NEW YORK—The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right to free speech and peaceful assembly. The goal of the corporate state is to criminalize democratic, popular dissent before there is another popular eruption. […]
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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Antiwar Vets Convictions Immediately Dismissed Over Arrests at 2012 Event Honoring Dead U.S. Troops
democracynow on Jul 15, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org – A group of 12 U.S. war veterans and their allies have had their convictions dismissed for an antiwar protest in New York City last fall. The Veterans For Peace members refused to leave the Vietnam Memorial in Lower Manhattan at the 10 p.m. curfew so they could continue reading the names of thousands of dead U.S. soldiers dating back to Vietnam. The group was convicted on Friday. But in a rare decision, the presiding judge immediately ruled that throwing away their convictions was in the best interest of justice.