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WikiLeaks Founder On The Run, Chased By Turmoil

(MSNBC)

LONDON — Julian Assange moves like a hunted man. In a noisy Ethiopian restaurant in London’s rundown Paddington district, he pitches his voice barely above a whisper to foil the Western intelligence agencies he fears.

He demands that his dwindling number of loyalists use expensive encrypted cellphones and swaps his own as other men change shirts. He checks into hotels under false names, dyes his hair, sleeps on sofas and floors, and uses cash instead of credit cards, often borrowed from friends.

“By being determined to be on this path, and not to compromise, I’ve wound up in an extraordinary situation,” Mr. Assange said over lunch last Sunday, when he arrived sporting a woolen beanie and a wispy stubble and trailing a youthful entourage that included a filmmaker assigned to document any unpleasant surprises.

In his remarkable journey to notoriety, Mr. Assange, founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowers’ Web site, sees the next few weeks as his most hazardous. Now he is making his most brazen disclosure yet: 391,832 secret documents on the Iraq war. He held a news conference in London on Saturday, saying that the release “constituted the most comprehensive and detailed account of any war ever to have entered the public record.”

Twelve weeks earlier, he posted on his organization’s Web site some 77,000 classified Pentagon documents on the Afghan conflict.

Much has changed since 2006, when Mr. Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, used years of computer hacking and what friends call a near genius I.Q. to establish WikiLeaks, redefining whistle-blowing by gathering secrets in bulk, storing them beyond the reach of governments and others determined to retrieve them, then releasing them instantly, and globally.

Now it is not just governments that denounce him: some of his own comrades are abandoning him for what they see as erratic and imperious behavior, and a nearly delusional grandeur unmatched by an awareness that the digital secrets he reveals can have a price in flesh and blood.

Several WikiLeaks colleagues say he alone decided to release the Afghan documents without removing the names of Afghan intelligence sources for NATO troops. “We were very, very upset with that, and with the way he spoke about it afterwards,” said Birgitta Jonsdottir, a core WikiLeaks volunteer and a member of Iceland’s Parliament. “If he could just focus on the important things he does, it would be better.”

He is also being investigated in connection with accusations of rape and molestation involving two Swedish women. Mr. Assange denied the allegations, saying the relations were consensual. But prosecutors in Sweden have yet to formally approve charges or dismiss the case eight weeks after the complaints against Mr. Assange were filed, damaging his quest for a secure base for himself and WikiLeaks. Though he characterizes the claims as “a smear campaign,” the scandal has compounded the pressures of his cloaked life.

“When it comes to the point where you occasionally look forward to being in prison on the basis that you might be able to spend a day reading a book, the realization dawns that perhaps the situation has become a little more stressful than you would like,” he said over the London lunch.

Exposing Secrets
Mr. Assange has come a long way from an unsettled childhood in Australia as a self-acknowledged social misfit who narrowly avoided prison after being convicted on 25 charges of computer hacking in 1995. History is punctuated by spies, defectors and others who revealed the most inflammatory secrets of their age. Mr. Assange has become that figure for the Internet era, with as yet unreckoned consequences for himself and for the keepers of the world’s secrets.

“I’ve been waiting 40 years for someone to disclose information on a scale that might really make a difference,” said Daniel Ellsberg, who exposed a 1,000-page secret study of the Vietnam War in 1971 that became known as the Pentagon Papers.

Mr. Ellsberg said he saw kindred spirits in Mr. Assange and Pfc. Bradley Manning, the 22-year-old former Army intelligence operative under detention in Quantico, Va., suspected of leaking the Iraq and Afghan documents.

“They were willing to go to prison for life, or be executed, to put out this information,” Mr. Ellsberg said.

Underlying Mr. Assange’s anxieties is deep uncertainty about what the United States and its allies may do next. Pentagon and Justice department officials have said they are weighing his actions under the 1917 Espionage Act. They have demanded that Mr. Assange “return” all government documents in his possession, undertake not to publish any new ones and not “solicit” further American materials.

