Zero Tolerance for Nazi Propaganda Radio

The show was a panel discussion about subway searches and other subway surveillance systems. It was promoted as an "experiment in democracy" and was open to the public. Over 100 people attended, however, it was organized so rigidly that meaningful public input was impossible. The event did serve as a bully pulpit for some of the most influential, rabidly racist, authoratarian characters in the city. Leading the neo-nazi charge was Heather McDonald of the Manhattan Institute. She was promoting racial profiling to be used in the subway searches. One person said "to allow our radio waves to be used by racist, neo-con, propagandists must be stopped at all costs".

As soon as McDonald was introduced one man rose and denounced her as being a racist who is betraying our country and the Bill of Rights. He was escorted out of the auditorm, loudly continuing his denunciations to the door. Before this action another man rose and denounced the entire event, saying it was rigged to undermine liberty and it was an "insult to any person who ever put on a uniform in defense of our nation". Perhaps one of the most powerful and poignant actions was when a young women was physically ejected while reading the 4th amendment. The only time the 4th amendment was heard all night. Her voice was loud and clear and she resisted being ejected until she was finished reading.

The radio show was carefully edited and aired at 10:00am the next morning on WNYC. Most of the interruptions were removed but the actions were strong enough to cut through and demonstrate active resistance to Nazi Propaganda Radio (NPR).

Heather McDonald went on and on being faced with only token opposition by some of the other panelists. No panelists apposed the searches, mentioned the 4th amendment, or questioned the premise of the "War On Terror".

Three cheers for the people who cut through the phony social decorum of this neo-nazi propaganda event and stood up for liberty and the 4th amendment. If more like minded people were present, the event would have been truly democratic.

Sterling Brooks