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December 19, 2013

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins sentenced to 29 years in prison for attempting to rape baby

Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins sentenced to 29 years in prison for attempting to rape baby

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Ian Watkins in 2007.
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Ian Watkins, frontman of Welsh rock group Lostprophets, was sentenced to 29 years in prison yesterday for his involvement in a series of sex-related offences involving children. He pleaded guilty to offences including attempted rape and sexual assault, conspiracy to rape a child, sexual assault of a child, possession of indecent images of children, and possession of an extreme pornographic image involving sex with an animal.

Watkins had pleaded guilty to the offences along with two others, the mothers of two of the children he abused. The two women — who are being kept anonymous to protect the identity of their children — were jailed for 14 and 17 years respectively.

Watkins is to be eligible for release after two-thirds of his prison sentence, and is to spend six years on licence.

Mr Justice Royce, in his sentencing remarks, said the actions of the defendants “plunged new depths of depravity”. He also said: “Any decent person looking at and listening to the material here will experience shock; revulsion; anger and incredulity.”

The sentencing remarks detail text messages sent between Watkins and one of the mothers planning to abuse children, as well as giving the infant in their care methyl amphetamines. The evidence, according to the judge, “is a dreadful catalogue of abuse of a previously innocent boy to satisfy your own interests and lusts.” In other communications, Watkins planned to turn the life of the other defendant’s child into “a life of filth”.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle from the South Wales Police said investigating Watkins’ actions exposed him to “the most disturbing child abuse evidence” of his police career.

Following his guilty plea but before his sentencing, Watkins discussed his sentencing with a friend via telephone. The singer told his friend: “I’m going to put a statement on [December] 18th now just to say it was megalolz, I don’t know what everyone is getting so freaked out about.” Lolz is a variant form of LOL — laugh out loud.

He also told his friend: “You know I plead[sic] guilty just to avoid a trial, not realising ‘Hang on, that makes me look a bit guilty’ but I would never harm anybody.” Watkins’ “mega lolz” comment was the front page story today in the taboid newspaper The Sun.

Investigation into Watkins’ activities continue, as do attempts to seek more possible victims. There are also investigations going on by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into how police failed to pick up on Watkins’ activities before 2012.



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January 3, 2013

Pennsylvania court sentences child porn priest to eight years in prison

Pennsylvania court sentences child porn priest to eight years in prison

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Former Roman Catholic priest Bartley Sorensen of the US state of Pennsylvania was yesterday sentenced to eight years and one month in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges in May 2012.

Sorenson, now aged 63, was discovered to be downloading child pornography by an employee of his parish at the St. John Fisher Church in Churchill, Allegheny County in December 2011. The employee had been tutored on how to distinguish predators. Police investigating the case found some 5,000 child pornography images in Sorenson’s church office.

Following Sorenson’s release, he will also be supervised for five years. Sorenson has also been ordered to pay a fine of $25,000. He claimed that he wanted to be caught and left the image on his computer screen in order to be found out and required to go to counselling, but was unaware that it was illegal.



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November 1, 2012

Freddie Starr arrested as part of Savile child sex inquiry

Freddie Starr arrested as part of Savile child sex inquiry

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UK comedian Freddie Starr was arrested today as part of the ongoing inquiries into sexual abuse offences being conducted following claims made about deceased BBC television presenter Jimmy Savile.

Along with many allegations from many other women in the wider investigation, Karin Ward claims she was groped by Starr in the 1970s when she, then aged 14, attended a recording of Savile’s television show ‘Clunk Click’. Starr’s is the second arrest following investigations into the claims made about Savile. The glam rock musician Gary Glitter, real name Paul Gadd, was arrested for questioning on Sunday. Glitter has gone to prison in the United Kingdom for downloading child pornography and in Vietnam for child sex offences.

Freddie Starr has denied the accusations made against him and said he would welcome the chance to speak to the police.

