James Johnson – If we done 1% of what they did to Assange we would be called dictators and oppressors

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Slide 1: “We live in a world where whistleblowers are traitors and journalists are enemy combatants” – Christine Assange

 HELLO EVERYBODY. It is nice to be here. It is nice to see so many faces, so many faces shining full of hope for a better political future for Julian Assange and for each and every one of us. How is everybody feeling?

WE ARE HERE IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA. It’s Julian’s home town. It’s your home town. It’s my home town. We have the home town advantage, and the home town responsibility, in showing the world, and showing the world media, just how important it is that Julian Assange be protected from multi-government aggressors, and supported in the important work that Julian is doing for the future of humanity. LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE SO JULIAN CAN HEAR US FROM THE ECUADOR EMBASSY IN LONDON … EVEN WITHOUT AMPLIFIERS, YOUTUBE AND INTERNET.

WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT JULIAN ASSANGE THAT HASN’T BEEN SAID BEFORE? He is a journalist. So am I. He documents the truth. So do I. He is a whistleblower. So am I. And he is being persecuted. So am I. IT IS UNBELIEVABLE that Julian has been under house arrest, with a 10 pm nightly curfew, a 5pm visit to the local cop shop, and wearing an electronic ball and chain around his ankle FOR NEARLY 600 DAYS. And yet he has not been charged. He is a person of interest that the foreign prosecuting authority has been refusing all HIS requests to question him. He has never been charged. He has been persecuted, but never prosecuted.

THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, THE SUPPOSED LIGHT ON THE HILL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS, THE FORMER SEAT OF EMPIRE FOR WHICH SO MANY AUSTRALIAN, NEW ZEALAND AND CANADIAN MEN AND WOMEN HAVE DIED TO SUPPORT BRITTANIA’S BATTLES, should never have entrusted Julian’s life and liberty to its judiciary. Julian is not a lawyer. But I am a lawyer. And I can tell you that the British Parliamentarians should have told their British civil servants to tell

the Swedish civil servants, their prosecutor judges or whatever their fascist system of justice is about, to go and get knotted. They should have said. “You have had 600 days to question this man, first in Sweden and then by coming to London. His door was open for questioning. You refused to walk in. You are not fair dinkum. You have shown you do not really want to question him. You have had dozens of opportunities. You have a hidden, illegitimate, lawless agenda. That is not how a civilised system of justice works.”

THEY SHOULD HAVE TOLD SWEDEN THIS 600 DAYS AGO. They should have told Sweden this 600 days ago, instead of slapping the nightly curfew, the daily visit to the constabulary and the electronic shackles on Julian. That’s how a civilised society, a civilised world order, would operate. THE UNITED KINGDOM should not have left it to the judiciary, to the lawyers and the lawyers’ version of a legal system. Judges are not elected. Judges are not accountable. Judges are lawyers. And lawyers cannot be trusted. That’s why we keep Juries – to protect us from Judges. Even the judiciary should have said. “No. Julian Assange is a citizen of the Commonwealth of British Nations. Even an Aussie abroad has the rights to protection from foreign Governments. Even an Aussie abroad has the birth rights of 12th Century Magna Carta, of 16th Century Habeas Corpus, and of the 16th Century English Bill of Rights.”

AUSTRALIA’s 150 MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND 76 SENATORS SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME. Each of them should have demanded of the UK, and the Swedish Governments that Mr Assange be given his rights to his presumptions of innocence, his rights to remain silent, his rights to a fair trial. To prosecution if the case warranted it. Not persecution because it didn’t.

None of them did. We should show them how let us down. We should vote them out, vote all of them last on the ballot paper, at the next federal election next year.

Slide 2: “If we done 1% of what they did to Assange we would be called dictators and oppressors.” Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador

IT SHAMES EVERY ONE OF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, that a prominent Australian, arguably the most prominent Australian of the decade, the most prominent Australian of the century so far, Julian Assange, should be seeking to become a political defector to a foreign nation, to escape persecution from the combined force of four of the most powerful, and corrupted, governments in what pretends to be the free world.

THE USA, UK, SWEDISH and AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENTS have access to the combined wealth of oppressive taxes levied on more than 400 million taxpayers. More than 320 million American taxpayers. Their actions do not represent the wills of us, their peoples. They do not govern us as trustees of constitutionally limited powers that we give to them via the ballot box. They rule over us like tyrants, serving the interests of themselves and other vested interests via the one or two dominant political parties that exist (are duplicated and are duplicates of each other) in each country.

