Sunday, August 31, 2008

"They were using nicknames like 'The Terminator' and 'The Executioner'."

Apparently St. Paul (and Minneapolis?) police are raiding homes in advance of the Republican National Convention. Here's a video interview of some victims of one of the raids, in which the occupants of a house say that the raiding cops "were using nicknames like 'The Terminator' and 'The Executioner'."

Glenn Greenwald says it best:

Targeting people with automatic-weapons-carrying SWAT teams and mass raids in their homes, who are suspected of nothing more than planning dissident political protests at a political convention and who have engaged in no illegal activity whatsoever, is about as redolent of the worst tactics of a police state as can be imagined.

SWAT raids for suspected drug users are already beyond the pale. But SWAT raids purely for political beliefs?!? Sounds like China...

Via Boing Boing.

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