RAW Story: Palin to be prosecuted for inciting violence if she visits Australia, attorney says

January 21, 2011- Sarah Palin better watch out.

Under Australian law, inciting violence is a serious crime: an offense which could even trigger the prosecution of members of the US political class and mainstream media who called for the assassination of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to his attorney.

Comments by Robert Stary, Assange's Melbourne-based lawyer, were carried in the US by a Friday broadcast of National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

"Our main concern is really the possible extradition to the US," he said. "We've been troubled by the sort of rhetoric that has come out of various commentators and principally Republican politicians — Sarah Palin and the like — saying Mr. Assange should be executed, assassinated."

Stary added: "Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that's what we intend to do."

Center for Constitutional Rights Press Release:

CCR Appeals to Fox News President for Help in Silencing Glenn Beck Misinformation Campaign Against Progressive Professor

Repeated Branding of 78-Year-Old Professor Frances Fox Piven as “Enemy of the Constitution” Incites Death Threats

CONTACT: press@ccrjustice.org

January 20, 2011, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued a written appeal to Fox News president Roger Ailes to help put a stop to the increasing threats against progressive Professor Frances Fox Piven, largely incited by Fox News host Glenn Beck.  In the letter, co-written by Legal Director Bill Quigley and Executive Director Vince Warren the CCR asks that Ailes distinguish between First Amendment rights, of which they are “vigorous defenders” and an “intentional repetition of provocative, incendiary, emotional misinformation and falsehoods [that place that person] in actual physical danger of a violent response.” 

Glenn Beck 'Shoot Them In The Head' Video Clip Found

For the last couple of days an audio clip of Glenn Beck warning his audience that they need to 'shoot them in the head' before 'they shoot you' has been circulating on Democratic Underground. Now, at last, someone has found the actual video clip from June 2010:

Press Release: Organizations Renew Long-Outstanding Requests for Examination of Hate Speech in Media

PRESS RELEASE
January 19, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tatiana Arizaga
(626) 792-6462
tarizaga@nhmc.org 

Washington, D.C. - Yesterday, the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), joined by a robust and diverse collection of other organizations, reached out to leaders at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to urge each entity to act on NHMC's long-standing requests to study the effects of hate speech in media.  NHMC sent letters to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Secretary Lawrence Strickling of the NTIA. 

Washington Post: Dem Rep: No apology for saying GOP mendacity is worthy of Goebbels

January 19, 2011- Uh oh. Dem Rep. Steve Cohen has no intention to apologize for insisting in a controversial broadside on the House floor that GOP lies on health reform are worthy of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. In a lively interview with me just now, he doubled down on the claim -- hard.

"I don't think calling out liars is uncivil," Cohen told me. "No reason to apologize. You have a duty to respond. if they were telling the truth and I said they were lying, then I would apologize," Cohen continued, referring to Republicans.

In case you missed, it, on the House floor last night Cohen unleashed a head-turning series of claims, arguing that the "government takeover" claim by Republicans is "a big lie, just like Goebbels." He added: "The Germans said enough about the Jews and the people believed it -- and you had the Holocaust."

MSNBC: FBI: Bomb found on MLK march route

Device reportedly had remote control detonator; incident described as 'domestic terrorism'

January 18, 2011- A backpack found along the route of the Martin Luther King Jr. march in Spokane contained a bomb "capable of inflicting multiple casualties,"  the FBI said Tuesday, describing the case as "domestic terrorism."

The FBI said the Swiss Army-brand backpack was found about 9:25 a.m. PST on Monday on a bench at the northeast corner of North Washington Street and West Main Avenue in downtown Spokane.

In an interview on msnbc cable's "The Rachel Maddow Show," Spokesman-Review reporter Thomas Clouse said confidential sources told him that the device was equipped with a remote control detonator and contained shrapnel.

Stop Domestic Terror Calls On FBI To Investigate Funding Of Domestic Terror Threats

Today, we sent a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller requesting that the FBI investigate and prosecute IRS and FCC approved organizations that fund and promote violence against political candidates and others.  See full letter here: We have been warning for years about the far right inciting violence, and Frank Schaeffer, who started this campaign with us, has gone on record as saying that these threats are a product of “lobbyist run” groups who have “a small army ... at their beck and call.”  He calls them, “American Brown Shirts at the ready.”  He names Freedom Works and American For Prosperity for being major supporters of intimidation tactics.  

Miami Herald: Florida’s solution to violence: more guns

January 16, 2011- All told, lawmakers have filed three separate bills that seek to restrict local governments from regulating firearms, stop doctors from even asking patients about them and that allow for licensed gun owners the right to wear firearms outside their clothing — including on college campuses.

The bills were all drafted prior to last week’s shooting in Arizona, and before a drunken Florida State University student in Tallahassee accidentally killed his girlfriend’s twin sister with an AK-47 on campus.

Both tragedies loom over the legislation, but they probably won’t halt the passage of any of the bills. Almost every year, a gun-rights measure passes Florida’s Legislature.

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