Mr. Assange has responded by going on the run, but has found no refuge. Amid the Afghan documents controversy, he flew to Sweden, seeking a residence permit and protection under that country’s broad press freedoms. His initial welcome was euphoric.

“They called me the James Bond of journalism,” he recalled wryly. “It got me a lot of fans, and some of them ended up causing me a bit of trouble.”

In late September, he left Stockholm for Berlin. A bag he checked on the almost empty flight disappeared, with three encrypted laptops. It has not resurfaced; Mr. Assange suspects it was intercepted. From Germany, he traveled to London, wary at being detained on arrival. Iceland, a country with generous press freedoms, has also lost its appeal, with Mr. Assange concluding that its government is too easily influenced by Washington.

He faces attack from within, too.

After the Sweden scandal, strains within WikiLeaks reached a breaking point, with some of Mr. Assange’s closest collaborators publicly defecting. The New York Times spoke with dozens of people who have worked with and supported him in Iceland, Sweden, Germany, Britain and the United States. What emerged was a picture of the founder of WikiLeaks as its prime innovator and charismatic force but as someone whose growing celebrity has been matched by an increasingly dictatorial, eccentric and capricious style.

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Entire Article – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39810329/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/

St. Pete Man Accuses Deputies of Excessive Force (w/video)

(BAY NEWS 9)

**Links below with video story as well as the unedited dash cam video**

ST. PETERSBURG —

A 24-year-old St. Petersburg man who says deputies used excessive force on him during a traffic stop is speaking about the incident for the first time.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said James Hoover was resisting arrest and not obeying deputies’ commands during a traffic stop in July.

The traffic stop was caught on dash cam video. Part of the incident happened off-camera, but Hoover can be heard getting Tasered.

“I think the first Taser was immediately after hitting the ground and that’s why I was incoherent from that point and don’t remember the second one,” Hoover said. “I think they used very unnecessary and excessive force.”

Hoover’s attorney, Frank McDermott, agrees.

“The police report says it appears as though he was trying to run and that’s why he had to be taken to the ground and Tasered,” McDermott said. “The video shows something quite to the contrary. And it shows what I believe to be an unnecessary use of excessive force.”

But the sheriff’s office said the traffic stop was done by the book.

“Based on our review of the video, the subject was issued verbal commands several times and he was non-compliant and the deputy took the action he deemed necessary as a result,” said Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Cecilia Barreda.

The traffic stop started when deputies say Hoover went speeding through a Publix parking lot, forcing customers to jump out of his way.

Deputies say Hoover then turned off his lights and tried to get away.

“I could’ve bumped them with my knee, I don’t believe I turned them off intentionally,” he said.

But Hoover said he didn’t know the unmarked cars were deputies and pulled over as soon as they turned on their lights.

“I knew I was being followed,” he said, “but not by a cop because they were all unmarked cars.”

McDermott said the video proves his client is innocent of fleeing and eluding.

“Swearing under oath that lights and sirens were on and that he was refusing to pull over. What the video shows is quite the contrary,” he said. “It shows that once the overhead lights went on, the red and blues they call them, once those went on he pulled over. And he was already pulled over when the siren came on.”

Hoover faces a fleeing and eluding charge along with reckless driving and resisting without violence.

He has been arrested eight times since 2005 but McDermott said his client’s past history had nothing to do with what happened.

“There’s no indication that these law enforcement officers knew Mr. Hoover from before,” he said. “Whoever was in that car was getting taken to the ground and Tased. It’s clear they didn’t take the time to find out what his rap sheet was before taking him to the ground.”

In this case, deputies also said Hoover made a vulgar gesture as he drove by them in the parking lot.

McDermott believes that’s the real reason deputies used force.

“I think the officers were upset,” McDermott said, “because they got flipped off or they thought they got flipped off.”

Hoover’s pre-trial is scheduled for next month.

The Sheriff’s Office said Hoover has not filed a complaint with internal affairs. McDermott said he advised his client to wait until the criminal case is over before filing a use of force complaint against the deputies.

