Wow. Per a report today by the New York Daily News‘ Jill Coffey and Tom Tracy, the news trail about the clandestine July 22 replacement of American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge just veered into Cheech and Chong territory.
From their exclusive:
Reverend Bud Green, 49, called the News on Thursday to say that the flag replacement was actually the first part of what was to be a two-part strategy, with another set of banners going up later. But the increased NYPD surveillance on the bridge put a kibosh on a second switch.
“It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it,” Green said. “It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in non-violent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s——s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people.”
The Southern California-based Green, who founded something called People Opposing Tyranny (POT), published a July 4 Web screed titled “Pledge of No Allegiance” that he says led to some contact with some NYC bridge-climbers. It gets better; Green also told Coffey he was once a producer for The Jerry Springer Show!
Read the rest of the NYDN report here. And given the anti-Obama strain of Green’s campaign, also expect – claims verified, or not – extensive Fox News coverage.
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