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You say you can't stand the Patriot Act (I believe you).  You've been saying it for years.  With Congress reauthorizing the Patriot Act yet again, isn't it time to DO something?

Let's Egypt America.

Let's Flash Mob Protest the Patriot Act in Washington, DC.

THE PLAN:

If 100 people will pledge on this Facebook Page to show up at Noon on March 12 at the West side of the Capitol Building in Washington, DC then the protest is on.

The plan is simple.  

1.  Bring a posterboad sign in favor of repealing the Patriot Act and get your heiny there.
2.  There is no #2.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does this protest call for?

The Repeal of the Patriot Act.

What else does this protest call for?

Nothing.

What additional causes are being promoted by this protest?

None.

Who are the leaders of this protest?

There are no leaders of this protest.

Who is organizing this protest?

No one is organizing this protest. It has no organization.

Who has endorsed this protest?

This protest has no endorsers.

How can I endorse this protest?

Unofficially, you can say "I endorse this protest." It's a free country. Officially, you can't.

How is this protest being advertised?

With no organization and no budget, there are no formal advertisements.  It's up to people like you to spread the word.  Will you?

Will Kid Rock play a song at this protest?

Lordy, no.

Who will be making speeches?

No one will be making speeches. No one will speak for the crowd. Many people in the crowd will be speaking for themselves.

Has this protest been approved by the authorities?

Yes, with the ratification of the First Amendment in 1791, granting all of us the right to freely assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

I mean, does this protest have permits?

This protest does not need permits. The entire United States of America is a Free Speech Zone.

I mean, will I be arrested for attending this protest?

If you kill someone, light a fire or commit mail fraud, yes. If you are asked to leave an area by authorities and you leave the area, no, unless the authorities violate both the law and the Constitution.

Will this protest really happen?

If fewer than 100 people post to the Wall of this page declaring that "I Will Be There, then no, it will not happen. If 100 people post the message "I Will Be There," then yes, it will happen.

What if no one shows up?

That would be interesting.

What if a thousand people show up?

That would be interesting.

Where will the soundstage and press tent be set up?

In Hoboken, New Jersey.

Who can I contact if I have any questions?

This is it. There is no contact person, no press liaison, no public relations staff, and no groundskeeper.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    Irregular Politics are called for in these Irregular Times...

    by theolock on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:02:36 AM PST

  •  "Flash Mob" (0+ / 0-)

    connotes ... something ... flashing ...

    like a protest that comes out of nowhere in seconds.

    Not weeks.

    So this isn't really a flash mob protest.  It's just one guy in a diary with good intentions.

    But the Patriot act already went through the house and it will be endorsed by the Senate and signed by the president.

    Wouldn't this have worked better back when they were still debating it?

    I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

    by Detroit Mark on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:24:24 AM PST

    •  I take that back (0+ / 0-)

      The Senate already voted to extend the patriot act.

      Might wanna consider re-doing this diary in the next quarter.

      I'm not afraid of guns! I'm afraid of the people that obsess over owning them.

      by Detroit Mark on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:31:54 AM PST

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    •  90 Days (0+ / 0-)

      If the House passes the Senate version of the bill today, that's how long the reauthorization lasts for.

      So in 90 days from passage, they will need to vote on something again.

      So now is the time to start doing something.

      You're right.  I am one guy with good intentions.

      If 1,000 other guys (and women) with good intentions get off their asses and make a spectacle, we can make the news.

      If 10,000 other guys (and women) can clog Capitol Hill, that would be really something.

      If you have a better idea, great.  Go ahead and implement it.

      Irregular Politics are called for in these Irregular Times...

      by theolock on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 05:59:06 AM PST

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      •  People are joining in (0+ / 0-)

        So it's not JUST "one guy with good intentions."

        As expected, the House today passed the 90 day extension.  We have 90 days to get something done.  What are you doing, Detroit Mark?

        Irregular Politics are called for in these Irregular Times...

        by theolock on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 02:40:18 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

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