Weekend of Protests in DC – Lawful Orders to Close Access?

Editor’s Note – What is a lawful order? When there is an open air monument that is owned by the people, is it lawful for any administration, for any non-emergency reason, to order it to be barricaded, or to order officers to prevent entry to it?

What if the visitors were all on foot, or in a wheel chair?

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Vet with prosthetic legs carts a “Barry-cade” on hi Segway to the White House from the WWII Memorial – Look closely Mr. President!

We certainly know that if there is a public safety issue, sure, close it. Let’s say there was a road washout, or a fallen tree in the vicinity with high winds, of course any citizen would understand the need to prevent entry.

But who gave these orders, and are they lawful when it’s not an emergency – we think not. To even have to argue about it with someone who disagrees is to give legitimacy to a profoundly acrimonious decision – a political decision.

Any civilian officer who follows such orders should be subject to investigation into whether they upheld their oaths as peace officers, after all, can they not disobey an illegal order?

Their superiors should be held to even higher scrutiny. People, these are Park Rangers, or Park Police, accompanied by MPs, for what?

WWII MemorialProtestBenghazi4If there is no imminent danger, no need for crowd control, no clear and present danger, no raucous protesters making threats, no disturbance of any kind, no impediment to the flow of traffic, why is the roadway closed to a set of buses from Texas trying to bring veterans to the memorial; many in wheel chairs?

In the video below, we can hear the officer radio in that they were told they could park elsewhere, but that would mean a long walk on wet grass, down hill, all of which places elderly veterans in wheel chairs in peril.

That means that instead of being peace officers, they are ‘impeding’ officers and they are clearly presenting a danger instead of preventing danger.

As you watch the video, you can see an MP asking the police officer to call in, but why are there MPs there to begin with? Further viewing shows what appears to be even more MPs across the street – are those belts supporting sidearms?

Is this a public street leading into the monument? If so, why are military police enforcing anything on US soil?

Posse Commitatus prevents the use of the military to enforce civilian law inside our borders unless there is an insurrection by arms, an invasion, or an overwhelming natural disaster, but none exists here.

Are they anticipating unrest, violence, or an insurrection? Are they inciting to these ends by their mere presence when there has been no probable cause to think there would be?

Below this video is the story of veterans marching from the WWII Memorial to the White House, carrying many of the “Barry-cades” marking a highlight to a rain filled protest weekend by truckers and vets on Washington, D.C.

Watch, you be the judge:

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Rally at World War II Memorial Heads to White House

From Channel 4 NBC Washngton

News cameras located on the White House lawn are showing a large gathering of people outside the gates and fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

It is believed these are protesters who started at the World War II Memorial early Saturday and moved from that location to the White House. According to NBC News, the president is in the White House.

Video shows people carrying barricades, presumably from the WW II memorial, to the White House fence. The DC Police Department said via Twitter that they are on the scene with the Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police. (Read the rest here.)

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DC Police Protest

Above is another view of protests (video link) at the White House with police entering to create a wall between protesters and the heavily guarded fence that is there already. For what purpose do they do such things? Again, is it anticipation of violence or actually creating an environment of confrontation? Watch the video of the image above here on Facebook, wait to the end, its worth the watch.

T2SDA is coming – Is Obama Planning to shut it down?

UPDATE – 6:45 PM Eastern – SUA has tried all day to get confirmation or denial of the possible steps the administration may take in regard to a possible shutdown of the DC Beltway without success. We called numerous agencies at the federal, state and local levels with little to report. However the question Red State and others asked has still not been answered but the “truckers” involved tell us it is not so, they do not think there is any truth to the use of National Guardsman to close I-495 tomorrow.

Editor’s Note – Stand Up America, like a great deal of other Americans, we want to know if there are actual legal grounds for shutting down federal property because of a so-called government shutdown. Well truckers certainly want to shutdown Washington, D.C. starting tomorrow and flowing through Saturday and Sunday. They also want certain politicians and administrators arrested. See their web site here, and also their Facebook page here.

When there are open air facilities like the WWII Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Wall that require little to no expense to be allowed to remain open, and therefore costs more to close them, how are these acts part of the federal budget shutdown? The shutdown is the stoppage of the expenditure of funds, but the Obama Administration is actually increasing the cost.

They even coned off the highway so no one could stop to view Mt. Rushmore.
They even coned off the highway so no one could stop to view Mt. Rushmore.

