Military attempts to stop Lt. Watada from speaking against illegal war
PRESS ADVISORY (June 9, 2006) - On Thursday, June 8, 2006 U.S. Army First Lieutenant Ehren Watada's commanding officer moved to prosecute Lt. Watada for protected speech. An official investigation into his public speech in opposition to the illegal war in Iraq is underway. Lt. Watada was read his rights and declined to make a statement without a lawyer present.
In response, Lt. Watada confirmed, “I have a legal and ethical obligation to speak out against, and refuse to fight, this patently illegal war in Iraq. This has not changed.
Scroll down and listen to Rattle Those Pots and Pans, 6/8/06 Jim Ramm of the NSM talks over upcoming plans for the Olympia rally.
Mr. Ramm suggests that we bring ear plugs to the rally.
Rick McKinnon - I picked up on the activists trying to block the Pomeroy. Those war supplies may be part of the logistics build-up to support Bush's preparations to attack Iran. See the below story for details. Keep track of CVN 74 USS John C Stennis homeported at Bremerton. If it "disappears" around the middle to late July, It will be enroute to the Arabian Sea to launch airstrikes.
Read Andrew Schoerke's statement here.
As recent events at the port have brought to light, we need a more efficient system for distributing pictures and video so that more people can contribute and watch. Here are my suggestions:
Think about the comprehensive coverage that we as a community could create with many people collecting footage from their own vantage point. I really think we could create something so interactive and powerful that conventional media would become virtually obsolete.
From The Nation:
Bowing to an intense lobbying campaign that spent tens of millions of dollars – and held out the promise of hefty campaign contributions for those members who did the bidding of interested firms – the House voted 321 to 101 for the disingenuously-named Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE). That bill, which does not include meaningful network-neutrality protections creates an opening that powerful telephone and cable companies hope to exploit by expanding their reach while doing away with requirements that they maintain a level playing field for access to Internet sites.
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