How Democrats prepare for a convention:
Individuals arrested at the Democratic National Convention will be processed at an industrial warehouse with chain-link cells topped by razor wire, a facility some have compared to the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Groups planning marches, concerts and other events during the Aug. 25-28 convention dub the center “Gitmo on the Platte,” for the nearby South Platte River.
…Video footage of the north Denver warehouse on Denver’s KCNC-TV showed coils of razor wire topping chain-link cells. A sign read: “Electric stun devices used here.”
Gale said each cell will be about 20-by-20 feet. He refused to say how many people could be processed there.
“It’s just ridiculous, the thing looks like a dog pound,” said Mark Cohen of the protest group Recreate-68 Alliance. “Even if you only put dogs in there, people will be complaining about it. I think you ought to have the Red Cross and Amnesty International come take a look at this thing.”
“The infamous “free speech zone,” set to make a comeback at Denver’s upcoming Democratic National Convention, needs to be within earshot of delegates, a coalition of civil liberties advocates backed by the ACLU said [last month]. Chain link fencing or chicken wire at the end of the parade route, about 700 feet away from the Pepsi Center under the current plan, would separate demonstrators and protesters from other convention attendees, the Rocky Mountain News reported.
“No human voice, or any other sound,” ACLU counsel said in Monday’s amended complaint, “can ever hope to reach a person at the entrance.”
The ACLU lost their case, and the “free speech zone” went ahead as planned.
How Republicans prepare for a convention:
Protesters here in Minneapolis have been targeted by a series of highly intimidating, sweeping police raids across the city, involving teams of 25-30 officers in riot gear, with semi-automatic weapons drawn, entering homes of those suspected of planning protests, handcuffing and forcing them to lay on the floor, while law enforcement officers searched the homes, seizing computers, journals, and political pamphlets. Last night, members of the St. Paul police department and the Ramsey County sheriff’s department handcuffed, photographed and detained dozens of people meeting at a public venue to plan a demonstration, charging them with no crime other than “fire code violations,” and early this morning, the Sheriff’s department sent teams of officers into at least four Minneapolis area homes where suspected protesters were staying.
The officers refused to state why they were there and, until the very end, refused to show whether they had a search warrant.
Greenwald also states that ” both journalists and lawyers — in addition to protesters — have been detained and arrested even though not a single violent or criminal act has occurred.”
All in all, a nice microcosm of the difference in approach between Dems and Repubs. Only one puts a jackboot to your neck in their opening manuever… but both will keep you on your knees. And you can bet the boots come down in either case if you get uppity.
If we were in Hell, and Satan made us choose between an eternity behind Door #1, where we had to eat our own shit all the time, or Door #2, where we were continuously eviscerated and then, out of our still pulsing intestines, forced to eat our own shit… well, the choice would be obvious. But the question would remain: how did we end up in Hell in the first place?
I’d say right now most Americans are still just in the pure shit eating phase. I guess we’re just lucky that way.