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RNC Police Handcuff Children and Arrest Journalists

Police Terrorize Children, Reporters and Other Dangerous Criminals

George Washington’s Blog
September 3, 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi1eluuDGss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGHa9UBlUcc

Federal and local law enforcement officers are literally terrorizing people in Minneapolis for their thought crimes.

Police have essentially been waging preemptive war by infiltrating, tracking and disrupting every-day Americans who disagree with the current administration’s policies.

As former constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald wrote on August 31st:

“We have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do.”

As Greenwald and others note, those targeted were little old ladies and grandfathers, vegetarians, and other people who are not a threat to anyone.

And as law school professor and President of the well-respected legal group National Lawyers Guild, Marjorie Cohn, writes:

“Local police and sheriffs, working with the FBI, conducted preemptive searches, seizures and arrests. Glenn Greenwald described the targeting of protestors by ‘teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets.’ Journalists were detained at gunpoint and lawyers representing detainees were handcuffed at the scene.’I was personally present and saw officers with riot gear and assault rifles, pump action shotguns,’ said Bruce Nestor, the President of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who is representing several of the protestors. ‘The neighbor of one of the houses had a gun pointed in her face when she walked out on her back porch to see what was going on. There were children in all of these houses, and children were held at gunpoint.’”

Cohn notes that “preventive detention violates the Fourth Amendment” (you’re supposed to have a justification for imprisonment, not just thought crimes).

Then today, the police set out to publicly intimidate Americans before any protests had even begun outside the Republican National Convention:

“The brigades of police officers would periodically chant military terms and march around in formation (’Double Time!’), while helicopters hovered overhead and Humvees drove by frequently.

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Clearly, and particularly in the wake of this weekend’s thuggish raids, the intent was to create a highly intimidating, militarized and high-tension climate.”

Once the protests started, the police fired rubber bullets, teargas, pepper spray and concussion grenades at protesters, then arrested them en masse.

They also specifically targeted established journalists (and see this) simply for trying to cover the protests. What’s next . . . assassinating reporters like the U.S. did in Iraq?

 

Police Seize Journalists Notes About RNC Protest Plans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIm-IWaOPjo


RNC cops cuff, terrorize five-year-old

Five-year-old child handcuffed and terrorized; activists allege program of intimidation

Coldsnap Legal Collective
August 30, 2008

In an outrageous series of state-sanctioned actions, police raided an activist “Convergence Space” and several homes in the past 24 hours, detaining multiple people on extraordinarily flimsy pretences, arresting several, confiscating computers and laptops, and even handcuffing a small child.

Beginning at 9:17 p.m. last night, with the raid on the St. Paul Convergence Space, and continuing throughout the day today, police harassment and brutality towards the local community has proceeded at an alarming pace. At least five separate raids have been reported throughout the Twin Cities, with the primary focus appearing to be the confiscation of computers and personal affects.

“These actions are clearly intended to have a chilling effect on dissent prior to the launch of the Republican National Convention,” said Natalia, a local activist and mother of two, who asked that her surname be withheld. “The message being conveyed is: ‘If need be, we will terrorize your children to dissuade you from voicing your opinion.’”

Read Full Article Here

St. Paul in the Hot Seat over Journalist Arrests
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim..-paul-authorities-get-t_b_124293.html

78-Year-Old Nun Arrested At RNC Protest
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/31/national/main4401941.shtml

Amy Goodman: Why We Were Falsely Arrested
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/377611_amyonline04.html

Amy Goodman and Two Democracy Now! Producers Unlawfully Arrested at RNC
http://www.infowars.com/?p=4273

Guns Drawn, Cops Bust in on Citizens Who Plan to Protest RNC
http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/97093

Video Coverage of RNC Protest Police Raids
http://www.infowars.com/?p=4250

 



Military Guard Units Policing RNC Protesters

Military Guard Units Policing RNC Protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ys95WrvjR0

After violent Labor Day protests in which 286 people were arrested near the Republican convention, law enforcement personnel made a dramatic show of force on Tuesday by deploying military units in more-visible locations around the Xcel Energy Center. A scheduled demonstration to raise awareness of poverty took place but drew no more than 500 people, far fewer than Monday’s anti-war march.

