The news you're not supposed to know...

Austrian Economics: Understand Economics, Understand the World
The Century of the Self: The Untold History of Controlling the Masses Through the Manipulation of Unconscious Desires
The Disappearing Male: From Virility to Sterility

The Obama Deception: The Mask Comes Off
Operation Gladio: The Hidden History of U.S. Sponsored False Flag Terrorism in EuropeThe New American Century: The Untold History of The Project for the New American Century
Article posted May 21 2014, 6:15 PM Category: Tyranny/Police State Source: Police State USA Print

Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Hanging Flag Upside Down

A clash between property rights and the patriotism police leaves one man facing charges.

ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, PA — Police arrested and charged a man with a crime because he hung an American flag upside down on his own property.

Joshuaa Brubaker, of Duncansville, says he is passionate about his Native American heritage and the American Indian Movement (AIM).   He grew upset when the site of one of the most infamous massacres in U.S. history has been put up for commercial sale.

“I found that Wounded Knee is up for sale, not only privately but commercially,” Brubaker said to WJACTV.  He made his displeasure known by flipping over his American flag and painting “AIM” on it.

In 1890, during the height of the American Indian "relocation" effort, U.S. troops disarmed the Lakota people en masse "for their own safety and protection" as they were corralled into their new home.  When a deaf Lakota man refused to surrender his rifle to the federal soldiers, most of the tribe was slaughtered. The event is known as the Wounded Knee Massacre, and is still memorialized today.

Brubaker’s protest was peaceful and did not infringe on the property rights of anyone else. However, the same could not be said about those who reacted to his protest — offended that he was not waving his flag in a manner deemed proper by the state.

The Allegheny Township Police Department intruded on Brubaker’s property and forcibly took down the flag. Mr. Brubaker was charged with ‘defiling’ an American flag.

Allegheny Township Assistant Police Chief L.J. Berg said justified the arrest because he and others were offended.  “People have made too many sacrifices to protect the flag and to leave this happen in my community,” said Berg.  “I'm not happy with that."

Pennsylvania’s flag desecration statutes are here and here:
A person is guilty of a misdemeanor ... if, in any manner, he:

(1) for exhibition or display places any marks, writing or design of any nature ... upon any flag;

(2) exposes to public view any such marked or defiled flag; ...

A person is guilty of a misdemeanor ... if he maliciously takes down, defiles, injures, removes or in any manner damages, insults, or destroys any American flag or the flag of the Commonwealth which is displayed anywhere.
“It’s just not right and simply because I express myself in a way that somebody else doesn’t like or agree with doesn’t mean I should be persecuted for having beliefs,” said Brubaker.

He added:  “If I don’t have a right to fly that flag upside down, which means a sign of distress, which this country is in so much distress right now, then what’s the point of having it?”

Fortunately, the Supreme Court has laid precedent against these types of prohibitions.  See Texas v. Johnson (1989) and United States v. Eichman (1990).

Unfortunately, Americans seem to have lost all concept of the freedoms which the flag was supposed to represent; including the right to private property and the right to peaceful expression.

If ardent flag-wavers spent half as much effort protecting our rights as they do enforcing mandatory veneration for the flag, the freedoms which we sing songs about might actually still exist.

Latest Tyranny/Police State
- Video Of Chicago Cop Murdering Teen Shows Another Shooting of Convenience
- California Police Used Illegal Wiretap Warrants in Hundreds of Drug Prosecutions
- NJ Cop Says He Was Suspended After Blowing Whistle On Dept. Misconduct
- Family Gets $4.9m After Cops Beat Mentally Ill Son to Death On Video and Walked Free
- Prosecutors Pissed Colo. Juries Keep Acquitting Marijuana DUI Suspects
- 'War On Cops': Cop Stages Fake Shootout, Sets Own Cruiser On Fire, Calls In Bomb Threat to School
- Cop Caught Stealing Cash & Gold Chain From Dying Crash Victim Loses Pension
- Innocent Man Beaten By Cops After Being Mistook For Suspect Now Paralyzed

Comments 1 - 7 of 7 Add Comment Page 1 of 1

Posted: May 21 2014, 6:27 PM

6645 This weekend I will be wearing a Rage Against The Machine T-shirt that features an upside-down flag.

Posted: May 22 2014, 12:47 AM

68255 No need even in Supreme Court ruling. The same statute says 2 paragraphs down:

Exception.--Subsection (a) of this section does not
(4) To any patriotic or political demonstration or

From reading that paragraph it's obvious that it criminalizes using flag for commercial advertising.

