no dissent is permitted in Dubya's America

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Mike Ferner, a Navy corpsman, was arrested at a VA medical center. His crime: wearing a “Veterans for Peace” t-shirt. (The whole story is here.)

After informing me I could either pay the $275 fine on the citation or appear in court, Ousley escorted me off the premises, warning me if I returned with "that shirt" on, I’d be arrested and booked into jail.

I’m sure I could go back to officers Adkins’ and Ousleys’ fiefdom with a shirt that said, "Nuke all the hajis," or "Show us your tits," or any number of truly obscene things and no one would care. Just so it’s not "that shirt" again.

And just for the record? I’m not paying the fine. I’ll see Adkins and Ousley and Dubya’s Director of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs, if he wants to show up, in United States District Court on the appointed date.

After musing about filing a lawsuit, Ferner observes that “This kind of behavior can’t be tolerated. It must be challenged.” He’s right, but that’s life in Dubya’s America. Free speech has a price.

(Thanks to Crooks and Liars for the tip.)

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