“There may be less criminal action, but we do not expect there to be no criminal action,” St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said at a press conference on Tuesday morning, emphasizing that the city was prepared to confront any new threats. He hailed the work of the police during Monday’s clashes as well as the raids over the weekend for disrupting the plans of one anarchist group intent on derailing the convention.

Convention-goers and press members arriving at the convention on Tuesday morning were greeted by imposing lines of National Guardsmen at security checkpoints. “The demonstrators who were committing some of these violent acts were really taking a lot of energy and time from the cops,” said Capt. Shannon Purvis of the Minnesota National Guard. “The National Guard was able to give them some relief. They needed a break.”

Some 1,200 National Guard members from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Alaska are here this week to help provide security. The soldiers and airmen — some of whom recently completed tours in Iraq — received extra training in crowd control and dealing with protesters before the convention, Purvis said.

No National Guard members were in sight as marchers gathered in Mears Park on Tuesday afternoon, but bicycle cops lined the block and police on horseback and clad in riot gear waited in the wings. Members of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, which organized the march, were determined to make that show of force unnecessary, however, and made a point of separating themselves from the demonstrators who had caused trouble on Monday.

In a speech at the rally, Cheri Honkala, the group’s national organizer, put any anarchists in the crowd on notice that they weren’t welcome to turn an event intended to benefit the poor into an excuse for violence. “I don’t care if you’re dressed all in black,” she yelled through a megaphone. “But if you put my baby in danger, you’re going to be accountable to me.”

Despite the group’s entreaties, a scuffle broke out and a squad of mounted police officers quickly moved to take control. A standoff developed in which young protesters shouted insults at the police; officers maced several people — including at least two who were wearing reflective vests reading “MN Peace Team” — in the face. Three people were eventually arrested, and one young man fell to the ground in an apparent seizure.

The situation was finally defused by the start of the march, which set off about 6 p.m., nearly two hours later than scheduled. Although the marchers had a permit from the city, they made clear their intention to deviate from the approved route to go past the Ramsey County jail, where those arrested on Monday are being held, and to the gates of the Xcel Center. “We’re operating in a nonviolent way, and we expect police to do the same,” said Peter Cooper, a march organizer.

Despite the scattered confrontations, the day was notably calmer than Monday. As of press time, St. Paul police reported that they had arrested 10 people. Meanwhile, many of those booked on Monday on misdemeanor charges were bring released, some within an hour of being processed at the jail, according to Bruce Nestor, a local lawyer and president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

 

AP Reporter assaulted by police

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d24r9DoH2-8

 

Cops launch grenades at protesters

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YW_CLy9uI0

 

This is What Your Democracy Looks Like!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlpxIIJ09X4

 

Girl holds a flower, gets pepper sprayed

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kyvsc1ktgJE

 

Martial Law at the Republican National Convention

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bsn6jN0p21w

Police to fight crime with stink bombs and Spiderman nets
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new..stink-bombs-and-Spiderman-nets.html

Police deny using excessive force against RNC protesters
http://edition.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/09/04/convention.protests/

Local Student Injured in RNC Protest
http://www.nbcactionnews.com/news..e1-f379-4d48-a51c-b4eebb99f8a9

Rage Guitarist: Government Sponsored Terror “Embedded in the DNA” Of American Politics
http://www.infowars.net/articles/September2008/040908Morello.htm

Fox host: RNC protesters should just be left in jail
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Fox_ho..sters_should_be_0902.html

 



Dalai Lama: Chinese may have killed 140 Tibetans

Dalai Lama: Chinese may have killed 140 Tibetans

AFP
August 21, 2008

Chinese security forces opened fire on a crowd this week in eastern Tibet and may have killed 140 people, the Dalai Lama told a French daily on Thursday.

