"Who Will Dare Tell The Truth About Government?"

Authored by Robert Gore via Straight Line Logic,

If the US government prosecutes Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, it will mark a point of no return.

We’ll never know what “average” Germans thought on November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht. Perhaps a few recognized it for what it was: a turning point, an acceleration of Germany’s descent into hell. America’s Crystal Night looms, and if it occurs, only a few will recognize it for what it is.

The fate of Julian Assange is the fate of one man, but it is also the fate of one of our most important freedoms. There won’t be shattered plate glass from vandalized businesses littering the streets, synagogues smashed, graves unearthed, or people herded onto trains. But his prosecution by the US government would destroy an inestimable value, one enshrined in the First Amendment, for which generations of Americans have fought and died: the right of the people and its press to inform the people and to hold their government to account.

Aside from armed resistance and revolution, the one defense individuals have against governments is intellectual: the concept of individual rights. There is an argument as to whether those rights come from our Creator (Thomas Jefferson) or from our basic nature as humans and the requirements of our survival (Ayn Rand). Despite starting from different premises, both arguments lead to the same conclusion: individuals have inherent, inalienable, inviolable rights, and the only legitimate function of government is to protect those rights.

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were explicit attempts to delineate a set of principles that recognized individual rights and tried to restrain government power. Though real-world implementation has fallen short, often far short, they were towering conceptual achievements.

In 1933, the year Hitler assumed power, the government began enacting laws that restricted Jews’ rights to earn a living, gain an education, or work in the civil service. In 1935, the Nuremberg Laws stripped German Jews of their citizenship and forbade them from marrying non-Jewish Germans.

Kristallnacht’s hooliganism was encouraged by the German authorities, and none of the perpetrators bore any legal consequences. More than 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to concentration camps. The government would not protect Jews from the depredations of thugs and the government itself was a thug. Kristallnacht was a point of no return: Jews no longer had any legally enforceable rights. Soon enough no German would.

In America, there is no one villain or group that one can point to as responsible for the erosion of rights. Begun the day the Constitution was ratified, it’s been a gradual process. We’ve reached the point where only a few of the rights guaranteed in the Constitution and Bill of Rights still receive any measure of government solicitude.

Property and contract rights are out the window; the government routinely abridges them. You have no right to your own income, or to conduct your legitimate business or trade free from government regulation and interference. Much of the Bill of Rights is either irrelevant now or has been rendered a dead letter. In terms of individual rights, only the Second Amendment’s much infringed right to bear arms, and the First Amendment—the prohibition against the government establishing a religion, free speech, press, and assembly, and the right to petition the government—are still hanging by a thread.

Which is why the fate of Julian Assange takes on such significance. While the government has prosecuted those like Chelsea (formerly Brad) Manning who have stolen government secrets and classified information, it has not prosecuted the press individuals and organizations who have published them. That is WikiLeaks’ business model: it receives, vets, and publishes stolen information, often from governments.

The government has not gone after publishers because it would be a frontal assault on the First Amendment that it would probably lose. Any exception would swallow the general rule of press freedom. Say the Supreme Court recognized an exception: classified information whose publication would constitute an imminent and grave threat to the security of the United States. Who decides what’s an imminent and grave threat? The government would have the power to classify whatever information it pleases under that exception and put those who publish it at risk of prosecution, their only recourse years of costly litigation spent arguing that the information didn’t fit the exception.

Many Trump admirers resist the notion that their man is interested in the acquisition and use of power, but his and members of his administration’s hostility to individual civil liberties belies that resistance. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a gung-ho supporter of the civil-liberties-eviscerating-government-power-expanding War on Drugs and civil asset forfeiture.

In the latter, a government seizes assets it claims were involved with crimes and makes their owners jump through myriad legal hoops—including proving the negative that their assets weren’t involved in a crime—even if the owners themselves were never convicted, or even charged, with a crime. Assets that are not “acquitted”—cars, cash, boats, houses, etc.—are kept and used by the government. President Trump has endorsed civil asset forfeiture, and has extended it outside America’s borders via an executive order (see “By Imperial Decree,” SLL, 1/2/18).

