Video: Insurgency in Olympia, WA

posted at 2:15 pm on November 15, 2007 by Bryan

The anti-military protests at the port in Olympia, WA have reached a new low: Miscreants have poured concrete on railroad tracks to try and stop the military from being able to bring its materiel back from the war in Iraq. It has gotten so out of hand that the military is resorting to subterfuge just to be able to operate. We’re not talking about some base on the outskirts of Tikrit. The US military operates there just fine these days.

Demonstrators gathered at the Port of Olympia’s main gate Tuesday night to block military shipments from the port to Fort Lewis, but the Army outflanked them and moved several convoys out another gate.

Olympia police in riot gear wore gas masks as they prepared to remove protesters from the main entrance about 11 p.m. At the same time, military convoys left for Fort Lewis from the port exit to Marine Drive.

Protesters ran to the Marine Drive location and attempted to block the convoy, and police responded to protesters blocking Stryker vehicles by shooting pepper-spray bullets and pepper spray into the crowd. A witness said police also threw two concussion grenades into the crowd.

About 50 people were arrested Tuesday night, police said.

By attempting to block military supplies during a war, the protesters probably have crossed the line into sedition. That was the topic of discussion that led off Kelly’s Court today on Fox, with Megyn Kelly, Lis Wiehl and Jeanine Pirro sparring over the issue.

Throw the book at ‘em. And the Democrats who have spent the past several years firing up the hard left’s anti-war fringe ought to step up and denounce these activities.

Update: Heh. I’ve never been prouder of another blog’s readers.


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Miscreants have poured concrete on railroad tracks to try and stop the military from being able to bring its materiel back from the war in Iraq.

“Yeah, you stay over there in Iraq! We don’t want you back here! Hey hey, ho ho…uh…wait.”

James on November 15, 2007 at 2:19 PM

Do you know if our local home-grown insurgents tend towards Shia, or Sunni?

JiangxiDad on November 15, 2007 at 2:19 PM

A witness said police also threw two concussion grenades into the crowd.

Shoulda been real grenades.

NTWR on November 15, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Ace’s commenters decided to have a little fun with the Olympia protester calender.

amerpundit on November 15, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Time for a federal judge to issue an order to bar these protesters from any where near the port.

CommentGuy on November 15, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Let’s send in Chuck Norris.

bambam on November 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM

I’m going with the judge on this one, it’s time we taught these fools the difference between decent and treason/sedition.

doriangrey on November 15, 2007 at 2:26 PM

Man, I wish I could gotten in to make some calendar events…that’s okay, my fellow morons were more than up to the task.

Bad Candy on November 15, 2007 at 2:27 PM

CommentGuy on November 15, 2007 at 2:25 PM

Time for these people and thier enablers in the Democrat party to be thrown in jail for sedition and treason.

jdawg on November 15, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Sedition.

There should be noting “misdemeanor” about this. Attacking police officers, and endangering public safety by pouring concrete on railroad tracks? How is this acceptable behavior? How is it misdemeanor behavior?

nailinmyeye on November 15, 2007 at 2:28 PM

Ever notice how these unwashed, America-haters never set foot near an abortion clinic?

“Stop the killing!”

Uh-huh.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 15, 2007 at 2:29 PM

Pouring concrete on railroad tracks is a serious crime in any circumstance. Even though I doubt the ability of these people to properly mix and pour concrete, they should get nailed for even trying to mess with the tracks.

forest on November 15, 2007 at 2:31 PM

Pouring concrete on railroad tracks is a serious crime in any circumstance. Even though I doubt the ability of these people to properly mix and pour concrete, they should get nailed for even trying to mess with the tracks.

forest on November 15, 2007 at 2:31 PM

No joke. My friend got on the wrong side of Union Pacific as a 12 year old and was tossed from his bid to join the Military Police as a 25 year old because of it.

NTWR on November 15, 2007 at 2:34 PM

Where the hell is the FBI? Why are people being carted of to jail or better yet Gitmo? This isn’t a free speech issue. This is hampering the war effort.

These idiots should thank God that George W. Bush is President because if they had tried this crap under say, FDR during WWII, they would be facing a very different outcome.

Drew on November 15, 2007 at 2:34 PM

I saw this segment. Lis Wiehl is such a typical scaredy-cat lib with her “Don’t charge them as felons or they’ll just protest more” appeasement approach.

It could be argued that charges of sedition wouldn’t stick because it’s never used, but surely pouring concrete on train tracks is felonious behavior.

(Although I’d love for a sedition charge to stick as there are certainly many situations which cross the line from free speech to sedition and this is as good a time as any to test it.)

Buy Danish on November 15, 2007 at 2:35 PM

Use live ammo and ship the survivors off to Gitmo as enemy combatants. You’re not going to embolden them; they’re cowards.

frankj on November 15, 2007 at 2:36 PM

Let’s test it.

apostle53 on November 15, 2007 at 2:37 PM

Letting them get away with this, or charging with a little misdemeanor at the worse, is obscene. Assaulting police? vandalizing train tracks?

Time for restraint is over. Time to bring in the Pinkertons of old, if the police want to keep their hands clean.

Unfortunately, the Administration is too ‘polite’ to enforce the laws. So things are only going to get worse.

LegendHasIt on November 15, 2007 at 2:43 PM

Couple of problems with Megyn Kelly’s argument that I don’t quite have the answers for.

One, it seems to me that if the argument for not prosecuting them for sedition offenses is that it will just embolden them, then why wouldn’t that argument be just as true for prosecution as misdemeanors, which would subsequently up to sedition eventually, anyway?

Second, wouldn’t starting at the misdemeanor level create legal difficulties if misdemeanor didn’t tamp down the actions, such that raising it to charges of sedition would become a violation of equal treatment later?

Dusty on November 15, 2007 at 2:47 PM

Wait, so they uh, don’t want the troops home?

CP on November 15, 2007 at 2:48 PM

What the hell is in the water out there?

186k on November 15, 2007 at 2:50 PM

Olympia, Washington. Yeah, that’s where the uber-leftist, Rachel Corrie, was from. Remember her? She got flattened by an Israeli bulldozer while using her body as a human shield during the Palestinian intifada.

We could learn something from the Israelis. And, it’s time to investigate the school system there, which is functioning more like madrassa than institutions of learning.

pistolero on November 15, 2007 at 2:52 PM

If you have trouble charging them with sedition then try attempted murder. Or at least ploting to murder

William Amos on November 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I say charge them with sedition, sabotage, and whatever else is applicable.

CP on November 15, 2007 at 2:55 PM

Well I’d have a lot more to say if I could actually SEE the video of said Kelly. Of course, then I wouldn’t be able to concentrate on what she says.

But yeah, I say this is treason. I say these people do NOT support the troops – even if they say they do.

ThackerAgency on November 15, 2007 at 2:56 PM

BTW would be nice to see the Feds use the RICO act to hit this group and Code Pink and others. They are borderline crime organizations

William Amos on November 15, 2007 at 2:57 PM

Is there a video with this? If so not getting anything , never had this problem with hot air or Michelle before.

oldernslower on November 15, 2007 at 2:58 PM

Yeah, what else is new. You and me are in New Jersey, Florida and Chicago, working for a living and paying taxes. These little girls are unemployed in Olympia, sucking on the government teet at Evergreen, and the people in Olympia need to deal with it.

Wish they were in Oak Lawn so I could take out some frustration on them with a steel bar, but, alas…

Jaibones on November 15, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Remember her?

Yeah…I nearly shat myself with laughter as her spirit accepted its Darwin award

Ochlan on November 15, 2007 at 3:02 PM

The video comes and goes. The host we’re using for it is still in beta and they have a thing or two to work out yet.

Bryan on November 15, 2007 at 3:03 PM

Olympia, Washington. Yeah, that’s where the uber-leftist, Rachel Corrie, was from. Remember her? She got flattened by an Israeli bulldozer while using her body as a human shield during the Palestinian intifada.

pistolero on November 15, 2007 at 2:52 PM

There’s an event for you on that calendar us Ace morons raided.

Feast Day: Our Lady of Pancakes, St. Corrie.

and after that,

Caterpillar bulldozer protester relay, sponsored by ISM

followed by,

AOSHQ Hobo Hunt and Valurite Vodka Happy Hour

And what AoS moron could resist the next meetup,

The WP Seminars: Breaking B*tches for Fun and Profit — Part 1 of 69

and after that, another AoS classic,

Poetry Slam: The musings of Spurwing Plover

Bad Candy on November 15, 2007 at 3:10 PM

Is the question really between misdemeanor or sedition? Is pouring concrete on railroad tracks a misdemeanor? Is throwing, and hitting police and police cars with bricks a misdemeanor? I’d expect people to get hit with some serious charges for doing that stuff even if it didn’t have anything to do with military supply.

