‘ FREEDOM AND/OR SECURITY ‘

AceNewsServices – Featured Post: Jan.06: This gives me pause. . .  as I have been pondering this  problem lately. The grand experiment which is the United States was built on personal rights for all written in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution. . . . . freedom of religion, speech, press, to assemble and to have personal privacy.

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After 9/11 , the country was united in the desire of “Never Again” and there was not much questioning  as to how  that security  was accomplished. But as the years have past and news and experiences of NSA spying on the nation and the world, control of the internet, airport searches and indignities at the airports,  and prisoner enhanced interrogation; Americans, including me, are questioning our freedoms, security and the methods used to establish both.

This week in the world’s largest democracy where there is understandably obsessed with security has further fuelled my thoughts. Information was circulated of a credible terrorist activity in India. Access to certain sites on the internet was stopped or limited to all of India.  I had trouble accessing Facebook, in the morning, evening, and at night. Hmm, all times when people were home using the internet. I have experienced in the US having some news and YouTube videos not available as they are in the rest of the world. I have learned that from other bloggers. Here in India,  we have been working  for days to get just the proper documentation for the students. . . photos. . . on different paper for different applications. .  phone, school, immigration.  They need copies of their passports, visas, stamped pages of their passports, forms to be filled , a letter from the hostel and the University. . .  all  this to study here for 4 months.  And all this to try to insure safety.

Some of you might  ask, “Why not just ignore it all?”  Well, one group a few years ago did just that due to ignorance of the policy.   When they got ready to leave, 7 students were allowed to leave even though they didn’t have the proper exit stamp.  Two students were detained.  They were Americans of various heritages.  Many people and countries find it hard to understand that American is  a “salad mixture” of people from all nationalities.

These detained  students had to stay in a hotel for a week while their departure was  discussed by many calls between India and the US!  Finally, this happened and all other groups from Rensselaer have meticulously  completed the process.  This time the forms seem even more complicated than in 2013. Could it be bureaucrats justifying their paycheck?

I want to be safe, unquestionably, but at the price of our freedoms? Fascist countries take these same actions and I don’t want to live in like that.  I am concerned, too, as to whom  is making these decisions.  In my lifetime, I have observed with taxes and government involvement, that once instigated or eliminated it is seemingly impossible to regain freedoms once they are gone.

Security or Freedom?

What say you?

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IRIB: Advocates of Freedom of Speech Report: Iranian Channels have been taken off the Air from 27 Satellites over 3 years

The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says Iranian channels have been taken off air from 27 satellites 66 times over the past three years by those claiming to be the advocates of freedom of speech.

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‘Please Release Him’ Plea for Detained Journalist

Editors Comment:  This story below is the extract that has been translated from Chinese {Simplified Han} that has been copied and pasted as Chen wrote! No  changes have been made and the link and my thanks for his provision of such is detailed at the bottom of this extract! I make no apologies for the grammar – as it was just translated as he wrote!  

It is a plea by a Chinese reporter to release this journalist from detention: world.time.com  commented as follows:

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English: New building of the city administration of Changsha, Hunan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New Express has a message for China’s censors: We may be small, but we have backbone.  On Wednesday the Guangzhou-based newspaper published a front-page call for the release of its reporter Chen Yongzhou. Chen was detained by police in Hunan province while investigating a state-linked firm. The three-character headline, ‘Please Release Him’ was printed in a large, bold font above the fold.

Extract: Completely without any changes as follows:    

Our readers, our reporter Chen Yongzhou Zoomlion reported financial problems, and then he was captured provinces Changsha police on charges of alleged damage to business reputation.In this regard, we want to cry –   Please release   my newspaper, though small, poor bones, there are so two of the   newspaper commentator ■   If you are a reporter, wrote some criticism of a company report. One day, the police caught your uncle.   Please do not excited.People are justified – “alleged damage to business reputation crimes” – none of your days, dozens of days, look always be right?   Now, the New Express reporter Chen Yongzhou we, unfortunately, has become the hapless guy.   We would like to draw your own two ears.   Because we always thought that as long as done responsibly reported that there would be no problem; event of a problem, we advertised corrections, apologize; really serious, court, lost the case, how lose lose on how the close to close, that is deserved.   But the fact is, we are too naive.   Chen Yongzhou get through the three days and three nights, finally saw the lawyer, said that he could boil a thirty days, and more, can not say it.   Tears.   It should be said, our understanding of this sudden blow to keep a great deal of restraint – on Friday morning, the man was taken away, we did not say anything; On Saturday, we did not say anything; Sunday, we did not say anything; Monday we did not say anything; yesterday, we did not say anything.   Because we always want to, human security is the first one, if forbear under the table and effort can change back to a lively splash colleagues, is worth – the reader dwellers, especially peers forgive, we do without regard to justice, there is no sacrifice and devotion to the revolutionary courage, really weak, really selfish, really shameful. However, we do not regret it. Because the police although not a gun, very powerful, Zoomlion has given Changsha pay a lot of taxes, is very powerful, but after all, are still class brethren, there are contradictions also contradictions among the people thing.  If God can give us a chance, we would say: The policeman, in conjunction Brother, I beg you, put Chen Yongzhou it!   If God only gives us a chance to speak, we would say: We carefully checked Guo Chen Yongzhou right Zoomlion of all 15 critical reports, only the fallacy of “advertising and entertainment expenses 513 000 000” written in the wrong the “advertising costs 513 million.” If policeman discovered my newspaper, although power to do and not to explore the evidence, please publicity, we must take my hat off.Because we still believe – at least there are so few days – you, like us, with full respect for the law.  We want to thank the four Changsha police uncle, is that you shut one eye, last night, Chen Yongzhou shivering little wife to safety from their own home away from home.   We also thank you, there is no atmosphere on the use of high-grade secret weapon, you identified the suspect, the economic center director in one fell swoop. Incidentally, he was really not at home, afraid to go home a few days earlier on. Really.   Oh, and Gao Hui, beloved Zoomlion Assistant Chairman, we have a few months ago has sued you infringement, I hope you face to the point, what should a complaint, we will not suddenly take you down to – – Each year, we pay very little tax, the turnover is far from tens of billions.   Your fellow Hunan Zeng wrote a couplet, “meaning the spring to feed a regiment, propped two poor bones.” My newspaper, though small, poor bones, there are two of you.

Courtesy and with thanks to http://epaper.xkb.com.cn/view.php?id=891639

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