loss of civil liberties

WikiLeaks: London is a hub of al-Qaeda’s global terrorism network

Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2011

 

 

 

 

Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2011

 

 

 

 

The Guardian, 26 April 2011

 

 

 

 

Sunday Express, 17 April 2011

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When Protest Is Terrorism, RNC 8 Charged as Terrorists Under State Patriot Act, By Bruce Nestor

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article20690.htm

When Protest Is Terrorism

RNC 8 Charged as Terrorists Under State Patriot Act

By Bruce Nestor

04/09/08 "ICH" -- - Ramsey County Charges RNC 8 Under State Patriot Act, Alleges Acts of Terrorism

In what appears to be the first use of criminal charges under the 2002 Minnesota version of the Federal Patriot Act, Ramsey County Prosecutors have formally charged 8 alleged leaders of the RNC Welcoming Committee with Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism. Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald, and Max Spector, face up to 7 1/2 years in prison under the terrorism enhancement charge which allows for a 50% increase in the maximum penalty.

Lockdown in St. Paul by Adam Turl September 5, 2008

It's interesting how the word "anarchists" is being continually, Rovian-ly, associated with (peaceful) protesters exercizing their First Amendment rights, and how pre-emptive arrests (for non-existent thought crimes?) are becoming more commonplace.

Geraldo Rivera called us (9/11 Truth activists) anarchists when we marched peacefully but loudly up to his live broadcast outside Radio City Hall during last year's 9/11 events in NYC. I believe Alex Jones was arrested because of bullhorning without a permit . . . Then a cameraman (shown in Elephant in the Room) was arrested for filming the arrest.

Unlawful arrests, bogus charges, holding people without being charged for the duration of an event (and unable to contact lawyers), then being released, still without charges being pressed - we should be happy?

This St.Paul story sounds like what happened at the RNC convention in NYC in 2004, and in other cities then and since - more stories that never made the 5:00 o'clock news.

It seems like it's way past the time now for all of us to "get up & stand up" - non-violently, of course - any chance we get. -- Betsy

http://socialistworker.org/2008/09/05/lockdown-in-st-paul

Why We Were Falsely Arrested by: Amy Goodman, Truthdig Wednesday 03 September 2008

http://www.truthout.org/article/why-we-were-falsely-arrested?print

Excerpt:

"Nicole was videotaping. Her tape of her own violent arrest is chilling. Police in riot gear charged her, yelling, "Get down on your face." You hear her voice, clearly and repeatedly announcing "Press! Press! Where are we supposed to go?" She was trapped between parked cars. The camera drops to the pavement amidst Nicole's screams of pain. Her face was smashed into the pavement, and she was bleeding from the nose, with the heavy officer with a boot or knee on her back. Another officer was pulling on her leg. Sharif was thrown up against the wall and kicked in the chest, and he was bleeding from his arm."

Why We Were Falsely Arrested
Wednesday 03 September 2008

by: Amy Goodman, Truthdig