Oral evidence will be presented next week to an independent inquiry at the BBC into the decision to cancel a planned Newsnight story regarding Jimmy Savile allegations. The former head of Sky News, Nick Pollard, has been asked to see if the BBC handled the Newsnight investigation properly. Pollard’s inquiry will also look into claims made in a blog post made in October by the editor of Newsnight, Peter Rippon. The post has attracted criticism from BBC journalists and has been edited with corrections a number of times since.



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July 10, 2012

\’Imagine a world without free knowledge\’, in Russia

‘Imagine a world without free knowledge’, in Russia

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Screenshot of the blacked-out Russian-language version of Wikipedia. Using wordplay on the Wikipedia slogan, it states:

Imagine a world without free knowledge.”

Access to the Russian-language Wikipedia is disabled across almost all its pages today, due to the Russian parliament, the Duma, debating amendments to the law “About information” which may lead to censorship of Runet through blacklisting and filtering of internet sites.

The proposed bill aims to creating a blacklist of internet sites alleged to host child pornography, drug related material, extremist material and other content illegal in the country. It also proposed several other changes in the law, including holding providers of telecommunication services liable for failing to protect children.

Critics, including Google, Yahoo, search engine Yandex and social networking site Vkontakte noted that as-written the legislation contained many technical faults likely to negatively impact legitimate internet use. In protest, the Russian Wikipedia community decided upon a near-total blackout of contents on July 10. The blackout banner includes the text: “Imagine a world without free knowledge”, and summarises the details of the bill. Readers are warned that articles, such as Suicide, may be considered “harmful” due to ambiguity in the proposed legislation, risking a block of the entire website by Russia-based Internet providers.

Later in the day, the popular blogging platform LiveJournal issued a statement similarly opposed to the legislation: “[…Livejournal] considers the introduction of any restrictions on freedom of expression and information in the Internet to be unacceptable.”

The announcement by the Russian Wikimedia community states:

Wikipedia in Russian will be closed on July 10th because of the Russian parliament’s debate on amendments to the law «About information» that could create real censorship of the internet — a blacklisting and filtering of internet sites.

Supporters of the law proposed say that it is aimed only at widely prohibited content such as child pornography and «information like this», but conditions for determining the content falling under this law will create a thing like the «great Chinese firewall». The existing Russian law’s practice shows the high possibility of the worst scenario, in which access to Wikipedia soon will be closed in the country.

On July 11 the second reading of the law in the State Duma will take place. The law will come into force after the third reading, for which a date has not yet been set.

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In January, the English-language Wikipedia ran a similar ‘blackout protest’ for 24 hours, protesting US anti-piracy laws the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA). That action resulted in those laws being reconsidered. An earlier blackout, in October last year, saw the Italian Wikipedia community successfully oppose other Internet censorship legislation.

Speaking to Wikinews in January, the Wikimedia Foundation’s chief executive, Sue Gardner, explained “[t]he Wikimedia movement does not have a lot of experience with advocacy, and probably mistakes will get made. At this time the Wikimedia Foundation doesn’t have any plans to develop policy governing protests or advocacy work. But, I think it probably does make sense for the Foundation to create venues for these discussions”.

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April 11, 2012

Former teacher makes FBI\’s top 10 most wanted list

Former teacher makes FBI’s top 10 most wanted list

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Eric Justin Toth added to FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted List
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Ex-Washington, D.C. third grade teacher Eric Justin Toth, who worked at the National Cathedral’s Beauvoir school, was officially added to the top of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List yesterday, replacing Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US Navy Seals last May. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began investigating Toth in 2008 when a school camera allegedly used by Toth contained child pornography.

The FBI also believes Toth was responsible for installing a camera in the student’s bathroom near Toth’s classroom.

When Toth became aware of the investigation he became a fugitive. Toth, who also goes by the name David Bussone, has warrants for his arrest in Maryland and the District of Columbia.

