‘Peaceful’ anti-war protesters spray paint Capitol steps

Posted by: ST on January 29, 2007 at 10:02 am

The Hill reports on a disgusting incident that happened at the anti-Iraq war protests this past weekend:

Anti-war protesters were allowed to spray paint on part of the west front steps of the United States Capitol building after police were ordered to break their security line by their leadership, two sources told The Hill.

According to the sources, police officers were livid when they were told to fall back by U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Chief Phillip Morse and Deputy Chief Daniel Nichols. “They were the commanders on the scene,” one source said,who requested anonymity. “It was disgusting.”

After police ceded the stairs, located on the lower west front of the Capitol, the building was locked down, the source added.

A second source who witnessed the incident said that the police had the crowd stopped at Third Street, but were told to bring the police line in front of the Capitol.

Why were they ‘allowed’ to do this?

[Morse] added, “It is the USCP’s duty and responsibility to protectthe Capitol complex, staff and public while allowing the public to exercise their First Amendment rights … at the end of the day, both occurred without injury to protestors or officers.”

Spray painting the Capitol steps is a Fist Amendment right? Oookay.

Also, there was at least one incident where an anti-war protester spat at an Iraq war veteran, who was counterprotesting the ‘peace march.’ Michelle Malkin has the details.

And as I’ve noted before, the far left doesn’t just literally spit on our troops – they symbolically do it, too.

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Speaking of the war in Iraq, Speaker Pelosi back from her trip to Baghdad and now ‘believes more strongly that withdrawal will help region.’ The SF Chronicle has the full story.

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PM Update: Check out more anti-war protest hijinks here. Disgusting.

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  • 33 Responses to “‘Peaceful’ anti-war protesters spray paint Capitol steps”

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    1. tommy in nyc says:

      Hey ST what do you want the cops to do?Break out the nightsticks and start cracking heads?????? The less violence in dealings with demostrators the better IMHO

    2. PCD says:

      Tommy,

      The vandals should have been arrested and drug off to jail.

      You know who is trying to turn Iraq into Vietnam? The LEFT!!!

    3. Were you one of the spray painters, tommy? :o

    4. tommy in nyc says:

      =))**== ST I never have or ever will go to an anti-war demostration while the troops are in harm’s way. I’m just want to make it clear I’d rather see what happened on the capitol on Sunday compared to say Kent State. You really,really don’t want that to happen again do you?

    5. sanity says:

      tommy rediculously states:
      Hey ST what do you want the cops to do?Break out the nightsticks and start cracking heads?????? The less violence in dealings with demostrators the better IMHO

      No tommy, we expect them to enforce the law.

      Just the same as we expect the protestors to obey the law.

      Freedom of speech and the right to peaceably protest does not give you the right to break the law. These rights are tempered with fact that you need to obey the law. These rights are allowed only if they do not break the law.

      And should you break the law, assualting another person, defacing or damaging property, threatening the life of another person, I full expect the police to enforce the law by arresting you, handcuffing you and hauling your butt down to sit in jail, not because you are protesting, but because you broke the law.

    6. Non-sequitur, tommy.

    7. tommy in nyc says:

      What do you mean ST??

    8. You asking me about Kent state in this convo did not follow logically from what I wrote.

    9. tommy in nyc says:

      Oh OK ST look these demonstrators are a bunch of clowns so it shouldn’t suprise anybody that they acted the way they did. I was just merely stating that you don’t the cops to act heavy handed. What happerned happened let’s just move on.

    10. Riiight, tommy, like you’d be saying that if they spray painted “Clinton sucks” on the Capitol.

    11. sanity says:

      Oh OK ST look these demonstrators are a bunch of clowns so it shouldn’t suprise anybody that they acted the way they did.

      Nope, no surprise at all that they would act disrespectful and break the law. But with it being ‘no surprise’ the cops should have been ready to deal with law breakers.

      I was just merely stating that you don’t the cops to act heavy handed.

      Who said anything about heavy handed tactics of cops? Only you mentioned it.

      What we expect is the cops to use reasonable force to apprehend law breakers. Essentially we expect the cops to do their jobs.

      What happerned happened let’s just move on.

      Normally said when losing an arguement.

      Here is a better question:

      Whatever happened to abiding by the law?

      or in the case of the cops…

      Whatever happened to enforcing the law?

    12. tommy in nyc says:

      actually I would ST.

