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Monday, May 3, 2010

Libertarians shuffle over 9/11 candor

Libertarian Party leadership is in a tussle over how forthcoming the party should be about 9/11 coverup, according to a writer for the Independent Republic.

(Links work so poorly as to be of low value. Sorry. You'll just have to use a search engine.)

John Hancock, a contender for party chair, is reported to have said that "if we are not out there telling the truth about 9/11," then the party is "not relevant."

Jill Pryatt, who is on the California LP's executive committee, is quoted as saying she has overcome her former reticence about the 9/11 coverup issue and is urging the party to push the matter.

Of course it's quite possible that government operatives will move in on the LP and squelch that issue before it gets far.

On my Znewz1 blog, I suggested that the only way to upset the coverup applecart was to support third party candidates who made 9/11 coverup an issue, in hopes that in tight races major party candidates would feel compelled to loosen their lips.

BTW, shouldn't libertarians be at the forefront of "Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!" (also known as "Everybody Defend Molly Day!") set for May 20. (See post below.)

Today is World Press Freedom Day. Oppressed media around the world have ballyhooed it. UN chief Ban Ki-Moon has denounced the various ploys used by governments to circumvent a basic human right. Freedom House has rated the United States Number 24 in its degree of press freedom. Nordic nations got the highest ratings.

Net nanny measures are being vigorously resisted in Australia and Europe, in particular by the Pirate Party. In Australia, the comm chief is considering making promotion of means of getting around government filters illegal. Apparently, Aussie authorities are mostly concerned with keeping the masses blinded, not with protecting valid secrets. See Zdnet and search 'Pirate Party.'

In Europe, Christian Engstrom has debated a fellow parliamentarian over "patrol versus control." He favors "patrol."

Communications experts at the University of Buffalo have found that the evolving cyberspace of China does not augur well for net freedom. The paper by Professor Junhao Hong and doctoral student Shaojung Sharon Wang differs from the opinion of Bill Gates, who says that Chinese net controls are easy to beat (yeah, but not for the masses).

Amnesty International has called on Cuban authorities to end harassment of independent reporters, following a spate of detentions of journalists of a critical bent.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is unhappy with Ethiopian authorities for detaining two TV journalists. The committee points to Ethipia's paractice of seizing journalists on trumped up charges.

The LA Times has an interview with Israel's censor on World Press Freedom Day. She says censorship is incompatible with democracy and asserts that Israeli censorship is nothing like that imposed by other Middle Eastern regimes. Yet, she admits she has the power to shut down newspapers and arrest journalists if she deems it necessary.

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