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Announcement :: DNC
Romny consider 'state of emergency'
11 Jun 2004
Governor Mitt Romny is reportedly considering a plan to call a state of emergency for the entire week of the DNC. An order to shoot on site with rubber bullets much like the Salt Lake Olympics...
During the Salt Lake City Olympic games an overbearing security force broke up arguments outside of pubs by firing hundreds of hard plastic bullets (commmonly known as rubber bullets) from rapid fire sub machine guns.

Governor Mitt Romney ran the Salt Lake Games and is also overseeing the security for the DNC again splitting responsibilities with the feds and military. An un-named source has stated that the state of emergency delcaration is very likely along with the authorization of shoot on site plastic bullets of any disorderly person (drunk, homeless, chanting, megaphone, too loud, too short, etc.)

Research the extreme violence used by security personell at the Salt Lake Games and you will have a taste of what is coming here.

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Gestapo Romney
11 Jun 2004
Romney doesn't get it. Then again, being born with a 24 karat gold spoon in his mouth...why should he give a shit about protesters?
He's protecting his interest. Not the DNC.
Too bad this isn't a free democracy.
We wouldn't have to worry about cops shooting at us!
Re: Romny consider 'state of emergency'
11 Jun 2004
Okay, having both spent time in jail and been hit with a rubber bullet at various protests in the past, I'm also very concerned about what may be coming for security for the DNC. The recent aggressiveness from Boston police, including the arrest of Joe Previteira outside the military recruiting center and of Richard Picarello don't bode well.

But this post, which contains no other sources at which to "research" and no explanations or captions of the very small photos is very dubious.

First off, Romney will not be in charge of security at the DNC. The Secret Service will be in charge. This isn't more soothing, but it's important to have facts straight.

Second, I know of little violence outside the Salt Lake Olympics. Some activists were arrested, including some from the Kensignton Welfare Rigvhts Union, but I don't remember hearing reports of excessive force in those arrests. I remember reading on Indymedia of one significant use of police force after drunk people got upset when a beer concession was closed down, as I recall. This is a bit different than cops firing rubber bullets at people arguing outside pubs.

This post also refers to "an un-named source." This is dubious, especially in an anonymous post. Where does this source get his or her information? Is the source a government employee? I could say that an anonymous source reported that I was naked as I was writing this, but it wouldn't change the fact that I'm dressed.

Working against police repression does NOT mean rumor-mongering. As the convention draws nearer, we need to be careful to be sure not to spread false information.
Re: Romny consider 'state of emergency'
11 Jun 2004
It was either the beer concession or another place but a large group of well heeled tourists including foriegners got blasted by a swat team firing plastic bullets because of a minor disturbance, talk about hair trigger.

secondly romney may not be in charge at the DNC but he is in charge of everything around it. State Police, National Guard, City and Town police the governor is the chief executive in the state. And has alot of power and resources.

Maybe the source cant be shared, could reveal who it is get them fired.

I also noticed it says "considering" a state of emergency, vague sure a heads up is better than nothing and what would one do different anyways. Then it says "splitting responsibilities with the feds and military."

Im not saying your wrong about playing all this down but there seems to be enough to it. And in the end what do we do different anyways its more a curiosity to see how and when these decisions get made. And the less secrecy you give government when controling the population the better. So I guess I answered my own question "what would we do different" we could try head such a decision off before it was finalized.
Re: Romny consider 'state of emergency'
11 Jun 2004
Sure, we could tyr to head off a decision like that before it was finalized. But the way to do so is to have a lot of people speaking out about the need not to have a Miami-style police state this summer. some folks actuallymade some strides toward that after Miami in response to reports that Miami plice chief John Tmioney would be here--in response, the DNS planners and the city have insisted that he'll have nothing to do with it. Now, we need to build that into making sure that the same kind of model isn't followed (regardless of who's in charge).

And I'd say we CAN do that in part by pointing to past political repression and saying we don't want it to happen here (though I don't think that the Olympics are a very convincing example) and make. But doing it with anonymous postings on Indymedia that contain factual errors and anonymous sources is unlikely to convince anyone.