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General News    H4'ed 7/3/13

Twelve True Patriots for July 4

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On July 4, 1776, over fifty people signed the Declaration of Independence.   They were openly resisting the legal authority of the King of Great Britain.   Thousands joined them.   They were outlaws.   They were breaking the laws of Britain and risked capture, prison and even death for their belief in independence, equality, unalienable rights, and liberty.   They were far from perfect as slavery, the slaughter and removal of Native Americans and the exclusion of women demonstrated.   But they did resist their globally powerful government.


Who are the true patriots of today?  Not the flag-wrapped politicians who send other people's children off to be killed or disabled in wars to make the world safe for big businesses. Not the flag-waving profiteers who view their successes as their due.  Not the crowds who chant USA, USA, USA, upon learning of death of Osama bin Laden.  Not the religious hypocrites who worship this nation and its flag as yet another one of their gods. 


The true patriots are people like Rosa Parks.  People who courageously resist illegal and unjust actions of government.  They are who should be celebrated today.


Here are a dozen of the thousands who are courageously resisting illegal and unjust government actions.  They risk their freedom to challenge the state for freedom and truth and justice.  They are the true patriots.


Edward Snowden is a 30 year old risking a lifetime in prison to expose massive extensive wrongful secret government surveillance of hundreds of millions in the US and even more globally.


Rosanell Eaton, 92, a 70 year member of the NAACP, was arrested on June 24 in North Carolina in one of the weekly actions resisting government cutbacks and mistreatment of the unemployed.  Nearly 600 others have also been arrested in the last two months in the NAACP led protests. 


Tim DeChristopher, 29, was just released from two years in federal prison for disrupting an improper government auction of oil and gas rights around national parks in Utah by making false bids for leases.


Bradley Manning is a 25 year old Army soldier who has been in jail since May 2010 because he exposed evidence of illegal US airstrikes, murder, and other embarrassing confidential political information about the US and other governments.

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Bill Quigley is a human rights lawyer and professor of law at Loyola University New Orleans.
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