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Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Cops, Laws and Videotape
Mood:  energetic
Now Playing: JOE ANYBODY - POLICE - CAMERAS & CIVIL RIGHTS
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

Cops, Laws and Videotape

http://action.publicbroadcasting.net/opb/posts/list/1608609.page

[Posted by Catalina Vazquez on September 19, 2008]

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Seventeen years ago, a video of the arrest of a Los Angeles resident named Rodney King raised questions about recording police officers. Many of these legal and ethical questions still resonate in Oregon and elsewhere today. A Portlander who recently had his camera confiscated and received a citation for taping cops in action, intends to sue the Portland Police. The Oregon law used by officers to confiscate observers’ equipment is somewhat ambiguous. It’s unclear how the law applies differently to video than it does to audio recordings.

For now, police observers continue to use video as a tool, and police officers continue to decide how to address the practice one case at a time. The city of Beaverton, for example, just decided not to pursue charges against a man who was arrested for recording another arrest.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of recording audio and video of police officers? Have you ever observed an arrest or other police action? What did you see? If you’ve ever been stopped or arrested by police, how did you feel about being observed by your fellow citizens?

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:30 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 23 September 2008 11:33 AM PDT
Tuesday, 16 September 2008
Joe Anybody?s files tort claim for Police taking his camera
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: My tort claims seeks "policy change"
Topic: MEDIA
This is an article I wrote and posted on Portland Indy Media 9/16/08http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379622.shtmlor (it was double posted)http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379620.shtmlAnd I sent it to Street Roots Blog 9/16/08 http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/joe-anybody%e2%80%99s-files-tort-claim-for-police-taking-his-camera/#more-420********************************************************


Joe Anybody Files A Tort Claim with Portland Police

An update on the situation where ( i ) an independent media videotographer (and average joe citizen) who filmed the police in downtown Portland, had his camera confiscated and was issued a ticket. The ticket based on ORS 165.540 was for illegally recording a conversation without consent. An hour later, they gave me back the camera complete with my tape. That was on March 25 2008

 

Portland Indy Media link regarding this is here: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/03/373979.shtml?discuss

 

It was weeks later at court that I was told: “The charges were not being pursued by the DA at this time.” They said I should “check back-in, in a couple weeks”

I did and they were not pursuing it.

The fact of “no charges” is great, of course. Only now, I have to worry for two years that they “might change their minds.”

That is real comforting. (not)

 

Let me explain a couple things that were interesting about what happened that day.

All I did was film two police officers (latter it became three) on a public sidewalk from a safe distance away. I never disturbed nor acted threatening to that police situation that I was filming. As an independent video / film documenter for peace and justice events that happen here in Portland, I felt I was acting perfectly within my rights to video tape this public happening.

 

I was never told to move back or turn off my video camera. But when for lack of better words “the shakedown” was over… the officer I first seen walking down the street from the beginning, came over to me… and I soon became the criminal. I was not worried at the time I filmed, nor concerned, for I was doing nothing wrong, and I knew that it is not against the law to film the police. Yet I was the one who was singled out and then told to “Hand over my camera.”

 

I think this public servant / police officer really didn’t like the fact I filmed him as he was hassling / questioning / shaking down / doing the … don’t I know you / kind of thing?

I also think he used on me as an excuse, the old “secret wire taping law.”  For when he says, “Are you recording my audio?” well …. “Yes” I say, “I am video-recording.!” The officer was setting the stage by this question to lead me into the setting that “He didn’t know I was recording his audio (communications) and that would be the crime.” At the same time, I also say, “That would be both, audio and video.” (For I can not even if I wanted to, turn off the audio on my cam recorder which is the same for most video common video recorders, camera phones, etc there are out in the publics hands, the video and audio are all one function.)

 

The irony of him referring to the fact that I am “audio recording him” is in that: the camera in my hand was significant knowledge that I was audio recording and video recording it was no secret and would have been obvious to anyone seeing me do this. This was not a microphone up my sleeve. The beat around the bush question “Are you audio recording me?” is pertaining to the hidden wire concept or the hidden tape recorder as when one surreptitiously records in a clandestine way without permission or a warrant.

 

This situation was far from that. In fact as he took the camera from me. I mentioned to inform him and his partner, “I am the media I am a journalist, I am documenting and reporting events for peace and justice.” He pretty much ignored me. His partner told me the name of their supervisor (I asked). And that was whom I was heading to see next just as soon as I was done with the media intimidation and shake down at hand at the moment.

 

I was shocked to see my camera in the officer’s hands.

As I stood there, watching, dumbfounded, I felt robbed and violated. I felt at that time, as if the constitution was being raped and I had to stand there watching it happen. How can the cops just take my camera from me? Was this all because I filmed him being a tough bully to two innocent people?

 

That decision, to take my camera by the officer was not about law and order. It was about intimidating the media and silencing anyone who wanted to document how the officer was treating citizens on the streets of Portland. (A side note is that the same officer was filmed by an Indy videotographer where he was caught on film (!) as he fired rubber bullets into a crowd of Bush protesters sometime around the late 90”s right here in Portland.) But I digress.  

 

Twenty minutes latter, I was walking briskly and directly to the city police station. It was when I was three blocks away that the same two cops roll up next to me and say “ You going to the station?” … I say “Yep!” They say, “Meet us in the lobby” …. Heck, … I think ... this all seems kind of hooky and unprofessional … now what?

 

What happens in the station lobby is basic, it is another twenty minutes of waiting before the one officer who took my camera comes out to talk to me. I tell him I didn’t know I was interfering and that I am sorry if I was. I tell him I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong by recording him in public. I let him know in all sincerity that I did not want to get in their way nor cause them a problem while I was documenting. I thought we both understood each other pretty well, after a 10-minute talk, but as I was handed my camera back, I also was handed a ticket for violating ORS 165.540.

 

He just couldn’t let it go, he was intent on leaving me with troubles for my filming.

The officer seemed like he wanted me to go away with a lesson.

And that would be … “Don’t film the police!”

 

It will end up costing you money in fines and your camera or you may be heading to jail…. For the maximum fine is one year in jail and a few thousand dollars. It seemed to me that was his message, and that he wanted me to remember it. If I ever planned on filming the police again, unless I was far away down the street (That was the officer suggestion of where I could safely film from, when I asked him what he recommended) or from across the street, otherwise I would be asking for trouble.

 

Now need I remind anyone about the Rodney King filming incident, where a citizen filmed the police and was able to share their account of what happened. By their right to  free speech and the ability to film the police without it (them) being considered illegal, citizens were preserving justice and making the police accountable for their public actions as well as expressing them selves as protected by The Bill of Rights.

 

And now we have the recent episodes of journalist in St Paul at the Republican Convention, who also seem to have very similar cases going on. The police there are arresting, taking cameras, and hurting journalist physically and intimidating them for being there and documenting (as the free press should be able to do.) The condition and atmosphere of this incident with me in Portland, was not quite the same, my case happened a quite street in downtown Portland, where I was getting my constitution of free speech and free press violated. (Let’s not forget the two innocent civilians I filmed, their freedoms were being violated as well) How do I know they were innocent … Well they were stopped, hassled, and searched …not sure what the probable cause was (if any) and then they were let go … for which I say “ they were innocent.”

