The document does contain a warning in bold, however: "Remember—avoid physical contact with demonstrators." It also advises to make sure that whatever action is taken to drown out the demonstrators does not "cause more negative publicity than if the demonstrators were simply left alone."
Saturday, August 4
The Progressive's Post-9/11 McCarthyism Watch
Lest we forget, Joseph McCarthy (right), with three unimpressive years in the U.S. Senate after succeeding Wisconsin's venerable progressive Robert La Follette, "rose suddenly to national fame in 1950 when he asserted in a speech that he had a list of 'members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring' who were employed in the State Department" and other federal offices. "However, McCarthy was never able to substantiate his sensational charges."
His tactic of targeting his and the U.S. military's political opponents by alleging unsubstantiated claims was memorialized nationally as "McCarthyism," a practice supplanted in the 21st century by the Fox News Network signature slogan of "fair and balanced" to characterize routinely slanderous character assassination of political opponents palmed off on insentient viewers as objective journalism.
In the end, the hypocritical McCarthy's own demons brought him down. Besides being an alleged alcoholic, he also was scoring "his daily morphine script from Harry Anslinger, longtime head of the U.S. Federal Federal Bureau of Narcotics."
Below is page one of Rothchild's litany of modern day McCarthy-esque attacks on civil liberties.
“It was totally unacceptable that we were led out of the bookstore like criminals just because we wanted to have a conversation with the Senator,” says the lead plaintiff.
“I was put up against the wall and thoroughly frisked—any more thoroughly and I would have asked for flowers.”
“I am disappointed because I did look forward to reaching out and telling people to enjoy poetry. I believe in poetry, I believe poetry can move people.”
“Those who have risked their lives to defend the rights of all Americans have a special claim to those rights when they have completed their service,” says Adam Kokesh, who served as a Marine sergeant in Fallujah.
His wife was putting up 3x5 cards on the window of the room used by the recruiters.
“Don’t fall for it! Military recruiters lie,” said one.
“It’s not honorable to fight for a lying President,” said another.
Then the police came.
“Teachers that teach against the grain often have difficulties with school systems. What has happened to me is certainly not unusual.”
“Now, not only am I being persecuted for my faith, but I’m being persecuted for a personal opinion. This is getting too Orwellian. Is this what it comes down to? Is this where I live? Is this the country I love?”
“This has been literally one of the most significant experiences of my life,” she says. “It’s been absolutely humbling to see how many people were willing to go to bat for me on this issue.”
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