Sunday, June 3, 2012

Ayn Rand and the First Amendment vs. The Chicago Police

For the "Horror Files":

Badge number: 13603 Chicago Ward 010 District OGDEN

"Cop Arrests NBC Reporters, Says "Your First Amendment Right Can Be Terminated"

Select quotes from this officer of the law:

"I don't care about no damn lawsuit" officer yells at media:

Two NBC journalists were handcuffed and threatened by Chicago police after attempting to report on the murder of a 6-year-old girl yesterday, NBC Chicago reports.

"Your First Amendment right can be terminated if you're creating a scene or whatever. Your First Amendment right has got limitations."

When the reporters asked for clarification on how they were creating a scene, the officer replied, "Your presence is creating a scene."

"I don't care about no damn lawsuit!"  "F*ck a lawsuit. Just 'cause you sue doesn't mean you're going to win."

Now, more than ever, these words of Ayn Rand's ring true; from Philosophy: Who Needs It, "What Can One Do?":

“[W]hen you ask ‘What can one do?’—the answer is ‘SPEAK’ (provided you know what you are saying).”
A few suggestions: do not wait for a national audience. Speak on any scale open to you, large or small—to your friends, your associates, your professional organizations, or any legitimate public forum. You can never tell when your words will reach the right mind at the right time. You will see no immediate results—but it is of such activities that public opinion is made.

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