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joeunderdog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-04 08:05 PM
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In many places across George Bush's America, you may be losing your ability to exercise your lawful First Amendment rights of speech and assembly. Increasingly, some police departments, the FBI, and the Secret Service are engaging in the criminalization--or, at the very least, the marginalization--of dissent.

"We have not seen such a crackdown on First Amendment activities since the Vietnam War," says Anthony Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


"I got shot twice , once in the back, another time in the leg," reported Jeremy Scahill of Democracy Now! "John Hamilton from the Workers Independent News Service was shot in the neck by a pepper-spray pellet." Ana Nogueira, Scahill's colleague from Democracy Now!, was videotaping some of the police mayhem when she was arrested, Scahill said. "In police custody, the authorities made Ana remove her clothes because they were pepper sprayed. The police forced her to strip naked in front of male officers."

John Heckenlively, former head of the Racine County Democratic Party in Wisconsin, says he was cornered by the police late in the afternoon of November 20. Heckenlively and a few companions were trying to move away from the protest area when "a large cordon of police, filling the entire block edge to edge, was moving up the street," he says. "As they approached, an officer told us that we should leave the area. We informed him that was precisely what we were attempting to do, and seconds later, he placed us under arrest."

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liberalhistorian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-04 08:10 PM
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1. SIGH. Here we go again.
God Almighty, have the repukes learned NOTHING from just a few decades ago? As a graduate of Kent State University and a member of the May Fourth Task Force student group, I wonder just how long it will be before we have another May 4?
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-04 08:18 PM
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3. When the fascists overreact to peaceful protest
...they are our best friends. Nothing boosts sympathy for a cause like seeing unarmed people brutalized by the miltiary-style police forces we are facing.

The trick is to keep the violence all on the side of the fascists. There will be GOP plants all over the place, trying to start trouble. If you see someone throwing punches, throwing rocks, or even pushing and shoving, link arms around him and march him over to the polic line, describe what he was doing and state you are making a citizen's arrest.

I'm not kidding about this. The piggies tried this BS on us in the antiwar days of the 60s and early 70s, and we discovered this technique tol late to save us from 8 years of Nixon.
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DuctapeFatwa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-04 08:17 PM
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2. This is a different era, and a different kind of war. The Patriot Act

is a key weapon in the War on Terror. Americans are united against terror and will crack down and prevail against anti-American sentiment and impose its will.
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Valjean Donating Member (325 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-04 08:25 PM
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4. New standard issue for protesters
1) Helmets
2) Gas-Masks
3) paintball armour
4) clear shields made from plastic that can be worn on your back when not being fired upon.

Finally, a guy further behind the picket line should be taping EVERYTHING!!!!!

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Sugarbleus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 01:05 AM
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5. At the WTO in Seattle or
maybe it was a demo after Seattle...anyway, didn't "they" "outlaw" gas masks and all that stuff?

BTW, I was there in the 60's too. I remember Kent. I'm still flipped out over all the violence on the people...yep, here we may be going again. Peace
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Comadreja Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-23-04 01:19 AM
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6. Apparently
The mayor brought in the MOSSAD to to define the Miami model. Sincesuicide bombers are self-destructive, new targets must be defined, i.e. "suspected terrorists."

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