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Secret Service & FBI Intel Center Oversees RNC Protests

Secret Service & FBI Intel Center Oversees RNC Protests

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

Colorado ’fusion center’ to step up intelligence gathering during DNC
http://www.coloradoindependent.com/4424/colo..elligence-gathering-during-dnc/

ACLU Weighs In On Attempt to Expand Law Enforcement Intelligence Systems
http://www.aclu.org/natsec/spying/36598prs20080829.html?s_src=RSS

ACLU Slams Classified FBI Memorandum Directing Law Enforcement to Engage in Protest Suppression Tactics
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/general/16960prs20031123.html

 



RNC Protester Tortured in Ramsey County Jail

RNC Protester Tortured in Ramsey County Jail
Elliot Hughes recounts allegations of torture while being detained in Ramsey County Jail. Hughes was detained during an RNC08 protest after reportedly colliding with a police bicycle on accident. …

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNc9ImWpNT0

 



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

 



Concentration Camp Set Up For DNC Protesters

Concentration Camp Set Up For DNC Protesters
Cells topped with barbed wire to be used to hold protesters rounded up in mass arrests

Steve Watson
Infowars.net
August 15, 2008

A CBS news crew has uncovered a huge warehouse holding facility in Denver, consisting of steel cages topped with barbed wire, ready to receive thousands of protesters at this year’s Democratic National Convention.

“This is a building filled with metal holding cells,” described CBS reporter Rick Sallinger. “We showed up at the facility unannounced today, the doors were wide open, and we managed to shoot for several minutes until a Denver sheriff’s captain asked us to leave.”

The warehouse is located on the north-east side of Denver and is owned by the city. It appears that officials wanted to keep it a secret until the convention began. The police captain captured on film warned that if made public, the facility could be compromised “by people who are potentially trying to be disruptive.”

The CBS footage shows a huge area of metal chain-link cells that measure 5 yards by 5 yards, topped with rolls of barbed wire. Each pen is adorned with an identifying letter.

Signs on the walls of the warehouse read “Warning! Electric stun devices used in this facility.”

On seeing the footage one local political organizer told the crew it resembled a “concentration camp”, while another described it as a “meat processing plant”. The facility has already been dubbed “Gitmo On The Platte”.

Watch the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQEc3ejHIaM

Such “prison camps” were also used in 2004 during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The areas close to the DNC in Boston consisted of concrete walls, barriers and metal cages with barbed wire.

The areas were invisible to the Fleet Center where the convention was held and were referred to as “Boston’s Camp X-Ray”.

At the 2004 RNC in New York holding pens were also employed as protestors and innocent people were swept up in mass arrests and transferred to then-recently closed Hudson Pier Depot at Pier 57 on the Hudson River in Manhattan.



The facility was quickly dubbed “Little Gitmo” as thousands were bound and paraded into a large warehouse area behind steel caging.

This was taken from inside a portable bathroom at Pier 57. You can see people being lined up to get inside the huge pen. Throughout this 30 second clip, a chant of “Let Us Go!” starts in one part of the complex and quickly spreads to every corner. Learn more about the photographer’s experience here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6PNQGKTj6k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9bCfM8EDd0

More recntly, such holding areas have been employed in conjunction with the Orwellian concept of “free speech zones”.

The Secret Service has been granted the power to declare “first amendment areas”. They scout locations where the president is scheduled to speak, or pass through, target those who carry anti-Bush signs and escort them to the protest pens prior to and during the event.

Inevitably the pens are far away from the event location and well away from any media spotlight.

Holding pens will also be employed at the RNC later this year with local law enforcement working with the secret service to designate the areas in Minneapolis.

