Lesley Swann, Tennessee State Coordinator for the Tenth Amendment Center, in her article “What Would Zorro Do?” discusses the labeling of those who stand for justice and freedoms as criminals by those who have trespassed upon the liberties of others.
By demonizing the freedom fighters, the trespassers draw attention away from their ills.
An excerpt from the article discusses the recent hacking attacks against the U.S. Senate website and Sony’s Playstation network:
Last Wednesday the FBI arrested 16 suspected members of the hacking group Anonymous. Their crime? Along with another hacktivist group, LulzSec, they hacked into the U.S. Senate web site, hacked various gaming websites and took down the Sony Playstation Network.
“We want to send a message that chaos on the Internet is unacceptable, [even if] hackers can be believed to have social causes, it’s entirely unacceptable to break into websites and commit unlawful acts,” FBI Deputy Assistant Director Steve Chabinsky said after the arrests.
Anonymous and LulzSec released a response to Mr. Chabinsky.:
Now let us be clear here, Mr. Chabinsky, while we understand that you and your colleagues may find breaking into websites unacceptable, let us tell you what WE find unacceptable:
- Governments lying to their citizens and inducing fear and terror to keep them in control by dismantling their freedom piece by piece.
- Corporations aiding and conspiring with said governments while taking advantage at the same time by collecting billions of funds for federal contracts we all know they can’t fulfil.
- Lobby conglomerates who only follow their agenda to push the profits higher, while at the same time being deeply involved in governments around the world with the only goal to infiltrate and corrupt them enough so the status quo will never change.
These governments and corporations are our enemy. And we will continue to fight them, with all methods we have at our disposal, and that certainly includes breaking into their websites and exposing their lies.
They go on further to say, “You see, most people do not behave like bandits if they have no reason to. We become bandits on the Internet because you have forced our hand.”
My question is : At what point is one who is working for “good” determined to be “bad”? The Pot Calling The Kettle Black?
Many who are working to stand for the freedoms and liberties granted by the US Constitution have been demonized and made out to be the “bad” guys. The fact remains that they have chosen to stand against what they see as corruption in government, business, and the system as a whole, and are not willing to back down.
It is interesting that Anonymous went so far as to label them “enemy” as you would name your adversary during wartime.
As for the current battle against our freedoms, many more need be called to arms for engagement in the information war, getting the word out to the citizen voters that we are being deceived by those we have empowered and that changes need to be made across the board.
Another possible action could be coordinating boycotts of the companies who fuel the engines of deception in our government.