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« on: 2008-December-02 03:29:33 PM »

[2008-09-03] "Apathy? Hell NO!"
http://tinyurl.com/Voting-Apathy-HELL-NO
http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=29.msg102#msg102

http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2008/tle484-20080907-06.html
Apathy?

By Dennis Lee Wilson

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Apathy? Hell NO! I ACTIVELY BOYCOTT political conventions of ALL political parties as well as boycotting the voting booth (see "Can there be a better time to STOP VOTING?" ). And I actively urge others to consider the virtue of doing the same!

The scenes both inside and outside the recent political conventions offer a sad spectacle of people trying to “fix” a government that has been illegitimate from its inception and defunct at least since Abraham Lincoln violated its Constitution and killed more than 620,000 Americans while brutally conquering the Confederate states and forcing them into servitude under a government not of their choosing.


I watched the videos of the militarized police activities in Denver and Minneapolis/St Paul and I cannot help but wonder how much financial and political embarrassment those governments would have if NO protesters had shown up. It would be like making a Grand Declaration of War and having nobody show up to fight.


Various protesters did visit the political conventions in Denver and Minnesota,[6] in force and on schedule to justify the ever-growing tax burden of the ever-growing police state in an era of dwindling real crime due to an increasingly armed and aware citizenry. However, I detect indications of changing times. The police seemed to have a dwindling supply of victims from which to choose, because they had to preemptively raid private houses outside of the convention areas and also direct their actions against visibly marked members of the visiting press who have never been demonstrators.



Something similar has recently happened in Scottsdale Arizona (and other cities—see references [4 & 5]). Although traffic speed cameras on the freeways thru Scottsdale were originally projected to collect $20 million per year [1], apparently there were not enough violators and Scottsdale netted only $1 million for each of the last 2 years.[2] Freeway users simply refuse to exceed the artificially low speed limits while being photographed. In other words, the intended victims withdraw their sanction of the government’s action by refusing to be victims. Now the State of Arizona has taken over Scottsdale’s speed traps and by expanding it state-wide, expects to net $90 million [3] where Scottsdale projected $20 million and netted $1 million!!


Is it apathy that keeps me from being among the political demonstrators and voters? Or is it perhaps the discipline of rational thinking followed by rational action—much like the example of the Scottsdale drivers? Governments NEED active opposition in order to justify the militarization of local police, just like the Scottsdale government NEEDS traffic violators in order to justify and pay for cops, cameras and courts.


There are many ways to be rid of government, I describe some of them in the Individual Sovereignty section of my TLE article here:
http://tinyurl.com/Individual-Sovereignty


One may also just starve the beast, such as do Scottsdale motorists, by simply refusing to feed it.


References:


[1] http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/11/1177.asp   Published: 2006-06-12

Scottsdale, Arizona Speed Cameras to Make $20 Million
A set of six speed cameras on a Scottsdale, Arizona freeway will make $20 million this year.


[2] http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/fromcomments/80809.php  Published: 2008-03-26

Scottsdale nets $2 million [in 2 years] from Loop 101 speed cameras


[3] http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/ss/fromcomments/80809.php  Published: 2008-03-26

Scottsdale nets $2 million [in 2 years] from Loop 101 speed cameras

“Napolitano's proposed state budget for the next fiscal year includes $90 million of new revenue from camera-produced citations”  
[See 2009 update on this financial failure HERE. http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=390.msg685#msg685 ]
[See 2010 update on this financial failure HERE. http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=390.msg841#msg841 ]



[4] Federal Highway Administration study of cameras (PDF)


[5]  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23710970  

     Red light cameras too good for their own good?

      Some cities rethink devices as drivers pay heed, reducing fine revenue

Dallas Texas officials shut them down.

Charlotte and Fayetteville, N.C., red light cameras recently turned off

Bolingbrook, Ill., officials ended their red light camera program after statistics showed a 40 percent drop in ticketable offenses.

Lubbock Texas

[UPDATE] Remember what I said (highlighted above) about the dwindling supply of victims from which to choose? Here is an example of just how desperate the police state has become!
[6] Two years later under a Democratic president, a key figure in organizing the successful 2008 anti-war street protests that embarrassed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul had his door kicked in at 7 AM by the F.B.I. The agents were probing to see if the occupants of any of the homes they burst into were supporting "terror organizations."
Details here:  http://dennisleewilson.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=29.msg878#msg878
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« Reply #1 on: 2008-December-02 03:32:01 PM »

From: DennisLeeWilson-Ariz-Wyo Sent: 9/29/2008 12:08 AM

I was unaware that there is an actual website named "League of Non-Voters" and I was surprised and pleased to see my above article reprinted on their site:

http://nonvoters.wordpress.com/apathy/
 
They also reprinted "Can there be a better time to STOP VOTING?"
 
http://nonvoters.wordpress.com/can-there-be-a-better-time-to-stop-voting/
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« Reply #2 on: 2009-June-11 04:57:34 PM »

The content of this brief posting applies equally well to voting! (Bold & red emphasis are mine.)
 
