Russia now has its own little Ministry of Truth. Dmitry Medvedev issued the decree to create a new body with a long but meaningful name: the Presidential Commission for Prevention of Falsification of History to the Prejudice of Russia’s Interests. This Commission will monitor “attempts to falsify historical facts and events” that may undermine “the international prestige of the Russian Federation” and coordinate efforts of government institutions of “adequate response to… and neutralization” of such attempts.Surely Obama could at least press the Russian government on freedom of speech issues (since here the US doesn't look like a giant hypocrite)? Admitedly, the US government has ignored the Constitution, regularly tortured prisoners held without trial, waged endless war without provocation, and generally behaved like a bully. But we the People also record all this with an unprecedented amount of freedom and multiplicity of media. I suppose as long as Americans can talk about what's going on now and what has gone on in the past, we have something to celebrate this 4th of July. Not American militarism, Emprie, hypocricy, or corporations. But truth, justice, and the hope, however small, that being able to resist tyranny with a written declaration is possible.