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Wolf writes: "Another scary outcome I discovered is that, when the protesters marched to the first precinct, the whole of Erickson Street was cordoned off - 'frozen' they were told, 'by Homeland Security'. Obviously if DHS now has powers to simply take over a New York City street because of an arrest for peaceable conduct by a middle-aged writer in an evening gown, we have entered a stage of the closing of America, which is a serious departure from our days as a free republic in which municipalities are governed by police forces."

Author Naomi Wolf and her partner Avram Ludwig were arrested in New York at an Occupy Wall Street protest. (photo: Mike Shane/Guardian UK)
Author Naomi Wolf and her partner Avram Ludwig were arrested in New York at an Occupy Wall Street protest. (photo: Mike Shane/Guardian UK)

How I Was Arrested at Occupy Wall Street

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK

19 October 11


Occupy Wall Street: Take the Bull by the Horns


Arresting a middle-aged writer in an evening gown for peaceable conduct is a far cry from when America was a free republic.

ast night I was arrested in my home town, outside an event to which I had been invited, for standing lawfully on the sidewalk in an evening gown.

Let me explain; my partner and I were attending an event for the Huffington Post, for which I often write: Game Changers 2011, in a venue space on Hudson Street. As we entered the space, we saw that about 200 Occupy Wall Street protesters were peacefully assembled and were chanting. They wanted to address Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was going to be arriving at the event. They were using a technique that has become known as "the human mic" - by which the crowd laboriously repeats every word the speaker says - since they had been told that using real megaphones was illegal.

In my book Give Me Liberty, a blueprint for how to open up a closing civil society, I have a chapter on permits - which is a crucial subject to understand for anyone involved in protest in the US. In 70s America, protest used to be very effective, but in subsequent decades municipalities have sneakily created a web of "overpermiticisation" - requirements that were designed to stifle freedom of assembly and the right to petition government for redress of grievances, both of which are part of our first amendment. One of these made-up permit requirements, which are not transparent or accountable, is the megaphone restriction.

So I informed the group on Hudson Street that they had a first amendment right to use a megaphone and that the National Lawyers' Guild should appeal the issue if they got arrested. And I repeated the words of the first amendment, which the crowd repeated.

Then my partner suggested that I ask the group for their list of demands. Since we would be inside, we thought it would be helpful to take their list into the event and if I had a chance to talk with the governor I could pass the list on. That is how a democracy works, right? The people have the right to address their representatives.

We went inside, chatted with our friends, but needed to leave before the governor had arrived. I decided I would present their list to his office in the morning and write about the response. On our exit, I saw that the protesters had been cordoned off by a now-massive phalanx of NYPD cops and pinned against the far side of the street - far away from the event they sought to address.

I went up and asked them why. They replied that they had been informed that the Huffington Post event had a permit that forbade them to use the sidewalk. I knew from my investigative reporting on NYC permits that this was impossible: a private entity cannot lease the public sidewalks; even film crews must allow pedestrian traffic. I asked the police for clarification - no response.

I went over to the sidewalk at issue and identified myself as a NYC citizen and a reporter, and asked to see the permit in question or to locate the source on the police or event side that claimed it forbade citizen access to a public sidewalk. Finally a tall man, who seemed to be with the event, confessed that while it did have a permit, the permit did allow for protest so long as we did not block pedestrian passage.

I thanked him, returned to the protesters, and said: "The permit allows us to walk on the other side of the street if we don't block access. I am now going to walk on the public sidewalk and not block it. It is legal to do so. Please join me if you wish." My partner and I then returned to the event-side sidewalk and began to walk peacefully arm in arm, while about 30 or 40 people walked with us in single file, not blocking access.

Then a phalanx of perhaps 40 white-shirted senior offices descended out of seemingly nowhere and, with a megaphone (which was supposedly illegal for citizens to use), one said: "You are unlawfully creating a disruption. You are ordered to disperse." I approached him peacefully, slowly, gently and respectfully and said: "I am confused. I was told that the permit in question allows us to walk if we don't block pedestrian access and as you see we are complying with the permit."

