Eyewitnesses are reporting that during Bush's recent visit to Florida,
protesters were shocked to see security goons and secret service aiming assault
rifles at them hanging out of the window of the passing motorcade.
Should we be surprised that ordinary bill of rights exercising Americans
are treated like terrorists in light of the latest revelations on the NSA spying
Is this Nepal or America?
Accounts provided to the Daily
Kos website are reprinted below.
Narrative re: Bush's visit to SCC on May 9, 2006 from Barbara Nicholson
We stood with about 50 others on rte 674 and when the motorcade came by there
was assault rifle OUT the window pointing at ALL of us and the cars all looked
like I remember seeing in the Hitler motorcades in the movies when I was a
child, all boxy and black and one had the Pres seal and American flag on the
sides. It was absolutely chilling! I worked the inner city for 15 years with
gangs and even with kids and families of the Bloods and Crips and have never
had an assault rifle pointed my way. In my 75 years I have seen many Pres
motorcades and shook many pres hands and seen many pres elects and their entourage
but never anything like this with the motorcycles, big black cars and rifles
were just the very last straw. It wasn't the rifle that was scary it was knowing
that this madman is so insecure and scared and psychotic that this is how
he must travel. AARRRRRGH! USA, Banana Republic for sure. Then to know our
tax money paid for this photo op and for the fundraising luncheon at the Renaissance
Club is truly the icing on the cake which will kill us all. Very depressing
to say the least.
From an intern for Congressional candidate John Russell (FL-5):
Here is my full story, with everything correct. As you know I am interning
with John Russell, a candidate in District 5 running against Ginny Brown-Waite.
We went to the protest to make sure bush heard about the problems with Medicare
Part D. As the President drove by John was delivering his message to the President,
who was looking at us out the window. I don't remember if it was before or
after the President's car, but inside on of the black suv's was a man holding,
what looked to be, an automatic rifle out the window. It was pointed at the
protesters. I am glad to hear that the people on the other side of the street
saw this too. Those of us on the corner I was on couldn't believe that this
had occurred, and John proceeded to tell President Bush as he got out of the
motorcade, 'how dare you point a weapon at civil protesters' among other things.
It was a very interesting day for me, being the first time I have ever seen
the President, and the first time I have been directly threatened by the President.
hopefully this helps in lining up the stories. Please send this out to everyone,
and keep the talk growing. I want to know if this is standard operating procedure
for the Bush motorcade, or a one time thing.
Intern for John Russell, Candidate for Congress District 5
And from Kossack boofdah:
Mary, Nic, and I were there as well; and yes, it went down exactly as Barbara
and John have said below. I don't think I've ever felt such a sense of foreboding
in my life as when I saw that automatic rifle pointed at us, peaceful protesters.
At the time September 11th happened, I worked at a military base near where
I used to live before we moved to FL. Immediately after 9/11, our base was
at Threatcon D, meaning that the military personnel guarding our base had
to be armed. Yeah, I saw sharp-shooters and automatic rifles; but I took some
kind of comfort in the notion that these measures were meant for the "bad
On Tuesday, the message that the sniper hanging out the window with his automatic
weapon had for us was that we peacefully-protesting Americans were the "bad
guys." And that thought alone gave me the chills.
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