First Amendment Apocalypse: Obama Admin Eats Face off the Bill of Rights...Naked!
A few links to look at:
Coos Bay & the Pacific connector Pipe Dream: citizensagainstlng.com/
the Recall election in Wisconsin: citizenactionwi.org/
Mike Elk with 'In These Times': www.inthesetimes.com/community/profile/86504
Blue Elk Speaks:
More from Mike with 'In These Times' on his Free Speech Vision Quest into the Dark Heart of Honeywell's CEO David Cote. Apparently, the only "innovative" venture on the corporate score card is imaginative mendacity. The company is a tech dinosaur but then these are the Glory Days of Union Busting. The history of the American Labor movement is a tableau vivant of Pinkerton thugs gunning down entire picketlines, of the US Army surrounding encampments of striking miners and staring out the workers' families, of dirty dealing and general fuck-ugly negotiators. The stench of a century of blood - shed, curdled spilled and dried suffocates the land. Scott Walker's writing is on the Wall..
Let's look at what Mike Elk has to say:
"On Friday President Obama appeared with Honeywell CEO David Cote at Honeywell’s Minneapolis facility for an event on the economy. While Cote claims Honeywell's profitability is due to innovation, much of it actually rests on union busting that risks the safety of the public. I attempted to ask Cote about this on Thursday, but was blocked from doing so. Today, the Capitol police informed me they are investigating the incident. Here's what happened:
"For the last two years, I have covered union busting efforts by Honeywell, their close connections to President Obama and how federal agencies have assisted Honeywell in three different labor struggles since Obama came to power. In particular, I covered a 14-month lockout at a Honeywell uranium plant in Metropolis, Illinois, where Honeywell cheated on tests for replacement workers, one of whom later caused several releases of radioactive gas into the atmosphere. Instead of joining the picket line with the striking workers as he promised to do during his campaign, Obama decided to fly with top Democratic donor and Honeywell CEO Cote to India while the lockout was still going on. ...
"On Thursday, at an event on the Hill, I began to ask Cote about the uranium release caused by a non-union engineer working a job performed by a union worker. Cote began to frown and looked annoyed with my question. Immediately, I started getting dirty stares and smirks from the room of assembled corporate lobbyists and allies. The moderator of the panel interrupted me to say 'Sir, if I can interrupt. This is to hear from entrepreneurs.'
"Within a few seconds, Nicolas D. Muzin, a senior adviser for Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), grabbed me and attempted to physically remove me from the room." After he attempted to follow Cote, Elk states that "Honeywell External Communications Director Rob Ferris barricaded me in a room for several minutes and afterwards had the Capitol Police detain me. They released me after 10 minutes when they realized I had done nothing more than try to follow a CEO down a hallway. Indeed, Capitol Police asked me if I wanted to press charges against Ferris for false imprisonment for barricading me into the room. Today, I was informed they are investigating the incident."
- Length: 15:46 minutes (7.22 MB)
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