Mr. President, the charges against Julian Assange are no more merited than Russiagate. You have no excuse but to shut it all down.

Even the right-leaning US Supreme Court will be mortally afraid of ruling that the government can cover up its own illegalities by labeling anyone publishing those illegalities as not protected under the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. The First Amendment doesn't use the terms "journalist" or "journalism" or intend for itself to only apply to "journalists" as that term is understood today. It uses the term "press."

I am the press right here publishing this. The First Amendment, the US Constitution, specifically states that the government can not abridge my right to do exactly what I'm doing publishing this (just as if I have an old ink press with readers reading the words on paper from that old ink press).

"Press" means "publish." It does not mean journalize, per se, as if some old-fashioned newspaper. Publishing is more than supposedly reporting news for profit.

What the People had in mind when the First Amendment was forced into the US Constitution to get that Constitution accepted was political pamphlets every bit as much or more than "newspapers." They were thinking about the People's right to print exactly what the monarch or governmental officials and office holders would rather never see the light of day.

That's what this is all about.

All charges against Julian Assange are based on unconstitutional grounds. The charges are clearly unconstitutional. Bringing the charges is an illegal act.

Just as Russiagate never should have been begun and never should have been allowed to spin out of control with endless idiotic investigations, the charges against Julian Assange are farcical and should be summarily dismissed by everyone.

If the charges are left standing, if Julian Assange is dragged to the US, tried, sentenced, and imprisoned or worse, the government of the United States will have ceased to exist. The US Constitution will have been rendered fit as toilet paper. All bets will be off. Every remedy by the People will be on the table. Heads could roll, and I don't mean the heads of the poor but of the current elite.

There would be no violently overthrowing the government of the United States, as that government would have made itself null and void. Any violent revolution will be to establish a government of, by, and for the People. It will not be kind to the greedy.

I'm not threatening. I'm warning what the People can do. I'm telling you not to go down the path that fools have laid out concerning Julian Assange.

Before it's too late, see the light. Do what's right.

You have been told.

The prosecution of Assange is the spearhead of the drive by the American ruling class to eviscerate the First Amendment and dismantle democratic rights. If Assange is convicted, it will mean that the publication of documents outlining the illegal activities of the US military/intelligence apparatus will be effectively criminalized.
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In its 1971 ruling on the New York Times Co. v. United States, the Supreme Court upheld the right of the Times to publish the stolen secret documents, declaring, “Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government. And paramount among the responsibilities of a free press is the duty to prevent any part of the government from deceiving the people and sending them off to distant lands to die of foreign fevers and foreign shot and shell.”

The prosecution of Assange for publishing “documents relating to the national defense” represents an attempt not only to reverse this ruling, but to make the very dissemination of documents by journalists a crime.

New charges against Julian Assange under the Espionage Act criminalize journalism

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Going after Assange is a pure, illegal power play: "This is about the use of the Espionage Act to charge a recipient and publisher of classified information" that legally revealed numerous illegalities in government.

"This is not about Julian Assange. This is about the use of the Espionage Act to charge a recipient and publisher of classified information. I am extremely concerned about the precedent this may set and potential dangers to the work of journalists and the First Amendment," Wyden said.

Wyden is known as a long-time advocate of privacy and civil liberties in the US legislature. He championed legislation forcing the US government to obtain a warrant before spying on Americans outside the US in 2008 and pushed for a congressional investigation into allegations of abuse and torture of prisoners by the CIA during the Bush administration.

Lone US senator decries use of Espionage Act against Assange as establishment keeps mum

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The Trump administration's attack on Julian Assange will separate the wheat from the chaff

Publishers who refuse to stand up for Assange will be piled with the rest of the chaff.

WikiLeaks has published secrets showing the illegal actions of those who wanted it all to remain secret. By definition, publishing that is not illegal.

Exposing illegality is not illegal but informative, necessary, democracy empowering, the right thing to do with those who never reveal their own evil, never repent, never apologize or try to make amends but only attack, and attempt to forever silence, truth-tellers.

"For the first time in the history of our country, the government has brought criminal charges against a publisher for the publication of truthful information. This is an extraordinary escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on journalism, and a direct assault on the First Amendment," said Ben Wizner, director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project in a statement.

