From the Publisher's Desk
"I am... for freedom of the press, and against all violations of the Constitution to silence by force and not by reason the complaints or criticisms, just or unjust, of our citizens against the conduct of their agents."
- Thomas Jefferson to Elbridge Gerry, 1799. ME 10:78
Is Amerika coming to this?
Where is the US headed?
In today's post 9/11 world, an alarming dichotomy is taking place with the authorities. And this has and will continue to have dire consequences for our privacy and civil liberties.
In the police state better known as The United Kingdom (not so Great Britain,) the united States [proper spelling] and several other western countries, it is now a crime to photograph a police officer, certain buildings and officials. Why? Is it because the authorities do not want to be recorded in the act of committing a crime themselves? You decide!
During the recent G20 conference in London, police were filmed shoving a man, returning home from his work as a newsagent and with his hands in his pockets, to the ground and not bothering to assist him thereafter. A bye stander had to help the innocent victim of the police. The camera footage shows the victim Mr, Tomlinson, apparently being pushed over by a partially-masked police officer as he walks away from a police line with his hands in his pockets. The 47 year old man died shortly thereafter from a heart attack.
At first this incident was reported on UK's Sky news as the police having been attacked! Police attacked indeed! A bye stander, who was breaking the law filming police officers, caught the police in this illegal and criminal act. See
G20 film shows officer lunging at man who died
In the good old USSA, last August police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew was attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown Palace Hotel. See
ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors
Back to the police state better known as the UK, a man who was wrongly arrested and kept in a cell for five hours after he photographed a police officer. See
It gets worse: According to an FBI memo, peace protesters are being labeled as "terrorists". Indeed, police have been terrorizing children, little old ladies and other "dangerous" people who attempted to peacefully protest.
A 2003 FBI memo describes protesters' use of videotaping as an "intimidation" technique, even though - as the ACLU points out - "Most mainstream demonstrators often use videotape during protests to document law enforcement activity and, more importantly, deter police from acting outside the law." The FBI appears to be objecting to the use of cameras to document unlawful behavior by law enforcement itself.
Never forget: The authorities care about only one thing: Compliance. Do what they say, when they say without question or you will suffer. They will see to that. The men and women so many people depend on to serve and protect them have become thugs whom we now all fear.
What's happened to free speech and freedom of the press? Why should you have to be afraid of the Inland Revenue, IRS, police, DHS and all the other alphabet agencies? What are you going to do about it?
"Play by their (authorities) rules, and you'll be sure to lose. Play by your own rules, and you'll be sure to win."
See you next issue
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