Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Take Our Freedom Back! by Band of Patriots

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LYRICS

JFK and we are as a people, inherently and historically, opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings, for we are opposed around the world, by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy, that relies primarily on covet means, for expanding its sphere of influence.

Verse 1

It was 1776, when the Founders signed the Writ,
of Independence from the Brits, it was revolution!
Now an enemy from within would enslave us all again,
and deprive us of our rights in the Constitution.

Chorus

Restore the Republic! Wake up! Its time to understand!
Restore the Republic! Were losing our freedom in the land!

Verse 2

Working from behind the scenes, controlling everything!
From the Daily News we read, to the Politicians!
And theyre pulling our financial strings, more powerful than Kings,
Its the central bank elites bringing our destruction.

Chorus

Restore the Republic! Wake up! Its time to make a stand!
Restore the Republic! We are the People and we can!
Restore the Republic! Pledge our allegiance to the Flag!
Restore the Republic! We got to take our freedom back!

Bridge

America arise, its time to open up our eyes,
and march back down the road to Freedom!
If we look the other way, theyll take our rights away,
So We The People must DEFEAT EM!
Restore the Republic!

Verse 3

Printing money till we choke! Shoving taxes down our throats!
Bailing out Banks we dont even owe! Its our ruination!
Theyre invading our privacy, with high technology!
Micro chip in our ID, its abomination!

Chorus

Restore the Republic! Wake up! Its time to make a stand!
Restore the Republic! Spread the news across the land!
Restore the Republic! Pledge our allegiance to the Flag!
Restore the Republic! Its time to take our freedom back!

Ending

Its time to take our freedom back!
Its time to take our freedom back!

Take Our Freedom Back!
© 5.19.09 Hudson/Worley/Franchi
By: Band of Patriots



"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


OFF TOPIC - LA - DRUG OFFENDER license approved by House panel

Original Article

04/06/2010

By Ed Anderson

BATON ROUGE -- A House committee today unanimously approved legislation to require persons convicted of two or more felony drug charges to carry a special license with the words "DRUG OFFENDER" imprinted in orange.

The House Committee on Transportation, Highways and Public Works sent House Bill 139 by Rep. Rickey Hardy (Email), D-Lafayette, to the full House for more debate.

"It is meant to be a deterrent" and alert police officers of a potential danger with the driver stopped, Hardy told the panel.

The bill would require all drug offenders who have been convicted of two or more felonies to carry the special licenses for eight years.
- Why not for life?

The bill originally applied only to those convicted of possession with intent to sell drugs or manufacturing drugs, but was amended by Rep. Jerry "Truck" Gisclair (Email), D-Larose, to apply to individuals convicted two or more felony possession charges.

The bill also would require the individual to pay a $25 fee to defray the cost of issuing the license by the Office of Motor Vehicles.

Staci Hoyt, administrator for the office, estimated the state has at least 3,000 felons who would qualify for the "DRUG OFFENDER" license. The state already issues drivers licenses with the words "SEX OFFENDER" for persons convicted of sex crimes.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


NJ - Neighbors' fear impedes child gang-rape case (You see, people do not care about helping children!)

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04/03/2010

By AARON MORRISON

TRENTON - Rowan Tower has a bad reputation. Gangs walk the streets nearby, and police are a constant, and some say ineffective, presence at the 15-story apartment building a stone's throw from the Statehouse's golden dome.

A 13-year-old girl was killed last year in a drive-by shooting a block away, and not a single person stepped forward to help police identify the attackers. This week, though, the mothers, grandmothers and children who live in the tower saw crime there sink to a new depth.

The reported gang rape of a 7-year-old girl who police say was offered for sale by her 15-year-old stepsister to a group of grown men has shocked residents and put them in a quandary. If they identify the men responsible, they risk violent retaliation from the street gangs that stalk the neighborhood.

"We are mothers," said tenant Shawntel Abner. "If we aren't here, there is no one to watch our children. You are asking a lot of us. You are asking us to put our lives on the line."
- Yes, they are, wouldn't you do anything to protect your children?

