Newer: Elsebeth Baumgartner Arrested
How many tyrannnical sparks does it take to ignite a revolution? Do we cower as the government suspends our rights, forcefully stripping us of our heritage one by one and turning us into children to be protected by the all-powerful state? How long does it take until people will stand up against a system turning sour?
James in Atlanta tipped me off to the story of ErieVoices.com blogger Bryan DuBois being arrested last week and I wish I had blogged it then, but I’ll do it now because this is truly the scariest shit I’ve ever blogged about (and that’s saying a lot considering how much I like to dance on the fine line of free speech). You see, I’m in close enough proximity of this case to possibly jeopardize my own liberty by even blogging about it, and I very well may end up joining this blogger for what I support.
So be it, these fuckers don’t scare me.
I’m still trying to fully digest all the twists and turns of this amazingly huge scandal taking place right here in my corner of the U.S., but suffice to say, this is a spark, and with enough sparks thrown at a combustive vapor of government tyranny, we’ll have revolution. Everyone I’ve spoken to has that same gut feeling: maybe not today, maybe not next week or next year, but eventually… we’re going to have to fix our government the hard way.
Here’s the backstory from an Empire Journal writeup to better inform yourself (you could also see the indictment, if the thing wasn’t so top secret):
Former Ohio attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner, 50, and the editor of a news blog, Bryan DuBois, 28, of Sandusky, Ohio, have been charged with intimidation and retaliation because a judge filed a complaint against them, claiming that he was intimidated by them and their charges of judicial corruption.
[…]Baumgartner faces 10 counts of intimidation and three counts of retaliation, third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. She is being held in the Cuyahoga County Detention Facility on a $360,000 bond. DuBois faces one count of extortion, two counts of intimidation, one count of retaliation, all third-degree felonies, and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. The tool? A computer.
DuBois, a former Marine who has no previous convictions, is being held on bonds totaling $190,000 His charges purportedly relate to a note he allegedly handed former School Superintendent Charles Burns after Burns testified against Baumgartner during a libel trial last year in which Burns had sued Baumgartner. DuBois maintains he can prove that Burns allegedly committed perjury.
It is alleged that the pair used emails to intimidate and threaten visiting judge Richard Markus, a judge who had presided in cases involving Baumgartner. In fact, it is alleged that one “threatening email” to Markus was sent in November, 2004, prior to him presiding over that same libel trial. Kasaris said that some of the charges against DuBois stemmed from an email that he allegedly sent to Markus before the libel trial began against Baumgartner. Kasaris labeled the email threatening and said that while it didn’t threaten bodily harm, it threatened the judge’s reputation and on the basis of that, he lodged a charge of extortion against DuBois.
[…]At the hearing for DuBois earlier this week, Kasaris reportedly said that he would be willing to drop the charges against the editor to misdemeanor level if DuBois would agree to three things:
1) Stop writing on www.Erievoices.com, because it “has obviously been taken over by Elsebeth Baumgartner”
2) Not associate with Elsebeth Baumgartner for the duration of his probation, which could be up to five years.
3) Make a statement regarding Elsebeth Baumgartner’s influence in his writing of the email to Judge Markus on 11/29/2004.
Kasaris needs to go to the public library and read the Bill of Rights—freedom of speech, freedom of press, freedom of expression, freedom of association.
Essentially, what should have at most been a libel case in a civil court, has been transmogrified into a scene right out of the Sedition Act and landed critics of the government in jail for using their inalienable right to call attention to government corruption, scandal and abuse. And to top things off, they want to strong-arm him into abridging his own rights, or face serious felony charges.
This isn’t my America, this isn’t even their America: this is bullshit.
These judges and prosecutors in this case are the vilest abomination our country has ever seen since we used to tar and feather the corrupt fuckers operating under the authority of King George. If we have no recourse to peacefully petition our government officials for accountability, then we eventually have no choice but to take to the street.
This may not be the ignition of the revolution, but anyone with eyes can see it’s a spark.
Other bloggers that should be arrested for criticizing the government:
If we turn on the light… [Knappster]
U.S. Blogger Arrested [OpenTorrent.org]
A Few Things You Should Know [GuvWorld]
Sunday, July 31, 2005 [Liberty Activist Blog]
Does The 1st Amendment Not Apply In Ohio? [Common Sense Junction]
If the Press is the 4th estate, does that make bloggers and online publishers the 5th Estate? [Freedom’s Gate]
Ohio Blogger Indicted & Jailed over Postings [Judgement Proof]