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FZ-Video: Marine with Dancing Pig
by Freeman Z
Email: editor (nospam) freemanz.com
01 Nov 2005
Modified: 04:37:58 PM
This is a new short by Peoples’ Journalist Freeman Z shot at the Saturday rally, just before the march.
(Quicktime 20MB movie.)|
The eight-minute video features Joe Turcotte of Iraq Veterans Against the War, a Marine back from Iraq, speaking for Veterans for Peace. Turcotte addresses pro-war youth in the audience, reminding them where to go to enlist, and gives a critique of the Bush program.
Next we see Carlos Arrendondo, a Cost Rican immigrant and father of one dead (and I believe one living) serviceman. He’s at the shrine he constructed at the band stand, talking with people. In 1994, Arredondo doused and sparked a Marine van with himself inside when he was informed of the fatality.
We hear Arredondo ...en dos linguas... (interviewed in the Roxbury-Boston march, as marchers sing “We Shall Overcome”) as we see many signs and banners on the Common. T
Arredondo was censored at the following day’s media-sanitized Kerry Photo-op march from Roxbury, which was a travesty of a tribute to real, living activism. After a Selma march veteran was applauded for his part in the march, including a heavy beating, the one sign expressing MLK’s anti-war sentiment was censored by radio-equipped security men. The censored folks couldn’t even talk with ‘the man’ making these decisions. It was the most repressive march I’ve seen in my life outside of the actual Democratic or Republical circuses. Protestors were invited, with no announced restrictions, then suddenly, at the event, those who actually honored the announced sentiments, to honor the spirit of Dr. King, were swooped upon to preserve the mainstream press appeal. The whitewashed march got major local press.
The mood changes and everybody runs over to see External Investigations Inspector McTrough, the MBTAPolice.org Dancing Crime Pig, who is interviewed by an ABC News affiliate. McTrough is played by veteran street theater performer and Cambridge City Councilor Ian MacKinnon, who worked on a campaign to stop the MBTA from inserting its advertising-rich television programming in the transit stations.
McTrough appears courtesy of mbtapolice.org, which was I created to bring attention to the abysmal performance of the traincop patrol the Feds have pumped up with special Homeland Security powers and funds. This resulted from my own terrifying experience of being criminally prosecuted purely for reporting on the common and for protecting my constitutionally protected material from an out of control traincop. Patrolman Brian Harer was breaking the law when he walked into the vicinity my hand-held microphone. Rather than apologise for his outrageous and illegal behavior, Harer is attempting to censor any possible recording of his misconduct with an incredible stretch of the ludicrous Mass Wiretap Law.
In an appeal filed yesterday in the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Attorney David Russman and myself argue several critical points which are potentially fatal to the Commonwealth’s (Harer’s) case. Appeals are based on technicalities and case law. I’ll post an article, and the appeal eventually. Basically, the liars lied the wrong lies. They were so absorbed with saying mean and false things about me that they were distracted from succeeding at their own criminal goal, which was framing an honest reporter because they don’t like what he publishes. Shame on you, Brian Harer, Vicky Riel, and Track Inspector Kennealy, who has, I hear, just been shipped over to Iraq, I believe in he’s in the Guard Reserve. And be sure, dear reader, to sign the petition to bring our Guard home, so I can embarrass this turkey, rather than reading of his war-demise or experiencing his PTSD insanity if and when he returns.
The more relevant face of the situation is not to be found here, because it involves reality, something the courts aren’t particularly concerned about. Harer’s claim of concealment is not only false, it is a frightening encroachment on press freedom, establishing a precedent the smug commercial press will feel soon enough. Harer clearly approached me for an interview, and that’s what he got. He made outrageous claims ...and I asked him to tell me more.
The thought that an officer charged with defending the transit system during a terrorist threat was so busy chuckling it up with another officer (they tend to hang together in clusters, shunning the public, unless approached.) is another angle worth inspecting. If he can’t notice a microphone in a radio reporter’s hand, the reporter having been recording for 30 minutes previous, is he competent for constabulary service? And why did Harer approach at all, threatening to sue me ‘personally’ if I posted a photo of the scene anyway? In years of dissent reporting, I’ve never had a cop go nuts like this. This bag of poo belongs to the MBTA Police, and I’m delivering it right back to them ...personally.
So, Joe Turcotte, keep telling the truth about the military experience.
Carlos, keep on going to rallies, and don’t let the phony press-whore march organizers discourage you.
People, keep on speaking up, and keep moving on to new strategies and tactics.
Dance on, McTrough. You’re a bigger and better act than McGruff, and your moment in the spotlight is at hand.
The band is called "Murder Elite"
Alternate movie server: http://www.mbtapolice.org/movies/External_Investigation-Stream.mov