The Police State Recognizance Challenge Part IV:

I covered this issue on my radio show today (starting at the 75 minute mark) by reading and covering the latest article from Brandon Smith:

Tuesday, 10 January 2012 05:01 Brandon Smith:

The absurdity of America today never ceases to amaze.  In fact, it has become so elaborate that one might even suggest it has reached a kind of poetic symmetry.  When a protest group is willing to stick their necks out to expose the horror of the National Defense Authorization Act and its open door strategy for unconstitutional arrest and indefinite detainment of American citizens, I have to stand up and applaud.  This is the kind of protest we need to see all over the country.  Of course, any establishment system which is willing to dissolve the inherent liberties of its citizens certainly isn’t going to stand by quietly while they blatantly point out the injustice.  The Grand Central Terminal action featured in the video below is a perfect example of the swift and immediate stifling of peaceful dissent by an increasingly totalitarian government:

Responses to the event vary.  Most people who have actually been exposed to the facts on the NDAA have expressed utter disgust and fury.  Rightly so.  Some, however, have taken the old elitist mantra, perpetuated effectively by the Neo-Cons in their heyday, that if you are not for the system, then you are a danger to society.  Not surprisingly, there are still plenty of useful idiots out there buzzing about like parasites in search of blood.

For those who would applaud these arrests, and suggest that they are well deserved, I would have to ask very pointedly; why?

Is it right to crush free speech as long as the message is offensive to you personally?  Do peaceful protestors really present a legitimate threat to our national stability?  Are they truly more dangerous than a corrupt government hellbent on assassinating the legal protections of our natural rights which have existed for centuries?  Would any supporter of the jackboot methodology like to explain to me in a coherent manner why they believe their skewed world view should be shielded from sincere questions?  Please, I can’t wait to witness the kind of ridiculous mental gymnastics required to make such arguments palatable.  If this kind of ignorance wasn’t so destructive, it might actually be entertaining.

The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter if these activists were in Grand Central Terminal, on the streets, or busting through the doors of the Oval Office.  While New York authorities will attempt to argue property loopholes in free speech protections for Grand Central, or national security because of the vulnerability of the terminal, really, this has nothing to do with either.  This is about the removal of American voices from a room, and nothing more.   If the message is going to be suppressed by the mainstream media, and shrugged off by representatives, then protesters must go to where the people are, and make the truth heard by whatever means necessary.

Ultimately, activism is about disturbing people’s normal mundane routines and shocking them out of their pop-culture stupor, even if for a moment.  If we aren’t allowed to do that without constant police intervention, then the First Amendment is not being served, and then, my friends, we have a problem, a problem which should be forced down the throat of government with even more public action.

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Here is the followup video of the woman who was arrested, Lauren DiGioia:

Further research:

Police State Recognizance Challenge I:

Police State Recognizance Challenge II:

Police State Recognizance Challenge III:

Are things getting as Orwellian as North Korea?

NDAA for Dummies:

The Police State Recognizance Challenge Part 3:

I don’t have time to write a full article for this, so I’ll get right to the point: Does the following video resemble the America you knew growing up? Or does it look like something went terribly wrong instead?

And if you missed the first two challenges, I will link to them here (#1) and here (#2).

Okay, on to the video…

By the way, I want to emphasize that I’m not sharing this video with any intention of using it to demonize law enforcement. After all, I got the sense that at least some of the officers in this video were embarrassed and ashamed of what they were forced to do. Besides, what can one reasonably expect them to do? Be the hero that disobeys their orders and throws their career away over a lemonade stand? Hopefully they at least thought about it, but perhaps decided that the cause just wasn’t important enough.

However, I can’t speak for all of the officers since it appeared that some of them were enjoying themselves a little too much… that woman’s behavior specifically should give everyone the chills. Does it make you feel better knowing there are officers like that who mindlessly follow orders and abuse their authority no matter how absurd it looks? Nah, me neither… hey lady, don’t forget who you are supposed to be working for… and that’s we the people!

We are truly living in some crazy times… I’m just glad someone got this on video because I never would have believed this story without it!

Police State? What Police State?

I don’t even want to cover stuff like this, but at the same time; how can I not share this information? Completely unacceptable…

Saturday, July 9, 2011
Activist Convicted of Resisting Arrest Without Violence (Video Update)
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Activist Post

Orlando Cop Watch activist, John Kurtz, has been ordered jailed for 30 days with 1 year probation for resisting arrest without violence.

Kurtz’s case came to public attention in January after he was arrested for filming a case of police brutality administered at the hands of officer Adam Gruler, well known for his questionable conduct and liberal use of tasers and verbal abuse. Kurtz was facing a possible 6-year prison sentence for his audacity to film a public servant attacking a member of the public even after the person was restrained with handcuffs.

Kurtz’s video camera was confiscated after his arrest and mysteriously went missing, destroying a key piece of evidence for his own defense, as well as to document exactly what happened that day. The evidence, therefore, relied upon the words of police officers attached to the event.

Despite the conflicting testimony of these officers — including the arresting officer Adam Gruler himself saying that John did not resist — Kurtz was still convicted of… (continue reading)


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