Are we all so very sure that the Swastika isn’t becoming more and more appropriate? Several years ago, The Memory Hole reported on an American who was thrown in jail for days, simply for taking a photograph of a major chain hotel in which Dick Cheney was staying.
Note that this is not, in fact, against any law.
Now BoingBoing reports that an American libertarian has been thrown into maximum security for sending leaflets to IRS agents.
A member of the Free State Project, Russell Kanning, was arrested recently for attempting to distribute a flyer to IRS agents in his home town asking them to quit their job. The flyers contain anti-war content, criticism the Bush administration for its erosion of civil rights, and a form resignation letter addressed to President Bush, which he is asking IRS agents to sign.
Kanning remains in a maximum security and will not be allowed visitors.
And just in case anyone thinks I’m playing favorites here, I’m not a fan of the Free State Project (they are the types who are the worst bores at parties) but even I don’t think they should be thrown in prison. Check it out:
A new strategy for Liberty in our Lifetime
Are you frustrated at the loss of freedom and responsibility in America, while the growth of government and taxes continues unabated? Do you want to live in strong communities where your rights are respected, and people exercise responsibility for themselves and their dealings with each other?
If you answered “yes” to those questions, then the Free State Project has a solution for you.
What the Free State Project is…
The Free State Project is an effort to recruit 20,000 liberty-loving people to move to New Hampshire. We are looking for neighborly, productive, tolerant folks from all walks of life, of all ages, creeds, and colors who agree to the political philosophy expressed in our Statement of Intent, that government exists at most to protect people’s rights, and should neither provide for people nor punish them for activities that interfere with no one else.