Dissent Is Essential to Democracy by Amy Goodman
The bulwark against tyranny is dissent. Open opposition, the right to challenge those in power, is a mainstay of any healthy democracy. The Democratic and Republican conventions will test the commitment of the two dominant U.S. political parties to the cherished tradition of dissent. Things are not looking good.
"Freedom Cages" replace "free speech zones" and "Fusion Centers" coordinate intelligence and enforcement actions by the police/FBI/Secret Service and US Northern Command. Taking notes or pictures? You might wind up in detention where signs warn you could be Tased. The State Police in Maryland were recently exposed for spying on peaceful anti-death penalty protesters; 14 months and they found no evidence of criminal activity. If you're going to the Convention, watch out for the provocateurs. While it's disturbing the powers that be are investing so much in draconian security measures instead of government that serves the public interest, I think it's encouraging that they are so afraid of the People. Don't let their intimidation tactics work; exercise your right to free speech, press and assembly.