THE ABSURD TIMES — STILL

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Posted in Uncategorized by @honestcharlie on May 27, 2019

THE ABSURD TIMES

Can you say Psychopath?

Freedom of Speech

By

Czar Donic

Yes, the first Amendment is under attack.

When the country was founded, Franklin was asked “What kind of government do we have?”

He replied “A Republic, if we can keep it.”

The first ten amendments were not in the original Constitution, but the governor of one state would not sign it unless he was promised these amendments. Jefferson kept that promise. Unusual, but not in those days. The framers were after all trying to insure what the Colonial power of the Kingdom had done to them under occupation.

One of the framers said words to the effect “If I had to choose between a free press and a Democracy, I’d choose the free press. Today, the press has pretty much been occupied by corporations, but the amendment still stands.

During the witch hunt of the McCarthy era, most of those under attack stook under the fifth Ammendment, the right not to testify against yourself. This is meant to make torture and forced confessions illegal.

One, however, stood behind the First Amendment: Pete Seeger, the folk singer, activist, and so on who also had a background in journalism. See, the first Amendment also guarantees freedom of assembly, the right to gather together for political and other purposes. So, may he did sing in front of some Socialist groups. He had a right to. He offered to sing the song to the House of Un-American Activities Committee, but they passed on it. He went free.

Many journalists, people such as John Pilger, an Australian journalist, I believe, publishes here because of the right to free speech. Otherwise, he would be sued. Our own prosecution of Assange is very dangerous and an attack on freedom of speech, not some espionage deal. And does anyone remember Lenny Bruce? A very popular and profitable radio personality, Dan Sorkin, whith whom I spoke on several occasions, left Chicago because of Mayor Daley’s attempts of censorship of his show, mainly playing any Lenny Bruce recordings. Not only would he be fired, but the engineer who put the recording on the turntable and played it for him would be fired. He left for San Francisco and loved it there. He went on to be popular there as well.

Anyway, it is not Assange who is being attacked here – it is the First Amendment. Here is an interview about that from what is left of free speech. I’d read it all, long as this edition is, but take your time with it. I am getting tired of this situation and publishing this does no good anyway. The only reason I continue from time to time is that I just can’t help it:

n an unprecedented move, the Justice Department has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 17 charges of violating the Espionage Act for his role in publishing U.S. classified military and diplomatic documents exposing U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documents were leaked by U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning. The Espionage Act of 1917 has never been used to prosecute a journalist or media outlet. The new charges come just over a month after British police forcibly removed Assange from the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he took asylum in 2012. Initially the Trump administration indicted Assange on a single count of helping Manning hack a government computer, but Assange faces up to 170 additional years in prison under the new charges—10 years for each count of violating the Espionage Act. We speak with Jennifer Robinson, an attorney for Julian Assange. “It is a grave threat to press freedom and should be cause for concern for journalists and publishers everywhere,” Robinson says.

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