 

We Are Change Colorado Check Out DNC Detention Camps and Break Exclusive Footage

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_-CIat6Bdw

Photos and Videos From Inside New York’s Pier 57 Detention Center
http://www.thememoryhole.com/policestate/pier57/

Bush protesters get $50,000 settlement for unlawful strip-search at RNC 2004
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-ia-bushprotesters,0,2510112.story

City Defends ‘Secret Jail’ Built For DNC
http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=97741&catid=188

Huge protests expected at political conventions
http://www.reuters.com/article/newsOne/idUSN1250765520080815

DNC Protesters Outraged Over Makeshift Razor-Wire Jail in Denver Warehouse
http://www.breitbart.tv/?p=154223

News Crew Crashes DNC Concentration Camp
http://rawstory.com/news/2008/News_..s_DNC_massdetention_0815.html

 



NYPD Cops Beat Already Restrained Man With Batons

NYPD Cops Beat Already Restrained Man With Batons

NY Post
July 31, 2008

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2034309134615835532&hl=en

The day after a video emerged of a cop knocking a cyclist to the ground, a second video alleging police brutality surfaced today in which an NYPD officer is seen whaling away at a man’s legs with a baton.

The footage – shot on July 4 on the Lower East Side – shows Officer Maurice Harrington repeatedly hitting Michael Cephus, 46, on his legs with a collapsible metal baton as he struggles with officers trying to cuff him.

Harrington – a four-year veteran working out of the 52nd Precinct in The Bronx – had his badge and gun taken away and was placed on modified duty when the tape was turned over to the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Read Full Article Here

 

Police Given Medals After Raiding Wrong House

Star Tribune
July 30, 2008

First, the city apologized. Then it gave awards.

Eight Minneapolis officers received medals in City Hall Monday for their valor in a botched raid that the city apologized for last year. That isn’t sitting well with the family shot at multiple times by the officers.

“I’m shocked that they’re receiving awards for that night,” said Yee Moua. “My family is a mess right now. My [9-year-old] son, who saw the shooting, still has nightmares and has needed therapy. They’ve ruined a life, and I don’t understand why they would get rewarded for that.”

The awards stemmed from a high-risk search in December. The eight officers — who had SWAT training — entered the house expecting to find a violent gang member. Instead, they found Vang Khang, a 35-year-old homeowner who thought he was being robbed. Khang shot through his bedroom door at the officers until he understood who they were.

In the midst of the shootout were Moua, who is Khang’s wife, and their six children, who range in age from 3 to 15. Moua said her family has since abandoned the house and can no longer afford to keep it.

Read Full Article Here

 

The Tragic Case of Rachel Hoffman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH_U9IUQ4m0

Experts say woman was on knees when officer fired
http://www.limaohio.com/news/foy_26243___article.html/chavalia_wilson.html

School To Put Students In ’Prison’ Jumpsuits As Punishment
http://www.local6.com/education/17035594/detail.html

Injured, tasered teen: ‘At least I’m alive.’
http://www.prisonplanet.com/injured-tasered-teen-at-least-im-alive.html

 



Nevada GOP cancels convention so Ron Paul can’t win

Nevada GOP cancels convention so Ron Paul can’t win

RGJ
July 18, 2008

The Nevada Republican Party decided Thursday not to reconvene its scuttled state convention this month, claiming it couldn’t generate enough interest to reach a legal quorum to elect delegates to the national convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Instead, the party’s executive board, in a private conference call July 25, would decide who from Nevada will attend the Republican National Convention to formally nominate U.S. Sen. John McCain.

The state party abruptly ended its state convention in April to head off a delegation of Ron Paul supporters who had captured control of the proceedings and appeared on track to elect a majority slate to the Sept. 1-4 national convention.

Read Full Article Here

 

Ron Paul supporters SUE Nevada GOP panel for picking McCain

RGJ
July 22, 2008

A group of disaffected Republicans trying to get to the national convention are asking a Reno judge to halt the party’s efforts to appoint a national delegation in a private conference call scheduled for Friday.

Dr. Wayne Terhune, a Sparks dentist leading a contingent of Ron Paul supporters, said the state party broke the law when it canceled the reconvening of the state convention planned for Saturday.

“They are illegally appointing delegates behind closed doors in private phone calls,” Terhune said Monday. “State law says you have to have a convention.”

Read Full Article Here

Ron Paul Votes for Bush Impeachment
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/7503

Ron Paul: The political elite are in for a surprise [Minneapolis events]
http://www.campaignforliberty.com/blog/?p=213

Ron Paul Gets Bigger Soapbox for Shadow Convention
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/07/ron-paul-gets-b.html