OUR GOVERNMENT AND OUR GOVERNWOMEN treat us like tax slaves, like wage slaves and like mortgage slaves, and as their dealings towards Julian Assange and so many other whistleblowers – Bradley Manning, Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Andrew Wilkie show, they are so emboldened in their tyranny over us that they are behaving more and more like slave lords and less and less like representatives, trustees and public servants.

ECUADOR’S PRESIDENT CORREA SPOKE THE TRUTH when he said that “If we done 1% of what they did to Assange, we would be called Dictators and Oppressors.”

DICTATORS AND OPPRESSORS. That is what the unelected bureaucrats, the unelected judiciary and the rubber stamped political party politicians in our countries are. That is what our governments have become.

 DICTATORS AND OPPRESSORS. And it is our Apathy and way that we let them control us through excessive legislation, excessive statutory controls, through instilling us with excessive uncertainty and fear, it is our apathy and our fear that let’s them continue in power and be DICTATORS AND OPPRESSORS over us.

JULIAN ASSANGE has shown us how to get over our apathy and our fears and to assert our rights, we as the masters, and they the government officials as our servants. And it is up to each and every one of us to master our own apathies and fears, and to unlock the activism and the courage in those around us, if we are to put the bad Jeannie of government back into the bottle where it belongs, where it works for us and not against us, like it is working against Julian.

None of them did. We should show them how let us down. We should vote them out, vote all of them last on the ballot paper, at the next federal election next year.

Slide 3: “Come on Julia What Law has Assange Broken?”

THE ECUADOR PRESIDENT RAFAEL CORREA HAS SPOKEN BRAVELY FOR AUSTRALIA’S FAVORITE SON, JULIAN ASSANGE. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister has spoken in support of Julian. Ecuador’s Foreign Minister recites via twitter the values that 17 million Ecuadorian put on the sanctity of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Their sanctity for human rights. Core values they have had written into their laws, and obeyed by their lawmen and governmen since the 1830s. The Ecuadorian Constitution not only guarantees human rights, but it also guarantees nature rights as well. Human Rights and Nature rights are written into the Ecuadorian Constitution.

IN THE 1830S, OUR ANCESTORS WERE BEING STRIPPED OF THEIR LAND RIGHTS, the enclosure of the commons, the redistribution of communal woodlands to the feudal-industrial age aristocrats. And displaced, our ancestors branded as convicts. Those who stole more than 40 shillings, or worse were hung for one of 317 hanging offences. Those who stole less than 40 shillings were sent in chains on a six month trip, in 1800′s technology, the equivalent of us today sending a bunch of economic refugees and displaced persons on a rocket ship to Mars. And once our British and Irish white Australia boat people ancestors (or about 2% of our ancestors) we were used to displace the original Australians, the citizens of the 407 original nations that existed on this continent before Cooks mob arrived. One white tribe of displaced commoners used to displace the original, indigenous Australian’s. Two tribes from 12,000 miles apart brought together as a result of both being stripped of their land rights by the British ruling class.

OUR AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION IS EMPTY AND SILENT. Our government shuts its eyes and ears to the United Declaration of Human Rights, a shining document that a former Australian political leader, former-labor Attorney General Doc H. V. Evatt and writer HG Wells are credited for writing and bringing to pass in the early 1960s.

You can download a printer friendly version of this speech, and A4 – A3 – A2 Poster Prints of the Five Overheads via this link: http://jamesjohnsonchr.imgur.com/all . You can support Julian Assange by following the 6 point plan outlined under “Slide 5”. And you can support the causes of Julian Assange by purchasing online one or all of the $20 T-Shirts based on these “Overheads” via this link http://reclaimingjustice.wordans.com.au/my/boutique

(the purchase price of under $20 per T-Shirt includes a $5 donation which will be given to the #Assange #Wikileaks Defence Fund).

 Around 600 people (and 70 uniformed branch and undercover security police) braved a cold, wet Melbourne Sunday on 1st July 2012 to Rally on the Steps of the Victorian State Library in support of Australian-born, Melbourne-raised journalist and whistleblower Julian Assange.

About 2/3rds of the way through the Rally had to be abandonned due to the inclement forces.

This is the speech that I prepared, and delivered to a smaller gathering of about 200 stalwart Julian Assange supporters at the Rally “After-Party”. You can download a printer friendly version of this speech, and A4 – A3 – A2 Poster Prints of the Five Overheads via this link: http://jamesjohnsonchr.imgur.com/all . You can support Julian Assange by following the 6 point plan outlined under “Slide 5”. And you can support the causes of Julian Assange by purchasing online one or all of the $20 T-Shirts based on these Overheads via this link http://reclaimingjustice.wordans.com.au/my/boutique

(the purchase price of under $20 per T-Shirt includes a $5 donation which will be given to the #Assange #Wikileaks Defence Fund).

