>Henry David Thoreau wrote, apart from On Walden Pond, an essay on Civil Disobedience (1849). The government, according to Thoreau, is not just a little corrupt or unjust in the course of doing its otherwise-important work, but in fact the government is primarily an agent of corruption and injustice.[Wikipedia]
He went on to say…
“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.… where the State places those who are not with her, but against her,– the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.…”
…and he went to jail for his beliefs, it wasn’t just rhetoric.
Now, most of us aren’t that strong, or don’t get a chance to show how strong we are, but Assange, figurehead for WikiLeaks is in jail on trumped up charges which basically makes him a political prisoner.
British justice, supposedly the finest in the world, has refused to give bail to a man who offered £180,000 security (his admirers did) because he is wanted in Sweden FOR QUESTIONING, (where the senior prosecutor discharged his case a long time ago, in fact declared it ridiculous). No charges have been made, only allegations. He has not been arrested. His lawyer has not been shown any information regarding the charges.
He is in prison. His lawyer has been refused access to see him for the next 5 days.
Now in the face of strength, the weakness of the British Court and the Swedish Government are just more manifest…..and the large capitalist companies have shown their weakness too.
According to the Tweetosphere…….you can send a donation to the KKK through all the companies, like Paypal, who are now refusing to take donations to WikiLeaks. The weak cower…..
….and unsurprisingly a band of hackers called “Anonymous” has now decided to give the companies that have been trying to make WikiLeaks life difficult, a taste of their own medicine (cyber attacks and DoS). I can’t blame them. Resistance is not futile.
The Good Old Days have gone, because of the Internet, when governments can stop their dirty laundry being washed in public. They no longer control the flow of information, though many of them would like to. Information is power, and it’s no longer solely in the hands of governments and media moguls as it used to be.
I expect there will be attempts to ‘rectify’ this… moves to control the flow of such embarrassing revelations, and the Party Faithful like Palin will recommend that whistle-blowers be “hunted down like terrorists”. Some like Clinton will try and spin the facts to make Assange the enemy, this is how governments work, we are used to it, even though we see through it…but…. the Internet is sacred. My right to access all the good and bad it has to offer is a thing worth fighting for.
Expect things to heat up on the Internet control debate…… though I expect the Censors to lose.