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State Attorney Jerry Hill: Drop charges against Kiera Wilmot

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Kiera Wilmot has been described as an exemplary student and a wonderful young woman. Why is it then that an experiment gone wrong is being dealt with by the police and school as a felony offense? According to the Miami Times:

“7 a.m. on Monday, the 16 year-old mixed some common household chemicals in a small 8 oz water bottle on the grounds of Bartow High School in Bartow, Florida. The reaction caused a small explosion that caused the top to pop up and produced some smoke. No one was hurt and no damage was caused.”

The principal has said that that he doesn’t believe she had any malicious intentions. Yet she now faces two felony charges as an adult. These includ making, possessing or discharging a destructive device and with possessing or discharging weapons on school grounds!

I’ve learned that the charges have not yet been filed and this means that Florida State Attorney Jerry Hill and Assistant State Attorney Tammy Glotfelty have an opportunity to the right thing, use common sense, and drop these charges against Kiera.

Please sign this petition to challenge any decision to so drastically charge this young woman for something that was a simple mistake. Her life should not be turned upside down, her future crushed, because someone wants to make a statement. There was no criminal activity here – she does not deserve to be punished like this. Help Kiera find real justice!

I also recommend checking out this article about the situation

http://feministing.com/2013/05/01/the-effects-of-unchecked-criminalization-teen-charged-with-felony-for-science-experiment/

Commentary

Mike Judge was not talking about 500 years in the future when he wrote Idiocracy.  The nation of zombies is not fiction either, it’s here now.  They keep tapping and yapping and playing video games while the earth burns.  Metaphorically, it’s impeccable.

The society is now a top down authoritarian regime under total surveillance.  Corporate / government partnership has erased the civil liberties that once made America different from military dictatorships.  Justice is selective and does not apply to state crimes.  Citizens are trained not to challenge government criminality, first by being harassed as “conspiracy nuts” — as if the government is incapable of breaking the laws of the land — and then whistleblowers who show proof of government crimes are arrested and disappeared into gulags.  Their evidence is ignored by the corporate partners and the media empires they command.

The distraction society has reached a critical tipping point where people can obsess and communicate constantly as long as it is isn’t about anything actually important.  Actual citizenship, diligence, keeping the state in check is no longer even a part of the society for the great majority in America.  They have abandoned their responsibilities as citizens and accepted the dictates of the criminal political class.  By accepting a criminal state and failing as citizens, America is collapsing every day into outright fascism.

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by Joe Giambrone

This blog ran into some very strange and ironic issues with the first review we posted of the film Compliance (2012).  Suffice to say, I won’t be posting any poster or still images, as some copyright troll company seemed to claim that these constituted “movie piracy.”  What’s more, these ridiculous, baseless and specious claims (by an entity with absolutely no proven actual authority in the matter) were taken as a serious threat by WordPress.

I finally watched Compliance and have some thoughts.

David Sterritt wrote:

 “And the stupidity of the story is as offensive as its callousness. By the ten-minute mark I’d been struck by several obvious questions.”

Yes, the stupidity of the story is a factor, but at film’s closing we are told that 70 similar incidents have happened in real life, in 30 different states.  Is the stupidity the fault of the filmmakers, or of the low-level corporate cogs who naturally defer to authority, as they have been trained since birth?

It is possible the film veers way too far into exploitation, and that none of the real life incidents went that far.  That part is unclear.  The events of the film are implausible, and yet a similar version has happened on numerous occasions.

I’d prefer to tackle what the filmmakers were obviously going for with this story, and that is corporate/government fascism in practice.  The worker/servant class is stripped and left without rights or recourse, at the mercy of arbitrary power.  On that lavel, the film has something going for it.

This is similar to the Millgram Experiment, where people were told by an authority figure to electrocute others.  The victims were acting and not actually being shocked.  However, a significant number of volunteers would continue shocking people to death if the authority figure told them to.  The results were that, “65 percent (26 of 40)[1] of experiment participants administered the experiment’s final massive 450-volt shock, though many were very uncomfortable doing so…”

Dr. Millgram would later write:

“Ordinary people, simply doing their jobs, and without any particular hostility on their part, can become agents in a terrible destructive process. Moreover, even when the destructive effects of their work become patently clear, and they are asked to carry out actions incompatible with fundamental standards of morality, relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority.”

Governments know this well.  Fast food employees, not so much.  As we battle against the tide of authoritarianism and government tyranny, we may need to see more films like Complance to get these facts to register.  It is a disturbing film, but not for who they are, the specific villain of the film for example, but for who we are.  We’ve already complied with the stripping of civil liberties, and rape scanners in airports.  We are under CCTV surveillance and internet spying in absolute violation of the 4th amendment.  We are like Becky sitting naked in a storage room, just waiting for some legitimate authority to show up.  Compliance is a post 9/11 film that should be seen and talked about.

 

What the hell can one say to this?

 

Yes, young grasshopper, you must obey those who issue you commands.  For they are right in all things, and you are nothing, a lowly, despicable creature without a mind of your own.  Defer to their judgment in all matters, for you are not qualified to determine the nature of reality on your own.  You should become like the good robot, a soldier of instant acquiescence and obedience.  You will sit, kneel, and stand as we command and you should never question the wisdom of your elders.

Give them 6 or 8 years, perhaps.  It’s sad that this culture of fascistic subservience is so prevalent today.  The culture these people promote is like a medieval nightmare, an erasing of the enlightenment, of the scientific method.  Isn’t there some island they can go to?

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