You Are Doing Nothing Wrong You Have PLENTY to Fear
– 30 Examples
By Doug Newman
17 2014 " ICH "
- " Foodforthethinkers "
- Sometimes I just want to pimp slap people.
summer, I was at dinner during a sales convention.
The conversation didn’t get political until someone
mentioned the NSA.
one in every crowd. Someone piped up and said, “They
can spy on me all they want. I am not doing anything
this song in Germany in 1933. And they sang it with
unprecedented gusto in the months following 9/11,
all in the name of “security” and “keeping us
We were at
the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the world’s second
largest hotel. Nothing in the post-9/11 “national
security” apparatus would prevent a terrorist from
walking in, setting off a bomb, and killing hundreds
or even thousands of people.
important questions are: How do you know you are
doing nothing that could be construed as wrong by
some state functionary? How do you know you are not
breaking some law somewhere? And why are you so
implicitly trusting that your government would never
do anything evil with the information it has
collected on you?
This is not
purely an academic matter. The practical
implications are profound.
I give you
Niakea Williams went to her son’s St. Louis-area
elementary school one day to pick up her son, who
has Asperger’s. The school was put on lockdown and
Mrs. Williams was escorted out in
almost expelled from her middle school in
Virginia Beach after taking a razor blade away from
a fellow student who was trying to harm himself.
Houston police did to this man who gave 75 cents
to a homeless person.
little known Denver parking ordinance can get you a
even if you haven’t exceeded the
in Iowa City, Iowa,
seized $50,000 from this couple without charging
them with a crime.
Willmore lost his teaching job in Manhattan over a
totally bogus marijuana arrest. Even though he
was never convicted of anything, he was unable to
get his job back.
Norman Gurley was arrested in Lorain County, Ohio,
because a compartment in his car
could have been used to transport
Angeles County sheriff’s deputies
shot and killed 80-year-old Eugene Mallory in
his own bed during a meth raid. No meth, or any
other illegal drugs, was discovered.
Paul Valin contacted police to report that he found
a backpack full of what he believed to be
meth-making equipment 15 miles from his home near
Des Moines. As a result, the DEA placed his house
on its list of meth labs.
Ryan Holle of Pensacola, Florida, lent his
roommate his car on night in 2004. As a result,
Holle is currently serving a
life sentence without possibility of parole for
York police seized Gerald Bryan’s cash in a
nighttime raid in 2012.
Even though Bryan was cleared of any wrongdoing,
the stolen cash was deposited in the NYPD pension
currently serving two years in a California prison,
even though the business in which he worked was
legal in California.
13 days in jail after Jefferson, Ohio, police
found a pocketknife during a warrantless search of
During a school lockdown in Clarksville, Tennessee,
David Duren-Sanner gave police permission to search
his car as he had “nothing to hide”. Police found a
fishing knife. Duren-Sanner, who previously had
never been to the principal’s office,
was suspended for 10 days and then
sent to an alternative school for 90 days.
Look what happened to these parents in Napa,
California, even though the medical marijuana
prescriptions they had were completely legal.
Ann Bower of suburban Pittsburgh
had her newborn child taken from her for 75 days
because of a false positive drug test.
Hartfield of Bay City, Texas, has spent the majority
of his life in prison, even though his
conviction was overturned in 1980.
Jason Dewing of update New York was
found guilty of violating a law that
did not exist.
Miller of Waldron, Indiana, had his home
raided by FBI agents who seized hundreds of
cultural artifacts from around the world. Miller was
neither arrested nor charged with anything.
San Diego couple was
pepper-sprayed and tasered by police who had
erroneously identified their vehicle after being
good news is that Brian Aitken of Mount Laurel, New
had his prison sentence commuted. The bad news
is that he was originally sentenced to
seven years behind bars for possessing two
legally purchased guns.
special needs student in McDonald, Pennsylvania, was
charged with felony wiretapping for recording
other students who were bullying him mercilessly.
Schoenwetter of Miami
served over six years in prison for – you can’t
make this stuff up – violating Honduran fisheries
what happened to John Filippidis of Hudson, Florida,
when he was
pulled over by state police while driving
unarmed through Maryland.
25. In a
case of mistaken identity, Lewis James of Durham,
“was handcuffed and later jailed under a $1.425
million bond” after he had contacted the police
to notify them of a dead body in the middle of the
road. As someone put it on Facebook, “Don’t call the
cops. Ever. Even if you find a dead body. Just don’t
ever call the cops.”
what happened to Diane Avera of Meridian,
Mississippi, when she went to Alabama to buy
even though she did not know that this was
Johnson of Uinta County, Wyoming, faces
EPA fines of $75,000 per day for building a pond
on land that he owns.
Zerby of Long Beach was
shot and killed by police while watering his
lawn because some idiot neighbor thought the hose
nozzle was a gun.
arrested and had his vehicle searched by
sheriff’s deputies in Payette County, Idaho, simply
because his Colorado license plates led them to
believe that he could have been carrying marijuana.
Banks of Long Beach
spent five years in prison and five more years as a
registered sex offender as a result of a rape
conviction. And then his accuser changed her story.
not “isolated incidents.” There are no doubt
countless other examples of people who were doing
nothing wrong, yet were harshly punished.
consider the following:
Internal Revenue Code is
73,955 pages and millions of words long. No one
has read it cover-to-cover and no one knows every
aspect of it. Yet if anyone violates any of its
provisions it can mean fines, prison or even death.
• We are
often told that “ignorance of the law is no
defense.” To the right is a picture of the Yale Law
Library. Do you know every law contained within
Read what various emissaries of the Amerikan
police state have done to these veterans who
went all over the world to
“fight for our freedom.”
Seventy-two types of Americans are
classified as terrorists in various government
documents. Senator Harry Reid has now added a
• Read how police have used asset forfeiture laws to
seize millions of dollars from people without
charging them with any crimes.
• Read this
pay special attention to these words from former
NSA official William Binney: “The problem is, if
they think they’re not doing anything that’s wrong,
they don’t get to define that. The central
• Read how the
Innocence Project has helped exonerate over 300
wrongfully imprisoned people, many of whom were on
Harvey Silverglate argues that the average American
three felonies a day without even knowing it.
• This Ford executive claims that, thanks to GPS,
“we know everyone who breaks the law.”
• Although it has been estimated that there are over
3000 types of federal criminal offenses, no one
knows the exact number for sure. So, do you
still feel you have nothing to fear?