Stripping Away American
Freedom:
A Call to Action
by Alden Loveshade

(this was initially posted online as being
by Reverend Loveshade, which at the time was an
alias used by more than one person.)
This short opinion piece was first posted on BloodStar's site on Dec. 1, 2001.  It
was a reaction to the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in the
United States of America, but also reflected on other parts of the world.  It was one
of a group of essays, letters and e-mails about threats to freedom in America and
the world, and how governments' "protection" of their citizens were becoming a
bigger threat to freedom than the terrorists themselves.  Some of these pieces,
composed by members of the Discordian Division of the Ek-sen-triks CluborGuild
and
The Loveshade Family, were posted and/or sent to legislators and other
leaders in America, Great Britain, and the United Nations.  Some members worked
actively against the threats to freedom and fundamental rights, and worked to
focus on preparing people for the future.

As a result of this and other works including short stories, essays, plays,
photographs, drawings, books, letters, e-mails, and other "dangerous" and
"obscene" material (including "How to Raise a Terrorist" of 2001), some members
were questioned, some had their property and bodies searched, some had their
work seized (this includes some items posted on this site), and some were even
arrested.  Ironically, many of the things the group warned against happened to
them.  One associate, under mysterious circumstances that "coincidentally"
occurred during this time, died.

As a judge is currently considering dismissing the last of about a dozen charges
that were threatened, we won't comment more on this for now.  But we will when we
can.

The text below is exactly as it was posted, except that the old email has been
removed, the author's name has been corrected, and a link has been updated.  
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Stripping Away American
Freedom:
A Call to Action

by Alden Loveshade
December 1, 2001
Alden Loveshade has given permission for this to be copied and posted freely as
long as the author's name is listed and the content is unchanged. I think it's
important enough to post here. You can contact Alden with questions or comments
at (old email address removed--see current email at
alden.loveshade.org)


More than one person in the United States of America, conservative and liberal,
has accurately pointed out that our freedoms are being quickly stripped away in
this time of terrorism. The FBI is investigating people on the basis of race and sex;
freedom of the press is being challenged; suspects are being held without bail
indefinitely unless they "voluntarily" cooperate; attorney-client rights are being
ignored; political activists are automatically being searched at airports and even
told they can't fly; your phone may be tapped without a warrant; and restrictions on
the FBI's interference with churches may be disappearing.

Terrorism has created terror, and terrified, irrational people will give up anything to
feel protected. This is true even if it means losing the very freedoms the terrorists
are threatening. How many fundamental American rights and values will we violate
in order to preserve fundamental American rights and values?

Expressing our views on these problems with each other can be healthy, letting out
our frustrations and finding others who support our viewpoints. But how much does
this accomplish outside of your group of friends and your own head? What can
you do?

If you really want to do something, express how you feel to someone in power. If
you don't know how to contact your representatives, you can go to
First Gov at
http://www.firstgov.gov. Look to the left and you'll see Contact Your
Government
. The House of Representatives and Senate are under By Agency
(or you can go directly to the
Representatives listing at
http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html and the Senate listing at
http://www.senate.gov/contacting/index_by_state.cfm) Or check your phone book
or newspaper for government listings.

Write a letter/phone/e-mail. Thank those who are supporting what you believe in;
tell those you disagree with that you disagree. If you don't know their record, tell
them what you believe. Some estimates say a single letter is considered equal to
500 to 1,000 people because so few people write.

If you believe corporations largely run the country and buy the politicians, contact
businesses that have acted on these issues (for example, businesses that sponsor
a television program that allows free discussions, or by contrast ones who have
pulled sponsorship from such a program). And you can financially support a
non-profit organization that you believe is working to preserve American Freedom
in this time of paranoia.

I used to wonder how people could have done nothing when innocent
Japanese-Americans were ripped from their homes and businesses during World
War II, or when innocent people had their careers destroyed during the Communist
"Witch Hunts" of the 1950s. Now I think I know the answer: many people like us
complained to each other and did little else while the masses, while perhaps
well-intentioned, were blinded by fear and ignorance. Don't wait for your
grandchildren to ask you why you watched fundamental American freedoms being
stripped away and did nothing.
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"Stripping Away American
Freedom: A Call to Action"
was posted as having been
written by Reverend
Loveshade.  But it was
actually written by my friend
and "family member"
Alden
Loveshade. After The Agents
of Greyface started openly
investigating Reverend
Loveshade, everybody was
wise enough to stop using
that name. Except for me, of
course. So don't praise me for
this piece, and don't blame
poor Alden for all my crap--no
matter how brilliant it may be.

-- Reverend Loveshade
The conspiracy theorist who
died under mysterious
circumstances in early 2002 is
known as Dorian Jack (not es
legal name). We would have
named D.J. a Discordian
saint, but don't know if e
would have wanted that.
All charges were
eventually dismissed
or dropped, except
for a single charge
for marijuana
possession.  For more
details, see the
interview
HERE.

Alden's email is listed
at
alden.loveshade.org
and Reverend
Loveshade's email at  
discordia.loveshade.
org.
Parts of this essay have been
quoted at various places. If
they're listed as by Reverend
Loveshade, please see if you
can get them to change them
to Alden Loveshade. I don't
need or deserve credit for
Alden's quotes.
I certainly don't mind if you
update the links in this essay
if they need updating, but
please let people know you
made those changes.
We were all too afraid to use
the name, except for the
current and as far as I know
now only Reverend
Loveshade.

-- Alden Loveshade
Comments to the right are
by Reverend Loveshade if
backed by light purple and
written in standard text.
Comments to the right are
by Alden Loveshade if
backed by light blue and
written in italics.
The Rev. has made more than
enough quotes for emself. If
anyone has a copy of
Reverend Loveshade's
companion piece, "How To
Raise A Terrorist," please let
either one of us know.