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Rev. Bud Green Takes Credit for Brooklyn Bridge Flag Stunt

The bleached white flag was seen atop the Brooklyn Bridge on the morning of July 22. Freedom Tower is at the left.

California marijuana activist Rev. Bud Green says he was behind the mysterious changing of the flags that took place in the early morning hours on July 22 on the Brooklyn Bridge. "I can finally reveal that it was members of the new Pot Party that put up the bleached White Flags in NY that the whole country is talking about," says Green, who leads the little-known party.

Rev. Bud Green lights up on "The Joan Rivers Show."

"The Flags symbolize the need for the new Pledge of No Allegiance that the Rev. Bud Green and the Pot Party revealed to the Public on the Fourth of July," he posted at his website. "On the night of July 22, brave members of the Pot Party and supporters of my candidacy for Prez in 2016 courageously climbed up and put up the new bleached flags. The original plan was then to replace the bleached flags with 2 new flags but the fascist police prevented us from doing it with their constant surveillance. The 2 new flags were gonna be the Pot Party flag which is a marijuana leaf with the revolutionary slogan Don’t Tread on Me to symbolize the beginning of a new American Revolution to be led by Pot Party Supporters. The other flag was to represent what the good old USA has become now that we are fully under the control of the Republicratic party and the united corporations of America. This flag was to be a logo of corporate media conglomerate GE and a Nazi Swastika with a background of bombs and guns. This unfortunately is what Amerikkka has become and is exactly why we need civil disobedience and non violent Revolution to truly change this country. Please smoke the Peace Pipe with the holy herb and rebel against the military industrial complex and the evil one percent. That is the meaning of why we put up the bleached American Flags.  Remember to recite the new Pledge of No Allegiance. Please repeat after me, I Pledge no Allegiance to the United Corporations of America, and to the right wing dictatorship for which it stands, one nation, under the devil, with liberty and justice for only the rich pigs who can afford it. Put that it in your pipe and smoke it Fox News."

Green adds on Facebook:

'It was some of my supporters of my presidential run and the new Pot Party who put up the bleached American Flags on July 22 in NYC.'

But New York officials are not buying it. “We're only looking into him because it came to our attention,” a source tells the Daily News. “I’d be surprised if it turned into anything. I doubt this guy's story has a lot of credibility.”

Green's team used bleached American flags instead of ones with pot leaves. What exactly was the point then? "It keeps people wondering what they were about," he tells the News. "It stands for peace. It stands for surrender. It would make people think about what's going in. Also the wars. Our solution to the wars is for people to smoke weed and chill out."

Green tells CelebStoner that the original plan was to make their statement on the Empire State Building, but then switched to the Brooklyn Bridge. He says it was anarchists who did the job and he made sure to not know who they were. As to the bleached white flags, Green says a pot-leaf woud have been too obvious. "As you can see, the white flags have people talking about the new Pot Party that we started," he explains.

Update: Two Germans, Mischa Leinkauf and Matthias Wermke, have since claimed they climbed the towers and made the flags switch. “We saw the bridge, which was designed by a German, trained in Berlin, who came to America because it was the place to fulfill his dreams, as the most beautiful expression of a great public space,” Leinkauf says. “That beauty was what we were trying to capture.”

Green begs to differ with this storyline: "My German co-conspirators have revealed their role in great flag switch on the Brooklyn Bridge that Rev. Bud Green and the new Pot Party masterminded last month. The 2 Germans who were given the code names Hanz and Franz by my associate on the ground, Osama Bin Bongen, have decided to leave out one important fact...that Rev. Bud Green and the Pot Party were the masterminds behind the ingenious plot to remove the Amerikkkan flags on the Brooklyn Bridge and replace them first with the bleached American flags and then shortly after with the new Pot Party flag and another one representing what our United Corporations of Amerikkka have done to our once great country. Hanz and Franz have decided to sell out to the corporate clown line that Rev. Bud had nothing to do with it all and there was nothing political about it. How interesting that they come out with their so called exclusive story in the corporate controlled and CIA run NY Times. the times has a long history of employing govt. undercover agents as their reporters and those of you with a memory will recall that the NY Times was the publication which led the govt. propaganda campaign against the infamous San Jose Mercury News story which detailed how the CIA was responsible for creating the crack cocaine epidemic in our inner cities during the 1980s. Don't be fooled again by the CIA special psy-ops, Rev. Bud Green is solely responsible for the plot in the great Brooklyn Bridge flag switch. Remember Turn on, Tune in and Revolt against the corporate pigs that control Amerikkka."

Green, who in '90s worked for The Jerry Springer Show and was known for lighting up on TV programs like The Joan Rivers Show (see below), says he's "making a political comeback after working in the media for a number of years."

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Steve Bloom

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