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If I Had My Way
One Man's Opinion -- for what it's worth.

To: Dan Froomkin -

Cc: Glenn Greenwald -

From: Doug Skoglund -

Date: 05 Jan 2015 02:00 pm CST

Subject: 2015001 - Please Explain...

You seem concerned about opinions  that never get posted because of concern for government surveillance -- I quote:

An October 2013 survey PEN conducted of U.S. writers found that 85 percent "were very or somewhat worried about current levels of government surveillance" and that 16 percent reported having censored themselves by not writing or speaking about a particular topic.

That report generated ferocious blowback from some in the literary and journalism community. "What," asked Los Angeles Times book critic David L. Ulin, "is the matter with these writers?"

Ulin concluded that "the most chilling aspect of the PEN report" was "Not the surveillance, treacherous as it is, but that some writers, at least, already appear willing to capitulate."

This report will raise some of the same questions and concerns.

Please explain -- What is the difference between the self censorship committed by writers because of government surveillance and the censorship imposed by the journalist community on opinions of non-journalists -- particularly opinions that may be critical of some journalist opinions.

This web site ( has been publishing since January 1998 -- lack of response is the most aggravating type of censorship. 

Why?? Please explain this massive hypocrisy.

To be continued (I really hope) 

Doug Skoglund

I don't provide for comments since that is a system designed to control the communication process -- I do provide an e-mail address!! (Please put a [MYWAY] in your title to get my attention).

BTW, I am working on a replacement system -- and I sure could use some help.

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