Chief Tango sends us a link to the news that Dan Choi, former lieutenant who once punched a platoon sergeant in the chest and couldn’t get promoted past 1st lieutenant after years in the Army and the Guard is still going through the process of being tried for handcuffing himself to the White House fence three times in 2010, while wearing his uniform after he was discharged. And of course, he says it’s not his fault, that it’s some grand scheme to keep him out of the military. From Scoop;
Three years after Choi’s handcuffing protests, the US Federal Attorney’s Office refuses to dismiss the charges against him. The prosecution is being pursued by Assistant US Attorney, Angela S. George.
Generally, White House protestors are arrested and required to pay $100 fine to a municipal court, the equivalent of a parking ticket in the District of Columbia. Instead, in this case, the US Attorney’s Office is invoking a seldom-used federal level criminal charge called “Failure to Obey”.
Lt Choi retorts:
“The charge is baseless. It assumes traffic was blocked, but there is no traffic to block on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The main reason for this charge is to prevent me from re-joining the military, to paint me as simply disobedient. It prevents my rejoining (the military) in a vindictive waste of resources. I stand trial to assert my rights and the rights of all to be treated equally under the law.”
Yeah, well, anyone who has been at the White House knows that the Park Police keep folks moving, especially during protests and rallies. Handcuffing yourself to the fence kind of impedes “moving along” and he did it three times. Even when I was just at the White House to photograph the filthy hippies, I was told to keep moving…and I did.
Of course, he’s a big drama queen, and wants people to think he’s being treated differently, but, ya know, it’s about time that these judges and prosecutors started punishing these protesters instead of letting them be criminals with no repercussions.
ADDED: By the way, Choi refused a plea deal two years ago – I just remembered that.