In new charges against Assange, groups see cause for concern

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What if? The final four in the Democratic race

Biden, Warren, Gabbard, Sanders.

Warren leaves first but won't announce her choice.

Gabbard gets the VP nod from Sanders (who needs the foreign-policy/anti-war creds), drops out, and throws her support clearly to Sanders.

Warren is the wild card. She could back Biden to get the VP slot or some other huge favor, or she could wisely back Sanders-Gabbard and end up the most powerful US Senator and ally of the White House.

Sanders ends up beating Biden and then Trump.

California will be more important in this election than ever.

Tulsi also needs to campaign in Florida a great deal.

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Truth: "War Crimes Pardons: A Terrible Memorial Day Idea"

“If President Trump issues indiscriminate pardons of individuals accused — or convicted by their fellow servicemembers — of war crimes, he relinquishes the United States’ moral high ground and undermines the good order and discipline critical to winning on the battlefield.”

And here’s General Martin Dempsey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff:

“Absent evidence of innocence or injustice the wholesale pardon of US servicemembers accused of war crimes signals our troops and allies that we don’t take the Law of Armed Conflict seriously. Bad message. Bad precedent. Abdication of moral responsibility. Risk to us.”

After World War Two, the US and other governments which participated in victorious alliance versus the Third Reich and the Empire of Japan tried and punished — up to and including execution — German and Japanese soldiers accused of war crimes and the political leaders who ordered, encouraged, or excused those crimes.

If the US doesn’t hold itself to at least as high a standard, eventually someone else will.

Yes, and that someone is evil, who will rip the US to shreds for falling to the temptation of evil.

War Crimes Pardons: A Terrible Memorial Day Idea

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It's not just the Steele Dossier, stupid. It's even more the IC's allegations of Russian-government hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

Attorney General Barr puts former intel bosses on notice

The attorney general has stated that he is going to focus particularly on the dossier’s exploitation, and specifically on the actions of the leadership of those agencies.
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The CIA has its own set of restrictions about the use of assets against Americans, and this deserves Durham’s focus as well. Former CIA Director John Brennan has commented on his belief in the sufficiency of FBI predication to investigate the Trump campaign but has said little about the CIA’s role in all of this. Durham will want to make sure that CIA asset activity didn’t somehow help create that predication.

IC leaders aren’t used to being held to account by the Justice Department, and their oversight by Congress generally is mild. Theirs is a comfortable world, obfuscated and kept mysterious by the liberal use of their classified-information shield. The demonization of Attorney General Barr has begun — a sign that he is probably on the right track. And the IC leaders are on notice.

The problem is that the Steele Dossier is rightly second fiddle to the IC's allegations of Russian-government hacking of the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

If the Trump administration only presses concerning the Dossier, it will be letting the biggest culprits slip right through. It will also hamper itself in being able to make deals with Russia going forward.

If, on the other hand, the Trump administration investigates and trashes the allegations of Russian government hacking, as it should, then the main culprits will be found out and dealt with, and Trump will finally be freed up to make peace with Russia, which is exactly what the US needs especially considering China.

If Trump blows this, he will drive Russia and China closer and closer together and against the US eventually concerning all things.

Russia isn't even remotely as concerning as is China. Everything Russia has done has been truly defensive.

China's Xi, to the contrary, has been downright belligerent about the South China Sea and Taiwan (which isn't remotely as complex an issue as Ukraine). He's a real dictator, where Putin will actually step down after his term in office and be replaced by someone actually democratically elected.

Putin doesn't walk on water, but that's hardly reason to treat Russia as if Stalin's still in charge there.

However, someone more dangerous than Mao ever dreamed of being is now in charge in China.

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The neocon-fascist imperialists in the Democratic Party and Republican Party really, really fear Tulsi Gabbard

They tried to ignore Tulsi Gabbard. It didn't work. Now they're attacking her. That won't work either.

It won't work for the same reason trashing democracy and democratic socialism hasn't worked with the young people. Those young people are going to hear Tulsi during the debates as they've never heard an anti-war candidate ever.

