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Pohakuloa Training Area government Facebook page Censorship

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

Borce, Loreto V Jr LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil>, Donnelly, Michael O’Malley CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <michael.o.donnelly.civ@mail.mil>, Gray, Harold W Jr CSM USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <harold.w.gray.mil@mail.mil>, Mathers, Gregory S CIV USARMY 25 ID (USA) <gregory.s.mathers.civ@mail.mil>

To LTC Borce, Harold Gray, Forrest Blake Doll, Gregory Mathers, and Mike Donnelly,

Aloha kakou,

Below is the email I received from PTA PAO Mike Donnelly.  Mr. Donnelly drove up to our 1025th Hilo Peace Vigil on Friday, May 21, 2021 at the downtown Hilo Post Office/Federal Bldg. as we were packing up our signs around 5:15PM

I told him that I viewed his email response (below) emailed to me on 5/17 as a “FRAUD.”  The reason I say that is because I was not simply “having trouble commenting on the PTA Facebook posts,” as stated in Donnelly’s email, as if it was merely a technical problem. I was being censored (banned) for the 2nd in time in 2 years. (And I rarely submit a comment) The fact is the PTA Facebook page is a government sponsored forum on militarism.  In such forums Donnelly needs to be told by his superiors in crystal clear terms that citizens have rights.  It appears he has not been told clearly or he did not transmit that clear message to me.  I guess Mr. Donnelly was not given the “Lava Tube Award” for darkness by the Big island Press Club for nothing.

Please Speak Up clearly!  Show that you truly believe “in the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  Protect the rights of the majority and the minority.

Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

bc: media, officials, ACLU, etc.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

May 17, 2021 email from Mike Donnelly below

Aloha Mr. Albertini: Mahalo for your correspondence. We are sorry if you are having trouble commenting on PTA Facebook posts. Please know that as this site represents Pohakuloa Training Area, a subunit of the U.S. Army, therefore it is not an open forum for others to post as they may wish. We have explored your specific case and you should be able to comment. Thank you for your patience, and please read and be familiar with the USER Agreement at https://www.facebook.com/PohakuloaTrainingArea/about/?ref=page_internal . See “Additional Information”. Mahalo and Warmest Aloha, Mike —————————- Michael O. Donnelly Public Affairs Officer US Army Garrison Hawaii at Pohakuloa Training Area Building 93, Room 1 MM 35 Highway 200 Hilo, Hawaii 96720 Desk: (808)-969-2411 DSN: 469-2411 Cell: (808)-824-1474

On 5/12/21 5:40 PM, Borce, Loreto V Jr LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) wrote:

Mr. Albertini,

I acknowledge your email and will discuss with the PTA team. Mike Donnelly will reply to you by the end of the week. For your situational awareness, Mr. Greg Fleming moved to USACE so Mr. Blake Doll (cc’d) is filling as the PTA DCO. Thanks.

 

v/r,

 

LORETO V. BORCE, JR

LTC, FA

Garrison Commander

USAG-Pohakuloa Training Area, HI

Office: (808) 969-2407

Work Cell: (808) 228-6598

NIPR: loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil

SIPR: loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.smil.mil

 

Pohakuloa Training Area Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PohakuloaTrainingArea/

 

“GOD, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

 

From: Jim Albertini <ja@malu-aina.org>
Sent: Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:02 PM
To: Donnelly, Michael O’Malley CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <michael.o.donnelly.civ@mail.mil>
Cc: Borce, Loreto V Jr LTC USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <loreto.v.borce.mil@mail.mil>; Fleming, Gregory R CIV USARMY IMCOM PACIFIC (USA) <gregory.r.fleming4.civ@mail.mil>
Subject: [Non-DoD Source] Pohakuloa Training Area government Facebook page Censorship?

 

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To Mike Donnelly, PTA Public Affairs Officer      May 12, 2021

michael.o.donnelly.civ@mail.mil < Caution-mailto:michael.o.donnelly.civ@mail.mil > 

Aloha Mike,

I noticed recently when I went to the official Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) GOVERNMENT Facebook page, that I am not allowed to comment on PTA Facebook posts.  I know of at least one other friend who also is NOT provided a “Comment” option of the PTA Facebook page.  Other people are allowed to comment.

