Veteran's journey from Iraq to Oakland protests

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“He’d just seen a lot of things???”

He was a fobbit working on computers…all he saw were warfighters trying to e-mail or call home.

Nov 02, 2011 10:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
William78 wrote:

EVERY member of the US Armed Forces is important. None can function properly without the rest. If you believe otherwise than you’re an idiot. Only a moron critizices the experiences of a U.S. Service Member without knowing the details.

Semper Fidelis is not just a commitment to the Corps, but to the U.S. Citizens, and to your Brothers and Sisters in the Corps. Without those brothers and sisters there IS no Corps. Without the U.S. Citizens there is no PURPOSE for the Corps.

Every free American Soldier’s DUTY is to “reason why”! If you just want to “do and die” then maybe you belong in a more totalitarian environment. Try China.

Nov 03, 2011 12:14pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

If you abide by the rule of law you are allowed to speak your mind and protest peacefully. If you do not, the police will use force and you could get hurt.

Maybe we need a new government agency to regulate proper disclosure from police when having to use force on an unruly crowd, perhaps even have the protestors sign a waiver – ridiculous.

Warning: you are disobeying the law, leave now as we are going to shoot tear gas into the crowd, club and arrest you.

Keep in mind the police are serving our country too.

Nov 03, 2011 1:55pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
William78 wrote:

WRONG! A police officer can quit their job at any time they wish, especially if they don’t agree with the orders they’ve been given. They are paid employees OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

American Soldiers have signed a contract dedicating their lives to your rights and freedom. They are extensions of the American People’s Will, that includes their own. If a Soldier does not agree with their orders there are serious reprecussions associated with dissent. There is a major difference, and that commitment takes courage not required of ANY police officer.

Every American should be held accountable for their actions! ESPECIALLY law enforcers. The US Marine Corps have spent the best part of the last 12 years combating foriegn threats to American Sovereignty in Iraq and Afganistan…

Thank you Scott Olsen…

However the these particular shock troop “police officers” in Oakland have made 2 grevious (some might say terrorist) attacks in the last 2 weeks against American Citizens on American Soil practicing their Sovereign RIGHTS as Citizens of the United States or America.

Any person ignorantly claiming that these protesters were breaking the law because they refused to disperse as they were being commanded puts that person at odds with our liberties.

Any person ignorantly assaulting or condeming a man who voluntarily stood up against foreign AND domestic(ie the Oakland PD) enemies of our freedoms makes that person a scumbag and an enemy of The People.

A very real revolution is underway in the Greatest Nation in the World, and it apparently is not being televised. Lines are being drawn.

Nov 03, 2011 4:30pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
NobleKin wrote:

It is okay for folks like Scott Olsen to fight and die for our run away corporate/capitalist (former democratic) system.

But exercise his first amendment rights and protest what is being done to the country he swore to protect? Well who is he to question anything? He probably comes from a lower middle class or poor family. He are not an elite member of the upper class and he did not go to an elite legacy school. He has no name, and no power.

Rush Limbaugh will call him a traitor.

So Scott, take that cannister of tear gas like a man and shut up about the corrupt banking system, the corrupt political system and the absence of democratic power for the people. Why don’t you just go and play your X-Box until your mind turns to mush like the rest of the under 30 population? The media will marginalize you anyway for the two-bit punk they want the world to believe you are.

Afterall, you are just a (fill in the blank: citizen, Sailor, Soldier, Airman or Marine) and as such you are no more worthy of being heard than the hardware you used to tote into battle…because you are just a tool to be used and then discarded. (or so they think)

So accept you will not have healthcare, social security, or a job. and accept that there are CEOs who will make a 100 times more this year than you will have made in 5 lifetimes.

Welcome to the NeoCon America.

Nov 03, 2011 5:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JohnG-73645 wrote:

The economic downturn is part of the 1% plan to reduce the population. The people need to start reducing the population by reducing the 1%. It’s going to be your life or the life of the 1%. They want you dead. Have yo decided to carry on living? If yes, then rise up in arms and take the fight into their homes.

Nov 03, 2011 8:21pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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