Progress Report: 2011-01-03

Hi Tyranny Fighters:

1. Publicity in the New York Post

The New York Post lead internet article of December 29, 2010, p. A6 had an article about my letter of December 19, 2010 to the U. S. District Court: Southern District of New York. It is posted at:

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/libertarian_activist_defies_judge_PQJ19Ll7hwW4uDz6THc3HL?CMP

The New York Post is the sixth-largest newspaper in the U.S. by circulation. As of April, 2010, the Post’s daily circulation was 525,004. Its editorial offices are located at 1211 Avenue of the Americas, in New York City, New York. It was founded by Alexander Hamilton and is the only surviving daily afternoon paper in New York City.

This could be a breakthrough moment in or movement if we can keep its attention. I urge each of you to write a letter to the Post. Garry Reed has already done so: http://www.examiner.com/libertarian-news-in-national/ny-post-treats-libertarian-activist-as-loony-pothead.

It makes no difference if you praise me, denigrate me, say that I have good intentions but am a nut, or say that I am a nut but sometimes do something good. The New York Post does not care. All it wants to do is increase circulation. If there is interest in the situation, it will continue to publish the letters. I also do not care what you say. Bad publicity is better than no publicity. Just spell my name right.

Most readers of the Post will not pay much attention. However, if we can recruit 50 or 500 readers to join our cause, it will be a success. The readers are all New York City area residents. Imagine 50 or 500 demonstrators in front of the U. S. Courthouse in Manhattan. It will drive the judges crazy.

2. LWRN Radio Broadcasts at www.lwrn.net

  • November 13, 2010 : John Paff & Walter Leurs: NJLP Open Government Task Force
  • November 20, 2010 : Alex Shalom: NJ Civil Liberties Union Legal Counsel
  • November 27, 2010 : John McWhorter: Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow in Public Policy
  • December 4, 2010 : James Babb, Organizer of TSA Scanner Protests; James Cox, FIJA coordinator for southern Florida
  • December 11, 2010 : Michael Badnarik: Libertarian Party Candidate for President, 2004, and U. S. Constitution scholar
  • December 18, 2010 : James Cox, FIJA Coordinator for southern Florida told more about the FIJA outreach in southern Florida; James Babb discussed the TSA Body Scanner Protest at U. S. Airports, December 23, 2010
  • December 25, 2010 : Michael Benoit: LP candidate for US Congress in California’s 52nd District, 2010, will discuss the U. S. income tax laws
  • January 1, 2010 : John Kurtz discussed activism in southern Florida

Future programs:

  • Jim Babb, Nick Hankoff, Scott Olver, and I will discuss the TSA body scanner protest of December 23, 2010, at various airports.
  • Carlos Miller will discuss his activities as a freedom photographer in the Miami, FL, area.

Please visit www.lwrn.net to learn more about Liberty Works Radio Network’s plan for spreading the message of limited government and individual liberty all across the country, and then help us by becoming a member of the LWRN Fellowship.

Jury nullification has born fruit in a recent case in Missoula, Montana due to the jurors’ indications during voir dire that they would not convict a defendant of the entirely victimless act of possession of 1/16th of an ounce of marijuana. Several members of the jury pool expressed their disapproval of taxpayer dollars being wasted on such a matter in the first place. This led to a break in court proceedings during which the prosecutor offered the defendant a plea deal in which he didn’t even have to admit guilt in the matter.

3. Year-end Summary report

Jury nullification has born fruit in a recent case in Missoula, Montana due to the jurors’ indications during voir dire that they would not convict a defendant of the entirely victimless act of possession of 1/16th of an ounce of marijuana. Several members of the jury pool expressed their disapproval of taxpayer dollars being wasted on such a matter in the first place. This led to a break in court proceedings during which the prosecutor offered the defendant a plea deal in which he didn’t even have to admit guilt in the matter.