He gave me a look of pure hate. "Are you going to back down?" he shouted. I stood, immobilised, for a moment. "Are you getting out of my way?" I did not even make a conscious decision not to "fall back" - I simply couldn't even will myself to do so, because I knew that he was not giving a lawful order and that if I stepped aside it would be not because of the law, which I was following, but as a capitulation to sheer force. In that moment's hesitation, he said, "OK," gestured, and my partner and I were surrounded by about 20 officers who pulled our hands behind our backs and cuffed us with plastic handcuffs.

We were taken in a van to the seventh precinct - the scary part about that is that the protesters and lawyers marched to the first precinct, which handles Hudson Street, but in the van the police got the message to avoid them by rerouting me. I understood later that the protesters were lied to about our whereabouts, which seemed to me to be a trickle-down of the Bush-era detention practice of unaccountable detentions.

The officers who had us in custody were very courteous, and several expressed sympathy for the movements' aims. Nonetheless, my partner and I had our possessions taken from us, our ID copied, and we were placed in separate cells for about half an hour. It was clear that by then the police knew there was scrutiny of this arrest so they handled us with great courtesy, but my phone was taken and for half an hour I was in a faeces- or blood-smeared cell, thinking at that moment the only thing that separates civil societies from barbaric states is the rule of law - that finds the prisoner, and holds the arresting officers and courts accountable.

Another scary outcome I discovered is that, when the protesters marched to the first precinct, the whole of Erickson Street was cordoned off - "frozen" they were told, "by Homeland Security". Obviously if DHS now has powers to simply take over a New York City street because of an arrest for peaceable conduct by a middle-aged writer in an evening gown, we have entered a stage of the closing of America, which is a serious departure from our days as a free republic in which municipalities are governed by police forces.

The police are now telling my supporters that the permit in question gave the event managers "control of the sidewalks". I have asked to see the permit but still haven't been provided with it - if such a category now exists, I have never heard of it; that, too, is a serious blow to an open civil society. What did I take away? Just that, unfortunately, my partner and I became exhibit A in a process that I have been warning Americans about since 2007: first they come for the "other" - the "terrorist", the brown person, the Muslim, the outsider; then they come for you - while you are standing on a sidewalk in evening dress, obeying the law. your social media marketing partner


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+129 # Toribeth 2011-10-19 16:37
We should be grateful that you and not some one else became the victim of the arrest because you are well known and have powerful allies to help you. Others who are arrested are not so fortunate.
+46 # Capn Canard 2011-10-20 06:25
WELCOME TO THE POLICE STATE where obeying the law is no reason to feel secure in your own city. So long USA Bill of Rights, we hardly knew ye...
+8 # readerz 2011-10-20 11:35
Folks, go to and to their blog, and to the very bottom of the blog page, and post questions for their show... shouldn't they be hearing from every one of us? Who knew that the middle class cared before "Occupy Wall Street." They must protect our civil liberties.
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+76 # peterbrowne 2011-10-19 16:47
I hope your phone is encrypted and that you turned it off before handing it to them.
+98 # DaveM 2011-10-19 16:53
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated...."

Are those now words of the past? Plenty of people fought and died on American and foreign soil to protect and defend those words. Must we fight again? This sort of thing, perpetrated by armed men with a license to use those arms freely, is not likely to be ended by silent protest.
+39 # Doubter 2011-10-19 18:20
It's been said that every generation has to fight to keep its freedom. (unless they don't care about it)
+26 # readerz 2011-10-19 20:24
My father-in-law was on the front lines of the Philippines in WWII. My father was also enlisted. My ancestors fought to keep this world together, and this nation together, and now what? What were they fighting for? What are we fighting for now? What does it matter when there are no freedoms here?
+10 # opinionaire 2011-10-21 07:33
My father, too, was on both fronts in WWII, in Germany and in the Asian theaters, and he inculcated in all of us a sense of pride in being American citizens. This did not preclude our stepping up at times when we saw the fundamental principles of the nation being at risk, including protesting clearly and lawfully. I am offended and appalled at the turn this nation has taken in the misbegotten attempt to "protect" something. Clearly this is not an attempt to protect our liberties as citizens, but more an attack to limit those so that other entities can act freely--and not necessarily in the interest of the citizens who fight for it. I will now go out and by the author's book.
+48 # Nel 2011-10-19 16:55
Welcome to Jungle Country, former USA.
+79 # sallyb36 2011-10-19 16:55
I thought I saw this coming; yet, am aghast that is. So sad to be the forerunner of Democracy, only to pitch it for personal gain of the rich and those who suck at those teats. God help us. It looks like the only kind of help we'll get from our government is a trip to the pokey if we don't nod "Yes" to their every command.

