Governments Covertly Fund Internet Freedom Activists

Travis Biehn tbiehn at
Sun Mar 1 06:49:37 PST 2015

*cough* it is being incorrectly framed as a 'sources' problem. You should
be more interested in 'what' and 'where' rather than 'who' and 'how much'.

One man's virus is another man's liberator.

On Mar 1, 2015 7:49 AM, "John Young" <jya at> wrote:

> Well said. Very few citizens receiving government funds, benefits,
> perks, favors, bribes, contracts, tax write-offs, and even fewer NGO
> beneficiaries are bothered by laws. procedures, pacts, secrecy,
> venality, venerable greasing of palms. This is what governments
> and NGOs were invented for and remain the premier source of
> livelihood one way or the other, especially for those who pretend
> opposition while royally partying with opponents. Royally, not
> peasantly.
> 6- and 7-figure dollar compensation of officers of NGO, edu, com,
> gov, religion, media ad nauseum, confirm the arrangement to promise
> public service as a lure to vampire the lucre of believers who think they
> will be able to become brazen vampires too. And it works, shrewd
> recruits and donors like Soros, Omidyar, WikiLeaks, Snowden and
> millions of followers flood into civil liberties, cybersec, anonymizing,
> FOI, spying, think tanks, ACLU, EFF, EPIC, Privacy International,
> Investigative Journalists, ProPublica, The Intercept, on and on ad
> nauseum from Day One to 0-Day.
> Favorite rejoiner to accusations of perfidy is to accuse of conspiracy
> of various stripes, never ever confessing that the greatest conspiracies
> are promulgated by governments and their well-trained domesticates:
> Spies, agents, sources, cohorts, informants, educators, preachers,
> contractors, opinionators, operators, heroes, medalists, oh hell, us
> SOB maestroes of the Duh Conspiracy.
> At 07:44 PM 2/28/2015, mo wrote:
>> Well. Duh.
>> As a happy recipient of this totally laundered crazy government money,
>> and, yes, if you don't read any of the documents these entities provide
>> it may come as a complete surprise to you, I am quite happy about them
>> having to preserve some privacy.
>> Can't we be happy that government money can actually (try to) do good?
>> Does really /everything/ have to be The Reptilian Conspiracy?
>> On 02/27/2015 05:20 PM, Polity News wrote:
>> > When asked for public records about internet freedom funding, the
>> > governments of the Netherlands and Sweden classified and redacted
>> > documents about the contracts.
>> >
>> >
>> internet-freedom-activists/
>> >
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