A journalist who in the last decade worked with me on many stories and even reached a point where he would come, unannounced, knocking on my door seeking help, is not convinced I was targeted by authorities since 2012. Despite the fact that I provided him with evidence of how authorities conspired with a foreign power against me, how they did not protect my family from local extremists and are currently involved in destroying and sabotaging my professional career, he is still not convinced.
This demonstrates a clear example of all mainstream media working according to the same script and serving the same agenda. It explains why mainstream media never showed any interest in the violent activities of local extremist supporters of the Syrian “revolution”. Despite the fact that local extremists started to fundraise and recruit terrorists from local mosques in Australia from the end of 2010, the first story about these activities did not come to light until mid-2012. I will talk about this issue in detail in another article.
In this article, I will talk about the new wave of McCarthyism that this Liberal government has managed to stir up and why it will fail. Of course we cannot expect that the current McCarthyism will be as vicious as the previous one. We do not expect that the federal government will ban the Communist party, arrest/kidnap its members, torture and kill some of them. Current McCarthyism will be more subtle and less violent. And this can be attributed (at least partially) to the telecommunication revolution and the emergence of social media.
During the previous McCarthyism, activists and revolutionists who were targeted did not have the means to challenge the brainwashing of the masses who were told they, the activists and revolutionists, were a threat to National Security and Global Order. The media was controlled by the State or by major corporations. The masses were easily convinced and coaxed to hear one side of the story. The current situation is far different.
I can claim easily that we (as a group of colleagues) were able to achieve a lot using a combination of Facebook posts, community actions and access to mainstream media. The mainstream media did not want to be left alone and marginalised in the process. This is why mainstream media resisted all our calls for them to shed light on the extremist’s violent activities in Australia, until the news could no longer be hidden from the masses due to the combination of social media and community actions.
Mainstream media, working according to the script will pick and choose what suits them, unless active members of society manage to raise certain issues as “issues of public interest”. In the previous context, the mainstream media was the one that decided what issues became “issues of public interest”. Now, many active community groups have succeeded in surging ahead of the mainstream media, forcing it to follow suit.
Facebook plays a role in all of this. It is now commonplace to watch news on the mainstream media that was first aired or trending on Facebook or YouTube. Mainstream media knows very well that it marginalises itself if it continues to stick to the script it runs and keeps up its original format.
Incidentally, I am not saying that Facebook or YouTube was created by “revolutionary” elements in society in order to break the monopoly on public opinion. On the contrary, I deeply believe that Facebook was created to serve the Empire even further, after the masses started to give up on mainstream media. But, due to the nature of social media, it is a tool they quickly lost control of.
I need also to emphasise that the process here to affect public opinion is not simple. People cannot expect that by starting a Facebook account or page they will become prominent in their society or influence the public discourse per se. The process is more complex than this. However, compared to pre-social media times, it is much easier and more efficient these days in the social media era.
These changes have been quite evident in the current political developments. Before the social media era, Australia had maintained the grip on power by its main political parties. Since Federation and until the beginning of this millennium, more than 90% of Australians voted for either one of the two main parties. Currently the two parties combined do not get more than 65% of the votes. It has become increasingly difficult to continue deceiving people to the same previous extent.
My journalist friend can deny I was targeted because of my political views. I am ready to hear his explanation on why Australian authorities needed to conspire with a foreign power against me to the point of putting my life in danger. I am also open to hear his explanation as to why the authorities did not arrest until now a single extremist, despite my repeated reporting of dozens of physical and verbal attacks on me and my kids. I am more than happy also to discuss with him why our organisation could not secure a single dollar in funding to help local communities and to help fight against radicalisation, when other well-known extreme organisations secured millions of dollars in public funding to stir hate and extremism in our society.
But what I am sure of here is that our continued campaign will prove him wrong and will expose the new McCarthyism this government has initiated in targeting its opponents.
Thank God for Facebook.