Truckers Plan to Arrest Obama, Legislators

I knew that a bunch of truckers were planning to go to Washington, DC for a protest on Oct. 11th, but I didn’t know they were on the Larry Klayman plan and were trying to get President Obama and a bunch of legislators — Democrats, of course — arrested based on those absurd “citizen grand juries.”

Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.

The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

D.C. commuters who wish to be allowed past the convoy must have “T2SDA” – an acronym for the event’s original name, “Truckers to Shut Down America” – written on their vehicle, he said.

“It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter,” Conlon said, “[and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.”…

“We are not going to ask for impeachment,” Conlon said. “We are coming whether they like it or not. We’re not asking for impeachment, we’re asking for the arrest of everyone in government who has violated their oath of office.”

Conlon cited the idea of a citizens grand jury – meaning a pool of jurors convened without court approval – as the mechanism for indicting the officials.

“We want these people arrested, and we’re coming in with the grand jury to do it,” he said. “We are going to ask the law enforcement to uphold their constitutional oath and make these arrests. If they refuse to do it, by the power of the people of the United States and the people’s grand jury, they don’t want to do it, we will. … We the people will find a way.”

Yeah, good luck with that. I foresee a lot of people arrested for trying to arrest legislators without any legal authority. They might even get indicted by real grand juries, not by people playing dress up in three corner hats in Uncle Elmer’s barn.

“What we want to do is go in nice and peaceful and keep it as peaceful as possible… but if they decide to get ugly with us we’re going to do what we have to do,” he said. “If all I get is one or two congressmen walked out of there in handcuffs, that will be a shot across the bow that will ripple across all branches of government. … I hope they are all civil enough and brave enough to step out onto the congressional steps.”

If they actually think this is going to do anything but get them arrested — and justifiably so — they’re delusional.

18 comments on this post.
  1. Brett McCoy:

    Turns out it was a hoax:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/capital-beltway-shutdown-all-a-ploy-trucker-says/2013/10/08/1e446572-3033-11e3-bbed-a8a60c601153_story.html

  2. unbound:

    “The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.”

    Not a whole lot different from the way many truck drivers behave on the beltway anyways, so I’m not sure people will notice.

  3. eric:

    Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway “three lanes deep” as he rides with other participants to Congress

    The beltway doesn’t go to Congress. It makes a big loop around the city. And this guy is handling the logistics?

    “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

    The speed limit is 65 around much of the beltway.

    “[and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.”…

    Yeah, THAT won’t get you arrested. Moreover, did it occur to you that advertising your civil disobedience might, y’know, allow the police to prepare a response to it??? Like having a bunch of tow vehicles ready?

    ****

    Unfortunately, as much of an idiot as this guy is, it would be fairly easy for a group of 5-10 truckers to cause significant traffic delays on the beltway if they really wanted to. On the Columbus day weekend, no less. He’s going to fail badly, but even in the process of failing, he could cause some significant social disruption.

  4. Mr Ed:

    Hoax or Earl figured out he didn’t have enough support.

  5. colnago80:

    Re eric @ #3

    The speed limit is 65 around much of the beltway.

    That’s only in the new toll lanes that run from I95 to the Dulles Toll road.

  6. Chiroptera:

    Hey, I saw that movie! It had a chimpanzee in it or something.

  7. mithrandir:

    Yeah, THAT won’t get you arrested. Moreover, did it occur to you that advertising your civil disobedience might, y’know, allow the police to prepare a response to it??? Like having a bunch of tow vehicles ready?

    Or arresting them as they get to their vehicles in the morning., at least the one foolish enough to publicly announce their intention to participate in a conspiracy to obstruct traffic.

    On the bright side, we’d have gotten a fresh infusion of support for the campaign against police brutality, as these guys got to learn first-hand what the police do to anyone who disrespects their authoritah.

  8. typecaster:

    …trying to get President Obama and a bunch of legislators — Democrats, of course — arrested based on those absurd “citizen grand juries.”

    Just one minor point – in the stories I read about this, they included John Boehner and John McCain on their hit list. I don’t know why, but it was just mostly Democrats.

  9. Doubting Thomas:

    There is no ‘if’. They are delusional.

  10. freemage:

    Typecaster: Remember, to the wingnuts, alleged RINOs are actually worse than Democrats, because any sign of sanity is bad.

  11. D. C. Sessions:

    D.C. commuters who wish to be allowed past the convoy must have “T2SDA” – an acronym for the event’s original name, “Truckers to Shut Down America” – written on their vehicle, he said.

    “It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter,” Conlon said, “[and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock.”…

    How would that work, anyway? Once they spot someone without the magic code, would they run her off the road? Just pull one truck over to block her? If the latter, how would the millions of supporters behind her get by?

    Somehow this doesn’t sound well-though-out. Of course, hoax or not that wouldn’t be surprising given the source.

  12. John Pieret:

    They would be well advised to stay away from the White House or Congress. Based on the incident last week, the Secret Service and the DC police are a bit nervous at the moment.

  13. arthurhunt:

    The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lane open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn’t have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.

    I’m guessing that lots of commuters would welcome the idea of traffic moving at 55 MPH on the Beltway during rush hour.

  14. generalfactotum:

    Unless they have 11 long haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus coming, it won’t count.

  15. busterggi:

    T2SDA – isn’t that the Mark of the Beast?

  16. gridlore:

    Former OTR driver here.

    I really doubt this was a hoax. I saw a lot of chatter about this on driver lists, and most of it was of the “is this guy a prime moron, or what?” He seemed really secure until he figured out that all those FB likes were people watching the fail come down.

    Here’s why it was doomed to fail from the start. The vast majority of big rig drivers do not own their own tractors these days. They use corporate jobs which can be assigned on an as-needed basis or used long term by a single driver or team. When you drive that way, you go where the company tells you to go, and they do track you closely. This is both to make sure you are driving efficiently, and to make sure that you aren’t sneaking off-book hauls when you’re supposed to be off. Going that far off-route, with the intent of causing trouble, makes the dispatch office report the truck as stolen.

    Owner-operators, on the other hand, would have to be idiots to take part. A good rig with a sleeper cab can cost over $100K, and it is your entire business. Lose the truck, and you’ve lost everything. Most independents drive far longer hours than corporate drivers, because they need to be loaded on every single leg. When I was driving, I made a good living driving eight months out of the year. Independents drive year-round to make the same money. You really think they are going to risk their livelihoods on a stunt?

    Finally, the Commercial Operators License. Truck licenses are much harder and expensive to get, harder to keep, and very easy to lose. No one in their right mind would risk that license for this crap.

  17. democommie:

    @16:

    REAL MurKKKan Truckers(TM) would.

    I can see the movie, now. Sly Stallone, Ahnold, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren–okay, maybe Frank Stallone and some other b-listers–drivin’ semis that have MONSTER Tractors with flames comin’ out the exhausts and a “nitro boost” knob on the dash right in front of a TRIPLE set of shifters. They be rollin’, breakdown lane to the median abreast, with plows on the front clearin’ the road. All the while, “Six Days on the Road”, “Radar Lover”, “Convoy” and allathem other cool truckin’ songs blastin’ out the speakers on the sides of the trailers. Way cool, bros, way cool.

  18. Michael Heath:

    democommie writes:

    I can see the movie, now. Sly Stallone, Ahnold, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren–okay, maybe Frank Stallone and some other b-listers–drivin’ semis

    I think you just named the B – D team.

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