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Friday
Feb132015

FreeKeeneNews - Gilford School Bus Drivers Admit Wiretapping; No Notice Posted Until Tuesday 

Gilford School Bus Drivers Admit Recording Audio Without Notice, Signs Went Up Tuesday

As reported here at Free Keene yesterday, buses for the Gilford school district have been illegally equipped with video cameras that capture audio.  Now, much better, longer video has been posted where drivers admit that the cameras have been present for months and without any posted notice until Tuesday of this week.  This is a clear violation of the awful NH “wiretapping” statute.  There is a section of the statute exempting school districts, but only if notice is posted.  It wasn’t, as the drivers make clear.  Though the police in NH have arrested countless average folk and activists for violating the statute, the school board will avoid any consequence – just watch.

Congrats to whatever brave teens who produced this VERY entertaining video.  It’s particularly entertaining thanks to the ridiculous third bus driver who gets on her two-way radio to report the dastardly students who are conducting an investigation.  Thanks also to Josh Youssef for posting the hilarious video.
 

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Monday
Feb092015

FreeKeeneNews - NH State Rep Commits Cannabis Civil Disobedience in Front of Committee

State Rep Commits Cannabis Civil Disobedience in Front of Committee

At a recent, well-attended and lengthy hearing held by the criminal justice committee at the state house regarding studying cannabis legalization, a state representative from Rockingham, Kyle Tasker, put his freedom on the line.

During his testimony in front of the committee, and in front of a state police officer, Tasker pulled out a bag of cookies, a vaporizer, and what appeared to be a bottle of cannabis tincture, which he claimed came from his "personal stash".

Here is video of Tasker's civil disobedience.

The cop behind him didn't seem to know what to do. After all, he likely wouldn't hesitate to arrest Tasker for possessing cannabis in the streets. However, arresting him in front of the committee would only prove the point of the cannabis freedom activists - that people are arrested all the time for cannabis - something about which the police frequently mislead the legislators.

They like to claim that no one goes to jail for simple cannabis possession in New Hampshire, which is a lie. Even if it were true, people still get arrested and processed all the time, then forced into court and paying fines. It's tyranny, over a plant, and everyone knows it.

While Tasker did admit that the cookies were actually purchased from the kitchen in the state house basement, and it appeared the vaporizer was for nicotine, he wasn't so clear on what was in the tincture bottle, despite questions from the committee. Everyone, except the cop, seemed to be enjoying Tasker's testimony, and multiple committee members took the opportunity to laugh and crack jokes.

Nearly everyone, including the multiple elderly members of the committee seem to be aware of the absurdity of cannabis prohibition, as well as its imminent demise.

I've attended a LOT of these hearings (on medical, decrim, legalization) over the years, and the committee members have become less-and-less hostile, to the point where the committee has become well-educated on the issue. In an exclusive interview with Free Keene, Tasker agreed, "Things have changed a lot since I took office in 2010. Edibles were something snickered about and jokes about brownies were the typical response, with less-enlightened reps bringing up issues like health consequences of smoking unfiltered joints...Before the legal marijuana industry was established no one had ever considered a personal vaporizer, or a drops placed under the tongue. It was not something that was taken seriously by a majority of the committee. Now that we are getting empirical data and the jokes have stopped its much easier to address the policy directly and analyze the pros and cons, the latter of which are few and far between."

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,

Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Wednesday
Jan142015

FreeKeeneNews - NH Activists Travel to NYC for Ross Ulbricht Silk Road Trial 

NH Activists Rain on Ross Ulbricht Prosecutors' Parade

Today was jury selection day at the very-important trial of Ross Ulbricht in New York City. Free Keene bloggers were out front of the federal district court in Manhattan, trying to get the word out about the insane penalty that Ross Ulbricht is facing if he's found guilty at trial. Ross is accused of running the Silk Road underground marketplace and is facing decades in prison for it. Ross' mother, Lyn has stood by her son and even joined the Free State Project.

In a previous motion, the prosecution asked the judge to prevent Ulbricht from testifying about his liberty-oriented beliefs and they specifically mentioned wanting to prevent the jury from any possibility of jury nullification.

They are deathly afraid of jurors knowing about nullification. Indeed, according to Derrick J, potential jurors are being asked if they saw any signs outside the court. If so, the prosecution is dismissing them.

Several signs came from a heroic effort by Derrick J to help Free Ross that included liberty activists cranking out signage to bring for Ulbricht supporters, including:

"30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR AN HONEST WEBSITE?"

"WEB HOSTING IS NOT A CRIME. WTF?"

NH liberty activists have been doing jury rights outreach for years and defendants at trial in New Hampshire have been able to raise jury nullification as a defense, but this is federal court. No cell phones are allowed in. No cameras. Not even for the media. Just pencil and paper.

Here's the first video from Derrick J and Ademo that shows the scene, including activists from Philly performing jury nullification outreach.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com 

Sunday
Dec212014

FreeKeeneNews - District Court Denies Concealed Carry to Keene Activist 

Concealed Carry "Right" Denied 

District Court judge upholds Keene Police's denial of Keene activist Derrick J Freeman's concealed carry license. Derrick's supposed right to bear arms has been violated despite him never having been accused of a single violent act.  In a two-page order, judge Edward Burke insists Derrick's convictions for various victimless crimes that put him in proximity to police and his alleged disrespect for them mean that he's "unsuitable" to concealed carry. New Hampshire's "shall issue" statues allow for the huge loophole of "unsuitable" people to be denied the concealed carry license.   Derrick responded in his blog, "Judge Burke’s decision means that while it is perfectly legal for me to carry a firearm openly, it is a crime for me to conceal that firearm, for example by putting on a winter jacket. Local government bureaucrats in Keene are infringing on my right to bear arms."

He is considering an appeal to the NH Supreme Court.  

You can watch the full court hearing and read the two-page court order.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview Derrick,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Friday
Dec122014

FreeKeeneNews - Schmidt Family Breaks Silence on Stalking Allegations 

Husband of Alleged Child Stalker Speaks

Matthew Schmidt admits to causing regular neighborhood disturbances, claims the 10yo boy that his wife allegedly stalked is a bully. Irregularly for weeks, Matthew Schmidt has driven by the intersection of Leverett and River streets in his Amari Plumbing work truck and personal vehicles, laying on his horn and screaming “Get a job!” at the top of his lungs. Rich Paul, who lives in one of the homes at the intersection, decided to go down and confront Schmidt yesterday after he again drove by honking angrily.


To be clear, Schmidt has been engaging in this un-neighborly behavior long before his wife Jennifer Schmidt was recently issued a temporary stalking order for allegedly threatening to kill a 10-year-old boy with a knife. WMUR covered that story after it broke here on Free Keene, but WMUR did not mention any names in the case. WMUR also said that Jennifer Schmidt would not talk to the media until they speak to their attorney. In the video of Rich’s confrontation taken by activist David Crawford, Matthew broke the family’s silence in the case, alleging the boy in question was a bully, presumably towards their daughter.

When informed multiple times that his honking had disturbed children from their slumber, Schmidt was unapologetic. In fact, he further promises to, “make their lives a living nightmare.”

Despite seeming to have some grievance against what he calls the “shithole” on the corner, the Shire Free Church-owned LRN.FM studio and Keene Activist Center, Schmidt seems to think that all the neighbors who aren’t liberty activists really appreciate his loud honking and screaming. At one point he even claims, “Everybody loves what I’m doing. They love it.”

Video of his statements is here.


Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com