Freedom of Press? Right to Peaceful Assembly? Apparently NOT in Free Countries Either!

It appears that police preventing journalists from reporting on protests is not something that happens only in places like China (see HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE).

Apparently, the UK and the US have decided that a “free press” isn’t necessary and the public does not have a right or need to know what is really happening. It seems this is becoming fashionable worldwide (see HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE)and is bound to get worse unless all free peoples stand up and stop it!

Here in the U.S. the First Amendment to our Constitution, under the Bill of Rights, reads (bold emphasis is mine):

Amendment I

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.

I posted on August 27th about the protesters at the convention, being corralled and prevented from exercising their First Amendment rights at the DNC in Denver.

Then we had the RNC in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the crackdowns there were worse and began BEFORE the convention. Not only were First Amendment rights being violated here, but they went so far as to violate Fourth Amendment Rights as well (as above, the bolded emphasis is mine):

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Any stories I did find on that, were mostly other bloggers (see HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE).

The one or two mainstream media stories I found were painting pictures of these protesters being “domestic terrorists” claiming finding explosives, guns, etc in their homes which they (the police) raided (see HERE).

Considering how things are today, the fact that the mainstream media didn’t cover these protests/arrests should actually tell us they were in fact, illegal. But I’m trying desperately to not be totally paranoid or conspiratorial here….but was the “probable cause” manufactured?….LOL

You can read some of these Journalists personal accounts of these raids HERE, HERE and HERE.

One thing is obvious though and that is that even in free countries such as the UK and the US, governments are pushing the envelope more and more when it comes to our rights and liberties. Most especially in the United States where our Declaration of Independence tells us that it is not only our right BUT our duty to keep control of the government.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Our founding fathers had some incredible insight. This quote from James Madison especially:

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

For me, I see political correctness as a silent encroachment on our liberty for I see it as censorship. I also view the battle cries of “safety”, “for the children”, “national security”, as the same thing. And before you go and get all self-righteous on me, stop and think for a moment how those things are used. They are NOT used for “safety, children or security” but are used to control us, to get us to accept giving up our liberties.

I said “enough” years ago. When is the rest of the world going to catch up to me?

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~ by swfreedomlover on September 15, 2008.

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