Police said the rape unfolded this way:

The 15-year-old went to a party Sunday with some young men on the 13th floor of the building; her 7-year-old stepsister tagged along because she worried about the older girl's safety.

The 15-year-old sold sex to men in the room, then took money to let them touch the younger girl. Touching turned to forcible sex as at least seven men raped the 7-year-old. The little girl then put her clothes on and left the apartments. That's when two women found her crying and took her home.

The 15-year-old has been charged with promoting prostitution, aggravated sexual assault and other crimes; police have not released her name.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with having sex with the 15-year-old, but police don't know who might have attacked the 7-year-old. Officials say, though, that someone in Rowan Tower does and are urging, even threatening, neighbors to identify them.

"People absolutely know who these men are," Mayor Doug Palmer told The Associated Press on Friday. "If you were there and didn't participate, you really need to come forward. If you don't come forward, then you are going to be charged like you participated."

Rowan Tower sits on a stretch of West State Street near downtown Trenton and is surrounded by blocks of abandoned, boarded-up homes. It's fronted by a well-manicured lawn and features a colorful playground and a basketball court. An American flag hangs from a pole to the right of the front door.

Tammy Blake lives in apartment 13-F, just down the hall from where the rapes are said to have happened. She said that she didn't hear anything but that loud music and raucous behavior are the standard, not the exception, in the building.

"You get so used to the way things are here," said Blake, 47. "We all care because this is where we live."

But fear, she said, keeps people quiet.
- So then you don't care!

"It's hard for us because there's drugs, crime and gangs," she said. "If we speak out, we never know what's going to happen. There could be someone kicking our door in and putting a gun in our face because they heard or saw that we were talking to someone. People here, they're thinking about their lives. It's not that they're being inconsiderate about the 7-year-old girl."
- So buy yourself a gun and protect yourself.  Also, has this actually ever occurred, or are you assuming this is what will occur?

Neighbor William Johnson said police come and go from the tower all the time.

"I don't see how that can happen," he said of the rape. "Where were the adults at?"
- Where were you?

Sixty-year-old Frances Claridy has lived in the building for 19 years and said that there are good neighbors and bad — and that the two groups don't socialize.

"Our apartments are good," Claridy said. "It's just some people in this building are not."

Claridy and several other residents were picked up on warrants for minor infractions Thursday during a police sweep, an effort Palmer says was planned before the report of the March 28 rape. But those caught up in the raid said police clearly had the girl's rape on their minds.

In 2009, the same neighborhood was reeling from drive-by shooting death of 13-year-old Tamrah Leonard during a block party for a City Council candidate less than a block from the tower. Not even cash would drew information out, Palmer said.

"People knew," he said. "They even offered a reward, and no one took it."

The size of Trenton's police force did not budge in 2008, according to data from the attorney general's office, despite an increase in rape and thefts in the city. Law enforcement agencies, however, appeared to be making progress as violent crime overall was slightly down.

The rape case comes as Trenton stands to lose police officers to layoffs if state lawmakers approve a $42.3 million reduction in aid.

Gov. Chris Christie (Contact) told the AP he was floored by reports of the rape.

"What happened in Trenton with that young girl is deplorable," Christie said Thursday. "For a parent, it's nightmare-inducing."
- So what are you doing about it?  After all, you are the governor, are you not?  Sounds like you as well, are sticking your head in the sand!

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CA - Jessica's Law means sex offenders roam streets

Original Article

04/04/2010

By Marisa Lagos

On a recent Monday evening, two state parole agents drove through a tranquil Fairfield neighborhood, one of them checking a green triangle on the screen of an open laptop that pointed to a single-family home.

Agents Donovan Lewis and Ricardo Bautista knew from the signal that in this house they would find _____, a 48-year-old registered sex offender with an ankle bracelet equipped with the Global Positioning System. Their check was routine and quick: The former Navy accountant and U.S. Postal Service supervisor, convicted of raping a teenage girl, sat quietly at the dining room table with his wife as the agents searched his home.

