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Commentary :: DNC
Camp X-Ray, Boston
25 Jul 2004
If the Minutemen of the American Revolution were here to witness this violation of Boston's rights, I cannot believe that they would stand by idly. If they had the benefit of the history that has passed since they opposed similar oppression, there would have been cries, "the fascists are coming," in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention. Today they would be in the streets waging a struggle against the forces of occupation.

Camp X-Ray, Boston:
Bostonian Culture and Values Raped by The Federal Government

Bostonian in Exile

I was born next to Boston, grew up in and around Boston and spent much of my adult life in Boston.  I never liked the weather but I loved the City of Boston itself.  I've also lived in Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin (TX) and Tucson (AZ).  In every place I've lived, I've been politically active, but no location ever matched Boston in terms of political liberty.  Some think of Boston as the Berkeley of the East, but when it comes to the right of free speech, while Berkeley may be more tolerant of breaking social taboos, Boston is the true city of political expression based on the right of the people to assemble and make their voices heard.  In Berkeley, protesters stay on the sidewalk and wait for the pedestrian lights to change before crossing the street while in Boston they take to the streets themselves and for that moment they own the streets.  Well, that's the Boston I remember and love.  Today we see that Boston under the occupation of the military boot of outsiders.  The rights of Bostonians are being trampled upon.  The culture of Boston is being smashed to pieces and swept aside.  Boston is, in all interpretations, under foreign occupation by an anti-democratic force bent on having its way with a small city.  The rights and culture of Bostonians are being raped.

If the Minutemen of the American Revolution were here to witness this violation of Boston's rights, I cannot believe that they would stand by idly.  If they had the benefit of the history that has passed since they opposed similar oppression, there would have been cries, "the fascists are coming," in the weeks leading up to the Democratic National Convention.  Today they would be in the streets waging a struggle against the forces of occupation.  While the previous sentence may sound provocative, I believe it is a statement of fact.  They loved liberty enough to fight for it and defend it.  They were not soldiers.  They were common men and they stood up for their individual rights.  Their rebellion started a nation.  Sadly, that nation has now fallen upon its sword and committed itself to the antithesis of everything these brave souls fought for.  Boston is no longer an expression of Bostonian love for freedom.  It is an occupied backwater violated by a snickering foreign army and its collaborators.

The question on the lips of Bostonians is: "Is this what democracy looks like?"  The question would be laughable if it were not so sadly asked.  Of course this is not what democracy looks like.  The real question should be: "Now that we're under foreign occupation, what are we going to do about it?"  While I applaud the creativity and brilliance behind the idea of using the occupier's "Free Speech" internment camp to stage a reenactment of Camp-X ray, I hope that only a handful of protesters enter the cage and that each and every one of that small handful of protesters is part of the reenactment, for the rest of the protesters that have chosen to go to that specific location should be on the outside committed to removing the abomination from the soil of the Cradle of Liberty.

I mention "that specific location" for a reason.  Placing the "Free Speech" internment camp in "that specific location" reflects the occupier's mentality.  They believe that if you place a cage near a piece of cheese, all of the mice will file in.  I believe that Bostonians are too intelligent to file into an internment camp just because there is a piece of cheese nearby.  The physical location of the DNC is of small importance.  What is of great importance is demonstrating the might of those who love their liberty and that can best be accomplished away from the location where the cat has set his traps.  Indeed, let the cat focus upon his trap.  Let his cheese swelter beneath the sun.  There is a beautiful city out there and therein live hundreds of thousands of Bostonians unhappy with the foreign occupation and sympathetic to your cause.

During the first war against Iraq, I marched with thousands of Bostonians through the streets of Boston.  Initially, the police believed we would follow a planned rout, but when a certain junction came, the police went one way and the thousands of us went the other way.  We marched through the streets of the Back Bay and into the South End, chanting, "We are the people, take to the streets!"  Our numbers seemed to double as the people of Boston transformed themselves from observers peeking out of their windows into marchers in the street.  Bostonians love liberty.  Take to the streets and call them out to play, for they love their liberty and would join you in a heartbeat.

And therein is the solution to your crisis of freedom.  The solution lies not with those of you who came to Boston or converged upon Boston.  The solution lies with the People of Boston for they are your comrades and they await your invitation.

 


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Re: Camp X-Ray, Boston
26 Jul 2004
A Camp X-Ray re-enactment is the only good use of this prison camp. Nobody else should enter. it is too dangerous. Thank you Bostonian in Exile, your are 100% right!