Ok, this isn't my editorial. I just thought it went with Wednesdays news (5/25/05). You can see the article, the guys website (blog) etc here
This kind of shit pisses me off. I wrote this as an article, because I feel fairly strongly about this. I hope after reading this you all will join me in saying 'Fuck George Lucas'. That guy's a prick. I'm glad his movie got hacked to the net, and I hope everything else he does gets there as well. Oh, and I hope his house burns down and the rest of his movies tank in the theatres, and his car runs out of oil, and his dogs hair falls out, and his wife leaves him, and his teeth rot, and he gets b.o., and I could go on like this forever, that guys an asshole.
The New Face of Terrorism
In today’s day and age, it’s becoming very difficult to figure out who is classified as a terrorist and what exactly being a terrorist means. Recent actions by the Department of Homeland Security, a body created to fight terrorism have once again recreated the definition of the “modern terrorist”. No longer are terrorists just people who perform radical actions against a government body (ie. flying planes into buildings), in order to promote a certain political or religious belief. In fact, it might frighten you to know that you may very well live with a terrorist. One may even be using your computer when you aren’t on it. In fact, you may be a terrorist yourself. Shocking? Not anymore.
Terrorist: adj : characteristic of someone who employs terrorism (especially as a political weapon. Terrorism: n: the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimindation or coercion or instilling fear [syn: act of terrorism, terrorist act] Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
That all sounds pretty scary doesn’t it. It’s even more frightening to think that those words are being used to describe people as young as 12 years old. Is this happening in some far-away Arabic country? No, this is happening right here in America, probably not far from where you are sitting right now.
Yesterday the FBI and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies, flying under the banner of the Department of Homeland Security executed 10 warrants against suspected terrorists. Did these people have a plot against the government? Not really, these people stepped on the toes of the Motion Picture Association of America and a man by the name of George Lucas. Some of these people have been searched, had their computers detained, or been arrested because they made available on the internet a copy of Star Wars: Episode III. They had no intent on destroying the government nor did they harm anyone. They simply hosted a website which shared a movie file on the internet.
Now, I will admit that Copyright Infringement is a crime (I won’t get into all of the grey areas of internet file-sharing here), however is it a crime which should be pursued by the Department of Homeland Security? Aren’t those people supposed to be off somewhere protecting us from Osama Bin Laden or something? Why are they hassling internet file-sharers over a movie which made more money in one day than any other single film? Hasn’t Mr. Lucas made enough money?
Apparently, he has not. In fact, the FBI has stated that they will continue to pursue this issue and that anyone involved in uploading or downloading this movie is subject to possible prosecution. Is this what my tax dollars are being spent on, to make George Lucas and Company more money? Can you really buy the Department of Homeland Security that easily? If so, I’ve got $20 think you guys can fix a few parking tickets for me?
And before you call me some liberal just trying to knock on the policies of our government, take this into consideration: I voted for this. I was a staunch GWB supporter. This is the monster that I helped create. And it’s come back and bit me in the hand. I’m sad to say it will also be biting you too.
So if you’ve ever copied a video tape, or taped something on TV, or loaned a friend a DVD, or download some songs, or downloaded a movie, you too are a terrorist. You are being described in the exact same manner as Osama Bin Laden. So is the 14-year old kid that lives next door. And your brother. If it keeps up like this, you aren’t going to want to know what happens if you knock off a 7-11.
The Internet was created for the FREE exchange of ideas and information. It has become a global community, which is now apparently being patrolled by Homeland Security here in the States. Better watch out downloading that porn these days, they may call your wife and tell her. After all, Big Brother just loves to cause trouble and ruin lives.
PS - Mr. Lucas, if you or some lackey of yours is reading this, FUCK YOU. This is probably nothing more than a publicity stunt by your company to sell more movie tickets. Do me a favor, go on a national tour, make some appearances, I'd love the opportunity to spit in your face you fucking loser. Oh, and by the way, Episode I sucked you dickhead.