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Arresting the press at the RNC

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.

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Stories in the news

As I am sitting at the moment surfing the web here’s a few stories of interest I thought I’d flag…

Check out this special report from Reuters that covers gay marriage issues from several issues facing GLBT people. Immigration law, reforendums on the ballot in November, state by state gay marriage laws on the books, Reuters Special Coverage article on gay marriage.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now was arrested in Minniappolis at the RNC. If you’re not listening to Democracy Now or watching it on TV check it out here.
Amy reports the stories the corporate owned media stations won’t or can’t report. After her experiences at the Republican Convention I’m sure her reports are going to be VERY interesting.

Donna Brazille was hit by pepper spray walking in to the Republican Convention

Thanks Jeff for the kind words….

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My next read…The Wrecking Crew

If you google the wrecking crew you may get a rock band that I helped shoot a music video on in ’96 with Peter Lippman. What a talented guy…he taught me so much about video production. Keep looking though on the google list because that’s not what I’m talking about here…

I read Thomas Frank’s last book about the culture wars called What’s the matter With Kansas.
In this new book he expands on the idea of how we got where we find ourselves today in America. Talking to Amy Goodman he said, “Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.” – Thomas Frank

Thomas Frank is the bestselling author and columnist with the Wall Street Journal. His previous books include What’s the Matter with Kansas? and One Market Under God. His latest book is The Wrecking Crew: How Conservatives Rule.

http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/8/the_wrecking_crew_thomas_frank_on

Here’s the interview with him and Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

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