Monday, May 17, 2004

Know Your Rights, Again


First
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."

Fairly straightforward, don't you think? And while this first amendment to the Constitution specifically address what Congress shall not do, it seems reasonable to extrapolate that if Congress should not abridge freedom of speech or the right to peacably assemble, then these things are allowed to all United States citizens.

And yet, police in Platteville, WI don't see it that way. They'd rather arrest first, ask questions later.

If you exercise freedom of speech and there's nobody there to hear it . . .
I guess the Secret Service didn't take the time to set up "free speech zones." in Platteville.

"[T]he Homeland Security Department warned local law enforcement agencies to keep an eye on anyone who 'expressed dislike of attitudes and decisions of the U.S. government.'"

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." - Thomas Jefferson

20 years later

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

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