Where do we go from here?
Yesterday, the judge in the “Can We Or Can’t We Camp” case reversed the temporary restraining order it had issued in the morning preventing the Zucotti occupiers from being “evicted,” and ruled that the protestors are not permitted to camp overnight. (Here’s a link to the court order.) I can’t say that I’m surprised. Let’s hope Occupy Wall Street can pick itself up, dust itself off, and figure out what’s next in terms of ameliorating income inequality and eliminating corporate malfeasance.
I put together a chirpstory about my thoughts on the constitutional ramifications. True to form, however, BJ WordPress won’t show the chirpstory (FYWP), so you’re going to have click my blog in order to read it. (And lest anyone accuse me of “shilling” for my blog, Cole asked me to post this.) Also, I notice people are talking about legal issues in the thread below about DHS coordination, so I thought people might want some facts and law and terminology they can use to do their own research. Basically, the First Amendment is not absolute, the government can place reasonable restrictions on speech, and everybody should wish Thurgood Marshall were alive right now.
And, just to add to my post about federal coordination of the raid, the “Obama DOJ DHS coordinated the raid” narrative has taken off. Here’s Wonkette with a post about DHS and coordination. (And here’s Juan Cole citing Wonkette.) Wonkette acknowledges the Examiner as a disreputable source, but then points to an AP report which Wonkette claims verifies everything “except the specific mention of DHS coordination.”
The “DHS coordination” aspect is the aspect that is supported solely by the Examiner! Get it? The Wonkette headline reads “Surprise, Homeland Security Coordinates #OWS Crackdowns” but the only citation for Homeland Security involvement comes from the fucking Examiner. The AP report is a generic article about coordination by police chiefs in the various cities (which doesn’t strike me as all that out of the ordinary, by the way.) The AP report says absolutely nothing about FBI or Homeland Security involvement. NOTHING.
Again, the Examiner claimed the following:
“According to this official, in several recent conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules. Agencies were also advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear. In particular, the FBI reportedly advised on press relations, with one presentation suggesting that any moves to evict protesters be coordinated for a time when the press was the least likely to be present.
Local cops were advised by the feds to demonstrate force! To wear riot gear! To disappear occupiers under cover of night!
This is insanity. I have not found a source confirming DHS or FBI involvement. THus, a citation is needed to support the notion that those agencies were actually involved, and Quan reporting to the BBC that “she was on a conference call just before the recent wave of crackdowns began” does not support Wonkette, Michael Moore, and whomever else’s claim that Homeland Security ran point on this op. Thus far, it is fantasy.
Then again, I’m just an Obamabot, so what the hell do I know.
I do know this: given that the November 6 “issue” of the Examiner contains this doozy —
Two former participants in the CIA’s Mars visitation program of the early 1980’s have confirmed that U.S. President Barack H. Obama was enrolled in their Mars training class in 1980 and was among the young Americans from the program who they later encountered on the Martian surface after reaching Mars via “jump room.”
Andrew D. Basiago, 50, a lawyer in Washington State who served in DARPA’s time travel program Project Pegasus in the 1970’s, and fellow chrononaut William B. Stillings, 44, who was tapped by the Mars program for his technical genius, have publicly confirmed that Obama was enrolled in their Mars training class in 1980 and that each later encountered Obama during visits to rudimentary U.S. facilities on Mars that took place from 1981 to 1983.
— I’d say my skepticism is more than justified.
This is milk from the Fox News media teat, and people are lapping it up.
I thought we were better than this. We’re being gamed.
(edited to fix Examiner link)
RELATED POST: About that DHS Coordinated Crackdown on Zuccotti Park…[cross-posted at ABLC here and here]