 

The way the police were treating them is evident in my video, and I didn’t like how it was playing out. They both were not charged nor was anything found in the “shakedown.” The irony is there was no crime that warranted the two to three officers stopping these individuals in the first place. And ( i ) filming this charade irritated the officer, whereupon I, then became “The criminal” … So in reality all this resulted in was me (independent media) being the fall guy for a frustrated bully cop, who was using a vague outdated policy that suppresses freedom under the pretense I was illegally recording a public event. 

 

Let me mention a few more things.

The stop of these two men, if I may I point out, is that the one singled (and referred by the officer) out as a drug dealer was of darker skin, and for all purposes of constitutional freedom, seemed unwarranted and very unethically?

I also know that the from the beginning these two were being followed on foot, it looked serious from the determining actions of the peace officer as he strode beside me coming up from behind the two men on foot. The two civilians where were peacefully walking up the sidewalk 50 feet ahead, so I started filming. It just seemed out of place, and odd to see the officer on foot following the two men as he was doing when he walked past me.

 

The men from the very beginning, tell the officer “Hey look officer you are being filmed!” The first officer even informs officer two by saying on video “Looks like we are being filmed!” Officer number two say’s (also on camera) “I see that!”

So that in itself should have relieved the question or surprise to them that they were being recorded (yes audio & video) without their knowledge, for I was out in open view! 

 

Now all that leads us to the next part, of the here and now action I am taking.

I have just filed a tort claim with the city of Portland, here in the second week of September in 2008. It is filed in pursuant to ORS30.275

I am asking for three things. The first two are minor nominal money charges for the hassles of mine, camera confiscation, tickets, courts, etc. I am (only) asking for 100$.  And the other monetary demand is for my attorney who is representing me, his fee is for the time and efforts to pursue this and represent me. That said, that is the only monetary amounts we are asking for. Sadly both these monetary amounts will be paid, (If I win my case) out of city taxpayers’ money. The mistakes made with callous or reckless intent, is paid for by the citizens of this city in fines and lawsuits, making policy that explains the guidelines clarifies everyone’s boundaries, can only benefit all parties involved. Public accountability and upholding the constitution is one of the requirements I am sure that is required to work for our city in a public servant role. As well as having a legal policy regarding video recording would be just as prudent and expected in these days .

 

That is why the third and most poignant part of my tort claim will be for the city to develop a policy that honors the constitution, as well as my rights and others that are filming in the public arena, the police, or public servants while they are working or doing their jobs as public servants. My sole purpose here in this tort claim is to change the outdated policy that allows the city police to intimidate and tickets citizens or journalists who are filming them in the public arenas. This intent is to change the policy to respect the constitutional rights of free speech, free expression,  and reporting what happens in or on the public streets.

 

I am asking the city (police) by the means of a lawsuit to “Change your policy regarding videotographeres and independent journalist (or even just a joe citizen) who are filming the police in public”. The outdated law that is being “twisted” and manipulated to ensnare or to intimidate those who legally film, police on the streets, and are filming within their constitutional right, needs to be addressed as a sound, clear, and updated policy. Years ago in 1991, when Tom Potter was the police Chief there was a policy that he had enacted that covered this very issue. But years latter and a few new chiefs at the helm the chilling reality is that there are some police who are scaring and using their authority to miss represent the intention of a law (as in this wiretapping law) and use it to quell those who may be documenting their unethically behavior or what is happening, be it right or wrong. There may even be a few officers as well as videotographer’s who naively don’t know what the vague law of today really encompasses when it comes to filming and recording in public.

 

Now just as the video I made shows the police treating the two men with rather brass and callous intentions, it could also have served to document the civilians dong something bad or wrong at the time just as easily. Now obviously that is not even the facts, for this case, but …had something happened to the officers at that time, my video documenting would have collaborated and possibly helped the police see exactly what happened.

 

For as I mentioned near the beginning of this article, and as I told the police that day, “I am filming for peace and justice!” I am not out on the streets trying to cause trouble. I was documenting what happens with my video camera. I am concerned about media right, civil rights, honesty, peace, and justice is documented and shared with the community. As I also stated my intentions were not to get in the way or cause any disturbance.

 

My tort claim in pursuant to ORS .275  is to ask the city of Portland to change their outdated policy.

 

My final thoughts regarding the importance of filming and the ability to document the police while they are on duty in the public is that when you see my video then read the police report … it is two different stories. The police reports that the two men were  “suspected of buying drugs” …. Not sure how their suspected of that assumption?

 

The report says they became defensive and confrontational, in the video that scene is probably where you can see they (citizens) are being “accused of buying and selling drugs!” Also as you see in the video they deny that charge. They are vocal about “not doing that” in which the officer accuses them of doing. You can’t blame them, they are being accused with out provocation by the officer who is following them.

 

The report tells that the people watching (me and others next to me) from 30 feet away are threats …yet the video doesn’t show that they were in any way a threat at all. The officers report says he pushed the civilian because he wouldn’t move back (Yet in the video you see the man step back, as the officers steps “towards” him to push him) The report says the officer “Couldn’t move back because the trolley line passes behind him by just a few feet” (?) Yet in the video, the trolley is over to his right parallel and he could of “backed up for 20 blocks or more. For he was not blocked nor trapped by the trolley/ street” as he misinforms the readers in his report. As I said my video, show otherwise.

 

My point is that the video tells the story in real way that seems to not be explained nor reported in the police report correctly. The video is a way for me to document what ( i ) see and to convey it to others, which is my free speech. The reason I feel this is important to do is that as you watch this video it shows an interesting version that is very different that what the officer claims he was doing or what he says happened.

 

The fact that I didn’t like what seems unjust, and is in my video I captured, seems not right nor ethical, I should have the freedom to record and comment on it. My video is not manipulated; it is a real reproduction of the event at the time. It is an important and legal for me to have the freedom to film with out being threatened for my liberty or my property. My video was seized and watched which is a violation of my rights to privacy of my persons, papers, and affects guaranteed by The Bill Of Rights.

I gave no permission for my equipment and specifically my tape to be looked at.

 

I can see why this officer didn’t want me to film. But now its time to ask: “Was that right for that officer to do that to me.” Or we can develop policy that is respectful of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights especially regarding my free speech and move along?

Simply that can be done by the city just contacting my attorney to work out the details. If for example they don’t want to work out a policy on this, we mention in our tort claim that we will be filing a federal claim under 42 USC 1983, but as I mentioned that would be only if the city is unwilling to address this. My sincere hope is that we can work together on this.

 

I have a good feeling they will want to address this. I had at one point introduced my self to the police chief when I (out on the sidewalk) ran across her at peace protest, standing  outside of city hall (a month latter after the camera issue) and ( i ) introduced myself as the guy who had his camera taken by one of her officers. She (Chief Rosie) affirmed that she thought the law for video recording and the use of the audio wiretapping law as it was applied to me should be revised and modified to the current times at hand with so many cameras in public. (Those are my words regarding quoting her comment to me)

 

So I hope in that vain this ends with progressive change and respect.

My intention is to get the city to make a policy change, regarding filming the police while on duty and in public, that is respectful of the constitution, and the citizens of Portland. A policy that affords free speech and free press protections as one would expect based on the constitution. As well as allowing for a policy change that promotes open, honest, and transparent public service, to we the people of Portland.

 

The Portland Independent Media Readers will be first to know the outcome.

