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Posted on Jan 20, 2012
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By Billy Scudder, February 27, 2012 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment
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NDAA is anti American, Its anti Costitutional, Our founding Fathers would be
rioting in the streets.It is legislative terrorism again’st the People. If this does not
wake up the people to what is happening, they deserve what will happen to there

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By gerard, January 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

News of other forthcoming suits:

Regarding Chicago, and (Rahm Emanuel) the new mayor’s new and very alarming attempts to squelch civil literties and protest: (from 1.19.12 London Guardian, Barnard Harcourt, “Outlawing Dissent”): Emanuel could have ordered his police “to issue written citations and move the protesters to the sidewalk. In fact, that’s precisely what the police would do a few weeks later at a more obstreperous protest by senior citizens at Occupy Chicago. On that occasion, 43 senior citizens who stopped traffic by standing or sitting in the middle of a downtown street were escorted by police officers off the street without being handcuffed, and were merely issued citations to appear in the department of administrative hearings. (Those arrests, however, took place under the watchful eye of Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Democratic Representatives Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and Mike Quigley.)

“But not on 15 October or the following Saturday night. Instead of issuing citations, the Chicago police arrested over 300 protesters, placed them in handcuffs, treating the municipal park infractions as quasi-criminal charges, booked them, fingerprinted them and detained them overnight in police holding cells, some for as many as 17 hours. They are now aggressively prosecuting these cases in criminal court.”

“That’s precisely the type of practice that chills political expression. The inconsistent treatment of political dissent in Grant Park or at the Chicago board of trade reflects the colossal amount of discretion that mayors and police chiefs have over political discourse today. Police discretion is wide, political expression is fragile.”

“Rahm Emanuel’s message on the G8 and Nato meetings has been loud and clear – and chilling: the DEA, FBI, ATF, DOJ, state police and many other law enforcement agencies will be out in force; it will be harder to comply with the protest laws; and any deviations or errors will be costlier and punished. What’s really troubling is that the G8 and Nato will come and go, but these reforms are with us in Chicago to stay. Chicago’s mayor seems to be following in the footsteps of other municipal officials (recall Rudy Giuliani’s idea of staying on as mayor for an extra three months), who, with a touch of Potus-envy and perhaps a small Napoleonic complex, begin to act like minor tyrants.”

“It’ll be interesting to follow the first amendment litigation brought by the Occupy protesters. Their cases have been joined – there are about 100 of them in the challenge now – and their free speech claims will be heard by the chief judge at the Daley Center on 15 February 2012.”

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By Marietjie Luyt, January 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment

South Africans know all about detention without trial. During the struggle for democracy, thousands of protesters were arrested and detained without trial. People were tortured through waterboarding, among other methods, just as is the case at present in jails run by the US military, e.g. at Guantanamo.

At the time Americans had a lot to say about the situation in our country. Lots of people and organizations called for boycotts and divestment. In general, most American activists seemed to be very chuffed with themselves, with their keen perspective, their moral superiority.

So, where are these people now, now that the shoe is on the other foot? Now that the US has adopted similar legislation to that adopted in South Africa 25 years ago?

Like Chris Hedges, South Africans know exactly what the kind of legislation signed by President Obama means. It means oppression. Press censorship. Torture. Armoured vehicles in townships.And ordinary people becoming fearful of one another, of what they say among themselves, at parties, at the workplace.

Do Americans really want this for themselves?

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By Kathleen Moore, Habeas Corpus Canada, January 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm Link to this comment
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NDAA is VOID.  Attempt to “pass” it = TREASON.  Perpetrators are self-dischared from office. Must address a competent court to declare VOID, and then IMPEACH, INDICT.

Why The Executive May Not Violate The Constitution And Remain in Office:

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By gerard, January 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm Link to this comment

It is more or less idle to ask the question, even rhetorically, as to why the liberal class is so supine.  Decades of increasing demand for conformity to conservative status-quo views, under penalty of accusations of disloyalty, and the encouragement of namecalling like “socialist”,“communist” etc., has demonized criticism and opposition to “official” and almost uniformly conservative policies which work to postpone and/or prevent change.
  No wonder, after dacades of excessive demands for “loyalty” to wars and repressions, the “liberal class” is squelched and cannot get its act together, even in the face of grave dangers to life, liberty and the pursuit of any sort of democratic happiness. Social justice is already a crime, and freedom of expression will soon follow—unless .... unless the honest and open rational civilian mind can re-assert itself, arising with determined nonviolence from the smoking ashes of that “only a piece of paper”—the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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By Andrea LePain, January 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment
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I stand with Chris Hedges and his lawsuit!
Is there any way to file a class action suit about the NDAA?
I would definitely sign on and contribute what little extra money that I have towards it.

Thank you, Chris,
Andrea LePain

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By Michael Cavlan RN, January 21, 2012 at 3:38 pm Link to this comment

For anyone interested in articles that actually mention other candidates than Obama/Romney/Gingrich et all, please go to firedoglake.

