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Occupy Wall Street Breaks Federal Law. U.S. Government Shrugs

Written by Gary North on January 26, 2012

It is illegal for people to sleep overnight or camp in Washington D.C.’s McPherson Park. Yet for four months, the National Park Service has allowed Occupy Wall Street protesters to camp there.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) interrogated National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis about this.

“There’s a statute I believe that says camping is illegal. Camping in MacPherson Park is against the law. Is that correct?” Walsh asked Jarvis during a subcommittee hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that focused on why the Park Service had not removed the Occupy protesters.

“That is correct,” Jarvis said.

“And in fact, you, I believe the Park Service handed out a document early on in the Occupy D.C. process to the folks at MacPherson Park that … spelled out the definition of camping that you and I both agree is not allowed,” said Walsh.

He asked why the law has not been enforced. Jarvis did a verbal song and dance about First Amendment rights.

“And so as we have approached this, how we are trying to manage this activity and provide our first goal in the National Park Service in allowing and providing for First Amendment activities is the health and safety of the community and the demonstrators themselves, and we felt that going in right away and enforcing the regulations … against camping, could potentially incite a reaction on their part that would result in possible injury or property damage,” Jarvis added.

In short, “We don’t intend to enforce the law. So buzz off, Congressman. You have nothing to say about this.”

The Congressman asked the right question:

“Who’s telling you – and I know this isn’t you – who’s telling you not to enforce the statute? It’s not your job to determine which protest group – how to treat protest groups differently. They’re breaking the law. Why aren’t you enforcing that law? It’s been four months,” Walsh said.

The guy responded with verbal fog.

“Well, all of our decisions related to the way that this particular protest has been handled has been made on the ground, first and foremost by our U.S. Park Police officers and commanders, in terms of what they, I mean, law enforcement. I served as a law enforcement officer. Law enforcement officers are granted a great deal of discretion in terms of how they enforce and what they enforce and when they enforce,” Jarvis said.

In short, “I don’t intend to enforce the law. So buzz off, Congressman. You have nothing to say about this.”

He denied that politics is in any way involved.

The fact that Obama’s State of the Union Address sounded like an Occupy Wall Street speech has nothing to do with the decision not to enforce the law.

It’s different strokes for different folks.

If these were Tea Party protesters, the law would be enforced. Count on it.

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15 thoughts on “Occupy Wall Street Breaks Federal Law. U.S. Government Shrugs

  1. give me your stuff says:

    When I was at the restoring honor event they told us that it was against the law to camp out in DC and if we fell asleep the night before that we would be removed. I guess freedom of speech has a political affiliation.

  2. Bill McCroskey says:

    Mr. Jarvis should have tried to befuddle the congressman with this classic quote: 'Sir we all know, 'All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.' Under this administration that would make a GREAT replacement for (you know….kind of alike….but different) e pluribus unum on the seal of this country.

  3. cavtrooperA3_7 says:

    It seems that the term "Orwellian" tends to be overused, but how else can one describe the present regime in the District of Criminals? It's looking more like the first 1984 all the time.

  4. Bill, You are so right. Let those morons go back and live in their parent's basement again. We do not need a bunch of overeducated free loaders squatting in a park against the law. You can be sure that a group of conserative folks would have been arrested and put in jail for the same thing that these animals are doing and getting away with. Do you think that Obummer and the lamestream media are on the side of these law breakers?

  5. Dave Langdon says:

    Obama has not obeyed the law since he came here and he camps out at the white house.

  6. Let them keep ignoring the laws that are on the books. This will be another thing we can throw at them during the upcoming election. The Democrats will obey only the laws that will reflect poorly on the Republicans, otherwise they can break whatever laws they see fit. They have no class, they have no shame, they all must go home or to jail in November. If it was up to me I will send them all to jail.

  7. jim28threg. says:

    Come quickly my Lord we have been surrounded by Satans idiots.

  8. billstanley1 says:

    When you work for the Czar of the USA, you get to decide which laws to enforce. http://www.newsandopinions.net

  9. Mayflower Decendant says:

    The Tea Party also has to PAY for permits when holding any events so why don't these dck heads?
    Common sense is lost on these occupiers just like common sense doesn't exist with the thugs in the WH!

  10. I think we all know who is telling the Park Service to lay off . But the Congressman went on a fishing trip to confirm it . The song and dance routine only confirms it . OWS stands for OBAMA'S WITLESS STOOGES , they are under his control and direction and it is He , BARRY OBAMA who should be held directly responsible for any and all of their actions .

  11. VoiceOfReason says:

    National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis should be one of the first officials to be fired when the new administration comes in in Janyary 2012.

  12. VoiceOfReason says:

    Oops, make that January 2013.

  13. Bill McCroskey says:

    The more I think about this…..the more my blood boils….I try not to let this stuff get to me…..but Jarvis is eating at the public servant employee trough (and quite well I am sure) and refuses to enforce the law nor explain rationally why he won't. The Paul's (Ron and Rand) are on to this destruction of our constitution. The hubris of this administration and other government bureaucrats never ceases to amaze me.

  14. MontanaMEL says:

    Would 5 or 10, or some other "safe" number of TEA PARTY types please move into this "Park" forthwith???

    I would suggest that at least 1/2 of these be REAL MEN…along the lines of "Flex Crush" the waste hauler, eh?..

    Just move in and lay there over night…maybe one small sign…with IN GOD WE TRUST on it or the SNAKE Flag…
    Not trying to start any riot here…just give these fools in the Park Service a choice that can be documented…
    Carry video cams…etc… Make sure that any actions vs these peaceful TP types vs those OWS types be documented..
    THEN…carry that to this Mr. Walsh…along with personal testimony…asking for "IMUNITY FROM SUCH LAWS"…eh?

    Stir the pot…then KICK IT OVER…i.e., YANK ANY FUNDING THAT PARK SERVICE HAS FOR ANYTHING!!

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