Slide 4: “Any Extradition of Julian Assange is a Gillard Government Act of War against the Australian People.” James Johnson CHR, Senior Australian Constitutional Human Rights Barrister

 GOD SAVE JULIAN ASSANGE. BECAUSE NOTHING AND NO ONE WILL SAVE JULIA GILLARD OR THE CORRUPTED, GILLARD PUPPET GOVERNMENT.

SO LONG AS THERE ARE FREE PEOPLE ANYWHERE in the world, such as the 17 million free people of Ecuador, the 21 thousand people of Iceland, and the 1 billion citizens of the Internet, we who are brave enough to master our apathy and our fear will strive to gain our freedom from those who would be slave lords and drone lords over us.

AND EVEN IF THE FORCES OF TYRANNY AND EVIL MIGHT TRIUMPHANT FURTHER OVER US than they do today, we are all born with the urge for freedom, for liberty and equality, the urge for natural rights and for human rights, it is part encoded in our human DNA and it vibrates through our spirits, we cannot be held down in chains of oppressions, slaves to government masters, for ever.

AND WHO THE HELL VOTED FOR JULIA GILLARD TO BE AN AUSTRALIA LEADER? The very foundations of Julia Gillard’s political skull- dagger -y are the very foundations of illegal acts. Just look at the illegal acts that Julia Gillard has done even before a corrupted wing of the Australian Labor Party pulled her out of the politically dirty offices of shameful former Victorian Premiers, Kirner and Brumby, and installed her in one of the traditionally safest and most labor party neglected federal electorates in Australia, my home electorate of Lalor, centred on Werribee here in Victoria.

WE ARE NOT JULIA GILLARD’S PEOPLE. JULIA GILLARD DOES NOT REPRESENT US. AND JULIA GILLARD IS NOT OUR LEADER.

 IT IS MEN AND WOMEN LIKE JULIAN ASSANGE THAT ARE THE TRUE LEADERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE. MEN AND WOMEN LIKE THOSE YOU HEARD SPEAKING HERE TODAY. Julian Assange is our leader, a Founding Father for a Future Free Australia. Julian Assange has a dream, a dream of a new and free Australia built on foundations of truth and transparency, of service and not domination, where we all can realise the joys of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to and enjoy the bounties that our 21st century technology, in the right hands, can deliver to us. If only we can master our apathy and master our fear, we will then be able to master those who assert themselves as tyrants and slave lords over us.

WHO THE HELL VOTED FOR JULIA GILLARD? WHO THE HELL INSTALLED JULIA GILLARD IN THE OFFICE OF THE PRIME MINSITER AGAINST THE WISHES OF THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE? That is the right question to ask.

 PUT YOUR HAND UP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE JULIAN ASSANGE AS A FUTURE PRIME MINISTER OR A FUTURE PRESIDENT, A LEADER OF A FREE AUSTRALIA.

(give yourselves a round of applause. And go home and plan things and do things to make it happen).

PUT YOUR HAND OUT IF YOU LIKE TO SEE JULIA GILLARD OCCUPYING THE PRIME MINISTER’S LODGE AND SEAT IN PARLIAMENT?

(There’s always one in every family. Shame on you for selling out the dreams of your fathers and mothers, and the lives and liberties of your children. They will not thank you for it. But in every slave state there will be those who are happy to be kept as slaves rather than keep themselves as free men and women.)

THERE IS HOPE FOR JULIAN. HE MAY NEED TO PRACTISE FOR A FEW YEARS AS AN ECUADOR AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS, OR FOR  A DECADE AS ECUADOR SENATOR BEFORE HE COMES HOME TO LEAD AUSTRALIA. As South Africa’s Nelson Mandella famously said “in my country they jail you. Then you become President.”

 Slide 5: “War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. Lawyerocracy is Bliss.” George Orwell x 1 – 3, James Johnson CHR x4.

 THERE ARE 6 THINGS I WANT TO ASK YOU TO DO TODAY. THESE 6 THINGS ARE AN ACTION PLAN, A GROUP ACTION PLAN AND OUR INDIVIDUAL ACTION PLANS TO SHOW THE ELECTED AND THE UNELECTED MEMBERS OF OUR OWN GOVERNMENT, AND EVEN THE MEMBERS OF THE FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS TERRORISING JULIAN ASSANGE AND 99% OF THE PLANET, THAT WE KNOW OUR RIGHTS AND WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE OUR SERVANTS, AND WE ARE THEIR MASTERS NOT THEIR SLAVES.

(1) I would like your authorisation to write to Julia Gillard and the Gillard Government, as your representative to demand that she stop waging warfare, stop waging illegitimate lawfare either alone or in league with foreign governments against we the Australian People, and our Australian son who has done no wrong, Julian Assange.

