book ‘em dano

sheriff obama, so much promise, so many questionsthat a constitutional law professor [president obama] continues to trample on civil liberties and continues to grow the power of the executive branch in exceedingly and increasingly “anti-constitutional” and “anti-democratic” ways is beyond understanding …
unless of course, the understanding is that big brother really is firmly entrenched and that the corporate-fascist powers that be really have no interest in a democracy, or the good of the people …
that instead, their only concerns are power, profits and control …
now that the president has signed into law the national defense authorization act of 2012, if you use illegal drugs, i.e. marijuana, or if you belong to any group that the government deems politically “anti government”, if you write or promote a blog, news article, movie, album or tv show that they deem “radical”, try to start, or support, any group or rally that the government does not approve of, or do anything else that the government in power decides is against their plans, wishes or agendas, then you could be indirectly “funding or supporting terrorism” and the government and the “authorities” have the power to spy on you without warrant, imprison you indefinitely, rescind all your constitutional rights, hold you without charge, and even possibly, in extreme cases (to be decided by them), even execute you …
at the discretion of this or any future president …
and so can the army, unless the president steps in and stops them with a special order …
all without due process …
no trial …
no explanation for why you are being held …
no lawyer …
they wouldn’t even have to tell anyone that they are holding you …
much like the south american death squads of the sixties and seventies, you could become one of the “disappeared” …
and yeah, I know the government says that they “would never do that, that they would never take it to those extremes”, but then, why must they have the power to take it to those extremes? …
and has history not proved, over and over and over again, that sooner or later, usually sooner than later, a “regime” will entrench itself, either by election or force that will use those laws and powers to do exactly that? to “disappear” any that disagree, any that question, any that might stand in their way? …
since when did the government, whose sole duty is supposed to be “to do the work of the people”, move to an agenda that is so against what the citizens want and are legally and constitutionally entitled to? …  
president obama also recently signed H.R. 347 into law, a bill that would drastically limit the ability of americans to assemble and protest … that would also severely limit the press’ right to cover events …
sometimes referred to as the “trespass bill”, the wording in the new law now makes it a federal offense to assemble at many political events, essentially criminalizing protesting …
n
otwithstanding the first amendment to the u.s. constitution, both houses of congress passed nearly unanimously and with little or no debate, and president obama signed into law, legislation that most people, constitutional scholars included, view as unconstitutional or at least, anti-american …
did anybody involved actually read the first amendment? …

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.

we also have SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and TPP already on the table and probably all soon to be law in one form or another …
and let’s not forget the most recent version of the patriot act that president obama signed into law on may 26th of 2011 … extending and strengthening the previous bush versions of the bill …
all of which would severely limit people’s right to, and access to, information, free speech and assembly …
no more “wikileaks”, no more “occupy movements”, no more blogosphere, and certainly no more internet as we know it …

even if you live somewhere other than the u.s.a., these changes will affect you and yours …
many of these statutes and laws have far reaching, border ignoring consequences …
it’s time to do something, anything, to stand up for each and every one of us …
speak out …
contact your local and federal representatives …
get informed …
get organized …
get vocal …
make your voice heard …
any way you can … 

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