Look out fellow members, the title of this thread is from an NPR piece which has a downloadable 30+ min audio clip of an interview with the author of
a report that tries to demonize You, Me and Anyone
who dares to ask questions, or discuss the hotbed issues that are a normal and necessary
part of the US political process..
If you don't have the 30 mins to listen right now, I suggest downloading it for later, you will be amazed at how many of the topics here are
mentioned in this interview...
Berlet, claims that the rise of the CT sites coincided with the Obama campaign and subsequent victory in last years election...
Just think of the 8 years of the Bush administration, think of all the challenging of their moves, their decisions, the protests, the voice of the
Were we labelled the same then?
Now, it appears that there are political forces trying to silence the voices of those who disagree with the current direction of our country...
Are we extremists? Are we murderers?
That seems a GIANT leap to try and bundle our crowd in with the above....
We are just a gathering of people across the globe who want
to be informed, we want to learn, we seek the truth, and we do so passionately and
here at ATS, civilly..
Why would TPTB want to marginalize, or paint our members with such a Broad Brush
What is the motive? What is the end game?
Is their goal, to silence our voice?
IMO, It would seem so..
Fresh Air from WHYY, June 18, 2009 · Chip Berlet has studied extremism, conspiracy theories and hate groups for more than 25 years. In a recent
report for PublicEye.org, he says that the murders of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller and Holocaust Museum guard Stephen T. Johns exemplify the
potential for violence that often lurks within extremist groups.
Berlet argues that right-wing pundits share some of the moral responsibility for the actions of their followers. He summarizes the analysis in his
report in a June 10 Huffington Post article about Johns' murder: "Apocalyptic aggression is fueled by right-wing pundits who demonize scapegoated
groups and individuals in our society, implying that it is urgent to stop them from wrecking the nation."
You can get a copy of Berlet's report here: