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ACLU and Shepard Fairey drape Lady Liberty in nationalism & jingo-freedom

Is "Freedom" the same thing as Liberty? Let's see, ACFU? It has an unfriendly ring to it.   The American Civil Liberties Union commissioned this fundraising magnet from halftone-deaf one-note Obamartist Shepard Fairey, but somebody confused this for a Department Of Defense contract. "Leading Freedom Forward"? That's USA's imperialist catchphrase! Please note at the helm is Fairey's first client: Obama. 25129

Wikileaks Jacob Appelbaum confounds US customs w Bill of Rights thumbdrive

US-based Wikileaks colleague Jacob Appelbaum has a humorous account of his reentry yesterday to the US. Flying into Newark last July his laptop was searched and his cell phones confiscated. This time Appelbaum tweeted ahead that the ACLU would be his welcoming party, among other measures, recounted through Twitter: 22140

You can lead a horse to water, but will it give a statement to the press?

From the horse's mouth: Nope. On advice of lawyer, don't talk about arrest. On advice from retired lawyers: civil liberties issue iffy. Advice gleaned from the overworked ACLU: case not as good as others we've got. Advice from friends: hope for a plea deal. Request from PPJPC colleagues: pretend we don't know you. Advice about the press: "Generally they don't have much interest in this kind of thing." FAIL.   I have to confess, my pretending yesterday about an intentional plan to fly under-the-radar was sarcasm. I had no idea the extent to which the sublimation of the "MEPP" Kulp/Nace arrests was premeditated. No mention of the court date in the PPJPC Active For Justice weekly email, the arrestees' spirits driven down by the defeatism prescribed above. I raise this criticism not to victimize the defendants further, but to question this apparently endemic predilection for hemlock. 21304

Should local Israel boycott arrestees face wrongful charges alone, without your support or media scrutiny?

COLORADO SPRINGS- There's a plan tomorrow, Thursday Jan 6 at 1:30, for the first court appearance of BDS activists Cyndy Kulp and Ted Nace, arrested in November at a local shopping center, and charged with trespass to curtail their free speech. THE PLAN is for the two Middle East Peace Project activists to follow legal procedures unobtrusively, no press, no statements, no calling attention to the Israeli war crime they were protesting, or now the patently unconstitutional abridgment of their civil liberties. Self-censorship does seem odd when the original goal was to raise public outcry about injustice in Palestine. Isn't media scrutiny otherwise the only opportunity which knocks when you're gagged by wrongful arrest? Not much of a plan. Are veteran BDS campaigners Coloradans For Peace going to disrupt tomorrow's agenda to sweep BDS/Free-Speech under the rug? HELL YES. 21259

In Tennessee, ACLU = Terrorists

The Memphis Homeland Security fusion center has a map listing the Tennessee ACLU as a "Terrorist Event." Compound that with what a ranking senator (R-AL) has called the "ACLU DNA." It goes beyond semantics when the label of terrorist means by executive order suspects can be detained without charges, indefinitely and without an enforceable standard of human rights. Think twice about those giving credence to Vice President Biden's categorization of Wikileaks as more terrorism than journalism. On the lighter dark side, the CIA has set up a Wikileaks Task Force (WTF), prompting comedian Andy Borowitz to suggest the more apt Stop Terrorists From Uniting (STFU).

Repeal DADT and enact the Dream Act because the Army needs more soldiers

A thousand times NO you ignorant dupes! The ACLU wants me to support the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, so that more gays can join the military. Otherwise-progressives are lobbying for the Dream Act, so that the children of undocumented immigrants can join the US military. Let me also warn you I oppose Affirmative Action for the School of the Americas torture curriculum. And equal pay for female armed-drone specialists. DADT is the homosexual's exclusive escape clause for war crimes complicity. Is this an LGBT rights campaign to assert that gay soldiers are dumb enough for the military?

