WeAreChange founder and activist Luke Rudkowski was arrested at the Hilton Hotel on Manhattan [March 28] for attempting to question New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about his refusal to pay for the health care of 9/11 first responders. Rudkowski had Infowars press credentials and a video camera when he was singled out by Bloomberg’s security in the lobby of the hotel located at West 53rd Street and Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).
My reactions, in order:
2. OK, maybe I shouldn't have said "good", but there's probably something we aren't being told about what he was actually doing.
3. OK, there might be something here but finding that out would require them to provide a coherent and accurate recount of exactly what happened, and they probably aren't capable of that. It's difficult to find any sympathy for a group that engages in disreputable "reporting" such as following behind someone shouting smears at them (link), but if they can actually show that NYC was in the wrong I'll do my best.
UPDATE: From this:
Rudkowski said Bloomberg’s security detail and hotel security claimed he would not leave the hotel. Luke told Jones he asked to leave the premise on numerous occasions and was not allowed to do so.Anthony Verias, who accompanied Rudkowski, told Alex they were victims of a "classic set-up." Verias was assaulted and brought into an office where he was subjected to intimidation and harassment by hotel security and Bloomberg’s plainclothes "goons," as Anthony described them... Luke said fellow WeAreChange activist Manny Valencia was assaulted as he taped Rudkowski’s arrest and his camera was confiscated.
I mostly always trust people who sound like they stepped out of a 40s Jimmy Cagney movie. But, in this case I'm willing to make an exception unless they're able to present their case in a coherent, intellectually honest fashion. I don't think they're capable of that.
Sun, 03/29/2009 - 13:16 · Importance: 2