Please note that with a forecast for excellent weather Wednesday night, we are moving this meeting to Lee's Rooftop, one block from the 4, 5 and 6 stop on the Upper East Side. Please note that the roof 32 stories up can feel 5 to 10 degrees cooler, especially on a windy day. There are two picnic tables on the roof and plenty of seating. Please feel free to bring your dinner or choose from the list of local takeout places at the bottom of this intro.
For the meeting, we will begin with a review of why we have a fourth amendment. Another point is when information is classified, at what point does the people's right to know about govt fraud and waste trump secrecy. How about unconstitutional govt activity? We will also discuss mainstream media coverage and the attack on Glenn Greenwald.
Many articles and youtube posts can be found on the comments below. We also recommend a thoughtful opinion piece from Wired. The main arguments are:
1. The number of federal laws have increased to such an extent that anyone could be in violation of some statute or interpretation thereof. Since prosecuting everyone is not viable, it becomes selective and at the discretion of the federal prosecutors.
2. If people are prevented from civil disobedience then it becomes impossible to change any existing law; with a perpetual surveillance state any civil rights movement comes to an end.
Here are the food choices around the E.86th Station (& Lexington):
Chirping Chicken on Lex and 85th (grilled chicken and ribs on SW corner), Shake Shack on 86th between Lex & 3rd (leave a lot of time, there is a long line), McDonalds on Third b/t 84th & 85th, Subway on Lex b/t 85th & 86th, sushi on the westside of Lex b/t 83rd & 84th. The best pizza place is Mimi’s on the NW corner of 84th & Lex. They also have subs and all the Italian works.
Lee would also be pleased to share Chinese food from Szechuan Kitchen. Their best dishes are Hot Spiced Ginger Shrimp and Hot Spiced Shredded Pork. We also recommended the Beef with Mushrooms (NOT Chinese Mushrooms) and Green Beans with Garlic Sauce (incl. Ground Meat).
You can also order in whatever you like, but you will have to go back down from the roof to the lobby. Too many choices to recommend, but if you have a particular fare you crave, send an e-mail for suggestions.