 

The original video of me filming the police stop and having my camera seized is here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHMnFDdZY0c

 

Archived links and a variety of related videos clips of this issue are on my website here:

http://www.joe-anybody.com/id116.html

 

Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:23 PM PDT
Monday, 15 September 2008
Nader and the Economic news = No New News To Me
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Ralph Nader and teh Economy - See my Blog post from this morning
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT


 

Z3 Readers, on this momentous Monday, September 15, 2008.... please read more about the news of the banking industry in my blog post from this morning (directly following this entery) 

Ralph Nader 

The prudential choice for 2008.

We woke up this morning early on  9-15-08

Turned on C-Span radio.

And heard Brian Lamb quoting Ralph Nader.

From years ago.

With Ralph warning about extravagance, recklessness, and excessive compensation on Wall Street.

Warning years ago about the undue influence of Fannie and Freddie on Democrats and Republicans alike.

Warning about the failure of our government to protect small investors.

Throughout his career, Nader has strong been a strong advocate for due diligence.

For protecting shareholder rights.

For prudential regulation.

And strict oversight of the markets.

While the Democrats and Republicans have bent to the whims of their corporate masters and Wall Street's bottom line imperatives.

Nader has been steadfast in his advocacy for safety, regulation, and protecting the little guy.

Unfortunately for the nation and for investors, his warnings have gone largely unheeded.

On this momentous Monday, as we watch the fallout from the failed policies, greed and extravagance of the corporate political class unfold, we make this simple note.

Due diligence, prudential regulation, and strict oversight of the markets -- Nader-style -- would have gone a long way to averting the disaster currently hitting Wall Street.

Instead, it was short-term fast and dirty profits, muzzled politicians, and throw caution to the wind.

And so now, the American people are learning the hard way about the consequences of a reckless corporate dominated political economy.

But thanks to your hard work, we are in a position to give America a choice in November.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:40 PM PDT
Middle Class - Banking Bailout - and the Bad Economy
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Sept 15 2008 - overnight the banking industry slips and trips
Topic: BIG MONEY PLAYERS

BofA Buys Merrill;

Lehman Files for Bankruptcy;

AIG, WaMu Teeter


 

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2008/09/9710_bofa_buys_merrill_lynch_lehman_files_bankruptcy.html  While you were sleeping, the landscape of the US financial system changed dramatically. CNBC is calling it, "The biggest shakeup in the history of the US financial system." The country is in a "once-in-a century" financial crisis, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said on ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. The New York Times reported late Sunday that Bank of America has reached a $44 billion deal to buy troubled investment firm Merrill Lynch.
 
Another firm wasn't so lucky: Unable to find a buyer over the weekend, 158-year-old investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy Monday morning. Lehman's liquidation will mark the largest collapse of a Wall Street bank since Drexel Burnham Lambert folded in the wake of the junk bond scandal almost two decades ago.
The problems don't end there. "We will see other major financial firms fail," Greenspan said on "This Week." Giant insurance company American International Group (A.I.G.) asked the Federal Reserve for $40 billion, "without which the company may have only days to survive," according to the Times. Washington Mutual, too, may be in trouble, after its shares plummeted late last week and Moody's Investor Service downgraded the bank's debt to "junk" status.
 
And in Europe, a Swiss newspaper reported that Swiss bank UBS will have to take another $5 billion in write-downs.We'll see what happens over the course of the day on Monday, but A.I.G., at least, seems to be in serious trouble. Adam Bakhtiar, a CNBC analyst, called Sunday's events a "tidal wave of horrific news." James K. Galbraith, an economist and contributing writer for Mother Jones, wrote in an email that while he has "a pretty good record on attacking Wall Street," his "schadenfreude is very much under control at the moment":The world will not be a better place with two free-standing investment banks—Goldman [Sachs] and Morgan [Stanley]—and a half-dozen major commercial banks, if that, running everything. Further, there is a risk that the unraveling will become disorderly and out of control from this point, as assets hit the market in fire sales and do not find takers.
 
This will affect pension funds and greatly compound the collapse of the wealth position of the middle class.... The collapse of Wall Street will hit Main Street like Ike hit Houston.
So how do we get out of this crisis? Well, the prime mover of all of these problems is the collapse of the housing bubble in the United States. "There's no question that this is in the process of outstripping anything I've seen, and it still is not resolved and it still has a way to go," Greenspan said Sunday. "And indeed, it will continue to be a corrosive force until the price of homes in the United States stabilizes."
The collapse of Lehman and the broadening crisis will undoubtedly be topic "A" for the presidential campaigns this week.
Barack Obama and John McCain want to lead this country.
How do they plan to respond to Monday morning's news?   
This article was copied from the Mother Jones Website link here:

Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:05 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 15 September 2008 1:11 PM PDT
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
Iraq child bombing victim arrives in Portland - Media are silent
Mood:  quizzical
Now Playing: Iraq Child - Hurt from US bombs - Gets Chance In Portland Oregon 9-9-08
Topic: HUMANITY


http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2008/09/379445.shtml?discuss 

Iraq child bombing victim arrives in Portland - Media are silent

I went to the PDX airport with 100 people to greet Mustafa. Lots of media showed up but it seems non of the major four networks ran the story on TV news. Another person and I carried a 10 foot banner that read "Welcome to America, we vow to stop bombing children" When the media totally ignored it, I folded it in half and gave it to some children. They stood holding it "stop bombing children" A shocking image Americans will never consider.

Picture of Mustafa

Picture of Mustafa
I was at the Airport. At the end, when media were packing up I spoke up for the first time and simply said "thanks to the media for showing up". The crowd cheered. Sadly I came home and watched most TV stations and saw nothing. KOIN showed dragon boats, a car crash, car vandalism. KGW, a fire, a giant lizard, a martial arts guy dies. KATU grass fire, teen driving age, ford recall, car windows smashed. KPTV feces in a garden, Hurricane IKE, teen robber gets 8 years in jail. Kudos to the Oregonian. To the others... MLK said "there comes a time when silence is betrayal"

Signed, Joe Rowe


Here is the story of Mustafa
 http://nomorevictims.org/mustafaabed.php

Blow is the link to the story in the Oregonian
 http://tinyurl.com/mustafa

by Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian
Tuesday September 09, 2008, 10:00 PM

Well-wishers turn out Tuesday at Portland International Airport to welcome Mustafa Abed, 5, and his father, Ahmed Mohammed (in tan shirt). Mustafa was 2 when he lost his leg and suffered severe internal injuries during a U.S. missile attack in Iraq. Portlanders raised money to bring the child to Oregon for the medical care and prosthetic he needs.
When the air raid began, Nidhal Aswad gripped her child in her arms and ran, but she couldn't escape the nightmare that her boy's world would become.

A U.S. missile struck a nearby building, knocking the two to the street in Fallujah, western Iraq. When Aswad regained consciousness, she heard her 2-year-old, Mustafa Ahmed Abed, screaming. Shrapnel had severed his bowel, left leg and most of his hip.

That terrible day in November 2004, Aswad couldn't have imagined that nearly four years later, strangers from the same country that fired that missile would donate money and medical expertise to help her child heal. She couldn't have dreamed, in other words, of the scene that unfolded Tuesday at Portland International Airport, after her husband and son touched down.

"Imagine if this was your child and a community reached forward to do this," Maxine Fookson said Tuesday. "Your heart would swell."

Fookson and her husband, Ned Rosch, are ringleaders in the effort to bring Mustafa, now 5, to Portland. Medical teams at Shriners and Doernbecher children's hospitals expect to fit the boy with a prosthetic leg and explore whether they can improve his abdominal wounds.

