Quinn Norton

Bradley Manning and the Two Americas

“I can’t speak about Mr. Manning personally,” he said, “but the U.S. military is an interesting institution. Most personnel are simply death engineers. But exclude the emotive overtone and you are left with engineer. These are people who like the truth and don’t like bureaucracy.”

Manning attends street protests, uprisings, and occupations everywhere. He hangs on the walls of bedrooms and event halls, like an activist’s Bieber. Sometimes people with little more freedom than him call for his freedom.

The first America built the Internet, but the second America moved onto it. And they both think they own the place now.

Assange and Anonymous, via Anonymous

“Why wasn’t I consulted?” is the fundamental question of post-network democracy, and the fundamental question of the Internet, to which the state mechanisms have so far replied: “Who the hell do you think you are?”

From the Youtube video of Logan Price vs. Obama

“And he said ‘Oh, I think you’re evil.’ That was a little startling. And I said really? Why do you think that? He said ‘You undermine authority and that’s evil.’”

Occupy Oakland’s Nov 2 2011 Port Closure

Is it OK we do nasty things around the world to further the interests of Americans abroad? It’s not a question our government has let us face, but in an age of accidental openness, we might have to take a position on bad things done in dark places, ostensibly for our benefit.

Credit: CC By, Bradley Manning Support Network

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Quinn Norton

Quinn Norton

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A journalist, essayist, and sometimes photographer of Technology, Science, Hackers, Internets, and Civil Unrest.