Several activists are reporting that internet signals and access are being blocked at the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York. This same tactic has recently been employed at Bay Area Rapid Transit protests on the opposite side of the continent in San Francisco to shut down cell phone service. See a trend?
It is becoming quite obvious that despite the repeated betrayals of government, they want to take away the one thing The People still have: civil disobedience and a redress of grievances. The conviction of truth seekers and activists attending such events may be the only useful tool. The establishment can try as hard as they want, but these folks are so convicted that they will get their message out at all costs. Activists are now using cell phones for video and live feeds, the message WILL get out to the world, even if only one news station covers it. The real question on everyone’s mind, however, is if this Wall street protest is legitimately grass-roots or just a controlled opposition effort to raise tensions for something down the road.
When Iceland decided to stand up to the bankers, it was the alternative media that got the word out. Mainstream media? Crickets chirping. Unfortunately, it appears the fiasco in Iceland was a ploy to fasttrack Iceland into the European Union. Hopefully enough folks share said alternative media articles to let the rest know that resistance is possible, as well as exposing the bad deal that EU type membership really entails for such countries. When the color revolutions hit Libya and Egypt, it was also the alternative media who pointed out the propaganda and little known facts (for example, Libya’s new central bank). Let’s also not forget the Tea Parties which were started by 9/11 truthers and Ron Paul types wanting to End the Fed.
With such widespread control over technology and reporting tools, one begins to wonder if we will have to regress to carrier pigeons or seldom used methods for getting the word out. With gas being unavailable to the Wall Street activists, will we soon see a new Paul Revere type rider instead of getting Twitter updates? Many have warned about widespread riots and food shortages for years, these protests may just be the beggining. Even if this “Occupy Wall Street” event is just another planned bread and circus outlet for people legitimately concerned with the direction of the financial turmoil.
If you are of the opinion that this Wall street event is controlled opposition, try not to get too mad at those posting stories about it, or it’s supporters. Instead, try some civil dialogue. Pointing a confrontational finger or posting that XYZ Smith is an infiltrator will not only alienate some folks who are actually innocent and truly mean well, but honey almost always gives much better results than vinegar. Some people spend the majority of their time online reading and analyzing any number of sources and may have a bigger picture view, but not everyone has done as much research as others and may not have a certain grasp on things. By remaining respectful and sharing ideas we have a much better chance of more information being absorbed by others in the community. Remember that the majority of the protesters are truly fed up. Wouldn’t it be cool if they surrounded the Fed? Stay vigilant and think outside the box.
Just a note on the video below, it’s obviously posted by someone still caught on either side of the false left-right paradigm (both sides are sold out), but it does document the censorship by Yahoo
Update: Yahoo has apologized for the censorship, claiming it was unintended. Ok, then. The apology is available here.