Monday, November 13, 2006

“V” Meets The Secret Service

“V” Meets The Secret Service
In the first stage of a peaceful political action which ventures closely to performance art, an activist dressed as comicbook and movie anti-hero "V" delivered Petitions for Redress of Grievances relating to the Government’s violations of the war powers, tax, privacy and money clauses of the Constitution the White House, the main Treasury, IRS and Justice Department Buildings and the Capitol, on November 6, 2006. (OK, for logistical reasons some of these Petitions were mailed, but an attempt was made to hand-deliver them.)

On November 14th, over 100 "V"s are expected to return to those sites, to receive responses to the petitions.
The Dragon is frequently dubious about political protest, it seems that many "actions" serve little purpose than to stroke egos, and end up being little more than preaching to the choir. And too frequently, they end up further radicalizing those on the extreme ends of the debate, whilst alienating those in the middle. This political action, however seems that it might just be effective in communicating the concerns of those involved, in way that will engage, intrigue, and encourage thoughtfulness to those who become aware of it. Read the full article, and tell me what you think. It seems to me those involved have found a creative, non-partisan way, to hack the system. I'm curious what others think of this approach, and anxious to see what happens tommorrow.

At the White House about a dozen Secret Service agents appeared on foot, bicycles and car to meet “V.” While virtuously assuring the security of the state, they were curious about the image of “V” and asked many questions. Most, when asked if they had seen the movie “V for Vendetta”, smiled their approval.
When an agent asked if “V” would remove his mask for identification purposes, “V” explained that would defeat the very purpose of the mask, which was to give expression to the fact that the nation was becoming a police state, that too many people were becoming afraid to be identified as dissenters or protestors, and that this was not in the long term interest of a free people. The agents accepted the veracity of “V’s” message and refrained from veering “V” from his vanguard visit as the vox populi.
Many law enforcement agents dutifully responded to the first impression security concerns caused by “V’s” dramatic and startling presence at the seat of governmental power. All but one who confronted “V” were generally pleasant, professional and ultimately respectful of the voraciously valued Rights of peaceful protest, dissent and Petition that “V” was claiming and exercising.
All local and federal law enforcement agencies in DC now know the purpose of these events is to show peaceful support for the First Amendment Right to Petition Government for Redress of Grievances and to give expression to the fact that too many Americans are beginning to fear the Government and that that is unhealthy to the longevity of a free people and our Republic.
All participants are asked to arrive at Lafayette Park between 11 and 11:30 am on the 14th. The event starts at NOON. The group will wait up to 1 hour for a representative of President Bush to appear and to tell the group when they might expect to receive a response to the Petitions for Redress of Grievances.

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