Death by a Thousand Cuts; How We’ve Been Handing Over our Freedom to the Government

17 Dec

 

From the Neithercrop Press:

Constitutional Judo

Our government has been successfully eroding our freedoms one layer at a time for the past decade, if not longer.  If we don’t stand up for ourselves, we won’t have much left in the way of freedom in the very near future.  In addition to the new legislation being presented by Joe Lieberman under the outright lie that it’d be used against Wikileaks, there are numerous other examples of how the government is raping us of our rights in the name of “security” or “safety”.

Giordano Bruno of Neithercorp Press takes a look at the overwhelming loss of our freedoms in his article, Constitutional Judo.  Beware, you may want ingest a strong antacid before reading his article.

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg named Time Magazine’s Person of The Year

17 Dec

From The Big Picture:

Time magazine Editors are Spineless Eunuchs

Time Magazine proves it has the journalistic backbone of a jellyfish and names Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as their Person of the Year.

New Legislation Proposed in the Wake of the WikiLeaks

7 Dec

Senator John Ensign (R-NV), Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), and Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) have come together to introduce “legislation that will help derail the very real threat posed to human intelligence sources by WikiLeaks.”  On Senator McCarthy Lieberman’s website, he posted an article explaining the new legislation entitled, “Bipartisan Legislation Goes After WikiLeaks by Amending Espionage Act.” The title is not only misleading, it is an outright lie.

The Constitution prohibits ex post facto (retroactive) criminal laws; therefore, this new legislation cannot ‘go after’ Wikileaks for what they’ve already done.  If we can’t even rely on an accurate description of the new legislation from Senator Lieberman, how are we supposed to believe that he won’t use this legislation in the future to censor the internet or media at his whim?  The answer is, we can’t.

Since WikiLeaks released the diplomatic cables, Senator Lieberman has been using his considerable political influence as Chairman of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee to pressure and intimidate organizations that do business with WikiLeaks.  He pressured Amazon.com to stop web hosting for Wikileaks.  After Amazon capitulated to his request, Lieberman posted a statement on his website which included this gem,

“No responsible company – whether American or foreign – should assist Wikileaks in its efforts to disseminate these stolen materials.”

Since making that public statement, many other companies have joined Amazon in cutting off their services to WikiLeaks.  Pay Pal, Master Card, and Visa have all withdrawn their services.  Pretty soon, Fruit of the Loom will be contacting Julian Assange asking him to return his underpants.

Whether you agree or not with WikiLeaks’ release of the diplomatic cables is not the issue.  At issue now are our basic First Amendment Rights and  Senator Lieberman’s use of McCarthyism tactics to bully anyone and everyone into submission.  Who’s next?  Should Starbucks deny Julian Assange a latte?

Following is a link to the Lieberman sponsored Shield-Act.

Senator Joe Lieberman wants the Justice Department to Investigate the NYT

7 Dec

From The Huffington Post:

Joe Lieberman: New York Times Should Be Investigated For Publishing WikiLeaks Cables

Senator Lieberman is claiming that the NYT may have committed a crime by publishing the information it received from Wikileaks.  For publishing the information, Senator Lieberman says that the NYT “should be investigated for potential violations of the Espionage Act.”

What an Ass Hat.   Here’s an idea, how ’bout we leave the justice department alone to investigate real criminals.  Maybe sic them on some of the banksters that have committed massive fraud over the last few years?

Once again, I offer up Senator Lieberman’s contact info for anyone interested in telling Mr. Lieberman to  STOP INTERFERING WITH OUR FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!!  Click here.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange Arrested

7 Dec

From Bloomberg . . .

“Mr. Assange has created an enemy of the U.S. and could find himself facing a U.S. extradition request after he’s returned to Sweden on the current allegations . . .”

The charges against Julian Assange are bogus and just a cover to get him back to Sweden.  I’m certain that, in the end, he’ll end up being handed over to the US, once they come up with some charges.  Pathetic.

Assange Rape Case Bogus; Swedish Authorities Imbeciles

2 Dec

Julian Assange is accused of rape by Swedish authorities because during his sexual calisthenics his soldier down below lost its helmet.  In other words, since the women had only consented to having sex with him if he was wearing a condom, Sweden is considering it rape because, at some point, the condom came off.   Wow.  I had no idea that was considered rape.  Huh.  Well the same thing has happened to me!  Holy crap!  I’ve been raped!  Oh, my God!

We don’t have an actual award to present to the Swedidiot Authorities, so instead we would like to offer up the Certificate of Stupidity.  Congratulations.

I’m off to find a rape counselor.

Click here to read the full Criky.com article.

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange has Effectively Lobotomized American Citizens, Politicians and Major Media Boobs

2 Dec

People have done lost they minds over Wikileaks and its founder, Julian Assange.  Glenn Greenwald wrote, Wikileaks Reveals More Than Just Government Secrets for Salon.com in which he observes,

” . . . there are few countries in the world with citizenries and especially media outlets more devoted to serving, protecting and venerating government authorities than the U.S.”

Indeed.  It seems that since Wikileaks published the ever so dangerous and top-secret diplomatic cables, citizens, politicians and media boobs across the U.S. have been bending over backward to protect Washington’s rights to secrecy.  Let’s ignore for a moment that the cables released by Wikileaks revealed nothing more than over-hyped gossip.  Has the release of these cables really warranted the hysterical calls of Julian Assange’s arrest for treason, or worse, death?  Just a quick side note . . . Julian Assange is an Australian citizen and could not, therefore, be arrested for treason.  That is a privilege only offered to American citizens.  For those calling for Julian Assange’s arrest for treason (ahem, Sarah Palin), the word you’re looking for is espionage.

