"Dirty hippie protesters" wouldn't leave a downed veteran behind even when cops tried to scatter them. After fighting for Iraqi freedom Olsen comes back and finds he doesn't have his own right to peaceably assemble after all.
Additional video of 2 tour Iraq vet Scott Olsen being helped by crowd when police lob flash bang grenade right into their group. Olsen suffered a fractured skull and swelling of the brain. His condition has been upgraded from critical to fair. Eyewitness testimony by Jay Finneburgh at Veterans News Now: "This poor guy was right behind me when he was hit in the head with a police projectile. He went down hard and did not get up." In the video the crowd can be seen rushing to Olsen's aid and attempting to evacuate when police throw another stun grenade right into them. Despite the attack, protesters continue to evacuate Olsen under fire.
Oakland PD Statement:
OccupyWallSt.org updates: "Solidarity with Oakland | Exposing Police Lies"This is what the Oakland PD stated after the action
Q. Did the Police deploy rubber bullets, flash-bag grenades?
A. No, the loud noises that were heard originated from M-80 explosives thrown at Police by protesters. In addition, Police fired approximately four bean bag rounds at protesters to stop them from throwing dangerous objects at the officers.
Protester hit by police projectile:
Olsen being evacuated:
Scott Olsen down:
At DailyKos blogger Roger Fox reports that military both active duty, reserve and retired are forming Facebook groups in support of Occupy Wall Street, "Occupy Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy, Police, to provide OWS Convoy Escort":
UPDATE: One of the Demands Now Being Debated at Official Site "Get the Money Out of Politics"Apparently spurred by the shoutdown delivered by Marine Veteran Sgt Shamar Thomas to NYPD officers in Times Square, more military Occupy groups have been started...Last night I reported on the organizing of OccupyMarines and Occupy_Police, with websites and twitter information. 24 hours later its clear that motivated by the Marine effort an Occupy Army facebook page was created, throwing a friendly jab at the OccupyMarines:
The Occupy Navy Facebook page says:Time for us to open our eyes. Time for us to get in this fight, we can't let our Marine brothers get all the glory. Our Marine brothers have started this so let's back them up!
Ironically that mirrors the Navy's traditional role of transporting the Marines. Occupy Air Force jumps onboard:Occupy Navy is here to support the OccupyMarines effort....
We are just getting going in our support of Occupy Marines... Please share this page, Occupy Navy, Occupy Army, and of course, Occupy Marines if you haven't. We aren't going to start our own press, we are just trying to help unify the Armed Forces for a push... and the Marines, have taken the lead. We will support them!
Synopsis from War is a Crime:
Occupy Wall Street Proposed Demands (unofficial, straw poll at Coup Media)Demand to Get the Money Out of Politics: A "One Demand" for Occupy Wall Street?
Thank you for your bravery Occupy Oakland.
There is one problem with many of the excellent demands and proposals I have seen floated by those in the OWS movement, from re-instating Glass-Steagall, to ending the Federal Reserve, to enacting a jobs bill. That is, they have little chance of passing in effective form as long as Congress answers to the corporate powers which flood the system with money. If the incentives are skewed, the results will be skewed. Even if the demands are agreed to in principle, politicians beholden to money will constantly be busy finding ingenious and enterprising ways to undermine the intent of the laws.
One of the little-known and most startling facts of American politics is that, on average, 80% of congressional campaign contributions come from outside the district, and largely from outside the state. Citizens should only be allowed to give money to candidates who would represent them in Congress. Giving money to one who would not should be considered bribery. Citizens who would not be represented by a particular candidate have no business giving money which dilutes the influence of citizens in other districts on their own congressmen.
The legal definition of "bribery" is: "The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties."
When I give my local candidate for office $20 for no particular reason except that I believe her or him to be honest, dedicated, and generally supportive of many different issues which make up the sum total of my politics, I have no particular piece of legislation in mind. By no stretch of imagination can the same be said when the financial services industry or the telecommunications industry bundles vast amounts of money to go toward members of committees which design particular legislation they are interested in, who represent districts far away. In the first case my political contribution is a result of my belief in the general integrity of the person whom I hope will directly represent me in Congress, who I may even disagree with on many things, but support him or her for no other reason than I believe her to be an honest person. In the second case, a corporation's, industry's or special interests' monetary contribtions to candidates have been shown over and over to generate tangible monetary returns: bailouts, further contracting for wars. This meets the legal definition of bribery.
The US Supreme Court not only erred, but twisted the meaning of language in Buckely v. Valeo to the point where it should have been impeachable as "bad behavior," the standard for Supreme Court impeachment which is as open as "high crimes and misdemeanors" on the part of the president. Just as with the impeachment of a president, the impeachment of Supreme Court Justices was deliberately meant to be a political remedy not requiring the commission of a crime. Although spending money may indeed be an act of self-expression, my right to express myself when attempting to give an officer the many reasons why he should not give me a speeding ticket does not extend to me handing over a 100 dollar bill. It is inconceivable that the Founders, in protecting free speech, intended speech to be so interpreted.
Congress may pass laws which will force the Supreme Court to revisit Buckely v. Valeo, which equates giving unlimited amounts of money to any and all political candidates to "free speech."
I propose getting the money out of politics by setting a limit on campaign contributions to $2,000, per cycle, to come only from private individuals who are living within the district. No corporate contributions from within or outside the district, no contributions from special interests of any kind, be they union, NRA, or corporate PACs. Only people who can actually vote for a particular candidate can give money to him....MORE
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