FYI... 1st Amendment to the Constitution-
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or of the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Amen!
+25 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2011-10-19 18:48
Alas, increasingly, beginning with Justice Holmes's dicta, the Supreme Court has clouded the the first amendment's clear language. The clouds rain money and power upon the very rich and powerful.
+33 # Ryan Langemeyer 2011-10-19 17:03
The Jews created Israel and then became the oppressors of the Palestinians . The Americans defeated the war mongering Nazis and the war mongering Japanese and then became the war mongers and terrorists. Now the Amerikan government under Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor for Gods sake, is creating a Nazi-like regime all over again. Thank you Barack. Job well done for the 1%.
+24 # J.Lindsley 2011-10-20 06:58
Quoting Ryan Langemeyer:
The Jews created Israel and then became the oppressors of the Palestinians . The Americans defeated the war mongering Nazis and the war mongering Japanese and then became the war mongers and terrorists. Now the Amerikan government under Barack Obama, a constitutional law professor for Gods sake, is creating a Nazi-like regime all over again. Thank you Barack. Job well done for the 1%.

GET YOUR xxxxxx HISTORY STRAIGHT little boy!
+7 # krispykremeyum 2011-10-20 08:46
You scare me.
+102 # womyn 2011-10-19 17:21
I hope you take this dark cloud of an illegal arrest, police intimidation and harassment of a lawful citizen , violations of your civil rights, etc., and turn it into a silver lining for Civil Liberties. Please sue the NYPD for the higher good of every citizen in NY and the US.

The NYPD officers in white shirts may not be supervisors and instead may be those off-duty NYPD officers hired by bankers, corporations which provide security for their corporate needs, i.e., to intimidate and stifile the anti-Wall Street Protesters.

JP Morgan donated $4.6 million dollars to the NYPD. You can bet that donation has been used to hire more NYPD officers to
arrest participants, to assault them with pepper spray, etc., and to intimidate others who fear for their lives and are afraid to attend such events.

My husband and I left the US precisely because of what we observed years ago with our civil liberties being flushed down the toilet.
+22 # AMLLLLL 2011-10-19 20:55
Yes indeedy, sue their ass; and anyone else who knows they violated no law yet were treated badly or detained should sue. Napolitano is a disgrace to be interferring, and NYC is showing less class than it's capable of.
+81 # xmascarol 2011-10-19 17:25
I surely hope Huffington Post makes a big deal about this and helps raise a ruckus. This situation with Homeland Security is untenable.
+19 # Leonard R. Jaffee 2011-10-19 18:50
Huffpost has become mainstream --- conservative and greedy as Huffington herself.
+48 # Bill Clements 2011-10-19 17:31
Doesn't give one a lot of confidence in the NYPD, does it? This guy is in the wrong profession; hyper reactivity is not a quality you want in someone with the legal authority to throw you in the slammer not to mention packing heat.
+29 # jwb110 2011-10-19 19:02
Quoting Bill Clements:
Doesn't give one a lot of confidence in the NYPD, does it? This guy is in the wrong profession; hyper reactivity is not a quality you want in someone with the legal authority to throw you in the slammer not to mention packing heat.