Story Video – http://www.baynews9.com/video?clip=http://static.baynews9.com/newsvideo/bn9/web_video/PCSO_Taser_1012.f4v

Dash Cam Video – http://www.baynews9.com/video?clip=http://static.baynews9.com/newsvideo/bn9/web_video/PCSO_Taser_Web_1011.f4v

Nobel Peace Prize winner’s wife has ‘disappeared,’ lawyer says

(Associated Press)

JINZHOU, China — The world’s newest Nobel Peace Prize winner remained unreachable in a Chinese prison Saturday, while his wife’s mobile phone was cut off and the authoritarian government continued to censor reports about democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo’s honor.

Police kept reporters away from the prison where Liu is serving an 11-year sentence for subversion, and his lawyer said that Liu’s wife — who had been hoping to visit him Saturday and tell him the news of the award — has “disappeared” and he is worried she may be in police custody.

Chinese authorities, who called Liu a criminal shortly after his award Friday and said his winning “desecrates the prize,” sank Saturday into official silence.

Only an editorial in the state-run Global Times newspaper spoke out Saturday, saying in English, “Obviously, the Nobel Peace Prize this year is meant to irritate China, but it will not succeed. On the contrary, the committee disgraced itself.”

The paper’s Chinese-language edition called the award “an arrogant showcase of Western ideology” and said it disrespected the Chinese people.

But one Chinese newspaper cartoonist, Kuang Biao, posted an image on his blog Friday of a Nobel prize medal behind bars.

In naming Liu, the Norwegian-based Nobel committee honored his more than two decades of advocacy for human rights and peaceful democratic change — from the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in 1989 to a manifesto for political reform that he co-authored in 2008 and which led to his latest jail term.

President Barack Obama, last year’s peace prize winner, called for Liu’s immediate release.

‘We are all worried’
But there was still no word from the winner himself. The mobile phone of his wife, Liu Xia, was turned off Saturday as she was expected to be en route with police to the prison to meet her husband.

“She’s disappeared. We’re all worried about them,” Liu’s lawyer, Shang Baojun, told The Associated Press on Saturday.

He said even Liu Xia’s mother had been unable to reach her.

Liu’s wife’s freedom of movement had been shrinking since the eve of the Nobel announcement when, she said, police came to her apartment to try to get her out of Beijing, offering her a prison visit with Liu.

She wanted to stay for the announcement and planned to hold an impromptu news conference with reporters. But police would not let her leave the apartment and on Friday night, she said she was negotiating terms to visit Liu on Saturday and tell him the news.

Police often force political critics, religious dissenters and sometimes their family members to leave Beijing ahead of sensitive anniversaries, often putting them up in guesthouses and keeping them out of the way for days and weeks.

Beth Schwanke with the Washington-based Freedom Now, an organization that serves as Liu’s international counsel, said, “We’re very concerned that the government might use this as a pretext for detaining her.”

Liu’s wife has said she hopes to go to Norway to collect the Nobel medal and its prize money of 10 million Swedish kronor (about $1.5 million), if he cannot.

Two years into an 11-year jail term at the prison 300 miles from Beijing, the slight, 54-year-old literary critic was not expected to find out about the award until the meeting with his wife.

Release unlikely
Shang said it was not likely that winning the prize would have any big effect on Liu’s prison sentence.

“Unless (President) Hu Jintao signs some sort of special order … but there’s no precedent for that,” the lawyer said.

In past years, China would release certain dissidents after international pressure, but not because they won major awards.

Liu is the first peace prize winner chosen while serving a criminal prison sentence, although several laureates, including Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi (1991) and German pacifist Carl von Ossietzky (1935) were in custody without a legal trial.

Still others, like Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov (1975) and Polish Solidarity leader Lech Walesa (1983), were prevented by their governments from going to Norway to accept the prize.

The government arrested Liu in December 2008, hours before he released a document named Charter 08 that called for greater freedoms and for the Communist Party to give way to gradual, democratic change.

In announcing the peace prize Friday, the Nobel committee issued a challenge to China to live up to its responsibilities as the world’s second-largest economy and a burgeoning diplomatic and military power.

