Friday, December 02, 2005

Calling Rosa Parks! A Woman Is Arrested For Refusing To Show ID on Public Bus!


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

After weeping crocodile tears at Rosa Park's funeral, the state machinery is back in business, harassing people on buses. In Colorado, a woman who did nothing even slightly wrong was arrested while commuting on a bus because she was offended by demands she ID herself to security agents. The American Police State, courtesy of the Bush/bin Laden clans, locks up citizens with no just cause just like King George III. Minutemen, where are you now?

From Hobbs' blog:
...Not only do they actually expect me to Work at my job, but....

Meet Deborah Davis. She's a 50 year-old mother of four who lives and works in Denver, Colorado. Her kids are all grown-up: her middle son is a soldier fighting in Iraq. She leads an ordinary, middle class life. You probably never would have heard of Deb Davis if it weren't for her belief in the U.S. Constitution.
Here is the ACLU site with more information: From the Davis Case blog:
One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand.

On the 9th of December 2005, Deborah Davis will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in a case that will determine whether Deb and the rest of us live in a free society, or in a country where we must show "papers" whenever a cop demands them.


Jeb Bush is trying out the police state fun, too. From News Journal:
The Miami Police Department is going Bulgarian. Or Turkish. Or French for that matter, heavy-handed police tactics and indiscriminate requests for identification cards in public being an accepted fact of life in France as in most countries. But in the United States?
Beginning this week, apparently so. Borrowing language and tactics more appropriate to a military state than a balmy metropolis, the Miami Police Department is launching "Operation Miami Shield," a slight adaptation of "Operation Desert Shield" of Gulf War I vintage. Miami isn't worried about Broward County invading. It's reserving the "shock and awe" for its own residents, according to Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez.

The department will be dispatching teams of uniformed and plainclothes officers to target areas of the city with surveillance, possibly identification checks and possibly the casing of particular venues like banks, to see who's walking in and out and to verify people's identities if necessary. The department will also "train" people working in local businesses to be terrorist-savvy -- to know how to detect suspicious activity and report it immediately. And there'll be a lot of leaflet-spreading. The department wants people to have as many "Miami Shield" fliers as possible to be fully aware of the potential threats around them.

It's all part of the department's "in-your-face" strategy of allegedly keeping terrorists guessing, as Fernandez puts it. Guessing what? Telling the good guys from the bad guys may be dangerous for your health. The clear and present threat, in this case, isn't the terrorists, who are not exactly dumb to cat-and-mouse games. It's the Miami police. That's exactly what the department's strategy adds up to, apparently intentionally: "People are definitely going to notice it," Fernandez said. "We want that shock. We want that awe. But at the same time, we don't want people to feel their rights are being threatened. We want them to be our eyes and ears." In other words, make people adjuncts of your police-state tactics.
To look out for pesky terrorists and religious people of the wrong religion (ahem), Jeb Bush wants to "shock and awe" Miami! Gads! Next: lighting up poor neighborhoods using phosphorous bombs. They keep saying they won't arrest anyone who resists the demands for ID but obviously, this is a lie, as usual, they lie about nearly everything. Heimat Sicherheit, sieg heil!

As if America is a hotbed of terrorism and rebellion! For the nonce.

Of course, when the shit hits this fan, it will possibly be exactly that. Thus the exercises in controlling us. The recent release of that infrared gun which can "temporarily" (yeah, right) blind people is to be used on unarmed, peaceful demonstrators. Along with blasting with sound and water, these assaults on demonstrators are designed to undo the Constitution which allows us all peaceful assembly and the right to petition our government.

I remember the sixties. They resorted to vomit gas on peaceful antiwar demonstrators. Every riot I witnessed began when the cops and military tried to prevent a demonstration from happening. The usual excuse was, we were disrupting traffic so why shouldn't the cops shoot us?

Riots can't be stopped by gas or lights or sound effects. I have witnessed those things. The racket is so loud, windows smashing or people screaming, you can't hear yourself yell. Riots have their own momentum. Just like rebellions. Note how, the more we crush the rebellion the worse it gets! Duh. This is a simple rule. If you don't do things that give people reason to be peaceable they will not be at peace. Killing them is the despot's answer, of course, and as we impose despotism in the Middle East, it's double is created here in America.

Our Constitution is nearly dead. Security kills freedom. Nothing is more secure than a cage in the dark. A deep hole like a grave is very secure. Note how our rulers have deep caves to hide in if they decide to pull our plug and murder much of the planet in a Gotterdammerung of destruction. They hope to ride it out and emerge, victorious. Gloating over our corpses, laughing at our grinning skulls.

This is why good citizens should demand these bomb shelters be eliminated. And to press for the end of nuclear weapons. Note how the Japanese right wing lusts to get their paws on our nukes. They are carefully buying our military up, turning us into mercenaries. The Saudis already did this to us, Bush senior boasted about how we didn't pay for the Gulf war, we sold our services to the Saudi Royals who repaid us with 9/11 which is why American citizens are being arrested on public buses for standing up for their lost Constitutional Rights.

Stop the machine. Arrest the people who are killing our Constitution. Impeach them all.

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