Frum– a neo-con policy maker who is often credited with coining the phrase 'Axis of Evil'– allegedly lost his temper when he recognized Stewart Howe, of We Are Change L.A., from a previous book signing. Howe approached Frum to ask a question when Frum became angry, and then violent, reports indicate.
Frum told Howe, "The one thing I regret from our last conversation is that I didn't say to you what my friend Christopher Hitchens said… which is, you should fuck off." [expletive is reportedly a direct quote]
According to Howe, David Frum then got up from behind the book signing table and swung at Stewart and his camera while he was phrasing a question about the unraveling 9/11 cover-up and potential criminal charges.
Frum could be the first of former Bush Administration officials to actually get violent with reporters, though a number of mainstream media outlets have called for violence against 9/11 truthers, and at least one Bush supporter physically attacked a truther last week.
David Frum was quoted as saying, "Turn off the camera. Go away!" as he smacked the camera during the book signing event.
Howe replied "I will not go away. I will not turn off the camera. We are in public. Are you worried, perhaps, about the criminal liability of being a partner to mass murder after the fact? You know that is a real concern because the truth is coming out."
Reportedly, David Frum swung repeatedly at the camera during this statement before members of event security separated him from Howe and sent him back to his seat. Moments later, Frum got up from his seat to assault Howe for a second time after over-hearing a discussion with the security guard regarding 'the neo-con agenda laid out in PNAC documents.'
David Frum allegedly tried to break the camera while Howe announced to the recording that "he's assaulting me, and I have it on film."
Frum then said, "I don't want to be on your camera." Stewart Howe responded, "We're in public. I've just been assaulted by David Frum on film."
Security escorted the We Are Change L.A. reporter from the event on grounds that he was obstructing the book signing, though the guard agreed that Howe had a right to free speech and that Frum had assaulted him.
Members of the book signing staff objected that he was holding up the line. Howe objected that no one was in-line and that he had asked the question in a civil and polite manner.
Members of We Are Change L.A. tried to clarify the incident with David Frum during an event the following day (April 27th) where reporters say Frum again became upset and battered their cameras.
Two members of We Are Change in New York were recently assaulted for asking a question during a Laura Bush speaking event. Gary Talis was falsely charged with 3rd degree Assault and framed in the NY Post as having attacked a girl in a wheelchair despite the fact that witnesses on the scene say that it was actually the girl's father who had provoked the fight with Talis and even used his disabled daughter 'as a weapon.'
Multiple neo-con blogs then called for violence to be carried out against Talis, despite the fact that the NY Post account contradicted the police report.
The response of provocation and violence has been entirely unilateral on the part of neo-conservatives and their supporters– an unfortunate response to the peaceful activism of We Are Change and other 9/11 truth groups that have proved effective at holding members of the establishment accountable.
The use of violence to combat peaceful activism was first called for in talking points from the mainstream media and is now being put into action by neo-con thugs everywhere to intimidate and challenge those trying to expose the truth.
Howe is considering pressing charges against the former Bush Administration speech writer in relation to assault/battery on the basis of video evidence and security eyewitnesses.