A disturbing trend is the punishment of truth-tellers, or so-called Whistleblowers, for simply sharing information in regard to a morally and or legally questionable act. While living in the “Information Age,” this is obviously a hot issue, as many allegations are brought forth in reference to spilling state secrets and unintended sharing of valuable data. The world is a data mine, and tracking individuals and groups of people is a major facet of the security state. In fact, there is even a data mining industry, in which personal information is shared, largely in secret or in obfuscated terms, with commercial and security interests alike. The very notion of monitoring personal online trends and behaviors is a pressing issue that begs for further inquiry and debate. There are of course a plethora of ethical issues that may be raised, especially in regard to privacy and incrimination solely based off data collection. All to often people assume they have much more privacy online, when in fact most every click is recorded, at least in aggregate, somewhere.
The pattern of targeting whistleblowers for exposing dirty secrets instead of investigating the perpetrators of such offenses is a heinous crime. These heroic acts should not be punished, but encouraged and applauded. How could any population be confident in a shadow government, whose activities are largely blind to the citizenry? To do so is a severe mistake. At a time when privacy is seemingly more and more a relic of the past, the populous must take a stand now before everyone lives in a giant glass house. The internet as a whole must remain open and free for everyone to use, unless the grandest propaganda campaign be instituted in which all access to information and even communication first must pass through government filters.
*This will need to be continued, but I wanted to publish the post as is since I have been away from WordPress due to work and school