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CBS cameraman tastes some Ah-thor-i-tah


Last Edited: December 8, 2008, 10:12 pm

You can fight it now, or you can wait for it to get worse.

Well, they also got a demonstration of senseless violence, too. No No

Entry #186


ToddComment by Todd - December 9, 2008, 12:26 am
Wow, shocking stuff.

Reminds me of this: http://www.lotterypost.com/news/183699

Not in the same league, but the arrogance of those in power is the same.
justxploringComment by justxploring - December 9, 2008, 4:33 am
This isn't anything new, at least not to me.   I'm surprised he didn't taser the photographer.
konaneComment by konane - December 9, 2008, 10:10 am
Looks like cell cameras turned things around. WTG technology and youtube!
jarasanComment by jarasan - December 9, 2008, 10:12 am
You see the brave police officer exerting his authority over a defenseless photographer. Since the officer is useless against real crime and criminals he needs to show the crowd he still has some authority, therefore he picks on someone that will only shoot video. The mock funeral is a testament and direct critique of an impotent weak police force in Newark, NJ., and the officer is angry and must show he still can control the sheep, since he can't control the wolves.
time*treatComment by time*treat - December 9, 2008, 1:40 pm
If CBS backs him, he'll pay a small fine, at worst. If it were a regular citizen, the photog would be, in some states, charged with wiretapping. Can you imagine? They give us the "If you've nothing to hide..." line, all day, but don't want us filming *them*.
Comment by jim695 - December 9, 2008, 2:16 pm
I agree, Treat; we NEED to stand up and put an end to this type of behavior.

     Our Declaration of Independence states, quite clearly, that we, the people have a DUTY to abolish our oppressive government and to replace it with people we can trust to hold our interests above their own.

     "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

     When will enough be enough? When will the citizens of this nation stand up as a people and DEMAND that bad cops and crooked elected officials be held to the same standards of criminal liability as those they continually abuse?

     I recently learned of yet ANOTHER case where the local prosecutor just BULLDOZED a guy into prison on a manufactured marijuana charge. The arresting officer testified that he saw "flakes of marijuana on the suspect's shirt." He didn't say anything about an odor of marijuana, or that the subject was acting suspiciously, but that was his reason for searching the car. The subject, a passenger in the car, denied having any pot and asked for a blood test. His request was denied. The driver of the car was not arrested or charged and, personally, I have serious doubts as to whether any pot was in that car prior to the officer searching it. In Noble County, if the prosecutor or the local cops don't like you, it's a safe bet that you're going to jail for something, even if they have to make up a charge.

     If we don't stop this NOW, it's only a matter of time before you'll take YOUR turn at fighting corruption ... all by yourself. The only problem is, you'll be doing it AFTER you post your bond, all the while watching your savings dwindle away in a few short months as you write check after check to your attorneys. You might say, "I'll just use a public defender, so I won't have to spend my money." Go ahead, and you'll find yourself worse off than you'd have been if you'd defended yourself at trial. In most jurisdictions, public defenders work at the behest of the prosecutor. Public defenders in Indiana make the same $240 whether you go to jail or not, so they're not likely to spend a lot of time trying to ensure your liberty.

     Right now, one out of every thirty-three Americans is serving time either in jail or in prison, and that number is steadily climbing. "You can fight it now, or you can wait for it to get worse." If you wait for it to get worse, you might just find that "worse" means that your turn has finally come. When it does, and it will, you'll be genuinely amazed at how little help you'll get from others, even those you've elected to protect you from this kind of abuse.

     We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere, and when they cross it, we MUST stand up and exert the authority entrusted to us by the founding fathers. If WE don't put an end to this, it will NEVER get better, because they'll only keep pushing harder. The next story you read might contain the name of your son, your daughter, your brother, your father, your husband or your wife. Will it matter to you then? Will YOU write over 650 pages of correspondence trying to clear your name?

     If WE don't stop this, it will only get much, much worse.

Rick GComment by Rick G - December 9, 2008, 3:32 pm
Seems to be getting more in-your-face lately. We're being 'tenderized' like a marinading steak to get used to the idea.

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