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Here’s an interesting little note that came out of Pittsburgh Indy Media. I’ll cut it down to the basics for you.

Elliott Madison, a 41 year old self-described anarchist from New York was arrested by Police and charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, criminal use of a communications facility and possession of instruments of crime.

The whole deal is that apparently Madison used Twitter to spread the word about what he was hearing Law Enforcement Agencies doing/reporting over the Police Scanners.

Those of you who know me know my feelings on protestors and protests. Essentially I don’t have a problem with making your voice heard as long as it’s legally and civilly.

It would seem that the protests Madison was involved in weren’t legal.

The biggest complaint in the case is that Madison’s Civil Liberties were violated, and that there are dual standards at play here when there are charges being pressed for using Twitter in such a way here in the USA when persons using Twitter (etc) similarly in countries like Iraq are being praised for it.

What do you think? Was he right or wrong? What’s the difference in the actions of people in the US vs. those in countries like Iraq?

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