Vol: 126 Issue: 22 Thursday, March 22, 2012
Now that the weather has warmed up some, all the usual pests are making a comeback; flies, mosquitoes, chiggers . . . and members of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I can tell because suddenly, feces and urine are back in the news.
The New York City Police Department released surveillance video Wednesday night showing Occupy demonstrators dragging large containers of human urine and feces to an open-air plaza and dumped it down a flight of stairs.
Authorities said that same night, about 20 minutes later, one of the suspects entered a Chase ATM vestibule on Water Street and poured human waste inside. Eventually, police tracked down the culprit, a twenty-five year old OWS protestor from Philadelphia named Jordan Amos.
He is charged with unlawful possession of noxious matter, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a weapon — a stun gun found inside his car. Witnesses gave police the license number of Amos’ van.
OWS protestors might be interested in knowing that Amos was also in charge of transporting food to the protestors at 60 Wall Street. In the same van. Or maybe they knew and didn’t care. Whatever works.
There is an interesting story in the Gawker this week, entitled, “Internal Documents Show the Department of Homeland Security Tried Pretty Hard NOT to Monitor Occupy Wall Street.”
The Department of Homeland Security struggled to avoid monitoring or suppressing the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, despite being bombarded with requests from various federal agencies for intelligence on the protests, according to documents released via the Freedom of Information Act.
Based on the title, I assumed that the Gawker was going to contrast the fact that DHS ignored OWS demonstrations with the almost desperate efforts by DHS to find some hint of disloyalty, racism, or national security threat posed by members of the Tea Party.
Tea Party rallies were monitored by the FBI, CIA, and DHS and regular law enforcement bulletins were posted warning of the dangers posed by right wing extremism. So it appeared that Gawker was about to expose the government’s glaring double standard. Right?
Well . . . not exactly. Actually, the piece was written to commend the DHS for respecting the rights of the protestors.
The documents show that officials in DHS’s offices of Intelligence Analysis and Civil Rights and Civil Liberties were keenly aware of the legal and constitutional issues raised by federal agencies monitoring political protesters, and sought to tamp down the appetite for intelligence on the Occupy protesters from their colleagues in DHS and other federal agencies that rely on DHS bulletins and intelligence.
And so DHS chastised over-zealous federal watchdogs in other federal agencies and discouraged law enforcement from seeking intelligence on the group for the purposes of national security.
Grannies and families with children are fair game, if they are members of the Tea Party, despite the fact that not one Tea Party rally has been marred by assault, rape, murder, rioting or a failure to say “please” and “thank you” while cleaning up the demonstration area before leaving.
But OWS protestors are different. They have civil rights!
“According to the documents, officials in the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties took a hard line on curbing DHS intel-gathering on Occupy after the Pittsburgh Office of Emergency Management released a bulletin, apparently produced with DHS help, on potential threats the movement posed. “Both myself and [redacted] are somewhat concerned that several items contained in this Intel Bulletin might be advocating surveillance and other countermeasures to be employed against activities protected under the 1st Amendment,” wrote one official in an October 7, 2011.”
Later, the Office of Civil Rights drafted guidance for the entire department on how to approach the protests, stressing that “DHS should not report on activities when the basis for reporting is political speech.”
So when OWS protestors promise to kill a cop, it’s nothing to worry about. When they threaten to burn down the city, don’t pay any attention. So some OWS protestors have been raped and assaulted. So a few bodies have turned up at some of the protests. This is America!
“One official in the Intelligence Analysis Directorate flat-out instructed her colleagues to ignore any requests for information about the protests: “We have received a number of questions and requests for information regarding Occupy Wall Street from a number of component partners and intelligence officers. Recognizing that this is a first amendment protected activity, we have recommended (on an ad hoc basis when we received requests) that our Intelligence Officers refer inquiries to Fusion Centers and avoid the topic altogether.”
At the risk of repeating myself, federal monitoring of Tea Party rallies was a matter of national security, according to the DHS. The Tea Partiers represented a threat so immediate that national security trumped their Constitutional guarantee of freedom of assembly.
But when it comes to monitoring OWS, their Constitutional rights trump national security. Again, according to the DHS.
“This know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come.” (2 Timothy 3:1)
Why is it that Occupy Wall Street protestors enjoy such immunity? When they took over Zucotti Park, the government practically recognized them as an independent state. Everywhere they set up camp, they had to eventually be evicted. The camps had to be bulldozed.
The areas around these encampments were devastated. Restaurants were turned into public lavatories. Garbage was everywhere. The stench was eye-watering.
Most of their conduct was illegal. They marched on private citizen’s homes, occupied private dwelling places, set up illegal roadblocks, shut down banks and other business, and threatened to bring down the government whenever they could get near a microphone.
What do the Occupy Wall Streeters want? They want free stuff. Who is going to pay for it? The rich. It’s not a new mantra, but since most of them are under thirty, it is new to them.
The rich are what is wrong with America. The one percent is cheating the rest of us. Down with the bourgeoisie! Up with the proletariat! Long live the Revolution! Come, comrades! Let’s go throw some poop!
We’ve made the observation before that when it comes to the supernatural, things almost always seem backwards to the way one would expect.
For example, to be a good Christian, one must first be a sinner. To obtain victory over sin, one must stop fighting oneself and surrender to Christ. To gain one’s life, one must lose it. And so on.
The Department of Homeland Security is bending over backwards NOT to monitor activity that fifty years ago would have been considered treasonous behavior, while issuing warnings to law enforcement to beware of old ladies giving speeches about family values.
And it is to be stressed that, to this point, nobody is really sure what the Occupy Wall Street protestors want, other than free stuff. Not even the demonstrators are sure. The government isn’t sure, either. All they are sure of is that the OWS have rights that Tea Partiers do not.
These are not rational responses. They are exactly the opposite of rational responses. That is what makes them worthy of our examination. How could this even be possible, let alone acceptable? Everything is backwards and upside down.
Traditional families are bigoted. Success is unfair. Promises are made to be broken. All politicians lie. Abortion is a right. So is Social Security. Grannies are a danger — anarchists in bandannas are a testament to freedom and anybody that doesn’t agree is intolerant.
Oh, and the symbol of their protest? It would appear to be. . . er, poop?
“For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2 Timothy 3:2-5)
Perilous times. That’s one way of putting it.