The Transportation Security Administration plans to introduce total body scanners in all airports. Demonstrations initiated by Jim Babb and George Donnelly occurred at about 25 major airports on November 24 and at about 10 airports on December 23. As a result TSA is delaying the introduction of these scanners. Hopefully this will be an infinite delay.

“Brian Aitken, who was convicted of illegally possessing two handguns that he had legally purchased in Colorado, will be spending Christmas out of prison,” NJ.com reports. Ad the result of a massive write-in campaign the Governor Christie condemning the injustice, Gov. Chris Christie commuted Aitken’s sentence, from seven years to time served, according to an order the governor signed today. He still has felony convictions, but at least will be out of jail soon.

John Paff was a winner of the Sunshine Troublemaker of the Week award for his vigilance, along with Walter Luers, of disclosing unlawful procedures and ordinances of county and municipal governments in NJ and having them rescinded. They have succeeded several times this year.

Other indicators of the recovery of freedom came from other sources. The TEA Party, whether you approve of it or not, won 2 U. S. Senate seats and several House of Representative seats in the 2010 election by infiltrating the Republican Party. This suggests that change may be on the way.

Last on my list is the action of the federal government to end don’t ask don’t tell for gays in the military.

Losses

We have lost some ground this year as well. We have increased our financial irresponsibility by further increasing the national debt to an unsustainable level.

The Department of Homeland Security is becoming more and more Gestapo like. It must be eliminated, or at least restrained.

We are continuing to see the complete collapse of our judicial system. The conviction of Brian Aitken for doing nothing illegal and sentencing him to along term in prison is appalling. Unfortunately, it is not an isolated example. The Innocence Project has estimated that 22,000 prisoners are innocent of the crime for which they have been convicted.

A New York Times editorial of December 28, 2010, reports that four dozen prisoners are being detained indefinitely because they are considered a potentially serious terrorist threat, but “cannot be tried because the evidence against them is classified or was improperly obtained, often through torture.”

The war in Afghanistan is a disaster. For nine years, We have been sending our young men and women to that country to be killed and maimed for no gain. In addition the cost is bankrupting us. We should send overwhelming force and wipe them out or bring the troops home and write it off as a loss. This is one of those situations where I do not know if the right-wing or the left-wing view is correct. I do know that the centrist approach that we are taking is wrong.

I am preparing a report of gains and losses in the freedom movement for 2010. What I have just reported is an incomplete list, including only the situations of which I am familiar. If you have other gains or losses, or wish to amplify my comments, please send them to me, andI will incorporate them in my report.4. The Non-Trials

A new book by Julian Heicklen discusses his arrest at the Isaiah Wall in Manhattan, NY, in 2007 and the subsequent legal activity. It has been completed and sent to the publisher. It should be available for purchase next week at bookstores. I am planning on a book tour for 2011 and am available for book sales and/or speeches at any conventions. Let me know if your organization is interested.

4. Suggested Books

Michael Badnarik gives a course about the U. S. Constitution using his book “Good to be King.”

Mike Benoit has written a book entitled “Sham and Shame of the Federal Income Tax.” You can purchase it directly from him for five dollars, or you can obtain a free pdf copy from him upon request. His E-mail address is in the header of this E-mail.

5. Warning

You should know that the Federal Protective Service, and possibly the FBI, is intercepting my E-mails. Another violation of our civil liberties. Be prudent if you write to me. However a U. S. court recently has ruled that If the government wants to see your emails stored by an Internet service provider, they first will have to get a warrant. See:

http://www.allgov.com/Top_Stories/ViewNews/US_Court_Rules_Warrants_Needed_to_Spy_on_Emails_101216

THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS ETERNAL VIGILANCE

THE PRICE OF JUSTICE IS ETERNAL PUBLICITY

Yours in freedom—Julian

  1. Julian Heicklen: Nutty Professor | People v. State - pingback on 2011/01/17 at 2:11 am

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