The ACLU in NYT on why the union of Silicon Valley monopolies -- Apple, Google and Amazon -- to remove Parler from the internet is so problematic. While ACLU is largely just a liberal pressure group now, they still have some real civil liberties lawyers:

nytimes.com/2021/01/10/tec… Image
Tech monopolies -- FB, Google, Apple, Amazon -- have more concentrated wealth & power than any in history. They have used brute force 3 times in 3 months to manipulate US politics: censoring NY Post, banning Trump, destroying Parler.

And liberals are overwhelmingly supportive.
That these Silicon Valley monopolies are grave menaces to political freedom & economic well-being is *not* a right-wing view.

The most comprehensive report warning of these dangers was issued 3 months ago by a Democratic House Sub-Committee. Read this:

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/20…
Authoritarians never believe they're authoritarians, no matter how much censorship, surveillance, jingoism, & imprisonment they demand.

They tell themselves their enemies are so uniquely evil and dangerous - terrorists - that anything done in the name of fighting them is noble.
Do you know how many of the people arrested in connection with the Capitol invasion were active users of Parler?

Zero.

The planning was largely done on Facebook. This is all a bullshit pretext for silencing competitors on ideological grounds: just the start.
For those asking the basis for that last claim: I spent the weekend reporting on the removal of Parler from the internet, including reviewing lots of documents and interviewing people associated with the companies involved, including Parler.

The article will be up shortly.
Silicon Valley defenders: If you don't like Big Tech's censorship, just start your own social media platform with rules you want.

Parler: OK, we did. We're the country's most popular app!

Amazon/Apple/Google: We're uniting to take you off the internet with our monopoly power. Image
I wonder how many people subserviently cheering Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook and Google billionaires for destroying Parler a) have ever been on Parler, b) know anything about it besides what CNN & NBC censors have shown them, & c) compared the hate speech there to what's on FB & YouTube.
Amazon -- which already has a $600 million contract to provide services to the CIA, and is desperately bidding to make that far more -- is deeply opposed to violence and fascism.

Jeff Bezos will use his monopoly power to make the world better:

latimes.com/business/techn….

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19 Jan
The New Domestic War on Terror is Coming

greenwald.substack.com/p/the-new-dome…
No speculation is needed. Those who wield power are demanding it. The only question is how much opposition they will encounter.

The more honest proponents of this new domestic War on Terror are explicitly admitting that they want to model it on the first one. Image
Continuing to process Washington debates of this sort primarily through the prism of “Democrat v. Republican” or even “left v. right” is a sure ticket to the destruction of core rights.

This isn't a leftist or conservative tactic but a ruling class tactic: to quash all dissent.
Read 8 tweets
19 Jan
Censorship never was a left-wing tactic. Opposing censorship was never the hallmark of right-wing values. And censorship is never aimed at one ideology or the other, but at *dissent* from the ruling class wherever it comes from.

Listen to Noam Chomsky:

Read how Chomsky, in 1981, object to the attempts to have a tenured professor in France fired for Holocaust revisionism, because Chomsky knew that that framework, once implanted, would be used against people like him, Edward Said, Howard Zinn, etc.:

nytimes.com/1981/01/01/wor…
Here's the ACLU today explaining why it's so proud of its decision in 1977 to represent a neo-Nazi group's right to march through Skokie, Illinois, a town filled with Holocaust survivors.

aclu.org/other/aclu-his…
Read 5 tweets
18 Jan
Keep telling me "Liberals' 9/11 and War on Terror" is hyperbole and I'll keep posting tweets like this one, from the still-embittered Dem colonel who lost to Madison Cawthorn, explicitly comparing him to GITMO detainees, calling him a "terrorist," and urging a "war on sedition":
Do you think if establishment Dems join with people like Liz Cheney & Mitt Romney to launch a domestic War on Terror -- new anti-terrorism bills, new FBI surveillance & infiltration powers, more internet censorship -- that most of the left would support or oppose it? Don't know.
Read 4 tweets
18 Jan
"Hoover started amassing secret intelligence on 'enemies of the US' — a list that included terrorists, communists, spies — or anyone Hoover or the FBI had deemed subversive." It
"led to FBI's secret intelligence ops against anyone deemed 'subversive.'"

npr.org/2012/02/14/146…
"Anti-war protesters and civil rights leaders were added to Hoover's list...These people were enemies of the state, and in particular MLK was an enemy of the state. And Hoover aimed to watch over them."

As you root for and help the FBI, guess who its DC HQ is still named after?
In one of MLK's greatest speeches - on why the fight against racism can't be separated from anti-imperialism - he called the USG "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today."

No domestic progress possible, he said, without ending US militarism:

theguardian.com/commentisfree/…
Read 4 tweets
18 Jan
"The only pardon [Bill Barr] made an effort to preemptively stop was for Edward Snowden."

axios.com/trump-barr-rel…
The chances of a pardon for Snowden and/or Assange over the next 48 hours are definitely less than 50% but substantially greater than zero.

Those with any platform or influence with the person who holds this power: now is the time to do everything possible to use it for Good.
Read 5 tweets
18 Jan
Fascinating attempt to reconcile the fact that so many non-whites voted for Trump (more than 2016), and that some of the key participants in the Capitol riot and related groups are non-white:

"Multiracial whiteness": they're white even when they're not.

washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/…
What is "whiteness," even when it somehow ends up describing Blacks & Latinos? The evil it references it this -- it "reflects an understanding of whiteness as a political color and not simply a racial identity":
Isn't the idea here -- that race "reflects an understanding of a political color and not simply a racial identity" -- the one Joe Biden invoked when he told @cthagod that he "ain't black" if he's in doubt about voting for Biden?

Isn't it also similar to Rachel Dolezal's excuse?
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