We have seen the Obama Administration try to shut down even non-federal properties (Barrycades) like Mt. Vernon to make their political points but can they legally shutdown something like an interstate highway to thwart a demonstration by law-abiding citizens who intend to use the freeway in a lawful manner? Heck, they even coned off the roadway to prevent drivers from stopping to view Mt. Rushmore.

If that is the case, why are any interstate highways allowed to remain open? This is the most twisted form of logic, something that is clearly a political statement, a threat, an attempt to do harm to the people by its own government.

The people own the federal properties, not the person in charge of administering them. A shutdown means they stop administering, not using them as political cudgels. Now we have the makings of a real mess as truckers across the land converge on Washington, D.C. to make a political statement which is the purview solely of the people, not the people they hire to run the government who maybe planning to shut it down entirely and administer the shutdown with National Guardsmen.

The “Truckers to Shut Down America” (T2SDA) is clearly an example of the people redressing grievances to the government, but Obama is reportedly set to shut them down from using an open interstate freeway. The shutdown is the excuse, but if they said it was for public safety we could understand, but neither is a reason to stop a demonstration comprised of drivers using a freeway legally.

State officials are gearing up as well; this should be very interesting and possibly the largest demonstration of complete dissatisfaction with those who are running the government ever. The White House may actually be making things worse, possibly fomenting confrontations. Is this the type of leadership Americans call tyranny, clearly it is on display once again?

Patriotic Americans want to shutdown the tyranny, but it may be the government itself shutting down the highway instead. They really did not like the bikers converging on DC, but they opened a park for a demonstration by illegal aliens?

Obama DOT Plans use of National Guard to close I-495 Capital Beltway tomorrow?

By: Glenn Ryt – Red State

Sources within the Department of Transportation have revealed that their plan to use National Guard resources to close federally funded Interstate Route 495, circling the nation’s capital, have been approved by unknown White House officials and will be implemented on Friday morning, October 11, in order to thwart the three day Trucker slowdown announced on the Capitol Beltway starting that date, using the federal government shutdown as justification.

The National Guard resources to be used to thwart the truckers will include rifle toting National Guardsmen called up from units that will be coming in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.  They will use Guardsmen on foot and using trucks, jeeps and armored vehicles, which will be stationed at all entrance ramps to the Beltway to block incoming traffic starting early Friday morning.

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Calls to both the White House and the Department of Transportation to confirm this story were not answered at press time.  Unless an announcement is made in advance, it appears the first notice of this new White House plan to punish House GOP members who have cited their Constitutional authority to approve – or not approve – all spending proposed by the White House and their Democratic allies in the Senate, will be early Friday morning.

Our DOT sources point to their Department’s website as justification for the paucity of information and our inability to confirm this story in advance, where they state, “during the government shutdown, some online content may not be updated on a regular basis…”

These sources at the Department of Transportation have advised off the record that the DOT proposal included the confident belief that the Capitol Beltway shutdown will successfully achieve the twin goals of thrwarting the trucker protest scheduled for a three day period starting on Friday, as well as deal another punishing blow to what they call “the crazy wing of the GOP” which refuses to capitulate to their demands to approve a budget that includes Obamacare funding.

Protesting “the corruption that is destroying America,” the “Truckers Ride for the Constitution” aims to tie up two of the three lanes of Interstate 495 circling the nation’s capital, with big rigs traveling no faster than the legal limit in two of the three lanes, an organizer told U.S. News & World Report.  Fox TV news reported that they expect 10,000 or more truckers to continuously circle the beltway for the three day weekend, effectively shutting it down except for the third, passing lane they will allow for emergency vehicles.

The truckers hoped to enlist sympathetic motorists and will allow them to pass their slowed trucks if they display a sign on their car with the letters T2SDA which means “Truckers to Shut Down America,” their original name.  Other sources connected to the truckers state that they will do nothing illegal, but had planned only to drive at the minimum legal speed limit, which would in fact tie up traffic around the busy interstate.

“Since Interstate 495 is clearly a federal roadway,” report our DOT sources, and “the federal government is now closed because of the crazy House of Representatives Republicans, it is within the purview of the federal government to add it to the list of government properties that are closed and may not be used by citizens.”

While the planned 495 roadway shutdown by National Guardsmen this Friday is presently planned to coincide with the three day truckers protest, another DOT proposal suggests that the White House has the authority to extend the highway shutdown past the proposed three day closure, and to other federally funded Interstate Highways, such as I-95 and I-66 in Northern Virginia.

