TV News LIES

Wednesday, Mar 04th

Last update10:06:27 PM GMT

You are here News Domestic (USA) Criminalising dissent

Criminalising dissent

E-mail Print PDF

US states are spying on political activists and classifying them as terrorists in order to stifle protest.

Two recent events demonstrate how easy it is for the government to dilute words and their meanings to close off opposition and dissent. Last week, the Maryland state police disclosed that 53 nonviolent anti-war and anti-death penalty activists were tracked for 14 months in 2005 and 2006 under the state's terrorism surveillance programme, and that their names had been added to the state's and the National Security Agency's database.

Who are these sinister terrorists? Two of the activists caught in the Maryland dragnet are Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte, Dominican nuns in the Roman Catholic Church who did indeed break the law in acts of civil disobedience. On October 2, 2002, in response to the first anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, they broke into a missile silo in northeastern Colorado and painted bloody crosses on it.

Understanding that acts of civil disobedience carry grave consequences, Gilbert and Platte paid a hefty price for their protest: they went to prison. Gilbert received 30 months in a federal penitentiary while Platte was sentenced to 41 months for injuring government property and obstructing national defence. The nuns no doubt agree with Thoreau's famous saying: "Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison."

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Slashing a Safety Net: The Demolition of Workers’ Comp

worker's compOver the past decade, state after state has been dismantling America’s workers’ comp system with disastrous...

GOP Idaho lawmakers object to Hindu prayers

Hindu prayer given IdahoThree lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of...

Rikers Island inmates stop sexual assault of guard

Rikers IslandA group of inmates at Rikers Island prison in New York saved a female guard from...

Alabama Supreme Court halts gay-marriage licenses

Alabama SC halts gay marriagesThe Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state’s probate judges to stop issuing marriage licenses...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!