READER COMMENTS ON
"So Much For the First Amendment: Author, Reporter Naomi Wolf Just Latest of 1,500 Arrested For Peaceable Assembly at #OccupyWallStreet Protests"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 10/19/2011 @ 8:36 pm PT...
Do any of these people have any legal redress against the police department? How about civil suits? This kind of police abuse seems to be escalating rapidly. Where are the really voracious lawyers that can garner media attention and make the case about loss of civil rights? You can bet the GOP would have someone front and center. Where are the guys on the side of ordinary Americans?
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 10/19/2011 @ 9:40 pm PT...
I just read an article about a US Attorney, formerly a Bushie, who was fired along w/7 others, for refusing to prosecute 'voter fraud' cases, due to the quaint reasoning that there was NO EVIDENCE. He lives in Seattle, where I now reside, hopefully for not too much longer (bankruptcy or lack of health insurance due to inability to pay seem horrible options compared to fleeing to Canada, which my husband & I have an option to do, if all goes well). ANYWAY, I think the attorneys KNOW which side the bread is buttered, and that they are TOAST if they speak up. Now that the President has publicly, casually murdered an American citizen who was a CIA asset, we had better hunker down and realize: if we do not show up in the massive numbers that other countries have produced, and if we do not have some REALLY GOOD PLANS for taking over not just Wall Street & the banks & the White House & Congress, but ALL of the state houses, and the courthouses, and the police stations, and replace them with good people who are uncorruptible, WE are toast. The corruption is so widespread, and so many are complicit, and there are so many ways to cause 'surprising' deaths (heart attacks seem to just 'happen' to folks who speak up), that I believe we are gonna need about 20-30 years to clear the decks & create an entirely new societal system. If the Global Warming System don't git us first, that is. Happy CultureShifting, all. Perfect Storm weather we're having...
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 12:23 am PT...
Time to dust off the guillotine!!!
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 12:59 am PT...
3 reasons Wall Street banksters will likely never see jail:
1. On Wednesday, Citigroup and the SEC agreed to a settlement:
Reuters --- Citigroup Inc will pay $285 million to settle charges that it defrauded investors who bought toxic housing-related debt that the bank bet would fail, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday.
The SEC said the bank's Citigroup Global Markets unit misled investors about a $1 billion collateralized debt obligation by failing to reveal it had "significant influence" over the selection of $500 million of underlying assets, and that it took a short position against those assets.
2. Also Wednesday, Reuters announced the states and top banks are nearing a settlement in the mortgage abuse case:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Talks between U.S. states and top banks over mortgage abuses are nearing agreement on a major sticking point that has bogged down settlement negotiations for more than a year.
A deal could be reached by the end of the month, according to three people familiar with the talks.
Under the proposed terms of the settlement --- which could total $25 billion --- banks would get broad legal immunity from state lawsuits in exchange for refinancing underwater loans, those mortgages where borrowers owe more than their homes are worth, the sources said.
3. My favorite --- Kay Hagan and John McCain's bill to allow U.S. companies to bring back $1.4 trillion from overseas accounts home during a corporate tax holiday that would forgive the 35 percent corporate tax rate for one closer to 8 percent. It is supposed to entice companies to create jobs.
--Published October 05, 2011 | Dow Jones Newswires
WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A bipartisan pair of senators plans to introduce on Thursday a bill proposing a tax break for U.S. companies that bring home foreign profits.
Sens. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Kay Hagan (D., N.C.) will co-sponsor legislation that would create a repatriation tax holiday, reducing the corporate taxes that U.S. multinationals would pay when bringing home overseas profits, in an effort to boost the economy. Their bill, called the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act, would create an incentive for companies to bring back an estimated $1.4 trillion currently kept overseas, according to an advisory from their offices.
Congress previously passed a repatriation tax break in 2004, billed then as a one-time fix.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
taller ghost walt
said on 10/20/2011 @ 1:34 am PT...
I think she needs Gloria Allred
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 8:10 am PT...
Strange things are happening on Highway 61 these days.
One wonders when it will take a turn for the worse.
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 8:20 am PT...
I hope they sue the living hell out of them, THAT will slow down these Gestapo tactics faster than anything is to get sued and lose for Millions.
That the Reich wing understands
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
Ernest A. Canning
said on 10/20/2011 @ 8:21 am PT...
Sophia @2 wrote:
I think the attorneys KNOW which side the bread is buttered, and that they are TOAST if they speak up.
Oh, Jesus! I better start looking for butter that I can spread all over myself. I mean, no one really wants dry toast.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 8:27 am PT...
In the late 1980s, I was arrested for civil disobedience in a Wall Street blockade event (a Green Party action on Earth Day of 1988 or 9?). The late great William Kunstler represented the whole group of protesters, and bargained the charges down to "adjournment in contemplation of dismissal" (stay out of additional trouble and no trial or record of arrest).
Like Naomi, I was dressed up for the occassion. A friend and I decided to come in suit and tie rather than jeans and tee-shirt. Even though we were college kids without credentials, we walked through every police checkpoint unchallenged. At one point I decided to cross the street, and a "helpful" police officer rushed up to shove a bunch of less-well-dressed protesters out of my way. When we joined the sit-in, the cops asked us THREE TIMES if we "really wanted" to be arrested, even though everyone around us was being whisked away with no warning whatsoever.
It was an eye-opening experience on the reality of "class privilege" in America.
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 8:54 am PT...
"Here's hoping Wolf makes out as well following her inappropriate arrest as Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman did after hers"
That may be the only way they will comprehend their own violation.
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 10:43 am PT...
thank you once again for your coverage of the news and thank you for your liberal policy on commenting.....i mention this today because many times i learn as much thru other commenters links as i do thru the article.....raw story seems to have stopped posting comments recently,which saddens me because i have long said "they"(insert your fav name for the ruling class)do not want "we the people" to openly communicate
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 1:29 pm PT...
I'm amazed that there haven't been calls for NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to resign. The NYPD violated the Constitution in an estimated 14 different ways during the 2004 RNC protests. Since then, the NYPD's been up to its neck in creating fraudulent crime stats, racist profiling, framing innocent people in drug arrests and convictions (to keep up the crime stats), cooperating with the CIA to spy on entire communities, assaulting nonviolent protesters and citizens in general, the Adrian Schoolcraft scandal, covering up a murder that NYPD detectives may have committed (Sunny Sheu), as well as a myriad of other crimes. Apparently, Kelly's not responsible for the NYPD's crimes, even the ones he's ordered.
The Schoolcraft and Sheu cases are particularly shocking.
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 10/20/2011 @ 11:18 pm PT...
I have never seen a permit in which the instructions and warnings (on where and what you can do when assembling) were on the permit itself. They were always on a separate sheet. Did Naomi check past the permit sheet itself to see if such a document exists and whether it was actually given to the permit holder? Or was her purpose simply to hold the police to what they literally said (about the permit stating no congregating on the sidewalk) and show that the face of the permit itself had no such language. In other words, is it an ordinance that actually exists and is distributed in written form to permit applicants sometime during the permit process, even if the language is not on the permit face itself?
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 10/21/2011 @ 12:55 am PT...
Waiting for the blue shirts to rebel against their white shirt bosses on account of these antidemocratic tactics. All of the NYPD is being disgraced. They look like a bunch of thugs.
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 10/24/2011 @ 8:27 am PT...
nice highway 61 reference. Wall Street is part of 61. looks to be spreading too. the co-opting begins in earnest now. (sorry ernest).
someone wrote about co-opting earlier?
ditto on the thank you for open posting here. Not many other sites have the cajones to allow for such.