Officials of the Freedom Leadership Conference, a gathering of conservatives in Northern Virginia, announced that they will schedule a speaker to lead a protest if these plans are carried through on Friday morning, at their scheduled function on Thursday, October 17 at the Fairfax, Marriott at Fair Oaks Shopping Mall at 7 PM.

The Conference this month is sponsored by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, whose President, Michael Thompson, will be the keynote speaker to address the Institute’s proposals for tax reform in Virginia to boost business and bring 80,000 new jobs to the Commonwealth.  An example of a tax that inhibits the growth of business is the very unpopular “gross receipts tax” which Thompson will propose abolishing.

Capital_Beltway_Map_Color.svgThe second principal speaker at the conference one week from today is Michael O’Neill, the assistant general counsel of Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation, who will address Levin’s proposed “Liberty Amendments” detailed in the new bestselling book by the same name.

The Thursday evening, October 17 event is being billed as a “Conservative Change Conference.”

Ironically, the purpose of the Liberty Amendments to the Constitution is to constrain growing federal government power at the expense of the authority of the states and the freedom of the citizens, not the intent of the founding fathers, say supporters of the proposal.  In that sense, the “change” the conference organizers speak of is actually a simple return to the original intent of America’s founding fathers.

Freedom Leadership Conference officials now state they will add a third speaker on the subject of what they call the President’s unauthorized power grabs during the supposed government “shutdown” during which nearly 85% of the federal government remains open and functioning, despite closing of the open air Monuments in Washington, DC, and other open air government grounds such as Gettysburg battlefield and historic Valley Forge, PA and other locations.

The Freedom Leadership Conference functions have been reserved for members only since they changed to a monthly function in late 2012, having started as an annual function fourteen years ago.  Sponsored by a different conservative organization each month, there have now been over 60 sponsor organizations in the past 14 years.  Admission now is open to anyone interested, although only those who advance register will be admitted.  Those interested in attending the free October 17 conference may reserve their tickets to the conference, which begins with a coffee, tea and dessert social at 7 PM, via the internet, HERE.

Previous stories about plans for the October 17 conference are headlined Mike O’Neill to speak on “The Liberty Amendments” Proposal of Mark Levin at October 17 Conference and the earlier article, Conservative Change Conference set for October 17, 2013: Michael Thompson to speak at Freedom Leadership Conference on new tax proposal for Virginia.

The Wednesday, November 13 Freedom Leadership Conference will be sponsored by Uniformed Services League, featuring a “Salute to Our Servicemen” (SOS) rally with keynote speaker, U.S. Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA), who is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army National Guard who has already served in Iraq.   The November conference will also be an “open” conference (new attendees welcome) and also at the Fairfax Marriott at Fair Oaks Mall.

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Here is their the press release:

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WWII Vets Break Into Memorial – Despite 'Shutdown'

Editor’s Note – So today is government shutdown day. Perhaps that term needs to be amended to “slim down” as is being reported because there really is no shutdown, just the closure of non-essential services. No one will lose any money because they will be furloughed but reimbursed later for back pay.

But what is happening is similar to the ‘sequester’ debacle, the sky did not fall, but some people were certainly inconvenienced like these veterans of WWII who planned to visit the memorial, they did, and they broke in to do it. Three cheers for our vets. See some amazing photos here, especially Congressman Louis Gohmert here.

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Congressman Gohmert kneels with a WWII vet in a wheelchair at the memorial today despite the shutdown.

Shutdown doesn’t keep vets from WWII Memorial

By Donna Leinwand Leger – NPR

WASHINGTON — They fought a war and flew in at dawn from Mississippi, so a few barricades provoked little more than shrugs from the 91 World War II veterans who crossed political lines Tuesday to walk and wheel around their memorial on the historic National Mall.

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The vets in three buses pulled up to the Memorial at 11:20 a.m. ET and were greeted by a group of congressmen who said they were determined to ensure the vets from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight would have the full experience of the monument.

With the vets in their red shirts and medal-bedecked caps lined up at the barricades, the congressmen, led by Rep. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., moved aside the barriers and escorted the vets into the memorial and past signs that read: Because of federal government shutdown, all national parks and memorials are closed.

The vets, led by a volunteer bagpiper Bill Greener of the D.C Fire Department who played patriotic songs, strolled around the memorial and posed for photos as U.S. Park Police and Park Service rangers looked on.

National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson stood by as the congressmen moved the barriers and walked onto the site. It is up to the U.S. Park Police to enforce the closure.