    13. LOL – whatever you say, tommy. :>

    14. Tom TB says:

      These anti-war demonstrations always attract every anti-American anti-government anarchist wacko-fringe eco-terrorist group that you can imagine; it wouldn’t suprise me to see a “Bush=hitler” banner in between one that said “Save the Slugs!” and “Smash the State; any State!” on the other side.

    15. CZ says:

      Observing the crowd at the protest did not surprise me. A bunch of stinking aging plasic banana good-time rock and roller hippie scum reliving their “glory days”. The youth of today are too busy downloading itunes to give a damn.

      Favorite sight…seeing Hanoi Jane’s daughter. Poor thing looks just like Tom Hayden.

    16. Lorica says:

      Tommy you are too funny. You tell ST to let go something that happened over the weekend, but you can’t let go something that happened something that happened almost 40 years ago. =)) – Lorica

    17. Christinewjc says:

      Fonda’s new name is JIHAD JANE!!!

    18. Tom says:

      Spray painting anarchy symbols is part of the M.O. for far-left protesters, but for the Capital police to just stand there while the Capital Building is tagged is just sickening. What the heck is going on with the Capitol authorities?

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      I don’t know why the police allowed the public to do the painting, but they allowed it. If your panties are in a wad over this, ask the police why it happened. I’m not defending the painters, and I would not have done it (what’s the point?). The fact is the tables are turning here in America. Poeple are waking up after the years of bushco and its administration. You will see many, many protests like this over the next 6-12 months. Once Mr Bush declares war on Iran (or just invades), you will see the streets of America filled with loyal, patriotic folks who know right from wrong. The winds of change are beginning to blow.

    19. Ryan says:

      Tom,

      Do you just copy/paste the same tired post over and over?

    20. Tom says:

      Tom,

      Do you just copy/paste the same tired post over and over?

      Comment by Ryan

      Nope. This is all fresh and clean. BYW, did I write something you have a problem with? You can use your words to tell us what is on your mind. That would be alright. Use your words, ryan. Thats a good boy. I guess there must be some truth in my post for your thoughtfulness to have provided so much content concerning your response. If you have an opinion – but nothing to say – maybe it is best to not say anything, no?

    21. Marshall Art says:

      Here’s some words for ya. With recent reports of 3000 centrifuges(sp) being employed by Iran, I would submit that this is further evidence of the futility of diplomacy with lunatics. How far in their nuclear program should they be allowed to progress considering their threatening remarks regarding Israel and the USA? Is Bush looking for excuses to invade Iran, or is Iran supplying them all on their own? We know they’re in Iraq stirring things up, now the progress on their nuclear program. These are signs, IMHO, that Bush has a far better handle on the Middle Eastern situation than does his opponents, even if his methods are less than perfect. How many dead before one dispenses with diplomacy and dons one’s ass-kickin’ boots?

    22. Lorica says:

      =)) Damn Tom, I love you Libs. That was about the funniest posts I have EVER read. Is Tennessee Tuxedo your sidekick?? Do you understand the stupid drivel that pours forth from your mouth. =)) Too funny, when you get to your twenties, you might think of becoming a stand up comedian. – Lorica

    23. Ryan says:

      Tom,

      I suggest following Lorica’s advice because you’re just priceless. Perhaps you should create a blog, then you wouldn’t have to be constantly wowing us with your magnificent insight into world events! At least with your own blog, you wouldn’t have to repost the same “Mr. Bush” posts over and over again. It’s more efficient, you know.

    24. Lorica says:

      You know the more I think about this the more I realize why the Capital Police allowed them to paint the steps. They didn’t want the “Peace Marchers” to get violent. These guys don’t really care about peace, after all the vandalization of property is a violent act. Also, look at Jane Fonda. When she was so concerned about peace, wasn’t she filmed sitting in an anti aircraft weapon system pointing it at an American Jet, and making noises like a child trying to shoot down that same jet. That folks is the act of a violent mind. Let’s face it Jane just ain’t gonna be the next Ghandi. I will also lay odds, that these are the same folks that line up to march in a women’s rights marches, defending violence against the unborn. These people are so 2 faced and ignorant if it weren’t so tragic it would be laughable. – Lorica

    25. Brad S says:

      Actually, tommy in nyc, I think a redux of Kent State would not be a bad idea. The people who got threated by the antics of protestors pre-shooting at Kent State never got a fair hearing on their grievances.

      I’m pretty sure the protestors getting shot would get significantly less benefit of the doubt now than then.

    26. NC Cop says:

      The winds of change are beginning to blow.

      Lord knows your blowing out some hot air.