The FBI is currently offering a reward for up to $100,000 leading to Toth’s arrest.

Toth is the 495th person to be placed on the Ten Most Wanted List.


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June 20, 2011

Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian Party presidential candidate R. Lee Wrights

Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian Party presidential candidate R. Lee Wrights

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R. Lee Wrights, a candidate for the U.S. Libertarian Party‘s presidential nomination, took some time to speak with Accredited Wikinews Reporter William Saturn about his presidential campaign and positions on political issues.

Wrights, a native of North Carolina, is an activist and lifetime member of the Libertarian Party who currently serves as the editor of several Libertarian publications. He previously worked as a medical technician in the United States Air Force and earned degrees in History and Journalism at Willmar College.

He is currently being challenged for the nomination by National Guard officer R.J. Harris, radio host Jim Duensing, former Nevada Libertarian Party chair Jim Burns, marketing executive Roger Gary and attorney Carl Person. 2008 Vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root is also expected to make a run.

Interview

Ten personal questions were asked followed by ten policy questions.

Personal

Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam SaturnWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are some of your personal achievements?

Wikinews waves Left.pngR. Lee WrightsWikinews waves Right.pngFounder and editor of LibertyForAll.net, America’s premier online libertarian newsletter.

Leading the most-successful volunteer ballot access drive for the Libertarian Party of North Carolina. Serving three terms on the Libertarian National Committee; one term as Vice Chair.

President of the Foundation for a Free Society, a 501c3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the principles of liberty, personal sovereignty, private property, and free markets in order to create a more free and prosperous society.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your goals in life?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngRight now I am focused on bringing a peaceful America to my children and grandchildren.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHave you ever been arrested or charged with a crime?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngNo.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat historical or contemporary figures do you admire?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngI admire most of the Founders, but especially Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWho did you support in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngHarry Browne, Harry Browne, Michael Badnarik, Mary Ruwart

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHave you run for public office previously?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngA couple of times for local offices, however, I have managed numerous campaigns for other candidates at the local, state and national level.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhy did you choose to run as a Libertarian?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngI am seeking the nomination because the Libertarian Party faces a critical test in 2012 and I want to make sure that we’re up to the challenge. The Libertarian message in 2012 must be loud, clear and unequivocal call to – stop all war! We must stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we must stop the War on Drugs and Alternative Lifestyles, we must Stop the War on Civil Liberties, we must stop the wars on food, healthcare, guns – you name it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat do you feel sets you apart from your fellow contenders for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngI’ve been active in the Libertarian Party and libertarian movement all my adult life. I’ve never been afraid to passionately champion the unvarnished libertarian message of individual liberty and personal responsibility. Other candidates have tried to refine, revise or remake the libertarian message in order to appeal to voters. That tactic has failed not only the party, but the cause of liberty, as well. Instead, I propose to embrace the principled libertarian message and will not be afraid to speak truth to power.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHow often do you campaign and how would that change if you won the nomination?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngI am campaigning every day, either in person, online or on the phone and that will not change when I am honored with the Libertarian Party nomination.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIf elected, what would you do as president?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngMy first order of business will be to disengage the United States from the tangle of misguided, immoral and unconstitutional military conflicts we are involved in by using the same authority and power as Commander-in-Chief so many presidents have abused to get us mired in these quagmires in the first place.

Policy

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat necessary freedoms are currently lacking in American society?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngAll our freedoms are currently under attack by Democratic and Republican politicians who have conjured up myriads of excuses, “imaginary hobgoblins” to wage war on American citizens and the world. They have manipulated events to distract, divide and terrorize Americans into willingly sacrificing their liberty before the great false god of Security.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhen is government necessary?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngGovernment is only necessary to protect individual life, liberty and property. The only just and “necessary” government is one, as James Madison said, “which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.”