ACLU defends Freedom of Speech: that of yours, mine, Nazis or corporations

COLORADO SPRINGS- The local Springs ACLU chapter is challenging the national office's position on the recent Citizens United victory and I'm torn. I am as anti-corporate as the next rabid class-war insurgent, but the longstanding corporate personhood abomination is a separate abuse than the oppression of civil liberties. It's clear that one impacts the other, but until we clarify who's a "who," the ACLU is determined to exclude no one from First Amendment protection. Make sense? 15796

Senators Cornyn, Smith, Lieberman, Webb, McCain, not common criminals

They want war crimes trials, then book 'em. Senators John Cornyn, Lamar Smith, Joe Lieberman, Jim Webb and John McCain have mouthed off against bringing accused 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to trial in US civilian courts. They want Mohammed and his fellow detainees tried by military tribunals, which have already been condemned as violations of international law. So has voting to support the attack on Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, secret prisons, etc. 11462

Take the ACLU Facebook quiz to see what kind of open book you are

Maybe you don't fear facing off with an army intelligence interrogator, FBI detective, or secret service agent sitting in a Fusion Center determined to anticipate your next move. But what about a loan officer, insurance adjuster, arbitration negotiator, prospective employer, or plaintiff's lawyer taking your deposition, who's armed with your psychological profile made up of your Facebook quiz answers? Your plan to defeat an IRS polygraph by clenching your butt-cheeks is a plan B of olden days. The ACLU has been anticipating these eventualities for you. They've devised their own Facebook quiz to illustrate. 8547

There is no License to Kill

"Licensed to Kill" was an Ian Fleming invention. His friend Richard Meinertzhagen dropped Fleming's phrase for guests to infer he was a secret agent. RM's routine of arriving at diner parties with a smoking gun reinforced whispers that he had been the inspiration for James Bond. Meinertzhagen turned out to be a flake, but the authority to play god is still coveted by espionage idolators. Federal statutes prohibit identifying covert CIA operatives, regardless what they've done. Is that the same thing? A mythical supra legem indemnity? Sorry Virginia, nemo est. 8475

2 turncoat Democrats are our senators!

Freshly minted US Senator Michael Bennett just voted against the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009, siding with the usurious banks. Do we give him a pass? It's not Bennett's first snub of the November 2008 progressive mandate. What's it going to take before Colorado constituents shout down the Washington insider for being a fraud? Bennett is speaking at CC's commencement on May 18. Is he or is he not accountable? 7647

Colorado Springs Calendar MAY 2009

MAY 2009 1- May Day: International Workers Day 4- Tobias Wolff, Reading at CC, Armstrong Theatre, 7pm 9- UFCW Local 7 contract expires with Safeway workers 15- NAKBA commemoration 17- CFP Protest of PRO-ISRAEL RALLY, City Auditorium, 3pm-6pm 18- Senator Michael Bennet, CC commencement, Quad, 8am 18- Governor Bill Ritter, City Hall, Fountain, 6pm 23- Uncle Wilbur Fountain, annual opening, Acacia Park, 11am-1pm 25- High Country Earth First! EF! ROADSHOW, Cheesman Park 2pm 26- High Country Earth First! EF! ROADSHOW, Gypsy House 7pm 27- Colorado Springs ACLU annual meeting, G&L Foundation 27-6/3 Feral Futures, to be disclosed shortly 30- UFCW solidarity action, TBA

Colorado Springs government and police continue to lie about their raids on the Homeless

HOMELAND INSECURITY REPORT- The CS police, under the direction of Police Cap Ricky 'Liars' Myers, are continuing to fudge and pretend their innocence about their raids and harassment against the Homeless population in the city, on behalf of the Business Community which simply hates these unfortunate people. They want them all gone but can't find a way to get it done without attracting public attention. So they have to play all sorts of mind games using the local press as conduit for their song and dance. 6811

Obama to close Gitmo year from now

Yesterday Barack Obama suspended the GWOT military tribunals and announced the closing of Guantanamo Prison Camp, eventually. Care to explain to those still being detained without charges, why it's going to take a year? 6216

