Reprinted from the Interesting People mailing list.
From: John Gilmore <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: October 28, 2010 6:09:39 PM EDT To: email@example.com Cc: "ip" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: [IP] Well worth reading US rolls out invasive pat-downs this week The limits of oppression are set by the rebellion of the oppressed. You have suffered flagrant violations of personal privacy and autonomy, the extinction of both your right to travel within the country and your right to leave it without official permission -- and you barely even noticed. Secret blacklists, unaccountable goons making up the rules and imposing them without oversight, quisling judges who can't see anything totalitarian even when officially told they aren't allowed to know or reveal what the law says, technology that literally strips you naked, "border" searches at any lonely spot in any road. Innocent people arrested without cause, or fired from their jobs, because a bureaucrat put them on a secret list. Detailed dossiers kept of every person's travel, friendships, finances, and communications. (Not to mention torture of the accused, thousands thrown in prison due to their religion, "the president can imprison anybody he likes, forever, without charges". Two presidents have now claimed that power. But that's off the topic of TSA and DHS -- and besides, they'd never do that to YOU.) And you just don't care. You keep submitting to these airport Gestapo, over and over! You never sue them over it, you never complain to your legislators to overturn these totalitarian intrusions into your lives. You never change your travel plans to avoid the intrusions. You never challenge them at the checkpoints. Your crazies never head over to the airport to shoot a dozen of the layabouts manning the checkpoints. If even 5% of you made a fuss at the front of the line, the whole stinking farce would break down, but you never do. If ten friends agreed to run right through a checkpoint at the same time in ten different airports, idiotic TSA rules would shut down travel in the whole country, but nobody ever does that. If a hundred people just got it into their heads to run through checkpoints, without coordinating at all with each other, the same thing would happen. Your activists focus on attacking businesses or attacking homosexuals while everyone appluads the growth of intrusive government and the patient strangling of personal freedom. The whole idea of refusing or resisting or rebelling never even occurs to you. More than half of you think the whole "security" regime is a good idea, even when the precondition for moving around in your own country is that you have to choose whether they grope your crotch or snap and save naked photos of you! So get used to it. Your chickens are coming home to roost. You deserve exactly what you put up with, you sheep. John Gilmore PS: The next intrusion your puppet masters dream up will be even more fun for you to ineffectively whine about.