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NY Sheriff Protects First Amendment & Becomes Internet Star

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more cops need

to step up like that!


I fail to see the big deal here. Are we supposed to be rejoicing that a cop/citizen interaction didn't end up with a tazing? The sheriff had no problem (illegally) detaining two citizens while he checked and double-checked to see if they were breaking any laws. Only after he was 110% sure that they weren't, and with the knowledge that he was being recorded, did he consider their rights worth protecting.

I would have loved to hear him say to the airport goon "Sir, I don't work for you. I work for them." Or for him to tell said goon "Sir, if you continue to harass these two citizens I will have no choice but to arrest you for violating their rights."

Bah Humbug!

Bah Humbug!

You should praise good behavior.

Treat people how you WANT THEM to be, how you envision them, AND THEY WILL BECOME SUCH.

That's a principle in parenting, that I think applies here.

It is a good thing to praise the good we see from those in uniform.

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

I believe this is significant

As more and more cameras are placed in public locations, and other police officers see what this guy did on camera, perhaps they will likewise take his cue, while realizing the very same cameras used to catch thieves could also catch law enforcement and authority figures acting inappropriately.


When you're in the middle of the tunnel and you see a glimpse of light, do you say "Meh... we're still in a tunnel."

Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

Bad analogy... This is more

Bad analogy... This is more like being in a dark tunnel while 100's of light turner-on'ers are in a back room playing poker. When one of them decides to get off his ass, do his job and flip a light switch do you cheer and praise him for saving the day, or do you say "'bout damn time, what took you so long?"

what about this analogy

Who cares Ron Paul follows the constitution, he is suppose to. I don't see what is the big deal with Ron Paul, people are suppose to be honest and follow the law of the land.

Just forget about it? Why are

Just get over it? Why are we not blowing up this woman's phone up right now? This is the kind of mentality that needs to stop! Start holding people accountable for their actions.

Goes to show the power of a

Goes to show the power of a camera and the Internet. Great publicity for liberty and justice.

SteveMT's picture

This was reassuring that there is a remnant left.

Someone in authority still knows the few rights that are left.

As you all know, Jason Bermas isn't just another person off of the street. He along with Dylan Avery made the most downloaded film in internet history, Loose Change.

Thanks for the post.

It makes me wonder

If things would have turned out differently without Jason and without the camera...

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

SteveMT's picture

Yup. Sad but true, celeste.

Just imagine these headlines:

Daily Paul veterans SteveMT and celeste who attempted to distribute opt-out-of-TSA-scanner fliers at local airport have disappeared and have never been heard from again.

Good one

Steve :)

"Its easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled."
Mark Twain

I think

It's more important to call or write to give praise to how this sheriff treated these people more than anything. If more officers acted this way, the TSA and airports would be powerless.

Let's get over it!

That woman at the end looks a bit like part of the problem. Yeah he won't be fired... let's just get over it and let a crotchy old man demand people are detained and ID'd when he doesn't like their flyers. That's just how it works up here in Albany *smile*

Give her a break

she clearly has more important things to worry about - like diabetes and heart disease.

Just saying.


Can someone explain to me why the airport can't have the activists removed for trespassing?

This is a strange problem

The government has been obsessed with regulating interstate commerce under that clause, and after 9/11, you know airport security was basically nationalized. At that point, it becomes an argument of contention, that the airports may actually be a public space. Since they are being federally funded, they actually must comply with anti-discrimination laws on the books both in the workplace and outside of it. Since the federal government is present at the location (or at least agents thereof), the right to redress may also be infringed if they are kicked out by the property owner but the federal agents are not.



Call, write or email the airport management as you please.


518 242-2222

Albany County Airport Authority
Albany International Airport
Administration Building
Second Floor
Albany, NY 12211

The petty tyrant, Doug Meyers, is listed. I don't see an email address, but this contact form is available:


I found prick Doug's email address:

I've emailed him, how about you?!

"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

Forget them!

They aren't worth the time and they won't take any to read any trashing emails either. You heard him say it himself, "We don't care"

Send positive emails to the Sheriff's Dept. instead. Use your energy and emotions productively.

"We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience"—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin



Glad to see you're showing

Glad to see you're showing the rational and mature side of the movement.

Call or write the airport management as you please.


"It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a rEVOLution before tomorrow morning." - Henry Ford

well said..

and yah, whats up w/the ins bs?

Just that...

bs. Only meant to intimidate and dissuade.

Another term for preventive war is aggressive war- starting wars because someday somebody might do something to us. That is not part of the American tradition.
-Ron Paul

That administrator was a real jerk.

That older guy was a real jerk. He sure likes to tell people what to do. Control freak. I'll bet he went home and kicked his dog. Hopefully the dog bit him in retaliation :-)

I hate to mention this… but did anyone else notice that the young lady that was handing out the flyers was somewhat attractive? My point being, I wonder if the police officer would have been as helpful if the people handing out the flyers had been two guys? Just saying.

I love how the other woman in the video recommended that everyone just forget it. Something needs to be done with that nazi, such as investigating him to see if he abuses his employees the way he tried to abuse these other people.

Larry in North Carolina
The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men and women to not support Ron Paul!

Filing advance notice?

To exercise your first amendment rights, and doing nothing illegal, means people have to file a form giving advanced notice?

Is this so the "airport authority" can give you permission and put you in a small area on the other side of the airport, with identification around your neck marked with a green sticker?

Filing out a form

in order to do something is asking for a privilege.

Just doing something without asking for permission is exercising a lawful right. (Granted what you're doing isn't harming anyone or infringing on their rights.)

If you're reading this: Enforcing the constitution is YOUR job - not the ones who take an oath to it. - If you took an oath - you have a DUTY to uphold it... it's unfortunate but a reality in mankind's nature to want to expand our sphere of influence and power.

IN VERY RARE CASES some have the emotional/intellectual control to govern themselves... the rest must be governed by someone else.

Self-government is about looking in the mirror. If you're not doing that on a daily basis (self-reflection) then you're part of the problem. If you think you know everything and don't make mistakes you are part of the problem.

If you think you are perfect - there is an infinitesimally small chance you are - but it's likely you're just an shmuck. So if you wanna roll the dice and keep thinking you're perfect that's up to you. Just while continuing to believe you "know-it-all" please stop complaining about the defects of character in others.