The futility of writing and calling your congressional representative:

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/027120.html

How to Escape Criminal Gangs

Posted by Thomas DiLorenzo on June 8, 2009 07:14 PM

I participated in a forum on state sovereignty at Drexel University a short while ago where the subject of secession came up (naturally). A Pennsylvania state legislator was the other speaker, and while he did not dismiss the possibility of secession he said that it was important to first exhaust all other possibilities, such as writing and calling your congressional representative.

A student in the audience asked him this question in response (paraphrasing): “If a burglar broke in to your home and stole your valuables over and over again, do you think it would be effective to write the burglar a letter asking him to stop it?”

How refreshing to meet a college student who understands the ancient truth that government is just another criminal gang.
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« Reply #3 on: 2010-September-29 09:39:42 AM »

http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig10/ross-s4.1.1.html

More Americans Losing Their Liberties Every Day

by Sherwood Ross


You might give the FBI the benefit of the doubt that it had some incriminating evidence when it raided the homes of eight antiwar activists in Minneapolis and Chicago September 24th [2010] except for the fact that its past record in such cases is stinko. The F.B.I. broke down Mick Kelly's door around 7 a.m., and it wasn't to get an early cup of coffee from a man employed as a food service worker at the University of Minnesota. The agents were probing to see if the occupants of any of the homes they burst into were supporting "terror organizations." Uncle Sam here might be a trifle jealous of private citizens' backing violent entities when it has always assumed it had a superpower's exclusive franchise to fund violence. The Midwest raids are correctly seen as "a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression and violence in the Middle East and Latin America," by the International Action Center of New York, an anti-militarist group. Kelly, after all, was a key figure in organizing the successful 2008 anti-war street protests that embarrassed the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. In today's America, standing up for peace automatically makes you a terror suspect.

Concerning the FBI's record of past transgressions, the Chicago Tribune reported Sept. 21, "FBI agents improperly opened investigations into Greenpeace and several other domestic advocacy groups after the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks in 2001, and put the names of some members on terrorist watch lists based on evidence that turned out to be 'factually weak,' the Justice Department said Monday." The evidence against the 1-million other Americans on the no-fly lists likely is equally flimsy. Last year, Justice Department's own Inspector General (IG) found many subjects of closed FBI investigations "were not taken off the list in a timely manner, and tens of thousands of names were placed on the list without appropriate basis," the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported. And The Tribune added that an internal review by the IG concluded that the FBI was guilty of improprieties but did not purposely target the groups or their members. (See, it wasn't on purpose. The FBI just makes tens of thousands of mistakes with other people's lives and reputations.)

The travails of Mick Kelly increasingly are being repeated across the U.S. against many others in a variety of unconstitutional ways, according to a review of President Obama's first 18 months in office by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which fears Obama is "normalizing" some of the egregious practices of predecessor George W. ("The Invader") Bush. There is a very "real danger," the ACLU says, Obama "will enshrine permanently within the law policies and practices that were widely considered extreme and unlawful" during the Bush regime. These include denying the very rights of torture victims to bring suit in the U.S. Court, the refusal to release torture photos and refusing to prosecute the torturers, plus keeping secret the records of his predecessor's policies on rendition, detention and interrogation. Like any odious dictator of the past, Obama claims he can hold 48 Guantanamo detainees indefinitely without charge or trial; and that, like Russia's Joseph Stalin who had rival Leon Trotsky assassinated in Mexico, he can reach out and kill any of his citizens anywhere in the world without trial.

Obama's regime has manufactured "kill lists" of suspected terrorists, including U.S. citizens, he claims he can eradicate with impunity. The creation of these lists, as far as we know, is done without judicial review, totally in secret.
As the ACLU points out, "Such a program of long-premeditated and bureaucratized killing is plainly not limited to targeting genuinely imminent threats." It is "far more sweeping than the law allows and raises grave constitutional and human rights concerns. As applied to U.S. citizens, it is a grave violation of the constitutional guarantee of due process." The ACLU further notes over the past eight years the U.S. has repeatedly detained persons as "terrorists" only to discover later the evidence was "weak, wrong, or non-existent." The very idea of killing terror "suspects," therefore, is chilling.

