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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19259623

Are we going to stand back and allow the United States to execute Julian Assange?

This is bigger than Aung San Suu Kyi.
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No, we're not.
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I do find it frightening, and depressing. In their eyes, does he really have so much power? Is telling people facts so dangerous?

This is one of the most awful things happening in the world but it's just so easy to ignore.
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Yes. There's a kind of war going on right now. Assange in peril, Bradley Manning in jail and facing a justice-less court, Birgitta Jonsdottir one of the few parliamentarians speaking out. And in Russia the Pussy Riot women are in jail for singing a song.
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The United States tends to execute only those that have killed more then one innocent victim or a police officer. It varies from state to state but I think you will find it hard to find a recent example of someone being executed just for their political beliefs or for embarrassing the sitting government. The Rosenberg's and the A Bomb secrets might be the last example and that might have been quite justified depending on what evidence you judge to be credible.
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vtsnowedin wrote:The United States tends to execute only those that have killed more then one innocent victim or a police officer. It varies from state to state but I think you will find it hard to find a recent example of someone being executed just for their political beliefs or for embarrassing the sitting government. The Rosenberg's and the A Bomb secrets might be the last example and that might have been quite justified depending on what evidence you judge to be credible.
When you say that the US has not killed people because of their political beliefs, I think what you really mean is that have not killed any Americans on Amercan soil for their political beliefs. The US is, of course, responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of people worldwide for nothing other than their political beliefs or, merely, for being in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time vis-a-vis US expansionary policies.

Oh, and they they wont kill Assange. What they'll do is leave him to rot for life in some US hell-hole of a jail. There as a permanent reminder that you don't F--k with the Yanks because, in the words of Bush, "you're either with us or you're against us".

The US is truly an evil empire.
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extractorfan wrote:I do find it frightening, and depressing. In their eyes, does he really have so much power? Is telling people facts so dangerous?
What is dangerous is that he is willing to stand up to them - that he shows no fear of American hegemony. That's what Al-Qaeda do. The US responds by demonstrating that it is above the law: "we can do whatever we want to you. No trial. No judges. Just solitary confinement and execution."
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stevecook172001 wrote: There as a permanent reminder that you don't **** with the Yanks because, in the words of Bush, "you're either with us or you are against us".

The US is truly an evil empire.
Absolutely.
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Maybe they will send him to Guantanamo, conveniently out of range of their own laws, and water-board him daily as they do with their other enemies.

I read about one inmate who had been water-boarded 287 times ( probably more now ).
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Don't worry, its for your own protection.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... technology
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frank_begbie wrote:Don't worry, its for your own protection.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... technology
This is very similar to the creeping control that I heard about from my grandparents who were living in Germany pre WW2. The former Stasi and KGB would be in heaven with the technology available today and the willingness of oppressive governments to use it.
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frank_begbie wrote:Don't worry, its for your own protection.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... technology
Fascism is coming. You know it and I know it. The important question all of us are each individually going to have to ask ourselves at some point is this:

Am I just going to accept and adapt, or is there a point at which I decide to be a part of doing something about it? Something real and not just twittering about it down the pub or on places like this.

It's a question I am currently asking myself.
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stevecook172001 wrote:
vtsnowedin wrote:The United States tends to execute only those that have killed more then one innocent victim or a police officer. It varies from state to state but I think you will find it hard to find a recent example of someone being executed just for their political beliefs or for embarrassing the sitting government. The Rosenberg's and the A Bomb secrets might be the last example and that might have been quite justified depending on what evidence you judge to be credible.
When you say that the US has not killed people because of their political beliefs, I think what you really mean is that have not killed any Americans on Amercan soil for their political beliefs. The US is, of course, responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of people worldwide for nothing other than their political beliefs or, merely, for being in the "wrong" place at the "wrong" time vis-a-vis US expansionary policies.Oh, and they they wont kill Assange. What they'll do is leave him to rot for life in some US hell-hole of a jail. There as a permanent reminder that you don't **** with the Yanks because, in the words of Bush, "you're either with us or you're against us".

The US is truly an evil empire.[/quote]
I find both comments a bit odd coming from the former British empire where the sun never sets and the history of all that have gone into the tower of London and never came out.
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Brits have a lot to be ashamed of too, few here deny that. And you did say 'former'!
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stevecook172001 wrote:
frank_begbie wrote:Don't worry, its for your own protection.



http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree ... technology
Fascism is coming. You know it and I know it. The important question all of us are each individually going to have to ask ourselves at some point is this:

Am I just going to accept and adapt, or is there a point at which I decide to be a part of doing something about it? Something real and not just twittering about it down the pub or on places like this.

It's a question I am currently asking myself.
Yes I'm asking the same question.

We need another Martin Luther King.

Someone with great personality, someone we can trust, someone to follow, to join us all together.

Is there anyone out there?
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, brave, hated, and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
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