Besides what you pay monthly for your cable/phone connection, it is free.
The internet is free in a lot of ways.
You are free to browse or create a site, view any video or read anything you find.
You have the freedom of choice to get your own news from sources that aren't trying to sell you anything and have no reason to lie to you.
We all have tremendous freedom to research, analyze and openly discuss all points of interest amongst ourselves in every category of all aspects of life.
Those days of internet freedoms are as far behind us tonight, as the days of yesteryear we remember in history, prior to the "POST-9/11" present day; or PRE-9/11.
A time forgotten by most, remembered by few, the nostalgic days of yore, gone like Elvis and the '50s. FOREVER, unless we get this straight; and fast. I want you to try to picture a world like the one that is already here, you most likely just aren't fully aware of it yet. I'm telling you the truth, so play along and see how you feel after trying my game of pretend. The hard part is even pretending that this is possible but believe me, the implications in front of it and the effort behind it is extraordinarily relentless and venomous to the most important of all fundamental breakdowns of a people, historically anyway; their ability to communicate freely.
Did you ever see the game of basketball in the NCAA final game, championship on the line and Chris Webber called a timeout, not realizing his team had no more time-outs left, causing a technical foul, giving up the championship they held in their grasps just seconds earlier? Amazing example of what having all the information in front of you or not can have the utmost importance in the most simple ways imaginable. So...
Imagine for a moment that for some reason of National Security, that wasn't the case. What if one day the Department of Homeland Security decided that for the safety of the American people as a whole, they were going to put a freeze on certain sites but only to people who are fat? Exactly! Overweight people no longer have the right to view certain internet pages, so it would therefore be against the LAW for anyone over a certain weight (for their calculated height), to view any pages in question. Sounds ridiculous, right? I'm using this as an example to be ridiculous about it, to help over-exaggerate an important point. That we are free men and government has no rights to interfere in the pursuits of free men.
What if it were because of something you wrote about to a friend in high school once or read or think that put you in the same category and limited your freedoms? What if it was about a comment you made on facebook? What if it were Vegans "blacklisted" or your hair length or shoe size that pigeonholed you into some strange McCarthyism profile of evil to yourself or others? Really try to imagine a world where something about YOU that was different from someone else made it illegal for you to browse the internet FREELY? I don't have to ask, because I already know the answer personally but you'd be surprised at how many youtube videos, as well as entire profile pages, have been removed by youtube on a bogus charge against membership. Pages removed that had no copyright issues, nudity or profanity, but just a perhaps opinions of say, questioning the official report of something like the events of September 11th. Hey, I believe questioning government is the most "American" thing a person can do. What if you were put on a "list" because of your religious beliefs or the color of your skin, or only Democrats have complete access and Republicans have limited/censored access? Would you stand up for your rights and the rights of other people who were deemed incapable of making good or moral decisions based on something about their character or civic level? Doesn't it say ALL men are created equal, not some men based on certain criteria?
First they came for a communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.
Origin and various versions
"First they came..." Martin Niemöller
This THOUGHT POLICE-STATE is NOT coming; IT IS HERE, in LAW AND in ACTION and if we don't have the brains and/or strategic-brawn to stand up to it as a people, we're in for it. So, then we will deserve whatever we get. "...to see the farm, is to leave it." If YOU are not sure what I'm talking about or don't realize that what I'm telling you is true, it's not from a lack of REAL intelligent information that, for now, is just floating around the internet, waiting for you to give it a chance, its that you just haven't taken the time to look. You really should. You should while you have the chance because one day VERY VERY soon, you many not be able to have such a free look at things. That is if you make "the" list. This is the most slippery of slopes this nation has ever faced; FREE PRESS. If they take freedom of words, our guns will be next, I assure you. History assures us, so you don't have to take it from me. I don't want you to take ANYTHING from me but a possible lead. A step into the direction of the truth.
You don't have to believe all this
but I do hope you feel some obligation to
prove it wrong or pass it on.