Trump’s Secretary of State and former director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo has fashioned a legal approach the administration might use, in a case against WikiLeaks and Assange, to slither around the First Amendment. In April, still director of the CIA, he delivered a speech in which several passages demanded, but never received, careful parsing from the mainstream media. They are still obsessing over a February Trump tweet in which he declared the US media an “enemy of the people.” This is considered a threat to the First Amendment, but Pompeo’s speech was mostly ignored.

Pompeo called WikiLeaks “a non-state hostile intelligence service often abetted by state actors like Russia.” Most press organizations, and almost all that consistently challenge the state, are non-state. WikiLeaks has published state secrets, undoubtedly considered hostile acts by those states, but how is it an intelligence service? Pompeo is arguing that WikiLeaks cannot be considered part of the press, consequently it’s not protected by the First Amendment.

As for the “abetted by state actors like Russia,” WikiLeaks has consistently denied it received the DNC emails from Russia, and nobody has proven otherwise. The best technical evidence indicates those DNC emails were directly downloaded to a portable storage device, indicating an inside job, and not remotely hacked, by Russians or anyone else.

Pompeo argued that “we have to recognize that we can no longer allow Assange and his colleagues the latitude to use free speech values against us.” This is straight from Orwell: you are free to say what you want, as long as you don’t say anything against the government. He claimed that WikiLeaks “pretended that America’s First Amendment freedoms shield them from justice,” and, “they may have believed that, but they are wrong.” Now where would WikiLeaks get such a crazy idea? How about the plain language of the First Amendment?

Finally, Pompeo threatened: “To give them the space to crush us with misappropriated secrets is a perversion of what our great Constitution stands for. It ends now.” Any government “secrets” the press publishes with the full approval of the government probably aren’t going to be terribly revealing. It’s the secrets the government doesn’t want revealed, the ones that are generally “misappropriated,” that reveal the most important secrets, which an informed and free people must know if they are to call their government to account.

From the excerpts quoted above, and the video of the relevant part of speech below, make up your own mind as to who’s perverting the Constitution.

Freedom of the press protects the rights of the press, but more importantly protects the right of all of us to be informed, especially about what was once considered “our” government. It amplifies the freedom of speech. Even a small newspaper reaches more people than someone shouting from a street corner.

If Assange and WikiLeaks are tried and convicted in a US court as “a non-state hostile intelligence service,” the government can slap that label on any person or organization publishing or otherwise disclosing its secrets. The case would probably make its way to the Supreme Court. If the court accepted the Pompeo exception to the First Amendment, freedom of the press and speech would become two more of the Constitution’s dead letters.

Just the prosecution of Assange and WikiLeaks would have a chilling effect. Not that most of the US’s supine mainstream and social media would be chilled. The mainstream media that have spoken out about Assange and WikiLeaks have come down on the side of the government. The social media companies, de facto arms of the government, are shutting down politically incorrect voices. Neither mainstream or social media have anything to lose from the termination of First Amendment freedoms because they don’t say, or allow anyone else to say, anything the powers that be don’t want heard.

Trump is a wild card on WikiLeaks and Assange. WikiLeaks’ disclosure of the DNC emails helped his campaign. He praised it back then, but now appears ready to prosecute. Trump administration officials and Trump himself often say one thing while Trump does another. It is not a given that Assange will be either extradited by the British government or prosecuted in the US.

Few totalitarian regimes take their people’s rights away all at once. It’s done gradually to reduce dissent, until that Kristallnacht moment where it’s impossible to evade the reality: there are no rights left. If the Trump administration prosecutes Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, that sinking feeling in your stomach will be the realization that the last remnant of your rights are gone, that the government and Trump are your enemies.

If Assange and WikiLeaks are prosecuted, who will dare tell the truth about the government? Trump will have destroyed one of the last vestiges of individual rights—and the freedom that goes with it—that once made America great.

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Boris Alatovkrap Tue, 08/07/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

Boris is find stolen laptop and is now in possession of scandalous photograph of President Trump in company with whore prostitute. Is too sensitive for Twitter, so how can Boris make visible of graphic image on ZH?

