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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Braindonor1's picture


We are all conditioned to passivity when confronted with the excesses of authority. We are taught to think that "It is wrong to resist the police (because they are always right)." This mantra of resistance being wrong is ground into us as part of our earliest experiences and is continued throughout our lives.

It is time to eradicate this thinking from our consciousness and embrace the fact that self defense is not a crime - regardless of what the establishment will say.

LawsofPhysics's picture

It has been a bust for quite a while, same as it ever was.  Know your neighbors?  Got physical?  Doing your own research and speaking the truth? You better.  Boring world indeed, enjoy the decline folks.  No other options so long as leadship in both the private and public sectors continues to avoid the rule of law.  So long as these fucks are not held accountable, nothing changes.  Same as it ever was.  Gold and gun confiscation is the next order of the day, just wait.

MassDecep's picture

"Gold and gun confiscation is the next order of the day, just wait."

I hate to say it, but you are probably right. There will be a lot of blood.

Silver Dreamer's picture

This is not 1933. Another such order regarding gold and/or silver will certainly result in a lot of blood shed.  This is not the UK or Australia either, and people will not line up to turn in their firearms.  Everyone knows what a direct attack against 2A will cause.  The real question is: Knowing that previous fact, how else will they end 2A?  It's a question that often keeps me up at night.  Thoughts?

Strelok's picture

Intentionally engineering civil war and supply line disruptions.  Then people will turn on eachother.  Eventually they'll come in to save the day with food, power, medicine, in return for your guns and servitude.  In the process, they'll achieve depopulation, especially of those with the tendacies to fight.  Most that are left surviving will be clamouring for an end to it all.  Problem, reaction, solution.  That's the only way I can see them effectively attacking the 2nd amendment.

So with that in mind, it is extremely important to resist civil war, support your neighbors, and have supplies that lend themselves to self-sufficiency.  Remember who the real enemies are:  the evil bastards who warp society and engineer this type of madness.


Boston's picture

there will be no change until the bulk of the population skips 9 meals

More like 3 meals.  

Seriously, if everyone around me missed breakfast, lunch and dinner, I'd be putting my household on high alert. The house would never be left unattended; nobody would leave the house unarmed; and most excursions would be eliminated.

Missiondweller's picture

I think the saying is that we are 9 meals (3 days) from anarchy at anytime.


Just think of how long it takes to clean out a grocery store when a hurricane is coming. Most people have less than a few days of food in the house at any one time.

Calmyourself's picture

I will say it again, hunger and only hunger changes this.  If the ptb can keep the DWS bellies full we are in for a looonng dark night..

Randall Cabot's picture

Hurricane??? All it takes around here in Philly is a forecast of an inch or two of snow!

Oquities's picture

Fasting is actually good for you.  2 times a month, i sup monday night, skip all meals on tuesday, then resume with breakfast on wednesday. it will teach you self-control, remind you of your proximity to starvation, and make you appreciate your food more.  humanity did not eat regulalrly, as we do today, throughout most of history.  privation is a learning experience.

prains's picture

Wait until you're married 20 years,then you'll know privation

Boston's picture

Exactly. Lots of medical research suggests that fasting is also good for preventing disease.

The human condition (up until the last 50 years or so) was such that it was normal to "starve" between irregular feedings. So the human body, through evolution, was optimized for a feast & famine cycle.

In today's environment (especially in the US), humans are strapped to virtual feed-bags, not only rarely missing meals, but also consuming far too many calories.

The problem, of course, is that virutally nobody has the will power to voluntarily impose fasting on themselves, the way nature did it--involuntarily, throughout most of human history. 


pods's picture

It is called "toxic hunger" and is not real hunger. It is your body detoxifying from the crap that is peddled as food nowadays.


thedrickster's picture

Between Corexit and triple digit spot, I taste trouble.

Don Birnam's picture

Three meals ?

It will not even take the withdrawal of a single bag of Cheetos -- simply one entire programming day of a test pattern on the 3-D 50-inch, and there will be outright rebellion.

Strelok's picture

I laughed at this, then it sunk in, and I cried.  ROFC (Rolling on floor crying).

X. Kurt OSis's picture

Obombs-away is the bloodiest most tyrannical nobel peace prize winner in history, hands down.  Democrats (and a handful of Swiss) everywhere should be crying having been so deceived. 

superbroker1's picture

I woke up this morning with a strange, but realistic thought -The Dollar losing reserve status due to the Iran situation and UST become bidless.

What if martial law hits before elections? Whos to say votes are even being counted correctly anyways?  I hate being a doom n gloomer, but I gotta go with my gut. God I hope im wrong!

Randall Cabot's picture

Those Diebold electronic voting machines are very reliable.

Strelok's picture

My unquestionable faith resides in Diebold's reliability. 

Taint Boil's picture



Every day I say it can’t get any worst or lower, then the next day comes along and I sit there with my lower jaw hanging on the floor as I read the next headline of the day on Zero Hedge [bonus hot chick]. I just can’t watch any more, I am lost for words. But when I lose it watch out.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

When Taint Boil pops, someone's going to be hurting.  ;)


Snidley Whipsnae's picture


"In 2010, the police gave close to 300,000 "Class C misdemeanour" tickets to children as young as six in Texas for offences in and out of school, which result in fines, community service and even prison time. What was once handled with a telling-off by the teacher or a call to parents can now result in arrest and a record that may cost a young person a place in college or a job years later.

