Former Eagle County commissioner arrested in Washington
WASHINGTON — Former Eagle County commissioner Arn Menconi was arrested Wednesday when he started shouting at Secretary of State John Kerry during a Senate hearing.
Menconi, who these days says he is working for social justice, stood and interrupted Kerry during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on President Obama’s request for Authorization for Use for Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS.
The entire incident was captured on C-SPAN.
At about 17 minutes into the hearing, Kerry was testifying, saying, “We simply cannot allow this collection of murderers and thugs to achieve in their group their ambition, which include … ” Menconi stood and held a sign over his head lampooning AUMF, calling it “Another Useless Military Fiasco.”
“The American people are speaking out, Secretary Kerry,” Menconi shouted as he stood in the Senate hearing room. “We’re tired of an endless war, a war with no end … the killing of innocent people.”
Menconi kept shouting as he went peacefully, accompanied by Capitol police out of the room.
When Menconi was gone, Kerry responded to his comment about the deaths of innocent people.
“Killing more innocent people?” Kerry said. “I wonder what our journalists who were beheaded, and the pilot who was fighting for freedom who was burned alive, what would have to say to their efforts to protect innocent people.”
Menconi said he spent only a few hours in jail, where he said the detention staff asked him what he did for a living, about his marital status, and said he looked like the actor Richard Gere. The police let him have his phone, and he shot some video while in custody.
Menconi said he interrupted Kerry to try to end the madness, after spending six months watching AUMF discussions.
“Instead, what we are getting is Another Useless Military Fiasco with over $60 billion set aside for a war on terrorism,” Menconi said in a Facebook post. “When I voted for President Barack Obama it was to end the $2 trillion spent and 200,000 killed in Iraq. Now we are going to see another few hundred billion spent and tens of thousand of innocent lives that breeds more terrorism and an endless war.”
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or email@example.com.
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