What do Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas), Viggo Mortensen, and Noam Chomsky have in common? They and more than 2500 others (as of 10 PM PDT tonight) have gone public in opposing the U.S. Government's condemnation and efforts to sabotage Wikileaks. Paul's objections are reported here; the others' names are on the open online petition here.
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Terry Francke has a 39-year history of helping journalists, citizens and public officials understand and use their First Amendment and open government rights. With CalAware, Francke has authored comprehensive and authoritative guidebooks to California law on access to government meetings and public records and the news gathering and publication rights of journalists. Focusing on these issues in public forum law, he supervises CalAware's legislative and litigation initiatives; conducts workshops on legal compliance; helps design public records audits; supports local sunshine ordinance drafting efforts; writes CalAware Today, a blog on current developments and proposals in the law and best practices; and answers countless queries by phone and e-mail from citizens, journalists, public officials and employees, and lawyers. Francke previously served 14 years as executive director and general counsel to the California First Amendment Coalition, after a 10-year post as legal counsel for the California Newspaper Publishers Association. He has served as an advisory panel member to the National Center on Courts and the Media; taught journalism law at the Department of Communication at Stanford University; and served as an expert contributor to the 1994 major revisions to the Ralph M. Brown Act and the 2004 ballot proposition making open government a basic right of citizens under the California Constitution. Francke is a 1967 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a 1979 graduate of McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. Prior to his legal career, Francke worked as a weekly newspaper editor and in military and local government public affairs positions.
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Can Americans handle the truth? Americans have had very little access to the truth. Rich powerful corporation who are in bed with the government control much of the main stream media, there for controlling Americans perception of what the truth is. Now, however, with the WikiLeaks disclosures, they are able to have a much clearer view of what their reality actually is. Truth does not cause death and destruction, nor does it put peoples lives in danger, but lies and deceptions do. If Americans don’t have a clear understanding of what their leaders are doing on their behalf, then they don’t truly live in a democracy. Wake up America!