Freedom of conscience is one of the most fundamental human freedoms. This freedom is not merely about one’s ability to choose to believe or not believe in religion or a particular philosophy. In a democracy, freedom of conscience is about the ability to be critical of government and corporations, and to be free from the chilling fear that being critical will subject you to government surveillance.
Freedom of conscience is not fully realized in isolation. Without the
ability to share one’s thoughts, to speak out about injustice, or to
join with others in peaceably assembling to petition for redress of
grievances, this core freedom is not truly free. Americans should be
able to exercise these most sacred rights in free society without worry
of being monitored by the government.
In our new report,
“Dissent or Terror: How the Nation's Counter Terrorism Apparatus, in
Partnership with Corporate America, Turned on Occupy Wall Street,”
written by Center for Media and Democracy contributor and DBA Press
publisher Beau Hodai, we detail several ways in which our tax dollars
are being squandered on law enforcement—or so-called “homeland
security”personnel monitoring Americans who dare to voice dissent
against the extraordinary influence that some of the world's most
powerful corporations have on on our elected officials.