CAN I HAVE A SHOW OF HANDS PLEASE. ALL IN FAVOUR?

ALL AGAINST? (Shame on you sir. You should read more widely what it means to live in a slavery.) [UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED BY ALL PRESENT]

(2) I would like your authorisation to write to President Rafael Correa of Ecuador to thank him and urge him to give sanctuary and support to Julian Assange, who represents the true will of the oppressed Australian people, and who will return the support and favours that Ecuador bestows on Julian, and through Julian on ourselves, once we have resolved our own political situations of being occupied by unrepresentative government and being occupied (like most of the world) by the military might of the morally bankrupted United States Government machine.

CAN I HAVE A SHOW OF HANDS PLEASE. ALL IN FAVOUR? … ALL AGAINST? (Shame on you sir. If I wasn’t so against slavery, I’d enslave you myself, to help you by giving you an education that you seem to be in need of.) [UNANIMOUSLY CARRIED]

(3) I URGE YOU AT EVERY ELECTION, WHERE THE CHOICE OF CANDIDATES IS PRE-SELECTED AND GOES DOWN TO EITHER A LIBERAL OR A LABOR PARTY CANDIDATE (WHO WILL ALMOST ALWAYS BE A LAWYER), no matter what your political allegiances are, always vote the incumbent’s name last. Does it really make any difference whether Labor Party or Liberal Party picked politicians control the parliament? They’ve been one and the same voice for one and the same vested interests for at least the last 30 years. So the only protest that will work, the only democratic voice that counts at the ballot box is to see that none of them get re-elected. Not one. Not ever. Only then, within a few election cycles, will those in control of the parliament, bring about laws, and proper constitutions, that respond to the needs and the neglects, and the future rights and aspirations of we the people.

(4) I URGE YOU TO BOYCOTT SWEDISH THINGS. STOP BUYING VOLVOs, IKEA AND ABBA. CALL IT A PEOPLE’S ECONOMIC SANCTIONS. We Aussies may have no voice in Swedish elections, but those corporations, and their middle-managers and employees whose jobs go under pressure from declining sales, they have a say at the Swedish ballot box. It is up to the people of the world, through voting with our dollars and sense, to encourage each other to kick out the current crop of tyrants that occupy our parliaments, our bureaucracies and our judiciaries. We have to do it lawfully, democratically, with good grace. Otherwise we just become tyrants ourselves. Democracy via the cash registers is as powerful a voice as democracy via the ballot box. Encourage our friends the Swedish people to overcome apathy and fear and vote their incumbent’s names last too. And let’s do the same for our oppressed cousins in Old Blimey and in Uncle Sam land. Boycott British & US too.

(5) I ASK YOU TO MAKE SOME NOISE. A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR JULIAN ASSANGE. WISHING HIM ANOTHER 41 AND MANY MANY MORE RETURNS ON TUESDAY, 3RD OF JULY. I ASKE FOR A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR TODAY’S RALLY ORGANISERS, THE WONDERFUL LADIES OF THE WIKILKEAKS AUSTRALIA CITIZENS ALLIANCE. I ASK FOR A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ALL OF THE SPEAKERS, AND FOR EVERY ONE OF YOU, THE LISTENERS AND THE DOERS – THE SPECIAL ONES WHO HAVEN’T GIVEN IN TO APATHY AND TO FEAR.

(6) LASTLY, I ASK YOU TO LOOK AROUND YOU. SOMEONE IS MISSING TODAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. 600 People is a good turnout for a Rally in the Rain like today. We’ve honoured our home town privilege and our home town obligations. But 600 is not enough. Next time there is a Rally for Julian Assange, or for anybody else who actively demonstrates the democratic principles and human rights of “right to know” and “right to report”, bring a new friend with you. And have every one of them bring a new friend with them. It troubles me that over 50,000 fellow Melbournians will turn out in the rain this weekend to watch grown men in short pants for ever play a 100 minute children’s game, two teams of 20 somethings, kicking a red pill around a footy ground. Well I guess they got the color of the pill right, ladies and gentlemen. But if Australia is to have a future, if we and future generations are to have a future that is worth having, then we are are going to have to grow up to a new religion, one that puts things like truth, justice, open government and transparency, human rights and equality under the law centre stage, rather than two bunches of grown men battling over a children’s toy – or Julian Assange’s sacrifices, which hopefully are coming to a happier ending in Ecuador, could all be in vain.

THANK YOU.

https://jamesjohnsonchr.wordpress.com/2012/07/13/if-we-done-1-of-what-they-did-to-assange-we-would-be-called-dictators-and-oppressors/

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