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Long Live the Rebels!

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I grew up under a government that lied constantly to its people about important matters and engaged in all manner of evil and wrongdoing. Time and time again terrible crimes at the highest levels of government came to light and went unpunished. The government that lied us into Vietnam is the same government that lied us into Iraq, the same government that has sanctioned preemptive war, assassination and torture - the same government for that matter that slaughtered the Indians and took their land. Make no mistake about this, our government is up to no good and needs to be stopped. It is nothing but a miracle of propaganda that they have persuaded so many decent people into supporting anything and everything they do and have done for so damned long.

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IMO we all need to thank our lucky stars for the rebels among us: Daniel Ellsberg, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange and all the rest.

If our government's actions are evil...and someone reveals them, they are acting heroically...laws, oaths or regulations notwithstanding.  

All these secrets are covering up unspeakable horrors committed in all of our names.  I, for one, have had my fill of it.

We as American citizens should not accept torture by our government, and that's what the military is doing to Bradley Manning.

In the earliest days of our Republic, a group of well-meaning Philadelphia Quakers set out to reform the prison system. The idea was to remove convicts from the mayhem and corruption of overcrowded jails to solitary cells where sinners would return to mental and spiritual health through reflection. In the Walnut Street Jail, no windows would distract the prisoners with street life; no conversation would disturb their penitence. Alone with God, they would be rehabilitated.

There was a small problem. Many of the prisoners went insane. The Walnut Street Jail was shut down in 1835.

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I am a 60's survivor, Woodstock alumnus, a human rights/anti-war/prison reform/anti-drug war activist, an artist/poet/writer, a dharma bum, a freedom-fighter and an original Southern hippie. I blog at Daily Kos as One Pissed Off Liberal where (more...)
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