Sunday, September 21, 2008

Creepy...and not in a good way

Important  video footage of some RNC police action has been published, and what it shows is 100% unwarranted police aggression against a peaceful, unarmed crowd. People were sitting in the park, standing around talking, or walking through it on their way to work, and listening to a concert going on across the river. Watch the video, and notice the attire and weapons of the police. They're in full combat gear, and behaving as if they were facing armed enemies. But no one in the park is doing anything, let alone anything criminal! Similar actions were documented at the RNC, as well as at the DNC. I keep thinking about it, and what a blatant, scary illustration it is of what's happened to our country in the past eight years.
But the MSM has long moved on, like the public, to newer and more scintillating stories. Was there another reason for the unprovoked round-up and arrest of hundreds of people, apart from the ostensible charge of "rioting"? It almost seems like it was dress rehearsal, a full gear run-through for an upcoming event(s). People were being maced, tear gassed, and hit with batons - unarmed people who were committing no crime. It's such an extreme overreaction, and these officers were not even concerned about a possible media spotlight on their actions. Police arrested reporters, bloggers, and folks who were taking photographs, and simply confiscated cameras and cellphones. In some cases, citizens were
attacked by police simply for taking those pictures.
You may recall that back on August 22, The New York Times reported that Mukasey was seeking new authority for the FBI to
investigate American citizens, without needing any justification for it whatsoever. NY Times: "There is apparently no limit to the Bush administration's desire to invade Americans' privacy in the name of national security. According to members of Congress, Attorney General Michael Mukasey is preparing to give the F.B.I. broad new authority to investigate Americans - without any clear basis for suspicion that they are committing a crime..."
New encroachments on our civil liberties and constitutional rights happen nearly weekly now, and yet the average citizen shrugs it off and goes back to the game, if indeed he even heard about it in the first place. Is anyone noticing this other than alternative media consumers?
The lack of any unified outcry or protest by the public is as disturbing to me as the onslaught of the police state. Neither bodes well for the future of the country.

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