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Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!) Arrested at RNC

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Minneapolis and St Paul police are apparently on a rampage. Many houses and a theater were raided yesterday and today in advance of the Republican National Convention. Most of these appear to be places where independent journalists were housed. Many, including a lawyer representing them, handcuffed, some made to lie on the ground, their property searched, and then the police left – taking nothing, arresting no one.

One of my own heroes, Amy Goodman of DemocracyNow! was arrested today for “Conspiracy to Riot.” The arrest is documented in the video.  It is both sad and outrageous.

More on this tomorrow.

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Written by Monte

September 1, 2008 at 9:59 pm

Posted in News, Politics

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  1. Hey Monte, I thought you might like to know that both my husband and I have changed our minds and will be voting for Obama. This election is too important to risk having it go to the Republicans again, and I’m afraid I’m not confident enough that the majority of Americans will, in privacy, rise above their ingrained racism.


    September 5, 2008 at 10:47 am

  2. Monte, that’s more than strange, but sickly ironic.

    I myself am for small government and individual rights, but it just seems logical in a world where libertarian values held sway there would be less power for the police, not a carte blanche to arrest people for no reason. Anyone who actually values the individual’s rights should be up in arms about a woman being arrested for no reason, illegally.


    September 4, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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  4. Monte don’t be surprised, you will always find people that automatically side with the police, unless the police wants to confiscate their guns. The Constitution? Who cares?

    Monte says: Is it not strange that the small government, pro-individual rights crowd is so often of the opinion that the police are right? It is, I believe, a result of ethnic privilege. An Hispanic friend of mine seems to regard it as a fact of life that the police will arrest your children sooner or later, and that there’s really nothing that can be done about it.

    I remember when the cops went wild in the spring of 1971 or fall of 1970. Seeing them on a senseless rampage, knowing oneself to be utterly un-protected, was terrifying, so soon after Kent State. It seemed perfectly likely that innocent people – perhaps friends – would be shot. The taunting rage of the police was unforgettable, bone-chilling. I need to write on this sometime soon.


    September 2, 2008 at 4:19 pm

  5. I hope she managed to get out without too much harm.

    Ah, fascism.

    And kudos to you, Monte, to show such forbearance with Paul’s ignorant and intolerant comment. (I would not have been so kind.)


    September 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm

  6. Paul: You are welcome here, but ad hominem attacks and name-calling are not. “Left wing clown,” “idiot protestors,” “maybe they need to get a job” – these add only prejudice to the discussion, not facts or reason. That you “would not classify Amy Goodman as a reporter” is ignorant bigotry.

    Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 700 TV and radio stations in North America. Time Magazine named Democracy Now! its “Pick of the Podcasts,” along with NBC’s Meet the Press.

    “Goodman [..] writes a weekly column (also produced as an audio podcast) syndicated by King Features, for which she was recognized in 2007 with the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Reporting.

    “Goodman is the winner of the 2007 Gracie Award for Individual Achievement for a Public Broadcasting Host, from American Women in Radio and Television, and is a 2007 honoree with the Paley Center/Museum of Television and Radio’s She Made It Collection, which “celebrates the achievements and preserves the legacy of great women writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters, and executives.” She was the 2006 recipient of the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Her daily reporting and groundbreaking work from Nigeria and East Timor has won numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. She has also received awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Project Censored.”


    September 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  7. What was she doing messing with the police? You don’t see reporters from other outfits getting arrested. I wouldn’t classify Amy Goodman as a reporter, but a left wing clown with an agenda. When you don’t obey an order to scram, you are gonna get ur butt arrested.
    I always ask what these idiot protesters do for a living. Maybe they need to get a job and be productive in society.


    September 2, 2008 at 10:15 am

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