*See end for an update in response to commentary
Today activists who have participated in Smokedown Prohibition events at Independence Mall announced they would gather there at 4:20 P.M. for another installment of the demonstration against marijuana criminalization which has as its primary mode of action publicly smoking pot. This demonstration was spontaneous, announced around 9:30 this morning on Facebook, inspired by the furlough of government employees which would include US Park Rangers responsible for enforcing federal law on the historic Independence Mall property. At 4:20 the assembled activists, facing some 50 law enforcement officers on the site including around 20 Rangers, thanked the federal employees for demonstrating the government’s willingness to expend resources monitoring social media and policing pot smokers. They then left without lighting a joint, to smoke another place and day (they are threatening another gathering tomorrow).
Scott Gacek of the Daily Chronic, who announced the event, tells me about what he calls their “False Flag” operation:
We received a comment from “Merry” noting what is certainly a discrepancy between the number of law enforcement officers reported as on the scene and those pictured in this article. The comment:
The number 50 is an aggregate sum inferred from observed Philadelphia Police Department “Strike Force” officers on bicycles, Civil Affairs also from the PPD, PPD Inspector Joe Sullivan, and US Park Service Rangers on site between 3:45 PM and 4:30. The Strike Force hung back; Inspector Sullivan stated previously that his officers had standing orders of non-interference barring violence/violent mass resistance of Rangers (presumably fleeing onto City property as well).
More photos of the scene:
As no other local press was on site (a Philly Weekly article from Randy LoBasso cited sources and The Declaration’s post), we also used unaffiliated social media sources to verify. See:
@PhillyCtWatcher’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/PhillyCtWatcher/status/385150719067566080
Quick bike-by estimates: 2 doz park rangers, 3 doz PPD, 4 news vans & 1 dude in a pot leaf Dr. Seuss hat #ShutdownSmokedown @DeclarationPHL
— PhillyCourtWatcher (@PhillyCtWatcher) October 1, 2013
There are 10 comments
I’m not sure they fully understand what a false flag is.. ❤ them anyway
False flag event is where you plan something to happen, but it either doesn’t and wastes resources or it happens and then their is many deaths, in this case it means that they planned a smoke down that they really didn’t do. In order to see if the police that are suppose to be furloughed would show up, so the few that was keep on for security purposes instead of making sure that nothing else was being done illegally wasted their time and resources chasing after a false lead of pot smokers. It also goes to show that the government is spying on social media. This was planned at 9:30 this morning so that was quick to have 50 of them on hand to do nothing. haha
Incorrect. What you describe might be known more accurately as a “false alarm.”
A “false flag” is an operation that is intended to throw observers off the trail from who actually carried out the operation, e.g., the U.S. government wants to accelerate its descent into fascism, so it secretly rigs very important buildings in New York City with explosives and coordinates flights to plow into same buildings to make it look like a terrorist attack (and, thus, the reason for the buildings’ being brought down), and the attack is blamed on al-Qaeda and its harboring nations. It’s a form of scapegoating.
Looks like the same bunch of losers that always show up to hand out tickets for smoking pot. How can they afford to pay park rangers to stalk pot smokers when the government is shut down? Stalking pot smokers is considered “Essential personnel?” Apparently they are being very selective with the furloughs and not making much sense about it either.
[…] Lipp’s news website he hosts with Dustin Slaughter, The Philly Declaration, was on the scene at 4:20pm and reported that at least 20 park rangers were in attendance. There are photos of the scene here. […]
The article says 50 rangers showed up. I count 9.
Apologize. Second pic had a few more, but not close to 50.
Merry, thanks for your comment, I’m pleased to clarify. As said in the post about 50 LEO s were present, these were local police in addition to approximately 20 US Park Rangers. The close interaction and history concern largely the later. We’ll update this post soon to reflect the details.
[…] The Panic Hour Holds a “False Flag” Shutdown Smokedown – Your Tax Dollars at Work […]