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Tiananmen Square Moment, Boston: It Never Happened

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." - Edmund Burke


http://youtu.be/qq8zFLIftGk (volume is loud, music is bad!)

I don't want to be a Monday morning quarterback, and hindsight is always 20/20, but there is a reason why people who are in positions as first responders, or military personnel, or police, or anyone who operates under intensely stressful and/or emergency situations, practice their work...so that in the time their skills are needed most, their actions become instinct and second nature.

We need that too in our fight for liberty.

The purpose of this post is not to chastise the victims of those responsible for the bombings in Boston, or the victims of the over reaction, over aggressiveness, and usurpitous actions committed by those in law enforcement who locked down the city of Boston and surrounding areas.

The purpose of this post is to question what could have been done by the citizens of Boston who felt threatened not by bombing suspects, but by armored personnel vehicles and soldiers patrolling their streets, searching their property, and restricting travel and basic day-to-day activities.

I hope a video surfaces of something like this:

As the street sweeps ensue, a house door opens.


http://youtu.be/0A5vfyFyptQ

A barefoot man in white shorts and a white t-shirt steps on to his porch. With both arms raised in the air, one is gripping a megaphone bullhorn.

He slowly walks to the edge of his porch, and he continues down his sidewalk to the street, making no sudden movements.

The loud speaker from the armored personnel vehicle, with the gun turret and happy trigger finger aimed directly at the unarmed man, says, "Stop! Do not move! Drop the megaphone, and get on the ground."

He begins to speak:

"My name is Bradley Manning, and I'm a resident of this neighborhood. I live in the house behind me, and I am unarmed. I repeat, I am unarmed. I do not have any weapons on me, nor am I a threat to any of you who are aiming your rifles at me, trespassing on my and my neighbors' properties, and violating the rights of the good people of this neighborhood."

"You are the threat here. Not me. I come in peace, while you come with force, with threats, and with weapons of war. You bring instability to this peaceful neighborhood. Not me. I ask that you leave, and go about searching for two suspects in a different way...in a way consistent with the ideas of the once free society from which this country was founded."

As he continued down the center of the street towards the armored vehicle, he continues, "What the hell do you people think you're doing?"

"Following orders? Keeping us safe? You are all pawns. Willfully violating the rights of millions of Bostonians, while you condition us to accept this sort of behavior by supposed peace keepers."

"What peace did you keep? What crime did you thwart? None. You did not prevent anything, but yet you're here in my neighborhood, making threats to me and my family, and my peaceful neighbors. You tell me to go inside. You tell me to keep my windows shut. You tell me to close my business. You tell me I can't walk my dog."

"That sounds like an act of terror to me...coerce me to act outside of my own interest while threatening me with jail time if I don't comply with your silly, ungrounded dictates."

"Neighbors. Neighbors. Neighbors, hear me, see me, be me. Come out and stand with me, or forfeit your right to be secure in your property and in your persons from this day forth. Officers, those that respect the law, put down your weapons, or lose the respect and trust of we who granted you the authority which you have now seemed to turn against us. We are not a threat to you. Who are you protecting with your tanks and with your guns affixed to my chest? Who are you serving? Certainly not my neighbors. Certainly not my family. Certainly not me."

"You want to arrest me for obstruction of justice or disorderly conduct? Here I stand. You want to shoot me because you lack the training and judgment to realize I'm not a threat? Here I stand. A free man. Unarmed. Making no threats, but rather standing here for my rights. For my family's right to eat a bowl of cereal without my kids being terrorized by gun wielding American soldiers peaking in my windows, for the rights of my neighbors who I've come to love and respect over the years. Here I stand."

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OK, I guess I am really slow this morning.

I see the photo, did this actually happen? Was the guy's name really "Bradley Manning?" I was hoping the video was of the encounter.

This is the article that got my posting privileges revoked:
http://bklim.newsvine.com/_news/2013/05/12/18212165-dr-stan-...

Hey fishy!

No, this event, the Tiananmen Square Moment in Boston: It Never Happened as the title suggests! :P

I just used the name Bradley Manning for emotional appeal.

I hope I never get the opportunity to recite this speech in real life. :/

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Rob hits another post

Rob hits another post outta-the-Park!

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BUMP.

BUMP.

(Thank you also for quoting Burke)

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Thank you for this post, RobHino.

Thank you for this post, RobHino.

Here's the new modern weapon I suggest we continue to develop and use to prevent seeing more of the same as this shame over Boston, out of a window or not:

http://www.dailypaul.com/282476/full-video-ron-paul-institut...

For when you witness such shame, it's already too late. It's in God's hands, by then.

Just IMO/belief.

Peace.

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"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

I'm more interested in a discussion on what YOU would do...

What would you do if this was you in the window?

If this was your daughter?

What is your "No, I will not comply. Period." moment?


http://youtu.be/wbMP7kYgtHo (Perhaps there are some inconsistencies in Badnarik's story, but his point is still valid.)

Ask yourselves now...

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coming soon to a neighborhood . . .

near you/me/us--

?

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

Yep. Boston was invaded,

Yep. Boston was invaded, with those two boys used as the excuse to do so.

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.

bump because it deserves it

What I don't get is the complete inequity in our justice system in this country. It makes my head spin.

As per this event, it seemed like huge overkill to me. But after listening to gunfire and bombs outside their windows I expect many people weren't inspired to go out. If it had gone on more than a day I sure hope people would have started going on with their lives. This is just my view from the other side of the country. Perhaps, easier said than done.

So, this post is good because it makes you think about it ahead of tie which is what the point of it is.

Thanks for the bump!

Yes, one main point is to make us think about this happening near us, and allows us the opportunity to discuss a safe, non-threatening, and effective method for diffusing a situation like this.

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I'll vote this up. I thought of the same incident, then...

Communism is one big public relations project. They spend their time trying to trick the population that Keynesian central planning is a viable economic system.

Did the State indeed come to respect an individual. Or did they just put on a good show for the state run media.

Those guys in the picture are a public relations disaster. Did Dukakas get a new tank?

Where did they get the used Imperial Stormtrooper Armor. Was Lucas having and clearance sale?

Are these the vehicles they dumped on local police departments. The flatbottom one's that a pressure cooker turns into a coffin.

Like the Tie-Fighters in Star Wars, no heavy armor or shielding. If it's heavy, it's expensive.

I am not sure whether to mock them, shun them or pity those agents.

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Your comment made me think of this...

"Are these the vehicles they dumped on local police departments. The flatbottom one's that a pressure cooker turns into a coffin."

That comment made me think of this:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-492804/The-uninvited...

American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board.

By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.

Just imagine all of the crap products made during all the war rackets that don't even work....oh you know, like our Navy's radars and enemy detection systems!!??? WTH?!!

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What's the chance the Navy told the truth.

Maybe they were running a drill and the Sub "snuck" up on them. Act scared but tough, makes good TV.

Rep Mike Rogers MI has been charging the chinese of un-fair trade practices. Mike is right, it is unfair that China subsidizes Congress in it's destruction of the free market. Long live the Fed. No thanks Mike.

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It would be nice if the down-voters provided some type....

...of reasoning or critique as to what they disagree with this post.

I won't hold my breath while waiting...

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WELCOME TO OUR POLICE STATE

WELCOME TO OUR POLICE STATE

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees

But...

...what is our proper response?

What response would be a safe and acceptable response, and who is willing to do it?

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The proper response is...

for us to keep doing what we are doing...

Part of that response is not shutting the the DP...

Seriously Robhino, wtf is going on???

"We’ve moved beyond the Mises textbook. We’re running in the open market." - Erik Voorhees