The PD of New Orleans and NYC are neck and neck in the corruption department.
+71 # DLT888 2011-10-19 17:37
I'm so sorry Naomi, and you've been warning us about this for a very long time. Chris Hedges said it well the other day that when the footmen for the elites (these fascist cops who are too stupid to realize they are also getting used and screwed) --when the footmen for the so-called 'elites' wake up and refuse to protect them any longer, the 1% will realize their reign is over because they have no more protection. WAKE UP COPS!! You are in this just as much as the rest of us and you just make it harder for yourselves and your children and grandchildren when you try and pave the way for the 'elite' to bring this country down. A smart Marine named
Sgt Thomas knows what you don't yet know so wake up.
+6 # Capn Canard 2011-10-21 12:11
DLT888, I believe you are correct, we need to work on the cops, to change their perspective. Thanks.
+66 # readerz 2011-10-19 17:37
I am very saddened that this happened. Back in the day, a permit was simply a means for the police to know where a parade would go so that they could keep cars out of a path. The demonstrators are very courageous if civil law has fallen to such depths. Just as in the 1960s when we were demonstrating for civil rights for all races, now it is time to start both lawsuits and legislation to bring back our freedoms. Every avenue must be pursued, and while some brave the streets, others should be hounding Congress and the Court system with every legal means possible. So what if the Supreme Court is packed with idiots; they too must realize that they are not supporting America anymore, but an undemocratic police state. But they must be told; even the Supreme Court can be put under pressure by former Judges, friends, law clerks, etc.
The best thing you did is to document every minute of your whereabouts and actions that night, and to tell reliable media about it.
+16 # Doubter 2011-10-19 17:44
This is why the first and only tenet of my "religion" is "DON'T FALL INTO THE HANDS OF INSTITUTIONS" (if you can possibly help it)
+49 # DLT888 2011-10-19 17:45
The thing I've read that is backfiring for the 1% and the cops about being arrested is that the people come out even MORE determined to keep fighting because they are just fueling the fire for more descent. And more. And more. And more. And more. Until the wall comes tumblin' down.
+10 # readerz 2011-10-19 18:46
I like your pun "descent" about the walls tumblin' down, which is what the trumpet of dissent causes.
+21 # Ed 2011-10-19 17:48
Real tough guys, those NYPD White Shirts (or is that an “r” too many in Shirts...) picking on a woman for sweet FA. Your Yankee society is pretty screwed up. So much for the Land of the Free. Sure, it's free if you happen to be a corporate lackey. Hey, Barack, where are your fine MLKJnr-inspired speeches now, you bleeding hypocrite? What am I saying? Duh! I forgot that our man in Pennsylvania Avenue has a track record of picking on the vulnerable. Wolfie and Co should thank themselves lucky they weren't targeted by a CIA Hellfire.
+47 # yalambi 2011-10-19 17:51
Mr. Obama : Please stop this Bushesque and Cheneyesque behavior...this is not for the sake of security, this is downright d we continue to criticize other countries, like Libya,Syria and Yemen for this exact behavior.... Please !!! This is the most hypocritical I have ever seen the US government to be !!!!
+25 # Nominae 2011-10-19 19:22
Quoting yalambi:
This is the most hypocritical I have ever seen the US government to be !!!!

Really? Then, bless your heart, you must be very young.
+50 # noitall 2011-10-19 17:52
Where are our elected "Representative s"? They are neglecting their oath of office and should be held accountable. So here are our taxes paying for "homeland security" and they are using our tax dollars to arrest peaceful citizens for protesting the removal of their Constitutional rights. Again, WHERE ARE OUR REPRESENTATIVES ? All true Patriots of the republic. Your call is to EDUCATE people and GET PEOPLE INTO THE STREETS. Numbers is all we have (and thats a lot) if there are enough of us that haven't completely turned SHEEPLE. Naomi is right, first they came for the wretched masses then they came for you and the sheeple. Ever wonder why the Jews went peacefully to the slaughter? Beginning to understand? Your mission: EDUCATE and RECRUIT. TEACH PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION. THEY ONLY WIN WITH VIOLENCE. THE NEW BROWN SHIRTS ARE APPROPRIATELY WHITE COLLAR.
+7 # Jorge 2011-10-19 23:08
Where is Ms. Huffington (she needs to go the Occupy sites)? Where are your representatives ? Forward this article to your elected "representative s" and tell them they need to get involved. Send this article to the newspapers, TV, and radio websites and then call them. Bring it to the next Obama town hall meeting.
+3 # Capn Canard 2011-10-21 12:16
Jorge, don't hold your breath waiting for Huffington. There is not enough money in it for her. She started a nice blog and then sold it to the highest bidder. I am not sure the MSM will take note regardless who "tells" them to(I believe they've sold their souls a long time ago). IMO when the MSM starts running such stories then it is too late.
+3 # RLF 2011-10-20 05:15
Beg to differ...They LOSE with violence and they know it...other wise they would be beating the crap out of the kids in the park!
+23 # barkingcarpet 2011-10-19 18:06
I believe that the even the cops will soon begin to give it up, and quit enforcing the B.S. Modern day is looking strikingly like Atlas Shrugged, eh?

