In case you haven't seen it, Senator John Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville, on the Iraq war policies which was open to the public.
[Note police videographer at back of room. And foreground cops' service pistol is in its holster, so that must be a taser in his hands.]
I have compiled a collection of e-mails Freedom's Phoenix has received the past 24 hours. Currently the talking head spin meisters out there are saying it was alright to treat this guy in this manner because (talking points): 1. He rushed up to the microphone, hogged the microphone and wouldn't relinquish it. 2. He was pulling a prank. He is a known practical joker. 3. He resisted arrest and wouldn't follow police orders. [Arrest for what? We will determine that later -- nice.] 4. He already knew the answers to these questions. So he need not ask them. 5. He was disruptive, disorderly. 6. My favorite: 'I thoroughly watched video no one else saw. The police were chasing this guy into the auditorium, and before they could stop him he rushed the microphone and asked a question about secret society membership. They had to taser him because he was resiting arrest and wouldn't comply with police orders.'
Here is a running news account of the event from the Gainesville Sun. Here is a Tucker Carlson clip.
THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!! THIS NEVER SHOULD HAPPEN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!
Watch this tape: http://youtube.com/watch?v=w0_MXp75zhA&mode=related&search=
At around :43, which means he was at the mic only 31 seconds, campus police start harassing him. His first question, which asks why Kerry let Bush steal the election, sounded like he was a disappointed supporter of Kerry. You can hear a few people applaud the question.
At around 1:38 - 1:41, notice the man behind & to the right, wearing a dark suit, making what looks like a cutting motion across his neck. Notice how quickly after campus police move on him.
So here are my questions:
What was his crime? Were his questions too honest? Sounded pretty reasonable to me, probably the same questions I, and millions of others, would want to ask Kerry. Certainly it can't be that he was at the mic too long. Less than a minute and a half? Come on!
Are not institutions of learning where we, as a society, agree they are to be places that encourage & foster honest, frank dialog, & intellectual exchange? Surely prefacing a question, so that everyone understands the basis of the question, is appropriate on a college campus!
More importantly, who is that man in the suit? And who is he signaling to?
Watch this tape: http://youtube.com/watch?v=6bVa6jn4rpE .
Notice the man in the suit on the far right of the screen.
At :07 both campus police & the man in the suit look to their left.
At :09 - :13 man in suit makes cut motion across his neck and motions "no" with his head.
Was he taken away, at the cost of infringing on his First Amendment right, because he was asking the "wrong" questions? Getting too uncomfortable for Kerry? I really think Kerry could have been a bit more forceful & say "Let him go!" to the officers. I never caught anything like that, only he'll answer the question. I wonder if he ever really did? Or did this "distraction" change the course of the forum, leaving the questions unanswered?
This incident is also a great distraction from the impending war with Iran. Or maybe Bush is signing another Executive Order which we won't know about until next week, after it's a "done deal"?
I've already made contact with the videographers asking them to hand over copies to the student. If you are so inclined, download & make copies - so they can't destroy all the evidence. Who knows, we may read next week that the kid committed suicide or had some sudden fatal accident - catch my drift?
If you want to contact the University's President, call 352-32-3261 & ask the switchboard operator for the President's office.
If you want to contact the campus police, call 352-273-3301.
For Senator Kerry's Washington office, call 800-828-0498 & ask the switchboard operator for Kerry's office.
Which brings me to another matter. If you're going to get involved in speaking Truth, get ready to be assaulted in various manners & forms. It's important to build strong support networks. People who will go with you, stand by you, & stand up for you, cover your back, protect you. I don't think Ed & Elaine Brown (see also here) would have lasted this long without people supporting them. It's a beautiful thing to see. I brought this matter up to a "patriotic" group not too long ago, & believe it or not, I was told by members that I was a coward, & a "liability" to the group. Needless to say, I left that group.
So before I get any such similar email, let me assure you that the power-elite are definitely in the business of taking care of each other. It's their formula for success: join the club - help each other out - share the rewards.
The last line of the Declaration of Independence reads:
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
New hit song, "Don't taze me, Bro!" There is a t-shirt for sale with the same slogan (no link, 'cuz the logo sucks).
Recent history: Some other student tasing incidents. [and it used to be hazing that had the media in a fuss] And others, wheelchair bound grandmother tazed to death, a drunk, a cop's teenage son,
Fox News eyewitness interview on the tasing, and spin meister wrapup with Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett saying no excessive force was used during the incident.
"He is resisting. And the videotape really doesn't lie--it speaks volumes about what's going on," said Jarrett. "The law doesn't allow you to resist police officers when they ask you to do something," he added. [really, even if it is an illegal arrest?] A further Fox report insinuates Meyer's intended this "stunt."
Two of the cops involved are on paid leave during the investigation. There were at least six uniformed officers involved, and one apparent plain clothes cop directing the arrest. Eight filed reports. Still working?
Kerry finally speaks out a day late to condemn the arrest.
"In 37 years of public appearances, through wars, protests and highly emotional events, I have never had a dialog end this way," Kerry said in a statement. "I believe I could have handled the situation without interruption, but I do not know what warnings or other exchanges transpired between the young man and the police prior to his barging to the front of the line and their intervention. I asked the police to allow me to answer the question and was in the process of responding when he was taken into custody."
"I was not aware that a taser was used until after I left the building," he continued. "I hope that neither the student nor any of the police were injured. I regret enormously that a good healthy discussion was interrupted."
Unfortunately for the good Senator, his inaction leads others who might have supported him to speak out against his lameness.
The University of Florida students took to the streets in protest, (part 2) (part 3)
perhaps embarrassed at their passive behavior while one of their own
gets trammeled, restrained and electrocuted in front of them the prior
day. Day 2 video.
Paul Craig Roberts weighs in. Mise Institute reader's comments.
Amnesty International and the ACLU rise to Meyer's support.
12 page report from the police released. The press reports on it. The spin from the cops is this was all a publicity/ attention stunt on the part of Mr. Meyers. And he wanted to be tased.