Two Million biker ride on Washington
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#1 Sep 10, 2013
National Park Service Accuses Biker Group of Lying About Why They Were Denied Permit for 9/11 D.C. Ride
Sep. 9, 2013 4:40pm Oliver Darcy
The U.S. National Park Service denied a biker organizations request for a permit to ride through the nations capital on September 11, in honor of those who were killed during the 2001 terrorist attacks, an NPS spokeswoman confirmed to TheBlaze Monday.
Carol Johnson, spokeswoman for the NPS, cited logistical concerns for denying the permit.
They (the NPS) looked at it (the permit application) and decided it would cause a severe service disruption of traffic both inside and outside the area around the mall, said Johnson, who then jokingly added [I] wish the bikers would leave me alone.
The size of the event, we cant manage, Johnson said.We couldnt provide adequate park police services and park police escorts and it would require a lot of road closures so it was denied.
The National Park Service denied a permit to a biker group for a no-stop ride through Washington, D.C. on September 11.(Image source: Facebook)
The NPS did, however, grant a permit to a Muslim organization to hold a million man march on the National Mall.
An organization calling themselves 2 Million Bikers to DC applied for the permit to ride their motorcycles through the nations capital to remember those who perished on September 11 and honor the armed forces.
The group said on Facebook they still plan to converge on D.C., despite lacking a permit.
We dont need no stinking permit! the group declared on Facebook.We have our constitutional rights and we shall ride!
Belinda Bee, the event organizer, told TheBlaze she was initially told by Sheila Gotha, from the NPS permits division, the groups permit was denied not for technical reasons, but because their event was slated for a week day and D.C. residents arent going to like that.
However, in a phone call with TheBlaze Monday, Gotha denied having made those comments or having any knowledge about why their permit was denied.
I dont know anything about this, so thats a lie, Gotha said.I dont have nothing to do with it I dont even know what you are talking about.
An email forwarded to TheBlaze by Bee, however, appears to show that Gotha was one of the NPS officials who participated in a meeting regarding the biker organizations request for a permit. In fact, the email says she was the organizer of the meeting to review the biker groups request for a permit.
An email forwarded to TheBlaze appears to show Sheila Gotha, who denied knowledge on Monday she knew about the permit application, was in fact the one who organized the meeting to review the biker groups request.
Bee fired back at Gotha on Monday, saying she was the one not telling the truth.
We had a conference call with Sheila Gotha, said Bee.That is a lie. You can quote me on that.
Johnson said she was unsure if the bikers riding through D.C. would be cited by authorities since they dont have a permit.
A spokesperson for the National Parks Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheBlaze Monday.
Organizers said thousands of bikers are expected to participate in the ride through D.C. on September 11.
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