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War On Dissent Town Hall; Documenting a failed and dangerous US intelligence network (Videos)

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Mary Catherine Roper: "If you read the bulletins from the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security all of which are on the Internet, very interesting reading in your free time, what you see is not a collection of information about threats from people who threaten violence or property damage, what you see is a wholesale attack on the whole concept of dissent."

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Paul Hetznecker: "The danger is the label "communist" in the 1950s is now "terrorist." So, if you can be labeled a terrorist by a private think tank and that think tank can push the federal government into an investigation, where does that leave you if you're simply opposing gas drilling in Pennsylvania and the destruction of pristine wilderness in our state? Where does that leave you? It leaves you on a watch list, it leaves you labeled as a terrorist, it leaves you labeled as someone to be watched and afraid of..."

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"Democracy is based on not a dead scroll that says you have the right to free speech. It's a dead paper, it has no meaning. It only has meaning in the exercise of those rights, everyday, all the time...Don't be afraid, don't be chilled by the activities of this organization or the state police or the FBI, be emboldened by the fact that they threatened your privacy interests and your freedom. If you believe that freedom, in this country, is still alive, it's alive and it's in your hands, I'd ask that you exercise it."

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Michael German: "A fusion center is any two agencies who decide to get together and share intelligence information whether those agencies are federal, state or local, whether they're law enforcement or non law enforcement can call themselves a fusion center. They can also involve private parties and private companies can be involved in the fusion centers. There are no regulations governing their activities. "

Jess Sundin: "They went through everything. They took books and CDs, computers, cell phones. They were very interested in anything with names and phone numbers. They took address books. They took sign-up lists for the activism I do. They were very interested in anything political so they took fliers from events like this one tonight or information on Palestine or Columbia which were places of interest in their investigation. They looked through my daughter's belongings. She is six."

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Cheryl Biren is a Philadelphia-based researcher, writer, editor and photographer. From 2007-2011, she served on the editorial board of Opednews.com.

Cheryl has also consulted for the Rob Kall Radio Show with guests such as Noam Chomsky, (more...)

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