Guest Post: NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests

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Submitted by Brandon Smith from Alt-Market

NDAA Protests End In Ironic Swarm Of Arrests

The absurdity of America today never ceases to amaze.  In fact, it has become so elaborate that one might even suggest it has reached a kind of poetic symmetry.  When a protest group is willing to stick their necks out to expose the horror of the National Defense Authorization Act and its open door strategy for unconstitutional arrest and indefinite detainment of American citizens, I have to stand up and applaud.  This is the kind of protest we need to see all over the country.  Of course, any establishment system which is willing to dissolve the inherent liberties of its citizens certainly isn't going to stand by quietly while they blatantly point out the injustice.  The Grand Central Terminal action featured in the video below is a perfect example of the swift and immediate stifling of peaceful dissent by an increasingly totalitarian government:

Responses to the event vary.  Most people who have actually been exposed to the facts on the NDAA have expressed utter disgust and fury.  Rightly so.  Some, however, have taken the old elitist mantra, perpetuated effectively by the Neo-Cons in their heyday, that if you are not for the system, then you are a danger to society.  Not surprisingly, there are still plenty of useful idiots out there buzzing about like parasites in search of blood.

For those who would applaud these arrests, and suggest that they are well deserved, I would have to ask very pointedly; why?

Is it right to crush free speech as long as the message is offensive to you personally?  Do peaceful protestors really present a legitimate threat to our national stability?  Are they truly more dangerous than a corrupt government hellbent on assassinating the legal protections of our natural rights which have existed for centuries?  Would any supporter of the jackboot methodology like to explain to me in a coherent manner why they believe their skewed world view should be shielded from sincere questions?  Please, I can't wait to witness the kind of ridiculous mental gymnastics required to make such arguments palatable.  If this kind of ignorance wasn't so destructive, it might actually be entertaining.

The bottom line is, it doesn't matter if these activists were in Grand Central Terminal, on the streets, or busting through the doors of the Oval Office.  While New York authorities will attempt to argue property loopholes in free speech protections for Grand Central, or national security because of the vulnerability of the terminal, really, this has nothing to do with either.  This is about the removal of American voices from a room, and nothing more.   If the message is going to be suppressed by the mainstream media, and shrugged off by representatives, then protesters must go to where the people are, and make the truth heard by whatever means necessary.

Ultimately, activism is about disturbing people's normal mundane routines and shocking them out of their pop-culture stupor, even if for a moment.  If we aren't allowed to do that without constant police intervention, then the First Amendment is not being served, and then, my friends, we have a problem, a problem which should be forced down the throat of government with even more public action.

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Jason T's picture

It's Ron Paul or bust : ( 

fuu's picture

It's already busted.

Ron Paul though!

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Relax.  Obama had "serious reservations" about signing the NDAA.

Pladizow's picture

America is no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sudden Debt's picture

America, the land of the free.

So you can do whatever they tell you to do.


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

Since when do peaceful protesters wear masks?

SheepDog-One's picture

What 'masks'? I see 1 guy wearing a motorcycle helmet, probably the smartest guy in the crowd!

Hard1's picture

America gradually stopped being the land of the free for a while now, this process accelerated a while ago, now that th frogs are dying in boiling water, somebody is just starting to realize that there is a problem with the corrupt dictatorship governing the country.  The only difference in the two corrupt parties are their stances or abortion and homosexual marriage!!! Just Amazing!!!

Badabing's picture

“Some, however, have taken the old elitist mantra, perpetuated effectively by the Neo-Cons in their heyday, that if you are not for the system, then you are a danger to society.”



This says it in a nut shell.


But! Don’t forget Zheeple, our system is the U.S.constitution.


And the banksters are the ones In competition with the system.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

Coming in year 3, you should have your push-up reps and squat thrust reps up by now.  Hope you fat-ass Americans been workin' on those pull-ups too.  Proper form ladies.  Proper form.....

