The man who is now the Mayor of Chicago is commonly referred to by conservatives as ‘the Godfather’ due to his history that implies connections with the mob. Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s Chief of Staff until he resigned to run for Mayor, once sent a dead fish wrapped in newspaper to a pollster who had angered him.
A dead fish wrapped in newspaper is a classic symbol the mob uses to warn individuals that they are either dangerously close to becoming targets or are already targets of retaliation by the Mafia.
It was widely speculated among conservatives when Rahm announced his candidacy for Mayor that the move was a signal that the infamous Chicago political machine, which has been known for deep corruption and election rigging, particularly under Mayor Richard Daley, Sr., had tapped Rahm as the one who would continue its stranglehold on the city.
Several curious incidents have occurred since Rahm took office, the latest of which is the highly troublesome arrest of two NBC news journalists. The Chicago police officer who arrested them stated, “Your First Amendment rights can be terminated.”
The reporters from NBC were standing on a public sidewalk in front of a Chicago hospital where a six year old girl, who had been shot and killed, had been taken.
Police claimed that the hospital had complained that reporters were trespassing, attempting to get inside the hospital to video the grieving family. Reporters denied that claim, stating that they were standing in a public area outside the hospital, and that the area had not been designated as a crime scene, which means that police had no authority to remove news reporters.
WGN reporter Dan Ponce gave the following account of the incident, as recounted by NBC5 Chicago:
“What upset me about last night was this was not an active crime scene,” Ponce said on WLS Radio. “This is in front of a hospital. The reporters and photographers were standing on the median sidewalk when the officer started yelling at us, telling us to get further away. We decided to take a stand.”
Police held Williams and Ponce for about 10 minutes. The officer who handcuffed them is recorded on camera warning members of the media that their First Amendment rights could be terminated.
“Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever,” the officer said.
When asked how they were creating a scene, the officer said, “Your presence is creating a scene.”
The two reporters were held for roughly ten minutes and released without charges.
Thus, when can certain ‘unalienable’ rights be summarily terminated? Apparently in Chicago they can be nullified whenever the Godfather’s goon squad determines they can.
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