I don’t have much time right now, so this will be relatively brief, but today I’m joining the “National Day of Blogger Silence.” This is the brainchild of Ace of Spades in an attempt to shine a light on some truly nasty stories. Bloggers like Aaron Walker, along with Ali Akbar, RS McCain and others have been targeted.
Though this day is called “blogger silence,” the intention is anything but (after all, there’s nothing some would love more than a bunch of conservatives going silent), because the time normally spent blogging will instead be devoted to contacting Congress and the DoJ to urge them to take action to combat this threat to freedom of speech and rule of law before it becomes a runaway train.
If you’re not familiar with how this all started, click here. And if you don’t know what “SWATting” is, click here. Yeah, that stuff is really happening, and the media and Congress originally gave it a collective yawn. That’s starting to change.
Michelle Malkin’s column today does a great job of laying out what’s going — or not going on as it were:
Free speech is under fire. Online thugs are targeting bloggers (mostly conservative, but not all) who have dared to expose a convicted bomber and perjuring vexatious litigant now enjoying a comfy life as a liberally-subsidized social justice operative. Where do your elected representatives stand on this threat to our founding principles?
On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) bravely stepped forward to press this vital issue. In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chambliss decried the “harassing and frightening actions” of Internet menaces who have recently gone after several conservative new media citizen journalists and activists. (VIDEO here.)
GOP Rep. Ken Marchant of Texas also added his voice, telling Holder in a statement that he is “very afraid of the potential chilling effects that these reported actions may have in silencing individuals who would otherwise be inclined to exercise their Constitutional right to free speech.” And the American Center for Law and Justice, a leading conservative free speech public interest law firm, announced it was providing legal representation to the National Bloggers Club – a new media association that has provided support and raised funds for targets of this coordinated harassment. (Full disclosure: I volunteer on the National Bloggers’ Club board of directors.)
The ACLJ described the importance of the case very simply: “Free speech is under attack.”
The rest of that column is here.
As Michelle wrote, conservatives haven’t been the only targets. This isn’t about politics, but freedom of speech and justice — and both have taken a hit in recent weeks as things have been turned upside-down, with victims being treated as perps, and vice-versa.
We’ll get back to our usual poking fun of politians, policies and other assorted mocking of current events this weekend (that is of course unless some earth-shattering story happens today other than the usual White House document dump).
Also, my Twitter feed will be active today, so keep an eye out at the upper left of the page, and feel free to comment here on any of the stories posted there as well.
Remember earlier when I said I’d be brief? Ah-nuld sums it up best.