The Risk That Comes With Slaying Dragons

6 08 2008

When taking on certain individuals and groups in the court of law, there are bound to be risks that most cases don’t have. Like having your personal information posted all over the internet, your childrens’ school information is posted everywhere, your home picketed 24/7, or even a poisoned pet. Is it worth it then, to still carry on in the name of justice against crooked individuals and criminal organizations?

Just recently, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a non-government clearinghouse on terrorist groups and radical Islamist front groups, posted a recording of former Alaskan Senator Mike Gravel instigating people to give a prosecutor hell. The prosecutor in question is Gordon Kromberg, who is now prosecuting Sami al-Arian, a former university professor who was exposed as a high ranking Palestinian Islamic Jihad member. Al-Arian has already been convicted for that, but also has a contempt charge because of his refusal to testify in front of a grand jury. That’s the charge Gordon Kromberg is prosecuting.

To get back on topic, Mike Gravel said in front of an audience of 70 people “Find out where he lives. Find out where his office is. If you’ve got some chutzpah – which is a word that you don’t hear often – if you’ve really got it, find out where he lives, find out where his kids go to school, find out where his office is; picket him all the time. Call him a racist in signs if you see him. Call him an injustice. Call him whatever you want to call him, but in his face all the time. They can’t take the heat; deliver it to them. We have to stop laying down to these injustices”. Hear the audio clip and read more about this incident HERE. The details about the al-Arian case are tl;dr (too long, didn’t read), and can’t be explained sufficiently in a few lines.

Hearing the Mike Gravel instigation to harassment reminded me of a video old guard Scientology opponent Mark Bunker taped of a picket in front of his house.

And all Mark Bunker did to have crazy Scientologists picket his house was point a camera at Scientology officials in Clearwater and Los Angeles. He is nothing more than an ordinary citizen standing up to a tyrannical cult.

Thankfully it did not get violent at all. It easily could have. And that is why what Mike Gravel said is dangerous. He may see it as just another creative way of protesting, but it is much more dangerous than that. It is intimidation, and Sami al-Arian’s supporters understand that. Guess who else understands that? The cult started by a man with the initials LRH. They know what pushes people’s buttons, what will get them to stop.

To all those who are taking on dangerous organizations or dangerous individuals: People are depending on you to never give up, never let them down, never run around, and desert them because of intimidation. Our justice system is not a sham, and people need to know that.

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2 responses

12 08 2008
Ibn Marwan

I see this as a question, in part, of what is the morality and the effectiveness of the tactics of personal embarrassment. The great Saul Alinsky pioneered many of these techniques in community organizing. He would get a crowd of black ladies and their kids to show up in front of the home of a slum landlord in his tony neighborhood. This was a highly effective tactic that got results for a just cause. There is place for tactics of embarrassment and humiliation in social justice activism.

Mike Gravel really sounds like he OD’ed on Hubbardtech. This goes beyond social justice activism to slander intended to interfere with the justice system, and is simply a vigilante tactic like that of the Duke 88 whose enraged PC slanders put three innocent young men through hell.

Still, I would be glad to have Mike Gravel lead a raid on Kendrick Moxon’s neighborhood.

12 08 2008
number6enturb

Holy s***, it’s MoarXenu! Long time no see.

This is a very recent blog post but I am not going to use this often. I am still wary of jumping back in full speed ahead.

As much as I hate any Scientology cult lawyer, I still wouldn’t want to raid his private home. Maybe his lawfirm office, but not his home.

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