Yes, WE can, and we will

+33 # walt 2011-10-19 18:19
We Americans used to read about such horrible treatment of people in other countries, places where we always sent troops to defend their rights to "democracy."
How shameful that we are witnessing the power of money and corporate corruption controlling the police we hire to protect our "rights." And worse yet. We see police arresting innocent protesters while Wall Street criminals who robbed the people walk free.
TIME for some serious Wall Street investigation and prosecution.
Time too to hold billionaire Bloomberg and Wall Streeter Obama accountable!
Thank you, Naomi and Avram, for your courage and sacrifice!
+14 # Oma 2011-10-19 20:01
It's time also, for our president to not just talk, but to "walk the walk."
+8 # DPM 2011-10-19 18:21
Couldn't say it better than noitall. Thanks.
+30 # DLT888 2011-10-19 18:22
In OccupyLA, the cops are NOT like behaving like these NYPD. They are actually escorting the Occupy movement wherever it goes and making sure they have room to walk. They are also coming back in their plain clothes and offering hot coffee. Why do the NYPD and the cops in CO have to be so NAZI?
+8 # RLF 2011-10-20 05:13
I think the police know everywhere that the minute there is violence against protestors, all bets are of and the s#*t hits the fan. It will happen, though, because the people who become policemen are the type that want control at any costs and this is a situation that tests their power.
+12 # Carolyn 2011-10-19 18:26
How we cheered when Obama was elected.
+9 # Phlippinout 2011-10-19 20:55
Yes, and now its time to fight him!
+35 # Michael_K 2011-10-19 18:33
The single most alarming item in this report is that DHS gets instrumentalize d in a routine municipal police function. The implications are truly sinister and it means that any of our brothers in the Special Forces who have taken an oath to protect the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign AND domestic, may very soon have to do their duty and come to our rescue.
+17 # readerz 2011-10-19 20:18
Notice that police HAVE been arrested in some countries that are having "Occupy" protests? That is because those countries' national justice departments have a clue. It's about time for our Commander in Chief to step in, and tell these DHS that they are not there to support Wall Street criminals and police, but they are supposed to be protecting the peaceful protesters. I will believe that the brutality goes all the way to the top otherwise.
+1 # heraldmage 2011-10-22 16:34
Hopefully they won't be so brainwashed by the government into thinking it is the 99% who are the enemy not the 1%.
As they were in the 1968 when they were used against anti-war protestors and one mourning in May killed & injured peaceful unarmed Kent State students.
+17 # lcarrier 2011-10-19 18:33
Nietzsche had it right. The NYPD are now enforcers of the herd mentality.
+26 # reiverpacific 2011-10-19 19:55
F -for freezing community and communication; A-for arming the police far beyond their needs; S-for Scary bully tactics; C-for Capitulating to top-down moneyed interests; I-for Irony every time "Freedom!" is shouted; S; again, for Scum of the nation running this country; M-for Murdering democracy in it's infancy!
WHAT DOES IT SPELL? (let's hear ya) "F - - - - - -!! What does it spell ?" "F-A- - - - - -!" ------- and so on.
Check my spelling if ya like but get the point?!
These Whiteshirts now = the former Brownshirts of Hitler's S.A., supplanted and slaughtered eventually by the S.S. when they got out of control and became an embarrassment to even the obsessive power-mad Fuhrer.
Ignore history at yer peril!
+23 # Susan W 2011-10-19 20:58
I saw this one coming when there was a "free-speech zone" set up at the Democratic convention and not a word of objection was uttered by the annointed one, Mr O. Welcome to the 1% police states of Amerika.
+8 # opinionaire 2011-10-21 07:45
The "free speech zones" are a Bush artifact. I recall the herding of peaceful protesters into roped off areas at a distance from Bush appearances during his presidency, and there was at least one protester-in SC, I think-who was successfully prosecuted for refusing to be corralled.
+22 # Bob Black Crow 2011-10-19 21:19
In the 70's in East Los Angeles, at Laguna Park, they tear gassed 10,000 peacefully assembled people that were protesting the Vietnam war. The line then was unlawful assembly. These terms and so-called laws are merely instruments of the powerful to control dissent. Democracy today is defined and run by the rich and famous. We have little to do with who is elected or who is even allowed to walk on the sidewalk. Bob Black Crow
+22 # aitengri 2011-10-19 21:25
In sum, the Department of Homeland Security should now be feeling VERY insecure. Watch out, bubs, we're coming to get you. Your time is very limited.
+17 # mwd870 2011-10-20 02:53
Homeland Security abuse of power must be stopped before this country becomes nothing but a police state.
+13 # pernsey 2011-10-19 22:11
If I didnt know better, I would swear I was reading something from another country where freedoms are not allowed. Im so sad this is our country, the police are obviously at the beckon call of the rich and powerful. I feel sick!!
+13 # colmo04 2011-10-19 22:53
Very well-written article about a very bad thing. SUE the Police Departent for unlawful enforcement of a non-existent permit regulation, for illegal and unprofessional conduct and liability for your pain, humiliation and emotional distress, and sue the DHS for unawful interfence with citizens rights and interference with Police Business. DO IT. We readers will contribute to attorney fees if necessary. Meanwile contact the ACLU.

