Couple cuffed for lit near Liberty Bell

By William R. Toler

Oh, sweet irony.libertylit

A video recently posted on YouTube features a man and woman sitting on the ground near Independence Hall handcuffed for at least 10 minutes.
The reason for their detainment: passing out fliers.

What’s that sound? I think it’s Benjamin Franklin rolling over in his grave.

According to the description for the video, Mark Passio and his wife Barb were passing out End the Fed fliers to folks standing in the line near the Liberty Bell, which Mark says he’s done nearly 20 times.

We then proceeded to continue to walk to Chestnut Street when we were stopped by two Park Police who said that I could not hand out fliers without a permit (I had already finished handing them out actually; I had a few left in my hand, and was in the process of leaving the area). They began citing some obscure federal regulation that I had never heard of. I calmly told them that I was peacefully exercising the Rights of Free Speech and Free Press as I was walking through the area, which are Natural Rights which can not be granted by man, nor alienated from man, and which they do not have the “right,” regardless of what the terms of their “job” may tell them, to usurp from me or to stop me from exercising.

In the video, the Park Police officers refuse to identify themselves and one says that he’s “not ashamed” to detain people for peacefully distributing literature.

One nearby mother questions the tactics of the officers and asks, “What are you teachin’ the kids? I don’t understand this….Children are watching this, is this what you’re teaching?” She adds that one of her children’s great-grandfathers was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. [Note: a few more "great"s should probably be thrown in.]

The man behind the camera then says, “Our children are getting an education today,” to which the mother adds, “A sad, very sad one, because if they don’t wake up, this is what they’re gonna do to us.”

At the end of the video the couple is released and Barb says they are cited for “interfering with agency function” (whatever that means) and “failure to obtain a permit.”

The officers refused to return the stolen property of the couple and claimed it was being kept as “evidence.”

In the last passage of the description, Mark gives a “wake-up call” to all viewers:

Free Speech is being shut down in America. America is actively, right before our eyes, being turned into a Police State such as Hitler’s Nazi Germany or Stalin’s Soviet Russia, and if you do not agree with that statement after reading the above, you either think that “keeping your head in the sand” will make the increasing problem go away, or you are a coward who will not speak up for Human Rights, or both. The Rights and Freedom of your children and their children are at stake. When people say they don’t care because it happened to someone else and not to them, they should seriously keep in mind that it could very easily be them next, or their children. Americans need to WAKE UP, take their eyes off the television for a few minutes, and start to inform themselves about just how far into tyranny this once-great nation is slipping, and then DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, by speaking out to everyone around them, and taking action to show so-called “public servants” that their immoral and CRIMINAL activities will not stand in our supposedly “free” land.

Tyranny isn’t lurking around the corner. It’s here.

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  1. Sean

    FUCK the police ! They kidnapped these two people and then detained them unlawfully and stole their property. This shit happens everyday somewhere… it’s no longer the exception, it’s standard practice. Police are taking phones from witnesses, beating innocent people to death. We need to end this tyranny NOW…but most Americans are asleep…deep asleep. This kind of factual information doesn’t even get across the blood/brain barrier. They’re plugged in to feed the system. Welcome to the Matrix

    • Kay

      What you say is so true,but people just won’t wake up and see what is happening.The police are totally out of control because they get away with shooting,beating,killings ,and are never held accountable for their actions.The American’s are like the Jews ,they also didn’t believe what was happening .There were so many of them but they never stood up to the Germans,they went willingly into the gas chambers and did what they were told.That’s happening now and I’ll be damned if I’m going to go quietly! Someone said “I’d rather die on my feet ,then live on my knees”.

    • rebecca

      many do not realize these cops r pep rallied to harrass these kinds of patriots, they r slaves to the system( puppets.) i was able to see 1st hand of their actions while at the occupy national gathering last yr in jun. their mayor is a jerk, i thk his name is nutter or something like that.

  2. Fla Catman

    “This year will go down in history. For the first time in history a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.”

    -Adolph Hitler, 1935

  3. steveo

    One Word…NAZIS!!

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  5. the cop’s can murder and cover up our system is more corrupt every day. people are afraid to stand up. most city offical’s are related and won’t tell on another.

  6. francisco

    these police officers are pathetic cowards so I hope they read this comment. I served 8 years to protect the rights OUR constitution and bill of rights provided to U.S. citizens. the police officers are enslaved soldiers hiding behind a badge and are a threat next to obama and his administration.

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  9. John

    Welcome to the new Zimbabwe.

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  13. What you say is so true,but people just won’t wake up and see what is happening.The police are totally out of control because they get away with shooting,beating,killings ,and are never held accountable for their actions.The American’s are like the Jews ,they also didn’t believe what was happening .There were so many of them but they never stood up to the Germans,they went willingly into the gas chambers and did what they were told.That’s happening now and I’ll be damned if I’m going to go quietly! Someone said “I’d rather die on my feet ,then live on my knees”

  14. D Bro

    Keep pushing people, we have the numbers. They will eventually give up. Their intimidation is failing.

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  16. alan musil

    it is sad .but the majority of most people trust the govt.the cops have to wear sunglasses to avoid eye contact,the police will turn on all of us the day the order is given.the people will be rounded up,like Germany did and off they will go .unarmed and their stomach empty.the govt.will promise some food and shelter and we will follow.But if you are willing to go to a prison or die,then you will be free.This will happen some day.

  17. Gary

    I support these people’s right to oppose the Fed.

    To the contrary point:
    What does a country behave like when it DOESN’T have it’s own sovereign Central Bank, and/or has debts that are financed in a foreign currency or scarce commodity?

    Greece. 50% unemployment, firefighters protesting getting beat up by cops
    Portugal. Spain. France. Eurozone, entire.
    Argentina (when defaulted). All “dollarized” foreign economies.
    Russia, post-USSR.
    Zimbabwe.
    Weimar Germany (had to sell Marks on market to obtain sterling silver to pay reparations).
    All US states, since they don’t have their own independent banks (N. Dakota’s state banks don’t fit the definition).

    The USA govt can NEVER be insolvent. Period. Operational fact.
    The USA *population* was made largely insolvent over PRIVATE debt levels due to banks out-of-control speculation and outright fraud, predatory activities that 50 state Atty Gens tried to halt, but were stopped by Bushies citing an obscure 1800s law.

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