The Sulzberger NY Slimes notices that their city - America's "financial capitol" - is turning into a Gestapo police-state town.
Note the chatty, conversational tone of Sulzberger's hired writer's "about town" article - one need not wonder, if the victim of this police arrest wasn't an attractive co-ed, and named "Ms. Zucker," her dismal story would not be making the pages of the Sulzberger "we love stealing Palestinian land...starting wars based on lies we helped mega-phone... and pretending to ignore titanic finanical crimes in America's critical financial markets" NY Slimes.
Dismal Tale of Arrest for Tiniest of Crimes
by Jim Dwyer, NY Times, "About New York" November 1, 2011
Early in the morning on Oct. 22, a Saturday, Ms. Zucker, 21, and her friend Alex Fischer, also 21, were stopped by the police in Riverside Park and given tickets for trespassing. Mr. Fischer was permitted to leave after he produced his driver’s license. But Ms. Zucker, on a visit to New York City with a group of Carnegie Mellon University seniors looking for jobs in design industries, had left her wallet in a hotel two blocks away.
She was handcuffed. For the next 36 hours, she was moved from a cell in a Harlem precinct station house to central booking in Lower Manhattan and then — because one of the officers was ending his shift before Ms. Zucker could be photographed for her court appearance, and you didn’t think he was going to take the subway uptown while his partner stayed with her at booking, did you? — she was brought back to Harlem. (cont'd)
bonus: under the tender mercies of the "Hate American small business" Neo-Cons, like Mr. Bloomberg and his thugs and the Emanuel, Rubin, Wolfowitz, Chertoff, Mukasey, (et al) TSA/"Homeland Security" "national security experts" crew,
America's TOURISM INDUSTRY has taken a PERMANENT NOSE-DIVE: who wants to go visit New York, when you are treated like a criminal - or terrorist! - by Bloomberg's boys in blue?
U.S. Tourism’s ‘Lost Decade’ Cost Some 500,000 Jobs
Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers, Thursday, November 10, 2011
Comment: This isn’t just about visas, having traveled to both the United States and Communist China, the U.S. makes China look like a stroll on the beach. Entering the U.S. is like entering the former East Germany with a high-tech overlay. Thumb prints, iris scans, interrogations by Homeland Security thugs, body scans, grope downs – all that has undoubtedly put millions of people off visiting America in the decade since 9/11.
The travel industry today became the latest to slam federal rules and bureaucracy, charging that tough visa rules for potential tourists have robbed the nation of $600 billion and hundreds of thousands of jobs.
Two grim facts: More Chinese now visit France than the United States, in part because it’s hard to get a U.S. visitors visa. And while the U.S. used to be the destination for 17 percent of the world’s tourists in 2000, that’s dropped to 12.4 percent and shows no sign of changing. (cont'd)