Or are they going to get treated with kid gloves because they are attempting to interrupt military supply?

forest on November 15, 2007 at 3:11 PM

I saw the vid where these idiots(in school) formed a human chain and stopped a semi from going on further…the truck backed up at the request of an officer of the law. I was pissed…i was waiting to cheer when the driver slowly moved forward…crushing a few of these intellectuals…what a downer.
Same remedy applies to the southern boarder problem…shoot a few of those drug and human traffickers and you’ll see a change…com on George where are you, conspiring with the Swimmer drawing up a new “comprehensive immigration” fiasco bill?

oldernslower on November 15, 2007 at 3:11 PM

Back when I was in the Reserves, we did a convoy run during the briefing they brought up the possibility of protesters blocking the gate entrance- this was during Desert Storm.

The convoy commander asked as a review question “and what do you respond if protesters are blocking the gate?”

The response was classic E-4: “Shift into ‘low’ range!”

Sounds like they need some of that here- I’m pretty sure I know who’d win in a low speed collision between hippie and Stryker.

Hollowpoint on November 15, 2007 at 3:11 PM

TY Bryan

oldernslower on November 15, 2007 at 3:12 PM

Governments on all levels are neglecting their primary duty…”protect the citizenry from threats outside or within the country” This is another example of what pc crap will get you…traitors…run em over.

oldernslower on November 15, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Ever notice how these unwashed, America-haters never set foot near an abortion clinic?

They don’t blow them up either.

crr6 on November 15, 2007 at 3:25 PM

Is this vid posted anywhere else online, youtube maybe? I love to watch Lis Wiehl whine, cry and tell how it should feel…is she on the side of the anarchists?

oldernslower on November 15, 2007 at 3:29 PM

William Amos on November 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I was thinking attempted manslaughter could be a cinch to prosecute.

Buy Danish on November 15, 2007 at 3:33 PM

is she on the side of the anarchists?

She probably isn’t. She’s just a feel-gooder who appears to be an idiot sometimes.

She and Kelly were arguing the merits of some legal point on BOR recently and Lis tried to win her point by saying that the particlar law was just stupid. Megyn told her to see how far she’d get with the judge trying that tactic.

BacaDog on November 15, 2007 at 3:36 PM

They don’t blow them up either.

crr6 on November 15, 2007 at 3:25 PM

You’re right, they just shoot Airmen, try to derail trains and trash recruitment centers.

Bad Candy on November 15, 2007 at 3:39 PM

SWEET! I got to see the video. Megyn is the Mac Daddy! I like her more and more especially when I agree with her. This was a great segment.

It IS sedition. The next level for these ‘protesters’ is to actually fire guns at the troops. Al Qaeda in Iraq would be coordinating such events. These people are the enemy. They need to be pointed out as the enemy. They should be tried under sedition (only because that’s what Kelly says), but I think it is treason.

Protest is fine, enemy combatant activity is not.

ThackerAgency on November 15, 2007 at 3:43 PM

Darn it. Hit post instead of preview.

Arrest them. Over and over and over and over.

Sooner or later they’ll either a) be sentenced to jail for being a persistent offender, or b) be sentenced to jail for not paying their multiple fines. Or, maybe they’ll just get tired of it all and go home.

If that doesn’t work, release the hounds!!

BacaDog on November 15, 2007 at 3:45 PM

I’m not one for slippery slope arguments but you have to see where this is going. I think we’ve crossed the line from vandalism to sabotage.

BohicaTwentyTwo on November 15, 2007 at 3:46 PM

NTWR on November 15, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Bad form.

I think the seditious Americans should be arrested en masse.

Loundry on November 15, 2007 at 3:48 PM

I think it’s time to develop a tazer cannon.

In the meantime, I think the LRAD will do.

reaganaut on November 15, 2007 at 3:49 PM

Hang em high!

ronsfi on November 15, 2007 at 3:55 PM

Hollowpoint – I saw the “shift into low” coming a mile off. I still laughed!

I don’t want to get banned so I won’t put it here but, the protest against whale hunting entry on the calendar is hysterical!

Babs on November 15, 2007 at 4:03 PM

If these people come back after pepper spray and concussion grenades and even grow in number, misdemeanor charges won’t deter them either.

I suppose if the DA doesn’t charge them at all then apparently endangering others lives by pouring cement on Railroad tracks is a first amendment issue.

Speakup on November 15, 2007 at 4:04 PM

“Shoot To Kill” – Richard J. Daley, 48th Mayor of Chicago, Illinois

Teddy on November 15, 2007 at 4:11 PM

I think we ought to give these protesters a free ride to Iraq!!!

