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posted on May, 21 2012 @ 07:26 PM
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Behold the "War on Terror" as it applies to the daily lives of American Citizens. This is how far we have fallen in the "Land of the free and the home of the Brave".

Artist arrested while hanging ‘I ♥ NY’ bags from streetlights, charged with ‘planting bombs’

An artist who installed illuminated plastic shopping bags emblazoned with the "I ♥ NY" logo on lampposts in Brooklyn was arrested over the weekend, charged with "planting false bombs" and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.


On the surface, maybe it does not sound to bad right? It could just be a simple mistake right?Think again!

The installation project was intended to be part of NY Design Week 2012.


Ok, so here we have a 50 year old man who is participating in what is going to be a city wide event. Obviously after finding the "device" it could be clearly seen for what it was. I bag that lights up and says I love New York. This is nothing new, not to New York anyway. Things like this all over the City and even the statement is pretty much the City slogan. You would imagine this man after being arrested would be released and have to show up to court.... well not exactly

On Sunday, a judge ordered Miyakawa held for a mental evaluation, "extending his detainment for an additional 30 days," his lawyer said.

So right off the bat he gets 30 days in some institution to evaluate his mental status.. and for what? Where is the threat? Where is the crime?

What is even worse and the biggest travesty of all, is HOW this happened.

According to Gothamist, the person who purportedly reported Miyakawa to police did not intend to: "I called 311 asking how to get that thing off my tree, if it was my responsibility or the city's ... the 311 woman put me through to 911 then the cops came. I left for work."

So here you have it. The man was not reporting a crime, he simply wanted to get something off his tree and wanted information on who should actually remove it. Of course he didn't know what that something was, so now it is "suspicious". Since it is "suspicious" our good friend Johnny Law comes into to "protect and serve". Well since the light has wires, it must be a potential bomb. So let us arrest this dangerous 50 year old immigrant who was taking pride in his City and participating in a City Event. Clearly arrest is not enough and there is no such common thing in American Courts, so we have to send you for a 30 day mental evaluation, because clearly you must be insane to use wires in device with lights, litter it with a common city slogan and display it for an upcoming City event. Obviously the work of deranged criminal mastermind.

Ask yourself how this happens. How does a bag with lights get turned into a "fake bomb"? Is this our absolutely silly policies regarding the safety of the public in a world under constant fear of "terrorism"? Is this just another small part of being guilty until proven innocent? Is this a prime example of what happens when our prisons and institutions are run by for profit companies? Does anyone think things will be better when we have drones flying over our Cities and Towns in the name of security?

I don't care what you want to call it, how you want to explain it. I call it what it is, absolutely infuriating! Enough is enough.... our Police are retarded, our Courts are retarded, our system is a complete mess. Enough is enough already but what recourse do we have? HOW do you fix a problem that runs through every facet of the system?

I have my ideas.... but I would like to hear yours.
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posted on May, 21 2012 @ 07:30 PM
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I bet he doesnt love NY anymore.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 07:37 PM
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I don't blame him!! What is there to love?

Where is the crime? There is no malice. No destruction of property. Nothing is altered or damage. There is no theft of electricity since it was battery powered. Where is the harm? Where is the victim? Very literally the guy is being detained for hanging a sign that speaks positively about his community.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 07:41 PM
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But we have to make sure that people don't love their communities. If they did, they might have something to stand behind and start banding together against the federal government's SIDAM touch.



posted on May, 21 2012 @ 07:56 PM
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Looks like littering to me. There's already more than enough worthless plastic trash spread around all over the place.

Regardless of whether or not it is under the 'guise' that it is form of artistic expression, it is still plastic trash, being left on someone else's property.



  • Do I think he should have been arrested? No.
  • Do I think this is proof of a 'Police State'? No.
  • Do I think more plastic trash needs to be meaningless spread around, just because some people think it is a form of artistic expression? Hell No!



  • posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:04 PM
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    Ok, you can call it plastic trash. Let's accept that for a second.

    Now how does plastic trash become a "fake bomb"? Even by your own perspective, at worst it is littering. Does Littering require a 30 day mental evaluation?