Liu had been virtually unknown among ordinary Chinese. University students in Beijing were wrestling Friday night with a mix of pride and suspicion over the award (…..)

Link – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39588135/ns/world_news-asiapacific/

FBI gets busted tracking student, demands that GPS spy gear be returned

(RAW STORY)   A Silicon Valley college student says the FBI confronted him and threatened to “make things difficult” for him if he didn’t hand over a GPS tracking device he found on his car, says a report at Wired.com.

Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old marketing student at Mission College who is partially of Egyptian extraction, said he found the device last Sunday when he took his car to a mechanic, and saw wires sticking out of the underside, near the exhaust pipe.

He told Wired he had “done nothing to merit attention from authorities.”

A friend of Afifi’s, identified only as Khaled, posted pictures of the device to Reddit.com, where a user quickly identified it as a Guardian ST820 tracking unit, manufactured by Cobham, which, according to Wired, only sells the device to law enforcement agencies.

As Afifi and Khaled pondered a number of plans for the device — including selling it on Craigslist or attaching it to another car — the FBI showed up, admitted it had planted the device, and demanded it back, Afifi told Wired.

From what the FBI told him, Afifi estimates he had been under surveillance for three to six months.

Wired reports:

[Afifi] was in his apartment Tuesday afternoon when a roommate told him “two sneaky-looking people” were near his car. Afifi, already heading out for an appointment, encountered a man and woman looking at his vehicle outside. The man asked if Afifi knew his registration tag was expired. When Afifi asked if it bothered him, the man just smiled. Afifi got into his car and headed for the parking lot exit when two SUVs pulled up with flashing lights carrying four police officers in bullet-proof vests.

The agent who initially spoke with Afifi identified himself then as Vincent and told Afifi, “We’re here to recover the device you found on your vehicle. It’s federal property. It’s an expensive piece, and we need it right now.”

Afifi asked, “Are you the guys that put it there?” and the agent replied, “Yeah, I put it there.” He told Afifi, “We’re going to make this much more difficult for you if you don’t cooperate.”

Afifi retrieved the device from his apartment and handed it over, at which point the agents asked a series of questions – did he know anyone who traveled to Yemen or was affiliated with overseas training? One of the agents produced a printout of a blog post that Afifi’s friend Khaled allegedly wrote a couple of months ago. It had “something to do with a mall or a bomb,” Afifi said. He hadn’t seen it before and doesn’t know the details of what it said. He found it hard to believe Khaled meant anything threatening by the post.

The post in question, by “khaledthegypsy,” appeared at Reddit about three months ago. It reads:

bombing a mall seems so easy to do. i mean all you really need is a bomb, a regular outfit so you arent the crazy guy in a trench coat trying to blow up a mall and a shopping bag. i mean if terrorism were actually a legitimate threat, think about how many fucking malls would have blown up already.. you can put a bag in a million different places, there would be no way to foresee the next target, and really no way to prevent it unless CTU gets some intel at the last minute in which case every city but LA is fucked…so…yea…now i’m surely bugged : /

Since yesterday, the post has developed a lengthy thread of irreverent new comments, such as “Get hired by the FBI – Get paid to read reddit – Profit!” and “Worst job ever: being the FBI agent responsible for tracking the 4chan’s /b/.”

Afifi’s story comes a few months after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that law enforcement agencies don’t need a warrant to attach GPS tracking units to vehicles.

That prompted Time magazine to declare that, at least in the nine western states where the Ninth Circuit Court holds jurisdiction, it is now legal for police to “keep track of everywhere you go.”

The court’s decision is expected to be appealed to the Supreme Court, which will either strike it down, or make it law throughout the United States.

“It seems very frightening that the FBI have placed a surveillance-tracking device on the car of a 20-year-old American citizen who has done nothing more than being half-Egyptian,” the ACLU’s Brian Alseth told Wired.

Afifi said the ACLU contacted him and told him they had been waiting for a case like this in order to challenge it in court. “This is the kind of thing we like to throw lawyers at,” Afifi quoted Alseth as saying.