He will be the fourth child from Iraq or Afghanistan to be treated at Portland Shriners Hospital for Children since the war began.

Fookson and Rosch had their radio tuned to 90.7 FM, KBOO, one day last October when they heard an interview with Cole Miller, a California screenwriter who in 2002 co-founded No More Victims. The nonprofit, nonsectarian, humanitarian group advocates for peace and brings war-injured Iraqi children to the United States for medical care they can't get in their own struggling country.

The interview hit the Southeast Portland couple right where their passions live: Fookson, 55, is a pediatric nurse practitioner with the Multnomah County Health Department. Rosch, 58, is director of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation. Both are active in Portland's peace movement.

Fookson said she remembers thinking: "It was our tax dollars that bought the bombs. Why isn't it our volunteer dollars that do the healing?"

They called Miller at No More Victims and started a Portland chapter, one of more than 20 nationwide.

"Portland is a city with a very large heart and wonderful pediatric resources," Fookson and Rosch wrote in a November appeal to colleagues, friends and acquaintances. "We'd like to put these into action by banding together. ... We are reaching out for your help."

Responses poured in.

Churches passed collection plates for No More Victims. Neighbors raised money at potlucks and poetry readings. The metro area's Muslim community offered help. Franklin High School students spent the summer stitching a welcome quilt for Mustafa.
The group raised about $20,000 and will continue fundraising, Fookson said.

While No More Victims arranges donated medical care, the group estimates it costs $17,000 to $25,000 to bring an Iraqi child and one of their parents, usually the father, to the United States. Because fathers typically are the family wage earner, the nonprofit also provides Iraqi families a stipend while the father is away.

In addition to his mother, Mustafa has a younger brother and sister at home.

When he's not hospitalized, Mustafa and his father will live at Ronald McDonald House.

Until they examine him this week and next, doctors won't know what surgeries Mustafa needs or how long he might have to stay in Portland. It could be four to six months, Fookson said.

Doctors know the boy uses a colostomy bag but don't know the extent of his internal injuries; medical records from the war zone are more scant than the medical care available there.

Because he lost his leg so high on his hip, fitting him with a prosthetic will be challenging. Kay Weber, a spokeswoman, said difficult cases such as Mustafa's are Shriners' specialty; the nonprofit hospital, which provides free care to needy children, has the region's largest pediatric orthopedic medical staff.

About 100 Oregonians bearing balloons, flowers and warm smiles turned out at PDX on Tuesday to greet Mustafa and his father, Ahmed Mohammed. Among the welcoming party, of course, was Fookson, who sounded nearly breathless with anticipation, her hopes high for the child she called "a little ambassador of peace."

-- Katy Muldoon;  katymuldoon@news.oregonian.com
Categories: Breaking News
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Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:15 AM PDT
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Russia gives 21 days for NATO to leave the Black Sea Area
Mood:  d'oh
Now Playing: Russia stands up to - NATO ships being warned - USA involvement
Topic: WAR
Russia Gives Nato 21 Days To Leave Black Sea
 Posted by Joe Anybody from this link on 9/9/08
On September 3, 2008, George Norey the host of Coast to Coast which is heard in the US on over 500 Stations and through out the world, interviewed Steve Qualye.

The bottom line is that Russia has given NATO 21 DAYS to Exit the Black Sea.

Could this be the start of something big?

Could this postpone the USA Election?

There is so much more I could write but I will let the video stand for itself.

This is a serious warning and could create all kinds of problems world wide.

The US Government will be "technically" Bankrupt as of September 30th, so we will see.

Please feel free to down load this video, post it on your own channel, rate it and send it on.

Blessings to all of you who have subscribed and believe in individual from.

Cheers for now,
From the Southern Hemisphere.
You know, the God zone, in New Zealand.

Here is what the news said today about what is happening.....(no this is not a US report, they only have entertainment in the US, no real news).

A US Navy flagship carrying humanitarian aid yesterday steamed into a Georgian port where Russian troops are still stationed, stoking tensions once again in the tinderbox Caucasus region.

A previous trip by US warships was cancelled at the last minute a week ago amid fears that an armed stand-off could intensify in the Black Sea port of Poti.

The arrival of the USS Mount Whitney, flagship of the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, came as Moscow accused Dick Cheney, the hawkish US Vice-President, of stoking tensions during a visit to Tbilisi this week. After meeting President Saakashvili, Mr Cheney vowed to bring Georgia into the Nato alliance. Russia sees such moves as Western encroachment on its traditional sphere of influence.

Russia's leaders have accused previous US warships that docked at the port of Batumi, to the south, of delivering weapons to re-arm the smashed Georgian military — charges that Washington denied.
Related Links * Cheney delivers warning to Moscow * Britain values unity in Nato over Georgia * Georgia linked to Nato early warning system

While Russia again questioned the deployment of what it described as "the number one ship of its type in the US Navy" in the Black Sea, it said that it planned no military action in response. The Russian Army has kept a small component of soldiers in Poti, where Georgian officials accuse them of looting port authority buildings.

"Naval ships of that class can hardly deliver a large amount of aid," said Andrei Nesterenko, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman. "Such ships have a hold for keeping provisions for the crew and items needed for sailing. How many tonnes of aid can a ship of that type deliver?"

He said that the presence of US warships could contravene international conventions governing shipping in the Black Sea, and in particular restrictions on the entry of naval ships from countries that do not share a Black Sea coastline. The small Russian garrison in Poti would pose no military threat to a vessel like the Mount Whitney, but the proximity of two hostile forces in such a fraught environment set the political temperature rising again in the Caucasus a month after Russia's five-day war with Georgia.

Moscow, which followed up its crushing military defeat of Georgia by unilaterally recognising two of its breakaway provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, was angry that Mr Cheney still insisted on Georgia's entrance into the Atlantic alliance — something several key Nato members oppose. "The new promises to Tbilisi relating to the speedy membership of Nato strengthen the Saakashvili regime's dangerous feeling of impunity and encourages its dangerous ambitions," said Mr Nesterenko.

Visiting Kiev, the Ukrainian capital yesterday, Mr Cheney kept up his tough anti-Russian rhetoric when he urged Ukraine's squabbling pro-Western leaders to unite in the face of threats to the country's security. He met President Yushchenko and Yuliya Tymoshenko, the Prime Minister, and told them that Ukraine's best hope was to be "united with other democracies".

Mr Yushchenko has accused his former Orange Revolution ally of siding with Russia in the war with Georgia, an allegation she denies. The split led to the collapse of Ukraine's coalition Government on Tuesday.

After endorsing Georgia's application, Mr Cheney said that the US was also committed to Ukraine's membership of Nato. Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's lower house, accused Mr Cheney of forging an "anti-Russian axis".

Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:56 AM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 9 September 2008 12:02 PM PDT
Thursday, 4 September 2008
Alternative Energy - Inventer killed ?
Mood:  not sure
Now Playing: dare to stand against the energy machine - man missing
Topic: TECHNOLOGY

http://www.wavepartner.eu/page_1219330357093.html

Z 3 Readers I did another copy paste here from the link above

I am coping the original refered to website as well (see below)

Another Alternative Energy Inventor Killed?


author: Benjamin Fulford


A man by the name of Stefan Nystrom invented a way to generate energy from ocean waves that he claims would cost 5% of what coal energy does. The man is assumed to have been killed.
9-3-8

A man by the name of Stefan Nystrom invented a way to generate
energy from ocean waves that he claims would cost 5% of what coal
energy does.

