FIJA Distribution of April 12, 2010


    I arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan on Monday, April 12, 2010, at 11:45 am.  The weather was warm and sunny, but windy.  I started passing out FIJA pamphlets.  Immediately two Homeland Security police officers approached and heckled me.  It reminded me of teenage boy harassment.  Other Homeland Security police appeared.  By noon there were 8 of them.  At 12:06 pm, Officer Barnes approached and asked me to leave.  I refused.  He placed me under arrest, and I fell to the ground.  He confiscated my JURY INFO sign and remaining FIJA flyers.  He left Citation Title 41 CFR. Section 102–74.415(c) "Unauthorized Distribution of Materials."  Then he un-arrested me and left.

   One of our people observed the event and reported that some people were discussing the FIJA literature.  Since I no longer had a sign or literature I left at 12:15 pm and went home.

    It is peculiar that Barnes arrests me, steals my possessions, but does not have me arraigned.  The reason, of course, is that violation of a Homeland Security regulation is not an arrestable offense, even if it were constitutionally permitted.

    We have moved forward an inch.  Ambulances are no longer called, and I am not hauled off to a hospital.  I will continue the Chinese water torture (now called waterboarding) until they give up.  This will take a lot of time, but it is a long summer.  However we are going to need a stronger show of force.  If more people join me, the police will realize that they are only aggravating the situation.  I have been assured that at least a couple more of our people will be there in some capacity next Monday.