A patriot is someone who loves their country, and defends it. A rebel is someone who fights their country for a new order. It’s becoming harder to discern who are patriots, and who are rebels, because governments are not open. Even in America, and Canada, secrecy is growing and governments are becoming less transparent. If you look at a tiny portion of the WikiLeak’ed secret US cables, you’d realize that’s a fact. The point is, if your government claims to be a democracy, but it actually governs by secret rules, intimidation at borders, and detention without habeus corpus, then are supporters of free speech now rebels?
The shameful mistreatment of WikiLeaks’ past and current employees by the US Government, has me worried. Is it even safe for me to return to the United States, when I openly speak about their abuses on the free press? My computer, cell phone, and person could all be detained for indefinite lengths of time, just by going through a Homeland Insecurity checkpoint. This is not an exaggeration. I’m not as important as Jacob Appelbaum or Julian Assange, but I am legitimately concerned that I could one day face their fate. When the US security machine consumes the big fish, will it just shut off, or keep eating the small fry until the patriot/rebel ocean is dry?
I think what may worry me the most, is that the vast majority of North Americans are content with the growing oppression. Is this what the 1930s felt like? Citizens are unwilling to stand up to corruption and open crimes in their government because of the ease with which the commoners can have their middle-class lives ruined with a trumped up charge, a strip search in an airport, or libel in a ruling-class newspaper.