On the night of March 18, anti-military radical protesters smashed the windows of the embattled Marines Recruiiting Office in Berkeley:

Windows were smashed and red paint was splashed Wednesday night on the Marine Corps recruiting center, which has been the target of protests for the past 18 months.

The incident, which came on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Iraq war, was caught on tape by a surveillance camera about 8:55 p.m. at the center in downtown Berkeley, police said.
Police have not made any arrests but are reviewing the tape, Sgt. Mary Kusmiss said.

Police found a sledgehammer and a crowbar in a nearby garbage can that they are reviewing as evidence.

After breaking windows and defacing the Marine Corps logo at the center, the half-dozen vandals wearing dark clothing scattered in three different directions, police said. The suspects’ faces were covered, police said.

The photos above (courtesy of the San Jose Mercury News) were taken on the morning of Thursday, March 19, as the window was about to be replaced.

I went to Shattuck Square in Berkeley a few hours later to take pictures, and found that not only had the windows already been repaired, but — to my astonishment…


…the protesters were already back, brazenly demonstrating in front of the newly repaired windows, just a short time after they had been broken.


Pro-military counter-protesters got wind of the event and showed up as well, creating a defensive line around the office. (Notice the new window behind them; you can see in this photo I took last year during a previous incident that the window used to have a Marine Corps logo on it before it was broken.)


In an interview with The Daily Cal, Code Pink — one of the groups protesting — denied any responsibility for the window smashing, but added,

Joi said she did not know who was responsible for vandalizing the center, but that frustration with the Marines was understandable.

“It is not the right thing for us to do,” she said. “But I cannot tell (anyone) what the right thing is for (them) to do.”

In other words — we didn’t do it, but we don’t mind that it was done.

However, Code Pink wasn’t the only group there — World Can’t Wait was also on hand, and several apparently unaffiliated protesters — some of whom were masked, just like the attackers the night before. Hmmmmmm…

Note also the comical sign, “Racist ,Fa[s]cist, Pro War, Republican!” with an arrow pointing toward the center. Because, as everyone knows, no Democratic president has ever ordered the Marines into battle! They’re purely a Republican branch of the military.


The actual criminals themselves took a photo of their deed moments after smashing the window the night before, and posted it on IndyBay. Since IndyBay is likely to eventually redirect this link (they don’t like “outsiders” linking to their reports), here’s the text that accompanied the above photo:

At 9PM on March 18th, the eve of the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq, a group of persons wearing masks smashed the windows and splattered red paint at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Center in Berkeley, California.

The center has been the target of protests for the last 18 months, and stands as a symbol of U.S. militarism and imperialist wars. The act of property distruction stands alone as the embodyment of frustration of a people whos government does not listen to or care about them.

Police have not made any arrests but are reviewing the tape, said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. A sledgehammer and a crowbar were found in a nearby garbage can nearby, and are being reviewing as evidence. After breaking windows and improving the Marine Corps logo at the center, the group wearing masks and dark clothing scattered in three different directions, police said.

As of the time of this posting, no one involved has been arrested. The act was easy. You and a few friends could have pulled it off any day.

NO MORE IMPERIALIST WARS!!!

NO MORE GOVERNMENT!!!

SMASH THE STATE!!!


Predictably, Cindy Sheehan showed up as well. This is sort of her default location; when she has nothing better to do, she drifts back to the Marines office in Berkeley.


The circus continued all afternoon. Were the perpetrators among the crowd? Probably. But since they had been wearing masks, there was no way to tell.

45 Responses to “Radicals smash windows of Berkeley Marine Corps recruiting office, then blithely protest the next day”

  1. 1citruscanker on Mar 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm:

    “The center has been the target of protests for the last 18 months, and stands as a symbol of U.S. militarism and imperialist wars. The act of property distruction stands alone as the embodyment of frustration of a people whos government does not listen to or care about them.”

    ‘petulant children’ is the first words to come into mind after reading that quote.

