Ann has a brilliant post
About the whole “handles” thing. How are we supposed to know who really IS who they say they are?
Which brings me to something I have wanted to talk about for a while. We need to talk about “handles”, “aliases” and “noms de guerre”. Guys, while that tactic may have been sound in previous wars, it is going to be a disaster in this war. It needs to stop. Let me explain. Let’s say I go to some gathering somewhere of counter-revolutionaries. A middle-aged white dude walks up to me and says, “Hi. I’m ‘Disturbed Citizen’ from the Mid-South Shotgun Shooters blog. We have corresponded via email.” Now stop and think about this. How can I possibly, possibly confirm that this guy, who I have indeed corresponded with via email, actually is who he says he is? We all now know for a metaphysical certitude that all of our email has been logged and may have been read by FEDGOV. We MUST assume that FEDGOV is every bit as knowledgable of our data and correspondences as we are. How do I know that this man standing before me really is ‘Disturbed Citizen’? There is no possible way for me to confirm this. I don’t know what ‘Disturbed Citizen’s’ name is, so asking for an I.D. is pointless. I don’t know what ‘Disturbed Citizen’ looks like, so visual confirmation is off the table. And the enemy has FULL ACCESS to all correspondence between myself and the real ‘Disturbed Citizen’, and thus can quote and make references WITH FULL CONTEXT AND DETAIL.
I can see this as true, but it does somewhat hide who we are from them. Alternatively, they probably know who we really are anyway. Now, my site, as you know from logging in to comment, has not only your “handle”, but you have to put in your email address. Please, don’t stop commenting because of that, they already know you read me and who you are because of it. Shit, whether you comment or not, they know you read me. So speak out! Yeah, they may know who we are, but if we start disappearing people will notice. And when that happens, closer comes the response. The revolution against the oppression.