Paging Lucy Shoup aka Lucy McDonald

Who was the Maryland State Trooper infiltrating Silver Springs area peace groups? Unmasked by an ACLU case which represented several dozen activists labeled by "Lucy" as terrorists, even the LA Times article would not reveal her true identity. But certainly there should remain photographs of the undercover officer participating in actions from 2005-2007... 5734

Following Obama out of La La Land

Rita and her GRANDMOTHERS FOR PEACE found change.gov and gave them an earful. (change.gov is the President-Elect's change.org) 5514

ACLU: Police provoked first DNC arrests

The ACLU has uncovered a police report which reveals that the first gassing of protesters at the DNC was in response to actions by an undercover provocateur. The police explain their ruse was to extract the infiltrator from the crowd without blowing his cover, but those who were there saw the maneuver's real purpose. The Denver Post wrote DNC police staged confrontation that prompted pepper spray 5489

Who’s a Constitution Voter?

Visit the ACLU website to add your mugshot to the I'm a Constitution Voter drive. You'll be standing up for civil liberties and the Police State can Photoshop your inevitable booking info unto the card you're already holding. Perhaps "Constitution Voter" will constitute the charge against you. 4889

RNC marchers charged with felony riot

SAINT PAUL- These people have been herded from the streets to a park by the river. As riot troops close in, people were told to place their hands on their heads and that they are being arrested. Watch as some are tear gassed as others, credentialed journalist embeds, are issued gas masks. Elsewhere, Amy Goodman is arrested and later released. Two of her producers are being detained on FELONY RIOT charges. 4589

NMT coverage of DNC 2008 protests

At right is R68's CMYK guide to DNC protests, STORM IN THE CITY, colored mischievously enough to read STORM'N.   Below is a guide to the NotMyTribe posts on the Denver DNC. We covered preparations, betrayals, security, the Saturday training, Sunday rallies, Monday actions, Tuesday marches, Wednesday escalation, Thursday Invesco, and Friday exit.   We've linked the posts so they can be perused in chronological order, as well as by specific focus. 4553

DPD DNC provocateurs shy from camera

DENVER- Monday PM, DNC Day 1. Undercover Agent Provocateurs. Circulating among protesters with video cameras is one thing, walking around like you want to start trouble is another. Can you spot the faux troublemaker? This image doesn't show his professional ass-kicker boots. The two Unconventional Action participants facing him saw I wore an ACLU t-shirt and urged me to document this provocateur's actions. 4520

Green Party-pooper insubordination more embarrassing than imaginable

And I thought I hade a vivid imagination. Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney has issued a press release detailing her explicit intention to participate in the Sunday DNC rally. The letter is very diplomatic but it spells out the ultimatum she was given by the Colorado Greens to desist. Compelling reading. On a related note. Cindy Sheehan will also be joining the lineup. This represents a significant divergence from her close allies Medea Benjamin and UFPJ's Leslie Cagan. It shouldn't be that way. 4195

R68 announces speakers to counter DNC

DENVER- The Recreate 68 Alliance has announced its lineup of speakers for the DNC rallies. Among them: Pamela Africa (MOVE), Kathleen Cleaver, Rosa Clemente, Ward Churchill, Jenny Esquiveo (spokesperson for Eric McDavid), Fred Hampton Jr., a recording from Mumia Abu Jamal, Cha Cha Jimenez, Ron Kovic, Cynthia McKinney, Ricardo Romero, Natsu Saito, and a spokesperson for the Cuban Five. 4150

Bush leaves US a half-trillion more debt

Bushco not only exhausted the treasury, but a half-trillion dollars more Americans don't have. Is that someone you're comfortable having a beer with? Someone who commits more spending to himself and friends, and leaves the debt to the next addressee? Credit card companies call that fraud. It's graft plain and simple. Especially since the money wasn't burnt up in a war, or blown to the winds by Katrina. No, this money was funneled, by the supertanker load, to Bush and Cheney cronies in oil, weapons and banking.   Think there's not more damage Bush can do? Think the Kucinich impeachment call is after spilled milk? The ACLU can think of five barn doors we need to block immediately while Bush's burglary is still in progress! Mukasey's declaration of universal war for one!

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