Saturday, August 30, 2008

A foretaste a McCain Presidency?

Pre-emptive security. Is this what life in McCain's America will look like?

I hope Tim Pawlenty can answer for this.

People who had been inside the building said that officers entered shortly after 8:30 p.m., saying they had a warrant and instructing the occupants to lie on the ground.

“They handcuffed all of us,” said Sonia Silbert, 28, from Washington. “They searched everyone.”

At 11 p.m., police officers stood in front of the building. People who emerged one by one told similar stories about what had taken place inside. They said they had been searched and questioned and photographed before being released. Jordan Kushner, a member of the National Lawyers Guild, said the two-story brick building had been rented by a nonprofit organization and was being used by several groups planning protests.

People who had been inside said that teach-ins and legal training had been conducted there and that the space was also a repository for such items as computers and bicycles. Mr. Kushner said he believed that the police had read a warrant aloud but said he had not seen the document.

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  1. At 8 a.m. today, the sheriff's office executed search warrants at three Minneapolis homes - 2301 23rd Ave. S., 3500 Harriet Ave. and 3240 17th Ave. S. The FBI, Minneapolis police and the Hennepin County sheriff's office assisted them.

    "The 'Welcoming Committee' is a criminal enterprise made up of 35 anarchists who are intent on committing criminal acts before and during the Republican National Convention," said Sheriff Bob Fletcher in a statement. "These acts include tactics to blockade and disable delegate buses, breaching venue security and injuring police officers. They have recruited assistance in their criminal conspiracy from other anarchists groups throughout the country. Through their plans and actions they have exhibited a blatant disregard for the law and the safety of others."

    The statement said the items found in the searches included:

    Materials to create "sleeping dragons" (PVC pipe, chicken wire, duct tape), which is when protesters lock themselves together
    Large amounts of urine, including three to five gallon buckets of urine
    Wrist rockets (high-powered
    slingshots)
    A machete, hatchet and several throwing knives
    a gas mask and filter
    Empty glass bottles
    Rags
    Flammable liquids
    Homemade caltrops (devises used to disable buses in roads)
    Metal pipes
    Axes
    Bolt cutters
    Sledge hammers
    Repelling equipment
    Kryptonite locks
    Empty plastic buckets cut and made into shields
    Material for protective padding
    An Army helmet.
    The five people being held at the Hennepin County jail are under arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to riot, conspiracy to commit civil disorder and conspiracy to damage property.

    Arrested at the 17th Avenue home were Monica Rachel Bicking, 23, Erin Chase Trimmer, 23, and Garrett Scott Fitzgerald, 25, Nestor said.

    Nathanel David Secor, 26,was arrested at the 23rd Avenue South home.

    Erik Charles Oseland, 21, was arrested an undisclosed location, the sheriff's office said.

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