Oh, so maybe this is what life in post-NDAA America looks like. Gotcha. (Video below if you want to skip the background info.)
An apparently peaceful protester at Grand Central Station in Manhattan yesterday was, without warning, arrested and dragged away by NYPD.
What crime did she commit? (It is not a crime to speak at Grand Central; and, if you’ve ever lived in New York as I have, you’ll know that both Grand Central and Penn Station are filled with far louder — and more disagreeable — homeless people shouting things at all hours of the day. This, on the other hand, was a coherent, peaceful, and non-offensive protest of the NDAA — which is arguably the single scariest piece of legislation signed into law since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.)
Has she been released from police custody yet?
Is she considered an enemy of the state, or “associated forces,” and therefore eligible for a one-way ticket down to the Guantanamo Beach Club?
I asked for her identity and whereabouts on Twitter. Shortly thereafter, @udipl tweeted: “I shot that video. I think someone said her name is Laura. I’ll ask around.”
Chilling. I can imagine, at some point in the not distant future, someone tweeting, “I think someone said his name was David. He wrote some blog posts about NDAA or something. I’ll ask around.”
At time of publication, I still have not been able to locate “Laura” — nor even verify if she has been released by the police yet. In NDAA America, they can keep you for as long as they want. Until “hostilities end,” which could be quite a while. Laura’s blue hair may be a light grey by the time we get to interview her.
UPDATE 4:28pm: Her name is Lauren Digioia, Gothamist has more details on the tenuous reasons given for her arrest here.
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