The Liberty Bell be ringin' !!!!!   Ding!  Dong!  Ding!  Dong!  Ding!



Silver Dreamer's picture

America is an idea.  My country is alive and well within my heart and the hearts of millions of other patriots.  Our republic may be dead, but the idea behind America is very alive.  That idea will not perish as long as patriots are willing to die to defend it too.  I welcome the end to the American empire and hope to be alive to help rebuild our country's republic.

Ruffcut's picture

Sorry to step ahead. But WATCH THAT AGAIN !


Please watch it again. My buddy did an independent film and there is a certain smell, here.

NaN's picture

An outstanding video!

This time the revolution will be televised.

Dugald's picture

A noble sentiment, I hope you can live long enough to pull it off, but just how bad does the situation have to get before you put up, or just wimper off over the horizon with short sharp jerky movements.....America, the world is watching, will you come  through, or will you just become a maddend beast and tear yourselves and others to pieces in the process, your cousins and you have many, have their fingers crossed for you.

Taint Boil's picture

There is always the Bread Hat Guy. Do what it takes with what you have and never give up.

Haywood Jablowme's picture

Bread Hat & Pan Guy ----- fucking classic!  Those were the good ole' days....


Canaduh's picture

Some other guy used him for an avatar too, I thought I was being original.

john39's picture

since the fascist government installed cameras hooked to computers with face regocnition software literally everywhere.

NaN's picture

Time for mass Groucho glasses and silly hats.

MachoMan's picture

When they're scared of being labeled terrorists?

fuu's picture

Since those who serve and protect wield clubs?

JPM Hater001's picture

I live in WI AND my wife is a teacher.  I have been very vocal (to my wife's dismay though she agrees) about what is happening in the world (TY ZH) in the local paper-  I simply listed 5 things to be concerned about:

1) The ESF (and Fed but the ESF is really scary)


3) FEMA Camps


5) I quoted JFK on the ruthless conspiracy.

My wife's closest friend and collegue is pissed I stood openly aginst collective barganing and in response to this letter to the editor she say...and I quote from my wife, "He is spouting off about these ridiculous conspiracy theroies."  Then of course walks off.

My wife came home and said...again I quote, "I wish this fucking thing would just crash so she can see just how blind and wrong she is."

I married the greatest women in the world.  Good night moon...good night Laurie...that bump in the night your scared of...I'm not because I know what it is an unlike you I am prepared.

EDIT: I believe small local papers are a great venue for awakening.  I give free and open rights to republish under your name.  They edited it so if you want the actual full text check out the youtube of it...

SteveGennisonBallWasher's picture

My wife is a teacher also, but in Ohio.  I stood quiet on the collective bargaining, pretending to back her 100%.  She isnt that far off from your wife, but not quite there in regards to understanding all this shit.  She watches DWS and other reality shit, so maybe I've ultimately failed.  I cringe everytime she watches those shows.  Slowly but surely, I hope to bring her to reality.

Conrad Murray's picture

These videos are an excellent way to potentially open her mind up a bit more. Maybe you watch them first, then pick an order for viewing, or research a bit further in case she has questions. Maybe you two just dive in and take the ride together. You will not be disappointed.

Human Resources:

The Century of the Self:

The American Dream:

trav7777's picture

R U dum?

Women don't want to think; they want to feel good.

Dangertime's picture

This is absolutely true.


A good indicator is how many women purchase Cosmpolitan and People versus Popular Mechanics.

BigJim's picture

But men buy Popular Mechanics because it makes them feel good!

It's all about specialisation. Women buy Cosmo et al so they can learn how to do a decent  blowjob and dress swankily in the hope of attracting a higher-ranking male.

Men buy Popular Mechanics so they can have some hope of maintaining all the crap they buy trying to attract higher-ranking females.

