[cryptome] Do you suppose comments like this will get me on a government watchlist?

  • From: Gary Wallin <garylwallin@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 09:28:31 -0500

A Call for Debate: Should the South Carolina Confederate flag be hacked?

I'm basically a freedom loving person, especially when it comes to freedom of thought and freedom of expression. I don't have a problem with an individual thoughts and expressions. But I get upset when their actions are harmful.

As far as I'm concerned, if someone wants to fly a Confederate Flag, a Nazi Flag, or even the modern American Imperial Flag (I personally prefer the old Betsy Ross flag of 1776 when this county was fighting against imperialism and not actively practicing it), that’s fine with me. The kinds of flags people choose to fly gives my semi-autistic neurons a heads-up on what potential values and interactions I might have with them.

But I do have a problem when States and Government impose flags on me. I think I should be able to choose the flag that represents my values. I can understand why many people in South Carolina would object to a flag that stands not only for heritage, but often for hate and racism. There are many people in South Carolina who choose not to personally fly this flag. But the State imposes it on them. If Governor Haley wants to fly her own personal Confederate Flag, that’s fine with me. But when she imposes it as representing the consensus of the people of her State, she has gone to far.

Fortunately, there is something that can be done about this problem. The flag can be hacked.

As makers and hackers know, it is possible to take out flags with simple tools. We all have access to modified drones, high power lasers, and other equipment that could fix this flag. People of good will could simply take out this ugly symbol with a bit of skilled making and hacking. No human being needs to be harmed or injured during the process. The question is, should we? Maybe reason will prevail, and it will come down by government decision making. Maybe not?

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