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From: Dennis Lapcewich
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 1997 16:47:50 +0900 Subject: Re: The Morals of Marches At 07:00 AM 3/18/97 -0500, you wrote: >(From a.c.a51... -Ken) > >======================== > > >I've been keeping up with this net opera about how a bunch of folks are >going to 'March on Area 51' in the name of Freedom of information. It >seems like a valiant move to make the US government to open up. But >there are just a few (heh) things. <Big Snip> >Neither you, me, anyone from a foreign nation, or any unauthorized >personell have the right to cross that line. You don't have a right to >know what's in a secret military test facility. You don't have the >clearence. You don't have the authority, you simply don't have that >right. Freedom of Speech is NOT extended to the nation...only the press. <snip> Lest my five active years researching and teaching the Constitution of the United States in the very rooms where the document was debated, argued and signed are incorrect and inaccurate, freedom of speech under the First Amendment, as with any other amendment and the document itself, is an agreement between the individuals, singularly or collectively, and their government created by said document. If one person, or a thousand, wish to exercise their rights under the Constitution, so be it. As stated in numerous free speech cases, freedom of speech is not absolute. Any first year journalism student can tell you that. Whether the thousand marchers succeed (undefined) remains to be seen. Their individual, or collective, right to march, however, is a right nevertheless. The original writer of this piece seems confused between rights and responsibilities, as practiced by the citizenry and by their government. As a citizen under said document, currently living abroad, may I suggest such "flag wavers" of mom, pop, and apple pie take two steps back, shut up and observe their surroundings for a while. Maybe not from 10,000 miles away, but it doesn't hurt. The perspective gained is immense. Living in a country where there are practically *no* guaranteed freedoms brings forth all sorts of feelings from this perspective. Speculation that much of the alleged Area 51 alien artifacts may have been moved to Australia (Pine Gap?) carries some weight, especially when you consider the location is more remote, harder to get to, easier to hide, and in a country where the local population is ignorant (by apparent deliberate government design, alleged media "cooperation" with government, and societal indifference to "getting involved" as practiced in the US) of what their government may be doing to assist another friendly government. That and the recent issue raised on a network tv program here that former Prime Minister Whitlam's demise twenty plus years ago by then Governor General Kerr was more concerned with Whitlam's threat to expose in Parliament Pine Gap as a CIA base and Area 51 repository THE VERY AFTERNOON OF HIS DISMISSAL, than internal political squabbling over supply. This Australian constitutional crisis is well-researched and taught in schools, but this tv program was the first time I ever heard of a CIA/Area 51 connection. Needless to say, nothing more on this connection has resurfaced in the Australian press, probably because the revelation was made in an evening tv program concerned with conspiracies, Area 51, etc. (yes, Glenn, you were in it!). Whether the march on Area 51 makes any impact remains to be seen. A similar march is almost impossible here, for the reasons mentioned above. I would appreciate my return address be left out of the Area 51 redistribution, not so much for me as my employer. They get skittish when I exercise my first amendment rights. DL
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