Lines need to be drawn and here is a start. A court of law needs to say loud and clear that the NYPD and DHS violated their mandates and your rights, behaved criminally in harassing and arresting a citizen peacefully excising her rights, and to censure them in the strongest words and terms. (I don-t think you can prosecute and sentence the NYPD or the DHS :-) Will there be a NYT editorial about this?
You are a principled, brave lady. I salute you.
+7 # Paul Scott 2011-10-20 00:25
The OWS people can think Bush/Cheney for the clubings and the spying.
+8 # readerz 2011-10-20 09:49
But why, why, is it still continuing? Mr. Obama is in control of the Department of Homeland Security. He is the Commander in Chief. I strongly support Democrats over Republicans, but the Democrats also need to be aware that they must WALK THE WALK, and that especially includes the President.
+8 # TomDegan 2011-10-20 04:38
I love Naomi Wolf. How could I not? How could anybody not love that gal?

Tom Degan
+10 # RLF 2011-10-20 05:09
"overpermiticis ation" Nice Word! How can people possibly obey the rules for demonstrations when they have been written by the very groups and people we demonstrate against. When the police lie and put the city in a liable situation, the policeman job and pension should be forfit...that is a law I want to see...because they lie a lot!
+12 # Charles3000 2011-10-20 07:29
We need to appeal to the people in the military...our freedoms are being lost here not in Iraq and Afghanistan. If they want to fight to save American freedoms this is where the fight is happening. Join with us to fight for freedom!
+12 # readerz 2011-10-20 09:50
"I swear to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."
+7 # rtrues54 2011-10-20 14:57
Quoting readerz:
"I swear to defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

+15 # lin96 2011-10-20 08:36
The people's house and senate are full of lawyers bound to uphold the Constitution. We have a President who is a Constitutional lawyer. In fact, he running around campaigning in his luxury bus attempting to gain momentum for his 2012 Presidential campaign. He's asking for the votes of the people while the people are being arrested all over the country for no reason at all. Who is minding the store, and does it matter? Obviously not when people are being arrested for no reason at all. Bill Clinton lives in New York. He is conspicuously quiet as are all the leaders of our country. Their silence is deafening. "Justice For Everybody That Harms Nobody".
+9 # readerz 2011-10-20 09:52
We hear a deafening silence, especially from Bill Clinton who accepted a lot of campaign cash from the Stock Exchanges... I wonder what the Clinton Foundation thinks about all this?
+8 # Activista 2011-10-20 10:43
Clinton Foundation is run by AIPAC - celebrating murder of Qaddafi now.
+16 # James38 2011-10-20 09:55
Very nasty, very dangerous abuses of power. The "look of pure hate", taking you to an unknown location, all smack of abuses that can become far worse. There is still hope in that you were not abused more, and that ultimately you were released alive, and without physical torture. However, I would suggest that you sue, and that you find out who gave the commands, and follow up the illegal orders and regulations and permit rules. Dig out the whole chain of command, and show us how far up it goes. You have a remarkable opportunity to expose the rot in the system before it gets more ossified and spreads further.
+13 # Activista 2011-10-20 10:48
Naomi is smart and has courage to fight in body for her convictions.
NYPD acted like Gestapo - USA is totalitarian system now - controlled by 1% profiting from militarism - $1.3 trillion wasted each year.
+10 # dusty 2011-10-20 11:14
The below words from this story brings to mind the question: are you taking the necessary steps to make sure that any information/rec ords/address books that were illegally taken from your cell phone in this "arrest" are destroyed by the police. They have no right to your personal/busine ss information. Otherwise with dirty tricks the NYPD and/or private security contractors could disrupt your life and the lives of your friends.

