August 26th, 2011

Politician Censors Town Hall – Police Seize Cameras

“Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes Responds to Shocking Video of Citizens’ Rights Being Violated”

This is like something out of Soviet Russia.  Apparently, now only “authorized journalists” (as in “state authorized propaganda agents”) are allowed to film politicians as they “interact” with the public.  The public, as in you “little people,” are not allowed to film.   “You are not the press,” the officer snaps as he disarms a man of his camera.  Apparently this officer has not heard of blogging, or citizen journalism.  Or perhaps he has heard of those, and that is exactly what he and his masters are trying to stop.  Bottom line is that you are not a safe, friendly, dependable “authorized journalist” and letting you film, letting you report or blog on what you see, well, that would be “dangerous” and must be stopped for “security reasons” to “protect the constituents” though none of the constituents are complaining about being filmed.

In this video, large news cameras are clearly pointing not just at the congresscritter, but also at the audience.   But the news media cameramen are left alone.  They are free to film everyone, and anyone at this public event.  Only the audience members are coerced into surrendering their cameras, with the obvious threat of force contained in the ‘law enforcement” officer’s words when he says ‘I’m not going to ask you again” and “are we going to do this the easy way, or the hard way.”

When a citizen asserts her rights, and says it is not against the law, the officer replies with “yes it is.  That’s what I’ve been told.’  Apparently, this officer has moved from enforcing whatever laws are actually passed to just enforcing whatever the politician or his staff says.  He is now a “decree-by-our-betters enforcement officer.”

This is disturbing and disgusting.  And this is a Republican politician.  Don’t think for an instant that it is only the leftist politicians who consider you beneath them, and beneath their pals in the state authorized mainstream media.

Folks, you are being treated, at best, like children in a day-care center, or, at worst, like inmates in a prison, or like sheep with wolves as the supposed “sheep dogs.’  Get out of line, the man comes and takes you away.

This facade of normalcy – this soft, thinly veiled despotism – cannot last much longer before either the mask- and the gloves – come off, and we are subdued under an open tyranny, or we the people put a stop to it once and for all, throwing off the shackles that are being forged around our ankles, by means of “laws” and “rules” and decrees by ‘authorities” who make up law as they go.  We are in that twilight zone in between the two, between liberty and slavery, but that is not going to stay that way.  It will go one way or the other.  Which will it be?  Which will you leave your children in?  – Stewart Rhodes

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79 Responses to “Politician Censors Town Hall – Police Seize Cameras”

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    Richard Wiseman - Temecula, CA Says:

    This makes my blood boil. As far as I can tell from watching this video, nobody stood to support the innocent victims of the police. If we don’t stand with our neighbors, they will be knocking on our door next.

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    Sons of Liberty Riders Says:

    We Will be attending the TownHall Meeting coming up Monday Aug 29—anyone OK’s who want to ride in here the info:
    Chabot Townhall: Westwood Townhall, 3017 Harrrison Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211 (7pm)

    Motorcycle meet at 6:30 at parking lot across from 3617 Tarpis Ave, cincinnati, ohio 45208
    direct contact (513-312-3326)

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    Dave Mason Says:

    I hope you get that officer,s name and make sure he is NEVER allowed to join Oath Keepers. He is a disgrace. Where did he get his training and knowledge of the laws-at Wal Mart? As a retired Police Chief this is one person (I can’t even qualify him as an officer) that I would remove from assignment immediately.

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    J Says:

    Do you suppose that if the citizens had raised their voices and made a commotion, perhaps others would ahve joined them? Or if someone had shouted to the ayhole, Chabot, to demand that he, as THEIR employee, explain why he thinks he has the right to order this Gestapo action, could that have made the network news? I think sometimes we MUST ake a scene and not be quiet, nice little sheeple.

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    JoeJaxFla Says:

    It’s time to stand up. Here in Jacksonville, Florida the police chief has ordered police radio monitors that were given out to the public media (after the department “scrambled” their comunications after 9/11) to be taken back. From this Thursday on (1, Sept. 2011) the only imformation given to the public (TV & Radio) will come from “Official” department spokespersons.

    I’m with Mr. Wiseman, we MUST stand with our neighbors or we will fall alone.

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    Freedom Warrior Says:

    These are common communist/radical Leftist tactics. Read “The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand – she warned America about this sort of thing nearly 20yrs before it came to Berkley, et al… Read the link below from the 1963 Congressional record.

    Recognize much?

    This is not new or accidental – nor is it a “conspiracy”. It IS an active and ongoing attempt to destroy YOUR LIBERTY and make all but the “elites” (elitist idiots) poor slaves. Some are profiteering gangster thugs, others are true believers – not gonna budge them. To defeat these animals means WE have to educate their deadliest ally of all – the “useful idiot” sheep they prey upon with their false rhetoric about “compassion” and “rights”… We need to beat the Obama voter, or we will eventually get another Obama…

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    vincent pertoso Says:

    You bet I called and I left a massage (it was to the point and not vile). Do we now have Gestapo Police that will do whatever their bosses tell them to do and to hell with our rights. I wonder if that mindless policeman would shoot the public for video taping if he was ordered to do so.

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    Darrell Says:

    Get together and field an opponent against the bastaard during the primaary. Throw the bums out. that is the way to do it. My tea party group is alredy supporting two primary challengers.

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    Timothy G Reynolds Says:

    If there was an anouncement before the meeting bagan or there were signs posted at the entrance to the meeting stating, “no filming or photography” then fair warning was given and ignored. Otherwise, the police officer had no grounds for acting as he did. I agree with Richard Wiseman’s post. If there were no stated rules against filming the meeting, the whole room should have erupted in defense of these two people. “If we don’t hang together, we will surely hang seperately.”- Benjamin Franklin T.G.R.

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    Diane Says:

    Richard is right! Makes perfect sense now what Ben Franklin meant when he said, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

    How can this law enforcment individual say filming this public meeting is against the “law” yet does NOT state what LAW???? He also should be removed from the public servant payroll. But EVERYONE has to call for it! WTP need to start holding them responsible for NOT thinking for themselves and put their jobs on the line as the consequence! Maybe if they begin to suffer the consequences of their unconstitutional actions, then maybe they will not be so willing to enforce it?!?!? But don’t stop there take it all the way to the top chiefs.

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