Glenn Greenwald has more about the anti-Constitutional police raids in Minneapolis on peaceful college students’ homes that occurred over the weekend. Turns out it’s not local law enforcement run amok but an effort being coordinated by the Bush Junta’s corrupt FBI using planted informants:
As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue — see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway — it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that “the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Today’s Star Tribune added that the raids were specifically “aided by informants planted in protest groups.” Back in May, Marcy Wheeler presciently noted that the Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force — an inter-agency group of federal, state and local law enforcement led by the FBI — was actively recruiting Minneapolis residents to serve as plants, to infiltrate “vegan groups” and other left-wing activist groups and report back to the Task Force about what they were doing. There seems to be little doubt that it was this domestic spying by the Federal Government that led to the excessive and truly despicable home assaults…
So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do. And as extraordinary as that conduct is, more extraordinary is the fact that they have received virtually no attention from the national media…
And here’s an interesting fact about the “buckets of urine” found at one of the homes, that right-wing anti-Constitutionalists are pointing to as some kind of justification for the raids (“See, they were planning violence!”):
Stop talking about the damn urine!
I’m posting this again because more people are commenting who haven’t read the whole article: “The alleged urine, [Bruce] Nestor [of the National Lawyers Guild] maintained, was actually three buckets, two of which contained dirty water used to flush toilets while conserving water. The third was seized from an illegal apartment occupied by someone not connected to the RNC protests. There was no bathroom in the illegal apartment and urine was collected in a bucket, Nestor said.”
posted by fundstemcell on Sep 1, 08 at 11:07 am |
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