Based on information coming in from several news sites on Tuesday, commuters going into Washington D.C. to work on Friday may want to give themselves several hours of leeway.
A group calling themselves "Truckers Ride for the Constitution," plan to clog the inner portion of the Capital Beltway this Friday. The group has garnered over 64,000 supporters on their Facebook page as of Tuesday afternoon. The page reads in part:
"The American people are sick and tired of the corruption that is destroying America! We therefore declare a GENERAL STRIKE on the weekend of October 11-13, 2013!"
Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker, is handling the logistics for the protest, and said the trucks will be "three lanes deep." The group plans to make citizen's arrests of any congressmen they can find for allegedly disregarding the Constitution.
The truckers circling I-495 will keep the left lanes open for emergency vehicles, Conlon said, but “everybody that doesn't have a supporter sticker on their window, good luck: Nobody in, nobody out.” The trucks will be going the 55 mile-per-hour speed limit.
D.C. commuters wishing to get past the truck convoy are asked to place a placard or sign with the letters "T2SDA," an acronym for " Truckers to Shut Down America" on their windshields. “It’s going to be real fun for anyone who is not a supporter,” Conlon said, then he added:
“[and] if cops decide to give us a hard time, we’re going to lock the brakes up, we’re going to stop right there, we’re going to be a three lane roadblock."
Why is this particular event being planned? According to several activists, it comes on the heels of a report to Congress last year by the American Trucking Assn., highlighting the susceptibility of the nation’s just-in-time delivery system. It was spelled out in the report that in the event of a catastrophic event, like a war or a natural disaster, there would be “a swift and devastating impact on the food, healthcare, transportation, waste removal, retail, manufacturing, and financial sectors."
It must be noted though, that this examiner searched the web and in particular The American Trucking Association web site, and could find no archived "reports" to Congress last year dealing with that particular issue. She did find something just as important though. follows is the response to the alleged strike, dated 10/8/2013, and it reads as follows:
ATA Statement on Reported Trucker ‘Strike’
In response to a number of media reports concerning an alleged trucker strike, ATA issued the following statement:
“The American Trucking Associations is not a sponsor of this ‘strike’ nor do we endorse or condone the activities of these few individuals.”
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