This article, “FBI shows up at teenager’s home to ask about his Ron Paul school report” explains what happened in response to this video. In brief, a teenager, Justin Hallman, made a video for his American government class and the FBI showed up as his house. They accosted him about his ideas and tried to turn him into an asset against Anonymous. I am pretty certain that it is not legal to try to turn a minor into an FBI asset. This is not acceptable on any level. It is unconstitutional. Like all Americans, this young man has his right to freedom of speech. Nobody should be accosted by the FBI for their school projects even if the government doesn’t like them. He did not advocate overthrowing the government. The FBI had no legitimate basis for their actions.
On a personal note, I do not support Ron Paul, but I see the wisdom in many of his stances on civil liberties and constitutionality. It is a great loss that he is no longer a US congressman.
This is not about getting traffic for my blog. I am not one of those people. This is about the welfare of our country. My opinion is that this information should be shared in whatever capacity you choose, but it should be shared quickly and effectively.
If you thought that the age of covert operations against legal domestic organizations ended with COINTELPRO in the 1970’s you would be wrong. This article cites information from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that prove that the Department of Homeland Security was focused on suppressing media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests to stifle dissent.
To quote Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, the Executive Director of The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF), “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”
This should be no surprise to anyone who is aware of the domestic spying against Americans done at the “fusion centers” that are now all across the US. The 72 fusion centers were created in the wake of 9-11 as a supposed center for law enforcement agencies to share information about “terrorist threats.” Instead, they have been spending their time violating Americans’ first amendment rights and monitoring people who have the temerity to do things like put political stickers in public bathrooms or participate in movements against the death penalty. According to a bipartisan Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations report finished in 2012 and this article, “somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion was spent to produce “crap” while violating the civil right [sic] of citizens with no accountability.”