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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

 



Homeland Security Can Steal Travelers’ Private Property

Homeland Security Can Steal Travelers’ Private Property
Laptops, Ipods, cell-phones, flash-drives, and even ’pocket litter’ can be confiscated by Homeland Security agents at the border without probable cause

Lee Rogers
Rogue Government
August 4, 2008

The Department of Homeland Security more popularly known as the Department of Homeland Enslavement has now come out and stated that they have the authority to confiscate people’s personal property including laptops, electronic devices and even paperwork at the border without any probable cause. They also claim that they can hold those items for an unspecified period of time. All of this they claim is justified under the guise of fighting terrorists. It doesn’t matter that thousands of illegal aliens are entering the country from Mexico unchecked. No, instead the Department of Homeland Security thinks its more effective stealing the property of U.S. citizens to keep us safe from terrorists. Any member of the Department of Homeland Security that takes the property of a U.S. citizen without a warrant should immediately be charged with theft. Of course, in this insane world we live in, that will never happen and the people who conduct this activity will probably be given some sort of freedom medal. This is just another case of the government taking a big dump on the Fourth Amendment which at this point is non-existent.

Before getting into the policies themselves, here is the text of the Fourth Amendment.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The government cannot search and seize an individual’s property unless they obtain a court order that can only be issued based upon probable cause. Keep that in mind, as we analyze the Department of Homeland Security’s policies.

The following is taken from a Washington Post piece covering these policies:

Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

Also, officials may share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

This policy is obviously illegal as it is not in accordance with the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, which makes this policy null and void. What’s really insane, is that they claim they have the authority to share the data on these electronic devices with anyone they want for any specific purpose. It is bad enough that these clowns say that they can take laptops and electronic devices without any probable cause, but they also claim that they can take people’s papers including books, pamphlets and written materials. The insanity of this is unparalleled.

Also from the Washington Post report:

The policies cover “any device capable of storing information in digital or analog form,” including hard drives, flash drives, cell phones, iPods, pagers, beepers, and video and audio tapes. They also cover “all papers and other written documentation,” including books, pamphlets and “written materials commonly referred to as ’pocket trash’ or ’pocket litter.’ “

How can the Department of Homeland Security declare that they have these powers when it is clearly not in accordance with the Constitution? There needs to be an investigation into the criminals that drafted these policies. They should start the investigation at the very top with the Skeletor look-a-like Michael Chertoff who as head of the agency has willingly implemented all sorts of illegal policies and programs under the guise of this phony terror war.

Again from the Washington Post report:

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff wrote in an opinion piece published last month in USA Today that “the most dangerous contraband is often contained in laptop computers or other electronic devices.” Searches have uncovered “violent jihadist materials” as well as images of child pornography, he wrote.

Even if you believe Chertoff’s claims on contraband and believe the bogus terror war is real, it doesn’t warrant the Department Homeland Security going on fishing expeditions. Assuming the false reality of the terror war is real, one has to question’s Chertoff’s sanity considering that he is focusing more of the government’s resources on seizing people’s laptops and personal property with no probable cause than stopping illegal aliens entering the United States unchecked from Mexico. Wouldn’t it be more likely that a terrorist would try to come into the country undetected instead of going through border checkpoints? This is especially true, considering that there is militarized combat and drug trafficking taking place frequently on the U.S.-Mexico border. Of course, Chertoff doesn’t care about any of that.

The bottom line is that the terror war is not real and everything Chertoff is implementing is designed to enslave the American people. People are more likely to die in a car accident or in a swimming pool than from an act of terrorism. The Department of Homeland Security should be abolished and at the very least, Chertoff and his minions should find their way to unemployment lines. This policy of seizing people’s personal property is a clear violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the people who are responsible for drafting and implementing this policy need to be put in prison.

Be sure to check out these other articles analyzing this illegal search and seizure policy by the Department of Homeland Security.

Detroit Free Press: Leave My Laptop Alone

Information Week: All Your Laptops Belong To Us

LA Times: Feds Now Arrest Your Laptops At Border

 

Ron Paul sponsors ’Data Protection Act’: Border agents require “reasonable suspicion” to search or confiscate laptops

Fort Bend Now
August 7, 2008

Ron Paul has sponsored legislation designed to require border agents to have “reasonable suspicion” to search the digital equipment of a traveler entering the United States.

Paul said his legislation would force Department of Homeland Security agents to have at least reasonable suspicion that a person has engaged, or is about to engage, in criminal activity before they can search a traveler’s digital equipment. Currently, he pointed out, federal officers can search or seize a traveler’s laptop computer, Blackberry or other electronic device without cause.

That, Paul said, is unconstitutional.

Read Full Article Here

Airport checks Ipods and laptops for pirated music could mean jail
http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,26058,24089084-5014090,00.html

Travelers Laptops May Be Stolen At Border
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/content/article/2008/08/01/laptops.html

U.S. Agents Can Seize Laptops
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Government/US-Agents-Can-Seize-Laptops/?kc=rss

TSA Proud Of Confisicating Non-Dangerous Item
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/07/tsa_proud_of_co.html

U.S. Homeland Security Defends Laptop Searches At Border
http://features.csmonitor.com/innov..efends-laptop-searches-at-the-border/

Airport scans for illegal downloads on iPods, mobile phones and laptops
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/ma..ed/2008/07/10/nairport110.xml

India: NSA to tap data traffic passing through Blackberry devices
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/07/13/stories/2008071350580500.htm

The right to peer inside your iPod
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/jul/10/intellectualproperty.law

 



AU: Pirated music on Ipods could mean jail

AU: Pirated music on Ipods could mean jail
MUSIC fans might soon have their iPods and laptops searched by Customs officers at airport checks and face jail if a large amount of pirated music is found on them.

News.com.au
July 28, 2008

The push for the unprecedented searches of travellers’ laptops and MP3 players has been revealed in a leaked discussion paper relating to a treaty being negotiated by the Federal Government.

It suggests criminal sanctions for infringements on a commercial scale.

That meant innocent pop and rock fans with huge song libraries could unwittingly be hit with jail for commercial piracy, according to Internet Industry Association chief executive Peter Coroneos.

“It talks about (sanctions for) commercial infringements does that mean one, 10, 20 or 1000 songs?

“It could be that people get sent to jail for being in possession of commercial-scale quantities of copied music.”

Travelers Laptops May Be Stolen At Border
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/content/article/2008/08/01/laptops.html

U.S. Agents Can Seize Laptops
http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Government/US-Agents-Can-Seize-Laptops/?kc=rss

TSA Proud Of Confisicating Non-Dangerous Item
http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/07/tsa_proud_of_co.html

Internet Police: G8 Ratifies Crackdown on Illegal Downloads
http://noworldsystem.com/20..crackdown-on-illegal-downloads/