Not long after the agents left, _____ left too. He drove a vehicle about a half a mile from his house, parked it on the street in an industrial area, crawled into the back and went to sleep, just as he does every night.

As a registered sex offender, _____ cannot legally live at his home because it's near a school. He's one of 2,300 registered sex offenders in California who are homeless as a result of Proposition 83. The number has steadily increased since voters overwhelmingly passed the 2006 initiative.

Known as Jessica's Law, the measure increased prison sentences for violent and habitual sex offenders. It also barred registered sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of schools and parks and required them to wear GPS monitors for life. But a growing number of state officials, law enforcement experts and even some victims' advocate groups say the law that was intended to make California safer from sex predators may actually be placing communities at higher risk for crime.

"Does Jessica's Law make anyone feel safer? Maybe," said clinical psychologist Tom Tobin, vice chair of the California Sex Offender Management Board, created in 2006 to advise the Legislature on the state's management of registered sex offenders. "But do any of the major components of it actually increase safety? ... There's really very little evidence that that's the case."

Instability increases risk

Tobin's board wrote in a January report that the "high and still escalating" number of homeless sex offenders, combined with the lack of housing options, is "the most serious issue facing the field of sex offender management," because instability can increase the risk of committing another sex crime.

The state allows _____ to visit his home for only four hours a day: two in the morning to charge his GPS ankle bracelet, and another two at night for the same reason. He spends most of his days wandering the Fairfield streets, visiting local malls or bookstores, or stopping by the local college library to read and use the computers.

"I don't understand how the public feels safer with me roaming the streets aimlessly," _____ said as he sat in a coffee shop on a recent weekday.

Four years after the passage of Jessica's Law, horrific crimes by registered sex offenders still make headlines, most recently the slaying of San Diego County 17-year-old Chelsea King. Chelsea disappeared Feb. 25 while jogging in a park, and searchers found her body in a shallow grave at the park five days later. John Gardner, a registered sex offender, was charged with murder in the killing. He's also the focus of an investigation into the death of Amber Dubois, a 14-year-old girl who vanished while walking to school last year and whose remains were discovered in San Diego County last month.

Gardner's arrest has prompted calls by one state lawmaker for a "Chelsea's Law" that would further tighten sex offender laws and fix some of the things that are not working with Jessica's Law. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (Contact) also called for a review of how the state manages registered sex offenders.

Critics of Jessica's Law say that many of its elements are failing and that the law's key provisions disregard what has proved to work.

Voters required that all of the approximately 66,000 registered sex offenders in California be monitored and prevented from living in certain areas under Jessica's Law, but the law was applied to only a fraction of that population: those sex offenders placed on parole or probation after the law took effect in 2007. The state removes most sex offenders from GPS monitoring when they complete parole or probation, usually within five years. After that, no one enforces the residency requirements under Jessica's Law.

Vast majority unmonitored

Currently, fewer than 17,000 of the state's sex offenders are subject to the law's restrictions: about 6,700 who are on parole and another 10,000 who are on probation.

The state does not monitor the vast majority of registered sex offenders because Jessica's Law did not specify how officials should deal with them. Gardner, the man charged in the Chelsea King slaying, was among those unsupervised sex offenders: Convicted of molesting a 13-year-old girl a decade ago, he was no longer on parole last month at the time of his arrest.

Critics also complain that sex offenders who are monitored are treated equally under Jessica's Law, regardless of the severity of the crime. As a result, law enforcement officials spend equal amounts of time and effort on each sex offender even though some may be considered more risky to the public than others. While the law restricts where parolees sleep, it does not bar them from visiting parks or other places where children congregate.

