Archive for the 'Free Speech' Category

TRUST US, WE’RE THE WASHINGTON POST

July 7th, 2014

Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power, and the identities of aggressive intruders into U.S. computer networks. A breakdown […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 5…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What is the information you hesitated most about revealing due to safety issues for people involved? What made you decide revealing it anyway? ASSANGE: The Penny report. The UK argued to us that it was a “serious nuclear proliferation risk”, but on further research, they were full of hot air. There were a lot […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 4…

June 21st, 2014

Question: What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin? ASSANGE: Here is a conversation from 2011 where I tell Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt about Bitcoin. Fortunately he didn’t listen, or else he’d own the planet by now.

HAS THE HOUSE ACTUALLY DONE SOMETHING…?

June 21st, 2014

Surveillance reform gained new congressional momentum as the US House of Representatives unexpectedly and overwhelmingly endorsed stripping a major post-9/11 power from the National Security Agency late Thursday night. By a substantial and bipartisan margin, 293 to 121, representatives moved to ban the NSA from searching warrantlessly through its troves of ostensibly foreign communications content […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 3…

June 21st, 2014

Question: First, what do you do to stop yourself going mental with boredom? From my understanding, you cannot leave the embassy or you’ll be arrested, so you’ve basically placed yourself under house arrest. What are you day to day activities? Second, (and I don’t mean this to sound inflammatory), why did you start a website […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 2…

June 21st, 2014

QUESTION: What advice would you give to ordinary citizens in regards to how they can have an impact? Many of us feel helpless, overwhelmed and small. We are screaming for change, but what steps can we take? ASSANGE: When we are aware of the world and the scale of its inhumanity and stupidity we feel […]

JULIAN ASSANGE ON REDDIT: QUESTION NO. 1…

June 21st, 2014

QUESTION: What is your opinion on Edward Snowden? ASSANGE: Edward Snowden performed an intelligent and heroic act. I and others had been calling for exactly this act for years. I am a trustee for his legal defense and co-ordinated his asylum. Our Sarah Harrison kept him secure in his path out of Hong Kong and […]

I SAY JOURNALIST, THEY SAY TERRORIST…

February 19th, 2014

On a court ruling this morning Glenn Greenwald writes: In sum, the U.K. Government wants to stop disclosure of its mass surveillance activities not because it fears terrorism or harm to national security but because it fears public debate, legal challenges and accountability. That is why the U.K. government considers this journalism to be “terrorism”: […]

WE HOLD THESE TRUTHISMS TO BE EVIDENCE…

July 8th, 2013

ALL YOUR BASE DATA ARE BELONG TO US…

June 6th, 2013

[Update at 1840: I've been thinking about this all day and here's my bottom line. There is no good security reason to be doing what the federal government is doing unless the people at the top are so feckin' clueless that they actually believe all the people who hate America are total idiots (like themselves) […]

PLAIN DEALER PAGE ONE THIS MORNING…

December 11th, 2012

Brandon Blackwell writes: Irony stung the Occupy Cleveland movement in October 2011 when about a dozen of its members were arrested in Public Square. Protesters were taken into custody for violating curfew near the statue of Cleveland’s 35th Mayor Tom L. Johnson — an effigy erected as a testament to free speech and assembly. But […]

OCCUPY WINS IN OHIO COURT OF APPEALS…

December 8th, 2012

I just did a quick search on the Plain Dealer’s website and not a peep about this story. From the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Eighth Appellate District, County of Cuyahoga: {¶1} For purposes of this opinion, the appeals of both appellants Erin McCardle and Leatrice Tolls have been consolidated. 1 {¶2} Appellants Erin McCardle […]

I’LL SMACK ANYONE WHO MENTIONS FIRE…

September 16th, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: Does anyone doubt that if the Bush White House had “requested” in the wake of 9/11 that all anti-war or anti-administration videos be “reviewed” to see if they should remain on the internet – on the not-implausible ground that they might encourage attacks on American troops or personnel – that Democrats would […]

SPEAK MORE, NOT LESS; DON’T CENSOR BACILE???…

September 13th, 2012

[Update No. 3 @ 1042 on 13 September: His real name is Nakoula Basseley Nakoula] [Update No. 2 @ 1944: Bacile's a fake; not a Jew or an Israeli, who the fuck is he?] [Update No. 1 @ 1626: Glenn Greenwald wades in...] Shaya Tayefe Mohajer (for the Associated Press) writes: An Israeli filmmaker based […]

DON’T BE AFRAID, BE ANGRY, BE UPSTANDING…

August 30th, 2012

ON THE MALABILITY OF REALITY…

August 21st, 2012

Andrew Brietbart is gone, but his media fief continues. I initially embedded the Brietbart video of Saturday’s protest in Cleveland, but after spending about 20 minutes attempting to alter the code so that the video wouldn’t autostart, I’ve removed the code. You can still go directly to the site and view the video there. As […]

UNDER PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA…

July 1st, 2012

Jacob Appelbaum, the Internet freedom activist and WikiLeaks associate, has been targeted by the U.S. Government in multiple ways despite never having been charged with any crime, including constant border harassment, laptop seizures, and the secret issuance of “national security letters” to his Internet providers and other services. Watch this short video as he takes […]

SPEECHIFYING ON THE CIVIC COMMONS…

June 23rd, 2012

Change happens in three steps and, this is the important bit, they are three distinct yet interdependent steps. The hierarchy of actions is important; step three, causing the change to manifest, cannot happen unless preceded by step one, being the change and step two, communicating the change. Step One is embodied in the words of […]

ASSANGE FEARS OUR EXTRA-LEGAL SYSTEM…

June 22nd, 2012

Glenn Greenwald writes: [Julian] Assange’s resolve to avoid extradition to Sweden has nothing to do with a reluctance to face possible sex assault charges there. His concern all along has been that once he’s in Swedish custody, he will far more easily be extradited to the U.S. In general, small countries are more easily coerced […]

YOU’RE A/AN (INSERT DISMISSIVE PEJORATIVE)…

May 27th, 2012

Nigger, Wop, Kike, Spic, Chink, Faggot, Retard, Communist, Liberal, Socialist, Anarchist… One of the insidious ways those in power retain that power is by making those they need to hold power over less than human. The task is really all too easy: to demote another human to the status of other you simply have to […]

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