Patrick Lynch inciting an NYPD coup d’etat? Protests will “not be tolerated”?

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Patrolmen’s Benevolence Association President Patrick Lynch has turned the deaths of two police officers into an excuse to incite open rebellion in New York City and a crackdown of police brutality demonstrators in NYC.

The deaths of two police officers at the hand of a gunman who, on Saturday, December 20th is now a pretext for holding his enemies accountable. The video below speaks for itself.

“There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest to try to dear down what new York city police officers did every day. We tried to warn. It must not go on. It cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor.”

The police officers deaths are tragic. But theyi are no less tragic then the deaths of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Kimani Gray, and countless other victims of police brutality.

‘Why are none of the protesters protesting this?’ will become the new argument line for those who seek to continue business as usual.  But the answer is the same reason why the NYPD will never ever prosecute Pantaleo for killing Eric Garner. It is the same reason that even when DA Robert McCulloch in Ferguson knew that Witness 40 was lying and still took his evidence as fact. It is because we have a community and country that is being torn apart because of these things, and everyone is being forced to take a side in some form or fashion. And now, the  systems of power and control which is every level, not just the police level, are showing their true colors in more and more obvious ways.With this latest remark, Lynch proclaims that he will not tolerate protest. That is fascism.

The deaths of these two police officers should be condemned but I can’t possibly condemn those killings without also condemning ALL victims of crime, be it on the police officers, on the protesters, on ordinary citizens. All Americans deserve equal treatment under the law. That is what the United States should stand for.

I have educated myself, and attempted to educate others, about innocent lives destroyed by violence committed by police, and justice delayed or never given. And the message that the People’s Democratic Republic of NYC want you to know is that police killings are legal and so is—actually—anything they do.

The chants of ‘all lives matter’ in New York City by protesters is sometimes a touchy subject in activist circles. Some activists feel that the chant ‘all lives matter’ shouldn’t be used because it is ‘white privilege’. I think that while that might be true in some cases, that this should be chanted because it is true. All lives do matter. And the sooner we begin to realize this, the sooner there will be peace.

Statement from Edward Snowden at Moscow

As per http://wikileaks.org/Statement-from-Edward-Snowden-in.html?snow

Monday July 1, 21:40 UTC

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America has been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013

Schumer and McCain think Russia should “pay the price” for harboring Edward Snowden

According to an article by Alexandera Jaffe:

“They should pay a price, either diplomatic, economic, geopolitical, for doing what they did. They’re always putting their finger in our eye,” said Schumer on “Fox News Sunday,” arguing for repercussions against Russia.

So what are we going to do? Go to war with Russia over an American Hero in Edward Snowden? Does that sound like bullshit to you?

This whole ridiculous attempt to point the blame at Edward Snowden for something the Schumer’s and the McCain’s of this world did knowingly is disgusting. All Americans should be angry about this. The NSA has been spying on every American indiscriminately for years, lying to the American people, screaming terrorist against anyone who opposed them. Does that not sound like bullshit to you?

Draw your own conclusions, please.

P.S. Freedom of Speech, mother fuckers.

Google is Not Your Friend

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Jeffery Rosen, in an article for Time Magazine, wrote “[Internet companies] decisions about whether to cooperate with government surveillance requests will determine the future of free speech as much as any prosecutor or judge.”

If this is true, it is quite troubling. Especially when you consider how the companies that Edward Snowden named such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc. gave direct access of their servers to the government. All of these companies systematically denied this initially and are now tacitly admitting that they did have knowledge of this although they claim it is not as broad as reported.

Time will give us the answer to that particular question, but I wouldn’t trust Google or Facebook either to determine the fate of free speech world wide or to guarantee the free space and sovereignty of the internet.

It has become a necessity to create a more democratic model for which people can express themselves via the internet without constraints. This has already happened to the degree in the past for example 4chan but these sites are nearing extinction because of the move towards social networking control sites such as Facebook. There is an immediate danger being posed to our democracy based on a select few controlling the moderating abilities of entire channels of communication and information. As long as this is true, we will never be safe from censorship or surveillance. I wouldn’t expect Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page to come to our defense when it comes to that, since they quite clearly had no ethical problem in allowing government access to their servers so we can be spied upon. What would happen if they suddenly decided to flip the switch and increase censorship? With these new revelations, nothing is too farfetched.

Freedom of Speech is a sensitive issue and there is a fine balance between security and civil liberties. However, when you give the government an inch, they tend to take a mile. That’s why it is important that we keep the conversation going.

Cheers, Mr. Snowden.