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Wednesday
Aug202014

FreeKeeneNews - Free Stater Alleged to be Silk Road Admin, “Inigo” 

Free Stater Alleged to be Silk Road Admin

birdie_and_drewFree State Project participant Andrew Michael Jones of Norfolk, Virginia was arrested in December of 2013 along with others accused of being the operators of the Silk Road underground marketplace. Andrew is alleged to be the longtime site administrator, "Inigo". Thus far, almost all of the news headlines about the Silk Road arrests have gone to Ross Ulbricht, who is accused of being the infamous site's creator and head admin, "Dread Pirate Roberts". Andrew is accused of similar allegations as Ross, "conspiracy to commit money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and hacking" and is facing spending the rest of his life in federal prison.

While Ross Ulbricht was not offered bail, Andrew was able to get out on $1,000,000 bail thanks to his parents, who did not have anything close to that amount of money, so they put up their house and retirement incomes to secure a bond. His bail conditions include 24/7 house arrest at his parents' houseand being strictly forbidden from using any internet capable device. His girlfriend, Birdie, (who is also a Free State Project participant) is the one who reached out to me and she and Andrew's family have set up a website to accept contributions to his legal fund, as they can use all the help they can get.  

Andrew's mother, Judy Jones, 68, told me this about him, "He's very bright, kind, generous and has always been an idealist. When he first told me about bitcoins, he helped me envision a world where the central banks are no longer in charge of money. If it were instead a peer-based monetary system, so much good can come from that. I have hope for a better world thanks to his generation (the Millennials)."

Unlike Ross' case, Andrew does not face the "kingpin" charge. Plus, he has not been libeled with allegations of murder for hire, as Ross has. Hopefully, that will help with this fundraising ability. He has retained the services of attorney Samuel M. Braverman and the bill will likely be very expensive.

As have many activists looking at moving to New Hampshire, Andrew and Birdie made the pilgrimage to Keene in December of 2012 and came to visit Social Sunday. I met both of them there and truly hope he can get through this difficult time with the minimum damage possible. If Andrew did not administer the Silk Road, then he's a man wrongfully accused, but if he did, he's a hero. The Silk Road was (and is) the most important development to happen to the black market in our lifetimes.  

It has reduced harm caused from unscrupulous dealers selling bunk product in the streets and has reduced violence by making both sides of each transaction anonymous, and separating them by distance. No one can get beaten or killed in a Silk Road transaction and the underground marketplace has a ratings system, ensuring the quality dealers are easy to identify. This open, yet anonymous competition for international business results in product quality and selection going up while prices come down from what one would pay on the streets. The Silk Road has literally saved lives, both of dealers as well as users who would have overdosed on bad street drugs, but instead were able to get good quality product from the Silk Road. If Andrew Jones was involved in the Silk Road enterprise, he should be given an award, rather than prison time. Of course, that would be in a just world that understands the insanity of drug prohibition, or any prohibition for that matter.

Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on this case.

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
Aug132014

FreeKeeneNews - Hassan Refuses to Debate Freeman, Freeman Speaks at 1st NH Gubernatorial Debate

Ian's Speech at the First NH Gubernatorial Debate

Hassan never responded to Franklin Pierce University's invitation. Despite filing first and challenging incumbent Maggie Hassan, some mainstream media is ignoring my campaign for governor, including WMUR.  That's a strange thing, considering they've done so many news reports with me as their feature on other matters here in Keene.  It's not like I'm a total unknown.

Regardless, Franklin Pierce University saw fit to invite me to the first NH gubernatorial debate.  They invited the other two democrat candidates, but neither of them responded.  Only I replied.  Obviously one person doesn't make for a very interesting debate, but FPU decided to have me speak anyway - in front of the republican debate on Tuesday night.

Here's the video.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
Friday
Aug082014

FreeKeeneNews - ACLU, Robin Hood Attorney File Briefs at Supreme Court 

NH ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Robin Hood Case

Plus, Robin Hooders' attorney Jon Meyer also files his scathing brief with the NH Supreme Court. Clocking in at over seventy combined pages, the NH ACLU and free speech attorney Jon Meyer have filed briefs in the Robin Hood case at the Supreme Court of New Hampshire.  The city of Keene's expensive private attorneys and the NH Municipal Association filed their briefs earlier this summer and now it's the side of freedom's chance to respond.

Highlights from the NH ACLU amicus brief are here and their full filing is here.

Highlights from attorney Meyer's brief are here and his full filing is here.

The NH ACLU and Jon Meyer have done amazing work on this case defending the right of free speech, assembly, and holding government workers accountable.  Hopefully the NH supreme court will agree with them and affirm the superior court's decision to dismiss the cit of Keene's outrageous and illegal case against the heroic Robin Hooders, whose real "crime" is to deprive the city of thousands of dollars of their precious parking ticket revenue, keeping it in the pockets of the people!

The next step is the possibility of oral arguments in front of the NH supreme court, but a date for that has not yet been set.  Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest.

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
Jun152014

FreeKeeneNews - NH ACLU Takes Side of Keene Chalkers in Letter to City Council 

NH ACLU Head Attorney Speaks In Favor of Chalking

Proposed ban on chalk violates long-held free speech court precedent.  The head attorney of the NH ACLU, Gilles Bissonnette,  has weighed in on the proposed chalking ban for downtown Keene.  In a two-page testimony sent to the Keene city council, Bissonnette lays out how the proposed ban runs afoul of long-held free speech principals, citing multiple supreme court cases:

“fundamental to the continuing vitality of our democracy, for ‘time out of mind, [sidewalks] have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions.’”

“[a]s a general matter, we have indicated that in public debate our own citizens must tolerate insulting, and even outrageous, speech in order to provide adequate breathing space to the freedoms protected by the First Amendment.”


Bissonnette also encourages police to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of violence and says that the city should be encouraging free expression rather than suppressing it.  It’s an excellent legal opinion and the city council should read it carefully before they screw up and pass an unconstitutional suppression of free speech.  Stay tuned to Free Keene for the latest on the ridiculous-to-the-max War on Chalk.




Feel free to get in touch with me if you have questions or would like to interview an activist,
Ian Freeman
Blogger, FreeKeene.com
603-513-2449
Friday
Jun132014

FreeKeeneNews - Hassan Challenged in Primary by National Talk Show Host 

Free Keene founder calls her out on cannabis issue.
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Freeman Challenges Hassan in Democratic Primary

As of Thursday morning, nationally syndicated talk show host Ian Freeman has thrown his hat into the ring for governor of NH in a primary challenge to incumbent Maggie Hassan. In addition to being a registered democrat, Freeman is a co-chair of the New Hampshire Liberty Party. Freeman openly challenges Hassan on her inhumane continuation of the insane “War on Drugs”, especially the war on cannabis users. On Freeman’s campaign info page, he states,

If Maggie were a true democrat, she’d care about the little guy, but yet her state police continue to put the little guy behind bars for victimless crimes like cannabis possession. As governor, I’ll pardon all victimless criminals as one of my first acts.

Freeman also supports NH seceding from the United States as well as equal ballot access for all candidates. Regarding Freeman’s positions on other issues, please see the NH Liberty Party platform. Or, contact the candidate directly with any questions or media requests at 603-513-2449 or ian at freetalklive.com