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The maze of overhead netting, chain link fencing and razor wire couldn't be further in comfort from the high-tech confines of the arena stage where John Kerry is to accept the Democratic nomination for president during the four-day convention that kicks off Monday.
Protesters likened the site Saturday to a concentration camp as they complained it is too far from the FleetCenter to get their messages across
"We don't deserve to be put in a detention center, a concentration camp," said Medea Benjamin of San Francisco. "It's tragic that here in Boston, the birthplace of democracy, our First Amendment rights are being trampled on."
Originally posted by denythestatusquo
I do know one thing though, this White House has been accused of just about every crime there is and can be imagined in this term of office. This is either the worst White House of all time or the Democrats are sinking lower and lower in desperation to win and cling to power that is continuing to elude them.
Originally posted by ceci2006
Also, what do you think about dissent apart from it being a partisan matter? Do you think that anyone has the right to speak based on First Amendment rights?
You have voted semperfortis for the Way Above Top Secret award. You have two more votes this month.
The very premise of this thread is ridiculous to the sublime and anyone that just watches the local, regional or national news can see all of this for themselves. If it is being repressed, who are they keeping it from? People with no TV's or radios?
Originally posted by ceci2006
Give more support to Independent news Channels like Democracy Now. Stop supporting talk show pundits who appear to be in the pocketbooks of the politicians. E-mail or write the politicians and discuss the fact that they aren't doing enough to protect our right to dissent. And tell them, that by passing such un-American legislation like the Patriot Act, they are seriously jeopardizing our First Amendment Rights.
By CHARLES LEVENDOSKY
President Bush has never been an advocate of the First Amendment. Even when he was governor of Texas, he prohibited demonstrations on the walkways in front of the governor's mansion, an area that had traditionally been used for peaceful protests.
As president, Bush has widened his restrictions on demonstrations against his policies. Anti-Bush protesters are now relegated to what are euphemistically called Free Speech Zones. These areas are cordoned off as far as a mile away from the president and the main thoroughfares, so that Bush cannot see the demonstrators, or their signs of protest, nor hear their chants.
The free speech enclosures are only for those who disagree with the administration's current policies. Those citizens who carry pro-Bush signs are allowed to line the street where the president's motorcade passes.
Free speech zone
Members of the Secret Service or local law enforcement officers under orders of the Secret Service demand protesters move into a free speech area.
Originally posted by semperfortis
WHAT WE ARE SAYING IS THEY ALL DO IT...and to say only the republicans do it is living with your head in the sand.
I think it is the ultimate in hypocrisy that they libs cry repression when all we hear are the libs crying repression. What's being repressed? Why do they have the right to voice their opinions and when the opposition does it is repression?
I mean it is ridiculous that anytime a Conservative says anything about some one calling the president names, the Liberals call it repression.
Goose wrote earlier in this thread
Yes, you are right it went on at the democrat convention as well as the republican convention and has been going on all the way back to the year 2000, maybe even before that. What we all must realize it is both parties are doing this, and calling those little wired in areas free speech areas. Is that acceptable to you or anyone here?
So apparently the government thinks it is perfectly acceptable to set aside areas that are free speech areas and other areas that are not. If you get outside the area you can be arrested simply for holding up a sign outside the designated area.
The fact Kerry had the gall to speakup about this and point his finger toward the republicans and of course the republicans will point their fingers back at him, should tell you their playing politics and making that the issue. So we all fight about which party is the most guilty, which party is the most innocent and which one has the most hypocrites. In my book their equal, their all a bunch of liars. The interest of the American people were sold out to a bunch of lobbyists long ago.
Personally I would like to see both democrats and republicans senators and congressman voted out and completely replaced with new people.