03
Sep
08

the price of dissent

This image was taken by Tony Webster at the RNC.

This is for those that get their news from Brian Williams. Although I had heard on WMNF Evening News that Amy Goodman was arrested while covering the RNC, I was still overcome with a deep sadness while watching this. Not for Amy, but for our country. Click here for Tuesday’s episode of Democracy Now!

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6 Responses to “the price of dissent”


  1. 1 rb
    September 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Anything about protesters arrested during the DNC?

  2. 2 rb
    September 5, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Dude the RNC and DNC protests are not pretty.

    Disgusting that either RNC OR DNC needs this kind of security!!!! Blows my mind. Have too many crazies that think violence is all that is left to change our two party elitist corrupt bankrupt govt. Is it?

  3. September 5, 2008 at 8:54 am

    After watching those videos you still thought they “needed” that kind of security? Wow. Not sure where to start. So I guess I won’t. ; )

    Food for thought from yesterday’s Democracy Now! transcript:

    BRUCE NESTOR: In fact, St. Paul actually negotiated a special insurance provision with the Republican Host Committee so that the first $10 million in liability for lawsuits arising from the convention will be covered by the Host Committee. The city is very proud of this negotiation. It’s the first time it’s been negotiated between a city and the Host Committee. But it basically means we can commit wrongdoing, and we won’t have to pay for it.

    AMY GOODMAN: Wait, one more time, explain how the money will work.

    BRUCE NESTOR: They negotiated an agreement where the first $10 million in damages arising from any lawsuits against the city related to the city’s actions during the convention will be covered by insurance or by the Republican Host Committee, separate from the city’s own insurance coverage and own—or own financial reserves.

  4. 4 DO
    September 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Sooo basically what they are saying is that the city bought 10 million dollars worth of ass kicking liability before they would have to pay out of their pocket… BTW isn’t this city run by Democrats…. :) sorry i had to throw that in there.

  5. September 5, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    “Sooo basically what they are saying is that the city bought 10 million dollars worth of ass kicking liability before they would have to pay out of their pocket…”

    Couldn’t have said it better myself DO. The RNC made a deal with the city to pay for the consequences of any unlawful police activity. The courts are the only check on the state in defense of our constitutional rights. When that check was taken away, the following happened:

    *Police made pre-emptive raids against protest organizations and arrested many of the members. A judge there extened the 36 hour detention to 48 hours which doen’t include weekends or holidays. This effectivley prevented many protestors from even making it to the convention. Minn. has a law similar to the Patriot Act that gives police unprecedented rights to arrest people without probable cause. Most of the charges are dropped as soon as the victim gets a hearing and those that end up before a trial judge are aquitted. But it doesn’t matter at that point because the outcome is the same.

    *Police used unnecessary physical force throughout the convention, employing tear gas, batons, and tasers. Journalists who were clearly credentialed and identified themselves as press were physically assualted and arrested for simply asking questions or filming police action.

    This is not a partisan problem, it is an American problem. The funny thing is that the same protestors at the DNC were the ones at the RNC. Its not as if the protestors at the DNC were Republican or even conservative. They were progressives and libertarians who are fed up with the Dems for not standing up against the administration.

  6. 6 DO
    September 5, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I hear Canada is a nice place to live. No hates Canada…


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