Let them take their little protest out into the streets of Baghdad and see how much their favorite terrorists love them!!!

Optionally, we could offer them an Iranian vacation instead (cheaper and more permanent than jailing them here).

landlines on November 15, 2007 at 4:15 PM

Say what you will but FOXNEWS does report and gives both sides. I am on the judges side but there was both sides. It gives the other side a chance to make fools of themselves

KBird on November 15, 2007 at 4:22 PM

Ever notice how these unwashed, America-haters never set foot near an abortion clinic?
They don’t blow them up either.

crr6 on November 15, 2007 at 3:25 PM

I stand corrected. Yes, corrected. Why, just today, I read about another daily, abortion clinic bombing. I believe that it’s up to over 1,000 bombings – just this month.

Apparently, you’ve missed the point of my post. Any alleged Christian who would bomb [with a potential for murder] an abortion clinic does so in violation of the teachings of Jesus Christ. He would, therefore, not be acting in accordance with his alleged faith. However, those who want to “stop the killing” [only when it comes to the war in Iraq - but not when it comes to the extermination of babies in the womb], do so [not in furtherance of their love of life]; but, in furtherance of their belief that America is contemptible.

OhEssYouCowboys on November 15, 2007 at 4:23 PM

Great that we’re finally – after 6 years of this – talking about prosecutions! But can Fox News please just state what this is really about: the actions of the Left, here and countless other times since 9/11 – are directly and intentionally aimed at helping al-Qaeda. It’s about time Americans understood that and took off the blinders about the Left’s “good intentions” and lies about “peace”. Blocking military transports is only a more obvious and undeniable case of aiding Islamic terrorism by trying to weaken our defenses, but by God, the same thing is being done verbally every day in the seditious MSM and the Democrat congress.

At least the word prosecution is finally on the table. About time!

Halley on November 15, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Leaders of the German-American Bund during WWII were convicted of sedition for interfering with the war effort. If it was good enough back then, string these morons up.

jarhead05 on November 15, 2007 at 4:31 PM

Who are these people? Their tactics show that they are extremely committed. This indicates that they are capable of doing just about anything to achieve their goals. And what are these goals? What is going on inside their collective head? What’s in their playbook?

I’d guess their #1 goal is to get the MSM to focus on them. They believe this will excite and attract fellow travelers. They are not trying to convert folks to the cause at this point. Most people are blind and cannot see what they see so clearly. They picture themselves on the frontlines of the progressive movement and they are letting progressives know that there are those in the movement willing to do the hard work. Their actions, no matter how daring or outrageous, are for the common cause.

They are capable of great harm to themselves or others based on our sideline view of their playcalling. It is more likely that they want the “powers that be” to inflict harm on their merry little band. This self inflicted wound will play well to their less committed brethren.

Another way to find out what’s inside their playbook would be to get someone on the inside. It’s a good bet that he/she is already there.

dingbat on November 15, 2007 at 4:32 PM

I agree with Lis Wiehl that harsh punishment won’t really work. Instead, we should give these protesters humiliating punishments, like being forced to clean the bathrooms in a prison every weekend for the next five years. There may not be enough prison bathrooms to go around, but I’m sure we can think of other such punishments.

thuja on November 15, 2007 at 4:41 PM

how is it protesting?

protest ” the act of objecting or a gesture of disapproval ; especially : a usually organized public demonstration of disapproval”
Treason “the offense of attempting by overt acts to overthrow the government of the state to which the offender owes allegiance or to kill or personally injure the sovereign or the sovereign’s family”

I think the latter applies…

Kaptain Amerika on November 15, 2007 at 5:01 PM

There are some really cool non-lethal stuff we used in Iraq (grenades filled w/ rubber pellets, paintball guns with weighted paintballs filled w/ OC, huge (small fire extinguisher sized) OC spray bottles, tasers, flashbangs, and the mother of them all… the LRAD. A radar dish that emitted waves of sound that affected the inner ear in such a way that it made everyone in it’s cone dizzy, nauseated and sick. I bet they would think twice before acting like thugs and criminals again…

BadBrad on November 15, 2007 at 5:08 PM

Never thought I’d opine in this way but….. Lis Wiehl is a tool, at least in this matter…. sheesh!

MNDavenotPC on November 15, 2007 at 5:15 PM

Actually, I am surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. Olympia is filled with moonbat/anarchist youth who hang around grungy neighborhood coffee shops and restaurants all day. Nearby Evergreen State College is a hotbed for these morons. ESC once had Mumia as their graduation speaker, live from prison. Even though it is a state college, it is free form without grades and do-it-yourself cirrcula. Matt Groening is their most famous grad.

