By Carl Gibson
Reader Supported News, August 17, 2012
"Those who make nonviolent revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable." - JFK
"God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion." - Thomas Jefferson
"Power concedes nothing without a demand ... The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress." - Frederick Douglass
If you've ever noticed an inconspicuous dome-shaped camera out in public, chances are good that a private company called Abraxas, consisting of highly-skilled CIA elites
in Northern Virginia, have noticed you.
The biggest news of the week that nobody's noticed thanks to the Olympics and Miley Cyrus's new haircut is that the Obama administration is appealing
Manhattan federal judge Katherine Forrest's ruling that the indefinite detention clause of the National Defence Authorization Act is unconstitutional
. The White House has presented no evidence to support their case, but they're still appealing, based on their claim that the executive branch has the right to put anyone deemed a potential terrorist threat in military jail for an indefinite period of time. The most troubling part of this story is that the White House refuses to say
whether or not they're still indefinitely detaining people even after Forrest's ruling.
And the anti-protest law, HR 347
, that was easily passed
through both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Obama without so much as a peep from the media, makes it a felony for anyone to protest anyone, anywhere, where there is secret service protection. To capture the sad irony award of the year, the Department of Homeland Security assisted the Philadelphia Police
Department in arresting dozens of nonviolent protesters guilty of nothing else than expressing First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly at the Occupy National Gathering, in the same city that's home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell of all places, on the 4th of July weekend, of all times. On this chilling video
, the last feed of the last live streamer shortly before an unjustified arrest, you can hear the cameraman remind his fellow kettled protesters that they haven't been given any charges, nor any opportunity to disperse before a mass illegal arrest, which is technically a kidnapping.
Perhaps the calculated media silence is because corrupt governments and corporations don't like to have their corruption documented on film and seen by the public. In my current city, Manchester, New Hampshire, one man is facing 21 years in prison
, or 3 7-year counts of felony wiretapping, for recording a Manchester police officer
slamming the face of a high school student into a cafeteria table.
So, just to recap - we live in a country where your every move is monitored and tracked by thousands of cameras, where you can be deemed a terrorist threat without a shred of evidence, where protesting politicians and filming police is a felony, and anyone can be indefinitely detained without trial or representation at the order of the President. This means the entire bill of rights is being blatantly disregarded by the current government, with the exception of amendments 2 and 3. The only things that don't appear to be serious crimes worthy of government action are mass shootings like the recent ones in Colorado, Wisconsin and Texas, and, of course, the deliberate mortgage fraud perpetuated by the world's biggest banks, who all just got a free pass from the United States Department of Justice.
Concerning less reasonable governments, like the Assad regime in Syria, a nonviolent protest movement
had no choice but to take up arms
against their government when their protesting was met with cold-blooded murder of children
at the hands of state military and police. And after the loss of thousands of lives, the people appear to have almost achieved the seemingly impossible victory
of overthrowing their tyrant. Good for them.