compare ideologies (aka
argue over petty party politics if you're a fox new fan).
Anyway, eager to seek out the people you have come searching for, you arrive at a forum that looks suitably filled with disgruntled and angry types.
Hey, theres so many pissed off people here you even get right wing conservatives agreeing with those whacko commie leftist hippie types. You know the
ones; the ones THEY said were traitors for not rolling out the war paint and flags after 9/11. The ones who told us we were being tricked etc, but we
chose not to listen to them, cos they weren't delivering the message with the stars and stripes in the background.
So, it seems you've found a great little online community to get info from. Get that ex marine guy to give you tips on how to take care of your guns.
Get that student to show you, in a coded fashion, how to set up crude home made explosives. Get that redneck to show you how to hunt stuff in your
local wilderness. Get that crazy philosopher guy to give you some deep political and social insight. You're happy for a while, absorbing whatever you
can, but you start to feel restless. You're learning this stuff for a reason, right? When is that reason going to happen?
One day, your impatience gets the better of you, and you start a thread, calling for immediate action. You find there's a lot of responses from
people who are pretty much exactly where you are, all pledging to die for the flag etc etc. There's also of course, the people in the thread there to
put you down, call you a crazy survivalist, or an unpatriotic sort. If you're really lucky, they might even call you a whacko commie leftist hippie.
You engage in a battle of words, feeling invigorated by the responses you get, ignoring that weird chess playing guy who, four pages in, responded to
your original post with a cryptic message, urging you to be patient, and to not advertise your strengths online. He says you're giving the enemy
intel, but he is just one guy, and all the people supporting you can't be wrong, can they?
Sooner or later, the thread dies out, and you realise that your call for immediate revolution went unheeded. You're disappointed, but you feel good
knowing that there's others out there just itching to take action. Then you see a thread where some new guy who appears to know what he is talking
about, is calling for the members of the forum to give their locations. He wants to know where people are, so that all the members can form into
groups, ready to take action 'when the time comes', as he puts it. He also asks that you list what guns you have. He would also like to know if you
have any training or skills that the local group you're assigned to can utilise. You dutifully list your skills and firearms. You even tell them what
kind of ammo you prefer.
Anyway, in Real World, the country is getting worse, and a bill is passed that allows the Government to start rounding people up who might cause an
issue. 'Domestic Terrorism' they call it. You know who they mean though, and you know that your group is ready to take action.
The very night after you hear about this new bill, a knock at your door sounds. you head downstairs, and open the door, only to find yourself staring
down the barrel of a gun. The government's enforcers are here, it seems. Your children scream, and your spouse begs as you are taken away from them.
The last thing you see as they slip a black bag over your head is a cip tazing your spouse because they won't do as they are told. You cannot helo
though, and you are driven in darkness to a place where you never see daylight, and are questioned about things you don't understand. Your confusion
is turned to terror as they begin to beat you, but that changes nothing; you still don't understand what's really going on, what they are after.
After a few months, they let a lawyer in to see you, and the lawyer tells you that you are to be tried as a terrorist. You were of course expecting
this sooner or later, and the trial begins as promised. The information used in your prosectuion starts to ring some bells, before suddenly, you
realise they are using your own words, your words from the forum. Like that time you promised you'd be the one to pull the trigger on the president.
Like that time you told the forum you would fight the police if they ever dared come to your home. And there's that time you egged on that new kid
who wanted to go blow up a fed building. The real shock though is when they say that you even began to form a terrorist cell, and they point to all
the stuff you said in that thread where the guy called for local groups to be formed. Your prosecutors even tell the court what exactly your role
would be in the group, and they show what skills and experience you listed.
Your lawyer is just overwhelmed. He cannot defend your words, even if he was genuinely there to help you. You are duly found guilty, and are shipped
off to a prison camp in the middle of nowhere, guarded by some private security thugs who kick you just for looking at them funny.
As you sit in your cell, you think of your family. You also think about where it is you went wrong. You curse the agent who posed as a member of the
forum to get you to incriminate yourself. Then you remember that weird chess playing geek who told you not to reveal your hand. He was right, it
seems. The voice of patience, with that distinct lack of bravado and chest beating that you found so distasteful, was right.
Then it hits you. The people you were searching for sent a man to warn you to stay low, and you ignored them. The people who could have shown you what
to do if you really wanted to make a difference, you dismissed them when they tried to restrain you.
THE PEOPLE WHO TOLD YOU THAT THE INTERNET IS A PUBLIC PLACE AND THAT SHOOTING YOUR MOUTH OFF ON A FORUM HERE IS LIKE SHOOTING IT OFF IN A CROWDED
STREET. DO NOT GIVE YOUR ENEMY INTELLIGENCE ABOUT YOURSELF OR YOUR CONNECTIONS.
Have a nice day.