Boris Alatovkrap beemasters Tue, 08/07/2018 - 23:43 Permalink

What is very sad is Amerikansky, you are have it all! With just modicum of vigilance, without violence, you can say NO to expansion of government into private life. With simple NO you can halt trade of true tangible freedom for false sense of security! With simple NO, you can demand police state demonstrate show authority before you are allow seizure of property!

But now, maybe is too late because like potato, you are boil in pot.

Meh, maybe Amerikansky dream is just fantasy, but it was such wonderful fantasy!

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A Sentinel Al Gophilia Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:48 Permalink

Fabulous to see Boris around!

Many problems with the article.

1) Its simply stupid to try to separate Christianity from the West or the things that developed in the West. 

2) There is an established religion in the United States it’s just not obvious: it’s murder. We force the citizenry to pay for exporting it and for promoting and executing murder on children, the young used by various flavors of pedos but particularly the ones that haven’t been born.

It’s confusing because we buy that this has to do with “freedom.”

Here’s the secret: These things ARE religious activity to some. Christians simply don’t recognize satanism because it’s so completely alien. But it’s religion all right.

 

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MK ULTRA Alpha 07564111 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:20 Permalink

Pompeo is real two faced when he used Wikileaks data in the election and then when Trump is elected, he now states Assange needs to be crucified. Just like General Flynn told it like it was about what Obama administration did, Israel, US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar conducted a war of genocide through the funding, organizing and training of ISIS which were led by Iraqi Baathist military officers, now mercenaries.

We worked with Israel to genocide the early first Christians. Over 500,000 out of over 2,000,000 have been murdered and the number is much higher. That's what WE did.

I don't trust Pompeo to do the right thing on anything after I read about his bizarre religious belief system. It helped him through the Israel lobby controlled congressional confirmation hearings. In the state department hearings he bragged about how many Russian contractor were killed in Syria. It was sick.

He's such an ass hole, Assange can prove the no Russia collusion with data and who blocked it Kelly who should be terminated with extreme prejudice, but Trump can't do it after terminating all the Deep State saboteurs. After mid terms Kelly will have his head handed to him. Is Kelly the sharpest tool in the shed?

So Pompeo, states he wants to hang Assange.

Listen, just because someone is a military officer doesn't mean they're smart. I've met officers who were stupid and I've seen many relieved from command. Many and I mean many will get you killed because they shouldn't even be in the Army.

It's because the military is huge and they must fill positions with a warm body.

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RedBaron616 07564111 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:22 Permalink

True enough. And with electronic voting, no one really knows what the result really was. There can't be a recount because there is nothing to verify anything. Also, at least in my state, they don't report the write-in votes. That's simply a way to disenfranchise those who won't play nice with the established two-party system.

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Dickweed Wang RedBaron616 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:44 Permalink

In 1933, the year Hitler assumed power, the government began enacting laws that restricted Jews’ rights to earn a living, gain an education, or work in the civil service. 

 

So the author just had to throw in the Hitler analogy. What he conveniently didn't mention about 1933 was the fact that the Jews openly (i.e. in their newspapers around the world) declared economic war on Germany that year and that was the culmination of several years of the Jews fucking with Germany's economy. What do you think the USA would do if a group within (or outside) the US openly declared economic war on the country?  They'd get stomped like bugs.

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MK ULTRA Alpha RedBaron616 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 12:43 Permalink

Have you ever heard of guerilla warfare. It was this kind of warfare, non-traditional warfare, we've used it many times against the British.

Did I say British, Jefferson meant to water the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants, not the BRITISH.

You have taken what Jefferson wrote out of context. It wasn't the Red Coats he was writing about, it was the US government being run by a tyrant, NOT an invading army.

Andrew Jackson destroyed the finest British regiment in New Orleans.

That period is the War of 1812.

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MoreSun peippe Wed, 08/08/2018 - 00:57 Permalink

Another poorly contrived nonfactual hit peace on Hitler and the Good German people. The jew "Kristallnacht" propaganda in full jew expression. Hitler was right on all accounts regarding the jew supremacists that were morally, culturally and economically bankrupting their German country.

