Liberty Activist Blog

Sunday, March 12, 2006

LAND: The week in review March 5-March 11
Liberty Action News Digest

Top story this week, medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby is free! In other good news, the Colorado teacher who was placed on leave after comparing President Bush’s State of the Union address to speeches by Adolf Hitler has been reinstated (but not before his family got death threats from Bushevik symps.), the Pentagon admits 'errors' in spying on peace protesters and removed their names from the terrorist dbase; the US is closing the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq (and moving operations to the new Camp Cropper (where Saddam is incarcerated).

In tilting at windmills news this week, civil liberties groups ask courts to shut down Bush spy ring, while the SenateSelect Committee on Intelligence votes to NOT invesitigate domestic spying, but just set up an 'oversight committee' (like the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which was set up in 12/04 at the recommendation of the 9/11 Commission ... and has never met or hired staff.) Meanwhile, as the public begins to be aware that the Bush spy ring violated the Fourth Amendment, GOP Senators introduce legislation that would effectively repeal the 4th Amendment (without the messiness of the constitutional amendment process) and the Regime launches an intimidation campaign against journalists, threatening to charge them with espionage for the leaks about the domestic spy program.

As military desertions climb with the worsening war in Iraq, the Pentagon hunts down Vietnam era deserters (30 years later), as a 'warning' to present day troops that the state 'never forgets'. In other police state news, FBI grills a professor over his support for Venezuala and FEMA critic George Barisich, who has been selling anti-FEMA T-shirts since last fall, gets cited by Homeland Security for giving away one of the shirts 'on federal property'.

In news around the globe, Pakistan cracks down on protests over Bush visits and unrest in China over rural land grabs, while here at home a village in NY prepares to 'grab' a private golf course under eminent domain.

Deaths this week: Auschwitz escapee William Herskovic 'who escaped from Auschwitz and helped inspire Belgium's resistance to the Nazis during World War II, has died at the age of 91'.

Commentaries this week on domestic spying (NSA eavesdropping and the fourth amendment), the Patriot Act (Compromising civil liberties,State of the state), free speech (Free speech for me but not for you,Who cares about the First Amendment?, The problem of thin-skinned politicos,A free press, a free pass) immigration (Free borders make good neighbors)activism (The action thing,The limits of the Internet,Ghost Walkers haunt Congressional conscience).

In actions this week, Angel Shamaya, founder of, jailed March 4 in Michigan on for possession of firearms not properly registered under Michigan law is free on bond ... Angel's court date is March 14, and you can send messages of support or contributions to his defense fund at the Montana Shooting Sports Association "Angel" page at

Til next week

For freedom

Mary Lou

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