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Originally posted by JibbyJedi
Outside the bank was an armed private security guard. His name is George. I know this because I first introduced myself, gave him a flyer and told him I would cause him no trouble. George is one of the 99% and he had no beef in the banks game.
He will have beef with the banks if he's their security guard on this protester's side, against his employer, if not BoA directly then his security company's account that is BoA.
Off1: "They say you are trespassing. Did you go into the bank?"
MB: "No Sir, I did not enter the premises at any time. I have been walking along the sidewalk, not blocking traffic or their business and I have been handing out flyers. If you ask George here he will tell you that I'm not bothering anyone, he's watched me for almost an hour". George nods, and says "this guy, no problem".
If George is the bank's private security and just sided with the protester over the BoA boss, then George will be joining the 99s, not percent, the 99 week'ers collecting unemployment.
Not a bad story overall of the difference one person can make.
The Sedition Act of 1918 (Pub.L. 65-150, 40 Stat. 553, enacted May 16, 1918) was an Act of the United States Congress that extended the Espionage Act of 1917 to cover a broader range of offenses, notably speech and the expression of opinion that cast the government or the war effort in a negative light or interfered with the sale of government bonds. One historian of American civil liberties has called it "the nation's most extreme antispeech legislation."
It forbade the use of "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the United States government, its flag, or its armed forces or that caused others to view the American government or its institutions with contempt. Those convicted under the act generally received sentences of imprisonment for 5 to 20 years. The act also allowed the Postmaster General to refuse to deliver mail that met those same standards for punishable speech or opinion. It applied only to times "when the United States is in war." It was repealed on December 13, 1920.
While much of the debate focused on the law's precise language, there was considerable opposition in the Senate, almost entirely from Republicans like Henry Cabot Lodge and Hiram Johnson, the former speaking in defense of free speech and the latter assailing the administration for failing to use the laws already in place. Former president Theodore Roosevelt voiced opposition as well. President Wilson and his Attorney General Thomas Watt Gregory viewed the bill as a political compromise. They hoped to avoid hearings that would embarrass the administration for its failure to prosecute offensive speech.
In June 1918, the Socialist Party figure Eugene V. Debs of Indiana was arrested for violating the Sedition Act by undermining the government's conscription efforts. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Originally posted by smurfy
Credit to the police for the way the situation was dealt with. Its a big contrast to the way the NYC police forced the crowd into a arrest situation on the Brooklyn bridge. It's also a pity that the other security guards tried to intimidate. They are the ones, along with the bank manager who should be censured, or maybe charged themselves if there is a law against intimidation. It's a pity that they didn't have the wit to just ignore the man, but I'll put that down to them being arrogant enough to think that the law would move the man on, no matter what.
Originally posted by Enemyc0mbatant
This is obviously PsyOps. After all the # they've already done they are trying to sway public opinion back in their favor.