Years from now, Americans will look back on the events at Dealey Plaza on November 22, 2013 as a turning point in the fight for liberty. They will remember how Dallas police rolled through downtown on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, punishing any deviation from the officially sanctioned message with swift and terrifying brutality. And they will remember how one man, a fringe radio host and freedom fighter named Alex Jones, had the courage to step in front of the tanks and face them down. By the time they had cleared the martyred contents of his head from the pavement, the uprising had begun.
That's at least how things play out in Jones' current fever dream. It might happen this afternoon, when Jones and his followers march from Ferris Plaza Park, right across from Union Station, to Dealey Plaza. Or maybe it will happen late Friday morning, when they begin their march from Belo Garden and try to enter the heavily fortified assassination site just as it's filling up for the city's official ceremony.
"The system would have been wise not to try to assassinate the First Amendment like they did JFK," Jones says. "But because they did this, their efforts will backfire and be used instead to further awaken the sleeping giant that is the American people and people of the world."
Jones was not able to achieve martyrdom last night, when he and a couple of hundred activists showed up outside the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas to wave signs and hand out fliers. Infowars, Jones' website, captured the ensuing confrontation with police on video.
The showdown was brief and unremarkable. A plainclothes police officer steps into a mob of protesters, borrows a megaphone and informs the crowd that they are in violation of two city ordinances. One bars them from holding signs within 75 feet of Woodall Rodgers Freeway, a requirement the City Council is probably going to lift. The other prohibits the distribution of leaflets to passing cars.
"If you violate city ordinance, you are subject to receiving a ticket," the officer informs them mildly before walking away.
The clip is mostly remarkable for the composure of the officer, who remains impassive as Jones eggs on the crowd with his bullhorn. To Jones, however, it was an ominous taste of what's to come. He explains himself in a rambling video entitled "Dallas Police Plan to Kidnap Alex Jones."
So you don't have to watch all eight minutes, here's how he describes the encounter:
All these riot vehicles show up, all these police in phalanxes, marching in groups of 20 with the plastic handcuffs and all the rest of it. We have it in high-def video, we're going to upload it soon. It takes hours to do. And Rob [gestures toward the cameraman] was able to hear them talking about how, "We can't let him allow us to show us up and get in our face! We gotta get him! We gotta arrest him!"
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Jones would like to see them try:
I find it an honor to stand against your tyranny, but I feel sorry for you, and I wish I wouldn't have left, I thought it was over, time to go, I wish I could have been there so you could have cracked my head and shown me who was boss because I dare say this wasn't communist China or North Korea or Nazi Germany. ...
You think I'm scared. I do open carry at the Alamo in defiance of the police chief. You think I'm scared that you're planning to crack my head with a billy club? You think I'm scared you're going to throw me in Lew Sterrett? You oughtta be scared that you're willing to follow criminal orders like this.
He ends with a warning to police about the marches he has planned for Thursday and Friday.
If you want to make it a Tiannanmen Square, you go ahead and you do it. ...
They can kill me tomorrow. They can blow my head off. Because that will start resistance against them.