All Further Articles for 2013-01-28

Monday, January 28, 2013
The Right of the People, Even At the Airport
Arguing that "bizarre does not equal disruptive," a judge has ruled in favor of a Virginia man who sued TSA officials who handcuffed, arrested and interrogated him after he stripped down at airport security to reveal the core of the Fourth Amendment written on his chest. Though a dissenting judge argued Aaron Tobey’s "antics" created "a diversion that nefarious actors could have exploited to dangerous effect," Judge Roger Gregory ruled free speech "cannot be suppressed solely because the government disagrees with it." "Mr. Tobey engaged in a silent, peaceful protest using the text of our Constitution... Our Forefather Benjamin Franklin warned (that) those ‘who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’"
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A Long and Proud Tradition: Sierra Club's New Embrace of Civil Disobedience
In the wake of last week's announcement by The Sierra Club it was endorsing civil disobedience for the first time in 120 years to fight the Keystone pipeline, more from director Michael Brune on "following in the hallowed footsteps of Thoreau." No word yet on just what the group plans to do. "Either we leave at least two-thirds of the known fossil fuel reserves in the ground, or we destroy our planet as we know it."
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A Line Has Been Crossed: Anonymous Hacks DOJ
Launching "Operation Last Resort," Anonymous twice hacked the Justice Department's Sentencing Commission to protest the death of Aaron Swartz and a legal system "wielded less and less to uphold justice, and more and more to exercise control (and) power." The group turned the website into a video game and threatened to release DOJ data if the government fails to reform flawed cyber crime laws that allow almost unfettered prosecutorial power. "Anonymous has observed for some time now the trajectory of justice in the United States with growing concern...We have seen the erosion of due process, the dilution of constitutional rights, the usurpation of the rightful authority of courts by the discretion of prosecutors."
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I Have No One Now
Over Chicago's carnage-filled weekend, guns wounded six people and killed seven, including the last of Shirley Chambers' four children, now all gunned down. Friends say Ronnie Chambers, 33, shot in the head sitting in a car, was just starting to get his life together after a hardscrabble past. He had tattoos on his arms honoring his three siblings - Carlos, Jerome and LaToya, the latter two killed in 2000 three months apart. Oh, man. "They say you can't outrun death, but I can try to dodge it. I don't even try to live day by day anymore - it's more like second by second." Ronnie in 2000.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013
To Resist, To Join Together, Occasionally To Win
It was three years ago that we lost the great Howard Zinn, teacher, historian, activist, optimist, radical speaker of truth to power. He is much missed. "If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future, without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past, when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, occasionally to win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive moments of compassion rather than its solid centuries of warfare."
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