Lawmakers seek changes

The Sex Offender Management Board, which includes prosecutors, corrections officials, police officers and victims' advocates, has harshly criticized the law, and Sen. Mark Leno (Contact), D-San Francisco, has called for changes. Across the aisle, Republican Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (Contact), who represents the San Diego district where Chelsea King lived, plans to introduce Chelsea's Law this month to tackle some of the issues, including emphasizing resources on higher-risk parolees, imposing longer sentences on sex offenders who victimize children, and requiring lifetime parole for those offenders.

But Fletcher said he is unlikely to deal with what some state officials call the most troubling area of Jessica's Law: the residency restriction. Loosening the rules on where sex offenders can reside requires going back to voters. Initiative campaigns are expensive and pose political risks because it is not popular to appear soft on crime.

The residency requirements of Jessica's Law result in homelessness for about a third of the state's approximately 6,700 sex offender parolees - a problem that's intensified in dense cities with many parks and schools such as San Francisco, where 84 percent of paroled sex offenders are transients.

The 17-member Sex Offender Management Board pointed out in its latest report to lawmakers that the number of homeless paroled registered sex offenders skyrocketed from 88 in 2007, the year Jessica's Law was first enforced, to more than 2,300 today. That number probably will grow as the state paroles more sex offenders and returns them to their last county of residence.

Iowa establishes zones

California is not the only state where authorities have had second thoughts about residency restrictions. In Iowa last year, legislators eliminated an identical housing rule and replaced it with zones where registered sex offenders could not work or visit without permission. The change came at the request of law enforcement officials.

Academic studies also point out flaws in residency restrictions that lead to homelessness. One study, co-written by Jill Levenson, chair of the Human Services Department at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., found no connection between where sex offenders live and whether they will commit another crime, and that residency restrictions force sex offenders into homelessness and increased instability, "undermining the very purpose of registries and exacerbating known risk factors for criminal recidivism."

Need to focus on behavior

Residency laws, Levenson said, "are really based on a flawed premise," that where a person lives facilitates child abuse. Most molesters know their victims, she noted.

"The time that police and probation officers spend addressing housing issues," the report concluded, "is likely to divert law enforcement resources away from behaviors that truly threaten our communities in order to attend to a problem that simply does not exist."

The residency restrictions are particularly troublesome in San Francisco, Sheriff Michael Hennessey said. Parks and schools are everywhere, making housing nearly impossible for a sex offender, except for some small areas of the impoverished, high-crime Bayview-Hunters Point.

"It's sort of a bad law in terms of being able to apply it," he said. "If you live in San Francisco, you may fool yourself into thinking we don't have any sex offenders, but the result is that they have to live more underground and off the record. They are living someplace, and they are in the city."

Hennessey complained the law is "overly broad," a sentiment echoed by others, including Robert Coombs, a spokesman for the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Coombs, appointed in March to the state sex offender board, said it is unreasonable to prevent sex offenders from living in certain spots because "the only time these guys are virtually zero risk is when they are unconscious."

Addressing unique risks

Coombs said loitering restrictions and parole conditions, imposed on a case-by-case basis, make far more sense.

"We know that every single offender poses a unique risk. ... Anything that fails to address that complexity right off the bat misses what we know is the best practices," he said. "Jessica's Law says you can't live near schools and parks and places where children congregate - it doesn't say what you do in a case where an offender strictly targets elderly people. They can't be near schools or parks, but they can live by a convalescent home?"

Jessica's Law is also expensive. The state spends about $65 million a year to purchase and operate GPS equipment to track sex offenders, though the technology itself does nothing to prevent crime. The majority of paroled sex offenders in California are on "passive" GPS, meaning their movements are transmitted to authorities only once or twice a day.

The Sex Offender Management Board recommends using GPS only in conjunction with supervision and for those deemed most likely to commit another sex crime. Some offenders should be monitored for longer than their parole period, while others should be taken off GPS earlier, the board concluded.

"GPS gives us a false sense of security. It essentially tells us that if we know where a person is, we know what they are doing, but if you look just past the surface, there are plenty of opportunities to be in a location that looks safe but is potentially unsafe," Coombs said.

