Here’s what happened to Democracy Now Host & producer Amy Goodman at the Republican Convention.
Here’s what Amy had to say about what happened in her own words:
When I was in Denver I found out that the two convention cities were given a 50 million dollar grant from homeland security for police at the conventions. The protests were minor in Denver compared to what we’ve seen in Minniapolis/St.Paul The police presence was very high in both cities. There was a feeling of intimidation that you could get “swept up” in mass arrests just by being in the general area of the protests. From what I am hearing now, some of those arrested have been given felony charges. These are not terrorists. These are fellow Americans exercising their constitutional right to assemble peacefully and address their grievances.
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The night before the RNC got underway a house with people from Iwitness video was raided and cameras, laptops etc were seized. This group from NYC had been very successful in exposing improper police behavior at the 2004 convention. At least 400 cases were overturned because of their work videotaping at the time. This is America folks. We have become a police state. When asked how Germans sat back and allowed Hitler to take over their country they responded that it wasn’t one event that they could point to…it was little changes over time… until they no longer recognized their country. I’m just trying to help point out some of those little changes happening today right here in the so called “Land of the Free.” These people are not “terrorists” they are journalists and they happened to disagree with the party that is currently in control of our government.
Amendment 4 – Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.
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.
I urge you to read this article by Thom Hartmann to get a handle on the bigger picture and what this all means to our Democracy. This election in November is the most important one in my lifetime. I hope you do your homework if you have any question about who you’ll be voting for and why.