We are ALL Scott Olsen
The recent events at Occupy Oakland have galvanized the Occupy Wall Street movement. There is definitely a new resolve among the protesters in each city, not only in America, but world-wide. The Iraq War Veteran and Marine named Scott Olsen who was injured by police at Occupy Oakland, has quickly become the movements latest hero and rallying cry. So imagine my surprise this morning when I woke up a little late, and realized that my phone and email had been going crazy.
Just what was causing all the buzz? Well…….. somewhere in the deep recesses of the Cyberspace lays a now defunct website called IHateTheMarineCorp.com . The website, which is no longer active was an anonymous forum that allowed current and former Marines to vent their grievances against the USMC with complete safety and anonymity.
The now defunct site seems to have been founded by Scott Olson, the Marine critically injured by Oakland Police this week at Occupy Oakland and Olsen is the former registered owner of that internet domain.
Apparently The Right seems to think that this is the bombshell which will extinguish the fervor behind not only Scott Olsen, but perhaps the Occupy movement itself.
Scott Olsen is an American. A 24-year old Marine who served not 1 but 2 tours in Iraq. That alone makes him and thousands of Soldiers and Veterans like him MY Hero, and I Thank You For Your Service. Olson’s love of Country and what is right, does not stop there however.
Veterans for Peace
He is also a member Veterans for Peace, an organization founded in 1985. Consisting of male and female US military veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflicts, as well as peacetime veterans. Veterans for Peace works to promote alternatives to war.
But Scott Olsen’s commitment went further. He knew based on his personal experiences in the military, that War was not pleasant, that many, like him had grievances which were not addressed, and that some, if the persons identity were ever exposed, their military career could be and would be jeopardized. Thus the anonymous forum”IHateTheMarineCorp.com” was conceived and created. Scott Olsen’s foray into Anonymous Web Forums ultimately did not survive, but while researching information for this blog post, I found many websites and/or forums that were, if not directly inspired by Olsen’s efforts, at the very least they had the same general idea. As American’s we still enjoy the right to Freedom of Speech. I may not necessarily agree with someone or even have to, but I will defend their right to express themselves always.
Last but certainly not least, Scott Olsen, like many of us, felt compelled to participate in the Occupy Movement. To stand up for what is right, and reject what is wrong. Sadly, this 2 tour Iraq war veteran, who was not injured in the conflict abroad, came home to his country to be critically injured in the growing conflict at home, by an organization that is only supposed to protect and serve the American Public.
Ironically, The Right has attempted to use the culmination of this information in an effort to disparage and demonize the service and character of Scott Olsen. I have seen and read everything from him supposedly being Anti-Semitic, to being a traitor or deserter, when nothing could be further from the truth. My response to the Right is an emphatic, “Try Again”.
Scott Olsen did not choose to be the latest Hero of Occupy movement and we cannot and will not allow others to choose our heroes for us. Real Heroes are never chosen. We know them when we see them, and we thank them when we meet them. Thank You Scott Olsen, for we are ALL Scott Olsen.
by Richard O. Emanuel Jr. (Occupy Cyberspace/Reclaim America from the Lunatic Fringe!)
Anonymous message to Scott Olsen of Occupy Oakland
I did the followup research on this myself… it seems to be the same guy… I have been hearing about a similar article on PoliticsUSA where they cast some doubt as to the ownership of the domain IHatethemarinecorp.com. by merely referencing The Domain WHOIS information, which can be seen here:
But what the politicsUSA story does not find is the Pledgie.com fundraising account that is connected to the Ihatethemarinecorp.com that is also registered to a Scott Olsen to include a profile picture which has been open since May 10, 2010 under the user name solsen230
you can find this account here:
and his twitter account:
both mention IHateTheMarineCorp.com
This information was not included in the PoliticsUSA story.
This additional information, does not change a thing. I look at Scott Olsen as a Hero, not by his choice, by by circumstance, and we should support him in his recovery…. again… Thank You for Your Service Scott Olsen, both here, and abroad.
In addition the Politics USA story also goes on to say
“This doesn’t mean that it can’t be the same Scott Olsen, but the point is, what does it matter? This is America. Scott Olsen is still a hero who served his country in Iraq, and a hero does not deserve to be smeared in a desperate attempt to discredit a movement.”
Here is their story if you’d like to read it also: