US News and World Report Smears DC Trucker Protest with False Allegations - Here's the Truth


With the Ride for the Constitution three days away, it came as no surprise when a story appeared in US News and World Report yesterday indicating that truckers were planning to congest the DC beltway and arrest congressmen during their October 11-13, 2013 event. According to their source, Earl Conlon, the truckers would ride 3 lanes deep circling I-495 and demand the arrest of those in office who have violated their oath. This part of the story is false. As someone who has been in contact with the organizer and their media spokesperson, the message has been and continues to be a peaceful protest to deliver grievances to Congress requesting they honor their oath by upholding the Constitution. Their entire intent can be read here. At no point has the arrest of those in office by truckers or law enforcement been on their agenda.

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The Blaze also reported the same story and has since updated the original to include a statement by the organizers of the Truckers Ride for the Constitution. Ben Pam, one of the organizers, told The Blaze the group does not intend on arresting congressmen, obstructing traffic or closing down roads. A post by the organizers on their Facebook page indicates other trucking groups not associated with Ride for the Constitution and Truckers to Shut Down America are spreading false information in an effort to copy the original movement and "divide and conquer."

The organization has sent a request to US News and World Report advising them to print a retraction or update the article to "reflect the truth about the campaign." The media spokeperson for the group, Peter Santilli of Guerilla Media Network, indicated Earl Conlon happened to be only a "coordinator" of drivers and not a spokesman for the event at all. According to the emails sent to the news organization from Pete Santilli, the group was disappointed that reporters did not contact the organizer of the group, Zeeda Andrews, or himself for commentary. Mr. Conlon even indicated in an email that he was not a spokesman for the Ride for the Constitution.

A subsequent email from Pete Santilli to US News and World Report summarizes their expectations with regard to the article.

Steven, attached is a link to the audio conversation I just had with Earl Conlon.

Earl is not even a trucker, he was merely offering to organize the convoy as he has had previous experience.

He has never been designated as a spokesperson, and it's apparent that his intentions are polar opposite the Ride for the Constitution's.

We hereby respectfully request a retraction or update on the article to indicate that Earl is in no way associated with the mission of the ride. He was merely a point of contact for drivers at a meeting place for the start of the convoy. Please immediately update the article so as not to create the false perception you have portrayed in your article.

At this point, if you fail to make an immediate correction, we will have to inform all members of the media of this extreme example of yellow journalism that exists in the main stream. I will personally have to denounce this article as an intentionally harmful means of hi-jacking the positive message Zeeda has conveyed since day one.

Unfortunately, I have been unable to retrieve the link in the email to the conversation.

As of the writing of this article, US News and World Report has not printed an update or a retraction.

Overdrive magazine online has even printed an article indicating that Conlon's convoy was "intended as a show of force." The paragraph is as follows:

Conlon's convoy is intended as a show of force, he said, attendant to delivering evidence to law enforcement authorities that he hopes will result in "one or two people stuck in handcuffs," he said – "politicians, senators, congressmen – for violating their oaths of office" to uphold the constitution.

This paragraph follows one that quotes Zeeda Andrews on when the event will start. The magazine has made it appear as though Conlon is authorized to speak on behalf of the Ride for the Constitution organization. As indicated, Conlon was never authorized to speak on behalf of the organization and has provided false information to the media.

I contacted Zeeda regarding the article in Overdrive magazine to inform her of the continued reporting of negative information regarding the truckers Ride for the Constitution. In her return email, Zeeda indicated the legal side of this is being handled by Larry Klayman. This is confirmed on the Facebook page in a post indicating Mr. Klayman would be in DC for all three days to speak on behalf of Citizen Indictment. As you may recall, Larry Klayman has called for an American citizen march on Washington on November 19, 2013, to indicate to Congress and the federal government that a return to the Constitution is in order.

61837_166114886925093_1235968833_nOne can only wonder at the intent of Mr. Conlon. Earl Conlon contacted Freedom Outpost wanting to disseminate some information to the organizers of the event. He requested their contact information. Being that Mr. Conlon was near the area where I reside, I contacted him by phone. At that time, Mr. Conlon indicated to me that he was with a group who had planned to ride to Washington in November and had a point of origin where all the truckers could meet. Mr. Conlon stated that this effort was important and egos needed to be put aside in favor of the bigger issue of government following the limits in the Constitution. After speaking with him, I referred him to Zeeda Andrews, the organizer of the event, since I had spoken with her via email after writing the first article on the trucker strike.

Whatever his original intent, Mr. Conlon overstepped his role in this event spreading an alternate negative message that has placed a cloud over the positive peaceful event to have government address grievances identified by the truckers and the American people. This transgression on the part of Mr. Conlon was all the lamestream media needed to now spread a negative message about this event. It is sensationalism at its best to produce an emotional negative response. What else can one expect from the mainstream enemedia who supports the liar in chief?

If an individual such as myself could identify the organizer and spokesperson of the event, one would think that a reporter for US News and World Report could do the same considering their vast array of investigative tools. Actually, it didn't take a seasoned reporter to identify the true organizer or spokesperson. One only has to visit the website, the Facebook page, and a previous article on Freedom Outpost to identify the organizers and their media spokesperson. But, one can bet that the reporter for the news organization was not interested in presenting a totally positive message on the entire event; he wanted to search for any negative spark to incite opposition.

The truly sad thing is more than one news organization picked up that unofficial false intention and ran with it.

One can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

This event has continued to be supported because of its peaceful intent to demonstrate to our federal government that it has strayed from the Constitution and needs to fall back into line. Other organizations and individual Americans have supported this effort by vowing to cease all monetary transactions for the days of October 11-13, in protest of the unconstitutional actions of the branches of our government. Remember, buy your goods that you will need before these days; perform all banking and monetary transactions beforehand and prepare to be financially silent on those days. Be sure and have extra goods on hand to last a few weeks afterward as distribution of goods may be delayed.

Our family has supported this and will continue to support efforts to hold our government accountable to the limits set forth in the Constitution.

Come on America. Let's Roll!!

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About Suzanne Hamner
Suzanne Hamner (pen name) is a registered nurse, grandmother of 4, and a political independent residing in the state of Georgia, who is trying to mobilize the Christian community in her area to stand up and speak out against tyrannical government, invasion by totalitarian political systems masquerading as religion and get back to the basics of education.
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  • Sharolyn Clark

    Maybe that's what U.S. News wants the Truckers to do? Maybe our truckers have had enough Destruction of our Constitution, and violations of our rights. Apparently Tyranny and Socialism is not that appealing to American Citizens. I think we've had enough of Government control. Gun control. Healthcare reform, taxes and fines. We want our Country back..We want God in our schools. God on our money. We are tired of changing our life style, so we don't offend immigrants...If they don't like our religion or our way of life...Than they are offending us...If they don't like our rules than they can leave. Our Government needs to defend our rights, constitution, and our Freedom..They need to quit throwing Americans to the curb..Were tired of the dirt.."God Bless Our Truckers!"

  • Maggie Passaro

    I would gladly go without a lot , for more than 3 days , in fact I plan on not stalking up, just basics as always.

  • CaMaven

    When did citizens' arrests become illegal if made for proper cause? What is illegal is what is going on in Washington DC right now.

  • Claude Warner

    Thank you for getting past the purposeful misinformation and printing this. Let's Roll!

  • Pase' Doble

    Whoever this Conlan moron thinks he is, what he's accomplishing is exactly what Obozo and his sychophants want. "Look, over there - crazy rednecks driving assault trucks". Wire your mouth shut Conlan and the Truckers will send the message LOUD, CLEAR and PROUD!! Amen and Be Blessed Truckers!

  • MattBracken

    Obviously, or it should be obvious, the truckers' rally is full of potential for mischief by "agents provocateurs." Stay frosty, keep your powder dry, and your cards close to your chest. Don't be a patsy above all. Don't play into the statist fed goon script.

  • AnnaGraceS

    My prayers are for those brave truckers who make this country great! We Americans need to go to Washinton on November 19th and close off all the streets leading to the White House and bring in tanks to make this queer muslim fraud usurper to step down as president of this great country. Time for a Revolution to take our country back!!! We are fed up to our eyeballs with his muslim takeover!!!

  • Mark Are Reynolds Ⓥ

    Sounds like they are planning on wasting a lot of diesel fuel for nothing unless they would do what these other folks said they were going to do. Shut down DC, and arrest the criminals in office.

  • Igor

    Ms. Hammer, please do not impute neutrality to ANY Lamestream Media outlet from here on, okay? They are now the Whitehouse Steno Pool lapdogs...

    Just sayin'.

    • Suzanne

      Igor, I will remember that from now. I just wanted to give the reporter at US News the benefit of the doubt.
      I definitely agree the lamestream enemedia has become the WH steno pool lapdogs.

  • Expresso

    Maybe these truckers, and a lot of other people who have lies reported to the public by the lapdog media, should start suing the various media outlets. If they started losing money for their "misinformation" and "slander", they would do what they SHOULD be doing ... reporting the TRUTH!!

