As you may have noticed over the past week or so, FDL has been been under almost constant Denial of Service attack. We’ve been down as much as we’ve been up. We stop one thing, but the attackers try another. Our tech bills are mounting and so this week we’re asking for your help to stay online.
FDL has been around for nearly 10 years now, which is quite a feat — not a lot of blogs from that era are still around, or at least still resemble their former selves. FDL has lasted because we have remained true to our principles and independence and community support.
In that time we’ve been on the front page of the New York Times for our coverage of the Scooter Libby trial, and people all over the world followed Kevin Gosztola’s lone coverage of the Chelsea Manning Trial.
We support whistleblowers who tell the truth about government criminality like Chelsea Manning, Thomas Drake, Peter Van Buren and John Kiriakou. When the mainstream media was calling them traitors, FDL forged relationships and stuck by their side when everyone else backed away.
We’re here in the morning and we’re here late at night. People always know they can show up early and chat with the Over Easy crowd, or into the wee hours with the Late Night crew.
But it isn’t a one way conversation. We also provide a place where our community can express their opinions and post themselves about things they’d be banned for in other places.
We’ve covered LGBT issues, civil liberties, domestic spying, marijuana and drug policy, Occupy, WikiLeaks, genetically modified foods, prison reform, elections, and a wide variety of subjects from fracking to Fukushima in a way that other news sources just don’t.
While the issues change and the world turns, FDL has adapted by applying our same tried and true values to those subjects, refusing to go with institutional zeitgeist on issues like Syria — and we actually win, too.
Our willingness to go against the beltway grain and cover issues in the way we do is no doubt what has opened us up to attacks, but we’re not going to back down. We need our community to band together and defend our publication’s existence and work.
We have a terrific community here at FDL that has always been extremely generous about supporting us when we’re in need. And if we cannot overcome these technical hurdles and pay these bills, the attackers could be successful in silencing us and we could be in serious jeopardy