As information comes to light, the story becomes more bizarre. The photo at the top was submitted by protest organizers and supposedly shows the convoy moving along the Beltway. Two problems become evident. First of all, the Beltway is a multi-lane highway, not one lane with a wide berm. Secondly, please note that the grills or windshields of the trucks are not entirely visible. Why is that significant? Because this is a photo from a "Make-A-Wish" truck convoy earlier this year. You can't see the trucks, so you can't see the "Make-A-Wish" logos on them. Can we say, "Propaganda!", Boys and Girls?
The second photo shows actual Saturday traffic camera footage in the Beltway area. Can you see hundreds of trucks blocking traffic? I can't!
Oh, trust me! It get worse! "How?", you say. Keep reading.
Larry Klayman is an attorney who in the past tried unsuccessfully to be a politician. After his failed political attempts he filed several high-profile lawsuits against such notables as William Jefferson Clinton, Dick Cheney, and Barack Obama. The founder of the law firm "Judicial Watch", Klayman become involved with the DC truck protest.
As the few trucks in attendance rolled onto the Beltway on Friday, Oct. 11, Klayman began circulating reports that President Obama was going to be dispatching the National Guard to close I-95 and the Capitol Beltway, both as part of the government shutdown and to squash the protest. Klayman provided a photo of a bus on the highway carrying armed National Guard members and cruising the Beltway (the bottom photo above. Please note the lack of trucks in the photo with the bus. If the Guard was looking for truck drivers, wouldn't they be where the trucks were?). Close analysis of the photo doesn't indicate that the occupants of the bus have any type of arms.
Klayman also gave interviews to the media saying that people were seeing troops in the area and that truckers were being harassed by law enforcement. In all cases, Klayman gave the info second hand. No one came forth to confirm these reports, and in no case was a source named. Virginia law enforcement did say that a few trucks were pulled over for intentionally blocking lanes on the Beltway, but in all cases only warnings were given. No citations were said to have been issued, and drivers were told not to impede traffic. Again, there was no confirmation of drivers being cited, and again no drivers came forth to tell their own stories of what supposedly happened to them..
Because of these reports and the heavy rains, it was said that trucker turnout was lower than expected. Klayman said that no driver was willing to go to jail or to have their trucks confiscated in a peaceful protest, but once things worked out (Of course!), more trucks would come. The trucker known as General Lee also continued his coverage, but instead of showing the Beltway, and trucks in large number on it, Lee's videos were in the woods, in parking lots, or in rest areas with only a few trucks and a few people around. I've seen backyard barbecues with more in attendance than were shown in Lee's video. Of course, he also said, "Wait until tomorrow. You'll see!"
Excuses, excuses! But no confirmed truth.
Pete Santilli continued his Guerrilla broadcasts, with people saying the trucks were out in the thousands, and with callers talking about traffic jams up to two miles long in places because of the trucks. Traffic cams were again said to be down, and the government was again supposedly controlling media coverage. (It's the same old story. no media coverage has to mean government control. duh!). Law enforcement, however, reported no traffic out of the ordinary, only weather-related issues with the traffic cameras, and again only reported 30 or so protest trucks on the highways that were basically going around the Beltway unnoticed.
So who was lying?
Due the new information uncovered and the length of the post that would be required, this story will conclude in a third part. Stand by!