I posted a thread yesterday which simply directed people to the Avaaz website who are trying to collect a million signatures by the end of the week.
Although inspired by the events that have unfolded following release of the diplomatic leaks by Wikipedia, the petition is a demand for freedom of
expression. It reads;
“We call on you to stop the crackdown on WikiLeaks and its partners immediately. We urge you to respect democratic principles and laws of freedom
of expression and freedom of the press. If WikiLeaks and the journalists it works with have violated any laws they should be pursued in the courts
with due process. They should not be subjected to an extra-judicial campaign of intimidation.”
I posted the thread, with the link, and went to bed. I have risen this morning to see that I have received replies along the lines of,
‘Id be wary of putting my name on anything related to this if I were a wise man. There is evidence to suggest that wikileaks is CIA.’
And, ‘No, but the CIA can put you on lists if you are seen hanging out with known 'terrorists' or otherwise. You want to remain anonymous
whenever possible to prevent them from knowing your views personally.’
Correct me if I’m wrong but ATS is a site dedicated to propaganda busting and exposing lies in the media, political sidewinders etc.
In response to these posts, and another cpl, I wrote that having been heavily involved in the organising of the anti-Iraq invasion demos – when we
met in town halls, that MI5 were present, with rather large zoom lenses taking pictures of every individual in the hall. (There weren’t many people
there). It was obviously an intimidation tactic. However, WE WERE RIGHT – THEY WERE WRONG – so we simply smiled for the cameras.
These meetings were being held in Glasgow – the demo was being organised for February 15th 2003 – because Tony Blair was in the city that day for
the Scottish Labour Party conference. That demo turned into the biggest co-ordinated worldwide demonstration the world has ever seen. It started
with half a dozen people....in a European backwater.
Having achieved the numbers that we did there was a sense of despair that the invasion went ahead as if no-one had said a word. I wrote to Noam
Chomsky expressing this sense of despair – he replied telling me ‘imagine how bad it would have been if no-one had marched’,
they thought no-one was watching them.’
In the UK if you complain about a car park being built on your doorstep MI5 will open a file on you. Why? Because you have demonstrated that you are
willing to raise your voice – that you may be able to organise friends and neighbours etc.
Does that mean you shouldn’t complain about anything?
What the posts to my petition link thread have demonstrated to me is that there are members on here who will ‘talk the talk’, but even at the most
basic level they will not, ‘walk the walk’. I see that as cowardly – and dangerous to democracy.
If there is a fear of being put on databases that is preventing people from signing a petition demanding ‘freedom of expression’ don’t these
members realise that, given my car park example above, that participating in a forum like ATS is far more likely to have a name added to a database
than signing a global petition ever would. It doesn’t matter about nicknames etc...They’ll just use your IP address.
There are some fantastic discussions on ATS and the forum is a fantastic disseminator of otherwise unreported news items – it will be rendered
impotent if the participants are frightened to be heard in the real world.
edit on 15-12-2010 by christina-66 because: (no reason given)