Posted: May 22 2014, 3:19 AM

91102 Its the worst kind of tripe and fascism to say "people died for that flag". A flag is a SYMBOL folks, nobody (sane) died or fought for a piece of dyed cloth. It's a kind of insanity really. If someone believes they fought for their country, that is something different, and real.

They confuse the map with the actual area the map only describes.

Native Americans especially (but really all) have a right to free speech and as NATIVE americans especially that have been decimated by what that flag represents, it seems even worse.

Also 68255, GREAT catch.

Posted: May 22 2014, 6:52 PM

6645 91102: It's like the pledge of allegiance. "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States Of America, and to the republic for which it stands...". The use of the word "and" shows that you are literally pledging allegiance to a piece of cloth.

Posted: May 23 2014, 2:20 PM

5096 People too easily confuse symbols with what the symbols represent. It's a form of idol worship.
Emo, Victim 33610

Posted: May 23 2014, 3:59 PM

2469 Was in Grade One, 1965 when they marched us kids out to view Canadas new Flag. Down Came the Red Ensign that My Grampa Fought under at Vimy. Up went a Facsimile of a Blood-Soaked-Beach-Towel. Age Seven, and my very first taste of Things-that-make-one-go-Hmmmmmm.

Posted: May 25 2014, 7:17 AM

7478 after reading that fucktard police chiefs comment I'm inclined to use a flag to wipe my ass this morning... (if it represents the state as it exists today then that's all it's worth!)
Comments 1 - 7 of 7 Page 1 of 1

Add Comment


Verification *
Please Enter the Verification Code Seen Below

Please see our About Page, our Disclaimer, and our Comments Policy.

This site contains copyrighted material the use of which in some cases has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available for the purposes of news reporting, education, research, comment, and criticism, which constitutes a 'fair use' of such copyrighted material in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the DMCA and other applicable intellectual property laws. It is our policy to remove material from public view that we believe in good faith to be copyrighted material that has been illegally copied and distributed by any of our members or users.

About Us - Disclaimer - Privacy Policy

Advanced Search


Remember Me
Forgot Password?

Good News: 27% Of Americans Say Government Is Their 'Enemy,' Not Their 'Friend' - 11/24Prosecutors Pissed Colo. Juries Keep Acquitting Marijuana DUI Suspects - 11/23Family Gets $4.9m After Cops Beat Mentally Ill Son to Death On Video and Walked Free - 11/24Undercover Cop Dressed In All Black Shot While Placing GPS Tracker On Car - 11/20Video Of Chicago Cop Murdering Teen Shows Another Shooting of Convenience - 11/25NJ Cop Says He Was Suspended After Blowing Whistle On Dept. Misconduct - 11/24WeAreChange Blocked in France Because of New Censorship Law - 11/24VIDEO: Hillary Fans Voice Support For Her 'Plan to Repeal 4th Amendment' - 11/24

Man Follows Speeding Cop, Finds Out He Was Speeding To Buy PeanutsMission Creeps: Homeland Security Agents Confiscate Women's Panties For 'Copyright Infringement'Cop Shoots Couple's Dog, Threatens Jail For Trying To Save Dog's LifeSWAT Team Shoots Teen Girl & Her Dog During Pot Raid On Wrong HomeDurham, NC Cop Testifies Faking 911 Calls To Enter Homes Is "Official Policy"Indiana Sheriff Says US A "War Zone" To Justify New MRAP Military VehicleTampa Cops Surveil Pot Dealer, Catch Him Selling Pot, Raid His Home & Kill Him"You Just Shot An Unarmed Man!": Witness Says Police Shot His Friend With His Hands Up