(16 paragraphs, incl. a-h and a-b itemized items, 6 links. UPDATE: 58 tweets and 3 paragraphs w/ 2 links added March 4, 2011. Updated Feb. 14, 2015.)
The photograph shows one of the protests that ousted Egypt's oppressive dictator on February 11. American leaders warned Iran to take note. "I SAY TO OUR IRANIAN FRIENDS: Let your people march, let your people speak, release your people from jail, let them have a voice!" Biden said, and received loud applause at the University of Kentucky.
I saw Vice President Biden make that statement this morning. I woke up early to check for Black History Month programs in the Atlanta area. The cyber censorship team promptly shut down my Internet access in fear that I might attend some of the activities, so I watched a little of the morning news. Then the same concern prompted them to turn my Internet back on so I won't leave home to use a computer that is not as much in their control. Here is my prevented tweet for this a.m.:
@roycampos @good_phil Thx 4 following. Impressive speech by VP Biden, wasn't it? A call for freedom of expression. I make that plea daily.
Iran may have good reasons for not allowing freedom of expression. If the people of Iran are allowed to speak, they may ask about:
DEAD CITIZENS, like my brother, Larry Neal. He was a mentally and physically disabled man who was secretly arrested for nearly three weeks in Memphis Shelby County Jail and murdered on August 1, 2003 - http://wrongfuldeathoflarryneal.com/ - News of his death and subsequent cover-up is censored in U.S.A. media, and I am censored online to prevent widespread accounts about his murder and about victimization of other mentally dysfunctional Americans.
Iran may not want to discuss arrests. Maybe prisoners are money-making commodities over there, too. Iran may not want its citizens to march. My cyber censorship team agrees. My Human Rights for Prisoners March across the Internet is censored. The team deleted 11,000 of my Twitter tweets on December 6, 2010 - http://twitter.com/koffietime - and continually interferes with my Internet access when I write about:
a. Mental illness being criminalized and America's 1.25 million mentally ill inmates;
b. Post-conviction DNA testing rights to release innocent Americans;
c. Opposition to capital punishment;
d. America's high incarceration rate - the highest of any nation in world history;
e. Racism in the justice system and the disproportionate incarceration rate for blacks: 1 in 9 among young men under age 34;
f. Classism in the justice system, with prosecution largely restricted to "slave class" citizens (minorities and poor whites);
g. Political prisoners - human/civil rights activists incarcerated on questionable charges, such as Geronimo Pratt was for 27 years;
h. Human rights for prisoners, i.e., slavery (enforced work programs); poor health care, such as tooth decay releasing infections into inmates' bloodstreams resulting in deaths; inadequate meals (Georgia inmates cited malnutrition during their labor strike in December 2010); brutality and murders, which the United States Department of Justice helps to cover up rather than investigate and prosecute, like my disabled brother's.
If Iranians had free speech, they might complain about abuses of power, such as:
a. my censorship, in person and online stalking, and threats of arrest by Atlanta Police for telling people about the secret arrest and murder of Larry Neal and asking for fairness in the Kathryn Johnston civil action;
b. COINTELPRO-type programs like the one presently using The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm to (i) gain confidential information on/from minorities by misusing attorney/client privilege; (ii) pervert justice by limiting or eliminating payouts to the firm's clients after police brutality or victimization by certain corporations; and (iii) withhold adequate representation for certain clients facing criminal prosecution. This started following Cochran's death, which occurred shortly after he became "partners" with people he should have investigated better, especially since he was on the Geronimo Pratt defense team, which subpoenaed federal records and exposed COINTELPRO's agenda against civil rights, and Cochran announced plans to establish a Reparations Dream Team to recover damages for African Americans. Those events undoubtedly made Cochran fit the FBI's enemy profile of "Black Messiah" like Dr. King did.
While researching COINTELPRO, I was not surprised to run across a photo of famous civil rights photojournalist and FBI informant Ernest C. Withers being chummy with Johnnie Cochran. Withers ingratiated himself to Dr. King, also, and was still on the job 40 years later, apparently. The photo was probably taken while Cochran was opening the firm's Memphis office (which the treacherous law firm denied exists when my mother and I sued The Cochran Firm for working behind our backs with Shelby County Jail to prevent justice regarding Larry's murder, just like the firm also denied having any law office in Georgia). Many prominent black people are COINTELPRO like Withers was. It is practical from the government's standpoint to use insiders to derail black people's justice quests, such as attorneys. The job probably pays sellouts well and helps with advancement, especially for minority business owners like media companies, so-called public servants and even some civil rights activists. See Withers and Cochran together in a photo below. Photographs by Withers are at a website by Memphis paper, The Commercial Appeal (hard break).
Ernest Withers, pictured above in his Afrocentric hat, was about as "inside" as one can get. His photography chronicles the segregated South and many memorable civil rights events, such as King's marches, then his blood on the Lorraine Hotel balcony. Most of my stalkers are black, also, and it is likely those ordering my persecution for asking WHAT HAPPENED TO LARRY NEAL include blacks. So is Julian Bolton, Esq., a former Cochran Firm managing partner in the firm's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't Memphis office and a former Shelby County Commissioner. Bolton held both positions when I took my elderly mother to contract with The Cochran Firm, but he hid his conflict of interest in order that my family would hire The Cochran Firm as Larry's wrongful death attorneys in 2003.