He set up a proto-type in Ghana and, initially, claims to have found
many potential investors. However, suddenly problems started to pop
up. The investors, originally extremely enthusiastic, started to
back off. He was offered bribes in order to quit. Finally, he began
to be harassed by Ghanaian police and mercenaries.

He contacted me in hopes of getting protection. I told him to come
to Japan. He told me he was not allowed to leave the country. He
said they had taken parts from his prototype. I said I would see
what I could do. Before I could do anything, yesterday I received a
disturbing set of phone calls from a very scared sounding Mr.
Nystrom. "They tried to kill me three times today," he screamed into
the phone. Then I lost contact with him, and his phone has been
switched off.

In his last call, he asked me to make his technology public. So,
here below is a description of his technology. Would people please
pass it on and would as many people, in a tribute to a man who has
probably been killed by mercenaries hired by the oil industry, and
make sure that prototypes are developed.

http://www.wavepartner.eu/page_1219330357093.html


Benjamin Fulford

****************** website copied below ****************

 

 
Technology
 

Wavereaper™ the Technology.

 

Waves work in a constant movement up and down, forth and back, and we can with the WaveReaper™, a simple mechanical device take advantage of this in a cheap way.

 

As we said, the wave move up and down, but most generators, rotate around an axle, and the wave size varies a lot, and creates problems, when you want to utilize the energy content of them. The current technologies regarding wave energy today, is very costly, which brings that can’t compete with other ways of making energy.

 

Another factor, water, and generators, yes almost any technology, is having problem, when it comes to the oceans salt water without more expensive design and material. Water can leak inside equipment and ruin electrical circuits, and must therefore be safeguarded against corrosion, and in those cases it is under water, against leakage, and pressure. Also water-depth, and the special environment, which crave divers, and other expensive equipment, has made wave energy costly.

With other words, underwater technology is not cheap, with these problems to solve, which means high costs, and therefore more expensive energy for the consumer. This is not what we would like, so it’s needed to solve the wave generation concept, to go around these problems. And the solution is simple, we can use basic items, as wire, plastic barrels, one way bearings, pulley, an axle, flywheel and generator.

 

That is the main components, in what up to day, is the cheapest wave energy technology in the world. It can even be built in wood or by choice bicycle parts! This is very good, in countries which have limited access to expensive metals, and heavy machining tools. Most of the parts in a generator, except wiring, can be made of wood or plastics.

WaveReaper plastic barrels in the ocean waves

WaveReapers plastic barrels in the waves.

 We will use a set of plastic barrels as boys, cost is low, and Pvc isn't affected by salty ocean water. The barrels are placed near shore or longer out in deeper water, depending on amount of energy needed in particular wave plant. 

 

Each barrel has a lifting force of approx 100 Kg. A wire is connected to the barrel, which goes to a brass block on the bottom, which is weighted down, with a big stone, and connected to another wire. The location of choice is the main parameter for the size of the barrels, smaller waves, smaller barrels, and vice verse. Wave heights can possible catch range from 2 foot and up.

 

WaveReaper power transmitting wires and blocks transferring force to onshore generator

Powertransmitting wires, and seafloor based blocks.

 

The number of barrels, can be larger, but i think, for practical reasons, a number of 100 on each plant, would be good, and reasonable, this amount, can in the shore line version, give up to 500 kW of energy, or even more if special locations, and in a plant that covers 100 meter of shoreline, that makes it, 3 mw per kilometer shoreline. 

 

The barrels is on 2 meters distance from each other, and connected to the on mainland placed WaveReaper generator, via the “power transmitting wire” it is also is connected with a thinner wire, between them, so, if the power wire should break, the barrels, don’t get to drift away, in the sea. This will also even out the possibility that the barrels, would smash into each other, when the sea is rougher.

 

The lifting capacity is also setting a maximum power input into the device, since if it is to large/fast waves, the barrels would not lift more than it can, and forces is kept within the range, chosen when constructing the WaveReaper plant. 

 

Power in kw per meter WaveReaper after losses, est 30% of figures shown is electricity

Power out put of waves kW per meter of WaveReaper, approx 30% energy after conversion.

Example, number of barrels in each row 10, and rows 10, the plant would be 20 x 20 meters of area, 400m2, and will have 100 connected wires, which transfer the mechanical energy, to the generator. This type of plants, give 100 to 300 kW every hour, which generates profits, of 6500 to 20 000 dollars of revenue monthly, building cost of the plant is estimated to 20 000 dollars only. This give that the WaveReaper earns itself, in a few months, instead of years.

WaveReaper set of block wich can be hauled in without divers, reverse halfpipes, on stainless steel wire.

Reverse Half-Pipes makes it possible to haul gear without divers. 

I have chosen to use cheap materials only, in this demonstration, because the need to bring down production costs, and make it possible to build this type of wave generation device, any where in the world, and with local materials, as car parts etc, which doesn't needs to be imported. Other materials could of course be used, and the schematics for its design of course, be different. Simple is better, it is said, and fewer parts, and bearings, will bring lower cost of building, and also repair.

We can here see energy content in waves, The numbers means kW per hour, and meters of wave. South America, 97 kW per meter of wave, for example, that means, a Wavereaper™ device, which is 100 meters broad, would generate 9.7 mw, cost would be around 1200 000 Dollar, for that device. However, the revenue would be over 400 000 dollars monthly with current energy price.

This is a simple schematic, showing buoys, wire and one-way bearing, connected together.In case of storm and rough waves, it is a problem, for all wave energy constructions, however, the Wavereaper™, has a built in safety feature in its construction, that would avoid damage on the equipment, its due to the max lifting force of the barrels, since the will sink under the surface, if the force is to great. this will make the Wavereaper™ possible to work in any weather, however it should be constructed, to take advantage, of the medium wave, that is present at all time, for best cost benefit of the plant.

 

15 to 300 Kw WaveReaper prototype schematic. 

 

The wire is connected to a chain in the end, witch works on a gearwheel sitting on a one-way bearing, mounted on an axle. This translates the pulling force of the wire, to an circular movement which is good for cheap generators. The wire is for this case 4 mm stainless steel, which give a lifting ability of approx 300 Kg before it brakes. Also plastic can be used as Pvc band, which today is commonly used for packaging goods on pallets, this type of Pvc band has high strength, and is also light, and cost-effective, of course the UV light from the sun is affecting it in the long run, but the part that is in the water, should be somewhat guarded from the UV rays.

 

Flywheels is also mounted on the axle, to collect, even out/store the momentum which is produced by the lifting barrel, this will even out and, smooth the turning's of the axle, to the generator, which is driven by a pulley, who will give it correct rpm. A simple brake, which can never wear down, is also planned, in those cases, constant current generators, or a special electronical device is not used.

 

 

 

Pipes mounted on the wire, which means we can haul in and out the device, without leaving the shoreline. With this configuration, if one set of barrels malfunction, only 10% of the plants output is lost, it can be hauled in to the shore and serviced, with ease, and without complicated offshore operations. When the wire coming to the generator housing, a chain is mounted to the wire, which drive the Gear wheel, and the one way bearing, which makes the chain draw, when the waves raises the barrel, but let it spin freely back, when the wave height is going down again, also a small weight is connected to the chain, to make it even out slack of the wire. A flywheel is mounted, and a pulley drives the generator, evenly.

