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PA Man Arrested And Jailed For Flying A Flag Upside Down Gets $55,000

by Matt Agorist, Activist Post:

A man from central Pennsylvania was kidnapped by police and deprived of his rights for doing nothing more than hanging an American flag upside down on his own property. Joshua Brubaker has since settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city for more than $55,000.

The Altoona Mirror reports Friday that supervisors in Allegheny Township, Blair County, have approved letting their insurance company pay the money to Joshua Brubaker.

In May of 2014, Brubaker said he was standing up for his American Indian heritage when he hung the upside down flag outside of his home with the letters AIM spray painted on it. AIM stands for American Indian Movement.

The flag was to protest the plans to route the proposed Keystone Pipeline through the site of the Wounded Knee confrontation in South Dakota.

Brubaker had harmed no one and was merely exercising his 1st Amendment right to free speech when the Allegheny Township police descended on his home.

“I was offended by it when I first saw it. I had an individual stop here at the station, a female, who was in the military and she was very offended by it,” said Allegheny Township police Assistant Chief L.J. Berg.

Berg took down the flag and charged Brubaker with desecration and insults to the American Flag.

According to WPXI, Brubaker defended his actions after his arrest, “I found that Wounded Knee is up for sale. Not only privately, but commercially. It’s just not right, and simply because I express myself in a way that somebody else doesn’t like or agree with doesn’t mean I should be persecuted for having beliefs.”

Luckily for Brubaker, a judge would later dismiss all the charges against him. The township has since advised its police to stop enforcing the state’s tyrannical and 1st Amendment-violating flag desecration laws.

“If I don’t have a right to fly that flag upside down, which means a sign of distress, which this country is in so much distress right now, then what’s the point of having it?” Brubaker asked.

However, the 1st Amendment-hating police department said that there were other ways he could’ve expressed himself, other than “Defacing a symbol so many have fought hard to protect.”

“People have made too many sacrifices to protect the flag and to have this happen in my community, I’m not happy with that,” Berg said.

Apparently, Chief Berg and the other oppressive neighbors, haven’t seen the many veterans and active duty military in this country flying their flags upside down.

To be offended is to take the first step in being a totalitarian megalomaniac. Acting on that offense with state force is the epitome of intolerance and tyranny.

To be offended by what someone else says is your own choice, as you don’t have to care about what other people think, and nothing has happened to you. Information merely passed from their mind to yours.

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3 comments to PA Man Arrested And Jailed For Flying A Flag Upside Down Gets $55,000

  • anon

    “Apparently, Chief Berg and the other oppressive neighbors, haven’t seen the many veterans and active duty military in this country flying their flags upside down.”

    And those Veterans are 100% CORRECT in doing so. America has been HIJACKED by again, the WESTERN INTERNATIONAL CENTRAL BANKERS, and the ‘COMMITTEE OF 300’ out of the ‘City’ of London. ALL the other groups, like BILDERBERG, CLUB OF ROME, CHATHAM HOUSE, CFR (COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS), KNIGHTS OF MALTA, TRILATERAL COMMISSION ~ ALL of these ‘other’ groups are simply FRONT organizations for the W.I.C.B. and the ‘Committee of 300’. (Read Dr. John Coleman’s book: _THE COMMITTEE OF 300_, which you can obtain directly from Dr. Coleman’s website, here:

  • d

    Why is the US Flag diplayed Upside Down?

    “The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:
    Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10
    As amended by P.L. 344, 94th Congress
    Approved July 7, 1976

    § 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
    (a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
    Most individuals who have served in the military service of our nation will (or should) recognize this signal.
    As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.” imho
    quoated from text

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