28 January 2009

The Sun No Longer Shines...In Baltimore

by T.R. Mencken, Editor In Chief
The Baltimore Spectator

At a time of increased distrust and suspicion of the police, the policy change to no longer release the names of officers who kill or injure citizens is highly disturbing. Citing 23 threats to police officers last year, the department says this change is needed for officer safety.

With a force of 4000 officers, 23 threats seems like a low and manageable amount.
Police work after all, is not without its risks. There's no word as to whether the threats were even related to police shootings.

City and state elected leaders, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union have criticized the policy. This is simply another lame excuse for government trying to keep the common folk in the dark. This type of policy is more fitting of a medieval monarchy, than a modern democracy.

An open and transparent government, accountable to its citizens, is not only essential in maintaining public trust, but it should be mandatory at a time when the perception of corruption in Baltimore City government is at an all time high.

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RUMOR CONTROL & Special Announcement

Seems a lot of folks have have been questioning whether James MacArthur and I are the same person. This picture of the two of us is photographic evidence we are indeed two different people. Despite being twice his age, I'm actually flattered if we're thought of as being the same.

I would also like to take this moment to announce that James MacArthur is now officially a part of this production. He will now serve as managing editor as we seek to grow and expand the online presence of The Baltimore Spectator.

Writers Wanted

As a young, full of life, principled person, MacArthur will bring lots of energy to this site. I've known him for many years now and I'm fully confident in his ability to take this blog to new heights. That being said, we are looking for contributors and writers. Contributions can be video clips, audio bites, etc. Send either one of us an email for more info.

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To all those who willfully, deliberately and routinely violate the civil rights of law abiding American Citizens; Yes, you're powerful. Sure, you're everywhere. But this is still America, and the Constitution of the United States Of America still reigns supreme as the law of the land. The Baltimore Spectator will vigorously and aggressively defend against any and all attempts at spying and suppression. Let it be known to all that we are already aware of the regular monitoring and shadowing attempts. There is nothing to hide, but cross the line and there will be hell to pay.

In the end, efforts to impinge upon the freedoms of the people will ultimately fail. Some of us may get taken out in the ongoing battle for true and lasting freedom, but as I've said many times before, and will say till the day I die or get taken out by you goons, THERE ARE MORE OF US, THAN THERE ARE OF YOU.

A.F. James MacArthur -- American patriot & lover of liberty.

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