That's putting it all a bit crudely, obviously, but it makes for a decent working hypothesis. Discuss!

edit: my advice to women hoping to perfect their blowjob technique is simple: just practice more.

Dangertime's picture

One magazine is the application of logic.....the other is all about feeling good and Royal weddings and such.


Do I really need to say more?

Odin's picture

Hah this turned into an interesting psychological discussion. I would agree that on average, men more than women tend to be more attune to the socio-political degradation being perpetrated around us. This not to discredit ALL women though... We can't discuss things in such all or nothing frameworks, the universe doesn't work that way... Nietzsche, however, would definitely back up the claim that women tend to be more malleable then men. I would argue that men just tend to be more attune to abrasive authority... It's in our nature to recognize and crush this kind of authority, or even authority in general...

Cathartes Aura's picture

somewhat arbitrary jump in thread here, but I'll also "reply" to you Odin. . .

some of you guys haven't made that leap of consciousness that would do you the world of good, the one where you understand how MANipulated the idea of "culture" is, and the huge part of it that is "gender roles."

there are humans, there are humans with genitals and hormones that skew towards "male" and "female" on a continuum - THEN there are the "attributes" assigned to the labels - males gendered MEN have assigned characteristics, like "competitive, logical, loner, strength" - particular attributes suited to being provider & warrior, which is what the culture needs from you in order to make USE of you within its agenda(wars & soldiers). . . females gendered WOMEN have assigned characteristics, including "nurture, emotion, group" again, charateristics that serve the culture - and since these "stories" have been told over centuries, then the culture's story, perpetuated by religion, which is a GREAT place to unpick gender roles, is that women are less valuable than men to the culture, men fight wars to preserve the culture, and women make the nests when the culture needs pair bonding breeders to replenish from wars. . . ETC.

do a bit of research around WWII, when women were re-tooled to serve the men's roles in manufacturing while the men were sent to fight the elite's wars - as soon as that role was "done" that privilege was yanked back, the privilege to work and make good money for the work, and 50's housewife culture was introduced - specifically to create a pair that culturally went to work, earned, made babies, bought "ticky tacky box" houses, and consumed, spent the wages into growing the economy, and tax base. . .

blahblahblah - just because YOU believe your training, and can only SEE what you have been TOLD to see - that men are so smart, and logical, and women are sexual accessories - then you will never have the intellect to even SEE the women out there who have jumped the fence of their own programming, and are smart, independent, logical - oh WAIT, they're imitating MENS aren't they???  *confused*

traits ARE, they don't have only men or only women stamped on them - any human can perform any gender.  investigate WHO BENEFITS from the gender roles, and who drinks the KoolAid.

DaveyJones's picture

thank you Rosie the Riveter. Was waiting for you or MsCreant to set shit straight.

Cathartes Aura's picture

lol, hey DaveyJones - I have a little postcard from a friend above my work area here,


I come in from morning outdoor "chores" to coffee & ZH - always a bit late to the discussions, but damn - who could resist! 

g'mornin' to you!

Cathartes Aura's picture

grrr, didn't reply where I wanted to:

Nietzsche, however, would definitely back up the claim that women tend to be more malleable then men. I would argue that men just tend to be more attune to abrasive authority... It's in our nature to recognize and crush this kind of authority, or even authority in general...

another way to say this is women, kept from earning their own keep in the workplace, saved as cooks and maids for the elites, were relatively recently allowed to earn enough to support themselves - so the "malleable" part is less dependent on the men for support, and more able to function independent of male wages (ie, HAVING to be married, instead of CHOOSING to be in a relationship), it's an "independence vs. dependence" thing, malleability. . . and men's attunement to abrasive authority is the part of men encouraged to be COMBATive to being told what to do - the part that gets broken down upon entering the SERVICE (check the words guys), so as to learn to fight in packs, "not solo against the world" - but either way, it serves the story. . . that someone else wrote for you. . . for all of us.

it's in ALL our natures to want to recognise and crush authority OVER our being - but some folks have multiple layers of conditioning they need to work through first. . .