    Want to rethink that proof of a police state again?



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:27 PM
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    I swear the authorities of this country have a God complex or something. That's all it boils down to. Not a police state or any of that. People that get in powerful positions, have a tendency of abusing their power. I realized this 15 years ago when I was going to elementary school and the teachers, lunch ladies, etc, pretty much had this same complex. I'd say it's about 50/50. Some people can handle their power, others abuse it.



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:32 PM
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    I really don't know what else people need to wake up. Maybe when it happens to them. Stop being afraid! We don't have to accept this garbage.



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:36 PM
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    Whoa, now that is interesting I must say. Blame the people who let this happen, our government has been taken over by the ZBC clan:

    Z = zionsits
    B = bankers
    C = corporatists and corporations

    All our failure and our taking away of laws and freedoms goes back to this ZBC system that i am calling.



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 08:42 PM
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    If anyone should be ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation, it'd be that judge. This is a disgusting misrepresentation of the law and common sense itself.



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 09:05 PM
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    Originally posted by MisterFister103
    I swear the authorities of this country have a God complex or something. That's all it boils down to. Not a police state or any of that. People that get in powerful positions, have a tendency of abusing their power. I realized this 15 years ago when I was going to elementary school and the teachers, lunch ladies, etc, pretty much had this same complex. I'd say it's about 50/50. Some people can handle their power, others abuse it.


    This goes well beyond that.

    You could say the Police have a God complex, hence why they made such an arrest. That does not explain why a Judge would uphold the arrest, much less send the man for a 30 day mental evaluation. Then there are the Doctors at the Institution. At some point you would hope common sense would take over and one of them would go back to the Judge as say, "There is nothing wrong with this man, he was hanging what he considered to be art, not bombs. There is no threat here." Yet we have not seen that either.

    There are many layers here and many chances to prevent this from happening, yet they are all failing. Why?



    posted on May, 21 2012 @ 10:29 PM
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    Originally posted by MrWendal

    Ok, you can call it plastic trash. Let's accept that for a second.

    Now how does plastic trash become a "fake bomb"? Even by your own perspective, at worst it is littering. Does Littering require a 30 day mental evaluation?


    Originally posted by BrokenCircles

  • [color=FFFF29]Do I think he should have been arrested? No.
  • [color=9C9C9C]Do I think this is proof of a 'Police State'? No.
  • Do I think more plastic trash needs to be meaningless spread around, just because some people think it is a form of artistic expression? Hell No!



  • Originally posted by MrWendal

    Want to rethink that proof of a police state again?
    No.






    edit on 5/21/12 by BrokenCircles because: (no reason given)



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 11:03 AM
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    Welcome to the USSA. Were people claim socialism only to distract from Fascism.

    Fine, it they wont let me put up signs that can be removed, Ill just spray paint this like everybody else.

    [snipped] Ridiculous!
    edit on Fri May 25 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: Mod Note: Do Not Evade the Automatic Censors



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 11:15 AM
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    Originally posted by AaronWilson
    Welcome to the USSA. Were people claim socialism only to distract from Fascism.

    Fine, it they wont let me put up signs that can be removed, Ill just spray paint this like everybody else.

    F%#KING Ridiculous!


    What is wrong with you? Didn't you hear the man, posting above?

    This isn't a police state ... it's not even YOUR COUNTRY ... you are posting plastic bags on SOMEBODY ELSES PROPERTY. And since it's a public property, and you belong to the public ... then you can deduct from it, that it isn't YOUR COUNTRY.



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 11:50 AM
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    Originally posted by bjarneorn

    Originally posted by AaronWilson
    Welcome to the USSA. Were people claim socialism only to distract from Fascism.

    Fine, it they wont let me put up signs that can be removed, Ill just spray paint this like everybody else.

    F%#KING Ridiculous!


    What is wrong with you? Didn't you hear the man, posting above?

    This isn't a police state ... it's not even YOUR COUNTRY ... you are posting plastic bags on SOMEBODY ELSES PROPERTY. And since it's a public property, and you belong to the public ... then you can deduct from it, that it isn't YOUR COUNTRY.


    You make a very interesting point.

