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Criminalizing Dissent in America

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Criminalizing Dissent in America - by Stephen Lendman

America's police state laws endanger dissent.

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America has a sordid repressive history. Among others, First Amendment rights are violated. 

It guarantees freedom of religion, expression, to petition government for redress of grievances, and right to peacefully assemble.

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The 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts restricted First Amendment freedoms. 

So did 1919 anti-communist Palmer raids, the 1934 Special Committee on Un-American Activities, its House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) successor, secret FBI COINTELPRO crackdowns, the 1996 Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the 2001 USA Patriot Act, and other post-9/11 measures.

These and other measures expanded government surveillance, eroded habeas, formalized military tribunals, permitted torture-extracted confessions, and instituted violence for national security.

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FBI "terrorist profiles" can investigate anyone for any reason. So can local police working cooperatively or alone. Street protests can be criminalized. America's right to dissent is endangered.

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