One-way bearing, with pulley and wire, with bigger loads, chain and gearwheel, is an option. One-way bearings can be seen in ex. bicycles, the rotate freely in one direction, but in the other direction, they grip, and transfer force, this is used in the Wave reaper, and makes it simple, and cost effective. The waves up and down, movement is translated to rotating movement, suited for a generator, of choice.

 

 

 

Benefits of the One-way bearing.

The barrels will of course jump up and down in random patterns; this will add to an even movement of the generator axle, and its flywheel, as soon as a wave has energy to contribute, it will transmit its force to the wire, and to the axle. The flywheel is storing the momentum gained from the waves temporarily. 

 

Because of its design, the WaveReaper, is always self adjusting regarding wave height, and tidal shifts, and higher or lower water levels due to shifting weather patterns, no adjustment needed, the Wavereaper™ is always balancing itself out, to optimal level in the ocean.

WaveReaper Onshore version in the ocean. 

 

No computer monitoring is needed and that also brings costs down, and no complicated technology, which would need delicate conditions, or a lot of service. This technology, is in as private,  non commercial, or company, 15Kw max output, offered globally for free, however, an voluntary size of donation, to www.o2gruppen.se is gladly accepted to get an “free” license.. Anyone can now build his very own, generator.

 

License should be acquired for selling generators, the inventions name “WaveReaper” must be honored, as the inventors name Stefan Nystrom. Max 1 generator per kilometer shoreline. Account information, for donors/license takers, can be seen at start page www.o2gruppen.se later Please, mail me a photo of your device, for educational purposes, and to help others get ideas, pictures will be promoted on this site! 

 

Let everyone know, friend and foe, its time for things to change in the worlds energy sector. Oil based economy, is gone, lets all accept it, and build a better world, feed the hungry, cure the sick, and of course, stop polluting the environment, with the oil based stone age technology.

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:57 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 4 September 2008 5:21 PM PDT
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
RNC protesting
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: Copied from Alternet
Topic: PROTEST!

Sitting outside the Black Dog cafe in lower St. Paul late Tuesday morning, a lanky kid in dreadlocks and a black Bob Marley T-shirt stopped, asked me for a light, and sat down next to me. It was drizzly and gray, and eerily quiet. The night before, nearly 300 people had been arrested by Minnesota police in a sweeping display of brute force. Among them were journalist Amy Goodman and two Democracy Now! producers, both of whom were physically assaulted. With helicopters overheard and the National Guard out, it felt like a city under siege.

I asked the guy if he lived in St. Paul. "Yeah." It turned out he lives next door, in the building where I've been staying, an artist's co-op on Broadway Street. I was about to ask him what he thought about the scene here when he sort of laughed and said, "Yeah, you know -- I was just arrested."

At around 9:45 that morning, John, 20, was walking home from the bank a few blocks away when he spotted what he thought was a police riot club -- a ubiquitous weapon on the streets here. "It was right off of West 7th Street in, like, a planter; I checked it out but it ended up being a broomstick." He put it down and kept walking, when suddenly he was surrounded by police officers -- "three squad for sure, maybe four" -- one of whom was a woman. "She was like, 'Get on your stomach or I'm gonna tase you!'" He asked them what he had done, but they wouldn't say. Instead, they asked him leading questions about other people they'd just arrested. "They said, 'so, who was in the white van you were associated with?" "I was like, white van? I don't know what you're talking about."

John said he hasn't done any anti-war organizing -- "I'd like to" -- but since the arrival of the RNC and the protesters against it, he has been checking out the scene around town. "Yesterday I was just cruising around. I was in the Funk the War march -- they had this huge Gandhi statue and a globe …" But despite the mostly peaceful protests, when it comes to security, "it's been crazy." He showed me videos he'd taken on his phone while he skated around, lines of cops in riot gear -- "There was a bunch of people getting maced over there" -- and shots of the buses and unmarked minivans the police have used to detain people and take them away.

I asked him if he had been read his rights. "No, they didn't read me my Miranda rights at all. ... They cuffed me, and when I complained to one one guy about the cuffs being too tight, he was like, 'Oh yeah? Well, let me tighten that up for you.'"

While he kept asking why they were arresting him, John did not resist -- "I was really cooperative; I didn't want to be held" -- but he did remember something he had been given at one of the marches. "Finally I pulled this out," he said, showing me a slip of paper that read, "ACLU Important Contact Information." "Yeah, you should hold onto that," one of the cops told him.

"They held me right down over there," he said, pointing north. "It's, like, the St. Paul police station." They confiscated and searched his belongings but forgot his cell phone in his pocket. "They put me in a cell that had snot and blood all over the wall," he told me, pulling out his phone and showing me footage of the stained white walls. He was given no phone call.

John was held there for about 15 minutes before they had him talk to anyone; two plainclothes investigators interrogated him, asking him what he knew about the demonstrations against the RNC, some of which have led to rioting and destruction of property. "They tried to get me to admit to some involvement ... but I told them that I've just met people and been to peaceful marches." Before leading him back to his cell, they gave him a 612 number to call. "They asked me to report anything I knew."

Googling the number later led me to a FBI homepage, Minneapolis division.

After he was questioned, John was put back in his cell. He was never told how long they might hold him. "They didn't even tell me what I was being detained for until they opened the door." I asked him what. "Like, suspicion of planting something ... anything that could be used as a weapon, I guess." There was no documentation.

As we were talking, we saw a caravan of unmarked vans led by a police car pull a U-turn in the middle of the intersection at the corner. One of the cars turned on its siren and they sped off.

By then, a group of neighbors were hanging out near us. John greeted them and said, "I was just arrested." How was it? "Awesome," he laughed. "Best day of my life."

"So, you were picking up sticks?" one guy joked, "What were you thinking?"

"I thought I was free!" John laughed.

I asked him what he was up to now. He said he wanted to go to a concert taking place at the Capitol. Dead Prez was scheduled to perform. At the station, he said, "They told me if I got picked up again that I would probably be locked up for the remainder of the RNC. ... They were like, 'You probably shouldn't go outside, because if the same cops see you they're not gonna be happy.'"

He was dropped off across the street by one of the officers. ("He was nice enough to give me a ride back, so that was cool.")

I asked him if he would be relieved when the RNC was over. "Yeah, most definitely. I wasn't looking forward to it coming. … I feel like I've been profiled since day one." Plus, it's been slow at the Italian restaurant where he works. "At first, at my work, they were like, yeah, this is a good opportunity to get some good business, but instead we're closing early … because most of (the RNC delegates) have rented out places and they get free drinks; they don't really care about supporting local businesses since they don't live here. They don't give a shit."

A woman who also lives in the building next door sat down next to us. "I have to say," she said, "this city I live in has so much egg on its face. I'm embarrassed to say I live here. It's just tragic."

"The vibe's like they came in and took over our whole city," John said. "It's like we don't have rights. Like we don't even live here."


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:54 PM PDT
TWIN CITIES - COPY PASTE OF INDY MEDIA on 9/3/08 12:42am
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: CIVIL RIGHT VIOLATED - IN MASS QUANTIES AT RNC
Topic: PROTEST!

