Freedom of Expression or a Step Too Far?

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There are a lot of American flags in Copenhagen, but two in particular are creating a buzz.  Right on Main Street, the two American Flags are hung upside down.

The woman who hung them that way is a Fort Drum soldier.

That woman told 7 News she couldn not give us her name or speak publicly because of her affiliation with the military, but she did tell us why she is flying the flags upside down: It is in protest of President Barack Obama's reelection.

She says Obama is trying to destroy the country and this is her expression of disapproval. 

But as you can imagine, this expression is ruffling some feathers in the community.

"It just seems kind of disappointing that someone who raises their right hand to protect and defend the Constitution and the flag that represents the whole country chooses to fly the flag upside down in some kind of protest," said the woman's neighbor, Adam Boulio.

Since Barack Obama is president and therefore the head of the military, he is every soldier's commanding officer. That worries Boulio, a former member of the military himself, even more.

"You always walk a fine line when you're in the military because like it or not, you're in uniform, so there's only so much you can do or say if you have some active opposition to your command or to the leadership, but there are professional ways to do that, and I don't think this is one of them," he said.

There are others who feel the woman has every right to fly the flag as she wishes.

"It's her right. She's protesting something," said another neighbor, Mark Souva. "There's no disrespect to the flag that I know of, I just haven't had a chance to talk with her to see what the full story is."

The woman says she plans on flying the flags upside down until the end of Obama's second term.

For people like Boulio, that's four more years of looking at those stripes and stars, in place of the stars and stripes they'd like to see.

Sunday, August 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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