  2. 2Ken on Mar 21, 2009 at 4:08 pm:

    “Note also the comical sign, ‘Racist ,Fa[s]cist, Pro War, Republican!’ ”

    Or the spelling error in the second picture. No escalation against Afganistan? Did they mean AfgHanistan?
    (although it is “afganistan” in the Pashto romanization…)

  3. 3Mauser on Mar 21, 2009 at 4:37 pm:

    “SMASH THE STATE!!!” – But only after the checks run out. –Anarchists on Welfare.

  4. 4Frank White on Mar 21, 2009 at 8:21 pm:

    Following their logic, I don’t see why we can’t bust their windows for disagreeing with them. However, I’m not sure those upperclass rich folks can handle it.

  5. 5Anonymous on Mar 22, 2009 at 12:38 am:

    If you don’t want to stand behind the troops, Your welcome to stand in front of them!

  6. 6WOMBAT on Mar 22, 2009 at 3:13 am:

    It’s funny how they destroy property while wearing masks and maintaining their anonimity afterward… they only criticize and offer no solutions- as if destruction of the status quo will solve everything… just like regular terrorists.

  7. 7nines09 on Mar 22, 2009 at 7:00 am:

    There is no other way of saying it. These folks are stone F’d up. What’s the tie that binds? Hatred. Good punch in the face time.

  8. 8Wil on Mar 22, 2009 at 8:59 am:

    Hyenas have more principles than these cowardly vermin.

    They have spent a lifetime enjoying the benefits and protections of the freedom and security provided for them by far better men than they — the Marines.

    This is how they show their gratitude.

    They should be made to walk point in Helmand and Fallujah.

  9. 9Skip Smith on Mar 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm:

    Zombie, I’m not sure why you’d be astonished that protesters and counter-protesters would show up that day. They were guaranteed media coverage by you and others due to the vandalism of the night before.

  10. 10Wm T Sherman on Mar 22, 2009 at 5:33 pm:

    Any chance that identifying info is (unknown to the perpetrators) incoroporated in the electronic file of the photograph posted at Indy?

  11. 11DangerousNate on Mar 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm:

    And smashing these windows will accomplish…what?

  12. 12Joe on Mar 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm:

    Geez, just declare Berzerkly a terrorist state and let the U.S. Marines deal with these illiterate and wacko protestors accordingly.

  13. 13GWB on Mar 23, 2009 at 6:08 am:

    “Following their logic, I don’t see why we can’t bust their windows for disagreeing with them. However, I’m not sure those upperclass rich folks can handle it.”

    “They have spent a lifetime enjoying the benefits and protections of the freedom and security provided for them by far better men than they — the Marines.”

    “It’s funny how they destroy property while wearing masks and maintaining their anonimity afterward… they only criticize and offer no solutions- as if destruction of the status quo will solve everything”

    HEY!! no fair using logic to explain the left’s actions. Didn’t you get the memo?

  14. 14ousslander on Mar 23, 2009 at 8:00 am:

    As if the Berkeley police are serious going to investigate this and arrest anyone.

  15. 15CattusMagnus on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm:

    If I am ever in Berkeley, I’m buying a bunch of cookies and taking them to the recruiters and I will thank them for serving their country. At least they can have a cookie whilst they watch the code pink imbiciles.

  16. 16Anonymous on Mar 23, 2009 at 4:26 pm:

    Being from a conservative family, the only contact I had with liberal’s was what I read in the papers or press. However, as a Military Veteran, I’ve tried to educate myself on what makes them tick. Ann Coulter explains it pretty well in her books. As a former police officer, I’ve dealt with frothing at the mouth raving lunatics-that sums up what these obviously brain dead people are. If people like that think the Marines are the enemy, I challange them to fly to Iran-especially the women-and see just how blessed they are to live in the USA. My son was a Marine for two years, and I couldn’t be more proud of him! Also, I hope they post their names and home address on the web-let’s go smash their windows and vandalize their property-if they can do it for a protest, so should we. SEMPER FI!

    natopeacekeeper97

  17. 17Manfred on Mar 24, 2009 at 4:47 am:

    In Texas, one can legally use deadly force to protect one’s property. Just sayin’

  18. 18nadadhimmi on Mar 25, 2009 at 4:31 am:

    Breaking windows proves how non-violent they are. The next logical step for Code Pink is for the leadership to go to Afghanistan and surrender themselves to the terrorists there. I would pay to see a video of the results. Come on Cindy, don’t be a wuss, stand by your convictions.

