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Iraq War embed Rob McClure, witness to war crimes he didn’t report, suffers phantom pain in gonads he never had.

DENVER, COLORADO- Today Occupy Denver political prisoner Corey Donahue was given a nine month sentence for a 2011 protest stunt. Judge Nicole Rodarte's unexpected harsh sentence came after the court read the victim statement of CBS4 cameraman Rob McClure, who said he still feels the trauma of the uninvited "cupping [of his] balls" while he was filming the 2011 protest encampment at the state capitol. Donahue admits that McClure was the target of a "nut-tap", but insists it was feigned, as occupiers demonstrated their disrespect to the corporate news crews who were intent on demonizing the homeless participants even as Denver riot police charged the park. Though a 2012 jury convicted Donahue of misdemeanor unwanted sexual contact, witnesses maintain there was no physical contact. Of course simply the implication of contact would have humiliated McClure in front of the battalion of police officers amused by the antic. That's authentic sexual trauma, just as a high school virgin is violated when a braggart falsely claims to have of engaged them in sexual congress. Donahue was wrong, but how wrong? Can professionals who dish it out claim infirmity when the tables are turned? Ultimately the joke was on Donahue, because his mark turned out to be far more vulnerable than his dirty job would have suggested. The CBS4 cameraman who Donahue picked on was a louse's louse. Off limits? While some might assert there is no context which would excuse touching a stranger's genital region, I'm not sure the rule of no hitting below the belt is a civility to which folks facing riot cops are in accord. Protesters can't shoot cops, they can't spit at cops, in fact protesters have to pull all their punches. Some would have you believe demonstrators should do no more than put daisies in police gun barrels, all the while speaking calmly with only pleasant things to say. Let me assure you, simply to defy police orders is already a humiliation for police. What's some pantomimed disrespect? Humiliating riot cops is the least unarmed demonstrators can do against batons and shields and pepper spray. Should the authorities' private parts be off limits for a public's expression of discontent? Jocks wear jock straps precisely because private parts aren't off sides. It's tempting to imagine that all cops are human beings who can be turned from following orders to joining in protestations of injustice and inequity. This is of course nonsense. But it's even more delusional to think corporate media cameras and reporters will ever take a sympathetic line to the travails of dissidents. Media crews exploit public discontent just as riot cops enjoy the overtime. Media crews gather easy stories of compelling interest from interviewees eager to have their complaints be understood. Corey Donahue On October 15, 2011, Rob McClure turned his camera off when the narrative wasn't fitting the derogatory spin he wanted to put on the homeless feeding team which manned Occupy Denver's kitchen, dubbed "The Thunderdome." Donahue observed the cameraman's deliberate black out of the savory versus the

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