“This is so meaningful to the vets,” Johnson said. “The main thing is we’d like to get back to work and welcome visitors again.”

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The federal government shutdown that began at midnight Monday did not exempt the National Park Service.

The National Mall and memorials’ 330 employees are furloughed. Only three employees are exempt: the chief of maintenance, the deputy superintendent, and the project manager who is overseeing repairs to the Washington Monument, Johnson said.

The Washington Monument repairs will continue through the shutdown since Congress had already approved the money for them, she said.

Park Service employees came to work Tuesday to erect the barriers and turn off the fountains. It will take them through Wednesday to fully close all the federal parks and sites under their jurisdiction, Johnson said. After that, no maintenance people or park rangers are permitted to work, she said.

Honor Flights filled with veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam arrive everyday in Washington. The one-day trips, organized by volunteers and funded by donations, seek to give veterans an opportunity to visit the monuments dedicated to their service.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight began organizing Tuesday’s visit, their sixth trip, in May. Spokesman Wayne Lennep, a volunteer whose regular job is designing electrical systems for Arleigh Burke class destroyers at Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., said it cost $90,000 and hundreds of hours of planning to get the 91 vets, ages 84 to 99, to Washington.

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They planned to eat a picnic lunch at the Air Force Memorial, because they heard the restrooms remained open there, and finish their day by laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery.

As the shutdown loomed, Lennep said his worries multiplied.

“This is really the only chance many of the will get to see their memorial,” Lennep said. “We didn’t know where and when the dominoes would fall.”

In a final phone call before boarding the plane in Gulfport, Miss., at 8 a.m., Lennep learned the memorial remained open. But by the time the buses pulled in front, the Park Service had erected the barriers. Then, the congressmen simply moved aside the metal gate and led the veterans onto the apron of marble commemorating the greatest battles of the war as dozens of media captured every moment.

“It played out very well, even more so because the shutdown drew more attention to the event and the service of the veterans,” Lennep said. “I hope they saw how ridiculous it would be to keep the veterans out of their own memorial.”

Talmadge Byrd, 92, of Van Cleve, Miss., served in the Navy during WWII. He has been to Washington before but this was his first time seeing the World War II Memorial. He said he was happy to walk around it, but would have been grateful even if he could see it only from the sidewalk.

“It’s just one of those things, not much we can do about it,” he said of the shutdown. “They’ll get it straight eventually. I can’t blame anyone.”

Sally Blythe, 90, who worked as a control tower operator in Texas for the Army Air Corps, said the memorial brought back memories and made her wish her husband, Billie, could have shared the experience with her. He died last year.

The couple met during the war when her served as a radio operator. One night in August 1946 they left their shift at midnight and he offered her a ride to her barracks. They sat in the car and talked until 2 a.m., she said. The couple married in October 1946 and were together for 65 years, nine months and two days, she said.

She recalls the war years as a time of great patriotism and service, and says she is disappointed in how the government is behaving today.

“I think every time Congress passes a law, it should apply to them, too. Instead the poor people don’t get paid while they are still making their salary,” Blythe said. “If they do what they are supposed to do, this wouldn’t have happened.”

Blythe traveled to the World War II Memorial with several other women who live at the Armed Forces retirement home in Gulfport. She is among 12 women who once posed naked for a calendar to raise money for a feeding program for the homeless. The group, all in their 80s and 90s, raised $20,000.

Sally Manning, 88, served in the hospital corps in Boston during the war.
“It’s very emotional to be here,” she said. “It’s hard to express what I feel. At the time, you just lived it and didn’t think about it. As the years go by, you realize what a terrible, horrible time it was. You were deprived of everything that was normal.”

She also recalled it as a time of great patriotism. Now, she says, she is disappointed in the government.

“I think they are behaving like 5-year-old children, both sides,” she said. “If they can’t sit down together and solve problems for the good of the country, it is childish.”

A second group of veterans on an Honor Flight expedition pulled up to the World War II Memorial as the Mississippi group left. They had left Ames, Iowa, at 3 a.m. to make the trek, said Dean Nelson, 81, who served in the Air Force during the Korean War.

He said it brought tears to his eyes to stand before the wall of stars representing the war dead. Each of the 4,048 stars represents 100 Americans who died.

“That’s a lot of suffering,” he said.

Nelson said he has two words to say about the shutdown: “It stinks.”

“Democrats, Republicans, neither party will give an inch,” he said. “To me, they are not thinking about the country. They are only thinking about their own parties.”