ENB #39 Bono Censored, A Plea to Disobay, and Incect Spies

ENB #39 Bono Censored, A Plea to Disobay, and Incect Spies

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HELLO I’M RICHARD BLUESTEIN AND THIS IS THE ECLECTIC NEWS BRIEF FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2007. TODAY I’M IN AMSTERDAM AT THE HOME OF BICYCLEMARK OF CITIZEN REPORTER DOT ORG. PLEASE VISIT CITIZEN REPORTER DOT ORG WHERE YOU CAN LEARN ABOUT THINGS THAT AREN’T BEING COVERED BY MAIN STREAM MEDIA.
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IRISH POP SINGER BONO HAS BEEN CENSORED BY THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT HONORED HIM WITH AN AWARD FOR HIS WORK AGAINST AIDS IN AFRICA. ON SEPTEMBER 27, THE LIBERTY MEDAL WAS AWARDED TO BONO AND HIS ORGANIZATION DEBT AIDS TRADE AFRICA FOR THEIR WORK IN FIGHTING AIDS AND POVERTY IN AFRICA. THE NATIONAL *CONSTITUTION* CENTER ANNUALLY AWARDS THE LIBERTY MEDAL TO THOSE WHO HAVE DONE OUTSTANDING WORK TO ADVANCE LIBERTY IN THE WORLD. HOWEVER, ON THE AWARDING ORGANIZATION’S *OWN WEB SITE*, LIBERTYMEDAL.ORG, BONO’S SPEECH WAS CENSORED. THE LAST TWO SENTENCES OF THE FOLLOWING ACCEPTANCE SPEECH WERE REMOVED FROM THE VIDEO ON THE LIBERTY MEDAL’S WEB SITE. BONO SAID QUOTE TODAY I READ IN THE ECONOMIST AN ARTICLE REPORTING THAT OVER THRITY-EIGHT PERCENT OF AMERICANS SUPPORT SOME TYPE OF TORTURE IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. MY COUNTRY? NO. YOUR COUNTRY. TELL ME NO. TODAY, WHEN I RECEIVE THIS GREAT HONOR, I ASK YOU, I IMPLORE YOU AS AN IRISHMAN WHO HAS SEEN SOME OF THESE THINGS CLOSE UP, I ASK YOU TO REMEMBER THAT YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BECOME A MONSTER TO DEFEAT A MONSTER. YOUR AMERICA’S BETTER THAN THAT. UNQUOTE. SO AN ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPOSEDLY AWARDS PEOPLE FOR THE PURSUIT OF LIBERTY CENSORS THE DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AT THE SAME TIME, THUS RENDERING THE LIBERTY MEDAL, AND THE NATIONAL *CONSTITUTION* CENTER, POIGNANTLY POINTLESS.
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AND MYSELF, I JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONE CAN SAY TORTURE IS OK. DIDN’T WE AGREE A LONG TIME AGO THAT TORTURE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE ACT FOR A HUMAN BEING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE?THE MOST HIDEOUS OF VIOLENT ACTS, SUCH AS TORTURE, MURDER, AND OTHER MONSTROSITIES ARE ARE WHAT SEPARATES HUMAN BEINGS FROM THE REST OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM: THE ABILITY TO KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. WHAT IF CANNIBALISM WERE A WAY TO PREVENT TERRORISM? WOULD THAT BE OK? MY QUESTION TO YOU THE AUDIENCE IS “WHY?” WHEN YOU ARE PROTECTING FREEDOM BY THE VIOLENT REMOVAL OF THE SAME FREEDOM, PERHAPS IT IS TIME TO REEXAMINE OUR DEFINITION OF THE WORD FREEDOM.
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ANNE COULTER IS EXTREMELY UGLY.