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIn a market with little or no government regulation, what prevents an entity from seizing the entire means of production and becoming the new main regulator?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngGovernment regulation is in reality a method by which large businesses with power and influence use government power to benefit themselves at the expense of smaller competitors. In a truly free market, there will always be competition to prevent one entity from seizing the entire means of production.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIn context of government’s role, what are your stands on the legality of incest, bestiality and child pornography?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngWhile these practices might be repulsive to most people, as they are to me, government cannot stop them from happening. Libertarians believe people should be free to make choice for themselves about their lifestyle, so long as they do not harm others. In all cases where violations of human rights occur, the proper role of government is to prosecute those who have committed the violation.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngDo you disagree with any parts of the Bill of Rights?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngNo, except that I believe the Second Amendment should have been the first.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngShould the people of the United States have a right to constitutionally amend the Bill of Rights to increase the power of the federal government and limit individual rights?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngNo individual, or groups of individuals, has the right to limit another individual’s rights. Our rights come from our Creator, not from any government or document. Two people, 200 people, 2 million people, even the world’s populations combined do not have more rights than one person. That is why when it comes to human rights, no number is greater than one.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngShould the lives of American citizens be valued above citizens of other nations?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngNo. All human beings have equal value. No race, color, creed, nationality, language group, ethnic group – no human being – is of more value than any other. We are all equal under the Creator. Freedom has no race. Liberty knows no color.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your views on immigration?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngThe so-called “illegal immigration” issue is an economic issue and should be treated as such. We must change immigration law to match the reality of a dynamic society and labor market. Instead of building walls we should be opening doors. America should be creating a sane and humane immigration process to screen out terrorists and criminals while allowing honest, peaceful, hardworking people to come here to work and help build on the American dream as millions have done before them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhen is war necessary?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngAs C.K. Chesterton said, “The only defensible war is a war of defense.” The libertarian principle of non-aggression does not mean you can’t defend yourself. If the United States is attacked, we should defend ourselves using whatever force is necessary, and all the power at our disposal to stop the attack quickly and decisively. But we do not have the right to maintain an occupation force or engage in “nation building” in the aggressor nation.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngAre you a truther, birther, neither or both?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRWWikinews waves Right.pngNone of the above. I am a Libertarian.

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June 17, 2011

Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian Party potential presidential candidate R.J. Harris

Wikinews interviews U.S. Libertarian Party potential presidential candidate R.J. Harris

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Libertarian presidential candidate R.J. Harris
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R.J. Harris, a potential candidate for the U.S. Libertarian Party‘s presidential nomination, took some time to speak with Accredited Wikinews Reporter William Saturn about his campaign and issues positions.

Harris is an officer in the United States Army National Guard, currently serving in Afghanistan. He is also in his third year as a law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Harris previously worked as an Air Traffic Controller and small business owner. He plans to enter the race in September after completing his tour in Afghanistan.

Others seeking the nomination include Libertarian activist R. Lee Wrights, radio host Jim Duensing, former Nevada Libertarian Party chair Jim Burns, marketing executive Roger Gary and attorney Carl Person. 2008 Vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root is also expected to make a run.

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Ten personal questions were asked followed by ten policy questions.

Personal

Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam SaturnWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your some of your personal achievements?

Wikinews waves Left.pngR.J. HarrisWikinews waves Right.pngBeing chosen by Jennifer R. Friend and her family to be her husband and keeping them happy for the last 20 years. Helping her raise our five children. Serving as a Soldier and Officer of the Republic for the last 20 years at home and on four deployments with honor, award and distinction.

Completing my training and certification as an Air Traffic Controller in the Federal Aviation Administration. Continuing my education in Philosophy and Law when time, convenience and the rigors of leading a family easily could have dissuaded me.

