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Hero or Traitor?

Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. Never apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you're right and you know it, speak your mind. Speak your mind even if you are a minority of one. The truth is still the truth. Mohandas Gandhi

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"My empathy for the suffering in Gaza does not make me anti-Semitic, nor does it make me pro-Hamas or anti-Israel. It makes me human."
~David Harris-Gershon

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adam-75:

(Top Left to Right and Down)
1.  Aaron Swartz - Internet activist and critic of internet censorship.  Outspoken against the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance   Found dead in apartment; ruled suicide.2.  Michael Hastings - Journalist, writer and critic of the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Investigated by US Dept. of Justice.  Died in a bizarre, one-car, high speed crash.3.  Barrett Brown - Internet activist and writer opposing US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Arrested and awaiting trial.  If convicted he could receive 100 years in prison.4.  Bradley Manning - Convicted for leaking military documents including the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Awaiting sentencing that will most likely result in life imprisonment.5.  Edward Snowden - Former CIA and NSA agent who leaked documents pertaining to the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Political exile in Russia.  6.  Will you be next?
Paranoia is associating random events into a conspiracy despite any logical connection or evidence.  
This is not paranoia.  
  

adam-75:

(Top Left to Right and Down)

1.  Aaron Swartz - Internet activist and critic of internet censorship.  Outspoken against the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance   Found dead in apartment; ruled suicide.
2.  Michael Hastings - Journalist, writer and critic of the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Investigated by US Dept. of Justice.  Died in a bizarre, one-car, high speed crash.
3.  Barrett Brown - Internet activist and writer opposing US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Arrested and awaiting trial.  If convicted he could receive 100 years in prison.
4.  Bradley Manning - Convicted for leaking military documents including the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Awaiting sentencing that will most likely result in life imprisonment.
5.  Edward Snowden - Former CIA and NSA agent who leaked documents pertaining to the US government’s involvement with cyber surveillance.  Political exile in Russia.  
6.  Will you be next?

Paranoia is associating random events into a conspiracy despite any logical connection or evidence.  

This is not paranoia.  

  

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"When I was the rabbi of the Jewish community in Berlin under the Hitler regime, I learned many things. The most important thing that I learned under those tragic circumstances was that bigotry and hatred are not ‘.the most urgent problem. The most urgent, the most disgraceful, the most shameful and the most tragic problem is silence.

A great people which had created a great civilization had become a nation of silent onlookers. They remained silent in the face of hate, in the face of brutality and in the face of mass murder.

America must not become a nation of onlookers. America must not remain silent. Not merely black America , but all of America . It must speak up and act,. from the President down to the humblest of us, and not for the sake of the Negro, not for the sake of the black community but for the sake of the image, the idea and the aspiration of America itself.

Rabbi Joachim Prinz, August 28, 1963, March on Washington

It is as true now as it was 50 years ago, - perhaps even more so.

 ”The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing”

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Martin Niemöller (1892-1984)

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”

Secretary of State Kerry                                                  8/30/13

“So the primary question is really no longer, what do we know. The question is what are we — we collectively — what are we in the world going to do about it.

As previous storms in history have gathered, when unspeakable crimes were within our power to stop them, we have been warned against the temptations of looking the other way. History is full of leaders who have warned against inaction, indifference and especially against silence when it mattered most.

Our choices then in history had great consequences, and our choice today has great consequences.

                                                ….

Some cite the risk of doing things. We need to ask what is the risk of doing nothing.

                                                ….

So our concern is not just about some far-off land oceans away. That’s not what this is about. Our concern with the cause of the defenseless people of Syria is about choices that will directly affect our role in the world and our interests in the world.

It is also profoundly about who we are. … We are the country that has tried, not always successfully, but always tried to honor a set of universal values around which we have organized our lives and our aspirations. This crime against conscience, this crime against humanity, this crime against the most fundamental principles of international community, against the norm of the international community, this matters to us, and it matters to who we are.

                                                ….

Now, we know that after a decade of conflict, the American people are tired of war. Believe me, I am too. But fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. Just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about.

And history would judge us all extraordinarily harshly if we turned a blind eye to a dictator’s wanton use of weapons of mass destruction against all warnings, against all common understanding of decency. These things, we do know.”

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