By Ken Krayeske • 9:36 PM EST
Actual video of journalist Amy Goodman getting pinched by St. Paul Police. The audio of the press conference from the Mayor and Police Chief of St. Paul is terrible, and they say maybe one journo is in jail, but won't say who. But they are lying through their teeth.
Toto, the fascists aren't just in Hartford anymore. Not that they ever were limited to Connecticut's state capital.
But the record shows the police in Philly, Washington, D.C., Miami, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver and St. Paul are all working from the same playbook. From the Democratic National Conventions in 2000, to the Republican one in New York City in '04, to my arrest and detention in Hartford in 2007, to Denver of this year, the pattern is clear:
THE FASCISTS ARE ON THE MARCH, INTIMIDATING JOURNALISTS AND PROTESTERS, AND YOU, THE READER OF THIS BLOG, ARE NEXT! BEWARE!
I don't like to sound the alarm, but Paul Revere would have been riding a long time ago. Remember that Amy Goodman had dealt with pigs before. She was once beaten by an American rifle held by an Indonesian riot cop while covering a massacre in East Timor.
And now, her producers Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar have been bloodied and bruised while covering anti-war protests in St. Paul.
Attorney Glenn Greenwald called the city the most militarized American enclave he had ever seen, beating out Denver which last week conducted massive pre-emptive raids. Minneapolis-St. Paul did the same thing to protesters.
It's like Chicago '68, but across the country. In Denver, on the stadium floor where Obama gave his speech, security prevented Goodman from interviewing Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who once marched with Martin Luther King, Jr.
And now in St. Paul, this? The police have not dropped charges on Goodman, Kaddous and Salazar, and likely won't. I know from experience that this is a pain in the ass.
And worse than that, at first I was being cynical when I thought that the ensuing lawsuits from the false arrests were part of the p.r. budget for the conventions.
UPDATE 9/8/8 - On DN!last week, it was reported that the Twin Cities negotiated with the Republican National Committee that they RNC would have $10 million in insurance coverage for lawsuits from false arrests, so that the city wouldn't be stuck with the whole bill.
The bastards will arrest people like Goodman or Glass Bead Collective (the people who brought you the video of the NYC cop wrecking a critical mass cyclist), understand that a lawsuit will be coming, but do it anyway, just to stop any bad news from wrecking the Republican image.
Sarah Palin's pregnant 17-year-old may have already done that. According to Mark Pazniokas of the Hartford Courant, police response may have been justified because protestors threw watered down bleach solutions on old and infirmed Republicans.
I never doubt the use of agents provacatuers, although I have been at some protests where anarchists get out of hand.
Whatever the case is, there has to be karmic pushback - non-violent non-cooperation with evil - against the forces of fascism.