Transcript from video
When the "Weapons of Mass-Destruction" thing
turned out not to be true, I expected the American People to rise up.... but ….
Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced,
and it was revealed that our government participated in "rendition"; a practice
where we kidnap people and turn them over to regimes who specialize in
torture.... I was sure then, that the American People would be heard from. We
Then came the news that we jailed thousands of
so-called "terrorist suspects", locked them up without the right to a trial or
even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly, we would never stand for
that. We did.
And now, it's been discovered the Executive
Branch has been conducting massive, illegal,
domestic surveillance on its own
citizens; you and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally; finally, the
American People will have had enough..... And evidently, we haven't. In fact, if
the people of this country have spoken, the message is "We're OK with it all".
Torture, warrantless search and seizures,
wire tappings, prison without a fair trial.... or ANY trial, war on false
pretenses, we as a citizenry are apparently not offended. There are no
demonstrations on college campuses; in fact there is no clear indication that
young people even seem to notice.....
Well, Melissa Hughes
Now, you might think instead of withholding her taxes, she could have
protested the old-fashioned way; made a placard and demonstrated at a
Presidential or Vice-Presidential appearance, but we've lost the right to that
as well. The Secret Service can now declare "Free Speech Zones", to contain,
control, and in effect criminalize protests.
Stop for a second.... and try to fathom that.
At a Presidential rally, parade, or appearance,
if you have on a supportive T-shirt, you can be there. If you're wearing or
carrying something in protest, you can be removed. THIS in the United States of
America. THIS in the United States of America. Is Melissa Hughes the only one
<Mr Shore, the defense attorney sits down, and
Judge interjects> "Mister Shore, that's a
chair for witnesses only".
Really long speeches make me so tired, sometimes.
"Please get out of the chair!"
Actually, I'm sick and tired,
"Get out of the chair!"
And what I am most sick and tired of, is how
every time somebody disagrees with how the government is running things, he or
she is labeled "un-American".
"Evidently, it's speech time".
And speech in this country is free, you hack!
Free for me, free for you, free for Melissa Hughes to stand up to her government
and say "Stick it!”
I object to government abusing its power to
squash the Constitutional freedoms of its citizenry, and God forbid anybody
challenge it; they're smeared as being a heretic. Melissa Hughes is an American.
Melissa Hughes is an American. Melissa Hughes is an American.
"Mister Shore, unless you have anything new and
fresh to say, please sit down". You've breeched the decorum of my courtroom with
all this hooting".
Last night, I went to bed with a book.... not as
much fun as a twenty-nine year old, but the book contained a speech by
Stevenson; the year was 1952. He said, "The tragedy of our day is the climate of
fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often, sinister threats
to the Bill Of Rights, to freedom of the mind are concealed under the patriotic
cloak of anti-Communism". Today, it's the cloak of anti-terrorism.
Stevenson also remarked, "It's far easier to
fight for principles than to live up to them".
I know.... we are all afraid.... but the Bill of
Rights..... We HAVE TO live up to that; we simply must. That's all Melissa
Hughes is trying to say. She was speaking for you. I would ask you now to go
back to that room.... and speak for her.