Running a principled U.S. Congressional Campaign which was based upon the Constitution and the Philosophy of Liberty and which NEVER personally attacked my opponent but engaged him rigorously on policy and the issues. Getting up, when Life knocks me down.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your goals in life?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngTo love and be loved by my family. To reason well. To be Free. To protect the innocent. To defend the Lives, Liberty and Property of my fellow Citizens of the Republic. To restore the Constitution and the Republic. To help ensure our Founders‘ vision of Freedom is finally realized by the entire body politic.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHave you ever been arrested or charged with a crime?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngNo.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat historical or contemporary figures do you admire?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngThe Philosophers who argued for the importance of Reason, Freedom and Liberty. The statespersons who were audacious enough to put those philosophies into practice, even at the expense of their own Lives, Liberty or Property.

Every single Soldier, Sailor, Airperson, Marine, Doctor and/or Nurse who has fought with honor to defend the Republic, even if I will never know all their names, as well as their spouses who supported them in that endeavor. Every person — great and not — who has struggled for the full equality of the body politic.

First among these for me are King Leonidas, Pericles , Jesus, Cicero, Pelagius, Galileo Galilei, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, John Locke, Voltaire, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine, John Paul Jones, Fredric Bastiat, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass, Col. Robert Gould Shaw, Settainte (White Bear), Set-ankeah (Sitting Bear), George Patton, John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Allen Rochelle, Dr. Richard Michael Settainte Harris, Sam W. Barnes, Ron Paul and Rand Paul. Aspasia, Hypatia, Mary Magdalene, every woman tortured to death for refusing to either declare herself a witch (or renounce the same) to the Church, Anne Boleyn, Mary Wollstonecraft, Betsy Ross, Annie Oakley, Molly Brown, Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Rosalie Rochelle, Nicole Kidman, Danica Patrick, Debra Medina, D. Jill Barnes, and Jennifer R. Harris.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWho did you support in the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngPat Buchanan, George W. Bush, George W. Bush, Ron Paul. Earlier on in my adult life, my political activities were limited to voting for the same party candidates as had my parents. However, as I began to read the Constitution thoroughly, and in the wake of its many abuses perpetrated by those same candidates, I began looking for others who espoused to strictly follow the Constitution as well as the Founders’ Philosophies which underlie it.

This pursuit led me to Ron Paul and the discovery of Libertarianism. I will never again vote for any candidate based upon their party affiliation. What will now and forever dominate my decision is a candidate’s demonstrated commitment to the Constitution and the Philosophy of Liberty.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHave you run for public office previously?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngYes, I was a U.S. Congressional Candidate from Oklahoma’s 4th District. Due to no ballot access in Oklahoma for Libertarian Party Candidates at that time, I ran as a “Ron Paul” Libertarian Republican. Though Ron himself has a policy of non-endorsement of GOP [Republican] primary challengers against GOP incumbents, I was able to secure the endorsement of Senator Rand Paul for my congressional campaign.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhy did you choose to run as a Libertarian?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngBecause no other party so ardently champions the Philosophy of Liberty over Socialism and Constitutional Governance over Tyranny. Were they alive today, every single one of the Founders would be Libertarians. Since that age, each new generation’s battle to tear down the scourges of racism, sexism, classism, bigotry, political persecution and/or religious intolerance, has been made possible by appeal to the principles espoused in the Constitution even if the people who ratified it were limited by the tolerance levels of their own generation.

Thus has the time come for candidates running on our Founders’ Platform to rise up, proud of the political lineage whose generations’ long aim has been the complete equality of the body politic, yet humble and weary of how prejudice undermines that legacy as well as the Philosophy of Liberty itself. Giving in to socialism will not erase the moral mistakes of the past, but it will return our children to the states of slavery and involuntary servitude against which we have so long struggled.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat do you feel sets you apart from your fellow contenders for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngI do more than preach Libertarianism, or prognosticate about all the ways the GOP or the DNC [Democrat] candidates will most certainly carry on with their tyrannies and usurpations of power, given the opportunity.

