Ticketed for anti Bush bumper sticker
A nurse in Georgia got a ticket from a police officer for having an anti Bush bumper sticker on her car. Denise Grier was driving home from work when the uniformed agent of thought control pulled her over. Grier says that he approached her car with his hand already on his gun. He told her he was ticketing her for an "obscene decal" on her car. The bumper sticker said "BUSHIT".
The officer gave her a ticket with a fine of $100 because he was offended by her sticker. In fact there is no law penalizing bumper stickers. Such a law was struck down by the George Supreme Court well over a decade ago. The same thing happened to her son in Athens, Georgia. His bumper sticker was a bit more rude however but still legal. It said:
Bush sucks. Dick
In that case a police officer pulled him over and told him that unless he removed the bumper sticker immediately he would be arrested. He got out of the car and peeled the sticker off to avoid arrest.
In a recent incident a war veteran who opposes the Iraq invastion, and who works for the Federal government, was called down to the parking lot of the federal building where he is employed. Agents from the Orwellian Homeland Security department said that he was violating federal law. They claimed a bumper sticker on his car, against the war, was the same as posting a sign on federal property. They threatened him with arrest unless he removed the sticker. Instead, he parked his car a block away. The entire incident was tape recorded by a fellow employee. Bumper stickers in support of Bush were ignored. And federal law specifically allows individuals to have bumper stickers on their own cars even if parked on government property.
Another nurse, in New Mexico, who worked for the Veterans Administration has sent a letter to the editor criticizing Bush. In the letter she mentioned where she was employed since she worked with injured soldiers. She was then investigated by the feds for sedition. Her work computer was seized in the hopes of proving she wrote the letter at work and could be fired for it. She wrote it from home. When it was shown to have been written from home she asked for an apology. But Mel Hooker, the chief of human resources wrote her back refusing to apologize and justified their action becasue: "The Agency is bound by law to investigate and pursue any act which potentially represents sedition."
One of the more bizarre incidents in the hysterical crusade against freedom in the US was what happened to a student at Currituck Country High School in North Carolina. Students were assigned a project to take a photograph which illustrates something from the Bill of Rights. One student took a picture of Bush and used a thumbtack to hold it to the wall. He then held his hand in front of the picture and took a photo of him giving a "thumbs down" sign to indicate disapproval and illustrate freedom of speech. Naive to say the least.
He took the film to Wal-Mart to have the film developed and an employee there called the local police about the boy. The police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. Selina Jarvis, the boy's teacher, said he came to her very upset telling her that the Secret Service had taken his project from off her desk. She didn't believe him at first. But she said he was nervouse and appeared very scared especially as he could not reach is parents. Later in the day she was called out of class by the principle and had to meet with Secret Service agents and explain herself to them. These thugs told her they found the project "suspicious". She said it wasn't and that it represented the Bill of Rights.
The agents were not impressed and told her that the matter would be turned over to a US attorney who may decide to prosecute.
Like Katrina disaster relief the Republican version of 1984 has arrived but was late.