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June 21, 2013
We are in touch with [Edward] Snowden frequently, and we are involved in the process of brokering his asylum in Iceland.
Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, in a press conference earlier this week. Perhaps Assange—who’s still holed up in London’s Ecuadorian embassy after more than a year—will be able to work out a comfier arrangement for Snowden than he has for himself. source
10:28 // 1 year ago
February 26, 2013
Some people have sometimes wondered about why our Supreme Court allows one group or another to march in a parade, even though it’s the most provocative thing in the world, and they carry signs that are an insult to one group or another. And the reason is, that’s freedom. Freedom of speech. In America, you have the right to be stupid. If you want to be. …Now, I think that’s a virtue. That’s something worth fighting for.
Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking to a group of German students, on the first overseas trip of his tenure as head of the State Department. Kerry’s allusion to Supreme Court precedent defending the right to offensive parades is no doubt a reference to cases like NSPA v. Skokie, which in 1977 upheld the right of Nazis to hold a march in Skokie, Illinois, where 1 in 6 residents were holocaust survivors. That right, Kerry argued, is virtuous and quintessentially American, despite the terrible emotional toll  that may result from such offensive expressions — “the right to be stupid.” source
19:47 // 1 year ago
September 12, 2012
Yes, he can! After failing to win the hearts of Republican primary voters, former New Mexico GovernorGary Johnson will appear as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate on 47 states’ ballots this year. While we feel confident that Johnson won’t win the presidency, it’s not unfeasible that he could have an effect on the outcome. As Politico points out, 2008 Libertarian candidate Bob Barr received over 25,000 votes in North Carolina last cycle. John McCain lost the state by less than 15,000. (Photo credit: AP).

Yes, he can! After failing to win the hearts of Republican primary voters, former New Mexico GovernorGary Johnson will appear as the Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate on 47 states’ ballots this year. While we feel confident that Johnson won’t win the presidency, it’s not unfeasible that he could have an effect on the outcome. As Politico points out, 2008 Libertarian candidate Bob Barr received over 25,000 votes in North Carolina last cycle. John McCain lost the state by less than 15,000. (Photo credit: AP).

14:42 // 1 year ago
August 8, 2012
How did it happen that our performance, which was a small and clumsy stunt, brought so much trouble? How can this happen in a healthy society? And now it takes thousands of people around the world to prove the obvious, to prove that the three of us are innocent.
Maria Alekhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot • Expressing disbelief that Pussy Riot’s decision to stage an anti-Putin protest on the alter of Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral has created such an uproar. While Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for a lenient sentencing by the court, some believe that his statements reveal a hidden presumption of guilt which they worry will be shared by jurors. In addition to Alekhina, co-defendants Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich stood by their decision to protest, and said they were more free behind bars than prosecutors who can "only say what political censorship allows." A verdict is expected to be delivered on August 17.  source (viafollow)
19:18 // 2 years ago
August 7, 2012
Last we checked, the movie is a comedy. Maybe more to the point is that it’s laughable to take political guidance or moral instruction from a guy who makes obscene gestures with a monkey on a bus in Bangkok.
Phillip Ellender, spokesman for Charles and David Koch • Responding to comments made by actor and comedian Zach Galifianakis, who recently told the New York Daily News that he disagreed with “everything” the brothers do politically. “It’s not freedom what they are doing,” added Galifianakis. In response, Ellender said the comedian’s statements “appear to be based on false attacks made by our political opponents, [and] demonstrate a lack of understanding of our longstanding support of individual freedom, freedom of expression and constitutional rights.” Sounds like a showdown in the making … between two ferns. source (viafollow)
13:26 // 2 years ago
July 2, 2012
mrshl:

Announcing The Declaration Of Internet Freedom | Techdirt
Backed. Core principles of freedom that are hard to argue with.

This is important, all. A lot of sites are standing behind this. Is yours?

mrshl:

Announcing The Declaration Of Internet Freedom | Techdirt

Backed. Core principles of freedom that are hard to argue with.

This is important, all. A lot of sites are standing behind this. Is yours?

(via mrshl)

10:03 // 2 years ago
May 20, 2012

The video above shows Guangcheng boarding a flight with his family. Chen, the activist and self-taught lawyer, has left China for the United States. His public struggles have been going on for nearly a month, but he has finally been removed from under China’s rule. He wanted to leave China because he felt his safety, and that of his family, could no longer be guaranteed. After landing at the Newark-Liberty International Airport, Chen and his family were immediately taken to New York University, where he has accepted a fellowship to work in the law school, said NYU spokesperson John Beckmansource

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16:07 // 2 years ago
March 19, 2012
We need a candidate who’s going to be a fighter for freedom. Who’s going to get up and make that the central theme in this race because it is the central theme in this race. I don’t care what the unemployment rate’s going to be. Doesn’t matter to me. My campaign doesn’t hinge on unemployment rates and growth rates. It’s something more foundational that’s going on.
Rick Santorum • Misjudging what the central theme of the race is.
20:05 // 2 years ago
December 27, 2011
23:13 // 2 years ago
September 21, 2011

American hikers freed from Iranian prison … finally

  • what After a process delayed by a judge’s vacation, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were reportedly freed from an Iranian prison this morning.
  • how The two men were freed on a $500,000 bond — each — but the source of the bond money is being kept a secret by the lawyer for the men. Anonymous donor?
  • why The Iranian government jailed the men (and a woman who was with them) on spying charges, but their main crime seems to be trespassing. Crisis over. source
9:49 // 2 years ago