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Open Letter from the Resistance to the Technologically Talented (english)
28 Nov 2002
The resistance targets the creators of surveillance technology.
Open Letter from the Resistance to the Technologically Talented
I write to you as a colleague.  I am a software engineer and computer
scientist.  I have worked in private industry.  I have worked for the
Department of Defense.  I have worked for defense contractors.  I
understand what motivates most of you, for I am one of you.
Pushing the envelope of technology is a rush.  Taking on complex
challenges brings a sense of worth beyond that which non techies could
possible understand.  Most of us are not wealthy.  We have little
choice but to work for others.  Some of the most interesting projects are
sponsored by the Department of Defense.  Some of these projects have
benefited humanity greatly.  The Internet itself is but one example.
However, times have changed.  Our government is not our own. 
The technologies we have developed are aimed not at foreign entities seeking to
harm us, but at our fellow Americans.  Indeed, they are aimed at us as
well.  While it is entirely possible that our newer works will find their
way to helping humankind, in a future beyond the horizon of fascist occupation,
it is also true that these same tools may stop human progress, thereby aborting
their future application to the good.
Opposing the hand that feeds you, while its other hand grips the throat of
freedom, is not an easy choice.  However, it is the only choice. 
Unless we deny the forces of oppression our talent, the works we create will
seal the envelope of technology by crushing the freedom from which its
advancement springs.  Opposing the fascist occupation is not the end of our
technological future, it is a necessary step in guaranteeing that we will have a
technological future. 
Surveillance breeds paranoia.  Each of you, due to your interests and
abilities, is a threat to the state.  The systems you create will target
you and those who work with you.  As paranoia rises, the impulse to curiosity
and exploration diminishes.  Paranoia and progress are mutually exclusive.
The Resistance has decided to target the surveillance state.  Those
of you that are part of the surveillance state will come under our gaze. 
We will watch the watchers and we will watch those who provide the watchers with
their ability to watch.  While this may seem unfair to you, it is
not.  You are part and parcel of the apparatus that watches us.  As
such, you have confirmed your belief that monitoring others is ethically permissible. 
It is our position that those who choose an unethical path are exempt from the
application of ethical treatment by those who choose to follow a valid
ethics.  Thus, you are outlaws in our system of right and wrong.
The Resistance has created the John Poindexter Awareness Office.  If
you work for DARPA or a defense contractor serving DARPA, we will monitor your
purchases, just as you are supporting the effort to monitor ours.  We won't
be violating any laws.  We won't be hacking your machines, illegally
entering databases, or stealing records.  Instead we will be recruiting
store clerks everywhere.  Those who choose to will send us notification of
your purchases.  Each report received will be posted on the Internet, under
our JPAO project.
Of course, we will not be receiving reports on all of your
purchases.  We may never receive a single report on any of your
purchases.  We assure you, though, that we will be trying to obtain such
information and you will never know if information concerning one of your
purchases comes our way, until it is too late.  How does it feel to be
watched?  We ARE watching you.  You are forcing us to live with the
same.  We will force you to live with it as well.
Thus, you have a choice.
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