June 7, 2012

National Blogger Day of Silence

Symbolically speaking, of course.

Today I’m participating in the National Blogger Day of Silence, spearheaded over at Ace of Spades. But rather than posting nothing, I’m going “silent” on personal blogging – puppies, recipes, funny SoldierMan stories – and instead directing you to a post far more informative and eloquent than I could write.

Once you read this, please consider participating as well. To butcher something someone else said, the best disinfectant is sunlight. The more sources we have shining the light on these creeps, the weaker they become.

Information is power. To reiterate what I’ve said elsewhere, so many of us being asked to host Act of Valor giveaways is a sign of how bloggers, blogging and the media has changed over the last few years. We are the media. We are the gatekeepers of information.
You and me.
We have the power.

Let’s use it.

Who will protect the freedom to blog?


by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

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.”

Sen. Chambliss and Rep. Marchant called specific attention to one terrifying tactic against these bloggers: SWAT-ting. These hoaxes occur “when a perpetrator contacts local police to report a violent incident at a target’s home.” Callers disguise their true identities and locations in order to provoke a potentially deadly SWAT/police response descending upon the targets’ homes.

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