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Advice for living in the Bush Police State



April 03, 2007 – Comments (5)

Don't wear black, folks.

*I actually made the mistake of having nothing but black clothes left when I was covering a protest in Irvine, California. The cops there (including guys staked out atop a Yum! Brands parking garage with rifles and telephoto lenses) assumed I was an anarchist too. Their undercover mole -- a complete moron, as he was wearing a Nike baseball cap and trying to pretend to be a supporter of the downtrodden laberor -- was shooting photos of people's faces. The top local cop made the mistake of telling me that the images were to be used in a database to identify troublemakers.

The troublemakers he referred to had pre-arranged the protest months in advance, had permissions up the wazoo, and the extent of the trouble was chanting and the consumption of non Taco Bell tacos.

I've always wondered if I made the database, and if they used the shot where I was giving the cop the finger.


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#1) On April 03, 2007 at 6:56 PM, allstar31 (99.90) wrote:

This  happened to you SJ?


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#2) On April 03, 2007 at 8:01 PM, TMFBent (99.24) wrote:

Not at this protest, but I did get the paranoid cop treatment at one in Irvine, that I was covering as a photojournalist. I was out of clothes and ended up wearing black Levi's and a black t-shirt. This is, apparently, the costume of choice for some who call themselves anarchists, with the result that the cops were very interested in me. (Funnily enough, the self-styled anarchists thought I was a cop plant...)

The behavior of the cops would have been more offensive had it not been so laughably moronic and overblown. They literally called out guys with rifles, helicopters, the FBI, and all for a couple of hundred Mexican migrants and supporters who wanted a penny-per-pound more for the tomatos they picked 12 hours a day in Florida. They ended up training all that gear on people who danced, sang, and ate home-made tacos in the street before leaving quietly.

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#3) On April 03, 2007 at 9:17 PM, Greshm (82.78) wrote:

I regularly get the dreaded "SSSS" printed on the bottom of my Boarding Pass when I fly...ever since 9/11.  Gets me pulled-out of the Security Lines evertime for the 'full treatment'.  Before I learned from this repeated experience and went back to checking all of my bags and not carrying-on, I stood there twice and missed my flight while the TSA dumped the pills out of my prescription bottles and looked at each tablet to make sure all the same type were in the bottles. 

I am a born and bred American WASP with no past felony convictions (or prosecutions for that matter).  No past activities that anyone I know--who knows me--would consider makes me 'likely Terrorist material' etc.  Well, other than, that is, my very outspoken opinions every now and then about just how corrupt these neo-fascists are...and that, I'm convinced is the most likely explanation for my name obviously residing on that "special" database somewhere.  Send your annual dues to the ACLU and your petty campaign contribution to a few candidates from "third parties" and...viola!

Go back and read the stories about the bureacratic silliness and nonsense and how things were breaking-down and seizing-up in the Soviet Union during the 1980's and you can just change a few of the acronyms for 'the authorities' and the place-names and it is the Post-9/11 US of A today. 

And most everyone just whistles through their day and utters the slogans they've been fed by the propagandists...uh, sorry, I mean Fox "news"...and thinks we're all "safe". 

Unfortunately all of this convinces me that something much more dire and serious will be needed to wake-up the sleep-walking shopping populace so that they'll pay better attention with their future votes and civic responsibilities.  The good news may be that folks will finally wake-up and remember something they might have read in "Civics" class or High School "US Government".  The bad news is the pain we're all gonna have to live through before enough of us wake-up though.

We're in for some "hard times" boys...

Get ready.

Don't the BlackWater guys wear all black?


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#4) On April 04, 2007 at 12:51 PM, TMFSpeck (57.87) wrote:

Just goes to show that things haven't gotten any better in the last 40 or so years, and in many ways have gotten worse.

People should not be afraid of their government; the government should be afraid of the people.

Tomorrow, I'm wearing black.

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#5) On August 11, 2008 at 11:54 AM, kenodaddy (53.08) wrote:

BooYah Black!

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