November 1, 2003

At Bay...Where are Your Civil Liberties

Many people are misguided zelots over topics they have little knowledge about.

I was a nuclear reactor operator and realize nuclear power to be exceptionally environmentally friendly relative to coal plants or many other enery resources.

Currently a ship is floating out at sea in the Miami harbor unable to port.

The success of our country has always relied upon people being able to speak their peace though. Thus everyone should be afforded an opportunity to do so.

Recently there has been a shift...

in the way we handle nonviolent demonstrations.

The government has been quick to propose and sign acts such as the VICTORY ACT or the PATRIOT ACT which aim to rob our basic civil liberties. The bill names are conundrums.

The article reports that "The Port of Miami has refused us (the Greenpeace ship MV Esperanza) because John Ashcroft Justice Department is prosecuting us for a protest action last year. The prosecution is unprecedented. Never before in U.S. history has an entire organization been prosecuted for a peaceful protest by its supporters."

The new laws still do not offer the government enough power to do what is needed. An obscure 19th century law is being used to prosecute Greenpeace.

Its only the freedom of speech, what's it really worth anyway?

A People's History of the United States : 1492-Present

AlterNet: Personal Voices: Ashcroft's Attack On Greenpeace

Posted at November 1, 2003 8:48 PM

Cool stuff Aaron, keep it up, we need more bloggers like you!


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