First, via El Marco, a definition of lawfare:
Lawfare is “the use of law as a weapon of war.” It is one of several alternative war-making concepts outlined in a 1999 Chinese book that set forth new types of offensive actions available to an international actor that seeks to undermine a military force. The international left has become adept at using lawfare in many arenas including against law enforcement. Both congressman John Conyers and Weather Underground terrorist Bernadette Dohrn are or have been members of the guild. Radicals are trained to harass the police and disobey every attempt of law-enforcement to control a deliberately orchestrated volatile mob action.
The Washington Examiner reported on this shiny example of lawfare as deployed by members of Occupy DC:
The protesters, Kelly Canavan and Samuel Dukore, pitched a tent outside the wealth management firm’s District headquarters Feb. 13 to advocate for banking reform. They were arrested, police said, for violating a District law that prohibits constructing a temporary abode on a sidewalk.
In their lawsuit, Canavan and Dukore contend that they shouldn’t have been arrested because their tent didn’t contain sleeping materials and was clearly designated as a symbolic representation of their protest.
What kind of imaginary dream world do these people live in? “Our tent wasn’t a real tent – it was a symbolic tent” is the argument?
Nobody cares whether or not it had “sleeping materials” inside. The law prohibits the construction of “temporary abodes” (tents) on sidewalks, period.
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