"but my phone was taken and for half an hour"
+8 # Eastmain 2011-10-20 20:41
Permit? Permit? We don't need no stinking permit!
-10 # Banderman 2011-10-20 20:46
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level."
Norman Mailer.
+4 # Activista 2011-10-20 21:46
Quoting Banderman:
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level."
Norman Mailer.

Now can you describe US neo-feudalism? 1% OLIGARCHS power!
+4 # thirteenthpaladin 2011-10-21 22:45
Quoting Banderman:
"The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level."
Norman Mailer.

"A modern democracy is a tyranny whose borders are undefined; one discovers how far one can go only by traveling in a straight line until one is stopped. "

"America is a hurricane, and the only people who do not hear the sound are those fortunate if incredibly stupid and smug White Protestants who live in the center, in the serene eye of the big wind. "

~ Norman Mailer
+4 # herbium 2011-10-20 21:59
Thank you Naomi. The left wing of the "middle class" may be able to find leadership that can link with the middle class of the right wing to lift the angel of social change. Yours arrest in an evening gown is a metaphor of the interaction. Take the message not to traditional allies like unions and students but to the pressed white collar middle class which put the right wing into power. Stay in your evening is much more powerful than a clenched fist and jeans. Love, Herb
+1 # PRichards 2011-10-21 01:14
Naomi a little civics 101; the police don't govern the municipalities. The elected representatives , eg mayors and city councils, govern the municipalities
+4 # overanddone 2011-10-21 03:40
With the passion of the GOP to scrap regulations, that stifle free enterprise, they should also be on board with getting rid of the Laws & regulations that stifle free speech the right to assembly and the protest. I would also think that the NRA would be involved in seeing to it that the demonstrators we guaranteed there right to bear arms at least as deadly as the government representatives ( police) you know second amendment stuff. I hope to see a question posed at the next trained seal GOP debate on these issues.
+6 # fcvnyc 2011-10-21 07:11
This exaggerated fear on the part of local and federal authority was also evident when on September 30 John Stewart, considered the most effective environmentalis t in 2008 in his leadership to stop the third runway at Heathrow, was interrogated for six hours at JFK by Secret Service, Immigration officials. Then he was returned to London. For details see
+4 # MainStreetMentor 2011-10-21 07:21
(can be sung to the tune of “Green Fields”)

Once there were Bright Shields
Good, every one!
Once there were rallies
With causes therein run

Now under blue skies
Where once in flew the dove
Those NYPD-shields
Use clubs and Mace and shove

Where are the Bright Shields
That we used to know?
(Bought, misused and paid for by Wall Street malefactors)
-6 # hookemhigh 2011-10-22 11:17
Whatever happened to your right to vote in the people who will support your postions. Whatever happened to talking to your neighbors about the issues and trying to convince them with facts.....Yes it takes honesty and work. You can't leave garbage all over their property and you can't use their property for a bathroom. And you may have to go take a shower once a week. Just love the work of wanabe radicals.
+2 # heraldmage 2011-10-22 16:07
It is time we dust off the Declaration of Independence, eliminate reference to the monarchy than distribute it to the people for signature. Once it has a million signatures present it to Congress & President with a demand for immediate election to affirm the peoples wishes. A new voting system developed & owned by the people rather than the fraud plagued corporate owned current voting system must be used. The Occupy movements have shown that a true democracy can work and with modern technology’s ability to provide instantaneous audio/video communication not just throughout the nation, but worldwide make it a viable option to our current representative republic. Washington remains the seat of government, but working for all the people, preparing the official documents & explanations of populous inspired legislation & policies for the people to vote on. The only way to end the control by the 1% is for the 99% to take the responsibility. Money must be removed from politics. This nation is filled with smart intelligent people who can solve the computer security problem allowing voting to be free from fraud. It may require public ownership of voter system software & a special government internet/browse r used only for government communications including reviewing & voting on pending legislation accessed from personal PC, notebook & Smartphone.

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