BART block Cell Phone |BART Stifled Free Speech just Like Middle East Dictator.
BART Transit System (Illegally) Kills Cell Phone Service to Stop Protests
Cutting off communication is what repressive regmes do. We hear about it in the Middle East but never though it would happen here in America. Middle east dictators like Gaddafi in Libya tried to shut the voice of the people down and here in the land of the free our police state just does what it wants and denies freedom to it’s own people and then complain it’s justifiable.
In S.F one of the most open cities in the world the government disallow basic free speech to its citizens before they even commit a crime. In other worlds your are GUILTY until proven innocent, that’s a sad day for America and all people that believe in freedom and the American dream.
BART said that organizers were planning to disrupt BART services on Aug 11,2011 so they took it upon themselves to shut off cell phone repeaters in 4 stations. BART police ordered it switched off, after receiving permission from BART interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman.
How is the internet different from a newspaper or the pamphlets of the Revolutionary War era ? How are cellphones differrent from a printing presses? I hope this never happens again in America if it does people will revolt and may even join them. I do not like what you say, but I’ll defend your right to say it. This is America and cyberspace belongs to the people not the government.
When Egypt gathered at Tahrir Sq. the world cheered them on. When the Egyptian govt cut off internet access, much of the world condemned the repression. When the Mubarak government did that to Egypt’s Internet service last winter, it was met with outrage and underscored that the regime’s days were numbered. When the San Francisco rapid transit system killed its underground cellphone service Thursday night, it also prompted a wave of anger.
(UPDATE: Only Federal agencies can block cell phone use and with that, only under specific circumstances. BART is not a Federal agency.)
According to a citation issued January 26, 2011, by the Federal Communications Commission against Comtrex Communications for illegal cell phone jamming, Section 333 of the Communications Act of 1934 states, “[n]o person shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio communications of any station licensed or authorized by or under this Act or operated by the United States Government.” and Section 302(b) of the Communications Act provides that “[n]o person shall manufacture, import, sell, offer for sale, or ship devices or home electronic equipment and systems, or use devices, which fail to comply with regulations promulgated pursuant to this section.”
There’s no evidence provided by any BART representative that such legal issues were considered before initiating the cell phone blocking action – BART seems to have just plain went ahead and done it.
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