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Tor Ekeland
My dad was tortured by the Gestapo for 4 days and thrown in a concentration camp for being in the Norwegian Resistance. Growing up, he would tell me things he learned in the Resistance. I thought, I'm never going to need this stuff. Here's some things of those things
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
First, you're never going to win a head on battle with an adversary that's got you outgunned. That's not the point of the Resistance. The point is to create friction, make it hard for your adversary to operate, to increase transaction costs.
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emptywheel Jun 24
Replying to @torekelandpc
Your dad or the superhero grand-dad?
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Second, resistance doesn't have to be a dramatic act. It can be a small act, like losing a sheet of paper, taking your time processing something, not serving someone in a restaurant. Small acts taken by thousands have big effects.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @emptywheel
Dad.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Third, use your privilege and access if you've got it. He and his buddies stole weapons from the Nazis by driving up with a truck to the weapons depot, speaking German, acting like it was a routine pick up, and driving away.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Fourth, and this is part of the third point really, sometimes the best way to do things is right out in the open. Because no one will believe something like what you're doing would be happening so blatantly. All good Social Engineers know this.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Five, bide your time. But be ready for opportunity when it strikes. Again, your action need not be dramatic. Just a little sand in the gears helps.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Six, and this is a no brainer, operate in cells to limit damage to the resistance should they take you out. Limit the circulation of info to your cell, avoid writing things down and . . .
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Seven, be very careful with whom you trust. Snitches and compromised individuals are everywhere. My Dad was arrested because of a snitch. His friends weren't so lucky, the Gestapo machine gunned the cabin they were in without bothering to try and arrest them.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
Eight, use the skills you have to contribute. Dad was an electrical engineer. When the Nazis imposed the death penalty for owning a radio (the British sent coded messages to the Resistance after BBC shows) he said he became the most popular guy in town.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @TorEkelandPLLC
But everything's cool and we're not going to need to engage in any of this. We don't have a President who openly admires and coddles dictators while trashing our democratic allies. Our President has read the Constitution he's taken an oath to uphold, and so have his followers.
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Annie Sruta Jun 24
Replying to @torekelandpc
Grini?
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Tor Ekeland Jun 24
Replying to @blumo0n
Yes
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Ron Bieber Jun 24
Replying to @torekelandpc
My dad was in Viet nam. He would never talk about it.
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SpikeVFR Jun 25
Replying to @torekelandpc
Uhhhh, American Revolutionary War? Uhhhhh, Viet Nam? There have been several times in world history where the stronger party did not prevail.
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Jon Jun 26
Replying to @torekelandpc
Thank goodness for your dad. He saw evil and fought. Do you have a picture you can share? I'd love to see it.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 26
Replying to @dadiniowa
you know, I don't know if I have any digital copies. Huh. Will look later.
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Tor Ekeland Jun 26
Replying to @rbieber
I didn’t learn about my Dad being tortured until after he died. I took a tour of the detention center he was taken to after his arrest. It started with the tour guide saying «this was the worst Gestapo torture center in all of Norway» 1/2
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Tor Ekeland Jun 26
Replying to @rbieber
I said «what?» Then the guide said that the names of everyone that had been tortured there were inscribed on the wall. I looked and found my Dad’s name. Then they gave me a book listing my Dad’s time in the camp. 2/2
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