So the Washington Post went against their normal policy and posted an anonymous Op-Ed piece by a John Doe who received a National Security Letter stating that he had to turn over information on a business client to the government and remain absolutely silent about this request or else he would get scooped up on some super spy shit. This obviously put him in a weird ass position.
From the article,
Living under the gag order has been stressful and surreal. Under the threat of criminal prosecution, I must hide all aspects of my involvement in the case -- including the mere fact that I received an NSL -- from my colleagues, my family and my friends. When I meet with my attorneys I cannot tell my girlfriend where I am going or where I have been. I hide any papers related to the case in a place where she will not look. When clients and friends ask me whether I am the one challenging the constitutionality of the NSL statute, I have no choice but to look them in the eye and lie.
I resent being conscripted as a secret informer for the government and being made to mislead those who are close to me, especially because I have doubts about the legitimacy of the underlying investigation.
That's some real shit right there.
It's all fun and games to mouth off against the government until you get one of these National Security Letters that the Government has been handing out like party favors in the mail.
How many American citizens are either willfully dropping dimes on their neighbors because George Bush got them shook or being forced to drop dimes because they are scared out of their minds that the NSA will come down off a helicopter and disappear their ass.
This is why I'm constantly highlighting the type of snitching that sheds light on reality that needs some daylight. Taking notes and snitching on your neighbors for Bush is a bitch move. That's the type of shit these ignorant Negroes need to wear a "Stop Snitching" shirt for.
Speaking out against the steps that will lead this country into a surveillance state deserves respect.
John Doe says it perfectly,
- "I recognize that there may sometimes be a need for secrecy in certain national security investigations. But I've now been under a broad gag order for three years, and other NSL recipients have been silenced for even longer. At some point -- a point we passed long ago -- the secrecy itself becomes a threat to our democracy. In the wake of the recent revelations, I believe more strongly than ever that the secrecy surrounding the government's use of the national security letters power is unwarranted and dangerous. I hope that Congress will at last recognize the same thing."
John Doe, for not ratting out on your fellow citizens, for no damn reason, you are the Snitch of the Week.