June 17, 2008
It looks like Stewart Howe will get his day in court. Earlier this year, Howe was assaulted by the neocon and war criminal David Frum, who is infamous for coining the term “axis of evil,” used to demonize Iraq prior to bombing the country and killing over a million Iraqis. Howe, a member of We Are Change L.A., attempted to ask Frum a few questions during the L.A. Times Festival of Books on April 26, 2008, and in response the neocon and former Bush administration economic speechwriter assaulted Howe.
“Frum told Howe, ‘The one thing I regret from our last conversation is that I didn’t say to you what my friend Christopher Hitchens said… which is, you should fuck off.’ [expletive is reportedly a direct quote]” reports Aaron Dykes of the Jones Report. “According to Howe, David Frum then got up from behind the book signing table and swung at Stewart and his camera while he was phrasing a question about the unraveling 9/11 cover-up and potential criminal charges.” Frum insisted Howe turn off his camera and leave the event as he “smacked the camera.” Replied Howe, “I will not go away. I will not turn off the camera. We are in public. Are you worried, perhaps, about the criminal liability of being a partner to mass murder after the fact? You know that is a real concern because the truth is coming out.” Howe insists Frum attempted to break his camera. “I don’t want to be on your camera,” he said.
In a recent email sent to Mr. Dykes, Howe said his attorney, a former Marine, informed him that the L.A. City Attorneys Office is “heavily laden” with “liberal left leaning” staff and are interested in proceeding with assault charges against Frum. “He has also informed me that it may become a case transcending assault/battery and enter in no small way into the area of Frum, along with event security/UCLA conspiring to deprive a citizen journalist of First Amendment Rights.” Howe indicated, however, that his attorney has “limited experience in such matters.”
Obviously, the fact that the City Attorneys Office has taken up the case is a victory for the 9/11 truth movement, especially in the wake of 9/11 truth activist Mark Dice’s experience with neocon talk show host Michael Reagan, who has threatened to have Dice killed for sending truth DVDs and other materials to troops stationed in Iraq. Hopefully, Frum’s potential conviction on assault charges will send a message to the neocons: this is still America, there still is a First Amendment, no matter how enervated, and assaulting journalists will not stand, at least not for the moment.
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