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November 21, 2003 The truth IS out there.

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A NEXIALIST N+E+W+S Feature: To Die For?

from L. Reichard White


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Americans traveling to England always observe more similarities to our country than differences. I've been here only a short time, but I've noticed that the tradition of free speech -- exercised with enthusiasm -- (laughter) -- is alive and well here in London. We have that at home, too. They now have that right in Baghdad, as well. (Applause.) -President Bush, London, England, November 19, 2003 656_clip1
American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man's mouth as they arrested him today for speaking out against occupation troops. ... Asked why the man had been arrested and put into the back of a Humvee vehicle on Tahrir Square, the commanding officer told Reuters at the scene: "This man has been detained for making anti-coalition statements." ... He refused to say what the man said. US troops arrest Iraqi for criticising them, New Zealand Herald, Wednesday November 12, 2003 656_clip2
NEW:TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. soldiers arrested a Muslim prayer leader in central Iraq ... , a U.S. army spokeswoman said Tuesday. ... She said a man from Falluja, a hotbed of resistance to the U.S. occupation west of Baghdad, made a speech over a mosque loudspeaker in the town of Jabal Monday night.
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      The mosque's prayer leader, or imam, was later arrested in a raid by U.S. soldiers ... . The speaker was not caught. ... Major Josslyn Aberle told reporters in Tikrit. U.S. Detains Imam After Anti-U.S. Speech at Mosque , Reuters, Tuesday, January 13, 2004; 10:15 AM 656_clip3
NEW:The Pentagon has threatened to fire on the satellite uplink positions of independent journalists in Iraq, according to veteran BBC war correspondent, Kate Adie. In an interview with Irish radio, Ms. Adie said that questioned about the consequences of such potentially fatal actions, a senior Pentagon officer had said: "Who cares.. ..They've been warned." According to Ms. Adie, who twelve years ago covered the last Gulf War, the Pentagon attitude is: "entirely hostile to the the free spread of information." PENTAGON THREATENS TO KILL INDEPENDENT REPORTERS IN IRAQ by Fintan Dunne, 10th March, 2003 656_clip4
ROCKFORD -- An Illinois National Guardsman [Jessica Macek] at home on leave blasted the President today on a Rockford area radio show, saying the President lied about his reasons for American military going to Iraq. ... The bulk of Macek's criticism comes over what she said was a lack of evidence of weapons of mass destruction. "We have been there for six months now, and we have not found any weapons," said Macek. ... "If she has said these things ...she has opened herself up to disciplinary action," said [US Central Command Spokesmen Major Pete] Mitchell. -David Hale, IllinoisLeader.com, Commander-in-chief blasted on Rockford air waves, Friday, November 07, 2003 656_clip5
NEW:You had to have sympathy for Allegheny County Detective Thomas Ianachione as he sat alone in the courtroom in Coraopolis, watching the defense team file in. ... It was just his tough luck to be part of a uniformed detail on Neville Island this past Labor Day when President Bush came to visit. Following the orders of his supervisors and the U.S. Secret Service, Ianachione arrested Bill Neel of Butler for disorderly conduct, just because Neel wouldn't stop holding up a sign. ... As Ianachione answered [former federal prosecutor] Farrell's questions truthfully and forthrightly, he quickly made the case that the right to freedom of speech was trampled that day in Neville. ... It [Neel's sign] said: "The Bush family must surely love the poor, they've made so many of us."
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Ianachione testified that at a briefing that morning, a county police sergeant and members of the Secret Service had instructed officers to remove anyone carrying signs critical of the president and remove them to a fenced-off ball field far from the main event. ...
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The Bush administration has been setting up these "security zones" that are reserved for only those who protest his policies, and they are being moved farther and farther from the action, says Vic Walczak, director of the ACLU's Pittsburgh chapter.
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Walczak said this "manipulates the public perception to make it appear the president is more popular. What's clear after today's hearing is that this is being directed at a federal level." Brian O'Neill, Justice sends Bush camp a sign: Dissident corral not OK Sunday, November 03, 2002 656_clip6
Cryptome is a web site dedicated to investigating and publishing accounts of government improprieties, particularly as they relate to secrecy and First Amendment [free speech] violations. ... On November 4, FBI agents visited site owner John Young. ...Prior investigations ... had not found any evidence of criminal wrongdoing, but the FBI was fearful that information on the site would end up in the "wrong" hands. ... One agent said that visits like these are increasingly common ... The agents said they would "write up" a report on their visit. The agents asked that their names not be published. One reason for their request of anonymity is so that information about them cannot be pulled from one of many databases available online. ...Young is no doubt aware that the FBI has probably already given his name to NYPD and that they will keep their eye out on him, pursuant to new regulations FBI to Website Owner, "We Are Watching You", By ELAINE CASSEL, CounterPunch, November 7, 2003 656_clip7
Alia Kate, 16, a high school student in Milwaukee, wanted to go to Washington, D.C., for the protests Saturday, April 20. ... A volunteer with Peace Action, [Dianne] Henke is the person who organized the whole trip. "We were very upset," she says. "Here we were, going out to lobby, to use our democratic rights, to talk to our legislators, to use our freedom of speech and dissent, and then we're being detained and not told why. ...Sarah Backus, a coordinator for SOA [School of the Americas] Watch Wisconsin, says she was told by one of the sheriff's deputies: "You're probably being stopped because you are a peace group and you're protesting against your country." Protesters Detained in Milwaukee:, Are You on the No Fly List?, April 27, 2002 656_clip8
NEW:THR: How much do you think your remarks on the Sept. 17 show - - when you said that the U.S. launching of missiles from 2,000 miles away was "cowardly" -- had to do with your show being axed?
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Maher: One hundred percent. ... After 9/17, it was like I didn't really exist anymore. Dialogue with Bill Maher, Fri Jun 28, 3:21 AM ET , Scott Collins {EXTRACTED from: 656_clip9
U.S. SERVICEMEN WHO DIED IN IRAQ FOR "FREE SPEECH:" [1]

http://www.militarycity.com/valor/honor.html

IRAQI CIVILIANS WHO DIED FOR "FREE SPEECH:" [2]

www.iraqbodycount.org

ALSO OF INTEREST:

Linda Heard: Journalists Die, the Networks Lie, Iraqis Ask "Why?"

Claire Wolf's "101 Things to Do 'Till The Revolution" declared contraband.      

NOTES:

[1] This figure does not include the approximately 1,700 U.S. soldiers maimed and wounded as of the first of Nov, 2003 return

[2]       These figures are almost certainly low because they only include those who's deaths are reported in the mass media. Here's another estimate: Al-Obaidi told [famous U.S. supply-side economist Jude] Wanniski that "hundreds of our party's cadre" spent five weeks interviewing undertakers, hospital officials, and ordinary citizens in all of Iraq (except for what's controlled by the Kurds) and came up with a total figure of 37,137 civilians killed since the beginning of the invasion, 6,103 of them in Baghdad. Those figures, according to al-Obaidi, do not include members of unofficial militias, paramilitary groups, or Saddam's Fedayeen units. Mondo Washington, by James Ridgeway, Counting the Bodies, Hard to Keep Track of the Dead in Iraq, Village Voice, September 3 - 9, 2003 return

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