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Re: [Full-disclosure] Stop aiding an industry that just hurts humanity
From: Dean Pierce (piercedepdx.edu)
Date: Thu Jan 05 2006 - 12:23:17 CST
Sorry, but the way I see it, the opposite of oppression is education :-)
The idea of keeping information from the public as a method of making
the world a more free place is self-contradictory.
Andrew A wrote:
> "In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a
> comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom.
> When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society
> to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from
> responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again."
> –Edward Gibbon
> We stand at the cusp of a renaissance. A freely communicating humanity
> is closer to unity and harmony than ever before. Never before have ideas
> and knowledge traveled so rapidly. If not for the Internet, little would
> be known about the atrocities our government attempts to commit in
> secret. All the American people would be able to read is the party line
> off of cable television. With a morally bankrupt media, the Internet is
> the key to any sort of democratic resistance. Thanks to the Internet, we
> may view photos of wounded Iraqis and internal government memos. The
> priveledge of viewing and knowing these things is easily lost.
> We approach the final hour of the free Internet. As I write, forces
> within our society are beginning to impose control and restriction onto
> it. If these forces are not turned back, I know that within a decade
> that the free world's Internet will be a mix of cable television and the
> supressed Chinese Internet. As a beggar, I present myself with the
> humility that my lowly position deserves. My plea is simple: stop
> publishing your vulnerabilities. We will need them.
> I want my children and their children to have access to truth. Not just
> my truth, or my government's truth, but all the other truths in the
> world as well.
> I want us to be able to communicate easily and safely about the actions
> of our government.
> I want the merits of the Internet to progress in form and finesse until
> we are ready to cast the criminals, thugs, and mammonites out power all
> over the world.
> A secure Internet is an Internet without freedom, without privacy, and
> without anonymity. The nature of security is control. Were we to be
> governed by the just, I would worry little about this situation. Sadly,
> the political systems of the first world have been perverted by an evil
> which ensures that none who do not share its nature hold office.
> Submitting yourself to a secure system requires that we have a
> reasonable amount of trust for the system's keepers. Does your current
> government have the ideal qualities needed to control the flow of
> information? We should be keeping everything which may allow us to
> circumvent the system guarded closely. The subversion of trusted
> resources will eventually be the only way to keep forbidden information
> in mass circulation and the primary means of resistance against tyranny.
> "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude
> greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in
> peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the
> hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may
> posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." –Samuel Adams
> If you place any value on freedom, then stop working for the oligarchy
> and start working against it. I'll admit, subversion does not pay well.
> It isn't quite as cushy as the six figure job I passed up, but it has a
> great benefit: I can sleep at night. I'm not aiding a set of
> corporations and a government which used unethical means to corner vast
> amounts of wealth and proceeded to flagrantly abuse their power. The
> reward for doing what is right is better than any earthly reward that I
> could receive.
> "He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps
> to perpetuate it." –Martin Luther King, Jr.
> To the employees of the biggest security firms of the world, all
> American, I want you to stop and look at the government of your country.
> You have an administration which has gone and invaded countries on a
> whim, which authorizes torture that is conducted in secret, which has
> less transparency than any government in recent memory, that places
> extreme emphasis on executive power... the countless historical
> comparisons that could apply here are obvious so I need not make them.
> This administration is a perfect example of the type of systemic
> corruption that is inevitable due to the very nature of power, of
> control, and yes, of security. People like this will soon be deciding
> the fate of the Internet.
> When engaging in reasonable political discourse is not allowed you are
> going to be wanting to take your freedom back.
> It is time for the last stand. Our mission is to retain the right to
> freely think, code, and communicate. Stop helping the industry, stop
> publishing your 0day, start working to make a real difference. Save your
> arms for the time very soon in which we will need them. Have faith in
> your self and your God and good works will come. We need not be slaves
> to a master that despises us!
> Non-disclosure is a heroic endeavor. Be a hero.
> Government control gives rise to fraud, suppression of Truth,
> intensification of the black market and artificial scarcity. Above all,
> it unmans the people and deprives them of initiative, it undoes the
> teaching of self-help... –Gandhi
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