There are currently articles there about Jill Stein (Green) and Rocky Anderson (Justice)

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By Reverend Lauren Unruh, January 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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At 3:25 where he says: “Dianne Feinstein ...” there is a 10 second break with some
other show laid over it and the sound picks this show back up at 3:34. Was that
just for me? Or for everyone?

I find that kind of censorship infuriating.

I sent her a message that we could end war and her response was to threaten my
life with an armed helicopter. If that is the standard for US Senators, I think it is a
disgrace. I’d also like to actually be able to hear what is said on the radio about
her and not have it blacked out with some nonsense from another show.

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By Bret Simpson, January 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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I love it..stress.The only thing that keeps us going.“We” were thrown overboard 30 years ago..what took you so long to realize?It’s all bullshit..“freedom”,“crapitalism”,apple pie and heros,“rights” and work ethic.Take your fake God and fake democracy and shove it.

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By Jason Pacifico, January 21, 2012 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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Well, Chris Hedges on the “totality” of it all, US turning into a police state, 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa Bay Florida (tanks, attack helicopters, police as military),  Psycho-Electro-Magnetic Frequency “Synthetic Telepathy” into our homes, families, kids, conscious minds—a micro-cosm of it all, the “POLICE STATE,” moreover,  have turned our “conscious minds” into Abu Ghraib…

On Abu Ghraib, 2003 war in Iraq, torturing of prisoners, George W. Bush, I have a memory of Dun Rumsfeld, or Donald Roe, the Electrolux Regional manager, my Dad’s “Division” was in his Region. I went to Susan E. Wagner H.S. w/ his daughter, Barbara Roe, in 1972, 1973, 1974…Don was also a frequent at Victory Bowling Lanes (S.I.)….David Rockefeller “demoed it” in 2005 and built TD Bank there 2007… retrospectively…

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By xrm, January 21, 2012 at 6:49 am Link to this comment

Dear citizens of Empire,
Romney or Obama: either one is a vote for the
status quo.

A video to illustrate the current state of America and the world:

Graffiti Philosophy

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -
Jiddu Krishnamurti”

The world on its present course cannot avoid fuel shortages, debt-deflation,
fiscal austerity, increasing poverty, political and environmental conflicts over
energy and essential commodities, unprecedented global protests against Wall
Street financial injustice, political and legal challenges for full reserve monetary
reform, climate and humanitarian disasters, further revolution and war.

We are facing the perfect economic storm, in which sacrificing long-term high
performing income would guarantee poverty for the majority. Selling public
assets amounts to economic suicide.
- Link

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By ElkoJohn, January 20, 2012 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

re: 3rd Party
the former Governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson is running
for the presidential nomination with the Libertarian Party.

My Own Thoughts:
This country is so divided and broken,
that we need to scrap the whole system
and start over.

Therefore, we need a Constitutional Convention
to finish our ongoing
civil/culture/economic/human rights conflict,
which started in 1776.

A New Constitution will allow us to over-ride the 1% Congress,
the 2-party political system, and coney capitalism
all in one fell swoop—provided the populists win.

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By Smoky, January 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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Just a simple reminder that P2P software and the entire concept of P2P was created by the very same corporations that wrote SOPA and PIPA.

Time Warner, Disney, Microsoft, and the rest of the entertainment industry corporations created, promoted and distributed the original P2P software and the very concept of P2P as a means to download copyrighted software, music and movies, on their own and associated websites for over a decade.

To put this another way for the extra thick among you, the “Piracy Problem” was manufactured and nourished by the mostly mob-owned entertainment corporations trying to take over control of web content, specifically so that they could cry “Piracy Problem” to the lawmakers and have these web-control measures made into law.

Once again, you’ve all been blindsided by the fascists who own your country and your ass.

In truth and by law, those who distibuted and promoted the P2P software for the purpose of attaining copyrighted material are 100% responsible for all crimes carried out by third party persons using that software. Every artist, musician, writer, and programmer who has ever lost a single file to the P2P process should immediately start proceedings to sue the living shit out of these major corporations for their part in the creation of the P2P process.

Know your enemy.

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By Sombrio, January 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment
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With regards to the SOPA/PIPA debate I have a question that may lead to a workable solution. Is it possible to attach a permanent copyright file that cannot be downloaded until the terms of that file be satisfied? In other words make it impossible to transfer certain copywritten files. If so why not have a central registery and clearing house to handle those types of copywritten files?

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By omop, January 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm Link to this comment

According to an article in the Guardian Mr. Adler obviously has other
ideas about ways and means of handling Mr. Obama

“Atlanta Jewish Times owner says sorry for Obama ‘hit’ column
Andrew Adler says he deeply regrets writing a column suggesting
Mossad agents should consider ‘a hit’ on the president if he fails to
support Israel”, Friday 20 January 2012 16.10 EST
Article history

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By jim mcdonagh, January 20, 2012 at 9:58 am Link to this comment
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your guest speaker on sopa does not understand the definition of copywrite.profiteers and the american congress are constantly redefining the term in an effort to squeeze money out of the citizenry.  see thom hartmanns jan.19 article on rt. i like bob scheer even though he is an appeaser and at times a democratic party cheerleader,but i admire his commitment to the truth

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