Assange is being used as an example to discourage other journalists from publishing information that the ruling powers do not want published. Waters said that the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Manchester Guardian all published the same information as WikiLeaks, but only Assange has been charged.
There are 28 states that require loyalty pledges to Israel in order to do business with the state governments. In addition, Trump passed legislation that effectively criminalized the Boycott Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to put pressure on the Jewish state through economic action.
Blumenthal says a SWAT team arrested him and he was charged with simple assault for his attempt to deliver food to the besieged Venezuelan embassy five months ago. Blumenthal’s arrest appears to be another example of the legal harassment of US government critics that includes WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.
A Connecticut statute makes it a crime to “ridicule” anyone because of their creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality, or race. A law professor says the statute is “obviously unconstitutional, because … there’s no First Amendment exception for speech that insults based on race or religion.”
Jim Fetzer was sued by Lenny Pozner, father of six-year old Noah Pozner, who was reportedly shot to death. Lenny Pozner claimed Fetzer’s writing caused him to suffer from PTSD. A jury ordered Fetzer to pay $450,000 in damages to Pozner for defamation, based on accusations that Noah Pozner’s birth certificate was fake.