Today, July 3rd is Julian Assange’s 46th birthday on the 19th was the anniversary of his entering into the Ecuadorian Embassy making it 5 years detained. The UK continues to violate the ruling by the UN for him to be released. Wish him a happy birthday, but realize it can’t be much of one without his friends, family and children present. I am writing this today in light of his birthday and to remind people that they are lucky to be free.
My statement several years ago on our rights…
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution is part of the Bill of Rights. The amendment prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.
Most of us take for granted these inalienable rights. We forget how lucky we are to be free, to live in a country that doesn’t daily devalue the individual. We think that other countries are better. People in the US do not have a clue what it is like to be repressed and forced by a government to keep their mouths shut. Many have never experienced persecution for the religious beliefs or been jailed for disagreeing with the governing body. If we, as American citizens, don’t like something, we have the right to protest or sign a petition…
Now imagine, not having these rights. If caught praying, you go to jail. If you don’t like the leader of your country, going to jail for stating it. Worse yet, being put to death for your religious beliefs. Many in the Middle East have exactly that happen. 90,000 Christians a year die for their faith.
Now imagine telling people the things that a country is doing illegally to hurt other country’s citizens. Lying to start wars, spying on it’s own people via the web and other resources available. Imagine standing up against what is wrong and publishing what other’s have brought to you and being accused of being a spy and a terrorist because you wanted to educate the public.
Imagine thousands of people calling for your death because you exposed the evil in their government because they are too blind to see the service you are actually giving them. Standing up against the system that is lying, murdering thousands, and calling it righteous to do so. Imagine people coming to you when they find this wrongdoing and watching as they are put in jail for whistle blowing. Imagine, being persecuted for telling the truth. Imagine getting death threats for releasing millions of documents a year that unmask government crookedness and the thanks you get is having to receive political asylum in a room no bigger than a bedroom. Yeah, that’s the thanks we have given Julian and the staff at wikileaks for being real journalists.
Most won’t even support his cause or donate to his legal fund. Tons actually criticize him, threaten him and insult him. His family has been threatened. He faces extradition to the United States for spying. (How disclosing information given to you is spying is beyond me). In fact, Julian exposed the CIA torturing individuals and would probably also face that if he was brought here. Fair? NO!
300 million people in the US and how many of us will even stand up against government corruption without fear? Yet this man does it every day, knowing that any day could be his last. Villian? Enemy of the State? More like an unsung hero he deserves memorials and riches for what he has done. Instead, he spends lonely day after lonely day in a room with no sunshine and no companions except for his cat.
My hope is that more people stand up against this violation of his rights and that Mr. Assange would be freed within the next year because people finally say enough is enough. Not just one or two, but millions petition our government and the UK to state they are not happy with this situation, that he deserves better. If we don’t stand up for him, it will be our own fault when our freedoms are taken away from us.
So write your reps, the department of defense, the President, Theresa May, the UK government and every one who will listen. Put pressure on the press to cover his story. Donate. Do whatever you can to support Mr. Assange’s and wikileaks’ cause, because you give a damn.