According to Wired, Afifi’s father, who was a Muslim community association president in Santa Clara, died in Egypt last year. It’s not clear whether the FBI’s interest in Rafifi has to do with his father’s prominent role in the community.

Rafifi says FBI agents contacted an ex-roommate about him six months ago. He says he knows he is on a government watch list, as he is frequently pulled aside for extra screening at airports. But he said the FBI told him their investigation of him was effectively over.

“You’re boring,” they reportedly told him.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/10/student-tracking-device-fbi/

Prosecutor in Sen. Ted Stevens Corruption Case Commits Suicide

(Associated Press)    WASHINGTON — A Justice Department prosecutor killed himself while under investigation over whether he and other attorneys in the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens acted improperly in the case, officials said.

Nicholas A. Marsh, 37, committed suicide on Sunday, two years after being part of the Justice Department team that convicted Stevens on corruption charges that were eventually thrown out. Marsh’s suicide was confirmed by his lawyer, Robert Luskin.

“I think Nick loved being a prosecutor and I think he was incredibly fearful that this would prevent him from continuing to work for the Justice Department,” Luskin said Monday. “It’s incredibly tragic after all this time when we were on the verge of a successful resolution.”

The prosecutors in the Stevens case failed to disclose evidence favorable to the defendant as Supreme Court precedent requires. The omission was so serious that Attorney General Eric Holder stepped in and asked a federal judge to throw out Stevens’ convictions, which the judge did, while taking the additional step of appointing a prominent Washington attorney, Henry Schuelke, to investigate possible improprieties by the prosecutors.

“My general sense is that with the direction things are going, I really would have been shocked if Hank had done anything other than exonerate Nick Marsh,” said Luskin, who called the suicide a “terrible tragedy.”

Luskin said his impression was that the investigation was drawing to a close.

“I think we were within shouting distance of the finish line,” the attorney said.

Stevens, a longtime Republican senator from Alaska, lost his Senate seat in an election shortly after his October 2008 conviction. He died in a plane crash in Alaska in August.

Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said, “Our deepest sympathies go out to Nick’s family and friends on this sad day. The Department of Justice is a community, and today our community is mourning the loss of this dedicated young attorney.”

During the Schuelke investigation, Marsh had been transferred from the department’s Public Integrity Section, which handles corruption probes. Marsh most recently been working in the department’s Office of International Affairs.

“Notwithstanding the unfounded accusations recently made against him, he took his ethical and professional obligations as seriously as any prosecutor or lawyer I’ve ever met,” Joshua Berman, a former prosecutor and close friend of Marsh, said in a statement.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39391519/ns/politics/

Stephen Colbert Makes Congress Look A Bit More Silly Than Normal…

This is just an editor’s article but the video of his testimonial is at the bottom which is why I posted it. He was pretty ridiculous at times but he made some amazing points, as he usually does.MAKE SURE to check out the video!!

Jokester Colbert goes to Washington

Carrie Dann writes: Television comedian Stephen Colbert has gotten famous by using his trademark conservative faux-outrage to label the United States Congress as a joke.

On Friday, a House subcommittee – maybe, sort of, actually we really don’t know — might have played along.

“I certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to C-SPAN One,” Colbert promised members of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees, and Border Security, where he appeared as a witness on the issue of migrant farm work.

The subcommittee chairman invited the Comedy Central personality to testify at the hearing, which addressed the possibility of offering illegal immigrant farm workers a path to citizenship. Colbert’s “expertise” in the arena of immigration and farm labor stems from a July 2010 episode of his TV show “The Colbert Report,” during which he joined subcommittee chairwoman Rep. Zoe Lofgren to spend a day doing the work of an agriculture laborer.

Speaking in character as a bigoted and irate “free-market guy,” Colbert argued in his testimony that “we have to do something” about the plight of farm workers “because I am not going back out there.”

“At this point, I break into a cold sweat at the sight of a salad bar,” he said.

It’s unclear upon how many members of the committee the joke was lost.

