Re: AT&T's proposal to filter the Internet
here here as a sociologist. gotta record this
Jon Roland wrote:
> I do indeed understand (although a given name of "Carlos" is not enough
> to presume the person is Hispanic and has suffered the kinds of abuses
> common to them). Much of my activity has involved trying to defend
> Hispanic (and Black, Asian, and other minority) friends from abuses of
> all kinds. But you can experience abuses from all those nonfederal
> sources and still live in a bubble with respect to the federal
> government, which I tend to see more of, from my perspective as an
> activist. Just as one area of abuse, I have lost count of all the
> Hispanics I have encountered who have been successfully prosecuted for
> federal drug crimes they didn't commit based on the testimony of a
> single "confidential informant" who "testilied" for their fed handlers,
> often doing no more than picking their names out of a phone book or at
> random on the street, just to rack up a score. Those are federal abuses,
> and begin with the abuse of trying to enforce unconstitutional statutes.
> (There is no constitutional authority for federal criminal statutes
> prohibiting the possession, sale, or use of narcotics on state
> territory.) Do you have any idea how many Hispanics have had their lives
> ruined by this kind of abuse? The prisons are filled with them.
> But we are getting off-topic for this list. Not that I mind, but some
> listmembers may.
> George Goodyear wrote:
>> Yo, Jon, I don't thinks you have noticed, but I am Hispanic. Abuses of
>> rights, that I would not see??? I am a Hispanic male in Texas. Come on.
>> Do you really believe that??? I have seen abuses that you could only