This looks like government censorship to me and a violation of US First Amendment free speech rights. 

Please immediately provide a “Comment” option for all people, myself included, on the PTA GOVERNMENT Facebook page.

Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

cc: copies of this email are being sent to government elected officials, news media, and attorneys including the ACLU

— Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Israel “Mows the Grass” again May 21, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Israel “Mows the Grass”

Again!

         Israeli racist hardliners call the Anti-Arab killings of a new generation of Palestinians as “mowing the grass,” a process underway again-and-again in ongoing massive bombardments of Gaza.

        Let’s be clear. What Israel is doing to Palestinians is ethnic cleansing, It’s apartheid. It’s racist. It’s settler colonialism. The U.S. voted 3 times this past week AGAINST a cease-fire at the UN Security Council. It was the only NO vote. As many have said: the U.S. must stop being an apologist for the Israeli government. Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian land. For Israel to claim it has the right to defend it’s illegal occupation of Palestine is not only ridiculous, it is criminal. It is a crime against humanity. The U.S. needs to immediately end it’s complicity in Israel’s criminal abuse of Palestinians.

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     Israel needs to: return all Palestinian lands it occupies; cede control of the groundwater under the West Bank to the Palestinians who live there; release its Palestinian political prisoners; dismantles all settlements that have displaced Palestinians; halt its nighttime raids of Palestinian homes and detention of children; take down the separation wall it has constructed through Palestinian farmers’ lands; stop restricting access to certain Muslim and Christian places of worship; lift it’s blockade and siege of Gaza; disarm itself of nuclear weapons; and no longer receive U.S. military aid. Each year $3.8 BILLION of U.S. tax payers money is invested in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. Israeli bombs being dropped on Gaza are “Made in the USA.” Israel’s current war against Gaza is benefiting Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. It is helping him stay out of jail on corruption charges. All violence between Israel and Palestine must end, but there is no comparison between Israeli violence and Palestinian violence.

     Being against Israel’s war crimes is NOT anti-semitism. End U.S. Military funding to Israel now.

     Sign the petition: Tell President Biden and Congress to stop U.S. funds from being used to kill Palestinians and demolish their homes! 

Shabbat! Shalom! Peace with Justice for All!

For a comprehensive view of Israel/Palestine see the links below and article by Chris Hedges: Israel,

                the Big Lie https://consortiumnews.com/2021/05/14/chris-hedges-israel-the-big-lie/                                                                                                                            

  Former Israeli pilot: ‘My government and    military are war criminals’  
Here are four lies Israel kept telling the world
‘Israel commits war crimes, crimes against humanity’, says American-Jewish scholar Finkelstein 

                                                                            

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject violence & war as solutions. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic,
anti-Hawaiian, anti-Black, anti-Asian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown), Hawaii 96760

Phone (808) 966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org to receive our posts. For more information www.malu-aina.org

May 21, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 1025– Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

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Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Commending Canadian Astronomers decision NOT to support TMT without Native Hawaiian Consent – Kanaeokana

Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Subject: Commending CASCA’s decision NOT to support TMT without Native Hawaiian Consent – Kanaeokana
Date: May 15, 2021 at 4:35:23 PM HST
 
Please view the 4 min video at the link below of Hawaiian elders being arrested to protect Mauna Kea.  And please spread this news of Canadian Astronomers far and wide.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

 

One of the TMT project’s biggest and long standing supporters, the Canadian Astronomical Association (CASCA), now proclaims:
 
“Unless the TMT project has consent from the Native Hawaiians, Canada’s astronomical community cannot support its construction on Maunakea…” 
when such consent does not exist, the principles should recognize that the use or threat of force is an unacceptable avenue for developing or accessing an astronomical site.”
 
-- 
Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Military Censorship at Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA)

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Military Censorship!

What has happened to the First Amendment Right of Free Speech?