Rep. John Conyers, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, initially requested that Colbert leave the hearing room before his testimony, arguing that his presence had achieved its purpose by bringing attention to the hearing’s subject matter. Lofgren interceded, saying that Colbert was in attendance at the subcommittee’s request, and Conyers relented.

Colbert did not stick to his (joke-free) prepared testimony, breaking from his planned dry statistics about American agriculture in favor of gags about entering his colonoscopy results into the Congressional Record.

If the committee’s intent was garnering publicity by inviting a late-night comic as its star witness, it worked. Lofgren commented at the outset of the hearing that she had not seen so many cameras in a hearing room since the impeachment.

Asked if it was appropriate for a comedian to testify on the Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “Of course.”

“He’s an American. He comes before the committee. He has a point of view. He can bring attention to an important issue like immigration,” she said. “I think it’s great.”

Colbert did note the seriousness of the issue of immigration during the hearing’s question-and-answer period, saying that he likes “talking about people who have no power.”

“Migrant workers suffer. And have no rights,” he said.

NBC’s Lea Sutton and Shawna Thomas contributed to this report.

Story Link – http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2010/09/24/5171385-jokester-colbert-goes-to-washington-


GOP Picks Tampa Florida For 2012 Convention

*I’m posting this because it’s semi-local for anyone in Florida and we’re going to need ALL the protesters we can get! Keep in mind, Florida is a difficult place to drive to from anywhere else so us Floridians have to really step up to the plate and show these guys that we mean business. It won’t be like protests in other areas where people come from tons of different states, takes 6-7 hours just to reach Tampa from the north Florida border!

Anyway, make plans to be here when the convention happens so that we can make a statement for Florida as well as the entire Country – We’re Mad As Hell And We’re Not Gonna Take It Anymore!*

Associated Press

OXON HILL, Md. – Republicans choose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.

“The host committee’s hard work and dedication resulted in a tremendous bid that we are confident will produce a successful event,” said RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

Presidential hopefuls typically decamp in Florida during the final weeks of a campaign, and nominating conventions dominate local news coverage and help drive the parties’ message to voters who might otherwise ignore the formalities.

Republicans met in Minneapolis-St. Paul in 2008, hoping to swing Minnesota to the GOP although it went for Obama. Democrats similarly met in Denver in the hopes of making the Mountain West friendly territory. The president won Colorado.

It is a GOP strategy, though, that has worked infrequently. The last time Republicans held a convention in a swing state and won, Ronald Reagan won Michigan in 1980 over Jimmy Carter.

The selection committee’s recommendation would still need formal approval when the Republican National Committee meets in August in Kansas City, Mo., but that is considered a given.

The last Republican convention in Florida was in Miami in 1972 when the party nominated President Richard M. Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37113966/ns/politics-more_politics/

Students Kicked Off Campus for Wearing American Flag Shirts

(NBC)   On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

“They said we could wear it on any other day,” Daniel Galli said, “but today is sensitive to Mexican-Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today.”

The boys said the administrators called their T-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus.

“They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended,” Dominic Maciel, Galli’s friend, said.

The boys really had no choice, and went home to avoid suspension. They say they’re angry they were not allowed to express their American pride. Their parents are just as upset, calling what happened to their children, “total nonsense.”

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous,” Julie Fagerstrom, Maciel’s mom, said. “All they were doing was displaying their patriotic nature. They’re expressing their individuality.”

But to many Mexican-American students at Live Oak, this was a big deal. They say they were offended by the five boys and others for wearing American colors on a Mexican holiday.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

As for an apology, the boys and their families say, “fat chance.”

“I’m not going to apologize. I did nothing wrong,” Galli said. “I went along with my normal day. I might have worn an American flag, but I’m an American and I’m proud to be an American.”

The five boys and their families met with a Morgan Hill Unified School District official Wednesday night. The district released a statement saying it does not agree with how Live Oak High School administrators handled this incident.

The boys will not be suspended and they were told they can go back to school Thursday. They may even wear their red, white, and blue colors again, but this time, the day after Cinco de Mayo, there will be no controversy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H575meEeEBs

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36981179/ns/local_news-san_francisco_bay_area_ca/

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