Remove all jew supremacists from all positions of power-NOW!

Read:

"The Jewish Revolutionary Spirit- and It's Impact on World History" E. Michael Jones

"The Bad War" M.S. King  (banned by the jews & jewmazon)

"The Jewish Onslaught" Dr. Tony Martin

"MegaCaust" Michael Walsh

"Mein Kampf" Adolf Hitler

"The Jews & Their Lies" Martin Luther

"Against Our Better Judgement-The Hidden History Of How The U.S. Was Used To Create Israel" Allison Weir

"The Controversy Of Zion" Douglas Reed

"The Hoax of The 20th Century" Arthur R. Butz   

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MK ULTRA Alpha jin187 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:02 Permalink

Made my day, hit a nerve didn't I. Are you a Jew? or is it Zionist Christian who no longer goes to church, so if you never question unconditional support for Israel is being a good Zionist Christian.

One who loves Israel and the Kazar Gypsy Jews is a traitor to the majority of the American people driven by your love for Jews and hate for blacks. THAT is how your mind works.

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lock-stick roea.rita Wed, 08/08/2018 - 01:21 Permalink

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC SPAMMER!!!

•• roea.rita (above)

•• MoreSun (whack whack whack job)

•• Adolfsteinbergovitch (above)

•• Free This (below, in all his 7th grade glory - JACKASS  as new icon!)

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

It's all ONE SICK, PATHETIC LIDDLE SPAMMER!!!

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Bubba Rum Das lock-stick Wed, 08/08/2018 - 02:41 Permalink

"....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went."

Dude, anything else you would care to share with us about your lifestyle & all your little spam buddy's; Fuck-Stick?

Sorry, but the deflection is not working, we all have a pretty good idea that YOU are the spammer which you describe down to the details of your trailer house in Western NY...!

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RedBaron616 css1971 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:14 Permalink

That's because they are entertained to death. They come home, turn the TV on, and watch hours of it. If they aren't on a tablet, phone, or other electronic device, they are going somewhere like the movies for more entertainment.

Americans can't, or won't, think about serious things. They would rather have bread and circuses.

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1 Alabama RedBaron616 Wed, 08/08/2018 - 06:59 Permalink

There must be someone else whom the gvt does want to try to prosecute(in secret) and there fore cant name b/c it would open up a whole new panadora's box which once public, would embarrass the gvt. I wonder who that is? 

Be careful w/your facts, most are nothing more than opinion that said often enough, are accepted as a fact where in reality, are not and then only lead to a dead end.

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DuneCreature beemasters Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:31 Permalink

~~~~~~)))).... Alex Jones Ain't All Bad ....((((~~~~~~

He's just a little misguided. (And filthy rich and has a private Mass-Zeus for a wife. ............. So they tell me. ... Whatever a Mass-Zeus is. .... Apparently she's yoga flavored too.)

But Alex is banned anyway. ..... Kaput. ..... Jerked off of all the media platforms and ostrich-sized. ..... (And they're pretty big birds. ... So they tell me.)

So what about Anderson Goober and that creepy Wolf Blister (Hey! .. I sure don't want to get one of THOSE booboos!)

Can we ban those perverts too?

I'm tired of being mentally molested by those LGButthurtXYZ-TV confused clowns.

CNN Tugged On MY HEART STRINGS!

I'm pressing charges!!!!!!

Or moving to France so I can "Out My Pig!" and tell the whole world what Anderson Goober does to me every night right after dinner. ... He reaches straight out of my TV set and sticks his whole gnarly ideology right up my rectum! ... Over and over again!

Live Hard, One Fine Day All Of The Sick Twisted Pizza Party Perverts On The Planet Will Get Their Just Desserts (It Won't be Mass-Zeus Yoga Flavored Either) ..............Too Bad None Of Us Unwilling Sodomy Victims Will Be Still Alive To See Any Justice Occur In The Year 2074, Die Free

~ DC v10.05

 

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