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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:46 AM
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150-Year-Old Law Against Wearing Masks Used to Arrest Wall Street Demonstrators
http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/09/occu...

Yesterday we reported that seven people had been arrested for participating in Occupy Wall Street, the vaguely defined, relatively disorganized financial-district protest that's been going on (and dwindling down) for the past few days. Amid accusations of excessive police force, there was also the question of what, exactly, the protesters were being arrested for. Turns out, there's a 150-year-old New York City law that bans "masked gatherings." Five of the people arrested have been issued a violation for wearing masks.

The Wall Street Journal reports that 28-year-old Max Hodes, along with a few other people wearing bandanas, were pulled from a line of protestors and taken to the 1st Precinct, where he was issued a summons for "loitering and wearing mask." According to the New York Times, two men wearing masks and a woman with a plastic mask on the back of her head -- possibly Anonymous "V" masks -- were also arrested.

The anti-mask law goes back to 1845, when tenant farmers used disguises (dressing up like Indians) to attack law enforcement officials, apparently. In 1965 the law was updated to prevent masked gatherings of two or more people, except in the case of masquerade parties. Whew.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:48 AM
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1. If masks are outlawed, then only outlaws (R) will have masks
Edited on Wed Sep-21-11 11:49 AM by SpiralHawk
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dtexdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:49 AM
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2. Using any dodge to deny people a voice.
I hope the law is declared unconstitutional.
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G_j Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:49 AM
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3. will they remember that next new years eve? nt
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:50 AM
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4. How Convenient!
I'd just call it a big party, a masquerade, and have done with that pretext.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:51 AM
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5. Wow. Just wow.

V for Vendetta. Who knew it was a documentary?





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pennylane100 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:52 AM
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6. Well that should sit well with the burqa wearers.
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:56 AM
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7. I guess they don't know about the Constitution's protection of Free Speech.
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Denninmi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:56 AM
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8. Well, they better round up the trick or treaters, then.
Thow those menace to society types in jail. Good-N-Plenty and M&M's indeed.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:57 AM
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9. Interesting turn of history there
The bandits are on the INSIDE stealing the money...yet, the masked ones who are trying to stop them are arrested.

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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:00 PM
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11. right!?
Sheesh.

I've been watching the protest some, wishing I was there too. What will it take to get regular people to care enough to do something? To do ANYTHING?
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 11:59 AM
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10. Laws are just for the little people.... Can you imagine all the laws wall street broke and only
Madoff was arrested...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1j2esw2B8TI&feature=play... Before Spitzer was fired he discusses why the mortgage situation is fraud... Lloyd Blankfein traded on inside information?
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:01 PM
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12. Well, I guess everybody needs to wear a mask then. nt
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William769 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:01 PM
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13. K&R.
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:28 PM
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14. Older laws against murder are also still enforced
Where is the outrage over that?
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:31 PM
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15. Well because murder still occurs
Tribes of Indians don't frequently attack Wall Street anymore...although they should...but make no mistake, tribes of Wall Streeters attack Indians.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Abramoff_Indian_lobby...
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Riftaxe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:54 PM
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18. Well if you find a law against masks so horrific
Might i suggest you take a day next summer go to New York City for a civil protest, and perhaps wear a ski mask?

Now standing on a street corner wearing a ski mask won't let you meet many people, make sure to wear it into as many banks, liquor and convenience stores just to maximize your exposure in places where people congregate?

Surely they and their customers will recognize and appreciate your protest against silly laws against obfuscating identities.
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-..__... Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:34 PM
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16. Other localities/States have similar "no masks" laws...
but those were enacted to deal with the KKK.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:45 PM
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17. I bet they had to dig around to find that one.
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 12:57 PM
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19. The PTB use anything at their disposal to repress dissent.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:10 PM
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20. Do they arrest the Klan during their demonstrations?
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Ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:22 PM
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23. There are Klan demonstrations in NYC?
I sure hope not!
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:25 PM
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25. Not recently, certainly, but ...
... a hundred or so years ago, it wouldn't surprise me if there were.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 02:36 PM
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28. I have no idea. I was wondering how solid that law is.
As a member of the SPLC, I know there are hate groups in every state.
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:11 PM
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21. The uniform serves the powerful.
That is the way it has always been.
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drokhole Donating Member (759 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:16 PM
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22. And the great irony is that these are the arrests being made on Wall Street...
...while the ruthless, criminal fucks in the buildings have gotten off scot-free.

:banghead:
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surrealAmerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 01:23 PM
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24. Has this law been used in the past to prevent peaceful protests?
If so, when?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 02:13 PM
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26. K & R n/t
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jumptheshadow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 02:15 PM
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27. What about NYC's magnificient Halloween parade?
http://www.halloween-nyc.com /

I'm assuming that is a masquerade party?

It sure generates a lot of income for NY.
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dembotoz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 02:53 PM
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29. during 911 did they arrest the rescue workers
due to the smoke and dust i remember lots of people wearing masks.
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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 02:55 PM
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30. "Law and order puppets, remote-controlled by greed." -Devo, "Smooth Noodle Maps"
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butterfly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 04:55 PM
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31. Kicked&Recommended...
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