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  •  Yes, it's terrorism (2+ / 1-)
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    Just like Occupy Wall Street were terrorists. In fact, you could replace every reference to Christie's aides in this diary with OWS and the diary would read exactly the same.

    Jesus, I through peak partisan had been reached on this subject.

    Look, I tried to be reasonable...

    by campionrules on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 11:39:28 AM PST

    •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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      How did OWS endager people's lives?  By making them take an alternate route one or two blocks away?  Think it through.

      And for OWS -- I presume that you're talking about the occasional marches down the street rather than the occupation of Zuccotti Park -- the intent was not to keep people stuck in their cars for a time period that would lead to foreseeable health problems for many people who had been expecting a normal -- or no worse than garden-variety rotten -- commute into Manhattan.  You really think that a march down Wall Street is the same thing?

      "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."

                                                             -- Saul Alinsky

      by Seneca Doane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:01:10 PM PST

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      •  So how long must people be (0+ / 0-)

        stuck in their cars before a tactic is labeled terrorism?
        How limited must highway access / alternate routes be?
        I'm thinking of this:

        http://www.mlive.com/...

        •  Case law would sort that out (1+ / 0-)
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          And I'm pretty sure that this

          Slow-moving vehicles traveling south on I-75 near I-94 in an apparent protest brought traffic to a near standstill and attracted state police to the scene Thursday afternoon.

          Michigan State Police issued citations to nine drivers for traveling under the minimum speed limit, said Lt. Mike Shaw.

          "We're not so much concerned about the protest as them endangering other motorists," Shaw said.

          would be recognized as of a different nature than what Christie's people did.

          "I love this goddamn country, and we're going to take it back."

                                                                 -- Saul Alinsky

          by Seneca Doane on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 12:32:09 PM PST

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        •  Well, in Portland (1+ / 0-)
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          people got out of their cars and cheered us terrorists, so much harm we caused them.

          This is insane. A marathon bicycle race for some non-profit fund raiser here in Portland caused more of a traffic jamb than any Occupy event. Were they terrorists too?

          "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

          by ZhenRen on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 07:49:10 PM PST

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          •  I think you misunderstood (1+ / 0-)
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            my comment. I'm certainly not arguing that any of these protestors were terrorists- quite the opposite.
            I find the idea of applying terrorism statutes to a traffic jam to be a very slippery slope- and a dangerous precedent.

            •  My apologies (2+ / 0-)
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              I hadn't read many comments, just skimming. That it is a slippery slope is indicated by the suggestion by someone (in response to the diarist) that OWS was terrorism.

              This is exactly what the right wing does, using the terrorism label at the slightest opportunity.

              "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

              by ZhenRen on Thu Jan 16, 2014 at 09:09:13 AM PST

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      Occupy Wall Street were non-violent and engaged in civil disobedience by breaking curfew law, failure to get a permit to assemble or march (some of which were made up on the spot to retroactively impugn OWS), but to call them terrorists is insulting, and a lie.

      If OWS were terrorists, then so was the Civil Rights Movement, the early labor activists, the peace activists, in short, anyone who engaged in civil disobedience.

      This American preoccupation with security, so that it labels anything it doesn't like as terrorism is being taken to the levels of absurdity.

      Shoo off to some right wing site. Shoo!

      "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

      by ZhenRen on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 07:45:26 PM PST

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