I articulate bold policy positions, as well as the means to institute them, based upon the Philosophy of Liberty and the Constitution with the aim of restoring Freedom, Liberty and the Republic. This is the definition of political courage, as taking these strong positions makes me a target for the bullets and blows of the enemies of Liberty.

But we are in the fight of our age and we must have champions willing to trade blows with the enemy, not merely repeat Libertarian platitudes. Educational campaigns have been the mainstay of the Libertarian Party since its founding; but if we are going to take that next step — to actually convince the body politic that we can put into policy that which we preach, then we must nominate a candidate who is not afraid step out, armed with the courage of conviction and lead on every issue.

Of course our ability to do this is tied to cogent articulation of the philosophy which underlies our political ideology, but for too long have our other candidates engaged in academic debates for their own sake, and not actually deigned to apply that for which they argue to that which they will do. That being said, the biggest thing that separates me from my Libertarian Colleagues is that I am not running this race merely to educate or to increase the Party’s ballot access; I am running to win and I believe with all my heart that we can be — and that we must be — victorious.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngHow often do you campaign and how would that change if you won the nomination?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngI campaign for several hours each day. Once I win the nomination the only thing that will change is that I will have to add much more travel to the schedule.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIf elected, what would you do as president?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngI will defend the Republic and the Lives, Liberty and Property of We the People. This I will do by way of projecting to the world our strength at home and in International Waters; and by ending all government infringements of the Constitution and of the People’s Natural Rights. The authority to act on this promise is found in the President’s constitutional Oath of Office to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” I will do no more than this and certainly no less.

Policy

Wikinews waves Left.pngWilliam SaturnWikinews waves Right.pngWhat necessary freedoms are currently lacking in American society?

Wikinews waves Left.pngR.J. HarrisWikinews waves Right.pngWith the exception of the 3rd Amendment, the Natural Rights codified in, and the privileges and immunities established by, the remaining nine amendments of the Bill of Rights, along with elements of the 13th and 14th amendments, are routinely infringed by all three branches of the federal government through their collective and Progressive Establishment of Socialism in place of Freedom and Liberty.

These charges are made manifest by appeal to some of the very same made by the Founders of this Republic against the King of England for promulgating some of the same tyrannies which are now being foisted upon We the People by our own federal government.

To enumerate only a few levied by the Declaration of Independence our federal government has

1. “…erected a Multitude of new Offices, and sent hither Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance.”

2. “…kept among us, in Times of Peace, [and at our expense] standing Armies…”

3. “…combined with others NATO and the United Nations to subject us to a Jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws; giving [its] Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation.”

4. “…[cut]off our Trade with all Parts of the World [for products or services with which the elected majority finds disfavor]”

5. “…[imposed] taxes upon us without our consent [by way of deficit spending which will have to be repaid by those not yet old enough to vote]”

6. “…suspended Habeas Corpus and deprived “…us in many Cases of the Benefits of Trial by Jury [The Patriot Act and GITMO]

7. “…[taken] away our Charters, [abolished] our most valuable Laws, and [altered] fundamentally the Forms of our Governments” [this referring to the federal government’s many infringements of out states’ sovereignty]

8. “…[declared] themselves invested with Power to legislate for us in [nearly] all Cases whatsoever” [by way of gross misuse of the Commerce Clause, the Supremacy Clauses as well as many others to pass, sign and uphold onerous legislation which would never be countenanced by a free People]

9. waged the Drug and Terror “…War(s) against us [and in so doing] has plundered our Seas, ravaged our Coasts, burned [or seized] our [property], [invaded our privacy, killed citizens attempting to defend their property, sexually assaulted women and children attempting to travel] and destroyed the Lives of our People.”