"We've taken childhood behaviour and made it criminal," said Kady Simpkins, a lawyer who represented Sarah Bustamantes. "They're kids. Disruption of class? Every time I look at this law I think: good lord, I never would have made it in school in the US. I grew up in Australia and it's just rowdy there. I don't know how these kids do it, how they go to school every day without breaking these laws."

Chupacabra-322's picture


This bill (National Defense Authorization Act) is a declaration of war against the people of America by their own government. All U.S citizens will immediately have the right to take up arms to reclaim their country if this law passes. None will be terrorists. All will be freedom fighters, fighting for a just society against an odious government, legal and financial system. If this law passes, America will no longer be a country governed by the rule of law, as it undermines the very basis of law itself, as a structure for maintaining civilization. When law is usurped for the purpose of tyranny, all bets are off.

The rule of law will die in America, if this law passes as it is. Full scale civil war, will only be a matter of time. Abduction, torture and murder is the cursed trinity at the heart of all odious systems of government. The passing of this bill will qualify the American government as a fully odious regime, with no remaining basis in morality. All of humanity and every American citizen, will be fully justified in opposing the U.S government and it’s enforcers, to bring about it’s downfall.

Every senator who votes this into law, is in reality committing the crime of treason against the nation and citizens of America and a heinous crime against all humanity, for which they can and should be tried and sentenced to life-imprisonment or death. Because together with torture and murder, this law puts in place the final element of the legal framework for the genocide of American citizens. “Legalized” Abduction, torture and murder, means that Satanic government is here. Therefore genocide is not far behind. No human being is obliged to obey the laws, of any odious regime.

WITH THE PASSING OF THIS LAW THE U.S GOVERNMENT HEREBY FORFEITS ALL AUTHORITY OVER THE CITIZENS AND STATES OF AMERICA. The passing of this law, will be looked back on as the day when the citizens and states of America became legally and morally free to fully oppose and ignore the authority of the government of the United States of America. Unless the ability to abduct American citizens is removed from this bill, the day that this bill is signed into law, will be the day when the rule of law ends in the United States.

Obama, you have been warned. When genuine (as opposed to odious) government is restored you will be tried in a court of law, along with the Senators who supported it, if this bill is allowed to pass, as it is. For it -along with the laws put in place by recent U.S governments – is treasonous and genocidal. Therefore, for all law makers who have supported abduction, torture and murder (thus creating the conditions for genocide) the day is not far away, when the sentence for your actions, will be life imprisonment or death.

You will not escape the restoration and elevation, of the legal basis of society, that is coming. In fact, your convictions and sentencing, will be the much needed proof, that civilization is restored. So don’t fool yourself that you will be walking away. The same applies to the previous administrations also. All odious rulers, Obama, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Clintons and satanic politicians and bankers everywhere – your day in court is coming. You think you are protected by your corruption of the law, when in fact you are creating the conditions for it’s improvement that will leave you with no defense for your actions.

All odious politicians, bankers, bureaucrats, agents and executives will be sentenced and punished accordingly, when the time comes. You have been warned. Do not push the world over the edge.
Do not destroy the integrity & authority of the rule of law, if you want any chance of a reprieve.
The conditions of the French revolution are being re-created. You know what happened there !



earleflorida's picture


it just keeps going, and going, and going,... in the wrong direction for freedom 

ag3nt0rang3's picture

Can I haz lotz of DEAD COPS?!

licutis's picture

I am fearful that if the cops keep up this type of activity that this is the inevitable outcome. When we start seeing self immolations in NYC, armed attacks on the security forces are next. Is that what it will take to shock the public awake on this?

licutis's picture

That was a depressing read. I told my wife about it and she said tyrannical women have taken over the world and it even scares her.

Cathartes Aura's picture

ahh, yes indeed Rush L. - all of THIS is the result of "tyrannical women" worldwide. . .

(lol, "my wife.")

pods's picture

Well it wasn't NYC (and wasn't covered in the CMSM), but people have hit their breaking points:

And also Joseph Stack took it a step further:,2933,586581,00.html

Stack was, of course, portrayed as a nutjob, but his final missive could have easily been a ZH Guest Post.



Haywood Jablowme's picture

Don't forget the man who tried crashing his plane into an IRS building.  Definitely a man who realized this Matrix fantasy-land yet of course MSM discounted him as some crazed, lunatic....

itchy166's picture

Welcome to the USSA.

thedrickster's picture

This is NOT going to end well.

SheepDog-One's picture

Well yes, people telling the terrible truth about whats REALLY going on behind the carefully constructed papier mache' facade might wake up a few sheeple! Cant have THAT!

Ex-Pat's picture

Love it or leave it.

thedrickster's picture

The next time someone says that to me I am going to kick them in teeth. Male, female, old, young, short, tall...well I may need a step ladder for tall but nonetheless.


margaris's picture

Hate it and stay!

People need to get more angry, and they will!

XitSam's picture

So to summarize, the next time someone uses their free speech in a non-violent way with an opinion you disagree with, you are going to assault them.

Calmyourself's picture

Your god given right is "free speech" not cost less speech, you have free speech sure, but say it in my yard or spit in my face while using it and see what happens.. 

Free speech people not consequence free speech..

Beard of Zeus's picture

Since his handle is "Ex-Pat", I'm guessing he hates it and left.

Which is more than the complainers and whiners are doing.