The sense of security is misleading, Coombs and others said, because there's a belief among the public that all 66,000 sex offenders are monitored. But even if authorities had the money to strap ankle bracelets on all sex offenders and enforce residency restrictions, they could face legal challenges.

The law drives up costs, with little to show for them, in other ways. For example, it significantly increased the number of offenders evaluated for involuntary civil commitment, where persons deemed to be sexually violent predators are sent to a secure, state-run medical center until they no longer pose threats. The state spends up to $1 million a month on evaluations, up from $161,000 before Jessica's Law.

But fewer sex offenders are involuntarily committed now than before Jessica's Law.

Meanwhile, apparently violent offenders such as Chelsea King's accused killer, deemed likely to commit another crime at the time of his trial, slip through the cracks.

"We should be revisiting this," Leno said. "We're wasting all this money on GPS ankle bracelets, which law enforcement readily admits does not prevent reoffending, but it's very expensive, and the very thing that does reduce recidivism - treatment - we can't afford."

Defending the status quo

Some of the law's supporters remain unmoved by the criticism. Sen. George Runner (Contact), R-Lancaster (Los Angeles County), rejected the notion that homelessness leads to increased risk to the public.

"I don't agree with the underlying assumption that if they don't have a home it's more dangerous. There's not one shred of evidence to prove that if they are on GPS," he said. "It's not a big a deal as people want to make it. ... This is why Jessica's Law included GPS. They will behave differently if they are being watched."

Runner said that while he believes the state should be paying for lifetime GPS monitoring, local governments are perfectly capable of doing it themselves. He said he would "hate to be the mayor" left explaining why a city decided not to outfit a sex offender who perpetrates another horrific crime.
- And that is why he is for this, he doesn't want to come out and look soft on offenders and something happens.  It's only a matter of time, another sex crime will occur, but the vast majority of statistics shows, it will probably be someone not already a sex offender. And he just wants to ignore the facts to protect his own career, instead of doing what is right.

He noted that Democrats in the Legislature killed a bill he proposed two years ago that would have allowed cities and counties to reduce the residency restriction to less than 2,000 feet on an individual basis.

Little likelihood for reform

Critics agree that reforming the law would be difficult, because no one wants to appear soft on sex offenders. The challenge, they say, is finding a way to push smart policies on an incredibly emotional issue, and then convincing voters.

"Once you put a policy in place, especially when you do it with an initiative, even if it doesn't seem to be accomplishing anything and is costing a huge amount of money, it's almost impossible to ratchet down," Tobin said. Politicians "understandably don't want to make any move that will make them vulnerable to charges of 'This guy is soft on sex offenders' in the next election."
- Yeah, because they do not have the balls to stand up for the truth and defend the constitution like they took an oath to do, these are the types of people we do NOT need in office.

Law named after Florida victim

Jessica Lunsford, 9, was abducted from her Homosassa, Fla., home in February 2005. Her neighbor John Couey confessed to kidnapping the third-grade student in the middle of the night, raping her and burying her alive. She later died.

Couey, a registered sex offender, was on probation at the time of Jessica's abduction and had a long history of crimes, including sex offenses against children. The public outrage prompted Florida officials to pass Jessica's Law, toughening laws on sex offenders. More than 30 other states passed their own versions of Jessica's Law. All are different, but many deal with sentencing requirements and residency restrictions.
- And yet the laws are not doing anything! Children are still being sexually abused and killed by sick individuals, and also making a ton of money for people exploiting others fear and children.

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ARC Talk Radio Wednesday, April7, 2010 (8 p.m. EST)

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Please join us this Wednesday to welcome Franks mom from Nevada. Her juvenile son was sexually abused as a child and now is in prison for similar acts. She joins us to tell her story and bring awareness to this issue close to her heart.

