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  •  pick up your jaw, joynow! :) (2+ / 0-)
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    That you got threats. Who were you speaking out to that they wanted you to shut up so much and who wanted you to?

    I was writing letters to the editor and asking for books through interlibrary loan and arguing with people selling right-wing pro-Guard propaganda pamphlets on street corners and talking to anyone who had a story to tell about what had happened to them that day.

    I was DANGEROUS!

    When the governor came to town, I was called into my boss's office and sent home for the day because I had been identified as a potential threat to Rhodes. (And, you know what? I could sort of see that. I wouldn't have minded causing him pain.) I protested, however, that my plans for the day called for me to be in an entirely different county. But it didn't matter. I was sent home and people from the governor's detail sat on my front and my back porch for a couple hours while I sat inside. I doubt they had any legal authority to do it but, hey, what's a 20-something big-mouthed kid to do? I knew they could have killed me. They'd proven that, right?

    I look back at it and am somehow amused at my own reactions because, well, I didn't have a clue how to handle it then, nor do I now. Most of the calls were no doubt cranks angry at my LTTEs. But my phone was tapped and I was communicating regularly with the families of the dead and the core group of people who were researching events so I have no doubt "they" were watching me. They still are, right? Anyway, a few years ago, I decided I'm probably safer speaking out than keeping my mouth shut. At the very least, if I end up dead by the side of the road, a la Karen Silkwood, a few people will be suspicious.

    But, honestly, I don't think anymore they really care about Kent State. This is small potatoes compared to what they're focused on these days.  

    We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders. -- Noam Chomsky

    by kainah on Thu May 25, 2006 at 01:44:42 AM PDT

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    •  When he was re-elected.. (2+ / 0-)
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      kainah, joynow

      I moved to Florida.  Ironically I used the $500 Vietnam bonus given to us by the State of Ohio to leave the state.

      I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts. Will Rogers

      by Zwoof on Thu May 25, 2006 at 03:16:37 AM PDT

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