“The Chinese army again fired on a crowd on Monday August 18, in the Kham region in eastern Tibet,” he told Le Monde. “One hundred and forty Tibetans are reported to have been killed, but the figure needs to be confirmed.”

He said that since March, when China cracked down on protests against Chinese rule in the Himalayan territory, “reliable witnesses say that 400 people have been killed in the region of (Tibetan capital) Lhasa alone.”

Read Full Article Here

 

China sentences elderly women to labor camp for “re-education”

NY Times
August 20, 2008

Two elderly women could face a year of “reeducation through labor” because they applied for permits to demonstrate during the Olympics, according to one of the would-be protesters.

Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of “re-education through labor” after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.

The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five visits to the police this month in an effort to get permission to protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the demolition of their homes in Beijing.

During their final visit on Monday, public security officials informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for “disturbing the public order,” according to Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son.

Mr. Li said his mother and Ms. Wang, who used to be neighbors before their homes were demolished to make way for a redevelopment project, were allowed to return home but were told they could be sent to a detention center at any moment. “Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?” he asked. He said Ms. Wang was nearly blind.

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Beijing Police “Rough Up” Two AP Photographers, Detain More Activists
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5i..HCWZ5QzIAD92MOVBO1

List of Labor Camps Released to International Journalists in China
http://en.epochtimes.com/n2/china/list..ternational-journalists-china-3119.html

 



Sky News lies: Tskhinvali ruins used to smear Russians

Sky News lies: Tskhinvali ruins used to smear Russians

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbiDjgO_7a0

 

U.S. Press bashing the Georgian assault on South Ossetia

 

Russia Ambassador to UN: Media creates “propaganda background” on Russian occupation in Gori

Georgia’s last Russian-language TV channel off air
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/29205

Moscow Accuses U.S. TV Of Gagging Victims
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/29104

Media spreading disinformation – Russia’s UN ambassador
http://noworldsystem.com/20..n-russia%e2%80%99s-un-ambassador/

INFOWAR – CNN Lies About Gori Bombings by Russia
http://noworldsystem.com/2008/08/15/cnn-lies-about-gori-bombings-by-russia/

 



Gorbachev: Georgia Started Conflict by Attacking South Ossetia
Gorbachev: Georgia Started Conflict, Planned the Attack and Waged an “Information War”

 

PROOF: Georgia started hostilities in South Ossetia

 

Georgia is a U.S. Project – Russian FM

 

Interview with the former president of Georgia E. Shevarnadze

 

Media briefing of Russia’s General Staff

 

Fox News journalist runs for his life from Georgian fire

Related News:

Medvedev promises to guarantee any vote by Abhkazia and South Ossetia to break with Tbilisi
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/aug/15/russia.georgia

Georgia ‘will join NATO’: Merkel
http://www.spacewar.com/reports/Georgia_will_join_NATO_Merkel_999.html

Russia’s NATO envoy calls U.S. missile shield ‘dead cat’
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080815/116072788.html

War in South Ossetia – 89 pictures taken by a Russian soldier
http://www.navoine.ru/forum/viewtopic.php?p=551

Schroeder blames ‘gambler’ Saakashvili for conflict
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/29100

Row escalates after Fox New’s interview with 12 year old girl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWE3XAV34kI

South Ossetians Describe Georgian Bombings in Detail
http://www.washingtonpost…08/16/AR2008081602253.html?nav=rss_world

Ossetians collect evidence of Georgian ‘genocide’
http://www.russiatoday.com/features/news/29086

Georgian provinces likely to join Russia
http://www.edmontonsun.com/Comment/2008/08/17/6478751-sun.html

UK & U.S. Threaten To Oust Russia From G-8
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=66578&sectionid=351020602

