”With these early steps in place, people start to restrict their own activities voluntarily. They start to think twice about bulk-e-mailing the ‘Impeach George Bush’ meassage, or checking Amnesty International’s Website to see what Iraqis with relatives held in U.S.-run prisons are saying, or sending information about the Professor Ward Churchill controversy to a friend.
“In that atmosphere, dissent stifles itself before it can develop. Surveillance leads to fear and fear leads to silence.
“And silence is un-American.” (pg 88)
Chapter 5: Surveil Ordinary Citizens, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0
Bloggers take note, and the next time someone tells you to STFU, tell them it’s un-American to STFU.
Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.