September 12th, 2003


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jimbojones
11:35 pm - For those of you who are still on the fence about Dubya
It has come to my attention that perhaps some folks don't think our President has really done anything to hinder free speech. My friend Clme wanted some help finding links for use in a forum flamewar, which I promptly drowned him in, and then he suggested that posting them would be a good idea. Maybe he's right. I'm kinda surprised that people haven't been keeping on top of things enough to already KNOW about all this shit, since I'm not really a newshound and I did, but hey... what the hell, if I can help, I'm here for you baby. In no particular order:

Secret Service allows Bush supporters to wave signs, removes Bush protesters (Columbia, SC)

Man arrested for "trespassing" on public sidewalk when he refused to put down anti-Bush protest sign

Three men file suit after being arrested for failure to leave "supporters-only" zones for "free speech zones" at Bush rally (Tampa, FL)

College students threatened with arrest, expulsion from school if they protest Bush (Columbus, OH)

Personal account of Ohio State University story above

Protesters charged by police on horseback, trampled in peaceful anti-war, anti-Bush rally (Louisville, KY)

Man and sister arrested for holding anti-Bush sign in president's presence (Neville Island, PA)

Secret Service searches apartment, interrogates, threatens to criminally charge student newspaper columnist for asking Jesus to smite Dubya, his cabinet, and MTV's Carson Daly in satirical article (New York, NY)

Man arrested because toilet paper rolls with president's face on them deemed "threat to national security" (Estes Park, CO)

ACLU files emergency motion with federal court to allow protesters to peacefully demonstrate OUTSIDE a convention center (St. Louis, MO)

ACLU files lawsuit charging police officials with systematically arresting over 400 peaceful demonstrators although they had not violated a law (Washington DC)


It's probably worth noting that the details of a lot of those incidents are actually even worse than they sound from the headlines - for instance, the actual story on the last one includes broken ribs and 30-hour detainments in wrist-and-ankle cuffs.
 
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[User Picture] From: anyaatl
Date: September 12th, 2003 - 10:41 pm
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To hell in a freaking ass handbasket..this is where we are heading, with this ass at the helm!!


 
[User Picture] From: lots42
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 02:35 am
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Sounds like psychotic police officers who need jail time than Bush administration speech-squashing


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 08:45 am
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Hmmm. Reports wing in from all over the country of repeated instances of this, and you think it's a random collection of local problems?

Funny; we didn't have the same "random collection of local problems" when people protested former presidents.


 
[User Picture] From: lots42
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 09:11 am
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Kent State...?

I find it extraordinarily hard to believe that Bush walked into office then soon implemented a policy of 'harass protesters in different ways in different parts of the country' and managed to get anyone but his Secret Service to do so


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 09:27 am
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You find it hard to believe that the local cop-shops in most areas of the country won't enthusiastically do whatever the hell the Secret Service tells them to do?

Doesn't the laundry list of stuff the Secret Service THEMSELVES have been doing that's in that list of links present a pattern to you?

Now, neither G Dubya nor the Secret Service themselves tell local cops "okay, break some people's fucking ribs for us boys." But when they tell the local cops to start doing shit like clearing the crowds of anybody not waving a "We Love Dubya" sign, they're setting the tone - and it starts getting uglier from there.

And I tell you what, if *I* was the fucking president and the DC cops systematically and illegally funneled 400 peaceful protesters into a trap and jailed them for 30 hours in my name, I would personally make pretty fucking sure I addressed that so as not to be stained by it myself. I haven't exactly heard any press releases about the Bush administration's horrified reaction to shit like this done in his name, though... have you?


 
[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 09:29 am
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* Local cop-shops will enthusiastically do whatever the heck the Secret Service tells them to do. Dammit. Wish you could edit these things. ::grumbles::


 
[User Picture] From: blue_canary
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 10:51 am
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"George W. Bush just wants to rid the world of evil."


 
[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: September 13th, 2003 - 08:04 pm
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for some reason,

*Evil defined as any non-Bush-voting person expressing his or her views. Offer not valid outside of the United States or to any non-U.S. citizens. Restrictions apply if you're famous or rich enough to not be silenced.


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