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Gyrocopter Pilot Flew for Reform, Might Land in Prison


Gyrocopter Pilot Flew for Reform, Might Land in Prison

Medea Benjamin, Doug Hughes

Doug Hughes, a mailman from Florida who recently made headline news for flying his gyrocopter onto the West Lawn at the U.S. Capitol Building, will be in Washington DC for his first court hearing on May 21. Hughes has been charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and violating national airspace, which can potentially land him up to four years in prison, plus fines. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, recently had the chance to interview him about his cause of getting money out of politics.


"Right now, the public is getting “service” from Congress in the same way a cow is serviced by a bull." Classic. Also, like an ant colony strokes and milks its aphid farm.


"Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

Representative government centralizes power to dictators. Direct democracy decentralizes power to the people.

If we wait for government functionaries to make a move toward direct democracy and lose their power, we may be waiting for a long time.


The judge would probably not be amused if he brought his gyrocopter to court..