It appears it’s OK to desecrate and contaminate the land through military bombing, but not OK to criticize the bombing on a government run, taxpayer funded, Facebook page. It appears the military considers any criticism as “political propaganda.”

Below is a brief email Jim Albertini, president of Malu Aina wrote on May 12, 2021 to the military Pohakuloa Training Area Public Affairs Officer, Mike Donnelly, with cc to (PTA) Commander LTC L. Borce, and Deputy Commander G. Fleming

 

To Mike Donnelly, PTA Public Affairs Officer
May 12, 2021
Michael O. Donnelly
Pohakuloa Training Area
Public Affairs Officer
P.O. Box 4607
Hilo , HI 96720

808-969-2411 Office
808-824-1474 Cell
 
Aloha Mike,
I noticed recently when I went to the official Pohakuloa Training Area (PTA) GOVERNMENT Facebook page, that I am not allowed to comment on PTA Facebook posts. I know of at least one other friend who also is NOT provided a “Comment” option on the PTA Facebook page. Other people are allowed to comment.
This looks like government censorship to me and a violation of US First Amendment Free-Speech rights.
Please immediately provide a “Comment” option for all people, myself included, on the PTA GOVERNMENT Facebook page.
Mahalo.
Jim Albertini
Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
 
cc: copies of this email are being sent to government elected officials, news media, and attorneys including the ACLU
 

It should be noted that Mike Donnelly, the PTA Public Affairs Officer is a Big Island Press Club “Lava Tube Award winner” in contrast to the Press Club’s “Torch of Light” award winner.

 

See if you are being censored? Go to the following link and see if you can enter a respectful, but critical, comment of PTA bombing. https://www.facebook.com/PohakuloaTrainingArea/

 
More than 2 years ago, in March 2019, I was also banned from commenting of the PTA facebook page around the time the military was inviting school children from all over the island to PTA for “Experience Pohakuloa Day” as a celebration of Earth Day.  Our organization thinks it is unwise to invite school children to a base heavily contaminated with a wide range of military toxins, including Depleted Uranium (DU).  Below is an email I wrote to the PTA commander at that time 3/20/19

Aloha Commander Borce, Deputy Commander Flemming and PR man Donnelly,

I noticed that I am being prohibited from commenting on your Pohakuloa Training Area Facebook page posts.  How come?  Who made that decision?  Isn’t this a government page and shouldn’t all citizens have a Free Speech right to posts comments as long as there is nothing profane or yelling fire in a crowded theater?
 
Please respond promptly.  Mahalo.
 
Below is something I would like to post on the PTA Facebook page.

Decades from now will the same be said about Depleted Uranium (DU) oxide at Pohakuloa, etc. ?  Not only poisoning its own soldiers but our Big island community as well?

U.S. finally admits Agent Orange residue poisoned its own soldiers

https://www.newstarget.com/2016-05-09-u-s-finally-admits-agent-orange-residue-poisoned-its-own-soldiers.html?fbclid=IwAR0czZ4e_rni0MGyLGilFDMdxVeAZNoJ97Qj7cABzBpqs94fgqb3OQZZC-M

-- 
Jim Albertini
Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org
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 On May 6, 2019 I was "unbanned" from posting on the PTA Facebook page but somehow banned again, 
just recently discovered,now in 2021.  
I was never given any explanation for either banning.  

I can't recall the last time I tried to post on the PTA Facebook page. It is not often.  
PTA did not have an "Earth Day" event for school kids in 2020 due to Covid 
as far as I know.
Jim Albertini
-- 
Jim Albertini Malu 'Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola'a (Kurtistown) Hawai'i 96760
Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Mauna Kea Kupuna trial Solidarity May 14, 2021 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Protect Mauna Kea

Kupuna Trial

Friday, May 14, 2021 at 8:30AM

Billy Freitas, Pualani Kanaka’ole-Kanahele, Nawahine Kahoopi’i,

Patricia Momi Greene, Tomas Belsly

Hilo Courthouse – Courtroom 2B Wear color yellow in support – gather 8AM

If you can’t make it to the courthouse, watch on Zoom 439-401-1568