January 13th, 2012

Brandon Smith: NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests


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NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests

Brandon Smith January 10, 2012

http://www.alt-market.com/articles/494-ndaa-protests-end-in-ironic-swarm-of-arrests

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:

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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg6ayc-w3bE&feature=player_embedded

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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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5 Responses to “Brandon Smith: NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests”

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    Ricky Says:

    Yeah. This pissed me off to no end.
    And I can solve this problem real quick.
    Everyone knows that I’m with the American Resistance Movement. The propaganda arm of the American Militia Movement started by Norm Olsen in the 1990s.

    I havent been killed by drone attacks. Yet…..
    But this is what I see:

    I see a pacisfist protest lead against jackbooted thugs who love to abuse power and relish the thought of shooting someone and getting away with it.

    I see the American people sticking their head in the sand, and NEVER researching topics for themselves. They believe whatever the corporate media tells them. After all, Fox and Cnn cannot tell a lie. Right?

    And lastly, I see the police and the military mindlessly preparing for war with the american people.
    There are over 300 million gun owners in America, but I guarantee that less than 2% will fight back.

    I’ll tell you ONE DAMN THING: I will not allow my family to be herded into a nazi death camp and be exterminated like the Jews! I will fight, I will KILL, and we will move on. God doesnt have any plans on me dying, and neither do I!

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    Squirts Says:

    Recent events move us one minute closer to midnight… Respects

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    30 yr old USCG Says:

    I would take the stance that by violating the rights of those that spoke in a public forum and forcibly arresting or removing certain individuals, the police that participated should be arressted and tried for a violation of their oath, kidnapping, and assault. Who is there to detain an peace officer if they are the ones breaking the law? Do they have a temporary immunity clause written somewhere that allows them to break the law and then defend themselves before being arrested or accused? Where are the people that are willing to take a stand against such actions? Be civil, be peaceful and respectful to peace officers in the commission of there duties, but do not let them walk on your God given rights as no one can take those from you.

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    AZRanger Says:

    Ricky, You ae speaking truth! 30 yr old; the problem was that there was NO militia there to stop this attack. You see, the people of NY have got their work cut out for them. Here in Phx, anytime a group of protestors want protection for lawful actions, the local militia is available, if requested. Most of the TEA Party folks are afraid to ask us for help, but we stand ready to hold LE accountable for their actions!
    AZRanger
    MOLON LABE

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    Jim4Liberty Says:

    We don’t want to forget, the president swore or affirmed an oath ” I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United Sates, and will to the best of my Ability, PRESERVE, PROTECT and DEFEND the Constitution of the United States.” Is he? OR is he attacking it, saying in the State of the Union address, and other interviews, we need a different economic system (socialism?), a different Government (Constitution), and that he will take us to a place the “Republicans” can’t take us? Both parties stink to high heaven, but that was said to further fragment and polarize Americans. One would think the worshipful media reporter could have asked,” where might that place be Mr. President? I would have thought that saying one wants to replace the document you swore allegiance to defend, would be Treason or something? Of course I would have thought the Legislators would have gotten a few million letters asking for impeachment also.

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