  • stombut

    Whether they are intending to or not, with that many truckers the roads will be closed. I say while they are at it, stuck in traffic with no where else to go, go ahead and arrest them!!!

  • Noyb Nal

    I spoke with the author of the US News piece, if you are interested: http://www.examiner.com/article/exclusive-truckers-ride-for-the-constitution-responds-to-media-reports

    • Suzanne

      Interesting. Thank you for that update. I have been following this since the start and have talked with Zeeda on multiple occasions and never has there been any squabbling amongst the organizers or who the media spokesperson is.
      As Igor pointed out above, these are the WH steno pool lapdogs; they are trying to cause division amongst the ranks.

  • http://www.eatmyfartsIslam.com billwhit1357

    Can a citizen make a Citizens Arrest of Obama? If so, someone should! Might not get anywhere but at least it would make the news and let it be known that We, the People are sick and tired of this Islamic Homosexual, Barack Insane OVomit, destroying our nation and supplying our Enemies with Weapons and Money and of being a Traitor to our Nation! All OVomit deserves is a Firing Squad and I would love to volunteer to be on that Squad! Have to aim for the Head because he has no Heart or Balls to shoot!

    • Expresso

      Unfortunately the lapdog media would never report on it. Might make the Zero look bad.
      Or if they did report on it, it would be to call the truckers terrorists and call them crazy, and lock them away.

  • jaws4316

    "It would be no surprise if that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was
    used by the Fascist Obama and this administration to prevent the event
    or somehow impede it."

    Do you mean something like the Capitol Police lining up in Front of
    the Capitol Building with M-223 automatic rifles and Glock .40 pistols,
    while the Democrats did their shady backroom deal to ram Obamacare
    through the Congress. All because there was a lot of talk on the
    conservative internet sites about peacefully occupying the people's
    Capitol Building with a sit in to try and prevent them from passing it?
    But that kind of thing could never happen in America, right?

  • Guest

    "It would be no surprise if that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the Fascist Obama and this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it."

    Do you mean something like the Capitol Police lining up in Front of the Capitol Building with M-223 automatic rifles and Glock .40 pistols, while the Democrats did their shady backroom deal to ram Obamacare through the Congress. All because there was a lot of talk on the conservative internet sites about peacefully occupying the people's Capitol Building with a sit in to try and prevent them from passing it? But that kind of thing could never happen in America, right?

    One
    can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if
    that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and
    this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/us-news-world-report-smears-dc-trucker-protest-false-allegations/#mK3Js19jPzHL7lOg.99
    One
    can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if
    that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and
    this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/us-news-world-report-smears-dc-trucker-protest-false-allegations/#mK3Js19jPzHL7lOg.99
    One
    can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if
    that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and
    this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/us-news-world-report-smears-dc-trucker-protest-false-allegations/#mK3Js19jPzHL7lOg.99
    One
    can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if
    that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and
    this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/us-news-world-report-smears-dc-trucker-protest-false-allegations/#mK3Js19jPzHL7lOg.99
    One
    can bet Washington has read that article. It would be no surprise if
    that misrepresentation by Mr. Conlon was used by the fascist Obama and
    this administration to prevent the event or somehow impede it.

    Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/10/us-news-world-report-smears-dc-trucker-protest-false-allegations/#mK3Js19jPzHL7lOg.99

  • 2shinyshoes

    Wow, glad that was clarified. That "propaganda" sounded pretty scary, and I was wondering who they were going to "arrest." Very scary. I figured it would turn into a blood bath, with the Truckers on the losing end. I did hear that there were also going to be 2 million Bikers. We won't even hear about any of this on the Media. We can always count on our Truckers.....they are the main cog in the wheel of this country.

  • eloy

    Obama, is hoping you guys protest, With diesel fuel hovering around $4 per gallon, the cost for the army of trucks to refuel would be $4 x 200 x 16,983 — roughly $13,586,400. Truckers will be pumping this into the DC economy while getting none of it back. Wake up, they suckered you guys in again. And if you don't fuel up and your truck gets stuck there, they can impound it and charge you again for it- by using local businesses who have no dog in the fight, you won't be able to ask the government to step in. Its brilliant. only in america would a group protesting the government go when congress is on vacation for a long weekend.

    • PWe72

      I don't know if it's still true or not but at one time some of our states had laws requiring that truckers HAD to purchase gas in their state as they drove through....their logbooks had to show the purchase or they would be fined. Does anyone know if this situation still exists and in which states?

    • eloy

      Its a three day protest with miles of truckers- they can't just get out of line and head for the state line.

  • Concord

    This protest should be the beginning of a hard push to impeah BO.