[Imc-bigmuddy] Since when did Dissent become Terrorism
treesong at treesong.org
Mon Feb 21 07:51:03 PST 2005
Sounds good. I'm glad that you/we made a serious response rather than
the sarcastic and mocking response that would have been so tempting.
This was a wise choice in terms of community relations -- and yet,
continuing with our sarcasm on the radio show and elsewhere is a wise
choice too! I think that it'll do us some good to show that we're a
bunch of jokesters when we wanna be but can also become very serious and
diplomatic when the times call for it. Both qualities are providing a
valuable service for the community. And in today's political climate,
being called a "terrorist support network" is probably a good time to
swing to the more serious side, if only in our public response.
Love and Healing,
Running Dog wrote:
> AFter talking to Eric, Jen and Ana, this was sent to the DE in
> response to a recent letter to the editor. It could have been better
> fer sher, but in the interest of expediency, this is what has been
> sent for better or worse. Look for "rebuttals" in upcoming Letters,
> assuming that they should print this.
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Running Dog <mailto:bethemedia at alliedaccess.net>
> *To:* editor at siu.edu <mailto:editor at siu.edu>
> *Sent:* Monday, February 21, 2005 2:17 AM
> *Subject:* Since when did Dissent become Terrorism
> Since when did Dissent become Terrorism???
> This is in response to last Thursday's letter from Jason White and
> his puzzling misrepresentation of the Big Muddy Independent Media
> Center (IMC) as a "Terrorist Support Network."
> Rather than taking Mr. White's word for it, we at the Big Muddy
> IMC would like to invite all readers to take a look our website
> (_http://www.bigmuddyimc.org)_ so that they may decide for
> themselves the kind of actions our Independent Media Center supports.
> We would also like to encourage Mr. White himself, or anybody else
> for that matter, to post their views on current issues and events
> to our "Open Publishing" newswire. If Mr. White has a problem with
> the liberal media, he will find a unique and open forum to air his
> point-of-view. If others believe that the media is just a shill of
> corporations and the current administration, then they are just as
> welcome to post an article or commentary.
> This is about as Democratic as things get.
> Mr. White's accusation of so-called "terrorism" is needlessly
> extreme. Not only does it totally misrepresent the non-violent,
> democratic spirit of our media collective, but it dilutes the
> threat of real terrorism by implying senseless connections between
> a group of violent religious fundamentalists and a group of
> people, like us, who care enough about their country to fully
> comprehend (like this nation's founders did) that dissent is a
> vital element for keeping power in check. Dissent is a
> Constitutional right, not an act of terrorism.
> the Big Muddy Independent Media Center
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