Bolton ran for U.S. Congress in 2006 and lost, which is a shame. He might have been right at home in Washington with Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), who introduced H.R.645 in 2009 (the concentration camp bill). Maybe they'll have Hezekiah Sistrunk, Esq., managing partner of The Cochran Firm's peek-a-boo Atlanta office, run for office some day. Many voters do not look beyond race and party lines, and that is useful for certain purposes.
Oops - the cyber censorship team just switched my Internet connection! I'll attempt to finish this post using theirs. It is too cold right now to catch the bus to find a computer and review today's Black History Month activities in Atlanta, and I no longer have a car. It was repossessed a couple of years ago when I declined my employer's kind invitation to move to a position that would be safe from layoff during restructuring at the law firm where I was a legal assistant. Although my faith in God is strong, it was unnerving being followed home from work every night.
I did not know when I was laid off, of course, that advertising income from my online articles would be prevented, communication with potential employers in the future would be hampered by a phone tap and email monitoring, or that The Cochran Firm is protected by U.S. courts from defrauded clients' lawsuits (the firm is allowed to plead "not guilty by reason of nonexistence"). I noticed long ago that there is no assurance that using another computer will make an appreciable difference in my freedom of expression online. Most of America's justice problems revolve around prison profits, and according to Dr. Boyce Watkins, Microsoft itself uses inmate laborers. See a link to Dr. Watkin's informative article in my next blog: Human Rights for Prisoners Boycott 3/9/11: http://freespeakblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/human-rights-for-prisoners-boycott.html
Cyber censorship team, please don't shut my PC down. I was just about to point out that although many Americans publish news and viewpoints that are adversarial to the status quo, violent retaliation is rare. Despite problems, I could not have this blog in any openly totalitarian country. Egypt's crisis proves that democratic elections and open discourse between people and government comprise the preferable way to avoid and resolve issues. That happens in America to an equal or greater degree than other countries. Some rulers probably look at FreeSpeakBlog and other Internet submissions by Americans and mistakenly see it as a weakness on the part of Western officials to allow free speech. They do not understand that bearing criticism and considering citizens' concerns show strength in our leaders, attesting to the fact that this country's Constitution honors the principles of freedom - not commanding blind obedience but engendering respect by the people governed. Even God Almighty invites, "Come, let us reason together" (Isaiah 1:18). Mutual respect between citizenry and leadership is imperative to a lasting peace.
I want to thank Google Images, where I found the picture above of the skinny, half-naked boy standing against the powerful Egyptian police and military like a tiny Moses. (I cannot read what is written on the photo, so please disregard it if it is profane or threatens violence.) I felt an immediate kinship with the child who has more audacity than seems healthy. Sometimes, I scare myself, then I remember that my Lord said, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent. For I am with you and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city." (Acts 18:9-10). With 1 in 30 Americans either in prison or on standby as parolees and probationers (1 in 13 in Georgia), millions of Americans have a vested interest in human rights for prisoners, which is what God chose me to request on behalf of the incarcerated mentally ill and others without regard to socio-economic distinctions, race, creed, color, or national origin.
The entire world is God's and all the fullness thereof - including everything and everyone. We should praise Him for being no respecter of persons. He sees value in each human being, even sick people, the impoverished, and those who come short of His glory through sin, as we all have. God bless America for being a country where I can publish concerns (although it is a battle to do so) and exalt Jesus Christ in a world with many Samaritans who consider how they might profit by the situation upon meeting fellow travelers fallen by the side of life's road. See my latest battle at Twitter below.
Happy Black History Month from Mary Neal
Director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")
Please see "Mary Neal's Black History Month 2011," published at HubPages.
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Advocacy for the least of these, His brethren - sick, naked prisoners (Matt. 25:31-46)
I later started publishing my censorship in a blog called "Justice Gagged," but I still used tweets in 2011; i.e., see below:
March 4, 2011 -
Under the PLAN, you will no longer have passwords for your emails or online groups. But don't worry. Only you and Big Brother will know every word you type or receive. My Twitter icon is a coffee cup to remind everyone to please wake up - It's KoffieTime! The censorship force does not usually let it appear, so I posted the picture at the bottom. Sometimes we fight for an hour over a single picture I want to post online. See our AIMI photo album: http://www.care2.com/c2c/photos/view/217/513396753/AIMI_Photo_Album/ - This is one deleted tweet I posted today that I really hope Twitter will reinstate (brookpete publishes prison photography, so he is the kind of follower my cyber censorship team usually deletes. I got about 30 new followers this week, and my total number of followers reduced by two people. If you choose to follow me at Twitter, you may have to add yourself to my followers repeatedly):
@brookpete Thanks 4 following. How do U like the photos @ my blog http://FreeSpeakBlog.blogspot.com & @ http://www.Care2.com/c2c/group/AIMI