This by no means excuses their behaviour, but it is completely consistent with the scum I have seen walking the streets in Olympia.

Mallard T. Drake on November 15, 2007 at 5:19 PM

I didn’t realize until I read MM’s column that one of the key scumbags is on the Olympia City Councilman. Not a big surprise.

jarhead05 on November 15, 2007 at 5:32 PM

MM shows the chicken shtts hiding behind children and placing those children in harms way.

I say call social services and let the chicken shtts deal with bureaucrats, redtape and microscopes up the waazoo.

And the chickenshtts thought the military was evil. HA!

locomotivebreath1901 on November 15, 2007 at 6:17 PM

Lis Wiehl was one of the people that found the Duke La Crosse players guilty from the start and attacked them from every angle. In my eyes she has lost all credibility.

SIJ6141 on November 15, 2007 at 6:29 PM

By attempting to block military supplies during a war, the protesters probably have crossed the line into sedition.

probably???

I would say they have just stepped into the realm of sabotage and are nothing less then traitors.

And until some of these scum are tried and executed for treason they will think they can do what ever they want.

Mojack420 on November 15, 2007 at 7:07 PM

Time for some target practice, Ohio National Guard-style…

packsoldier on November 15, 2007 at 7:16 PM

William Amos on November 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM

I was thinking attempted manslaughter could be a cinch to prosecute.

Buy Danish on November 15, 2007 at 3:33 PM

Easiest crime to charge them with is conspiracy.
The simple fact they conspirer to commit a criminal act even a misdemeanor makes the conspiracy charge the felony.

If they profit any way such as donation ect then they would also fall under the federal rico act I believe.

Im not a DA but i did stay at a holliday inn express

Mojack420 on November 15, 2007 at 7:20 PM

We really need to do something about this to support the troops. Can you imagine their feelings that WE have let their country go to the crazies while they were away fighting to keep it great?

csdeven on November 15, 2007 at 7:31 PM

They should be tried and if convicted; no jail time. They should be deported. Anywhere, but this hemisphere.

oldelpasoan on November 15, 2007 at 7:36 PM

sedition
n. the federal crime of advocacy of insurrection against the government or support for an enemy of the nation during time of war, by speeches, publications and organization. Sedition usually involves actually conspiring to disrupt the legal operation of the government and is beyond expression of an opinion or protesting government policy. Sedition is a lesser crime than “treason,” which requires actual betrayal of the government, or “espionage.” Espionage involves spying on the government, trading state secrets (particularly military) to another country (even a friendly nation), or sabotaging governmental facilities, equipment or suppliers of the government, like an aircraft factory. During U.S. participation in World War II (1941-1945) several leaders of the German-American Bund, a pro-Nazi organization, were tried and convicted of sedition for actively interfering with the war effort.

davenp35 on November 15, 2007 at 7:51 PM

Black Water could cover those routes.

oakpack on November 15, 2007 at 8:13 PM

She probably isn’t. She’s just a feel-gooder who appears to be an idiot sometimes.

She and Kelly were arguing the merits of some legal point on BOR recently and Lis tried to win her point by saying that the particlar law was just stupid. Megyn told her to see how far she’d get with the judge trying that tactic.

BacaDog on November 15, 2007 at 3:36 PM

Lis Wiehl is Wendy Murphy lite. Feminists are the enemy.

Bill C on November 15, 2007 at 11:45 PM

Send them to Gitmo.

These people are acting as enemy insurgents.

TheSitRep on November 16, 2007 at 6:56 AM

These acts are treasonous. You can’t tell me the enemy doesn’t benefit from these acts.

Woody, your ever-vigilant Constitution Cowboy.

woodcdi on November 16, 2007 at 9:15 AM

Arrest them all, and send them to either Iraq or Afghanistan. Since they dont’t stand behind our troops, let them stand in front of them.

Texas Nick 77 on November 16, 2007 at 1:24 PM

hell yeah, i was down there during the protets helping the police. i say throw every one of those protesters in prison. only cowards hide behind ‘consitutional rights’. so is there an amendment to the US consitution that says its ok to vandalize property and flip over police cars?

Welshman2 on February 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

oh i live in olympia, and blackwater was there protecting the ports and freeing up the cops to deal with those god damn hippies

Welshman2 on February 28, 2008 at 11:03 PM