Friday, September 09, 2005

Marching to Pretoria Sorta


From that great rag, the WaPo via Atrios:
Organizers of the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial Freedom Walk on Sunday are taking extraordinary measures to control participation in the march and concert, with the route fenced off and lined with police and the event closed to anyone who does not register online by 4:30 p.m. today.

The march, sponsored by the Department of Defense, will wend its way from the Pentagon to the Mall along a route that has not been specified but will be lined with four-foot-high snow fencing to keep it closed and "sterile," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense.

The U.S. Park Police will have its entire Washington force of several hundred on duty and along the route, on foot, horseback and motorcycles and monitoring from above by helicopter. Officers are prepared to arrest anyone who joins the march or concert without a credential and refuses to leave, said Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford. (emphasis added)
First of all, one has to be impressed with the planning that is going into this by the Department of Homeland Security. And you can bet that the police officers won't be turning in their badges.

But, one has to wonder exactly what this march is all about. I think that they want protestors, to cause a scene, so they can say "ya, ya, ya, ya" look at all the terrorist hippies trying to crash real 'mericans celebrating War.

Well, sorry to break your bubble Rummey (I was going to post a pic of Mount Misery, but had second thoughts), all the real 'mericans are slogging through the shit in NOLA and Biloxi, saving lives. Have a good time at your "outing."

Actually, I am reminded about that scene from "Brazil" where the hero and Jamie Lee Curtis go riding off in a truck. There are fences on both sides of the highway with wonderful scenes painted on them, but beyound the fences it is desolation. Then again, it isn't much different than the Capitol Beltway with the high "noise" fences on both sides. Food for thought.

1 comment:

NiK0 said...

it's amazing how much the definition of "freedom" has changed in the last 4 years. A word that used to be equated with "the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint" is now equated with nationalism.
planning to prevent unauthorized people from participating in or protesting against a walk for "freedom" is hypocrisy at its worst, but the same response under the new definition is somehow justified. it scares me what my country is becoming.