Following the discussion on Citizen X here
, I will talk about how organizations like EVOKE is hiding the truth, and why Alchemy is against the Citizen X network.
Let's look at a Citizen X of today, 2010: Wikileaks
. The tagline for Wikileaks is: "Publishes and comments on leaked doc**ents alleging government and corporate misconduct."
Misconduct. Questions about procedures and results. Where the public demands information, even if the information will hurt the reputation of the government. Uses of the Freedom of Information Act
, publishing information that shows inner workings of governments before crucial decisions - like communiation between key players in the UK government before they decided to go to war against Iraq.
Let's look at what Wikileaks might be criticized for:
* Providing information without an editing process.
* Who secures the validity of the information?
* "Some secrets are secret for a reason - the public should keep out"
An early criticism of Wikileaks was its posting of anonymously leaked doc**ents without running it through an editing process and without providing any context — something that many industry insiders (and military brass), including prominent open government advocates like Steve Aftergood, view as “irresponsible,” at best.
Irresponsible organization. Leaking of government memos.
Yup, sounds like Citizen X is partly inspired by Wikileaks.
Look at who works on trying to close Wikileaks down. According to this story
Earlier this month, Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of
California ordered domain registrar Dynadot, LLC to shut down the
domain name Wikileaks.org based on allegations that a former employee
of Swiss Bank Julius Baer posted doc**ents on the website that
highlighted the bank’s dealings in the Cayman Islands.
Cayman Islands? Isn't that a tax haven?
Banking + Tax haven = Interesting
Banking + Tax haven = hush hush.
So when a whistle-blower talks about a bank's dealings in Cayman Islands, that bank itself sues, attempting to close the site down that published the whistle-blower's information.
All right. Let's look at Jane McGonigal and some of her tweeting:
What conspiracy theories are Jane thinking about? Something like this?
attention people this website is not what you think it is a scam , the world bank wants to expand into other areas thay will take youe innovative ideas and use them for thear own marketing and money making plans , i give alot of good ideas and thay closed my account, thay want your ideas and then thay will send you a printable diploma, i alread have one that says i am a doctor never went to med school and never treated a pacient
This was published by John Patrick
on this mission post
. Can't find it? Nope, because he deleted his account (or his account was deleted by admins, but I doubt that)
Citizen X vs. EVOKE.
What I love about that part of the storyline is that both organizations are doing good things, and less good things. Alchemy has a helicopter taxi service?! Yup:
EVOKE is us. We are EVOKE. And what this ARG is teaching us is to also develop a critical mind.
We fight ignorance, and yet we also say that some attempts of uncovering the truth is irresponsible and dangerous.
Sometimes, western countries need to look at the actions of their own government. Sometimes, African countries need to do the same.
We may be EVOKE, but that shouldn't stop us from criticizing EVOKE.
So here is my call:
Out with the secrecy, engage Citizen X in open talks, dare to criticize them publicly - their methods, which may be illegal.
When someone says to you "You don't need to know the truth!" then is when you should really wake up.