11:35 pm - For those of you who are still on the fence about Dubya It has come to my attention that perhaps some folks don't think our President has really done anything to hinder free speech. My friend Clme wanted some help finding links for use in a forum flamewar, which I promptly drowned him in, and then he suggested that posting them would be a good idea. Maybe he's right. I'm kinda surprised that people haven't been keeping on top of things enough to already KNOW about all this shit, since I'm not really a newshound and I did, but hey... what the hell, if I can help, I'm here for you baby. In no particular order:
It's probably worth noting that the details of a lot of those incidents are actually even worse than they sound from the headlines - for instance, the actual story on the last one includes broken ribs and 30-hour detainments in wrist-and-ankle cuffs.
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I find it extraordinarily hard to believe that Bush walked into office then soon implemented a policy of 'harass protesters in different ways in different parts of the country' and managed to get anyone but his Secret Service to do so
You find it hard to believe that the local cop-shops in most areas of the country won't enthusiastically do whatever the hell the Secret Service tells them to do?
Doesn't the laundry list of stuff the Secret Service THEMSELVES have been doing that's in that list of links present a pattern to you?
Now, neither G Dubya nor the Secret Service themselves tell local cops "okay, break some people's fucking ribs for us boys." But when they tell the local cops to start doing shit like clearing the crowds of anybody not waving a "We Love Dubya" sign, they're setting the tone - and it starts getting uglier from there.
And I tell you what, if *I* was the fucking president and the DC cops systematically and illegally funneled 400 peaceful protesters into a trap and jailed them for 30 hours in my name, I would personally make pretty fucking sure I addressed that so as not to be stained by it myself. I haven't exactly heard any press releases about the Bush administration's horrified reaction to shit like this done in his name, though... have you?
*Evil defined as any non-Bush-voting person expressing his or her views. Offer not valid outside of the United States or to any non-U.S. citizens. Restrictions apply if you're famous or rich enough to not be silenced.