Op-Ed: The Upcoming Trial of Julian Assange Is Much More Than A Court Case, It’s A Symbol of Our Time

I’m not exactly sure what it is I’m feeling today, but I fundamentally believe that humanity/society is on the verge of reaching a critical turning point in time/history – a time when we are all collectively going to have to decide if the internet is a tool for good or for bad? Perhaps it’s my past, perhaps it was the arrest of Julian Assange yesterday after 8 years of asylum, perhaps it was news that the President of Sudan resigned just weeks after the President of Algeria, perhaps its the result of all my coverage into “fake news” laws/regulations in countries such as France, China, Jordan, Iraq, Canada, Ethiopia and others, all while state run propagandists organizations like the Institute for State craft and Mossad receive millions/billions in taxpayer funding to do the same – or perhaps still maybe it’s a result of ACTA2 and Copyright reform protests around Europe.

I don’t know and I cant quite say for certain, but I can’t help but feel that humanity/society is on the cusp of something major right now – something revolutionary that will dictate all of our collective freedoms and futures. However, the questions I think we all need to ask ourselves is if we are on the right side of history? Are we all looking out for our own collective best interests/futures?

Anonymous African Operations:

3/07/2019 – Origin #OpAlgeria: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/03/07/ahead-of-aprils-presidential-elections-international-hacktivists-launch-opalgeria-in-solidarity-with-the-people-of-algeria/
12/26/2018 – Origin #OpSudan: https://roguemedialabs.com/2018/12/26/government-of-sudan-shuts-down-national-internet-access-so-anonymous-shuts-down-the-government/

Institute for Statecraft Leaks:

All Coverage: https://roguemedialabs.com/?s=Institute+for+Statecraft&x=0&y=0
Round 7: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/03/25/cyberguerrilla-releases-integrity-initiative-leaks-part-7-detailing-the-uks-use-of-international-espionage-unit-referred-to-as-the-expose-network/
Round 6: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/02/09/anonymous-cyberguerrilla-releases-integrity-initiative-institute-for-statecraft-leaks-6/
Rounds 1 -5: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/01/26/anonymous-cyberguerrilla-publish-integrity-initiative-leaks-part-5/

Censorship/Fake News Regulation 2019 & Beyond:

Ethiopia: https://roguemedialabs.com/2018/12/05/ethiopia-begins-drafting-new-hate-speech-laws-to-crack-down-on-fake-news-social-media/
Jordan: https://roguemedialabs.com/2018/11/07/jordan-weighs-implementation-of-new-cyber-crimes-laws/
Iraq: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/03/02/iraqi-parliament-proposes-draconian-new-cybercrime-laws-designed-to-crackdown-on-political-religious-extremism-online/
Russia: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/03/13/russian-parliament-moves-ahead-w-two-new-bills-designed-to-crack-down-on-fake-news-publications-civilian-dissidents/
Singapore: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/04/04/joining-countries-from-around-the-world-singapore-officially-introduces-fake-news-bill-to-parliament/
Canada: https://roguemedialabs.com/2019/04/09/canadas-democratic-institutions-minister-proposes-new-laws-to-regulate-social-media-apps-prior-to-october-elections/

Unfortunately, I believe that whatever this answer is or may be ultimately boils down to politics and political opinion. It seems to have started with extremist liberals in 2015/2016, but has seemingly infected the entire world ever since. For as bizarre a phenomenon as it was, US liberals/globalists in support of Obama/Clinton in 2015 actually subscribed to the notion that everyone must feel, believe and think the same thing about everyone, everything and every issue – almost literally. The idea that anyone whom did not subscribe to their logic or ideologies should be banned, blacklisted, censored or ousted from society. In other words, “it takes a village” and in order for organized society to work there is no room for dissent, and we must all be working together, on the same page and headed in the same direction – right Hillary? In fact, this attempted homogenization of opinion/society is exactly what led to the rise of the alt-right and other conservative extremists over that same time period – one form of extremism resulting in another, symmetrically.

