Timawus Mathias write
Cowards die many times before the blow is landed. Like the woman that presses into a fight with her spouse eyes closed, clawing and screaming “you must kill me today you must kill me today”, she is not asking to be beaten and killed, but to be noticed and loved. You see, if you show boldness in leveling accusations against authority, you must first be sure of your facts. You are free to opinionate but your facts must be correct. Those in power watch TV and monitor the radio. The security community also watches and indeed analyses the spoken word to establish liabilities. They have power to arrest the bold to save them from themselves in their destructive bravado. It is also of interest to them if what is said is not what they know to be true and need you to open their vision and knowledge. It is safe to be careful, unless you need the publicity that comes with the infamy of arrest.
So when a politician attacks the Governor in the media and is INVITED for questioning, it does not have to be on the orders of the Governor. The Security Community are professionals and process careless talk. That is one way military coups or insurrections are detected. Careless Talk.
Many times I have been MC to a Government function and wound up in front of the DG SSS at the time, and once, because I cracked a joke in words similar to an anonymous petition they were investigating.
In all, be sure brain is in gear before you engage mouth.