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September 01, 2008 – Comments (8)

Just so long as free doesn't offend brittle, establishment political types.

People who had been inside said teach-ins and legal training had been conducted there, and that the space was also a repository for such items as computers and bicycles.

A copy of a warrant at one house said the police were authorized to look for a laundry list of items, including fire bombs, Molotov cocktails, brake fluid, photographs and maps of St. Paul, paint, computers and camera equipment, and documents and other communications.

As a long-time Minnesotan, I would personally like to thank the Minnesota law enforcement officials for protecting the Republican Convention against such clear and present dangers as camera equipment, maps of St. Paul, computers, bicycles, and communal hippies. Clearly, people who share a home and plan such outdated, grass-roots political events such as "teach-ins" cannot be trusted in an era of vote-by-the-soundbite democracy.

Oh, and remember, while you're getting psyched about the non-convention: the pledge of allegiance was good enough for our founding fathers, so we should all be psyched.

 

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#1) On September 01, 2008 at 9:10 PM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

Bicycles are a threat to America's energy industry and must be stopped at all costs.

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#2) On September 01, 2008 at 9:11 PM, TMFHelical (99.12) wrote:

Ah yes, bicycles.  Gives the dissidents away every time.

 

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#3) On September 01, 2008 at 10:04 PM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

This is a video of a bicycle terrorist training camp. It was smuggled out of you-tube at great risk to the film crew. Note the exceptionally cruel and abusive treatment of bicycles as they are forced to comply with their terrorist captors, as the pounding of heavy metal music turns their brains into compliant mush. It is not to be viewed by the faint of heart.

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#4) On September 01, 2008 at 11:38 PM, lquadland10 (< 20) wrote:

Oh lets get real. People who blog like me against the govrenment are getting busted this is just the start of it. Ever hear of the red or blue list. When the crash comes the one list will be taken maybe lou dobbs alex jones and then a host of others. 2 weeks later the rest of us. Remember that they track email and you tube now. Not to menion that the IRS in the housing bill that just pasted has access to your cc transactions. The powers that be are speeking.

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#5) On September 02, 2008 at 12:39 AM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

Lquadland10,

Our money is the least of the problems we are ignoring. I undestand the risk inherent in the phrase "and for other purposes" in H.R.1955 passed in 2007.

"An act to prevent terrorism and for other purposes", offers a wide latitude.  I understand that "homegrown terroism" has been defined as the "use, planned use, or threatened use, of force to intimidate or coerce the United States or it citizens". I understand that the use of force could be defined as a protest that refuses to be marginalized away from the cameras and leaves an approved demonstration area. I understand it is very likely the law that allowed the arrests of the groups that Seth posted about, and may have been used merely to keep them locked away and off the news during the Rep convention or intimidate them to a greater degree. I understand they may be arrested and imprisoned for an extended period of time for excercising free speech. I understand they may have been planning a murder, but with the historys of those groups and the lack of finding guns or explosives I sincerely doubt this is a justifiable arrest. I understand that makes the arrest a threat to the freedom of all Americans.

I personally have chosen to try to have a little more fun expressing myself on this website so I have recently "gotten religion". The two posts I made in response to Seth's post were intended to mock the arrests of these pacifist groups, not support them. I may have made to light of what is a very serious threat to the freedom of speech and right to organize guaranteed in our Constitution.

Such was not my intent.

Devoish

 

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#6) On September 02, 2008 at 1:50 PM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

Sigh...

It is never that easy. I read that news article and I am instantly reminded of the losses of civil rights and freedom under Republican control. The unjustified arrests of peaceful protestors in NYC in 2004. I see this I-witness group arrested, who only provide video evidence to keep the police and protestors honest and it only adds to my concern.

Later I learn of the arrests of the RNC Welcoming Committee, and the additional materials that were claimed to have been confiscated. If true, I cannot condemn the police force for attempting to protect private property. It would seem that the RNC welcoming committee is as willing to risk harm to the health and lives of their fellow Americans as anyone who ever dumped Benzene into into a river.

After visiting their website it seems they are not a group that is organizing peaceful protest as I originally believed, but a group that is preparing for confrontation, and possibly looking to instigate it. Their website only discusses protesting and promoting anarchy it seems for the sake of protesting.

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#7) On September 02, 2008 at 3:02 PM, JoeandChuckP (83.38) wrote:

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A9j8euxYjb1IlCMA1B7QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTBjYzZubXM2BHBvcwM4BHNlYwNzcg--/SIG=12vmeme0g/EXP=1220468440/**http%3a//www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_10358783%3fsource=rss

 Not really peaceful.

 Did you hear of any violent protests at the DNC?  And Conservatives are the irrational ones?

 

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#8) On September 02, 2008 at 4:27 PM, devoish (96.28) wrote:

But wait, there's more.

If, as suggested in this report, the Fed had infiltrated these groups, they should have known which groups were planning what and the arrests of I-witness crossed and possibly other peaceful protestors crosses the line.

Once again, its the details.

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