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We obtained folk legend Pete Seeger's FBI file. Here's what it reveals.

We obtained folk legend Pete Seeger's FBI file. Here's what it reveals. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

from the 1940s through the early 1970s, the US government spied on singer-songwriter Pete Seeger because of his political views and associations. According to documents in Seeger's extensive FBI file—which runs to nearly 1,800 pages (with 90 pages withheld) and was obtained by Mother Jones under the Freedom of Information Act—the bureau's initial interest in Seeger was triggered in 1943 after Seeger, as an Army private, wrote a letter protesting a proposal to deport all Japanese American citizens and residents when World War II ended.

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It was my privilege to meet Pete. He was a great influence in my life; I even reference his group The Weavers in Broody New Englander. I share this post in part to honor him but more importantly to iterate my horror at the racism and bigotry recently being shown in this country towards Muslims and especially Arabs. Pete is an icon to those of us who know that what was done to Japanese Americans was wrong. More, he is a role model to all who believe in the dignity of the individual in the face of the politicians who would belittle others. His stand before HUAC represents a high-water mark for integrity. 

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Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda

Police morale can wait: How the Baltimore riots should reshape Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s agenda | Upsetment | Scoop.it
As the chaos in Baltimore has shown, it's far too soon to shift our attention to the grievances of cops
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This article is right on target. In Baltimore and elsewhere the morale of the police must be balanced with the rights and needs of the people, especially the poor and those who are otherwise unheard. Of course there must be law and order, but that means behind the blue line as well as in front of it. Sadly, the police of Baltimore have a long record of abuse. Which leads us to another question, can the federal government effectively step in to find that balance or should it be a local or perhaps a state issue? In all honesty, I think it must be local and state first and the federal government should only step in under the most egregious situations. What the feds can do is stop selling military and militarizing weapons to local police; they can stop making believe that police science is perfect so there is room for juries and investigators to have doubts when appropriate, and they can work more assiduously to protect and encourage investigative journalism. Remember that our "First Amendment Rights" are way more effective and important than our "Second Amendment Remedies".

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Amherst Students Protest ‘Free Speech,’ Demand ‘Training’ for Offenders

Amherst Students Protest ‘Free Speech,’ Demand ‘Training’ for Offenders | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Protests demand the school president apologize for signs that say “free speech” died at Mizzou. Then they want her to find the offenders and teach them tolerance.
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How did America become a nation of "impositional" rights? Does any group have the right to impose a code of values on others? If those questions intrigue you, read my essay on rights at: http://www.kennethweene.com/#!right-to-heaven/ctgc

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Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama

Wayne LaPierre of N.R.A. Has Angry Response to Obama | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Wayne LaPierre, the executive director of the National Rifle Association, accused President Obama of demonizing law-abiding gun owners in his Inaugural Address.
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