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The Hillary office hostage situation

Bad news for democracy ...
live footage:
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There's an alleged bomber in Hillary Clinton's Rochester N.H. campaign headquarters as I type. These days whenever I hear of situations like this, I try to step back emotionally and ask the question, "what will be the net effect of this situation on our country's policy, on our democracy?" And it's pretty obvious, isn't it? There will be an even more chilling and distancing effect between the people and their electable officials. The announcer guy was just talking about the "open, easy access" people in New Hampshire have traditionally enjoyed with presidential candidates, and how this allowed a guy to just walk in with a bomb.

So, even though I'm certainly not suggesting that this is anything more involved than some crazy idiot who wants attention (Lord knows there's plenty of people like that out there) once again "anti-democratic" forces would seem to gain. It would be a good exercise in critical thinking to keep a jealous watch on our access to our elected officials and political candidates in the near future.

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Remember, remember... 30.Nov.2007 14:27

V

Does this count for Violent Radicalization?

November, November 30.Nov.2007 14:58

StevetheGreen

Good evening, Hillary!
Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone's death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 30th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?
Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Hillary Clinton. She promised you order, he promised you peace, and all she demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent.

More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed November forever in our memory. His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you've seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow this last day of November to pass unmarked.

But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of the White house, and together we shall give them a November that shall never, ever be forgot.

another take on this ....... 30.Nov.2007 15:43

cynical

the Hillary camp and the DLC will milk this incident for all that it is worth .......... media focus on her name , the continual need for vigilance and warmongering , the portrait of Hillary as the brave warrior in the face of danger , and on and on -----------

guy arrested 30.Nov.2007 16:08

dome

Leeland Eisenberg was taken into custody after more than 5 hours. No one was hurt.

What did Leeland Eisenberg want to talk to her about? 30.Nov.2007 21:58

Hmm

It's very disturbing to me that the corporate media will not release Leeland Eisenberg's intentions even though he specifically called CNN and spoke with their staff.
What was he so desperately upset about that he would do something like this? Everyone is so quick to throw the "crazy" label on him(which might suit him, who knows) and bring up every criminal thing he's ever done in his life. But scared silent to air his grievances, hm...

CNN 01.Dec.2007 00:46

intentions?

 http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/30/clinton.hostagetaker/index.html

i'm glad this man with a "working-class" new england accent surrendered so the incident was over and we could go on with our lives.



ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- When the call came in to the assignment desk at CNN's Washington bureau, the news about a possible hostage situation at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in New Hampshire was just beginning to spread.
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State officials identified the hostage taker as Lee Eisenberg.

It was just after 1:30 p.m. On the line was a woman, clearly very upset. She said she was at the Rochester, New Hampshire, campaign office of the former first lady, and a man there was demanding to speak with CNN.

Asked what was going on, the woman, who identified herself as "Morgan," repeated that the man there wanted to speak with CNN.

And then he did. "I need help," he said, agitation obvious in his voice. "I tried to get help," he said.

He said he'd been to a local psychiatric hospital but was told he'd have to pay "thousands of dollars" -- money he said he didn't have. The call ended.

He made no threats, spoke of no hostages and made no demands of the network.

A few minutes later, Morgan was on the line again, this time sounding more calm. The CNN staffer on the line asked if she was under duress, but she didn't answer. The staffer asked her to cough if she was under duress. Again no answer. Is he armed? No answer. Can you cough if he is?

"Do you want to talk to him?" Morgan said. And again, the man with the working-class New England accent was on the line.

"This is Lee Eisenberg," he said, adding that he was speaking from New Hampshire.

Eisenberg said he was a mental health patient who had been trying to get help. He'd been unsuccessful, he said, because he didn't have the "thousands of dollars" he was told he'd need.

He tried several mental health facilities, he said, "even called the Department of Health and Human Services." But no one could help him, he said.

Eisenberg was well-spoken, articulate and impassioned about his cause. But as the call continued, he became more agitated.

"I need to speak to Hillary Clinton," he said. "Something's got to change. Ordinary people need help" with their insurance.

Later, he asked, "Can you get me Hillary Clinton?" And finally, he said again he wanted to speak with Clinton.

"I don't want to talk to CNN anymore," he said before hanging up the phone. Police said that no one from the Clinton campaign was involved in the negotiations.

Two hours later, Morgan was back on the phone to CNN, this time calling the network's world headquarters in Atlanta. But after the main operator transferred her call to the CNN newsroom, it was Eisenberg on the line.

"Hey, this is Lee," he said, once more repeating the story about his attempts to get mental health care.

This time, Eisenberg's tale was sprinkled with profanities. He was angry about being turned away from a mental health facility because he didn't have the money. He'd been dealing with this "crap" for a long time.

"I called the governor to try to get help," he said, but no help came.
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He told a CNN staffer he was at the "Hillary Clinton headquarters in Rochester, N.H." The staffer asked questions about his situation, but Eisenberg sighed, then apparently set the phone down. In a few minutes, the line was disconnected.

Hours later, Eisenberg surrendered and the incident was over.