  19. 19Fenris on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:29 am:

    Is the paint naturally this orange? If so, I’d have blamed the World Can’t Wait.

    Then again, this could just be how the reporter’s camera handles color balance; the amateur photo shows it a LOT redder.

  20. 20Anonymous on Mar 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm:

    BUT BUT BUT…… they have THEIR president/congress/supreme court in charge. Republicans have no power. WTF are they ripping on Republicans for????? Go protest against the messiah- he orders the troops to battle and he wants the increase in AfgHanistan!!! What total asswipes!!! Logic is alien to them. They are evil and need to be destroyed.

  21. 21Stone K on Mar 26, 2009 at 1:04 pm:

    The ironic thing is the marines are not affected at all… It is the land lord who will have to pay out of his own pocket to fix the damage.

    So the only thing they did is slightly disrupt a legal business and put the owner of the building out $5000.

    On top of cookies for the Marines, some one should send the owner some cookies to thank him for tolerating the stupidity of the protesters.

  22. 22Anonymous on Mar 28, 2009 at 4:26 pm:

    Indymedia aids and abets criminal acts of anarchism and terrorism throughout the world. Just look at what happened in Athens a few months ago! They should be REQUIRED to turn over any IPs or other information they have about this crime, or have their servers raided and shut down.

    Furthermore, this is further evidence that the left is not all about “peace and justice.” They LOVE violence and war, just when we aren’t doing it!

  23. 23zombie on Mar 31, 2009 at 6:49 pm:

    26 Manfred
    And in Texas we also don’t like negros. Just sayin’

    27 GWB
    I know this is obvious, but #26 and #18 are not the same people. #26 is just some leftist nutjob trying (and failing) to discredit people with the old “everyone who doesn’t agree with me is rascist” ploy

    28 GWB
    Also, I know this is obvious, but Mexican people smell bad.

    I’m leaving these comments online to use as instructional examples of what a “moby” comment looks like: Leftists, imagining in some fantasy world that they are clever, come on to blogs all the time and leave fake racist comments, pretending to be conservatives. They fool no one, and only serve to discredit the Left. Furthermore, the fact that the Left needs to supply their own racist comments here proves that there never were any real racist comments in the first place.

    Keep it coming, bozos!

  24. 24Anonymous on Mar 31, 2009 at 8:10 pm:

    No one is suggesting martial law here, Squanto, neither are we advocating shredding the constitution.

    Funny how the only leftist to post clandestinely is the first to hurl around anti-homosexual rhetoric. I thought that was the modus operandi of the Republican Party.

    Either you’re a very poor troll, or an excellent example of the blatant hypocrisy of the left.

  25. 25Adam on Apr 1, 2009 at 7:26 am:

    Man alive, the trolls we are getting now are growing worse. Now, rather than at least trying to put up anything even remotely of substance that could contribute to a sane, civilized discussion of events, they are content to just sling petty insults at us and falsely accuse us of racism.
    Way to demonstrate how mature, intelligent, and knowledgeable on the issues you are.
    On Moonbattery, we recently had a problem with a bunch of vile trolls from 4Chan spamming the comments sections with repulsive, repetitive insults and obscenities, until the moderator deleted their vile posts and banned their IP addresses.

  26. 26Damien on Apr 1, 2009 at 12:24 pm:

    Ever notice how ugly these protesters are;) Small brains and scary faces… sound like Romero should do another Day of the Dead movie!

  27. 27Ciprian on Apr 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm:

    The title of post is not appropriate. Can you prove that the people who vandalized the recruiting office was the same who demanstrated later in front of it?

  28. 28Fenris on Apr 3, 2009 at 7:27 am:

    36: Well, I wouldn’t exactly throw 4chan in the pot with liberals. They have potshots at everybody.

