Sherman Austin, at the time a teenager in California, was arrested for possible threats to the government, and no one even knew. Possible
threats?!?!?! It's time to get on our sopaboxes people, and not let them push us off!
Its almost too much. the fact that this was not more public is drving me crazy. I feel horrible, ignorant, and oblivious for not finding out about
this sooner, but I thought that some more people should read up on this too.
This is The Sherman Austin Story
First they came for the Communists, but I was not a Communist, so I said nothing. Then they came for the Social Democrats, but I was not a Social
Democrat, so I did nothing. Then came the trade unionists, but I was not a trade unionist. And then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I
did little. Then when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me. - Pastor Martin Niemöller on moral failure in the face of fascism
Though only a teenager, Sherman Austin was still quite capable of communicating his politically progressive ideas. After all, he was raised in Los
Angeles by his mother, Jennifer, to feel free to speak his mind about any issues of the day.
As an anarchist, Sherman opposed all forms of political, economic and social hierarchies. And he condemned violence in any form, whether by bin
Laden or the USA. But make no mistake about it, RaiseTheFist.com was a website where George Bush and his cronies were catching holy hell from an
assortment of contributors for the war in Iraq and for other foreign and domestic policies.
In January 2002, about 25 heavily armed FBI agents raided the Austin home, ransacking it while interrogating the terrified teenager for over five
hours. The FBI seized the whiz kids network of computers in order to take down his rabble-rousing website, accusing him of disseminating bomb-making
"Sadly, the badly intimidated pacifist anarchist agreed to a plea bargain in reaction to a threatened enhancement of the charges against him to
terrorism, which could have added another 20 years to his sentence. In open court, the judge then shocked everybody by ignoring the plea deal that
had been worked out, and by tripling Austins sentence and throwing away the key."
"The court psychiatrist testified that he posed absolutely no threat to anyone but rather was likely to be - himself - adversely affected by further
incarceration due to his peaceful nature.
"What has this society regressed to if the Patriot Act is being implemented in such patently partisan fashion to silence foes of the administration?
Just go from this site and youll be linked to hundred of sites about the case. Its an outrage.WAKE UP! This is happening now and this is happening to
In this day and age, what are free thinkers, free speakes, and anarchists of the body, mind, and soul to do when a peaceful man is sentenced to jail
and completely beaten down by the government who picks and chooses its battles?
There are some who will say this is an attack on minorities, but I don't believe it has anything to do with that. This has to do with the tyrannical
state our contry is slowly evolving into. And what are we doing? NOTHING! It's as if we've finally taken off the rose-tinted glasses, yet we're
still blind! Why wasn't this more public? Why don't more people know?
Why why why why why?
Unfortunately, answers to our questions will not help us now.
Now is the time to stand up and demand that this be stopped. I'm not saying that we weren't trying before, and I'm not saying we should blow
anything up or become window-smashers, but we've got to do something we haven't tried before.
And if it won't start with our adults, it willl start with the minors.
We refuse to get off our soapboxes, for the revolution has begun.
An interview with Austin-
His site; just go and see what happens-
[Edited on 9-3-2004 by Banshee]