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News :: Media : Politics : Technology
Media Blackout On Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik's Arrest
14 Oct 2004
The internet routes around censorship.

Audio from Badnarik's arrest available.
The Scene Of The Crime:
October 8TH, 2004 The Presidential Debates, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Inside, the two major party candidates were having their pre-scripted,
teleprompter-aided, taxpayer-funded hour long press conference. Outside,
Michael Badnarik, the nominee of America's third largest political party,
the Libertarians, was being arrested while trying to enter the debates
and serve legal papers. With him was David Cobb, from the Green party,
another Presidential candidate getting arrested to protest his exclusion
from the debates. Two government candidates inside on the national stage,
in the time-honored tradition of the Presidential Debates, and their
two largest challengers, independents, outside being handcuffed and
put into a paddywagon. Really makes you think, doesn't it?

Imagine the Orwellian sense of confusion those police officers must have
felt. Here they were, in America, called out to don riot gear and protect
the Presidential Debates and while the debate is going on inside, you find
yourself arresting two Presidential Candidates and riding them around in
a paddywagon for a few hours. Do these officers feel like good Americans?
Do any of the officers that were witness to this historical event have the
courage to step forward and speak up about it?

What if some other country were having an election, and citizens were only
allowed to hear from two government-approved candidates? What if their
opposition, candidates on the ballot in a majority of states, were arrested
on the orders from the leader in power, during the Presidential Debates,
would this be news?

The USA Today, Atlanta Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle,
San Jose Mercury News, New York Daily News, Seattle Times, Indianapolis
Star, Boston Globe, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Miami Herald, San
Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union Tribune, Kansas City Star and a
long list of other so-called newspapers decided for whatever reason
to spike the story.

The media blackout this entire campaign for Michael Badnarik is easily
explained. The Libertarians do not have alot of money for ads and the
Republicans and the Democrats do. There has obviously been an unspoken
rule put into play across the board to not include Badnarik in any
polls or to even mention his name. This circular logic keeps anyone,
even someone from a political party that has been on the ballot in
all 50 states since 1992, from ever reaching the magic 15% mark required
for inclusion in the debates. And without being in the debates, it
is virtually impossible to win an election. Or at least that is what
Bush and Kerry are banking on.

There have been documented instances where people have gone on Fox
News and CNN and been told that they would not be allowed to say
Badnarik's name. This country is 20 days away from a presidential
election and there has been no national exposure of the 3rd party
alternatives available to the voters.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization,
it expects what never was and never will be. The functionaries of every
government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property
of their constituents. There is no safe deposit for these but with the
people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information.
Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe."
-Thomas Jefferson

"Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances
of the abridgment of the freedom of the people, by gradual and silent
encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations." James

Since Bush came to power there has been a steady attack on Freedom and
Rights in America. The Patriot Act, secret courts, endorsed torture,
endorsed torture via foreign cooperation, people locked up for holding
a sign or having a bumper sticker not in favor of our current President,
all in the name of the war on terror, justified by the 9-11 tragedy,
the details of which President Bush has been working hard to make sure
you don't find out about. With Patriot Act 2, the draft, and compulsary
community service looming on the horizon, a future with Bush or Kerry
in power does not look well for the Freedom minded Americans that made
this country great, and we are not sitting idly by.

It is incumbent on all of us Americans to insist that U.S. citizens have
a meaningful opportunity to meet with lawyers and present their side of
the story -- and to insist that courts know what they're talking about
before consigning people to their fates. It is also incumbant upon us to
inform ourselves, since the Press is AWOL, about ALL of the choices
available for the Presidency on November 2ND.

Extraordinary measures will need to be taken by Team Badnarik. Word of mouth,
home printers, and the disassociated internet groups are all that is available
at this late hour. Will it be enough? I have faith in the American people,
and if they can be woken up to the what the media has been doing, we have a
real chance to change things for the better come November 2ND. The internet is
famous for routing around censorship, and I firmly believe that the 'Net
will play a deciding role in this highly charged election.

Badnarik Gets Arrested At 2ND Presidential Debate 100804.mp3

-the 27 minute compilation of live audio from outside the October 8th
Presidential Debates, where Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael
Badnarik was arrested trying to enter the debate to serve legal papers,
is available now at:

Other Badnarik audio available there as well.

Also listen to:


The Bush vs Badnarik Video that's too controversial even for the Libertarians:

And don't forget, tell George Bush, I second what this guy says:

Stay Calm, Eat Well, Fight Evil.
Scott Walsh
buzz (at)

Magic Unlimited Web Productions
POB #14, Bethlehem, GA 30620
Thursday, October 14, 2004 8:44:58 AM

[AND NOW, from SOME random corner of Scott's
completely insane mind/computer, let us ponder...]

"If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper,
before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of
journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to prevert; to vilify;
to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his
daily bread. You know it and I know it and what folly is this toasting an
independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the
scenes. We are the jumping jacks and they pull the strings and we dance.
Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other
men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
-- John Swinton, Chief of Staff for the New York Times

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By Mary Andom. Libertarian supporters gathered Saturday to rally for Libertarian
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By Robert Perez | Sentinel Staff Writer. SANFORD -- Michael Badnarik knows he's
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Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb knew he was going to be arrested
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MSNBC failed to mention the arrest but did say:

Also Sunday, the Libertarian candidate for president, Michael Badnarik, made a
campaign appearance in the Twin Cities. The candidate claims from 1 percent to 3
percent of the electorate, a number he says makes him a kingmaker between the
two major parties.

"I think we have a much more powerful effect on the two parties than either
party would give me credit for," Badnarik said in a telephone interview from his
Minneapolis hotel room.

Badnarik, who supports withdrawing troops from Iraq, eliminating any chance for
a military draft and dramatically reducing the federal deficit, said
Libertarians have filed a lawsuit in Arizona over the upcoming presidential
debate there on Wednesday, claiming unlawful exclusion for the Libertarians.

He was to speak at the University of Minnesota Sunday night.


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THE 2004 CAMPAIGN: THE CONSERVATIVES; Club of the Most Powerful Gathers in
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WASHINGTON / CAMPAIGN 2004 | July 22, 2004
Kerry Should Hold Nader Close, Not Push Him Away
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Journalist's looking for a pultizer prize? Document this hijacking of
democracy and the media blackout orchestrated against Badnarik and not
only will you win awards, but you will also be doing the country a fine
patriotic service. Sure, your boss will want to spike your story, but
then, that's why you love the news business, isn't it?

Just let us IndyMedia types do your job for you........

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