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The ACLU has released a revealing new report on the suppression of dissent since the terrorist attacks of 9/11. "Freedom Under Fire: Dissent in Post-9/11 America," describes how some government officials, including local police, have gone to extraordinary lengths to squelch dissent wherever it has sprung up, drawing on a breathtaking array of tactics - from censorship and surveillance to detention, denial of due process and excessive force.
"This report clearly illustrates how dangerous it has become since the terrorist attacks of September 11 to criticize the President or his policies," said Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU. "Government officials and political leaders must not be allowed to chill the free and robust debate that has made the American way of life the envy of nations and its Constitution a beacon to the world."
The 18-page report finds that dissent since 9/11 has taken three principal forms: mass protests and rallies, messages on signs or clothing, and other acts of defiance by communities and individuals. Some of the most stunning abuses -- such as the compilation of political profiles of peaceful demonstrators by police in New York -- did not come to light until they were exposed and challenged by the ACLU. Read the full ACLU report "Freedom Under Fire."
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."--Voltaire
"On October 9th, 1967, Ernesto "Che" Guevara was put to death by Bolivian soldiers, trained, equipped and guided by U.S. Green Beret and CIA operatives. His execution remains a historic and controversial event; and thirty years later, the circumstances of his guerrilla foray into Bolivia, his capture, killing, and burial are still the subject of intense public interest and discussion around the world."
I'm suprised that no one had noticed we didnt have free speech before....I remember there was alledged to be a day that you didnt need to file for a permit at the courhouse to hold a rally or speak publicly....of course that permit can be refused by the issuing agent...or the sherrif....or a judge...or probably even the janitor....when did we loose free speech....
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