Something that goes beyond satire

When I first read the following story at Rhymes with Right, I thought it was a satire. Even though Greg quoted extensively from the news report, I still thought Scrappleface was somehow involved. But no, this is the real news:

Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of the west front steps of the United States Capitol building after police were ordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources told The Hill.

According to the sources, police officers were livid when they were told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse and Deputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said,who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”

After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.

A second source who witnessed the incident said that the police had the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.

Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can

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  • helenl

    Senseless destruction, maybe. But here’s the real point, “Tens of thousands of people rallied on the Mall and the Capitol complex Saturday in protest of the increased troop deployments and the war in Iraq.” It’s a message the president doesn’t seem to be hearing.

  • jg

    Well, Helen there are about 299 million of us that weren’t delivering that message. It’s our Capitol.

    The President of the United States has never answered to mobs. Nor will this country. Or to terrorists.

    Thanks for the link, Bookworm. Any blog that quotes John Adams can’t be less than right.

  • ymarsakar

    These actions are coordinated at a higher level than is apparent.

    It has a list of the contributors to the protest. The point is, there has been a long history of systemic and planned operations concerning what to do, when to do it, and who to do it unto since people came up with protests.

  • jg

    My favorite comment is at Captain’s Quarters:

    “That’s ludicrous. The First Amendment does not allow people to deface government property, regardless of their motivation. The police did exactly what they should not do — made a political decision about enforcing the law instead of holding everyone equally accountable for their actions.”
    Laughably, the DC police chief tries to paint this as a victory, especially the fact that he roused Capitol Hill workers to clean up the graffiti. A victory would have had the offenders cleaning it up while under arrest. Instead of issuing self-serving rationalizations, Chief Morse ought to issue an apology to Washington DC, and perhaps consider adding his resignation to it.”

  • ymarsakar

    This is a result of Washington DC patronage, I can just smell it.

  • Michael Devereaux

    This is the first time I have ever read that the police deliberately stood by while public or private property was defaced. It’s a terrible omen. I don’t want to overstate its importance, but this is something I don’t like one bit.

    Will the police next stand idly near the Lincoln Memorial while his statue is painted to appear as blackface?

    Are we really supposed to consider any of this as free speech?

  • Jenny

    Does anyone have any ACTUAL pictures of the grafitti? I have seen the video which just doesn’t show me enough. Are there pix of the actual act? Or at least of the vandalism after the fact? Just like to see something to back all this up. Not that I don’t believe….just like to have it for others who will not.