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    Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Global freedom declined for a fifth straight year in 2010 as authoritarian regimes dug in worldwide and crime and unrest plagued democracies like Mexico, a US watchdog said Thursday.

    In "Freedom in the World 2011" the Washington-based Freedom House said it had documented the longest continuous period of decline since it began compiling the annual index nearly 40 years ago.

    "This should be a wake-up call for all of the world's democracies," said Freedom House director David Kramer, who served as assistant secretary of state for democracy and human rights under former president George W. Bush.

    "Our adversaries are not just engaging in widespread repression, they are doing so with unprecedented aggressiveness and self-confidence, and the democratic community is not rising to the challenge."

    Elliot Abrams, who served as the point man for Bush's high-profile efforts to promote democracy beginning in 2005, faulted the current administration for not linking human rights to bilateral relations.

    Freedom in decline worldwide: US report
    Decline since the vitriol of Gulf War 2. Attacking freedom has its costs. It only emboldens the despots... everywhere.

    Obama, his party and the idiots around the world that supported the likes of Obama, Durbin, The War is Lost Reid, Kerry, Levin, Pelosi, Dead Kennedy and Gerhard Schroeder can take a bow. Their work has born fruit.

    BTW... Where have all the protesters gone? The close Gitmo, anti-war crowd? They've done vanished. Where are the nightly death toll reports? My how the journOlists changed their spots in January 2009.

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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    State workers are even losing their freedom in Rhode Island. Lincoln Chaffey has taken it upon himself to only allow state workers to go on NPR or local radio. No conservative talk radio.
    This is only the beginning folks. They are going to try and make sure we only hear things that have been approved by this administration.
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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Considering they reiterate the bizarrely annual claim that repression is growing in China I do not care much for what they have to say.
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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    State workers are even losing their freedom in Rhode Island. Lincoln Chaffey has taken it upon himself to only allow state workers to go on NPR or local radio. No conservative talk radio.
    This is only the beginning folks. They are going to try and make sure we only hear things that have been approved by this administration.
    Well, that sucks. Even though I may not agree with conservatives all the time doesn't mean they should be shut out and have right to free speech taken away.
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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

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    The word "missing" is a euphemism in China, where dissident Gao Zhisheng likely has now spent eight months in a frightening system of illegal government detention for his work speaking out for human rights and the rule of law. In a horrifying interview given to the Associated Press during a brief period of freedom last year and published this week, Mr. Gao gives accounts of previous torture sessions carried out by secret police. "The degree of cruelty," he said, "there's no way to recount it."

    Sometime in 2009, three agents stripped Mr. Gao and began beating him with their holstered guns, plus other acts he would not describe. It lasted around the clock for two days. "When all three officers tired," the AP writes, "they bound his arms and legs with plastic bags and threw him to the floor until they caught their breath to resume the abuse."..

    The AP agreed not to publish the account unless Mr. Gao disappeared again or made safe haven. He disappeared again after the interview, which took place eight months ago.

    Mr. Gao's tale began in 2006, when the lawyer, whose work focused on property rights and the repression of religious minorities such as the Falun Gong, was barred from the practice of law and accused of "inciting subversion." He has since been repeatedly imprisoned and persecuted, with only brief respites when his appearance has been politically advantageous for Beijing...

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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Unfortunately, much of the world has bought into the "hand out" mentality where they are willing to hand over much of the control over their lives and future generations to government which do not have their best interest in mind. For better or worse, we're heading for more of a world-based government and hive mentality which excludes the individual and promotes the group.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Decline since the vitriol of Gulf War 2. Attacking freedom has its costs. It only emboldens the despots... everywhere.

    Obama, his party and the idiots around the world that supported the likes of Obama, Durbin, The War is Lost Reid, Kerry, Levin, Pelosi, Dead Kennedy and Gerhard Schroeder can take a bow. Their work has born fruit.

    BTW... Where have all the protesters gone? The close Gitmo, anti-war crowd? They've done vanished. Where are the nightly death toll reports? My how the journOlists changed their spots in January 2009.

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    I'm not sure I see the causal link you are making. So are you saying that war protests from a few years ago in, I don't know, Cleveland caused what's going on in Tunisia this week?
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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    Decline since the vitriol of Gulf War 2. Attacking freedom has its costs. It only emboldens the despots... everywhere.

    Obama, his party and the idiots around the world that supported the likes of Obama, Durbin, The War is Lost Reid, Kerry, Levin, Pelosi, Dead Kennedy and Gerhard Schroeder can take a bow. Their work has born fruit.

    BTW... Where have all the protesters gone? The close Gitmo, anti-war crowd? They've done vanished. Where are the nightly death toll reports? My how the journOlists changed their spots in January 2009.

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    Freedom is decreasing, even here. We give into fear everwhere. We have to fear the terrorists, we have to fear the guns, we have to fear the pedophile, we have to fear the drugs. Fear fear fear fear. And each time we give into fear, we lose. We lose choice, we lose freedom, we lose independence. Yet each party has some fear that it wants to sell us. The War on Iraq was sold on nothing more than fear. And the new gun laws that will be introduced now because of that AZ shooting will be sold to us on fear. I don't see this changing. You want to say freedom is decreasing, well of course it is. Freedom doesn't keep itself, you have to work for it to maintain it. Expend energy to proliferate it. At some point, we're going to have to grow up and understand that while there are scary things out there, we don't need to overreact and being curtailing our liberties because of it.
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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Quote Originally Posted by zimmer View Post
    BTW... Where have all the protesters gone? The close Gitmo, anti-war crowd? They've done vanished. Where are the nightly death toll reports? My how the journOlists changed their spots in January 2009.
    Don't worry... As soon a Obama is voted out in 2012 and a republican sits in the oval office, those protests will be back.

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    Re: Freedom in decline worldwide: US report

    Quote Originally Posted by Grim17 View Post
    Don't worry... As soon a Obama is voted out in 2012 and a republican sits in the oval office, those protests will be back.
    What's going to change with a Republican in office? It's the same crap. If you liked Bush, you like Obama.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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