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Challenging Oil Companies & Their Political Henchmen
Stewart Ogilby — Aug. 10, 2003
Sarasota, Florida

Tying up a few loose ends:

This page is designed primarily to provide infomation on a subject that is largely taboo in corporate-owned public media: BIODIESEL TECHNOLOGY. Before doing so, it is appropriate to comment on the prosecution and fate of a fellow Internet web site developer. The first of the biodiesel information links (below) will take you to Sherman Austin's site, RaisetheFist.com.

On the 4th of this month, Sherman Austin was sentenced to one year in a federal prison, to be followed by three years of probation. The basis for Sherman's prosecution was the fact that one of the sites to which his site linked contained information (which can be found in considerably more detail elsewhere on the web) pertaining to explosives and bomb-making. Judge Wilson shocked the courtroom when he went against the recommendation of not only the prosecution, but the FBI and the Justice Department, who had asked that Austin be sentenced to 4 months in prison, and 4 months in a half-way house, with 3 years of probation.

The terms of Sherman's probation are rather upsetting, if correctly reported on the web site, "... that (1) he cannot possess or access a computer of any kind without prior approval of his probation officer, (2) if his probation officer gives permission, the equipment is subject to monitoring and is subject to search and seizure at any time, without notice, (3) he cannot alter any of the software or hardware on any computer he uses, (4) he must surrender his phone, DSL, electric, and satellite bills, (5) he cannot associate with any person or group that seeks to change the government in any way (be that environmental, social justice, political, economic, etc.)..."

A computer is to a webmaster as a newspaper is to a publisher, or as a book is to an author. Clearly, the powers-that-be want to prevent Mr. Austin from expressing himself publicly after he is released from federal confinement. Combined with the prohibition of free association, in the absence of proven criminal activity, these conditions make the terms of Mr. Austin's probation a mockery of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution. Among the concerns addressed by Mr. Austin's web site are U.S. foreign policy, the government's position on Cannabis and the development of biodiesel fuel.

The corporate-owned media are having an increasingly difficult time downplaying the growing disenchantment of our nation's public (not to mention the entire world) with America's oil-influenced foreign policy. RaiseTheFist, like BigEye, is a huge site with many hypertext links. Naturally, we are concerned. It's not feasible for us to review the content of every site linked to by Bigeye. What if the authorities should be offended at one of our own links such as Baghdad.htm, for example?

Having addressed the aforementioned "loose ends", we are delighted to provide the following links to important information about biodiesel energy sources:

See also: Marijuana and Hemp Information

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