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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Truth and Free Speech Are Being Taken Away from Us

Free speech and the ability to speak truth are being shut down. It is happening with the complicity of the print and TV media, the liberal/progressive/left, the US Department of Justice (sic), the law schools and bar associations, Congress, and the federal judiciary.

The attack on Julian Assange is the arrow aimed at the heart of the ability to publish the truth. If a journalist can be indicted for espionage for publishing leaked documents that a corrupt government has classified in order to conceal its crimes, the First Amendment is dead.

Moreover, as the claim is that government was harmed by Wikileaks publishing the truth, Assange’s secret indictment sets the precedent that truth is harmful to government. This precedent will be extended to include the publication of any information or opinion, classified or not, that the government regards as harmful. The media then officially becomes what it mainly already is in effect—a Ministry of Propaganda for the government and those who control it …

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  1. max

    December 12, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    We are rapidly approaching a federal election and we need to know if we are being told the truth by all (or any) of the people standing. Perhaps we need a clause where if caught out in a lie, you are no longer in parliament.

    The article “ Truth and free speech are being taken away from us” should frighten us all.

    Washington has shown that it is not interested in any rights but its own to do what it wants. The George W. Bush regime overturned the Constitutional protection of habeas corpus when the regime declared that it could detain citizens indefinitely in prison without the presentation of evidence to a court.

    The Obama regime destroyed due process and the Constitutional right to life when the regime declared that it could assassinate citizens on suspicion alone. Both regimes ignored statutory and Constitutional prohibitions on torture and only punished those who revealed the torture. If Bush and Obama had the right to torture, what was the point of prosecuting those who revealed that torture occurred?

    Is this an example of what we can expect from our government? It is already locking up proven genuine refugees in defiance of the Refugee Convention.

    • Russell

      December 13, 2018 at 8:49 am

      “The Obama regime destroyed due process and the Constitutional right to life when the regime declared that it could assassinate citizens on suspicion alone.”

      Is that really true?

      • max

        December 14, 2018 at 7:05 am

        Russell … What is real news and fake news? How do you decide?

        If the president has the inherent authority to eavesdrop on American citizens without a warrant, imprison American citizens on his own declaration, kidnap and torture, then what can’t he do?

        The Obama administration has taken the extraordinary step of authorising the targeted killing of an American citizen, the radical Muslim cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki.

        • Russell

          December 15, 2018 at 7:48 am

          “Has” taken, or “had” taken? “Has” is in the present tense.

          Where is the evidence? And which country was this assassination to be carried out?

          I’m just after facts, not rumours.

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