A Story in Three Pieces
I should have suspected that the future would not be anything like it had been promised to us in 1977. During a compulsory sex education course one of our football coaches had the indubitable privilege of referring to our nether regions as, “gentiles.” Continue reading
Posted in Art, Books, Music & Film, Censorship, Human Relationships, Military, Torture, War and Peace
Tagged class war, ecocide, economy, free speech, imperialism, short story, Torture, War Crimes
By Rady Ananda
Jan. 26, 2012 Today, the European Union and 22 member states signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced. They have now joined the US and seven other nations that signed the treaty last October.
By Veterans for Peace
The D.C. Superior Court ruled last Friday that possible pedestrian inconvenience was more important than the US Constitution or stopping wars.
Arrested during a White House demonstration on March 19, 18 defendants, including 8 members of Veterans For Peace, were found guilty by Judge Canan, Friday, of “failure to obey” and “blocking/incommoding” and fined $150.
The defendants argued for their 1st Amendment right to petition their government for redress of grievances.
By Steven D
Wed Oct 26th, 2011 at 08:39:13 PM EST
My rubber bullets smashed in the face of a veteran
and then I picked up a kitten ever so gently.
I was the perfect picture of a policeman.I was only one person in one battalion
just doing his job, and doing it superbly.
My rubber bullets smashed in the face of a veteran
but orders are orders. I followed the game plan,
and my bosses said I acted honorably.
I was the prefect picture of a policeman
…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Tonight marks the two-week anniversary of Occupy Oakland. Police have brought in sound cannons and have hit the crowd with tear gas, arresting several.
Regularly updating this piece with new video as it becomes available:
By Mara Kern
For daring to expose the truth about genocide of Serbs and humanity by poisons sprayed from the planes, the truth about illegal growth and trade with GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our country, Nikola Aleksić, the leader of Serbian ecologist is facing dire difficulties, and is requesting donations.
While on his way to the press conference in Belgrade, they tried to kill him, and this was not the first attempt to do so.
Monsanto sued him through its exclusive partner in Serbia for exposing the truth about GMOs, threatening to deprive him and his family of their flat as a means of lawsuit compensation with the help of corrupted courts in Serbia.
Posted in Censorship, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Geoengineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Region: Europe, Resistance, Weather Modification
Tagged assassination politics, biotechnology, free speech, Genetically Engineered Food, geoengineering, Monsanto, nikola aleksic, Novi Sad, Serbia, Serbia Ecological Movement
Image by AP
By Rady Ananda
After the New York Police Dept. arrested over 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday, six of those arrested filed a class action lawsuit on Oct. 4, alleging constitutional violations for intentional entrapment and false arrest.
“The NYPD engaged in a premeditated, planned, scripted and calculated effort to sweep the streets of protesters and disrupt a growing protest movement in New York,” plaintiffs charged in the complaint.
Posted in Constitution, Economy Economics, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Resistance
Tagged benjamin becker, brooklyn bridge arrests, cassandra regan, class war, free assembly, free speech, karina garcia, marcel cartier, mass arrest, michael bloomberg, nyc, nypd, occupy wall street, ows, police misconduct, unlawful arrest, yari osorio
By Avril Ormsby
BlackBerry said on Thursday it would close down its hugely popular messenger service in Britain if ordered to at times of civil unrest, after police singled out the system as a key tool used in last month’s riots.
Appearing before politicians investigating the large-scale disorder that swept Britain in early August, executive Stephen Bates of Blackberry-owner Research in Motion said the company would comply with orders given in special circumstances such as threats of terrorism or mass criminality.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Resistance
Tagged blackberry, Censorship, commuications, electronic speech, england, free speech, protest, uk
By Susan Lindauer
Many Americans think they understand the dangers of the Patriot Act, which Congress has vowed to extend 4 more years in a vote later this week. Trust me when I say, Americans are not nearly frightened enough. Unfortunately, Bradley Manning is also subject to some of these rules, so it’s important for his supporters to understand what he’s facing.
Ever wonder why the truth about 9/11 never got exposed? Why Americans don’t have a clue about leadership fraud surrounding the War on Terror? Why Americans don’t know if the 9/11 investigation was really successful? Why the Iraqi Peace Option draws a blank? Somebody has known the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden— or his grave—for the past 10 years. But nobody’s talking to the people.