Xaqaria's picture

It only seems as though men are more likely to be in-tune with current events because the women that are in-tune are off doing something about it and the men who are in tune are just sitting on ZH talking about it.

fuu's picture

Both magazines exist to sell shit.

Arkadaba's picture


As to some of the above comments ... holy shit. If the only women you know don't read anything beyond Cosmopolitan, that is your loss. There are a lot of intelligent, rational, aware, women out there. Maybe it is more a reflection of the type of woman who is attracted to you?


DaveyJones's picture

yes, the magazine that made pathetic attempts to support the government's version of 911 is applying logic over emotion, science over sociology, Rumsfelds over Royals. 

Bolweevil's picture

Coming from the fucking stooge with the Porsche emblem.

Dangertime's picture

The first to throw insults is always the debate loser.


Take your pretty lies, I'll take the ugly truth any day.  Does anything useful come out of magazines like People?  OK?  InTouch?

Emotion versus Logic, I always thought people knew this as common sense.  Hell we even joke about it by saying nobody can understand women.

Seriously, how blind can you possibly be?

DaveyJones's picture

be careful with that "emotion" vs "logic" & women are only emotional thing. If anything, there is not enough emotion driving our citizens to save our country and our children. Women were key players in the movements in Egypt and Iceland. Unlike gum and a brisk walk, you can think and feel at the same time. In fact, both are necesary human survival traits. Just ask mom     

Cathartes Aura's picture

the notion of "duality" requires paired ideas in opposition to each other

Emotion versus Logic, I always thought people knew this as common sense.

where you lose your "argument" is assigning the word to a specific gender - "women are emotional, men logical" - anyone with half a brain can find any number of stories that prove that idea wrong.

how "logical" are the stories of men taking guns to family, or neighbours, or just randomly "going postal" - how is this logical?  how is a woman scientist, surgeon, etc. "emotional"? 


Seriously, how blind can you possibly be?

SheHunter's picture

Interesting feed you guys.  Something to reflect upon.  I can walk into the magazine section of a Walmart in Rock Springs WY and Elko NV and women over 30 will be reading food and beauty mags and the men over 30 will be bunched into the truck and gun corner of aisle.  I can randomly select equal numbers of women and men walking out of this store and both sexes will be equally ignorant of news that stretches any deeper than FOX.   Be it beauty, food, Winchesters, T&A, or custom truck rims...its all for the quick-pleasure feel good sensation.  If your wife like reality shows and married her.  She won't change.  Hopefully she does a good BJ - like another thoughtful ZH posted a few feeds below.  Men or women- most do not use their brain past figuring what to wear that will turn heads or how to get the attention of someone who is wearing something you like.  Pathos.  Look it up.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

+1 SheHunter

You hit the nail squarely on the head.

When a person says, "all [arbitrary grouping of people] are [arbitrary characteristic]," it is a reliable indicator that that person doesn't want to think.


StychoKiller's picture

Problem is:  Walmart has already pre-selected the magazines for everyone, the non-controversial ones...You have to actively seek out the Truth (or it will hit you with a 2X4!)

jemlyn's picture

It's not the magazines, dummy, it's the TV shows.

DaveyJones's picture

did your female side tell you that or your feminine professor? As Dangertime's comment demonstrates, women are conditioned in that direction, the smart ones figure out the game.  

JPM Hater001's picture

Trav7777. This really isn't useful rhetoric. They have The Bachelor and guys have ESPN.

As long as she is letting you prepare her complicity isn't required. But I don't think this video is where you start. In fact that she hasn't come around is useful for you to practice...

Learn to teach freedom. Learn to explain liberty. Once she understands that then and only then can the rest be learned.

Citxmech's picture

Tell that to my wife: BA Philosopy; MS Bio; MS Epidemiology; PhD Molecular Bio.