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Russian TV and Code Pink Disrupt Memorial Day Activities (Jefferson Memorial Arrests)
GOPUSA ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Cliff Kincaid

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 Kokesh’s 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: adamkokesh; codepink; medeabenjamin; russiatoday
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1 posted on 05/31/2011 9:05:07 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

While as a veteran I find the man detestable I am not sure what laws were broken.


2 posted on 05/31/2011 9:07:50 AM PDT by Grunthor (Make the lefts' collective brain cell implode; Cain/Bolton 2012.)
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To: kristinn

“and to depict the US as a police state”

Not too far off the mark...just give the Commies a few more years/s


3 posted on 05/31/2011 9:09:59 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: kristinn

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.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 9:21:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

5 posted on 05/31/2011 9:24:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Grunthor

Read the article for an explanation.


6 posted on 05/31/2011 9:27:09 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: kristinn

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?


7 posted on 05/31/2011 9:32:01 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: Turtlepower

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.


8 posted on 05/31/2011 9:35:15 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

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.


9 posted on 05/31/2011 9:50:31 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: Grunthor
From the article:
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.”


10 posted on 05/31/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


11 posted on 05/31/2011 9:52:06 AM PDT by GrootheWanderer
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To: Turtlepower

This is a camel’s nose under the tent situation.


12 posted on 05/31/2011 9:56:08 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: kristinn

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?


13 posted on 05/31/2011 10:29:33 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: Turtlepower

If you want to be a useful idiot of the left, stop claiming conservatism and be true to your self.


14 posted on 05/31/2011 10:48:29 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: kristinn

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.


15 posted on 05/31/2011 10:55:53 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Turtlepower

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.


16 posted on 05/31/2011 11:00:49 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: cripplecreek

Agreed. Sometimes the government goes too far in regulating demonstrations, but not this time.


17 posted on 05/31/2011 11:02:07 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: RaceBannon; Interesting Times

FYI.


18 posted on 05/31/2011 11:02:59 AM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: cripplecreek
I knew it was coming!!!

Attack the messenger if you can't refute the message!

19 posted on 05/31/2011 11:05:58 AM PDT by Turtlepower
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To: kristinn
Exactly. Even the Westboro morons don't protest in cemeteries.
20 posted on 05/31/2011 11:22:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: kristinn

Thanks. Perhaps Kokesh will run again for Congress on the KGB ticket.


21 posted on 05/31/2011 12:27:59 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Grunthor

they were trying to keep the memorials solemn, and dancing was against the rules.

Kokesh and CODE PINK founder Medea Benjamin went there to intentionally violtate those rules, and after being warned politely, they openly began dancing and kissing in public in direct objection to the cops, to instigate a fight

kokesh was handcuffed, sat down, and when he tried to get up and walk away after his arrest, he was slammed, unfortunately he wasn’t slammed hard enough


22 posted on 05/31/2011 5:48:39 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Turtlepower

You dont have the constitutional right to disobey the police after being warned about a rightful law


23 posted on 05/31/2011 5:49:34 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Turtlepower

what a lie

the first couple went there in full knowlege they would be disobeying the police

This was a PLANNED act

I posted the full video links on this 2 days ago, kokesh PLANNED to do this, this was NOT a spontaneous event, it was a deliberate act of breaking the law by the very people who gave $400,000 dollars to the Iraqi Mujahadeen to kill Americans


24 posted on 05/31/2011 5:51:17 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Turtlepower

I bet you are a RON PAUL fan, aren’t you?


25 posted on 05/31/2011 5:52:40 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon; All

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2727016/posts


26 posted on 05/31/2011 6:09:00 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: Turtlepower
How funny, I was just looking for, and found, this quote. And it seems like something you could stand to ponder.

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains on their own appetites. Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there is without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

27 posted on 05/31/2011 6:26:14 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: Trailerpark Badass

who said that???


28 posted on 05/31/2011 6:50:43 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: RaceBannon

Edmund Burke


29 posted on 05/31/2011 9:39:49 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass (I'm sick of damn idiots)
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To: RaceBannon

“they were trying to keep the memorials solemn, and dancing was against the rules.”

In which case the little bastard should have been summarily tossed out. Arrested? I don’t think so.


30 posted on 06/01/2011 6:51:42 AM PDT by Grunthor (Make the lefts' collective brain cell implode; Cain/Bolton 2012.)
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To: Grunthor

nonsense. He DELIBERATELY disobeyed a lawful order. He shoud have been maced when he refused to sit down, too.


31 posted on 06/01/2011 3:29:07 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Ron Paul is to the Constitution what Fred Phelps is to the Bible.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks kristinn.


32 posted on 06/01/2011 5:33:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Turtlepower
I knew it was coming!!! Attack the messenger if you can't refute the message!
How dare teh government regulate behaviour at national parks. (Sarcasm a mile wide)
Evidently you missed teh spate of wildings by certain groups over the weekend. As the population of this country loses the ability to regulate itself, we become more dependent on the government to play nanny. Your ire should be at mishcevious malcontents like Koksesh for making such over-reach necessary.
33 posted on 06/01/2011 6:06:59 PM PDT by rmlew (No Blood for Sarkozy's re-election and Union for the Mediterranean)
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To: kristinn
I wonder if people who think this was a violation of the 1st Amendment would allow people to protest ANYWHERE, in any manner, at any time?

Note they conveniently ignore "peacably to assemble."

In other words, there are qualifiers in the Bill of Rights.

34 posted on 06/01/2011 6:11:32 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: Turtlepower

Just because people are allowed to have guns does not mean they can use them anyway, anywhere. THAT is the analogy.


35 posted on 06/01/2011 7:28:12 PM PDT by PghBaldy
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