OK Z3 Readers

I copied and pasted the front page from

 Indy Media in Twin Cities at 12:402 am

Lots of good RNC

Indpendent Journalism

here for all-you archive crazy Z3 readers

  

 http://twincities.indymedia.org/


Twin Cities Indymedia - minneapolis - st. paul

LiveWire -

Breaking news from the streets
Call Indymedia Dispatch @ 651-503-5661 to post or Send us a LiveWire online >
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·                                 Wed, 09/03/2008 - 02:14updatecred_rating: Fourbedlam theatre is now calm; downtown mpls is not. cops massing at nicollet mall light rail, and 7th and nicollet. it appears that parties are being crashed!·                                 Wed, 09/03/2008 - 02:02joint press conference 10am wednesdaycred_rating: FiveThe joint press conference with the PPEHRC, RNC-WC, and others will be held at 10am at 400 Western Ave (Bushville) in St. Paul. All media welcome·                                 Wed, 09/03/2008 - 01:53UPDATEScred_rating: Four2 arrests at bedlam theatre in mpls now; cops mobilizing w/ flexcuffs at 5th and hennepin (block E area) in mpls·                                 Wed, 09/03/2008 - 01:48don't worry - indymedia space is OK!cred_rating: Fiveconfirmation from the IMC space in St. Paul: space has NOT been raided. big police presence with large detainment vehicle was across the street. lawyers were called and tapes were immediately secured. communication with the space was completely lost, but everything is ok. the IMC space will STAY OPEN!·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 23:57IMC SPACE STATUS UNCLEARcred_rating: ThreeThere are unclear reports coming from the public IMC space at 300 Broadway. It appears police are on the scene and lawyers may be trying to escort people at the space elsewhere. Trying to get ahold of people at the space. (from a TCIMC'er off site)·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 23:34UPDATEcred_rating: FiveDetention bus outside public IMC space. Will try to update.·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 23:23UPDATEcred_rating: FourCops staging on 6th and Cedar.·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 23:04UPDATEcred_rating: Five10 cops outside Bedlam, cars being searched. They have not entered the building yet. SUV on the bike path. UPDATE: Cops have left.·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 22:55UPDATEcred_rating: FourFolks on 94 West being detained, possibly arrested.·                                 Tue, 09/02/2008 - 22:44UPDATEcred_rating: FourCops leaving Camp Coldwater.moreRSS Feed More LiveWires > ·                                 Featured Story ·                                 More Stories... ·                                 Features RSS RNC 2008 Roundup from S1 Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 10:01. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Day 1: You guessed it: there was a large permitted march and many smaller direct actions ;) Riot cops, national guard, and the whole homeland security posse used batons, pepper spray, tear gas, tasers and other weapons on protesters, and there were nearly 300 arrests. Roundup:STORIES
Police state or free state? | Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddos, and Nicole Salazar were illegally arrested | RNC mole outed | RNC action day 1 - an account
PHOTOS:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4
VIDEO:
RNC video page | Amy Goodman on being arrested | more vids | snake marches | Amy Goodman attacked | Funk the War attacked | Lots of video coverage at http://theuptake.org/.
AUDIO:
Indybay: http://radio.indybay.org:8000/ and also here | PDX Indymedia: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/static/pdxradio.shtml | DC Pirate Radio | Live in the downtown minneapolis area: tune in to 89.1 FM
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Summary from S1 | Coldsnap Twitter: http://twitter.com/coldsnaplegal
·                                 1 comment ·                                 123 reads Over 300 Protesters, Bystanders, Medics and Media Arrested: Update from Coldsnap Legal Collective Submitted by haloka on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 02:08. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Two days into the Republican National Convention (RNC),
more than 300 people have been arrested, including at least 120 people
for felonies -- mostly the notoriously vague charge, 'conspiracy to
riot.' With no provocation, police have indiscriminately used rubber
bullets, concussion grenades, and chemical irritants to disperse crowds
and incapacitate protestors. Police appear to be specifically targeting
videographers documenting these police abuses. In response, lawyers have
filed a federal restraining order against such conduct.
·                                 Add new comment ·                                 Read more ·                                 4 reads ·                                 by haloka Copy of Affidavit Used in RNC-WC Raids Submitted by haloka on Wed, 09/03/2008 - 01:25. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Attached is a copy of the search warrant affidavit enabling the RNC Welcoming Committee raids. The affidavit was released to the press before it was released to the defendants' lawyers.·                                 Add new comment ·                                 Read more ·                                 5 reads ·                                 1 attachment ·                                 by haloka Coverage from the Poor People's March and the Police Attack afterwards Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 21:43. in ·                                 Local ·                                 Protest ·                                 RNC ·                                 videos ·                                 Feature videos by Nick (nickcooper at indymedia dot org)After the Poor People's March tonight in St. Paul, protesters stuck around too long for the police's patience. After firing all sorts of things at them, the protesters tried to leave and were sprayed from lines of cops on both sides of the street.
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2008/09/02/policeattack1.mpg
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2008/09/02/policeattack2.mpg
photos:
http://www.indybay.org/publish.php
Speech:
http://www.indybay.org/uploads/2008/09/02/speech.mpg
cops dressing:·                                 18 comments ·                                 Read more ·                                 76 reads subMedia RNC Dispatch #4 Submitted by rechelon on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 19:44. in ·                                 Local ·                                 Anarchism ·                                 Protest / Direct Action ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature ·                                 Add new comment ·                                 51 reads Dakota People Reclaim Sacred Site Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 17:27. in ·                                 Local ·                                 Coldsnap ·                                 coldwater ·                                 Freedom of Religion ·                                 Minnesota Dakota ·                                 Native American ·                                 Sacred Sites ·                                 Treaty of 1805 ·                                 Treaty Rights ·                                 Feature FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - CAMP COLDWATER, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA—On Tuesday, September 2, members of the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) of the Dakota Oyate are reclaiming Coldwater Spring and the surrounding land. As the Original People of Minisota Makoce (Land Where the Waters Reflect the Skies), Dakota people are claiming their inherent right to their sacred sites as well as the rights preserved in the Treaty of 1805.·                                 Add new comment ·                                 Read more ·                                 61 reads Dakotas regain sacred space; Police at Ripple Effect, Mears Pk, Ramsey jail vigil; Tin Can Comms Returns; The Man's RNC events Submitted by Twin Cities Indymedia on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 16:49. in ·                                 Local ·                                 Events ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Overall today has mostly been quiet, though the Dakota have reclaimed their sacred space at Coldwater (54th Street & Hiawatha Ave/HWY 55) in S. Mpls. Coldsnap reports they have successfully gotten permission to have a ceremony for four days. Congratulations -- but they deserve permanent rights to that space!The other major events unfolding now:
* The under-pressure jail vigil supported by Coldsnap at the Ramsey County Jail (Grove & Lafayette)
* The heavy riot police (bearing the misnamed 'non lethal' array of weapons including rubber bullets, gas canisters and concussion grenades) are guarding the Ripple Effect concert, Coldsnap estimates 120 riot police. There appear to be snipers on the MnDOT building - which is still less hazardous than trusting Carol Molnau to keep our bridges up. [the government's sniper body count is much lower than the MnDOT body count these days.]
* Something is going on around Mears Park, Coldsnap reported @ 3:55 that 60-80 riot police at 8th & Wacouta Commons. Breaking @ 5 PM from one source: "a March for People's Lives is going to take place tonight from Mears Park to the Xcel. Already at least 500 protesters and just as many police. Riot, swat and bicycle."
*****
Due to the extreme coolness of our readers, our callout for an index of establishment activities for the remaining 2.5 days of the RNC has been answered quite rapidly. Anonymous writes:
I'm working on collecting all of these calendars into one place (and will post again when I've got it done, hopefully soon!), but if people need them right now here are the best ones:
parties: http://www.politicalpartytime.org/upcoming/,
private parties: http://vita.mn/find_event.php?open_tab=all&date=F&event_cat_id[]=325,
public events: http://vita.mn/find_event.php?open_tab=all&date=F&event_cat_id[]=328,
and a map of all: http://www.startribune.com/infocenter/26881849.html,
and official convention events: http://portal.gopconvention2008.com/
And another writes:
I have begun creating a centralized calendar of official/establishment events associated with/related to the RNC. It's available by going to this google calendar. I'm almost done with today's events and should have everything in by this evening. Enjoy crashing and covering the party! --From your friendly activist neighborhood librarian :) [TCIMC Dispatch: thanks!! Google tracks yr data, tho, etc.]
More events for today:
http://twincities.indymedia.org/2008/sep/rnc-events-scheduled-rest-today
4:00 Prayer Service hosted by Governor Rick Perry and the Texas delegation
When Tue, Sep 2, 4pm – 5pm
Where Central Presbyterian Church, Saint Paul (map)
Description A prayer service, hosted by Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Texas delegation, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. The service will be led by Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The Texas delegation has invited all other Gulf State delegations to participate.
6:00pm
Official Evening Program - Service
When Tue, Sep 2, 6pm – 7pm
Where Xcel Energy Center (map)
DescriptionJohn McCain’s commitment to his fellow Americans, a commitment forged in service to his country, is one of the defining hallmarks of his life. Tuesday’s events will highlight John McCain’s record of service and sacrifice and reflect his commitment to serving a cause greater than one’s own self-interest.
7:00pm
African American Voter Reception
When Tue, Sep 2, 7pm – 8pm
Where Karma: 315 1st Ave, N. Minneapolis (map)
9:00pm
Arab American Cultural Celebration
When Tue, Sep 2, 9pm – 10pm
Where Minneapolis Convention Center: 1301 2nd Ave, S. Minneapolis (map)
Please join Phyllis Schlafly and the Republican Coalition for Life for a Life of the Party party.
A cocktail buffet reception Tuesday, September 2, 2008, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Crowne Plaza Hotel, 11 East Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, Minnesota
Honoring The Honorable Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska
SOME WEDNESDAY EVENTS
8:00am
Ohio Delegate Breakfast
WhenWed, Sep 3, 8am – 9am
WhereRadisson Plaza in Minneapolis (map)
9:00am
Massachusetts Delegate Breakfast
WhenWed, Sep 3, 9am – 10am
WhereCrowne Plaza Bloomington (map)
12:00pm
IAVA (Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America) Event
WhenWed, Sep 3, 12pm – 1pm
WhereMore details to come (map)
DescriptionIAVA will be organizing a care package assembly event on Wednesday afternoon and delegates will be participating. *NOTE: The event time is still TBD, but is tentatively scheduled for 12 pm – 3 pm on Wednesday Afternoon.
2:00pm
New York Delegate Lunch
WhenWed, Sep 3, 2pm – 3pm
WhereMarriott City Center (map)
Comms returns to full power as reported by Anonymous. Way to go! w0w all around.
TIN CAN COMMS COLLECTIVE IS BACK UP!
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 15:40.
THEY CAN'T STOP THE FREQUENCY!
Tin Can is back up and running!
The number is the same 1-651-314-7836. Now the only functioning info group is RNC08 if you want that text Follow RNC08 and send it to 40404
Two more days to go - TC-IMC·                                 Add new comment ·                                 Read more ·                                 37 reads ·                                 by Twin Cities Indymedia Cops Attack Anti-Capitalist Bloc on Shepard Road, 9/1/08: video Submitted by daveid on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 15:36. in ·                                 Local ·                                 2008 ·                                 Anarchism ·                                 Police State ·                                 Protest ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Video starts just a few seconds after cops and perhaps national guard began to ruthlessly attack the Anti-Capitalist bloc across the street from them on the Shepard Road waterfront at Jackson. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/02/18532139.phpThe bloc was moving northeast on Shepard and paused at Jackson Street across from a line of riot cops. Police, and what appeared to be Minnesota National Guard, then began to wildly attack the bloc with tear gas, bean bags, concussion grenades, colored smoke bombs, and green paint markers.·                                 2 comments ·                                 Read more ·                                 74 reads ·                                 by daveid The Aftermath: Reports from Coldsnap Legal Collective and the RNC Welcoming Committee Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 10:01. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Morning Update 9/2 from the RNC Welcoming Committee: Day one is behind us and the idea of business as usual during the RNC has been shattered.Monday night a Spokescouncil met and from that gathering the suggestion was made to take time today to reflect, to sleep, and to eat well so that energy is high when folks take to the streets again. We can’t forget though that Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and the St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman are holding many of our friends hostage.·                                 2 comments ·                                 Read more ·                                 157 reads 9.2: Press Statement from RNC Welcoming Committee Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 09:58. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature September 2, 2008
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[A statement read on behalf of the RNC Welcoming Committee, especially on behalf of the members of the Welcoming Committee who continue to be held without bail by Sheriff Bob Fletcher and who are being kept in 23 hour solitary confinement]First, let us start by saying thank you.·                                 10 comments ·                                 Read more ·                                 135 reads More features in ·                                 undefined Twin Cities Indymedia @ The Republican National Convention in St. Paul - Sept. 1-4, 2008
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Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 10:01. in ·                                 Local ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Day 1: You guessed it: there was a large permitted march and many smaller direct actions ;) Riot cops, national guard, and the whole homeland security posse used batons, pepper spray, tear gas, tasers and other weapons on protesters, and there were nearly 300 arrests. Roundup:STORIES
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Cops Attack Anti-Capitalist Bloc on Shepard Road, 9/1/08: video

