|FBI POLICEMAN SHOUTED, "We don't want you here. Nobody is interested in what you have to say." I corrected him saying a couple of people had taken the leaflet. I agreed most people weren't interested. I complemented him by saying he was being very effective standing in front of me since it was harder to leaflet. Then I gave out 3 leaflets really quick to workers exiting.|
The 3 personal accounts below kick off our campaign to leaflet federal whistleblowers. We urge people to repeat our efforts who are capable of distinguishing between the patriots who implement federal policy and those who committed treason on 911. Like our civil disobedience, this is a moral challenge, not a physical challenge. While leafleting has physical dimensions, that's not the level we challenge them on.
If you have any interest please contact David Slesinger at 240-221-3293 or email@example.com or you may always sign up for an account and leave your comments, request or your own story below. Our current leaflet is below the personal accounts of the event.
After having leafleted deception dollars at the DOJ on a lark a few months ago, I thought there were four entrances for the four sides. First I went to the north door. It was too slow. I walked back toward Dan, on the west. I asked the people waiting for the bus near the north door if any of them worked for DOJ. There was only one. He took the leaflet. It seems people exited mainly east and west.
I walked around to check on Erin, who was fine. I walked back to Dan and decided to go to Staples to get more leaflets. As I walked north a DOJ official of East Asian ancestry was being interviewed for TV. I offered a leaflet and he took it.
When I got to Staples, I made a correction by eliminating the word surprise from the first leaflet. I made 200.
I had picked DOJ as our first focus because I thought the newer FBI building had no place to enter and exit except by car. On the way back to DOJ from Staples, I saw people exiting "the Bureau". What other bureau could be 'the" bureau? I started to leaflet and was immediately told I couldn't leaflet there because it was federal property. He suggested I leaflet across the street. I called my lawyer friend and left messages on both work and cell.
I went back to DOJ, in the next block, and spoke with Dan. I gave him more leaflets and walked around the building on the south side to find Erin walking back after having given out all of his. He was upbeat.
I walked back to the west side. Dan said they watched me carefully as I had walked toward Erin. I went over to the guards to introduce myself. They declined to shake my hand. I offered the DVD of my talk on nonviolence at the 911:Revealing the Truth Conference in Chicago in June. They said to just leave the DVD a few feet away from them. A fellow who had taken Dan's leaflet and was nearby explained that the guards couldn't accept anything. I said I wanted to have it get to their bosses. I explained my lawyer had advised me what I was doing was legal, but that the authorities would want to check me out. I wanted them to know I'm open to dialogue. The fellow who had taken the leaflet from Dan volunteered to give it to the right people. He was a dressed down barrel- chested guy who probably was undercover.
Because half the people exiting west were cutting across the street before getting to Dan, I stood where they would have to walk. My pitch was," Department of Justice workers are the bulwark of freedom." Half the people took them. It was the opposite of normal leafleting. Black folks didn't take them as much as white folks.
The fear federal workers would have of offending bosses is hardly irrelevant. This is why I didn't want media attention. If we took a picture while leafleting, it could be right when our best shot at a whistleblower was passing by.
My lawyer friend called from his cell and reiterated I could leaflet outside the Bureau. He agreed to take a call, if necessary.
I went north to the FBI and began leafletting those exiting the southwestern corner. The western exit I had stopped at earlier was not far from this one, but the corner exit was marked "Employees Only". It was about 5:30PM.
My pitch was," I'll bet you care about the Constitution even more than I do." One guy responded, "I carry it in my pocket." Only a couple people took leaflets. That was partly because there were knee high metal obstacles that workers exiting the building had to walk through. This is bad for leafleting since as soon as people left the building they spread out and didn't walk close enough to me. This might be remedied by having several leafleters spread in a semicircle at once.
One black officer immediately urged me to stop. I explained my lawyer had told me it was okay. I said that if they needed to arrest me, I promised to be completely polite. He insisted I should have my lawyer come here to talk to him. He said he wasn't going to arrest me. As I started leafleting again, he complained I wasn't listening to him. I responded that I was listening I just didn't agree.
Then higher ranking white guards came out. One blond guy said he'd distribute my leaflets inside for me. I said I wasn't sure he was sincere. He was the "good cop". The other dark haired guard asked why I was there. I handed him a leaflet, which he declined. He wanted me to explain. I said I was very worried about the country. I said that I respected the people who worked there. In particular I thought 9/11 was an inside job. He began yelling at me and standing increasingly close to me so I had to keep moving back. He yelled," We don't want you here. Nobody is interested in what you have to say." I corrected him saying a couple of people had taken the leaflet. I agreed most people weren't interested. I complemented him by saying he was being very effective standing in front of me since it was harder to leaflet. Then I gave out 3 leaflets really quick to workers exiting. Is it possible that my confrontation with the FBI guards made my leaflet more interesting?
The "good cop" asked for my license. I made sure he agreed to give it back. An important aspect of nonviolence is to not be afraid of what the police might know. He returned with it and said I was clean. I said I'd be willing to come talk to them if they were interested. They offered to give me a number to call. I said I didn't want to come down, but I would if they wanted me to. All I require is that we be able to tape any conversation. I said I'd given a DVD of my talk in Chicago to people at DOJ, and didn't have another. They were interested that we had people at DOJ and asked where. I told them.
The "bad cop" claimed that they don't want people standing at the FBI exit since even if I wasn't taking note of faces, others could do so after I set the precedent. I said there was some merit to that argument. They noted my bag, which he said was a source of fear. I said I had hundreds of American flags in it, that they were welcome to examine. They did. The "bad cop" kept saying I was harassing the workers. Considering how polite I was and how determined he was to intimidate me, I noted the irony to myself.
Dan called and said he was ready to eat. The "good cop" made a pitch that I give him all the leaflets in my hand. I had to admit it was a reasonable request. I gave him about 40. Dan arrived. I told the cops that none of them had crossed any reasonableness line. We left for the Hawk and Dove Pub.
Can you imagine the impact of the release of ONE of the 12 documents?
This can be done at all federal buildings in the US. If you do it, send us your story. If you can't be completely polite NO MATTER WHAT, don't do it.
We need people to come to DC and leaflet the bureau again. Contact 911courage.org or me at 240-221-3293 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'd like to leaflet State, the FAA, Commerce (NIST) and the White House. I'd consider doing the CIA and Pentagon and NSA, but it IS illegal to leaflet there.
September 22, 2006