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The black bagging of Adam Kokesh

Jeff Berwick’s take on the strange public “disappearing” of Adam Kokesh.

You’d think that, with every public thing now being videotaped, the thug class would, at minimum, become more careful and cagey. Instead, they’re ramping up their violence and their sheer, bloody brazenness.

Good. This means they’re scared. (And scared of activists who are, after all, people who are still hopeful enough to ask Massah to relent just a tiny bit.) Bad. For the reasons expressed in Berwick’s headline.

Anybody hereabouts in contact with Kokesh?


  1. Laird
    Laird May 24, 2013 8:34 am

    Good article. This is getting scary.

    Are you sure it’s still “too early”?

  2. Bill St. Clair
    Bill St. Clair May 24, 2013 8:40 am

    Thanks to a Facebook post from Scott Bieser, comes this update from George Donnelly: . Apparently, they’re holding Adam because he refuses to give them his home address. His co-arrestee, N.A. Poe, who WAS released, plans to read a statement from Adam at a press conference in Philly today at 1pm eastern time.

  3. IndividualAudienceMember
    IndividualAudienceMember May 24, 2013 9:10 am

    Unrelated, but kind of not: a woman was not allowed to Opt Out of the body scanners at an airport today. Others were allowed to Opt Out, but not her.

    Is intimidation, force?

    “… ramping up their violence and their sheer, bloody brazenness.” <- Yup.

    "… Does anybody really know what time it is
    (Care) Does anybody really care (about time)
    If so I can't imagine why (Oh no, no)
    We've all got time enough to die
    Everybody's working (I don't) I don't care (About time)
    About time (Oh no, no) I don't care…" – Robert Lamm

  4. Jim B.
    Jim B. May 24, 2013 9:16 am

    Not as scared as you think, unfortunately. They are totally divorced from both reality and logic. Case in point.

    Take a look at the part where they say you could have a Ten Rounds Magazine, but can only load 7 rounds at a time.

    Take a look where Cuomo basically said “Let them eat cake” in regards to the Sheriffs. And we all know that happened after that quote.

    Also take a look at the part where they mentioned dealing with the Permit holders’ info.

  5. Mr Galt
    Mr Galt May 24, 2013 10:02 am

    There is a wide difference of opinion in the liberty community about Kokesh and his intentions.

    However, be that as it may, one thing is not in dispute – that he was kidnapped and disappeared in broad daylight for no good or definable reason. In my view, it is precisely *because* he has been a lightning rod for controversy in the liberty community that he was targeted. This is a test to see what happens, and we should all all be assured that these “disappearings” will only broaden and intensify.

    This is a classic example of what Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn describes in great detail in “Gulag Archipelago”. People being disappeared on street corners during rush hour; people disappeared from their offices; people disappeared at schools, houses of worship, whilst shopping, etc. Many people were “disappeared” for asking about those who had disappeared – in some cases, being invited down to police HQ to discuss the case, only to be seized immediately, never to be heard from again.

    Indeed, it was quite common for a man to kiss his wife and children before heading to work, and wonder in fear if he would ever see them again.

    And so, the “Sovietization” of America proceeds.

  6. Nevermind
    Nevermind May 24, 2013 1:18 pm

    We are seeing a domestic Shock & Awe operation designed to intimidate the public. It will work on most people and have the opposite effect on small groups of others. There will be more similar incidents. Eventually there will be an asymmetrical response from those who are not intimidated. We live in interesting times.

  7. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 24, 2013 1:23 pm

    Brazenness is a sign of not caring, that they are not scared. Not being the smartest sorts, they will probably be surprised when their intended victims start responding in kind.

    We are indeed moving toward the Soviet model but will never get there, because some significant portion of the population won’t put up with it.

    As to Kokesh, I suppose for now this actually suits his ends since he could use the publicity. I don’t begrudge him that. It is part of the game…

  8. s
    s May 24, 2013 3:17 pm

    For 10 long months the whistleblower and hero “Bradley Manning was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in the excessive and prolonged isolation.“ Quote is from the top UN official for investigating torture.

    U.S. citizen Jose Padilla — kidnapped on U.S. soil — was tortured for three-a-half-years with no charges of any kind ever brought against him and with the administration insisting on the right to torture him (and any other American citizen) indefinitely — all based solely on the secret, unchallengeable claim that he was an “enemy combatant.”

    Ibragim Todashev was kidnapped and then summarily executed.

    Adam Kokesh gets disappeared. Hopefully he will fare better than these predecessors. At least he has survived the first few days – Todashev was executed within hours.

    Just like the warrantless door-to-door searches and urban combat shock troops, what is practiced and perfected abroad eventually comes round here.

    Maybe “they” are scared. I know I am afraid. Only a fool doesn’t feel fear. Bravery is doing the right thing despite the fear.

  9. G.W.F.
    G.W.F. May 24, 2013 4:42 pm

    On my honor,
    I will never betray my badge,
    my integrity, my character,
    or the public trust.
    I will always have
    the courage to hold myself
    and others accountable for our actions.
    I will always uphold the constitution
    my community and the agency I serve.

    Uh yeah…that’s exactly what I am seeing from those who “protect and serve” the public. I feel safe with these great examples of Law Enforcement.

  10. jc2k
    jc2k May 25, 2013 4:29 am

    I wouldn’t be surprised if taking Kokesh was done to intentionally throw gas on the July 4 rally. Regardless of whether they release him before then or not, the march is bound to be bigger and more heated than it would have been otherwise. It wouldn’t take much for the feds to manufacture an incident.

  11. KenK
    KenK May 25, 2013 8:14 am

    What Paul said Claire. They were always this way but they took measures to show some restraint. Now, they just don’t care enough to hide it. They aren’t scared Claire, they feel liberated esp. since the Doerner and Boston Massacre events. They’ve seen that they can do ANYTHING and get away with it. And now they will operate that way.

  12. Jim B.
    Jim B. May 25, 2013 9:45 am

    Indeed, the only reason we haven’t a full blown out Socialism is the fact they don’t know what they can get away with. They’re like pets and kids, they’re constantly testing the boundaries of what they can get away with, whatever more “freedom” they can get away with, they take it and run with it when no one scolds or calls them on it.

    As for not being like the old Russia, we may not be exactly like them, but there’s a possibility that we could become worse than them. That’s always been the threat.

  13. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 25, 2013 11:53 am

    They let him out, evidently, and he’s turned up the heat! May be more to this guy than I originally thought. 🙂

    Adam Kokesh released from jail, calls for march on 50 state capitols
    by Garry Reed
    News Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh, before being released from Philadelphia’s federal prison yesterday afternoon following his arrest by federal agents one week ago issued a statement from his cell calling for an “American Revolutionary Army to March on 50 State Capitols.”

    Permanent link:

  14. Old Printer
    Old Printer May 26, 2013 4:09 am

    The guy sounds like an agent provocateur. Is any here old enough to remember COINTELPRO?

  15. Paul Bonneau
    Paul Bonneau May 26, 2013 8:29 am

    […they feel liberated esp. since the Doerner and Boston Massacre events. They’ve seen that they can do ANYTHING and get away with it.]

    I thought Doerner was a big PR bust for them, a bit like the Julio Buitrago event that gave the Sandinista Revolution a huge boost.

    I mentioned this factor in my article:

    People aren’t quite ready to go to war – yet. It takes more provocation to get them to that state of mind.

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