Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The right to criticize government anonymously hits Union City

Today we received an email (anonymously) from someone who asked if we would consider linking to their website unioncitycorruption.com.  The website hasn't been on the map too long and is using the American tradition of anonymous criticism of government, a benchmark of our democratic traditions.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation describes the historic right on its website:

Anonymous communications have an important place in our political and social discourse. The Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that the right to anonymous free speech is protected by the First Amendment. A much-cited 1995 Supreme Court ruling in McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission reads:
Protections for anonymous speech are vital to democratic discourse. Allowing dissenters to shield their identities frees them to express critical minority views . . . Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. . . . It thus exemplifies the purpose behind the Bill of Rights and of the First Amendment in particular: to protect unpopular individuals from retaliation . . . at the hand of an intolerant society.
The tradition of anonymous speech is older than the United States. Founders Alexander Hamilton James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers under the pseudonym "Publius " and "the Federal Farmer" spoke up in rebuttal. The US Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized rights to speak anonymously derived from the First Amendment.
The right to anonymous speech is also protected well beyond the printed page. Thus in 2002 the Supreme Court struck down a law requiring proselytizers to register their true names with the Mayor's office before going door-to-door.
For more, see the Electronic Frontier Foundation website: https://www.eff.org/issues/anonymity
One among other criticisms on the self-named corruption site is that Union City Mayor Brian Stack and its council receive free health benefits.  The website also complains about the cost to taxpayers for a number of other activities including the infamous "Shame on You," television segment where a city owned SUV was used to drive Stack's former wife to a private day care job with her dogs.

Katia Stack
For those who don't remember, that investigation involved the use of a city vehicle by Brian Stack's ex-wife Katia Stack who currently sits on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority.

Her term expired several years ago yet she still sits on the board with $5,000 annual stipend and taxpayer paid health benefits.  Is there another connection to Union City behind this problem?  (Well go to it guys.)

Check out the Union City Corruption website: http://www.unioncitycorruption.com/


Talking Ed Note: If this information troubles anyone, give a call to Beth Mason.  Without her underhanded political operations, from trying to bankrupt Hoboken, shutter the Hoboken University Medical Center to attacking online critics in a SLAPP, Da Horsey just might take an August siesta.

Nothing motivates more than Beth Mason's corruption: moral, inept and of course heinous.