Sixty-one years ago I was born in Colorado then graduated from CU Boulder. I also have a law degree and have fought against injustice my entire career. Never have I seen such a gross violation of civil liberties as demonstrated at Monday’s Boulder City Council meeting. (See Front Page Camera, Tuesday, February 23, 2010.)
The photo and article show one of Boulder’s finest arresting a speaker (in handcuffs) who was interrupted in mid-sentence at an open Council meeting where he had been given permission to speak. No wonder people are flying airplanes into buildings! IS ANYBODY PAYING ATTENTION?
While I do not agree with Seth Bingham’s politics, as they say: “I would defend to the death his right to say it.” It was revealed that Councilman George Karakehian simply motioned his finger to the officer, Gestapo style, and Bingham was hauled off. What is equally disgusting is that a member of Council scratched a microphone as Bingham was speaking which drowned out his words. So much for freedom of speech!
This is (or should be) the “shot heard ‘round the world.” How could it be that, in Boulder, that bastion of freedom, Bingham was taken as a political prisoner. Should he apply for political asylum to Vladimir Putin? It seems the Russians are more tolerant of political speech these days than the ‘Good Ole USA.’ Where can a person turn who is being politically persecuted if not America?
When the Boulder City Council arranges for one of its citizens to be arrested at the very forum created for open public debate, they are definitely applying police state tactics; not to mention entrapment. You out there, the other members of the public, don’t you get it? If they do this to Seth, they can do it to you. What were they thinking?
Well, every student and professor in the Law School, the Journalism School and the Political Science department at CU should be marching on City Council to protest this tyranny; before it is too late.
The Boulder Council, the police and the prosecuting attorney all need to apologize to Bingham and to the public for their gross misconduct. If not, it will demonstrate that the precious gift of civil liberty given to us by our ancestors means nothing to them.
Wesley W. Hoyt