“In every stage of these Oppressions we have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble Terms [by begging for the cessation of: bailouts (TARP), social welfares (Obama Care), undeclared foreign Wars (Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq and Libya), taxation without representation and the devaluation of our Wealth (deficit spending and the over-printing of a declining and unconstitutional paper currency), the theft and destruction of our Property (Eminent Domain) along with the killing and incarceration of our People (the Civil War on Drugs), the sexual assault of our Women and Children in the name of security (TSA), the gross infringements of our Privacy (the Patriot Act) ]:

Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated Injury [after TARP came bailouts for a host of corporations, the social welfares are too numerous to list, the War in Libya goes on despite its gross unconstitutionality as does the War in Afghanistan despite having met the objectives contained in the Letter of Reprisal authorizing our actions there, the debt limit is about to be raised once again, the Federal Reserve continues its quantitative easing (money printing), the Civil War on Drugs rages on despite the previous failure of prohibition and trillions spent to curb private behavior in the name of morality all to no avail, the sexual assaults being perpetrated by the TSA continue despite several state legislatures attempting to nullify them, the Patriot Act was just extended and all of this despite most of these actions not having the approval of the VAST majority of the People].

A Prince [or central Government] whose Character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the Ruler of a free People.”

It should be clear then by the enumeration of this “long Train of Abuses and Usurpations,” which represents but a tiny fraction of the same which our central government is using to pursue “invariably the same Object” and that it “evinces a Design to reduce [us] under absolute Despotism.”

Thus by the precedent established by the Declaration of Independence, and the Founding of the Republic itself under similar, if not even less trying circumstances, that it is the Right and Duty of We the People to use the political process still available to us to “throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for [our] future Security” as well as restore our Constitution and our Republic.

As a potential Candidate for the Libertarian Party’s Presidential Nomination I would encourage the People to begin this restorative political process by electing to the Office of President the MOST Constitutionally Libertarian Candidate available and to continue it by doing the same in the election of all future federal representatives to the Congress REGARDLESS of their perceived political experience.

For certainly it is the case that nearly every single member of all three branches of the federal government are very experienced career politicians and yet the state of our Republic and the condition of our Freedom and Liberty are worse off now that they have been at any time since our founding.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhen is government necessary?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngTo protect the Lives, Liberty and Property of the Citizens of the Republic.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIn a market with little or no government regulation, what prevents an entity from seizing the entire means of production and becoming the new main regulator?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngThe freedom and innovation of inventors and the entrepreneurialism of their investors to produce substitute markets, products and/or services to compete with any of the same being seized or monopolized.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngIn context of government’s role, what are your stands on the legality of incest, bestiality and child pornography?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngAs reprehensible as are incest and bestiality, policing them remains a matter of state sovereignty under the 10th Amendment. However, allowance of child pornography entails the government’s enforcement of 5th, 13th and 14th Amendment violations against children and could therefore be policed by the Federal Government should the States or Native Nations fail to do so.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngDo you disagree with any parts of the Bill of Rights?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngNo.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngShould the people of the United States have a right to constitutionally amend the Bill of Rights to increase the power of the federal government and limit individual rights?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngYes, according to Locke, our Founders, Bastiat and the Philosophy of Liberty, no government actions conducted outside the consent of the People are legitimate. The Constitution is our codification of that consent and, as such, it is supreme over all other political ideologies. Of course I would very publicly argue, using the Philosophy of Liberty, for the People to NEVER consider such measures but it is their right to affect them by way of the amendment process.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngShould the lives of American citizens be valued above citizens of other nations?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngAs it applies to the Natural Rights, those being Life, Liberty and Property, of all People found to be under the jurisdiction of the United States; no. However, as it applies to providing for the common Defense of We the People and the Republic; yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhat are your views on immigration?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngI will fight to eliminate the social welfare state and the high taxes required to pay for it, which are chasing our jobs and prosperity overseas. Simultaneously, I will seek from the Congress a very robust and permissive immigration policy to help grow our middle class, making us more competitive with other emerging markets around the world.

