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More on the Joe Miller Private Guards “Arresting” Reporter for “Trespassing” on PUBLIC Property:

On Monday I had a post about Alaska Tea Party (but not so much anymore) Republican senatorial candidate Joe Miller, and his private bodyguards who arrested a reporter for “trespassing” on public property. Glenn Greenwald has further details today about that fiasco:

This story became much worse yesterday when video was released that was taken by a reporter from the Anchorage Daily News showing that these guards thuggishly threatened at least two other reporters, from ADN, with physical detention as they tried to find out what happened, demanded that they leave or else “be handcuffed,” and physically blocked them from filming the incident all while threatening to physically remove them from the event…

ADN now reports that not only was Joe Miller’s excuse for why he had hired private guards a lie, but two of the guards who handcuffed the journalist and threatened others are active-duty soldiers in the U.S. military…

If it’s not completely intolerable to have active-duty soldiers handcuffing American journalists on U.S. soil while acting as private “guards” for Senate candidates, what would be?  This is the sort of thing that the U.S. State Department would readily condemn if it happened in Egypt or Iran or Venezuela or Cuba:  active-duty soldiers detaining journalists while they’re paid by politician candidates?  The fact that Joe Miller has been defending the conduct of his private guards in handcuffing a journalist and threatening others with handcuffs should be disqualifying by itself.  That reveals a deeply disturbed authoritarian mind.  But the fact that these guards are active-duty U.S. soldiers makes this entire incident far more disturbing.  Shouldn’t American journalists of every stripe be vehemently protesting this incident?…

America is apparently at a crossroads. We have been seeing, thanks to the Bush Administration and now Obama, how the tendency toward a religious reverence of the State has effected in foreign policies that deliberately intrude and trespass foreign lands so as to provoke the inhabitants of those lands, as an excuse for further expansion of an already expanded, overly bloated and powerful Leviathan State. The idolatry of the State breeds the authoritarianism we have been seeing, and I think this incident with Alaskan Airhead Joe Miller and his goons is just the tip of the iceberg.(Thanks, Sarah Palin.)

I’m glad that Justin Raimondo had this recent article on the truth about various military actions overseas. The people who idolize our military and police live in a delusional fantasy world. Or, they’re just blind authoritarians. And why is it that the conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh have such a problem with the left-Obama S.E.I.U. “thugs” but don’t have a problem with police or military people abusing others? Is it because police and military are “officials” and have legal authority? Well, guess what, conservatives: the “Original Intent” of the Founders of which you so fondly speak includes “questioning authority,” especially authorities of the State and their enforcers. And that includes the freedom of the Press to question. And guess who will be enforcing all the new laws, regulations and policies of the Obama Left including the new dictatorial health care law?

And also, this incident with the Miller goons obstructing an American’s right of Freedom of Press reminds me of the BP-police state during the gulf oil spill just this year. The BP-Government Complex down there made it a police state in which the Press were literally forbidden from finding out what was going on. As Glenn Greenwald wrote at the time,

The very idea that government officials are acting as agents of BP (of all companies) in what clearly seem to be unconstitutional acts to intimidate and impede the media is infuriating.  Obviously, the U.S. Government and BP share the same interest — preventing the public from knowing the magnitude of the spill and the inadequacy of the clean-up efforts — but this creepy police state behavior is intolerable.  In this latest case, the journalists were not even focused on the spill itself, but on BP’s other potentially reckless behavior with other refineries, and yet there are DHS agents and local police officials acting as BP’s personal muscle to detain, interrogate, and threaten a photographer…

This trend is very disgusting, and certainly un-American!

God help us if there ever is to be that Martial Law that some have predicted that would occur with the possibility of an impending economic collapse, civil unrest, looting and chaos. Thanks, Herr Lincoln. Thanks, Wilson, FDR, Bush 1 and Bush 2. But most of all, thanks much to the Anti-Federalists who caved and kowtowed and agreed to sign on to the biggest rape of freedom in American history: The Constitution.

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