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Announcement :: DNC
professor of Politics Retired
22 Jun 2004
As organizers we need to demand that democratic party officials open Boston to us and all others.
To local organizers:

The experience of Miami and Sea Island is that massive police and military presence is being organized by local officials with national support to frighten people away from the premises when unpopular events or meetings that they wish to keep secret are being held. The Patriot Act has allowed those who would eliminate protest to utilize fear and threats of code oranges and reds. The Republicans are ready to close down the city of New York to make it “safe” for the Bush regime to hold their convention.

If we are truly looking repulsed by Mr. Bush, his tactics and his regime’s perfected form of terrorizing people into going along with their program, then we need to stand up and demand that “Our Side” reject these tactics.

Nothing could be more clear than the Democrats meeting in Boston with demonstrators having their own space next to the Convention hall and on the streets. With the city going about its business and handling its traffic as well as it ever can in Boston. This would be such a contrast to the New York event that it might make people think that there really is some difference between these parties.
The information revealed by the Commission on 9/11 makes very clear that these tactics of fingerprinting people for visas and house searches, and reading peoples library lists etc would not have stopped the tragedy of 9/11. The real information that could have stopped it came from the flight instructor who reported that people who did not really want to know how to fly were taking flight training, and the conglomerate of interesting events that seemed fishy compiled by a young woman in the lower levels of the FBI. This real information that could have alerted people and change the consequences, were ignored. The tactics adopted by the Ashcroft Patriot act will not stop anything. Look at the report. What could have provided information? How could these people have been identified and stopped, Where did the real evidence come from… only from the thoughtful, watchful reporting of ordinary Americans going about their business.

Ask yourself, ask others what will really make you secure, what will really stop terrorists?
Harassing foreign students coming to the US to study? Reading our private mail? Stopping speakers and scholars who don’t agree with us coming to visit?

Get real.

So now I want to ask you all to join me in inviting all of our Democratic party office holders in Massachusetts starting with Senators Kerry and Kennedy to demand that the city of Boston open its doors to all of us.

Call them, ask them do what you can… Jean

p.s. Further if the convention declares from the beginning that they will repeal the Patriot Act, they will win hands down.

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23 Jun 2004
The Patriot Act MUST be repealed!
Why isn't Kerry jumping on the subject?
Oh...He's controlled by the elite...I forgot!
The politicians all over the country are snubbing us. We need to vote all of them out!
All the Massachusetts Federal Representatives OUT! Why? NONE of them filed a motion to IMPEACH Bush. GUTLESS WONDERS!
And NONE of our Senators tried to repeal the Patriots Act!