Submitted by daveid on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 15:36. in ·                                 Local ·                                 2008 ·                                 Anarchism ·                                 Police State ·                                 Protest ·                                 RNC ·                                 Feature Video starts just a few seconds after cops and perhaps national guard began to ruthlessly attack the Anti-Capitalist bloc across the street from them on the Shepard Road waterfront at Jackson. http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/02/18532139.phpThe bloc was moving northeast on Shepard and paused at Jackson Street across from a line of riot cops. Police, and what appeared to be Minnesota National Guard, then began to wildly attack the bloc with tear gas, bean bags, concussion grenades, colored smoke bombs, and green paint markers.·                                 2 comments ·                                 Read more ·                                 74 reads ·                                 by daveid

PHOTOS: Veterans Memorial March to RNC: Capital Lawn Rally and March/Civil Disobedience

Submitted by daveid on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 02:14. in ·                                 2008 ·                                 Media Gallery ·                                 Protest ·                                 RNC ·                                 St. Paul ·                                 War & Peace Veterans for Peace, local 115 from Red Wing, MN, organized a march with affiliates from around the country on the day prior to the beginning of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Before the march began, speakers spoke on a stage on the lawn in front of the capital. On August 27th, a National Veterans for Peace Convention began in Bloomington culminating with today's actions.·                                 Add new comment ·                                 Read more ·                                 138 reads ·                                 by daveid 12next ›last »  

 

 

 

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 12:56 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 3 September 2008 1:09 AM PDT
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
Oh well - Activist & Journalist @ RNC = Jail time
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Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

z3 readers

have you noticed that protesting and recording is becoming illegal?

http://www.alternet.org/rights/97110/rnc_raids_have_been_targeting_video_activists_/?page=3

 Video Activist arrested at the RNC

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Amy Goodman


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