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Feds Wage Pre-Emptive War Against Political Dissent / Amy Goodman Arrested / Russian Journalist Murdered By Police


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It's distressing

I had some free time today so I have been following this story. It's very distressing to watch the police state unfold in real time. I tuned into the CMSM news but saw no reporting on this outrageous police behavior at the RNC. I thought there might have been some mention of Amy Goodman being arrested - silly me.

Next up - mass detentions??

On a related note, good thing I checked the news- cause OMG - did you hear - Bristol is pregnant and she's going marry the father, Levi, and have the baby. Kira from CNN is on the scene in Alaska with the latest dirt as well as updates on the super, Troopergate scandal. She's keeping us all up to date on the really important details. Anderson is all over the story wondering out loud whether this is a story the media should even be talking about!!

Line of the day from a pundit on the Larry King Show:
"Good thing she (Sarah) is in the the NRA because it's going be a shotgun wedding".

What a circus, what a disgrace...

Winter, so great to have you back blogging regularly and NJT thank so much for hosting this great site and moderating the comments - yeah!! cheer

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

Amy Goodman's Arrest


That's the answer to Amy's arrest. No less. That is "the hope we can believe in"! Otherwise, there is no hope.

One suggestion

Maybe Amy should change the name of her show from "Democracy Now!" to "Now: dictatorship."

Three observations. 1)

Three observations. 1) Wonder if the law hasn't always been a political weapon; however, you are correct there is no law now. 2) Also agree with you on pres coverage of protests. When America's "mainstream media" covers protests now, you can rest assured some sort of agenda-pushing is going on. Just observe next time which ones they speak of glowingly (immigration, global warming, gays) and which ones they ignore (antiwar, anti-torture, pro-Palestinian) or denigrate. 3) The other interesting facet is the silence regarding the imprisonment (and possible torture) of their reporters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here are only two stories that I have heard of, but how many more may be out there and why isn't the press crying about it like they did the Chinese repression?

"The US military yesterday released a cameraman working for Associated Press Television News after nearly three months in detention, saying no evidence was found that he posed a security threat.

Ahmed Nouri Raziak, 38, was handed over to representatives of the AP at a US military compound in Baghdad. He was detained by US and Iraqi forces at his home in the northern city of Tikrit on June 4.

"He was detained because he was believed to be a security risk," said Major John C. Hall, a US military spokesman. "He was released when after review he was determined not to pose a threat."

Raziak was released two days after a television cameraman for the Reuters news agency, Ali al-Mashhadani, also was set free without charges. He had been held for 26 days.

Source: http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2008/08/24/iraq_wont_allow_sunni_fighters_to_keep_weapons/"

So where is the "mainstream media" squawking?

McJ's picture

Interview with DN! Producers

Amy Goodman interviewed the two arrested producers today and there is lots more video coverage of what actually happened at Democracy Now!. The interview starts at 8:40 mins.

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

You're not going to make it with anyone anyhow.

If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You're not going to make it with anyone anyhow.

I watched a bunch of the videos of the RNC protest. I'm put off by the way the protesters look. I'm all for what they say and half the time I look the same way but on the news stage, contrasted with the slickness, it just looks hare-brained. Of course they have the freedom to dress anyway they want, but it's just not going to convert anybody. Maybe it's the only clothes they own because they've dropped out.

Listening to the girl from the Sustainability bus... in print she would sound great.
She's talking about abundance but she and her bus make it look like the apocalypse has already taken place. Maybe it has. I like what she has to say but she's making it very hard on herself to sell her message. The neocons must watch and rub their hands together. The local college kids will get a lot further with their message with some isolated gizmo they've dreamed up.

I don't know how to dress for a protest myself but this is my impression.

McJ's picture

Reminds me of the 60's

This reminds me of the 60's - everyone dressed like that (well maybe a little more colorful!). smiling

When you consider the time, planning, spying, force coordination and $$'s spent to carry out these oppressive police state tactics as well as the lack of any serious and truthful coverage in the CMSM I'm wondering how effective are these street demonstrations? To the regular sleeping masses I'm sure the protesters come off as the bad guys. Contrast that to the crowd frenzy and the fawning media attention given to those disgusting speeches at the RNC and it is all very depressing!! I don't have any answers but it's not working this time like it did in the 60"s. For me, none of it seems to gain any momentum, it feels isolated and sporadic and lacking in solidarity - everyone with their own agenda. I'm not knocking the protesters, at least they are trying to do something. I just don't think it will make much difference.

"I set it down,
That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain..." -- Shakespeare, Hamlet, I, v

Those 60's

I agree, McJ. The PTB have spent a lot of time and money to ensure the '60s style demos don't have an impact. Which is good in a way because they are locked into that countermeasure. As you point out it is all a waste of time with out mainstream media coverage, anyway.
Time for a new strategy, something the PTB are not geared up to counter. They are powerful because of their size and centralisation but it also makes them cumbersome and slow in the face of new tactics.

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