I will deploy the U.S. Marshals backed up by the National Guard to protect Border State property owners from violent cross-border organized crime enterprises and syndicates.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngWhen is war necessary?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngWhen the Lives, Liberty or Property of We the People are being infringed by a foreign entity.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWSWikinews waves Right.pngAre you a truther, birther, neither or both?

Wikinews waves Left.pngRHWikinews waves Right.pngNeither, although I do intend to ensure the highest level of executive and administrative transparency which will do much to resolve the propensity of some towards conspiracy theories, as well as expose potential conspiracies before they can fully develop. Since this transparency has been sorely lacking from our government of late, I will direct the Department of Justice to fully investigate any reasonably perceived recent lapses in the executive oversight of the federal government’s activities.

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December 7, 2010

Mayor of Pitcairn Islands charged with possessing child porn

Mayor of Pitcairn Islands charged with possessing child porn

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Michael Warren, the mayor of the Pitcairn Islands, has been arrested and charged with possessing images and videos of child pornography. He was charged with twenty counts of possessing indecent images of children and five counts of possessing pornographic images, videos, and documents concerning children. Warren was arrested by a New Zealand police officer posted on the island.

The Pitcairn Islands, which are home to around 50 people, have seen about a third of the male population face child sex charges, with major cases in 2004 and 2007. In 2004, six men were charged with offences against children as young as seven. Three years later, two men were charged in a similar case.

Mayor Warren was not involved in the previous trials, but did speak out against the charges and defended the accused, one of whom was former mayor Steve Christian. Warren was elected Mayor three years ago and said he would “vigorously defend” the suspects.



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March 13, 2010

Illinois House lessens penalty for sexting

Illinois House lessens penalty for sexting

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The Illinois House of Representatives voted this Thursday to lift some penalties for teenagers who engage in sexting. While minors are still prohibited from sending nude photos of other minors taken on cell phones, they will no longer be required to register as sex offenders. Instead, they could be punished with court-ordered supervision or community service. 

The bill, which was sponsored by State Representative Darlene Senger from Naperville, passed with a 114–1 majority and will be considered by the Illinois Senate. The lone dissenter, State Representative Careen Gordon from Morris, declined to comment on her vote. 

Senger says that sexting has become a problem because when teens send nude pictures of themselves to their boyfriends or girlfriends, they don’t realize that what they are doing is illegal or that their pictures can be distributed to other people. A national survey has revealed that 48 percent of teenagers have received sexual text messages or emails, while 39 percent have sent or posted sexual photos online.

Criminal charges are more serious if the content is posted online. As Connie Burch told Illinois homepage.net, however, “the threat of having to register as a sex offender goes too far.” The main purpose of the legislation is to create awareness among parents about what has become a prevalent issue for teenagers. As Senger told the Chicago Sun-Times, “We still have the ability to prosecute those whose intent is to create child pornography even if they’re under 18. However, if you’re just doing something because you think it’s a prank, we can explain why this isn’t funny.”



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January 12, 2010

Former Bartlett, Illinois official punished for possessing child porn

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A former vice president of the Bartlett Park District in Illinois, United States was sentenced to 30 months of probation and 200 hours of community service for possession of child pornography. Charles Rowe, a 61-year-old commissioner of the park district since 2001, was also fined US$1,000 and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

The investigation against Mr. Rowe began in September 2007 when PayPal tipped law enforcement authorities of the illegal purchase. On July 22, 2008, Bartlett police officers and federal agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant on his home and seized his computers. He was later arrested on December 10 and was charged with two Class 3 felony counts of possession of child pornography. He posted the minimum 10% of his US$100,000 bond and was released from the DuPage County jail the next day, when he effectively resigned from his post on the park district board. He pleaded guilty to one of the two counts on November 30, 2009.

The crime apparently did not use park district computers. Mr. Rowe was first elected to the board in 2001 and was reelected to a second six-year term in 2007. A background check done on him after his election revealed no previous criminal record.


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