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Monday, February 02, 2004  

There are reasons why critics of the Bush regime describe it as "fascist."

Last October 16, [Thomas C. Frazier] decided to take the day off to go to San Bernardino from his home in Santa Ana. His purpose, he says, was "to engage in a legal and peaceful protest" against George W. Bush. The President was in town that day at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center to support the candidacy of now-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger....

Frazier wrote in a complaint he filed with the San Bernardino Police Department[,] "For no apparent reason, Officer Montecino raced towards me screaming, 'No, no, no, no. Get there, Get there!'" Shortly thereafter, "without any provocation, Officer Montecino then grabbed my sign by enveloping my arms and sign together in one rapid swoop," Frazier wrote....

"I then asked Officer Montecino, 'Can I have my sign back, and I'll just leave then?' Officer Montecino responded by stating, 'I don't have time for this,' while simultaneously striking my right forearm with a smashing blow with one side of a set of handcuffs. I asked Officer Montecino if I was free to go, and he stated, 'No, you're being arrested.' As Officer Montecino put the other cuff on my left wrist that I voluntarily put behind my back, I asked him, 'Sir, why am I being arrested?' and he replied, 'For not doing what I told you to do.' "

Another officer took Frazier down to the police station, and Montecino arrived a little later. "You're being arrested for obstructing a police officer. Your sign could have been a weapon," Montecino said, according to Frazier's complaint.

Now personally, I think "fascist" is a little strong. Fascism, according to American Heritage, is marked by "centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism." I mean, Bush hasn't really invoked stringent socioeconomic controls--I'd call them "soft." Also, he's not belligerently racist. More like "surreptitiously."

In an unrelated story, Bush will name his own "independent panel" to investigate whether he lied to justify invading a nonthreatening country against international wishes.

posted by Jeff | 11:01 AM |
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