    I wonder if I can just stop paying taxes since this isn't my country anymore.... apparently.



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:30 PM
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    I will play the police side.


    We are informed of some civil disobedience regarding public property vandalism, on area secured for 2 hours and suspect approached, we conclude hes is trying to disrupt and probably destroy the neighborhood lamp post. We ask him to bring down the electronic gadget ("a suspicious package attached to a tree.") which he refused and did not obliged.

    The electronic gadget - "an assembly consisting of a plastic box containing wires which was connected by a wire to a plastic bag containing a battery suspended from a metal rod." hes putting up resemble and mimicked a plastic bag with I LOVE NY with lights .

    After few minutes (seconds) of negotiations and denial, we think hes hiding something suspicious from us and probably have determination to set up a bomb. We have to arrest the suspect at 2 a.m charged with "planting false bombs".

    At court, the said person shows a really weird behavior yelling at everyone including the judge about injustice and false accusations. This confirm that the suspect have intention to disrupt public safety. Due to the lack of supporting evidence he was sentenced to a mental evaluation, "extending his detainment for an additional 30 days," for such behavior.

    Lesson 1: Next time police come to ask you questions, say nothing.
    Lesson 2: Lamp post should be protected at all times and any person who approach it can and will be send to a mental evaluation.
    edit on 22-5-2012 by NullVoid because: (no reason given)



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:44 PM
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    Originally posted by BrokenCircles
    reply to post by MrWendal
     



    Originally posted by MrWendal

    Ok, you can call it plastic trash. Let's accept that for a second.

    Now how does plastic trash become a "fake bomb"? Even by your own perspective, at worst it is littering. Does Littering require a 30 day mental evaluation?


    Originally posted by BrokenCircles

  • [color=FFFF29]Do I think he should have been arrested? No.
  • [color=9C9C9C]Do I think this is proof of a 'Police State'? No.
  • Do I think more plastic trash needs to be meaningless spread around, just because some people think it is a form of artistic expression? Hell No!



  • Originally posted by MrWendal

    Want to rethink that proof of a police state again?
    No.




    The fact that you think he should not have been arrested simply means you think it should not be a police state.
    It doesn't mean that it is not a police state.

    The fact that they arrested him anyway, even though you yourself say he shouldn't have been arrested is in fact evidence that it is a police state, by your own parameters.


    Explain, please, how does "Idon't think he should have been arrested"(but he was, and subject to detention without conviction) equate to: "This is not evidence of a police state"?

    You're practicing doublethink. Do you see this? Fnord?



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 12:49 PM
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    These incidents are just the systems way of dealing with its own stupidity in a manner reminiscent of a screaming and kicking toddler.

    Yesterday in CT a "bomb scare" called in the attention of alphabet agencies all over. It was a can in a cemetery. (gotta protect all those dead bodies dontcha know)

    Last I read the governments focus was trying to connect it to some art show in the area likely so they'd have someone to blame for their own overeactionary stupidity.

    "It's not my fault I think everything is a bomb, it's the fault of everything for existing!!"

    Everyone this summer should pick up a bunch of old used backpacks from thrift stores or wherever and just leave them around empty in all sorts of places.

    Bleed the beast by sending the morons too and fro spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and hundreds of man hours piloting robots in to explode fifteen year old Spider-man bags.
    edit on 22-5-2012 by thisguyrighthere because: (no reason given)



    posted on May, 22 2012 @ 02:05 PM
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    I really like your idea, but I am afraid that after millions of dollars in manpower and resources from chasing down empty bags, the Government might just make backpacks illegal. After all, it would be the backpacks fault that money was wasted, not the absolutely retarded policy.

    We have fallen that far, I wouldnt be shocked.



    posted on May, 23 2012 @ 12:31 AM
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    Still playing police!


    Please be advised that performing such act might be considered a justice disruption act and can be prosecuted as such if there are base. We (the police) will arrest and send you for mental checkup


    Lesson: Backpack is too big, fancy a smaller one, think alarm clock, think TSA, think fame.
    For more realistic effect, attach wires to butter/cheese and keep it with the clock. Claim you are in a hurry and just toss things together.



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