Occupy Crackdown

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FAlley
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Occupy Crackdown

Seems authorities in many cities are attempting to discombobulate the Occupy movement. Camps have been dismantled in Oakland, Denver, and (of course) Wall Street that I'm aware of. This seems to me like a great opportunity to observe how US police will try to handle civil unrest and disobedience.
Some general news stories cropping up at the moment:

http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/15/us/new-york-occupy-eviction/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2099469,00.html?hpt=hp_c1

http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/15/us/gallery/occupy-wall-street-eviction/index.html?hpt=hp_c1

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000057407

A live feed from Zucotti Park on CNBC:

http://www.cnbc.com/id/45304283

Thoughts on civil disobedience, police response in the states?

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No_Fiat
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Freedom of peaceful protest! not so free anymore

 It's a disgrace how they treat the common person who tries to do something about injustice.

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tictac1
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"Congress shall make no law

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Clearly, this went out the window a LONG time ago (think Sedition Act), all the little bullshit laws like curfews are nothing more than an end run around the constitution.  The plain wording of the 1st ammendment makes it obviously illegal to even regulate the right of assembly.

On civil disobendience, I think Jefferson would have taken it a lot further-

"When wrongs are pressed because it is believed they will be borne, resistance becomes morality"

"And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms."

Jefferson probably would have considered most of us cowards-

"Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty."

 

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