If we take a breath and look at this calmly and rationally, we will see that Julian Assange and Wikileaks are merely the messengers, delivering material to the public that has been given to them.  He did not dress up in black, scale the walls of the Pentagon, and break in to steal these documents.  So, put your pitch forks down and stop trying to kill the messenger.  There have been numerous examples throughout history of journalists supplying confidential information to the public and protecting their sources.  Google ‘1971 Pentagon Papers’ for an example.

Now, I can understand politicians wanting to protect their opacity.  Transparency is a threat to their very survival.  But, why oh why are our “esteemed” media outlets crying out in outrage over Wikileaks?  One would think they’d be the first in line to stand up and protect Wikileaks’ Freedom of Speech and Press.  Right?  Apparently, not so much.  In journalistic circles, Wikileaks is the red-headed step child and is not worthy for these basic journalistic rights.  Nan-nah.  CNN’s Wolf Blitzer threw a spectacular tantrum on his show screeching that Washington didn’t prevent the document leaks and he DEMANDED that Washington “fix it”.  Hrumph!

And then there is the highly regarded New York Times.  They did not receive the leaked diplomatic cables directly from Wikileaks, but rather, from The Guardian.  And like an obedient child, went straight to the Government for permission to publish.  The end result was a censored version, watered down to the Government’s liking.  Nice job NYT!  Did you get a pat on the head and a lollipop too?  And what kind of sense does that move make anyway?  The Guardian and Wikileaks were both providing uncensored versions.  Seems to me the only purpose for the NYT to go to Washington and ask permission was to be put on the Governments ‘nice’ Christmas list.

The most astonishing revelation in the aftermath of the Wikileaks diplomatic cables has nothing to do with the content of the disclosures.  But rather, the irrational behavior by our citizens, politicians, and mainstream media outlets in response to the leaks.  I would say that they are all acting like petulant children, but that’s not fair to children.  Really, it’s as if they’ve all been collectively lobotomized.  Here’s hoping Wikileaks will continue to fight the good fight.  God knows, we’ll never get any truth or transparency without them.

Wikileaks is Back Up!

1 Dec

Twitter from Wikileaks:

WikiLeaks servers at Amazon ousted. Free speech the land of the free–fine our $ are now spent to employ people in Europe.

If Amazon are so uncomfortable with the first amendment, they should get out of the business of selling books.

Wikileaks Loses Home

1 Dec

The Associated Press is reporting that Wikileaks has lost or left its main Web host, Amazon.com.  So, either Wikileaks left voluntarily (doubtful) or they were kicked off by Amazon or a third-party.  Buh-Bye Freedom of Press.

UPDATE:  Amazon did, in fact, kick Wikileaks off its web hosting.  They did so at the behest of Senator Joseph Lieberman.  If you would like to send Mr. Lieberman an email telling him to stop interfering with our First Amendment Rights, like I did, click HERE.

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In a completely unrelated story, Communist China has blocked access to Wikileaks saying it does not wish to see any disturbance in China-US relations.

Boy, I sure am glad we don’t live in a Communist country.  I’d sure hate to have my information censored.  Oh, wait . . .

Wikileaks Founder Interpol’s Most-Wanted

1 Dec

Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has been put on Interpol’s most wanted list.  Before I offer up my two cents, let’s construct a timeline . . .

  • 2006 – Julian Assange founds the Wikileaks Website.  For those of you living under a rock, that’s the website that has published classified material about the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The US didn’t come off looking too good and was pissed.
  • Aug. 20, 2010 – A woman accused Assange of raping her after a seminar in Sweden on August 14.  Two days later, another woman came forward accusing Assange of sexual harassment.  Shortly after the rape investigation was opened, it was closed by the chief prosecutor who stated, “I don’t think there is reason to suspect he has committed rape.”
  • Sept. 1, 2010 – The rape investigation was reopened by a Swedish prosecutor.
  • Nov. 11, 2010 – Assange gives a two-hour interview to Andy Greenberg of Forbes magazine in which he reveals the next info dump of private documents will be about a Major American Bank.  Assange claims the information will be significant enough to lead to bank investigations and reforms, stating the documents are “like the Enron emails.”
  • Nov. 18, 2010 – a request was approved by the Stockholm District Court to detain Assange for questioning on the suspicion of rape, sexual molestation, and coercion.
  • Nov. 20, 2010 – Sweden Police issued an International arrest warrant for Assange.
  • Nov. 29, 2010 – Julian Assange’s interview with Andy Greenberg is released and goes viral.
  • Nov. 29, 2010 – Wikileaks released classified diplomatic cables.
  • Nov. 30, Interpol issued a Red Notice against Assange for sex crimes.  A Red Notice is basically an international arrest warrant.

Now, I know that correlation does not imply causation, e.g., Julian Assange releasing sensitive, classified documents did not cause him to land on Interpol’s Most Wanted list.  It’s probably just a huge coincidence that on Nov. 29, Assange’s Forbes interview and the Diplomatic Cables were released and the very next day, Nov. 30, Assange is on Interpol’s Most Wanted list.  But let’s face it, it does seem like Assange is being targeted for pantsing America and exposing our ‘private’ parts.  Maybe we should get him a job working with the TSA.  Jus’ sayin’.