The demonstrators are apparently checking IDs before letting people into the crowd today. Egyptian IDs include occupation, so they've managed to exercise a level of control over who gets in. They've banned police, and have been extremely welcoming of journalists. AJE says that it will resume live coverage.
Watching the press get roughed up made me think of this scene from the West Wing
Did you know that two thousand years ago a Roman citizen could walk across
the face of the known world free of the fear of molestation? He could walk across
the earth unharmed, cloaked only in the words ‘Civis Romanis’ I am a Roman citizen.
So great was the retribution of Rome, universally understood as certain, should any
harm befall even one of its citizens. Where was Morris’ protection, or anyone else
on that plane? Where is the retribution for the families and where is the warning to
the rest of the world that Americans shall walk this earth unharmed, lest the
clenched fist of the most mighty military force in the history of mankind comes
crashing down on your house!? In other words, Leo, what the hell are we doing here?
We are behaving the way a superpower ought to behave.
Well our behavior has produced some pretty crappy results. In fact, I’m not a
hundred percent sure it hasn’t induced them.
What are you talking about?
I’m talking about two hundred and eight-six American marines in Beirut, I’m talking
about Somalia, I’m talking about Nairobi.
And you think ratching up the body count’s gonna act as a deterrent?
You’re damn right.
Then you are just as dumb as these guys who think that capital punishment is going
to be a deterrent for drug kingpins. As if drug kingpins didn’t live their day to
day lives under the possibility of execution. And their executions are a lot less
dainty than ours and tend to take place without the bother and expense of due
process. So my friend, if you want to start using American military strength as the
arm of the Lord, you can do that, we’re the only superpower left. You can conquer
the world, like Charlemenge, but you better be prepared to kill everyone and you
better start with me cause I will raise up an army against you and I will beat you!
He had a ten-day-old baby at home.
We are doing nothing. They dest...
We are not doing nothing. Four high rated military targets.
And this is good?
Of course it’s not good, there is no good. It’s what there is. It’s how you behave
if you’re the most powerful nation in the world. It’s proportional, it’s reasonable,
it’s responsible, it’s merciful. It’s not nothing, four high rated military targets.
Which they’ll rebuild again in six months.
So we’ll blow ‘em up again in six months! We’re getting really good at it. [beat]
It’s what our fathers taught us.
Why didn’t you say so? [beat] Oh man Leo. When I think of all the work you put in
to get me to run. [both sit] When I think of all the work you did to get me elected.
I could pommel your ass with a baseball bat.