In significant part, that’s because of the Patriot Act— a law that equates free speech with sedition. It’s got a big agenda, with 7,000 pages of Machiavellian code designed to interrupt individual questioning of government policy. In this brave new world, free speech under the Bill of Rights effectively has been declared a threat to government controls for maintaining stability. And the Patriot Act has become the premiere weapon to attack whistle blowers and dissidents who challenge the comfort of political leaders hiding inconvenient truths from the public. It’s all the rage on Capitol Hill, as leaders strive to score TV ratings, while demogauging their “outstanding leadership performance” on everything from national security to environmental policy.
Posted in 4th Estate, Constitution, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Whistleblowers
Tagged Bill of Rights, bradley manning, Censorship, fascism, free speech, patriot act, patriot act renewal
By Rady Ananda
Walking like an Egyptian pharaoh more than an Egyptian, during Hillary Clinton’s talk on free speech on Tuesday at George Washington University, she allowed the arrest and brutalization of a silent protester, Ray McGovern, who since his retirement from the CIA has been actively protesting war. The university’s newspaper, GW Hatchet, reported Clinton’s words:
“What happened in Egypt and what happened in Iran, which this week is once again using violence against protesters seeking basic freedoms, was about a great deal more than the Internet,” Clinton said. “In each case people protested because of deep frustrations with the political and economic division of their lives.”
Try looking in the mirror, Clinton.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Constitution, Resistance, Torture
Tagged Censorship, dissent, free speech, hillary clinton, police brutality, ray mcgovern, sibel edmonds, Torture
By John Pilger
The attacks on WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, are a response to an information revolution that threatens old power orders, in politics and journalism. The incitement to murder trumpeted by public figures in the United States, together with attempts by the Obama administration to corrupt the law and send Assange to a hell hole prison for the rest of his life, are the reactions of a rapacious system exposed as never before.
In recent weeks, the US Justice Department has established a secret grand jury just across the river from Washington in the eastern district of the state of Virginia. The object is to indict Julian Assange under a discredited espionage act used to arrest peace activists during the first world war, or one of the “war on terror” conspiracy statutes that have degraded American justice. Judicial experts describe the jury as a “deliberate set up”, pointing out that this corner of Virginia is home to the employees and families of the Pentagon, CIA, Department of Homeland Security and other pillars of American power.
Posted in 4th Estate, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, War and Peace, Whistleblowers
Tagged 4th Estate, criminalizing dissent, DOJ, free speech, julian assange, obama, wikileaks
By Tesha Miller
Julian Assange’s creation of Wikileaks and its subsequent release of hundreds of thousands of classified US War and Diplomatic documents has become one of the most controversial journalistic undertakings of the day. The release of this sensitive material has spurned a global debate about the role of journalism in contemporary times and what level of information is appropriate for individual consumption. The amount of knowledge that the public has on national and international affairs depends directly upon the legislative outcomes to these new information challenges and ultimately, how we decide to protect journalists, whistleblowers and news media organizations.
Posted in 4th Estate, Constitution, Region: Iceland, Whistleblowers
Tagged 1st amendment, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, free speech, iceland, iceland press, obama censorship, Whistleblowers, wikileaks
Jared Loughner did not shoot 18 people because of his political views anymore than the above criminals committed their crimes because they support Obama.
By Milo Nickels
Watch this video where the director of the Southern Poverty Law Center blames the Giffords shooting on “right wing political beliefs.”
Basically, they ignore the real reason that Jared Loughner became violent (i.e. mental illness), and blame it all on his political views. This is simply irresponsible. Would it be fair of me to say that supporting Obama causes people to become criminals? How about after I see the above mug shots?
Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic MP and former WikiLeaks volunteer, who is now fighting a US justice department attempt to get hold of her private messages on Twitter Photograph: Halldor Kolbeins/AFP/Getty Images
Obama Pries into private communications and bank info of Iceland politician over Wikileaks affiliation: PM edited “Collateral Murder” and appears in film, WikiRebels
Icelandic MP Named in Wikileaks Case
By Iceland Review
Spokespersons of the Wikileaks-page say that American authorities have asked the web-page Twitter to submit all messages from four individuals, including Icelandic Member of Althingi, Iceland’s Parliament, Birgitta Jónsdóttir. According to the Wikileaks people the U.S: Department of Justice has demanded that Witter submit personal messages, information on IP-numbers, links and personal information on Julian Assange and three other individuals who have connections to Wikileaks. One of the three is Birgitta Jónsdóttir.