My Video – State of American Politics 2015/2016:

Believe it or not, I still see this same phenomenon today in the arrest of Julian Assange – only in a somewhat different context. I see it in the re-jailing of Chelsea Manning a week before that and the jailing of Reality Winner a few weeks before that. It’s in the in the Mueller investigations of 2017/2018 and the Comey investigations of 2015/2016 before that. What I’m talking about is the weaponizing of political opinion. The arrogant and self-centered notion that it’s not alright for anyone to disagree with your personal opinions, beliefs or political ideology, and that anyone bold enough to do so must be investigated and/or punished to the full extent of your capabilities/authority – at least if you are the one’s currently in charge/power, that is.

The way I look at it, all across the world, its almost as if society/humanity is waging a political War against itself. It’s not only here in the US, its in the Macron Yellow Vests protests in France, all the Brexit nonsense in the the UK, the Turkish elections of 2019 – so on and so forth. In our modern time politics hasn’t just become a matter of intellectual discussion/debate anymore, it has become a weapon of War to be wielded – both literally and figuratively, foreign and domestic.

But ask yourself, who is this War really empowering? Whom is this War really punishing?

Macron is a multimillionaire President – while thousands of citizens have been arrested, dozens blinded and dozens more losing limbs. Donald Trump is still a billionaire/President of the United States, Bill and Hillary Clinton are still worth hundreds of millions in their own right and only their cronies/minions have been arrested – all while US citizens fight, hate and protest one another in the streets because of their words/policies.

On top of this, the Main Stream Media has never been more influential or profitable than it is today, and in 2019 the MSM has only continued to use their platforms to perpetuate belligerence and political Wars throughout society. We see this every night on Fox News and CNN and this also includes includes the publishing/peddling of the PropOrNotList in 2016, the Google Blacklisting’s of 2017 and Facebook/Twitter purges of 2018 – crippling the platforms of hundreds of small time online news startups, limiting competition, spitting in the face of free speech and freedom of the press while increasing the traffic/profit margins of legacy news publishers.

In our modern hatred for our political rivals, when I look around society all I see is people cutting off their own noses to spite their faces – so to speak. In their own political hatreds, people appear blind to fact that we are all collectively shooting ourselves in the foot. Not only have hundreds of online news platforms been shut down and/or banned offline, including some of my own creations, but people are actually now celebrating the arrest of Julian Assange and others like him. This is also much more symbolic than people understand/realize.

Say what you want about the man or his journalism, the fact of the matter is that everything Julian Assange has ever published 100% cut and dry real, factual material/information. Honestly, can Fox News, CNN, The Washington Post or New York Times claim this? Of course not! For God’s sake, even the Washington Post has to retract the PropOrNotList of 2016, months after the damage from it had already been done. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has never released a single “opinion piece” with his leaks, has never taken a deliberate political stand either direction and not a single one of his leaked documents has ever proven to be fabricated. Whether you like him or not, all Julian Assange did was publish real news/evidence and show people the truth.  Yet, Assange is the man society is after? Why? And what is the point?

I’m not sure what I have to say to make society understand, but I can’t help but feel as though we are on the precipice of something large here. In our blind hatred for our political rivals and in our rabid desire to shut them up, we are destroying our own individual freedoms and liberties, whilst simultaneously censoring free speech and spitting in the face of independent journalism. Society has become so shortsighted, it’s almost as if people do not understand or realize that power is temporary or relative. Sure you can pass laws in the here and now to silence your rivals while you are still in power, but what happens 2, 5, 10 years from now when someone else is in power? Congratulations, in your blind hatred you’ve just now censored yourself as well.

I just don’t understand why people in society have become so arrogant, wreckless and belligerent with their own political ideologies, and I don’t know what to say to make them understand how dangerous we have all become to one another and our collective futures as a result. The more I learn/consume, the more f*cked of a place the world feels or seems to be – if not in reality, then certainly in mentality. I don’t know what to do to educate society, I do not know what to say to make more people care or understand, and I certainly don’t know how to combat ignorance, racism, sexism and political extremism on all levels. The worst part is I don’t think people would even care enough to listen or learn even if I did. All I know is that much sooner than latter, before it’s too late, before we lose our rights to do so, society is going to have to make some serious decisions – decisions which threaten to hand over all of our freedoms and rights to Government regulation and large multinational conglomerates if we are not more careful.



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