  29. 29Dave Surls on Apr 7, 2009 at 9:52 pm:

    “Because, as everyone knows, no Democratic president has ever ordered the Marines into battle!”

    Yeah, most peaceniks I know, vote for the Dems, the party that brought you WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam and 600,000 American dead.

    Peaceniks are none too bright.

  30. 30Gor on Apr 8, 2009 at 12:03 am:

    Don’t forget the Dems are the ones who put Japanese-Americans into Internment Camps.

  31. 31Dave Surls on Apr 9, 2009 at 11:24 am:

    Oh, and negroes are none too bright either.

  32. 32Dave Surls on Apr 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm:

    #43

    You’re a liar being you post your foul shit using my name.

    You’re a coward because you’re too gutless to tell me who you are so I deal with you man to man.

    Typical leftist.

    No honor, no honesty, no balls.

  33. 33Dave Surls on Apr 9, 2009 at 8:13 pm:

    #43

    Hey, coward.

    Why don’t you post under your own name, and give me your address, I’ll come over to your house, then you can repeat to my face all the lies you’ve posted under my name to my face.

    How about it, lefty?

  34. 34Dave Surls on Apr 10, 2009 at 7:42 am:

    #43

    Or maybe when we meet I’ll find you attractive, and we can have anonymous gay sex. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to hold someone’s stiff, throbbing cock in my hand.

    How about it, lefty?

  35. 35Dave Surls on Apr 14, 2009 at 8:47 am:

    Yeah, I figured that’s how it was going to be.

    Like I said…typical lefty…dishonest and cowardly to the bone.

  36. 36Zach on Apr 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm:

    I am sure the police and media would have the EXACT same response if a Planned Parenthood window were broken and red paint thrown on it. I am also sure that if a pro-life group basically said “We wouldn’t do it, but we don’t condemn those who did” about an event like that, the media would ignore it. Sure.

  37. 37MondegreenMom on Apr 28, 2009 at 11:06 am:

    Thanks for the coverage Zombie! I watched this situation evolve and took heart in its very patheticness. Hopefully it was a final desperate act and CP and WCW will just wander off into the sunset.

    Did you see that WCW minion Daniel Santos is being touted on IndyBay as the hero of post Oscar Grant rioting? He is referred to as the only minor charged with felonies in the January 7 riots. His Mom must be so proud. I confess I didn’t realize he was so young and impressionable when he was behaving badly at the OSO — he won’t be eligible to be exploited by WCW as an adult for 3 years, or entrapped by the USMC OSO for 5 — of course, WCW will take him without a college degree.

  38. 38Chris on May 15, 2009 at 1:12 am:

    #10 Wm T Sherman

    Yea, easy to do. But you need a copy of the image. Preferably the orginial. And going off the post under it on the IndyBay site, I doubt they’d hand it over.

    #32 Dave Surls

    No-one deals man to man nowadays. Because they all believe “internet = anonymity” so they can take free shots. What’s really fun is when you get their IP and show them why that belief is false. :D

  39. 39Anonymous on May 16, 2009 at 2:32 pm:

    Isn’t it frightening to live in a country where the majority of people think torture is all right? they remind me of the sickest of the sick Dr. Rice who stated that the nuclear option is still on the table. Please keep this entire group of barbarians away from the red button

  40. 40Ян Козлов on Aug 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm:

    Интересно. Вообще чтение вашего блога это не просто глупое пролистывание последних новостей или чтениебреда про то, чем человек сегодня занимался, а нахождение реально полезной информации.

  41. 41شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:05 am:

    The title of post is not appropriate. Can you prove that the people who vandalized the recruiting office was the same who demanstrated later in front of it?

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  43. 43J on Jun 26, 2012 at 10:42 am:

    Well, busting someone’s window is a lot tamer of an action than showering a whole country with bombs like the military does. The WMD’s were a lie, and we invaded Iraq for oil companies. The fact Halliburton was a major contracting company should make this fact painfully obvious.

  44. 44Tony Vannaman on May 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm:

    I’ve the worst memory! I have had a notebook/planner for many years…I actually really don’t understand what I might do devoid of it!

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