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Posted on Jul 28, 2010

Today on the list: Why you can’t really get to know more than 150 people, why Democrats should be jealous of Greens and why a Maryland man faces 16 years in prison for shooting a video.

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By christian96, July 29, 2010 at 1:07 am Link to this comment

16 years in prison for videotaping a police officer?
The Nazis have started.  All we need is a leader
who can unite the country against the Jews!  Heil

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By diamond, July 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm Link to this comment

How absolutely typical. Shoot the messenger and if you can’t shoot him, lock him up for sixteen years. Now you know why justice is blind.

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By RAE, July 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

Berniem wrote: “The law & order establishment is all about the protection of wealth, power, and corporate property.”

I agree completely.

Somehow, when we weren’t looking, our “leadership,” has morphed into some form of collaborative “dictatorship” which, essentially, does as it pleases. Oh sure, every so often we get to “throw the bums out” but it does no good. The new “bums” are clones of the old ones. We have given the foxes the keys to the henhouse and there’s no way they’ll allow us to change the locks now.

Enjoy whatever freedoms you still have but seriously plan for a future, that for the vast majority, holds little more than a life of servitude to the state. As the Borg stated: Resistance is Futile. You can bet on it.

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By REDHORSE, July 28, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

“—PRISON FOR VIDIOTAPING—” is, in my estimation the most important newspiece on TRUTHDIG today. The new American Police State is in full view. That the mans parents home was raided, and his computers seized, tells us all we need know, about the fascist lowbrow toadies of Maryland Law Enforcement. Maryland and D.C. are politically intertwined. The one reflects the other.

  This “all citizens are enemies of the state” mentality evolved, when an insane drug policy, allowed cops to overturn search and seizure laws, for the sake of providing fodder, to the, then new, prison industry. If technology is an extension of consciousness, computer seizure is prosecution for thought crime.

  It is another straw breaking the back of American Democracy that the Republican Party has brought the very worst of us to power. None of us are safe. Washington, Jefferson and Paine are spinning in their graves.

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By berniem, July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

It may be getting near time to reprise the anti-police state tactics of the ‘60s & ‘70s! The “MAN” is NOT YOUR FRIEND! The law & order establishment is all about the protection of wealth, power, and corporate property. The Prison/Industrial Complex is one this country’s fastest growing industries and is not concerned about justice but control of the general population. Phony controversies are concocted to keep us at each others’ throats and diverted from looking at the real threats to liberty and freedom looming larger each day!

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By wildflower, July 28, 2010 at 9:46 am Link to this comment


For heaven’s sake! What is going on in Maryland?  Talk about twisting facts . . . thank goodness for the ACLU:

“The wiretap law being used to charge Anthony Graber is intended to protect private communication between two parties.  According to David Rocah, the ACLU attorney handling Mr. Graber’s case, “To charge Graber with violating the law, you would have to conclude that a police officer on a public road, wearing a badge and a uniform, performing his official duty, pulling someone over, somehow has a right to privacy when it comes to the conversation he has with the motorist.”

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