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Commentary :: DNC
Shame of the Convention and a Foretaste of President Kerry on Dissent
31 Jul 2004
The DNC’s “free speech” cage in Boston was a shameful thing, but it shows how we can expect a President Kerry to respond to protest if he wins in November
The free speech cage at the site of the Boston Democratic Convention should be left standing permanently as a monument in this city that is awash in symbols of the founding of the nation. It should be left where it is to remind future generations—and maybe people in contemporary America—how far we have moved away from the ideals of the Bill of Rights because of the current campaign of fear, a campaign that has now been adopted whole-heartedly by the Democrats under the leadership of John Kerry.

There was absolutely no justification for the Democrats of the DNC and the Democratic mayor of Boston to adopt the shameful strategy of the Bush Presidency for dealing with protest—fencing it in behind razor wire.

The protests planned for the DNC, mostly by A.N.S.W.E.R., have been and were going to be peaceful.

The alleged threats of terror, emanating from the Bush Department of Homeland Security and the Bush Department of Justice were absurd—a warning that the media would be attacked! Warnings of attacks on public transit! Look out! It was all calculated to embarrass the Democrats and, incredibly, it worked.

The fact that the Democrats fell for this kind of paranoia-inducing hockum shows how far into madness the American public has descended.

For the rest of this column, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .
See also:
http://www.thiscantbehappening.net

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Re: Shame of the Convention and a Foretaste of President Kerry on Dissent
01 Aug 2004
the Free Speech Cage will be entirely dismantled, probably by the end of 2004, since it's really the final piece of Big Dig demolition yet to be started.
Counterpunch strikes again
02 Aug 2004
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Counterpunch strikes again

Doonesbury Onto John Kerry in 1971

Published in Yale Daily News, October 31, 1971
http://www.counterpunch.org/doonesberry07292004.html