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TINY ROBOTIC LOOKING BUGS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED RECENTLY AT VARIOUS POLITICAL RALLIES AND PROTESTS RECENTLY. THE WASHINGTON POST REPORTS THAT SEVERAL PEOPLE, UNKNOWN TO EACH OTHER, HAVE REPORTED STRANGE TINY FLYING OBJECTS AT THAT LOOK LIKE MINIATURE ROBOTICIZED BUGS. NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY ADMITS TO HAVING CREATED THE BUGS OR ROBOTS IN QUESTION BUT ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON POST, VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON SUCH PROJECTS FOR DECADES. COLLEGE SENIOR VANESSA ALARCON SAW THE THINGS WHILE WORKING AT AN ANTIWAR RALLY IN LAFAYETTE SQUARE JUST LAST MONTH. ALARCON SAID QUOTE I HEARD SOMEONE SAY ‘OH MY GOD, LOOK AT THOSE,” I LOOK UP AND I’M LIKE ‘WHAT THE HELL IS THAT?’ THEY LOOKED KIND OF LIKE DRAGONFLIES OR LITTLE HELICOPTERS. BUT I MEAN THOSE ARE *NOT* INSECTS. IN THE CROWD AT THE SAME ANTIWAR RALLEY, WASHINGTON LAWYER BERNARD CRANE SAW THE SAME CREATURE/ROBOTS/WHATEVER YOU CALL THEM. CRANE SAID QUOTE I’D NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT IN MY LIFE. THEY WERE LARGE FOR DRAGONFLIES. I THOUGHT “IS THAT MECHANICAL OR IS THAT ALIVE?’ ENTOMOLOGIST JERRY LOUTON OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY SAID THAT WHILE THE OBJECTS IN QUESTION PROBABLY *WERE* DRAGONFLIES, SOME DETAILS DO NOT MAKE SENSE. THREE PEOPLE AT THE DC RALLY INDEPENDENTLY DESCRIBED THE OBJECTS AS A ROW OF SPHERES THE SISE OF SMALL BERRIES ATTACHED TO THE TAILS OF THE BIG DRAGONFLIES. BUG EXPERT LOUTON KNOWS OF NO INSECTS WITH SUCH AN APPEARANCE. ALL THREE WITNESSES ALSO REPORTED SEEING AT LEAST THREE OF THE OBJECTS MANEUVERING IN UNISON. BUT JERRY LOUTON SAID QUOTE DRAGONFLIES *NEVER* FLY IN A PACK. ALOOF AND NOTORIOUSLY APOLITICAL TECH GEEKS CAN’T BE BOTHERED BY THIS HOWEVER. ROBOTICIST AT UC BERKELEY RONALD FEARING SAID QUOTE I DONT’ WANT PEOPLE TO GET PARANOID BUT WHAT CAN I SAY? CELL PHONE CAMERAS ARE ALREADY EVERYWHERE. IT’S NOT THAT MUCH DIFFERENT. UNQUOTE. FEARING THEN PROBABLY ASSUMED HIS PLACE IN LINE WAITING FOR THE DOOM3 SOFTWARE RELEASE OR SOMETHING. GREAT.
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AN OPEN LETTER WAS SENT TO THE JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF AND ALL US MILITARY PERSONNEL AND APPEARS ON THE WEB SITE DON’T ATTACK IRAN DOT ORG. THE LETTER ASKS ALL US MILITARY TO REFUSE ORDERS TO LAUNCH AN AGGRESSIVE WAR ONIRAN. AMONG OTHERS, THE LETTER WAS SIGNED BY GORE VIDAL, CINDY SHEEHAN, DANIEL ELLSBERG, ANN WRIGHT, CYNTHIA MCKINNEY, RABBI MICHAEL LERNER, AND RABBI STEVEN JACOBS. THE LETTER BEGINS AS FOLLOWS:
ATTENTION: JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF AND ALL US MILLITARY PERSONNEL. DO NOT ATTACK IRAN. ANY PREEMPTIVE US ATTACK ON IRAN WOULD BE ILLEGAL. ANY PREEMPTIVE US ATTACK ON IRAN WOULD BE CRIMINAL. WE THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RESPECTFULLY URGE YOU, COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN OF OUR MILITARY TO REFUSE ANY ORDER TO PREEMPTIVELY ATTACK IRAN, A NATION THAT REPRESENTS NO SERIOUS OR IMMEDIATE THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES. TO ATTACK IRAN, A SOVEREIGN NATION OF 70-MILLION PEOPLE WOULD BE A CRIME OF THE HIGHEST MAGNITUDE. I’M NOT GOING TO READ THE ENTIRE LETTER WHICH APPEARS AT DON’T ATTACK IRAN DOT ORG BUT HERE IS HOW THE LETTER ENDS: OUR LEADERS OFTEN SAY THAT MILITARY FORCE SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT. WE BEG YOU TO MAKE THAT POLICY A REALITY AND REFUSE ILLEGAL ORDERS TO ATTACK IRAN. WE PROMISE TO SUPPORT YOU FOR PROTECTING THE AMERICAN PUBLIC AND INNOCENT CIVILIAN ABROAD. OUR FUTURE, THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR CHILDREN, RESTS IN YOUR HANDS. YOU KNOW THE HORRORS OF WAR. YOU CAN STOP THE NEXT ONE.
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PLEASE SEND COMMENTS, NEWS ITEMS, AND QUESTIONS TO [email protected] I’M RICHARD BLUESTEIN AND DIT WAS HET NIEWS.
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