Skip to comments.Russian TV and Code Pink Disrupt Memorial Day Activities (Jefferson Memorial Arrests)
Posted on 05/31/2011 9:05:06 AM PDT by kristinn
Adam Kokesh, an American who stars on KGB-TV, otherwise known as RT or Russia Today television, staged a publicity stunt at the Jefferson Memorial on May 28 and is now complaining about his arrest for dancing. His video is getting attention from the media, while his followers are insisting that he was the victim of harsh police tactics. But an examination of the video of his arrest shows that the event was a planned provocation by professional agitators arranged in coordination with Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, who was also arrested.
Kokesh anchors the Adam Vs. The Man TV show on Russia Today, an English-language channel carried in the U.S. and other Western countries which is funded by the Moscow regime of Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer. The channel is considered a propaganda outlet for Russian intelligence services and hired an alleged Russian spy who is in the process of being deported from Britain.
One of the regular stars of the Kokesh show is Luke Rudkowski, the founder of We Are Change an advocate of the theory that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were staged by the U.S. Government and blamed on Muslims.
The Kokesh stunt, which included advance notice to the press and demonstrators armed with cameras to record the inevitable confrontation, appears to have been designed to generate interest in Kokeshs show on the Russian government-funded propaganda channel and to depict the U.S. as a police state.
An anti-war veteran, former Republican candidate for Congress, and Ron Paul supporter who called for the impeachment of President Bush, Kokesh wants the public to believe that he was arrested for dancing at the site when the video actually shows that he and his associates were engaged in disorderly conduct. Their activities succeeded in closing down access to the memorial...
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While as a veteran I find the man detestable I am not sure what laws were broken.
“and to depict the US as a police state”
Not too far off the mark...just give the Commies a few more years/s
The channel is considered a propaganda outlet for Russian intelligence services
Which explains why they give uber-left wing talk radio host Thom Hartmann an hour in prime time every night.
Not to mention this network has the ugliest graphics package ever conceived by man.
Read the article for an explanation.
While the people arrested are commie pigs, that still doesn’t mean their constituitional rights shouldn’t be protected. You seem to support the police in this case, because you disagree with the politics of those arrested, but if conservatives had been the ones arrested for doing the same things in the video would you support the police then?
Conservatives would have obeyed the rules and if we didn’t like the rules we would have taken legitimate action to get the rules changed.
So, you’re saying that peaceful civil disobediance is never acceptable for conservatives? Baloney! Conservatives get arrested all the time for demonstrating against abortion and other important issues when they are just exercising their 1st ammendment rights. Other conservatives come to their defense saying the police over reacted, etc., etc.
The first couple arrested in the video were holding each other in an embrace, barely moving in a slow dance. I agree that they acted like clowns once they were under arrest, but I think the discussion around this episode should be whether the 1st ammendment protects the rights of people barely moving in a slow dance at a national monument.
A U.S. District Court has ruled that the Park Service has a substantial interest in promoting a tranquil environment at national memorials and can forbid activities that interfere with that atmosphere. The law is not intended to interfere with free speech, but to protect the rights of families to appreciate the solemn nature of the memorials.
The video clearly shows a police officer warning the dancers that demonstrations, including dancing, would get them arrested.
A series of email exchanges on the controversy at the Jefferson Memorial produced this response from an attorney about the way Kokesh was handled: He was not arrested for dancing. He was engaged in an act of disorderly conduct. He was requested to cease and desist several times and did not. He intentionally provoked the Park Police to where he gave them no option but to restrain him. He resisted and got exactly what he was attempting to make happen. Where are your concerns for the innocent people attending with their families? How about their rights to attend and not have their rights infringed upon by this intentional act of disturbing the peace of another. I am afraid that I might have been a little more physical than the Park Police with this jerk.
This protest was inspired by the arrest of several libertarian and conservative youth three years ago who were arrested for dancing at the monument while celebrating Jefferson’s birthday.
This is a camel’s nose under the tent situation.
I understand, but liberals use the same logic for trying to ban guns....
I think this case is worthy of a serious discussion of constituitional rights, regardless of the political affliation of those arrested. To me it’s a great question: when does the public’s right to quiet and tranquility at a national monument trump the rights of those who want to dance or talk or otherwise not engage in typical forms of disruptive behavior?
If you want to be a useful idiot of the left, stop claiming conservatism and be true to your self.
The rules seem quite reasonable to me. Plus there are a great many other places in DC that are completely open to protest, demonstrate, celebrate etc.
I’m assuming its also against the law to climb around on the statues of DC. I could see these clowns doing that and crying that their rights were being violated.
A demonstration is a demonstration. The left is using this to open the door to protests at these monuments—and, as the article points, out as international propaganda to falsely portray the United States as an authoritarian police state.
Agreed. Sometimes the government goes too far in regulating demonstrations, but not this time.
Attack the messenger if you can't refute the message!
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