The meaning of that Kerry fracas In Florida
By Paul Craig Roberts
Online Journal Guest Writer
Sep 19, 2007, 00:39
Na�ve Americans who think they live in a
free society should watch this video filmed by students at a John Kerry speech
September 17, Constitution Day, at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
At the conclusion of Kerry�s speech, Andrew Meyer, a 21-year
old journalism student was selected by Senator Kerry to ask a question. Meyer
held up a copy of BBC investigative
reporter Greg Palast�s book, Armed
Madhouse, and asked if Kerry was aware that
Palast�s investigations determined that Kerry had actually won the election.
Why, Meyer asked, had Kerry conceded the election so quickly when there were so
many obvious examples of vote fraud? Why, Meyer, went on to ask, was Kerry
refusing to consider Bush�s impeachment when Bush was about to initiate another
act of military aggression, this time against Iran?
At this point the public�s protectors -- the police --
decided that Meyer had said too much. They grabbed Meyer and began dragging him
off. Meyer said repeatedly, "I have done nothing wrong," which under
our laws he had not. He threatened no one and assaulted no one.
But the police decided that Meyer, an American citizen, had
no right to free speech and no constitutional protection. They threw him to the
floor and Tasered him right in front of Senator Kerry and the large student
audience, who captured on video the unquestionable act of police brutality.
Meyer was carted off and jailed on a phony charge of �disrupting a public
The question we should all ask is why did a United States
senator just stand there while Gestapo goons violated the constitutional rights
of a student participating in a public event, brutalized him in full view of
everyone, and then took him off to jail on phony charges?
Kerry�s meekness not only in the face of electoral fraud,
not only in the face of Bush�s wars that are crimes under the Nuremberg
standard, but also in the face of police goons trampling the constitutional
rights of American citizens makes it completely clear that he was not fit to be
president, and he is not fit to be a US senator.
Usually when police violate constitutional rights and commit
acts of police brutality they do it when they believe no one is watching, not
in front of a large audience. Clearly, the police have become more audacious in
their abuse of rights and citizens. What explains the new fearlessness of
police to violate rights and brutalize citizens without cause?
The answer is that police, most of whom have authoritarian
personalities, have seen that constitutional rights are no longer protected.
President Bush does not protect our constitutional rights. Neither does Vice
President Cheney, nor the attorney general, nor the US Congress. Just as Kerry
allowed Meyer�s rights to be Tasered out of him, Congress has enabled Bush to
strip people, including American citizens, of constitutional protection and
incarcerate them without presenting evidence.
How long before Kerry himself or some other senator will be
dragged from his podium and Tasered?
The Bush Republicans with complicit Democrats have
essentially brought government accountability to an end in the US. The US
government has 80,000 people, including ordinary American citizens, on its
"no-fly list." No one knows why they are on the list,
and no one on the list can find out how to get off it. An unaccountable act by
the Bush administration put them there.
Airport Security harasses and abuses people who do not fit any known
definition of terrorist. Nalini Ghuman, a British-born citizen and music
professor at Mills
College in California was met on her return from a trip to England by armed
guards at the airplane door and escorted away. A Gestapo goon squad tore up her
US visa, defaced her British passport, body searched her, and told her she
could leave immediately for England or be sent to a detention center.
Professor Ghuman, an Oxford University graduate with a Ph.D.
from the University of California at Berkeley, says she feels like the
character in Kafka�s book, The Trial.
"I don�t know why it�s happened, what I�m accused of. There�s no
opportunity to defend myself. One is just completely powerless." Over one
year later there is still no answer. [Music
Scholar Barred From U.S., but No One Will Tell Her Why, By Nina
Bernstein, New York Times, September 17, 2007]
The Bush Republicans and their Democratic toadies have, in
the name of "security," made all of us powerless. While Senator John
Kerry and his Democratic colleagues stand silently, the Bush administration has
stolen our country from us and turned us into subjects.
Craig Roberts [email him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the
Reagan Administration. He is the author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider's Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the
co-author with Lawrence M. Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for Peter
Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent epidemic of
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