When a battered woman or an abused child is in public, what does she want to say to the passerby?  She can say things to them that would fall on deaf ears if she told her abusers. Would you imagine that she wants to scream about what is happening to her?  Make a scene in public?  Break all social conventions just for the hope of getting someone’s attention?

What if she lived in a society in which everyone is complicit with what is happening?

What happens when your abusive reality isn’t domestic anymore, it’s only “domestic” in the geopolitical sense of the word?

Or for that matter, what if the secrets your abuser has you keep are now multi-national? What went on in public in broad daylight were an unspeakable secret, and what would you do if there were no one you could turn to for help?

What can’t you say because it’s too personal?  What beliefs or stories do you refrain from relating because you know you’ll sound crazy?

Do you have security clearance?

Are you a private or a public figure?  (Or, which one are you in which context?)

Would you scream a secret in public?  Are you a “whistleblower”?  Would you be one if you had less to lose?

I started this blog on a rather high-falutin’ note, intending to both research and post on the technical and newsworthy seeming aspects of surveillance by US government agencies or perhaps other institutions. But, I’ve decided to adopt the idea that what someone should speak about publically should be the things they’ve learned organically, over a period of many years, and not information that they’ve awkwardly put together an hour ago or something. So this blog will initially be about that side of surveillance and relevant forms of institutionalized violence.