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Cali Rap Artist Facing Life in Prison For Words & Album Cover…

“It’s shocking. He has no criminal record. Nothing in his lyrics say go out and commit a crime. Nothing in his lyrics reference these shootings, yet they are holding him liable for conspiracy. There are huge constitutional issues…” -Brian Watkins, Duncan’s attorney.

Brandon Duncan, AKA Tiny Doo, is a rapper in California. Recently, he’s been taken to court because the California government disagrees with the method in which he expressed himself lyrically. How is this possible, you may ask. Read on, get outraged and spread the information.

Let’s step back for a second; when Tupac released 2pacalypse Now in the early 1990s the government wouldn’t leave Tupac alone. He spoke truths they didn’t want to hear any more than they wanted the PEOPLE to hear. Even the Vice President had anger over someone talking about the truth in such a way as Tupac did; how dare he! (sarcasm). His complaints against Tupac and the brilliant album were made public, and he remained under government watch.

The moment you start speaking up and getting attention to be the point in which the government swoops in…to do everything BUT protect his from harm… Instead, they want to ‘protect’ us from truth and self expressiongovernment police state censorship

While Tupac and his situation was bad enough,  the current issue related to rapper Tiny Doo, or Brandon Ducan, takes the hatred for rap lyrics a step further. This man has no criminal record (nor did Tupac at that time), and doesn’t incite violence. Even if his words did, however, every person must be responsible for themselves. How many other rap artists DO talk about killing? Far more than just this one man and his album. No matter what the fans do, their actions are not to the fault of the musician! The government knows this, there has to be some hidden reasoning for wanting to put this man away for LIFE…

No record, no arrests, yet still it is prosecution and life in prison which he faces. Not because of any actions taken, other than writing. The content in his album landed him with the charge of
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Teenager Facing Felony Charges Over Sarcastic Facebook Comment… Wake Up America!!!

First they will remove our right to self expression until it is gone completely. Then freedom of speech, and every other right we have- or do we have? Maybe we never had any of these rights, only the illusion.
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US Marine Facing 15 yrs for Facebook Post ….

One more reason I don’t do facebook, one more reason I’ll keep speaking my mind. No threats are made rather opinions, I don’t believe he really meant it when in an angry rant he put “kill” -this is just another way they are trying to take out people who are fed up. Being fed up and using phrases that aren’t meant to be real but could be made to seem real is all I see his words as: talk, anger and rightful anger, at other governments harassment of people and drugs.
Keep your own opinions – it is are scaring them. Never stop educating others!
A repost from daily tech (link follows):

Speechcrime charges on the rise in the U.S., marine is also involuntarily committed for his protest speech

Frustrated with the U.S. “War on Drugs”, which he believed was a farce, and with a seeming increase in police violations of U.S. citizens’ civil liberties, Matthew Michael created a group on Facebook, Inc.’s (FB) social network targeting the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency with angry statements.

I. Protest the U.S. Government? Think Again

In one post, he reportedly wrote, “War is near. Anarchy and justice will be sought…I’ll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race…BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!!”

The posts — while threatening in a vague manner — did not name any specific DEA agents, or even make any clear plan for violent action.

Department of Justice caught wind of the post and has now been given the go-ahead by a federal judge — Judge William Lawrence of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — to charge Mr. Michael with three counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Each of those charges, according to 18 USC § 875 (the U.S. Criminal Code) carries up to a 5-year sentence. Under U.S. criminal law, sentences can be served consecutively or concurrently (see this helpful Yahoo! News post). The decision of how to assign the sentences, if the defendant is found guilty, is up to the Judge during the sentencing phase.

That means that Mr. Michael faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years, all for speaking out against the government in an incendiary manner in Facebook.

Judge Lawrence argued the case should be allowed to proceed, despite the ambiguous nature of Mr. Michael’s comments, writing, “The First Amendment does not insulate all speech from criminal consequence. Certain categories of speech having little or no social value are not protected, and threats are one such category…. It would be inappropriate for the court to enter a verdict of not guilty based solely on the face of the indictment unless the court could imagine no facts that would render Michael’s posts unprotected. That is not the situation here.”

II. Marine Also Imprisoned Without Trial

The case echoes the story of U.S. Marine Brandon Raub. After honorably serving his country on tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mr. Raub, 26, had grown disillusioned with the U.S. federal government, and like Mr. Michael took to posting vague, frustrated, incendiary commentaries to Facebook.

Those posts led to local authorities and federal agents in Chesterfield, Virginia detaining Mr. Raub and then exploiting the state’s involuntary commitment laws to label the protester as “mentally ill”, effectively imprisoning him indefinitely and without trial in a state-run veteran’s hospital.

Such rulings are questionable given that in the 1969 case Brandenburg v. Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled,

“[T]he constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.”

In other words, unless specific, immediate violence is promised, you’re free to make statements of protest against the government — even violent ones.

III. Speech Crime — a Dark and Dangerous Road

But it’s also important to remember that speech is not action, and often times speechcrime legislation — even mild provisions outlawing threats of imminent violence — proves merely a vehicle to unload more severe censorship upon the unwitting public.

A critical example Germany’s 1933 decision to suspend “the Fundamental Rights” in its Articles of Government if “if public safety and order in the German Reich are considerably disturbed or endangered”. The Third Reich seized the opportunity by staging a fire at the Reichstag building, which they then blamed on protesters/terrorists, leading to a blanket suspension of protest speech against the ruling regime. That censorship proved critical to the atrocities and oppression that ensued, as the Reich was able to send anyone who spoke out against its policies to prisons or concentration camps.

In other words, treating threats of violence as speechcrime can be cleverly used as a prelude to suspending free speech in general, if the ruling regime can argue that a “terrorist” threat (possibly staged) mandates a broader removal of civil liberties. Already accustomed to seeing their speech somewhat limited, the public will provide far less resistance.

In a threatening display of power, the Nazi state would eventually commit to a bloody execution via gun and guillotine of convicted “speechcrime” offenders who belonged to the White Rose movement, who had distributed non-violent fliers in Berlin proclaiming, “Freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and protection of the individual citizen from the arbitrary action of criminal dictator-states.”

Today both of America’s ruling parties support so-called “free speech zones”, or their various euphemisms, which essentially block citizens’ right to directly speak out with words or written signs against politicians at political rallies.

And today Mr. Michael faces speechcrime accusations, which echo those of historic regimes past. And while he does not face the death sentence for his speechcrime, he does face the prospect of spending over a decade of his life in prison; all for posting something the U.S. government found threatening.

Please view the original article here for links to resources and info included in original article that I couldn’t repost.

Show Your Support of Bradley Manning & Truth With an Evening of Art & Discussions in NYC

This is something I am looking forward to immensely! Anyone in the NYC area should make note to attend. Just going to repost from the bradleymanning.org  website.

On April 3rd, Icelandic Parliamentarian, activist WikiLeaks contributor and “poetician” Birgitta Jonsdottir is making her first visit to the United States since the release of the “Collateral Murder” video. This video is one of the most graphic and devastating pieces of journalism from the war in Iraq. Bradley Manning, who has now been in jail for over 1000 days without trial, leaked this video to raise awareness.
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