Besides dispatching the FBI to break down the doors of peacemongers, Obama has expanded the warrantless electronic eavesdropping on American citizens and has told border agents they can "engage in suspicionless searching of Americans' laptops and cell phones at the border," the ACLU says. Its report adds that Americans' returning home "may now find themselves confronted with a border agent who...insists on copying their electronic records – including emails, address books, photos, and videos – before allowing them to enter the country." What's more, the ACLU has learned, border agents have used this power "thousands of times." And rather than reform the watch lists, Obama's regime "has expanded their use and resisted the introduction of minimal due process safeguards" while adding "thousands of names to the No Fly List, sweeping up many innocent individuals," ACLU says.

As a result, the watchdog organization warns, "U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents have been stranded abroad, unable to return to the United States. Others are unable to visit family on the opposite end of the country or abroad. Individuals on the list are not told why they are on the list and thus have no meaningful opportunity to object or to rebut the government's allegations." ACLU calls this "an unconstitutional scheme under which an individual's right to travel...is under the complete control of entirely unaccountable bureaucrats relying on secret evidence and using secret standards."

And is the U.S. public outraged over these denials of their basic liberties as the Colonists were outraged by the transgressions of King George? Apparently, not that much. A poll early this year by McClatchy News Service-Ipsos found "51 percent of Americans agreeing that 'it is necessary to give up some civil liberties in order to make the country safe from terrorism.'" With President Obama following Stalin's lead in claiming his right to kill citizens overseas without trial, in controlling citizens' right to travel, in asserting citizens' can be arrested and held indefinitely, and that citizens' homes can be broken into on the flimsiest pretexts, maybe the Treasury Department should issue a two-dollar bill with Stalin's picture on the far left and Obama's on the far right. They seem to have more in common every day.

September 29, 2010

Sherwood Ross [send him mail] has worked for major dailies and wire services and served in an executive capacity in the U.S. civil rights movement. He currently is active in the anti-war movement and operates a public relations firm for good causes.

Copyright © 2010 Sherwood Ross

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« Reply #4 on: 2010-September-30 06:30:16 PM »

http://criminaljustice.change.org/blog/view/anti-war_activists_plan_protests_after_raids

Anti-War Activists Plan Protests After Raids (See previous message)
by Charles Davis
September 27, 2010 12:49 PM (PT)

The government says it's investigating potential ties to terrorism, but anti-war activists say they are being targeted for their dissident views after the FBI on Friday raided the homes and offices of more than a half-dozen outspoken organizers in Minneapolis and Chicago.

Eleven other activists in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota were also issued subpoenas to testify before a grand jury, according to the Minnesota Anti-War Committee, which is calling for nationwide protests this week.

"This suppression of civil rights is aimed at those who dedicate their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war," the group says in a statement. "The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing against war and occupation."

According to the committee, activists targeted in the raids were involved with organizations including the Palestine Solidarity Group, the Colombia Action Network and Students for a Democratic Society, members of which helped organize opposition to the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul -- protests that were met with a notoriously heavy-handed response from law enforcement, featuring similar raids on activists (and even the arrest of journalist Amy Goodman).

For its part, the FBI says the raids on Friday -- which came just days after the Justice Department's Inspector General released a report detailing the bureau's spying on Pittsburgh anti-war activists, about which it lied to Congress -- were in pursuit of "evidence relating to activities concerning the material support of terrorism." Keep in mind, though, that a Supreme Court ruling this summer upheld an extremely broad definition of "material support" that the ACLU warned at the time could be used against groups that exclusively embrace and encourage non-violent activities, effectively "criminalizing speech meant to promote peace and human rights," in the words of attorney Melissa Goodman.

 Whether spurred by the groups' views or not, the raids seem bound to make at least some activists think twice before organizing protests in the future. Some suggest that was the point.

"The government's trying to quiet activists," Jim Fennerty, an attorney for one of the activists raided last week, told the Associated Press.

"These raids are an attack on the entire anti-war movement," added Maureen Murphy of the Palestine Solidarity Group. "Everyone in peace and social justice is deeply concerned."

The International Action Committee has a list of dozens of rallies planned across the country to protest the FBI's actions. You can also sign a petition demanding that the Justice Department respect the First Amendment and the right of all Americans to dissent from the government line.

If you're upset about the raids, let those who ordered them know it.

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Charles Davis is a Change.org editor. He previously covered Congress and criminal justice issues for public radio and Inter Press Service.   Follow him on Twitter @charlesdavis84.
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