View Full Version : Republicans show their true hatred for freedom of speech.

Cloak & Swagger
10-31-2006, 06:06 PM
Ask a Republican Senator a question they don't like, and his nazi supporters will beat your ass.

Liberal blogger Mike Stark is attacked
by Sen. George Allen’s (R-VA) supporters after he asked the senator a question at a campaign event. Watch it:

Cloak & Swagger
10-31-2006, 06:20 PM
If this turns into the lawsuit that others are already saying it will become, the mainstream media should be all over this.
Yet, we've already seen their reluctance to give fair coverage to legitimate journalists and government officials who openly question the powers that be and expose the lies to the American people.
So to see them fall asleep on how freedom of speech is literally being headlocked and wrestled to the ground wouldn't be that much of a surprise.
Pretty fucking sad.

Cloak & Swagger
10-31-2006, 10:04 PM

Republican's Staff Assault Marine Vet [VIDEO]


Former Marine and first year law student, Mike Stark was asking Republican senator George Allen some questions about the arrest records he refuses to make public and whether he had ever spit on his first wife. (Rumors that the Republican had done so have been circulating). Men wearing "Allen" buttons then assaulted Stark, wrestling him to the ground and forcibly removing him from the premises.

According to an NBC affiliate in Virginia:

[H]e was tackled by three men wearing Allen stickers, presumed to be staffers. He was pushed and manhandled and ended up on the floor, near windows at the Omni.

Watch the outrageous video (above) of Allen's staffers wrestling Stark to the floor, nearly hitting a glass wall which could've caused serious injury.

According to the CNN correspondent, Allen's response was that "things like that happen." Yeah, maybe when Allen's around and sweating...

UPDATE: Mike Stark's statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, courtesy of phriendlyjaime after the jump...

Digg this video so more people watch it, HERE.

Letter from Mike Stark

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Oct 31, 2006

The following is a letter to NBC29 from Mike Stark, the man who was tackled for a comment he made at Senator Allen's campaign stop in Charlottesville on Tuesday.

My name is Mike Stark. I am a law student at the University of Virginia, a marine, and a citizen journalist. Earlier today at a public event, I was attempting to ask Senator Allen a question about his sealed divorce record and his arrest in the 1970s, both of which are in the public domain. His people assaulted me, put me in a headlock, and wrestled me to the ground. Video footage is available here, from an NBC affiliate.

I demand that Senator Allen fire the staffers who beat up a constituent attempting to use his constitutional right to petition his government. I also want to know why Senator Allen would want his staffers to assault someone asking questions about matters of public record in the heat of a political campaign. Why are his divorce records sealed? Why was he arrested in the 1970s? And why did his campaign batter me when I asked him about these questions.

George Allen defends his support of the Iraq war by saying that our troops are defending the ideals America stands for. Indeed, he says our troops are defending our very freedom. What kind of country is it when a Senator's constituent is assaulted for asking difficult and uncomfortable questions? What freedoms do we have left? Maybe we need to bring the troops home so that they can fight for freedom at George Allen's campaign events. Demanding accountability should not be an offense worthy of assault.

I will be pressing charges against George Allen and his surrogates later today. George Allen, at any time, could have stopped the fray. All he had to do was say, "This is not how my campaign is run. Take your hands off that man." He could have ignored my questions. Instead he and his thugs chose violence. I spent four years in the Marine Corps. I'll be damned if I'll let my country be taken from me by thugs that are afraid of taking responsibility for themselves.

It just isn't the America I know and love. Somebody needs to take a stand against those that would bully and intimidate their fellow citizens. That stand begins right here, right now.

W. Michael Stark

Cloak & Swagger
10-31-2006, 10:07 PM
For fuck sake.
If you're a Republican/Neoconservative, your image is completely fucking fucked.