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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 3:27 AM
What? We have "civil liberties" ?!
While so many Americans are concerned about loosing their "Civil Liberties", they fail to realize that many Americans never had these "civil liberties", or should I say, "individual rights", which supposedly guaranteed the right of free movement, speech, and privacy. For many, these so called rights never existed, they've only been noticed as "luxuries" - obtained only by the rich. In cities like Los Angeles, Bronx, Cincinnati, Chicago, etc. where exploitation is, and just always has been at all-time high, especially in poor black/minority communities where police repression, and convert drug operations by the CIA are at their worst, countless people all over this country have become afraid of even going outside. Why? Not because of terrorism, but because of the state. Because people can't drive down the street without getting pulled over twice a week by police, with the excuse that "they look like a gangbanger". Or walk down the block without being hassled, or continuously criminalized as police search them down and plant marijuana in their pockets. Contrary to the media, in reality, America has become a place where if you're not rich, and most likely not white, you're subject to the oppressive consequences of racial profiling, brutality, prisons, and fear.
Many Americans fail to realize that their country, (yes, America), has more people locked up in prison than any other country in the world. The majority of people sitting prisons don't even belong there. So why are they there? Because prisons are a business. They bring in the money to keep the U.S economy sky high, just as drugs, oil and wars do. They keep Wall Street pumping greed through private pockets, and serving corporate interests. This is why the prison system is designed to keep people locked away. Not for security, but for money. The majority of people locked up in prison, serving 3+ year/month sentence's are there based on priors. Without even committing a crime, continuously one, and then another has his life ruined. Ripped from the palm of his or her hands, it happens too many times. And yet for those who actually do commit "a crime", these "crimes" mostly petty drug offenses. So let's not forget to look at the big picture here. Who brought drugs into this country? The CIA, whom continuously saturate our streets with these drugs, and for a single purpose; To make profit. The more drugs smuggled into this country by the CIA, means the more people locked away in the prisons, and this means more money pumped into the corporate economy. Alot of money that is. Billions of dollars. This allows the government to continuously carry out manipulative measures that exploit communities, and turn them against one another. And by dosing so, this disables any potential unity, and grassroots strength within these communities, therefor disallowing these communities to come together and take a stand, and take back what belongs to them. Because this would pose threat to interests of the state.
Now how could anyone call such a democracy? That's absolutely ludicrous. Anyone in their right mind knows that we are indeed a plutocracy. That the state serves one interest, and that's wealth. Because wealth is power, wealth is control. Wealth makes up the state, and the state is that "organized democracy"; the police department. The FBI. The Governor. The mayor, and what not. It's become obvious for many that the state only play's the "essential" role in society to influence the situation that decides between those who have, and those who have not.
So it becomes apparent that many of us do not have these "promised" civil liberties. Many of us cannot walk the streets without being in a state of constant fear, waiting for "what's next" to come. Many of us can't go outside without somehow being arrested, and not knowing why. Many of us simply live in fear, afraid to question the law, afraid to actively challenge authority. Afraid to be seen as a black, or Hispanic male, with 2 strikes, fearing that any day can come to hold the dread of ripping apart a life struggling to get back on the right track, with two kids to support, and or a young mother striving to feed her children. Being caught up in such a clamp down, these people can't even question, nor challenge authority so that someday they may be able to live a better life. But for those of us who are still lucky enough to openly go out and question authority, peacefully where everyone can see it, we constantly see blood, we see the wrath of the state, and it's repressive force; tapping away at our phones, profiling our every move, beating us to the ground with batons, tear gassing us, or shooting us in the back and faces with rubber bullets.
Many people don't have a voice. Many people don't have justice. Many people don't have freedom.
That means none of us do.
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|Let me ask you this
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 10:26 AM
|if criminals were paid
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 11:42 AM
|criminals are paid
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 5:19 PM
|I've interviewed people in prison
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 5:30 PM
|from the national center for policy analysis
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 6:14 PM
|in response to Carla
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 6:18 PM
|that's just goofy
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||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 6:44 PM
|oh yah ...
||Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001 at 6:53 PM
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