“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
Driving While Black http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a1223/driving-while-black-0499/
Gary Webb might well have been the last American journalist. I mean real journalist, not the manufactured kind, or the agency hacks.
And, he killed himself, they say, because he failed to serve the “official narrative,” and instead, served the people, as good journalists are said to do.
But before he put that gun to his head- and I think he did- he told us something valuable about thr future:
Criticizing the bloat of a police state and its narratives will get you profiled, harassed, and discredited- maybe worse.
is it, perhaps, a way of acclimating us to a future in which we will be routinely shadowed, stopped, and frisked by the police–a nation of suspects?
And, what he predicted was that we were becoming a “nation of suspects” to an ever enlarging police structure that views us as targets- and paychecks.
No longer is serving the public a goal, nor is highway safety a priority; nor is security for the “average” person- because the average person is a revenue source, a potential scapegoat, to surveillance state strawmen.
Gary Webb gave us a counter narrative, which is why they stalked him to death.
“what of the enormous waste of police manpower that goes into stopping and searching thousands of cars in which nothing more incriminating than old gum wrappers is found? Even the cops admit that highway seizures don’t make a dent in the quarter-trillion-dollar-a-year American narcotics industry. So, in the end, one is left to wonder: What is the point of all this harassment, this inefficiency, this futility? Is it really a way of finding contraband? Or is it, perhaps, a way of acclimating us to a future in which we will be routinely shadowed, stopped, and frisked by the police–a nation of suspects?”
My prediction? Like Webb, I predicted back at the millenium that mere criticism of police will one day make you a suspect- and a target- of nefarious police tactics.
And, one day, it could likely be a crime itself to examine their tactics and methodologies.