Nato is pushing Russia into a new Cold War
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/a..o-pushing-Russia-new-Cold-War.html

Rice Tells Russia To Quit Immediately
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/32664dba-6aca-11dd-b613-0000779fd18c.html

Bush accuses Russia of ‘bullying’ Georgia
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/afp/200808..-conflict-0d84f64.html

Russians prepare two security strips in Georgia as Rice lands in Tbilisi
http://www.debka.com/headline.php?hid=5511

Czech President: Russians not villains, Georgians not victims
http://www.radio.cz/en/article/107261

Chavez blames US for war in Georgia
http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=66651&sectionid=351020704

 



Iran: West uses media to control world

Iran: West uses media to control world

Press TV
August 8, 2008

The Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has criticized western powers for using media outlets as a means of ruling the world.

Superpowers use media outlets to dominate other countries, wage wars and spread enmity across the world, said President Ahmadinejad speaking at a Thursday ceremony on the occasion of the national ‘Journalists Day’.

He called on Iranian media and journalists to do their best to counter western media propaganda campaigns aimed at downplaying the country’s capabilities and achievements.

“Today, we are tasked with presenting the world with accurate image of Iran,” the Iranian president concluded.

Read Full Article Here

 



CNN Lies About Gori Bombings by Russia

Info War – CNN Lies About Gori Bombings by Russia

 

Russian Cameraman: CNN Aired Misleading Footage
Broadcaster showed Georgian forces attacking South Ossetia, claimed it was Russians attacking Gori

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet
August 12, 2008

CNN is airing misleading footage of the war between Georgia and Russia, skewing public opinion in favor of the Georgians, according to a Russia Today cameraman interviewed this morning.

The Russia Today satellite TV company aired the interview on its English language news channel but the story is yet to appear on the Internet or in any other news outlet.

The Russian cameraman charged that CNN had used his footage of Georgian forces attacking Russian civilians in Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of South Ossetia, but then claimed it showed Russians attacking Georgians in the Georgian town of Gori.

The Georgian assault on Tskhinvali, described as an act of genocide and a war crime by Russian officials and other eyewitnesses, led to the slaughter of at least 2,000 civilians. The fact that Georgia, backed by the U.S. and Israel, were responsible for the provocation that led to the Russian response, has been buried by the majority of western corporate media.

Western media bias to skew popular opinion in favor of the U.S. and NATO client state Georgia was evident from the very start of the conflict.

As we reported yesterday, a prime example of media bias in shielding Georgia from responsibility for the carnage is the fact that news outlets like the BBC continue to report that thousands of civilians were killed in Georgia, ith the obvious inference being that these are victims of the Russian onslaught. But these victims were not killed in Georgia, they were killed in Ossetia – by Georgian forces.

As the Chimes of Freedom Blog elaborates, “While the Ossetians claimed over 1000 dead the BBC neither reported this or any newsreel coming out of Ossetia showing the destruction caused by the Georgian shelling of the breakaway republic. All we are getting is one-sided reports of the destruction being caused by the Russians.”

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev this morning ordered an immediate halt to Russia’s military operations against Georgia.

“The purpose of the operation has been achieved…. The security of our peacekeeping forces and the civilian population has been restored,” Interfax quoted him as saying.

UPDATE: Russia Today has now posted the following on their website and uploaded a video.

 

Russian media suppressed in Georgia

Russian Hackers Continue Attacks On Web Sites
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200..1NwOoTO6GRL.Z38vINk24cA

Russia points to media bias in coverage of S.Ossetia conflict
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080810/115936076.html

Russia Today’s Web Site Attacked
http://www.russiatoday.com/news/news/28835

Georgian president’s Web site moves to Atlanta
http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D92G6SGO0&show_article=1

Georgia: Russia ’conducting cyber war’
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/..-Russia-conducting-cyber-war.html

U.S. Media Distorts Reality Of Georgia/Russia Conflict
http://www.roguegovernment.com/news.php?id=11387