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Free Speech Zones

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Quarantining dissent / How the Secret Service protects Bush from free speech

The local police, at the Secret Service’s behest, set up a “designated free-speech zone” on a baseball field surrounded by a chain-link fence a third of a mile from the location of Bush’s speech.

The police cleared the path of the motorcade of all critical signs, but folks with pro-Bush signs were permitted to line the president’s path. Neel refused to go to the designated area and was arrested for disorderly conduct; the police also confiscated his sign.

Neel later commented, “As far as I’m concerned, the whole country is a free-speech zone. If the Bush administration has its way, anyone who criticizes them will be out of sight and out of mind.”

This is not the first article that I have read about this subject, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. This is the civil disobedience that your parents told you about.

And things like this just scare the crap out of me…

On May 30, 2002, Ashcroft effectively abolished restrictions on FBI surveillance of Americans’ everyday lives first imposed in 1976. One FBI internal newsletter encouraged FBI agents to conduct more interviews with antiwar activists “for plenty of reasons, chief of which it will enhance the paranoia endemic in such circles and will further service to get the point across that there is an FBI agent behind every mailbox.”

This is the kind of thing that makes me angry. When people criticize Dean for being angry, I think to myself , I’M ANGRY! He represents what I feel! There are 600,000+ people signed up at Dean for America that feel the same way I do. The press would love for everyone to believe that anger is all Dean has, and they’re wrong. Find out for yourself.

Dean is not the point of this article. The point is, Bush and his cronies are leading us down the wrong path. A path towards fear, hostility, unilateral action, disregard for those of us who truly need our help. A path where civil liberties are trampled upon, and everyone is a suspected terrorist. The only way to change course is to vote in new leaders. You can listen to Bush’s rhetoric, and watch him do something else for the next 4 years, or you can vote in someone who will do what’s right for our country.

Categories: Politics.