Tulsi is not a pacifist, but she means it when she says that war must be the last resort and that negotiating for peace must always be exhausted before being violent. She also believes that being violent must be self-defense only. The US must never start a war or trump up false reasons to go to war.

That message, while not perfect, is better than any other major candidate's by far.

Don't be surprise when other Democratic candidates start echoing Tulsi's message (hat tip to Taibbi), just the way they almost all started echoing Bernie Sanders'.

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Did you know Mueller wasn't bashing Barr but the NYT and WaPo?

As a reminder, the NYT and WaPo recently sparked more Russiagate drama, when they reported that Mueller had written AG William Barr to complain that he’s given summaries of the report’s findings that “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance” of his team’s work. A more detailed read of the report also revealed that Mueller did not actually have complaints about Barr's representation of his lengthy report but was instead bashing the media - such as the NYT and WaPo.

Dems Mull Subpoena After Mueller Refuses To Testify Publicly Before Congress

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Trump is not duped by Bolton but does need to get rid of him

The following is exactly correct concerning John Bolton's modus operandi:

After Bolton’s failed 2005 confirmation hearings, Tony Blinken, the then staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The New Yorker‘s Dexter Filkins:

“We saw a pattern of Mr. Bolton trying to manipulate intelligence to justify his views. If it had happened once, maybe. But it came up multiple times, and always it was the same underlying issue: he would stake out a position, and then, if the intelligence didn’t support it, he would try to exaggerate the intelligence and marginalize the officials who had produced it.”

I like Joe Lauria a great deal. He's the editor-in-chief of Consortium News. His piece on Bolton is certainly worth reading; however, I disagree with him concerning Trump.

My position is, and has always been, that Trump came into office with it in mind to throw everyone off balance. He has wildly succeeded in doing just that.

He doesn't like leaks unless they are intended by him. I don't think he liked it when it leaked that he wanted to use the good-cop, bad-cop method of diplomacy. As I've said before, sometimes Trump is the good cop and sometimes the bad. Where Bolton is concerned, Trump is always using Bolton in the bad-cop roll.

Everything is negotiable in Trump's view, and Trump is always negotiating. His end is always in mind. By throwing people off, they stop keeping their own eyes on the ball. His curves fly right by them.

He is predictably unpredictable up to a point. He stopped surprising me before he announced his run for the Presidency. He has a pattern, though I'm not going to spell it out, as he doesn't know his own tells.

Regardless, were he to try to ramp up his game by being more erratic, he'd stand even less chance of being reelected and might even be removed by his own party before the election. He's already dancing on the edge of the worldly world. Bolton is in a constant free fall over the bottomless pit in both the worldly world and the spiritual one.

If you want to know how to handle Trump, focus on your own righteous goals. Don't let him distract you. Don't fall for his game and don't play it.

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Nancy Pelosi is shooting off her ditzy mouth. She has zero evidence to back her Russiagate claims against Trump.

Nancy Pelosi said, "The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this President is obstructing justice and he's engaged in a cover-up, and that could be an impeachable offense."

Not once has anyone shown me how in anyway Donald Trump has obstructed justice concerning anything to do with the Russiagate nonsense. Russiagate never had any business being started. It was and remains a complete farce and coup attempt (illegal; treason). Trump is being charged with obstructing illegality. As for a cover-up, the same thing applies. Pelosi is claiming Trump is covering up something to do with Russiagate. Nobody has ever shown any evidence whatsoever of that.

AG Barr better not drag his feet in going back to the beginning to find the source of the Russiagate conspiracy and working forward to catch them all! The Democrats are afraid and are trying to hasten the process of smearing Trump further with endless crap about obstruction of justice and cover-ups when the Russiagate conspiracy started by Brennan is the injustice and being covered up.

I don't give a damn about the Democratic Party. I hate that Party. I don't like it anymore than I like the Republican Party. They're both complete garbage.

The Democratic Party has no moral compass and is far beyond being truly reformed. Bernie Sanders and AOC are simply wasting time on it. They will move the needle only to see it swing back because of corporate, elitist money, which bought Pelosi long ago. The only hope is a Party beyond being bought off.

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