Of course, there is nothing new here in this Moyers classic Spying On Democracy, but once in a while it’s good to read that it’s not just that we forgot to take our anti-paranoia meds in the morning.
Many corporations have their own intelligence sections, for example, so that they may have a unit that spies on activists, animal rights and environmental activists are one of the prime targets, because the F.B.I. has labeled them a top domestic terrorism threat. So that if you go to a protest and you’re an animal rights activist, you can expect that you’re being tracked in one way or another.
They now identify what they call the anarchist threat. And that’s basically anyone who I think may be continuously critical of government and corporate policies, who speaks out, and who isn’t intimidated by corporations. So they spend vast amounts of money to track these individuals.
You say, “We need more troublemakers to bring us to our senses.” Troublemakers?
That was a quote from a judge in New York over an Occupy Wall Street case, and the judge said that Occupy, in effect, had shone a light on these so-called troublemakers. The police department called them troublemakers. And he said that they really provide an invaluable service in terms of reminding us what’s important in our country.
The custodians of democracy are the ordinary people that make up this country and make us so special. They believe that we can be a thriving democracy and that we do not have to cede our lives and our autonomy to multinational corporations who I think have really robbed us of some of the privileges that we’ve been so fortunate to have over the history of this nation. And they’re not afraid to stand up to leaders.
But, hey, rather than reading this watch the original!