Friday, September 09, 2005

Freedom Fried

The Washington Post reports on this weekend's Freedom March in DC commemorating the 9/11/2001 tragedy:

Organizers of the Pentagon's 9/11 memorial Freedom Walk on Sunday are taking extraordinary measures to control participation in the march and concert, with the route fenced off and lined with police and the event closed to anyone who does not register online by 4:30 p.m. today.

The march, sponsored by the Department of Defense, will wend its way from the Pentagon to the Mall along a route that has not been specified but will be lined with four-foot-high snow fencing to keep it closed and "sterile," said Allison Barber, deputy assistant secretary of defense.

The U.S. Park Police will have its entire Washington force of several hundred on duty and along the route, on foot, horseback and motorcycles and monitoring from above by helicopter. Officers are prepared to arrest anyone who joins the march or concert without a credential and refuses to leave, said Park Police Chief Dwight E. Pettiford.

The first thing that popped into my head was the song "This Is Not America" by David Bowie and Pat Metheny (listen to a sample in Real Audio from Amazon) from the movie, The Falcon and the Snowman. I hope there are going to be folks in the DC area who are willing to be arrested for this, and that the media will be covering it.


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