The mystery of who swapped the American flag with two white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge last week has finally ended. The Rev. Bud Green, a marijuana activist and founder of the POT (People Opposing Tyranny) Party, confessed.
The Reverend Bud Green admitted on his website that he and members of the POT party, a pro-marijuana and anti-government organization, were the ones who put up the flags on July 22.
According to his “sermon” on his website, he was going to replace the white flags later with two other flags “to symbolize the beginning of a new American Revolution to be led by Pot Party Supporters.” One flag was going to be of a marijuana leaf on a white background and the words “Don’t Tread on Me” and a second flag with a General Electric logo covered with a Nazi swastika with bombs and guns in the background. He said he chose GE because it owns a large media company, NBC.
However, he said “the fascist police prevented us from doing it with their constant surveillance.”
The 49-year-old reverend and leader of the POT Party spoke to The New York Daily News on Thursday and said the act was not terrorism, as initially reported by the media.
"It was interesting that nobody knew what to make of it. It was interesting that people took it as a terror risk. We believe in nonviolent civil disobedience. The government has everybody scared s------s. Was Martin Luther King Jr. a terrorist? Was Abbie Hoffman a terrorist? The government is trying to silence people."
Green told The Daily News he didn’t personally execute the switching of the flags but came up with the idea. He said the people who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge were “professionals" and he didn’t know their names.
“The people who contacted me are big Obama supporters and they’re disappointed in him. He fed the military-industrial complex,” Green said.
— Elan Barnehama (@ElanBarnehama) July 26, 2014
On July 22, New York City police investigated how the two American flags that normally sit atop the Brooklyn Bridge’s 273-foot towers were replaced with white flags. Authorities did not know who was responsible for the act, or why—some calling it terrorism, a surrender or art. Days later, police found the DNA of the people that climbed to the top but it did not bring them any closer to finding out their identities, The New York Times reported.
Police did not confirm to The New York Daily News whether or not The Rev. Bud Green was a suspect
Green, who said he used to work as a producer on the “Jerry Springer Show” and lives in Southern California, said he is the only one taking responsibility for the switcheroo so far.
“You look at my history and you’ll see I’m telling the truth,” he said. “I didn’t personally do it, but it was my idea. I believe in being showy and being political. You have to make a spectacle of yourself.”
As a marijuana activist since the 1980s, Green, who claims he is running for "Prez" in 2016, said his solution for the world is to “smoke weed and chill out.”
“It keeps people wondering what they were about. 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."
He continued: “The government, the media, they control the flag and that flag is bull—t. It doesn’t stand for freedom. It stands for tyranny.”