Bob Higgins

Threatened With Arrest For Attempt to Build Sand Castle [Updated]

Posted in Environment, News, Politics by Bob Higgins on September 21, 2010
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You, Back away from that Sand Castle

State and federal authorities have become a bit paranoid in Florida. They seem to be afraid that someone may find and expose some portion of the 206 million gallons of British Petroleum’s missing crude oil which spewed from their recent gusher in the Gulf.

A reporter, Dan Thomas and his crew from WEAR/TV in Pensacola were threatened with arrest for taking a small shovel to a public beach and scratching around for oil. If you watch the short video you may become suspicious (as I did) that the first thug is probably a BP employee or contractor and the second ostensibly a federal employee is acting on instructions directly from BP.

I guess the beaches around Pensacola, Florida are soon to be declared a secret petroleum storage area and off limits to beach goers who might disturb this pristine public reservoir of BP’s crude.

Meanwhile BP continues to spend a million plus weekly on ads declaring that they will be there until they “make it right.”

I’m sure, as are many others, that they will make it right… for BP.

[Update] PENSACOLA BEACH – The head of the Gulf Islands National Seashore wants to set the record straight about whether you can bring a shovel and pail to the beach. Update and video here.

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  1. Dan Van Riper said, on September 22, 2010 at 6:25 am

    I don’t understand. Why are the police, who draw their salaries from my taxes, taking orders from a corporation?

    Remember, the police derive their legitimacy and enforcement powers from the US Constitution. If any police refuse to acknowledge and obey the Constitution, then they have forfeited their legitimacy. They are no longer officers and their actions become no different than the actions of any common criminal or corporation, thus they themselves become criminals and should be treated accordingly.

  2. bobhiggins said, on September 22, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Unfortunately we have given the rights and power of citizens to corporations from the Santa Clara Blues case to Citizens United.

    Also, when I have an issue with a man with a badge, a gun, a large club and a set of handcuffs I usually err on the side of caution and exercise my constitutional right to grovel.

    Lawyers come later, or so says my sense of discretion.


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