Mar 14, 2006

Freedom Of Speech...

Open Thread

12 Comments:

Blogger Kit Neill said...

How are things going in the prosecutor's world? I can't watch Bush speak, too stressful, but did read excerpts of his putting a positive spin on this badly planned and executed war. And clear-thinking American people rejected it, lowering his poll numbers still further.

Thank you for this blog, not only has it given me an outlet for my frustration but I've met - via Email some really nice people.

PJF rocks!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

So, Freedom of Speech is the topic for the day. Well, we know that the Bush Administration is slowly chipping away the American people's freedom. As Ben Franklin says: there can not be any personal freedom until there is economic freedom. We are certainly losing those two aspects...

I came across this article from Think Progress.org about a revised animated version of George Orwell's book: Animal Farm. The CIA made a film based on the book and altered the finale. From those that never read the book:"the farm animals looked back and forth at the tyrannical pigs and the exploitative human farmers but found it ‘impossible to say which was which.’” According to the CIA:
"[The original] ending was altered in the 1955 animated version, which removed the humans, leaving only the nasty pigs. … The C.I.A., it seems, was worried that the public might be too influenced by Orwell’s pox-on-both-their-houses critique of the capitalist humans and Communist pigs." E. Howard Hunt was the one who brought the rights to the film Orwell's widow and change the theme of the book. i had read Orwell's book: "1984" and Orwell's theme are utopia, dictatorship, totalitarianism, etc.
And it makes you wonder why the CIA left the humans out from the finale.

http://thinkprogress.org/2006/03/14/cia-film-library/

1:31 PM  
Anonymous e said...

My thoughts seem to dwell on the families of Libby etc...why don't they realize that in the end they will suffer the most and why don't they come clean to make it easier on them...

1:41 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

There is difference between freedom of speech in the U.S. and meddling in other countries' affairs. Got this from email from ThinkProgress.org:

IRAN -- DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS SAY HEAVY-HANDED BUSH STRATEGY BACKFIRING: "Prominent activists inside Iran say President Bush's plan to spend tens of millions of dollars to promote democracy here is the kind of help they don't need," the Washington Post reports, adding that "mere announcement of the U.S. program endangers human rights advocates by tainting them as American agents." Abdolfattah Soltani, who co-founded a human rights group with Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, said the Bush strategy "very much limits our actions. It is very dangerous to our society."

And Bush promoting democracy over in Iran while he is chipping away our democracy here in the U.S.?

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to RAW Story, anti-war groups and individuals have been targeted for spying.

As a military family who has spoken out, I really resent this-especially considering the way they have been so irresponsible toward our troops, their families and the people of Iraq.

Is there a real chance of suing these fools or will freedom of speech give its last dying gasp? p

2:17 PM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

anon@ 2:17. Don't give up...November 7th is coming.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep the indictments rollin, rollin rollin rolling....

RAWhide....

By the way I have to tell you that I was not involved with flooding your mailbox with messages, I'm reporting that for my friend.

That was all to do with someone else who's a real piece of work and lets just say we don't want him working with anybody...

From your end to my ears Fisher is safe and he is in a unknown dot locked up tight far away from all the outside world.

At this point, things will get interesting....

4:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Go Feingold go! The Democrats are criticizing Feingold for censoring Bush. Here is an excerpt from ThinkProgress.org. Feingold was on Fox News:

"I’m amazed at Democrats, cowering with this president’s numbers so low. The administration just has to raise the specter of the war and the Democrats run and hide. … Too many Democrats are going to do the same thing they did in 2000 and 2004. In the face of this, they’ll say we’d better just focus on domestic issues. … [Democrats shouldn’t] cower to the argument, that whatever you do, if you question the administration, you’re helping the terrorists."

Calling a spade a spade! Keep speaking out Feingold. On a side note: Feingold remind people of the year 1834 in which Andrew Jackson was censored by the Senate. Maybe the Democrats need to take refresher course in history!

4:23 PM  
Blogger SpaceCommand said...

Freedom of Speech is the greatest!

Let's see here, what do we know about it? Well it is a God given right, call it "Nature's God," at least, and whatever your Freedom of Religion wants. But moreso important is finding the truth, and acting upon it.

We are living in a time when our leaders are openly suggesting violations of basic human rights. They condemn others for doing the same, but reserve that and more for others who do not goose step (properly.

More power to everyone's free speech, but where is the rebuttal? I think the Pulpit should be shouting a repudiation, but there is a lack of courage is there?

If there is one high duty that any public servant has, it is to safeguard human rights. Today they do not. I am getting my passport ready soon, because it may be time to get the heck outta here while you still can. In any event a nice vacation for a few years in Switzerland looks promising, at least they take care of themselves when a flood happens. Our government just prints up more money to give to big companies that do next to nothing. A President who tells us he is "above the law," and that he is the "commander in chief," without being drafted by a formal declaration of war, simply does not know any better. We are cooperating by doing and saying nothing.

Ask Sandra Day O'Conner about all this.

6:28 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Freedom of Speech I think not. Look what happen to Cindy.

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was shocked to see what DeWine and crew are proposing in response to eht NSA domestic spying scandal. I cannot imagine this would stand up in court, but what are the chances this proposal is adopted?

Here is a quote from the news article

The law will make it a crime for reporters and newspapers to publish stories that Bush violated the law or to simply report on the existence of the various FISA surveillance programs to the public. This handy provision protects Bush from any future leaks that he is violating the law governing surveillance of Americans. Criminal penalties would be applied to anyone who "intentionally discloses information identifying or describing" Bush’s NSA program or any other surveillance of Americans under FISA. In addition, the scope of activities covered by criminal penalties is expanded by not including a requirement that the "information has to be harmful to national security or classified." Increased penalties of $1 million fines and/or 15 years in jail should be plenty deterrence for the media to not report on such surveillance in the future.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous John Evans said...

This crime family that is in the white house has been planning this for years. It has taken several administrations to set the stage. I am very proud there are brave americans like Patrick Fitzgerald who can't be intimidated or bought. You may be our only hope so watch your back. These are dangerous people. Give me liberty or give me death!

11:20 PM  

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