This mother has incredible strength and determination and in her own words she says, “Our journey began in January of 2006, with my then, 17 year old, in the Las Vegas, NV Justice System. You see, I am the mother of an Adult Sex Offender, my son, who along with many other young men, should have never left the Juvenile System with all that could have been offered him in Victim/Offender Healing Therapy at a Juvenile Level. These children are not monsters, these children are children that have quite simply duplicated something that they had been taught along the way. As parents we want to protect our children, but I know factually now, that we really do not know whats happening to our children all of the time!

The molested do molest and we are the poster family! As a family we have chosen to move forward and take this to the streets as well as to the highest level of the courtrooms, if necessary, to share with the United States, starting right here in Sex City, the real truth of Justice vs Healing! We will remain anonymous to protect my 21 year old son in that place he calls home for the next 8-20 yrs on 2 Attempted Lewdness Counts, which was a deal that our previous attorney was gloating about while he shared it with us. On the flip side, he did not share with us that we could have appealed to the juvenile judge within 30 days of him being certified to an adult and even further that if we missed the 30 day window we had an additional year to submit proof of why this young man should be sentenced through the juvenile system. You know the funny part about this is we learned from other convicts about what we could do and are actually doing now...at the Nevada Supreme Court level! God has actually given me the 411 on moving forward to share with the rest of the nation... Exodus 4:11-12


Hope you will all join us to encourage this mother to continue her work and support her mission to save her son.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


OH - Ex-sheriff’s deputy (Michael Pizzo) pleads guilty to unlawful sexual conduct with a 15 year old boy

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04/06/2010

Former Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Pizzo, plead guilty today, April 6 to unlawful sexual conduct with a minor, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

Pizzo faces up to 18 months in prison for pleading to the fourth-degree felony in Warren County Common Pleas Court and will be classified as a Tier 2 sexual offender. A date for sentencing has not been set.

Pizzo plead guilty to having an unlawful sexual relationship with a juvenile male that he met on “Craigs List.”

Taking advantage of a young man is completely unacceptable,” said Warren County’s Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Bruce McGary. “Thanks to the cooperation of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant Prosecutor John Arnold this man is no longer wearing a badge, and he will be punished for his crime.”


"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin


MD - Lawmakers Want Tougher Child Sex Offender Laws

Original Article

04/06/2010

By Kelly McPherson

ANNAPOLIS - There are efforts to crack down on sex offenders.

Lawmakers in Annapolis worked late Monday evening to vote on a bill that would increase the amount of time sex offenders would spend behind bars.

As Kelly McPherson reports, the bills have been a priority for the O'Malley administration this legisltive session.

There has been a lot of momentum in Annapolis to past some sort of sex offender legislation this session.

With just one week to go, not one piece of legislation is a done deal.

The Christmas Day discovery of 11-year-old Sarah Foxwell's body on the Eastern Shore has prompted dozens of suggestions to strengthen Maryland's sex offender laws.

"He should have never been walking the streets," said Jennifer Foxwell, Sarah's mother, of the man accused of killing her.

A previously convicted sex offender Thomas Leggs Jr. has been charge with Sarah's rape and murder. Leggs was twice released early for good behavior.

She's among those who want tougher laws so her tragedy is not repeated.

With a vote Monday night in the state Senate, now representatives can decide if the minimum sentence for a sex offender should be 20 years or 15 years, but sponsors of both bills worry that neither will even get to a full vote.

"I would readily accept 15, but I might not even be on a conference committee, so it could get hung up the way bills get hung up in the last week," said Senator Nancy Jacobs (Contact), a Harford County Republican, the Senate Minority Whip, and a sponsor of one of the sex offender bills.

The Governor has three bills one asks for more expertise on the sex offender advisory board, its status reconciliation, another wants sex offenders under lifetime supervision, and has the same status. Number three would increase monitoring on the sex offender registration, and is also under reconciliation.

Still there are two more in a conference committee.

Legislators like republican Delegate Stephen Schuh (Email) of Anne Arundel County say it's up to the leadership to get those on the conference committee to find common ground.

Any one of those bills could stay in a conference committee for the entire session, and therefore never come up for a vote.

The current minimum sentence for a child sex offender is five years.

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"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin