Forget Free Speech Zones: 'Take Him to That
Pen Over There'
by Mac Slavo: Education
After the Collapse: School When There Is No Classroom
Make no mistake.
We are living in an authoritarian police state.
local law enforcement agencies around the country respond when a
group of individuals assembles to petition the government for a
redress of grievances. Whether they’re protesting the abdication
of individual rights at a Tea Party gathering or the corruption
of Wall Street elites at Occupy Protests, the right of the people
to assemble is no longer viewed as a Constitutional protection,
but rather, a nuisance akin to a swine stampede.
agree with those who protest one abuse or another, the fact is that
if they have the authority to do it to those with ideologies opposed
to yours, they can (and will) also do it to you.
In New York
this week disillusioned Americans from all walks of like gathered
for another year of protests against the corruption on Wall Street.
They were met
with fierce resistance from the New York Police Department and were
indiscriminately herded into detention cells eloquently described
by one of New York’s finest as “pens,” such as
those reserved for livestock:
Two of the
seven protesters in the arrest van had blood covering on their
got to me, a thuggish bully named Czark looked at the non-NYPD-issued
media pass hanging from a lanyard around my neck. He was a White
Shirt, or high ranking officer, with between 15 and 20 years on
the force, signified by the three arrows on his sleeve.
wearing this around your neck, like a press pass though, right?”
him that I was a journalist and that I wasn’t going to say
anything else until I spoke with my attorney. He took the press
pass off from around my neck.
is some bullshit, right? I mean, what, you make this yourself?”
I said nothing,
although the pass had been issued by [radio station] WBAI.
took the pass, which has my photo on it, told me to get back in
the van, and said he was going to check with their press department
to see if I was a “real” journalist. He returned shortly
after to inform me that, “No, you’re not in the database.”
He looked at the gentle young cop who would be referred to as
my arresting officer and said, “Take him to that pen over
form of authoritarianism has arrived in the US. I don’t
say this because I was arrested, but because to look over the
past 11 years and arrive at any other conclusion is delusional.
Police routinely pre-arrest activists before planned actions.
Innocent men are held in cages with no hope of freedom.
speech zones authorized under the government’s recently
Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act. We’re
entering a new level of tyranny, where not only is your right to
assemble a criminal act, but the very thought of organizing assemblies
has become an offense for which you can be detained without charge
Under the Patriot
Act, and now the National
Defense Authorization Act, any activity that threatens
or is perceived to threaten the legitimacy and/or stability
of our government can and will be deemed
an act of domestic terrorism.
This is real.
It’s happening now. And it’s only going to get worse
as the dark cloud of the police state descends on America.
from SHTF Plan.
Slavo [send him mail] is a
small business owner and independent investor.
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