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They came first for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
I fail to see what is cowardly about questioning WikiLeaks or Assange.
This isn't even about Wikileaks, it is to simply point out that the powers of the world, The Gatekeepers, don't need the pretext of Wikileaks to take away our freedoms, we've already handed them to them ... and mostly because of the stated reasoning.
Originally posted by pforkp
This said, to suppress social uprising and retaliation by the people in the face of restricted rights, it's in TPTB's best interests to manipulate public opinion to justify their actions. For example, if there is a constant perception of terrorist threat, airplane bombings, nuclear warfare, "damaging" information leaks etc. then there will be public support for higher security measures, greater Government control and surveillance of the internet, and agreement with the justification behind unpopular wars and outrageous military spending. The trick is to make the public believe that they need to give up some of their freedoms for the "greater good". Wikileaks serves this purpose for many who base their opinions on what they see in the MSM.
Originally posted by XPLodER
reply to post by schrodingers dog
beautiful thinking and inspirational
incrementalizim the act of the drip filling the bucket
the frog who doesnt feel the water boil slowly around you
and when some one stands up we the so called truth seekers
tell them sit down we like what we have dont make waves
The first problem with this line of thinking this: Where the hell have you been since circa 1990? Did you nap through the patriot act? Were you in the bathroom during warrantless wiretaps? Perhaps you were flogging your felafel each and every time over the last twenty or so years when your and my freedoms, within and outside the web, have been eroded away drop by drop Chinese water torture style?