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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:14 PM
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First the Justice Dept digs deep (recall they used a 1900 law) to hit the evniromentalists with and now the Treasury Dept digs deep to "find" a law to hit literature with!!!!!!!

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CENSORSHIP U.S. MOVES TO SUPPRESS DISSIDENT LITERATURE: Due to a Treasury Department interpretation of regulations rooted in the 1917 "Trading With the Enemy Act," American publishers can now be fined up to $1 million, and face jail time, for "publishing works by dissident writers in countries under sanction unless they first obtain U.S. government approval." The restriction, "condemned by critics as a violation of the First Amendment," means that books and other works banned by some totalitarian regimes in the past, such books have included Boris Pasternak's "Doctor Zhivago" and Azar Nafisi's "Reading Lolita in Tehran" "cannot be published freely in the United States, a country that prides itself as the international beacon of free expression." Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003, has joined several American publishing groups in filing suit against the Treasury Department because the regulations "preclude American publishers from helping craft her memoirs of surviving Iran's Islamic revolution and her efforts to defend human rights in Iranian courts."
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 12:22 PM
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1. Read "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
The fascists may try to suppress everything that doesn't agree with their insanity, but they can't eliminate it.

Just as Dr. Nafisi found a group of students for a literary salon in Tehran under repression you and I can't begin to imagine, so will any forbidden literature and ideas fluorish underground here.

That's a mistake totalitarians always make, the attempt to kill ideas. We can't. We can't even kill their ideas, no matter how many times history has discredited them.
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ikojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-09-04 07:24 PM
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2. Maybe they an keep the books from being
published in bound form but with the Internet, books can be purchased electronically. If the US forces Amazon or Powells not to sell non approved e books then there is always BIT TORRENT!!!!

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