Like many I read the posts concerning the desire by Cass Sunstein et al
wanting to shut down sites such as this in a step towards total
internet censorship or restructuring. Regardless of any given excuse, few here see anything but a tightening noose on freedom of speech furthering the
spiral into tyranny.
What has concerned me is the approach. How
are they going to do it
This past weekend, having nothing else to do and being far too lazy to get up and grab the remote, I watched ‘The Hunt for Red
for the countless +1 time. What got my mind rolling was Alec Baldwin/’Jack Ryan’ trying to work out how Sean Connery/’Marco
Ramius’ was going to get the crew off the sub.
‘How do you get people to want
to leave a nuclear submarine...’
Well, how do you get people to want
the destruction of free speech?
There has to be a saleable reason for such a blatant violation of the US constitution. The most effective and safest approach is to lead the masses
into demanding it; here are the top three most likely tactics.
The fastest way is to bulk download everything on the site, search for inflammatory posts and present them to the public. Demonstrate that these sites
are not just a breeding ground for discontent and subversion but also provide a meeting spot for nere-do-wells to organise and scheme.
Realistically this wouldn’t pose any significant problems to implement, assuming it hasn’t partially been done already (all phone calls are
monitored for key phrases, obviously the web would be targeted as it has the advantage of being public domain...warrants aren’t required even if
they felt the need to ask for them). Once a copy exists it’s simply a matter of picking what posts are singled out to (mis)represent to the
Easy though it may be, this is unlikely. Although our own words could be used against us, there is a chance that it would backfire. The problem that
TPTB face is that they really don’t know how prevalent the public’s discontent is. By parading this site and the content within over the MSM they
risk the real possibility of creating a greater awareness; people who feel isolated with their thoughts would see that they are not alone.
Every person that has their eyes opened not only means one less lamb in the flock, but also generates a ripple effect of people actually talking about
Too many risks for the effort...not enough bang for the buck.
Conspiracy Theorists: 1, Sunstein: 0.
[edit on 22-1-2010 by [davinci]]