Originally published July 17 2013
Adam Kokesh raided by 'storm trooper' assault team, while journalist David Gregory goes free for similar 'crime'
by J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) If you're getting the impression that the Obama "Justice" Department tends to pick and choose which crimes it wants to pursue and which crimes it wants to ignore, for purely political reasons, I'd have to say your analysis is spot-on. More to the point, political allies get a pass while political enemies are demonized, targeted, attacked and pursued.
Take the case of Adam Kokesh, the Marine vet and activist who recently led an open-carry of firearms protest in Washington, D.C. Within days of the Independence Day event, Kokesh's home was raided by a police SWAT team that smashed through his front door and deployed a "flash-bang" grenade before entering.
According to a press release from Kokesh's Adam vs. the Man press team:
Numerous police vehicles, including a light armored vehicle and two low-flying helicopters barricaded Adam's street. More than 20 armored SWAT team members surrounded the house, as well as a number of detectives, and plainclothes officers. Assault rifles were aimed on all members of the team as they were handcuffed without being told why they were detained. Masked and armored police in full "Storm Trooper" gear flooded in and ransacked the residence. The team was cordoned in a front room, while Adam was pulled aside for questioning.
Welcome to law enforcement America, 2013. Anti-terror tactics are becoming more common, even for routine arrests. Kokesh is an activist; he has never advocated killing authorities or voiced a desire to do so himself. But he believes in the Second Amendment, and in D.C., we just can't have that kind of "dangerous person" walking around, can we:
Over the course of the next five hours, the police searched every corner of the house with canine units and blueprints to the house obtained prior to the search. All officers refused to speak to the crew while they we being detained. They confiscated cell phones and personal items with force. Throughout the ordeal, the police repeatedly showed a volatile desire to initiate aggressive, forceful conduct with detainees. At one point, Adam politely requested to use the restroom and was kicked by the officer forcing him to sit handcuffed on the floor.
Pictures of the Kokesh arrest were posted by Infowars.com, which you can see here.
Previously Kokesh, an Iraq war vet, had called for mass demonstrations in all 50 state capitals as part of a "new American revolution," once advocated openly carrying in a march on the Capitol Building in the nation's capital, to drive home his point. But he didn't do that July 4; he revised his plan after being forcibly arrested during a pro-marijuana rally in Philadelphia in May for merely exercising his First Amendment rights.
So, what did Kokesh do to "earn" a visit from D.C. police? He loaded a shotgun on the streets of the nation's capital [see the video here: http://youtube.com].
A crime? Maybe. Perhaps, under D.C.'s restrictive gun laws. But what about NBC journalist David Gregory? Didn't he commit a similar crime?
So much for equal treatment under the law
In the emotion-packed days following the mass killing of innocent children by a drug-crazed kid in Newtown, Conn., Gregory - a typical anti-gun U.S. journalist - held up a 30-round ammunition magazine to an AR-15 rifle during a live broadcast. Such "high-capacity" magazines are illegal to possess in Washington, D.C.
Yet police never raided Gregory's home. They never kicked in the door to his D.C. newsroom set and tossed in a flash-bang grenade. They never handcuffed him or refused to allow him to go to the bathroom. They never even talked to him. In fact, they purposely gave him a pass.
According to the Washington Times' senior editorial page editor, Emily Miller, D.C. Police told her that it was "routine" for people who did not commit gun crimes "in police officers' presence."
There were no cops visible in Kokesh's video. One has to assume that if police were close by, they would have arrested Kokesh then.
Miller noted that in 2012, D.C. Police arrested 105 people on charges that included possession of "high capacity" feeding devices. Just not some rich, powerful NBC journalist.
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