what makes a terrorist? what is freedom?

Posted on August 22, 2012


I’m referring, of course, to TrapWire.  I’ve heard rumblings about it on the interwebs, but today was the first time I did a little digging.  It’s gross.  Here are some exerpts from the RT article that came out August 10: 

Former senior intelligence officials have created a detailed surveillance system more accurate than modern facial recognition technology — and have installed it across the US under the radar of most Americans, according to emails hacked by Anonymous.

Every few seconds, data picked up at surveillance points in major cities and landmarks across the United States are recorded digitally on the spot, then encrypted and instantaneously delivered to a fortified central database center at an undisclosed location to be aggregated with other intelligence. It’s part of a program called TrapWire and it’s the brainchild of the Abraxas, a Northern Virginia company staffed with elite from America’s intelligence community. The employee roster at Arbaxas reads like a who’s who of agents once with the PentagonCIA and other government entities according to their public LinkedIn profiles, and the corporation’s ties are assumed to go deeper than even documented.

First of all, i want to highlight the fact that we would not know about this if it wasn’t for so-called hactivists.  I, for one, feel that in a country where people are supposedly free we should not have to find out about our privacy being invaded through such “scandalous” means. Nor should we be worried about being surveiled by our government. it reminded me of this pic I saw on facebook yesterday: 

it’s disturbing, to say the least. Not that i’m technically surprised, at least not by the uncovering of this truth.  It’s just always incredibly disappointing and frustrating when what we suspect is validated. But I digress…

According to a press release (pdf) dated June 6, 2012, TrapWire is “designed to provide a simple yet powerful means of collecting and recording suspicious activity reports.” A system of interconnected nodes spot anything considered suspect and then input it into the system to be “analyzed and compared with data entered from other areas within a network for the purpose of identifying patterns of behavior that are indicative of pre-attack planning.”

What is considered suspicious? When people are being refused to board their planes in airports merely for having anarchist literature and the raids of peoples’ homes in search of “anti government or anarchist material” , not to mention a very colorful history in which the US government has infiltrated and implicated various progressive groups (COINTELPRO) it becomes very clear that anything that carries the possibility of shaking up the power structure or challenging the status quo is deemed suspicious by those with the most (power and profit) to lose. It’s very unnerving.

Many people I know who are progressively-minded are well aware of the risks that come with speaking truth to power.  In a free country we should be able to criticize the government without fear. I hate the government, I think it’s a vile excuse to exert domination in the search for profits. That doesn’t make me a terrorist. That makes me a critically thinking human being who sees suffering all around me and knows that we deserve better, but we cannot achieve that while a handful of very powerful people are profiting off of our suffering.  And as a supposedly free human being – which i think is bullshit in and of itself, but going along with the theory of a free USA – I should not have to fear things like surveillance, my interwebs being monitored, and the possibility of indefinite detention for merely recognizing these facts.

I think this article PATRIOT Act, NDAA, TrapWire, Full Body Scanners: Simply Put, You Are Not Free does a good job of bringing these issues to light:

I love the United States and my fellow citizens, but our post-9/11 collective paranoia needs to end. Even with more than a decade of distance between us and that terrible morning, we continue to be stripped of basic civil rights by a government that appears to be acting in the interests of creepy “anti-terrorist” salesmen, rather than in the interests of the American people and our founding documents

on the Patriot Act:

See the ACLU’s shocking info sheet here. Hundreds of thousands of us — innocent American citizens — may have had our online activities, financial records, and even our own homes searched under this disastrous law. PATRIOT Act provisions allow federal agents to do so, even without a warrant or proper court authorization, using something called a national security letter. And using “Sneak & Peek” searches, such agents can search your home and belongings — without notifying you until later, according to the ACLU.

The PATRIOT Act was set to expire last year, but President Obama renewed it moments before it would have ended. This surprising move received very little media coverage and commentary.

if obama is a leftwing radical then i am santa clause. On the NDAA :

“President Barack Obama rang in the New Year by signing the NDAA law with its provision allowing him to indefinitely detain citizens. It was a symbolic moment, to say the least. With Americans distracted with drinking and celebrating, Obama signed one of the greatest rollbacks of civil liberties in the history of our country … and citizens partied in unwitting bliss into the New Year,” wrote law professor Jonathan Turley in The Guardian back in January.

these are just a few examples. I’ve written about these threats to our freedom a lot, and I will continue to do so, until i’m deemed a terrorist and disappeared.  Think that’s mere paranoia? Read about the Military vet who is being detained (NOT arrested, not mirandad, not given any rights) for his FACEBOOK POSTS.

We deserve freedom – REAL freedom, not the freedom to have an iPod and watch as much reality TV as we want.