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    Undercover NYPD officers pose as protesters, incite confrontation.

    A new revelation from the New York Times. It turns out the police have been putting stoolies in protest activities to videotape the participants and, most damning, performed "mock arrests" of planted agents during the RNC protests in the hopes of inciting the crowds to violence.

    New York Police Covertly Join In at Protest Rallies
    Another arrest that appeared to be a sham changed the dynamics of a demonstration. On Aug. 30, 2004, during the Republican National Convention, a man with vivid blond hair was filmed as he stood on 23rd Street, holding a sign at a march of homeless and poor people. A police lieutenant suddenly moved to arrest him. Onlookers protested, shouting, "Let him go." In response, police officers in helmets and with batons pushed against the crowd, and at least two other people were arrested.

    The videotape shows the blond-haired man speaking calmly with the lieutenant. When the lieutenant unzipped the man's backpack, a two-way radio could be seen. Then the man was briskly escorted away, unlike others who were put on the ground, plastic restraints around their wrists. And while the blond-haired man kept his hands clasped behind his back, the tape shows that he was not handcuffed or restrained.

    The same man was videotaped a day earlier, observing the actress Rosario Dawson as she and others were arrested on 35th Street and Eighth Avenue as they filmed "This Revolution," a movie that used actual street demonstrations as a backdrop. At one point, the blond-haired man seemed to try to rile bystanders.
    What the is this country coming to?

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    Quote Originally posted by jordanb
    A new revelation from the New York Times. It turns out the police have been putting stoolies in protest activities to videotape the participants and, most damning, performed "mock arrests" of planted agents during the RNC protests in the hopes of inciting the crowds to violence.

    New York Police Covertly Join In at Protest Rallies


    What the is this country coming to?

    Your post has been logged as "suspicious" jordanb. Or, should it really be Jordh-'an-al bin Laden?

    (A weak attempt at humor. But it is not really funny, of course. Just be sure not to request any "subversive" books through interlibrary loan.

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    Duh. And the domestic spying allows them to specifically target politically unfavourable - erm... people suspected of terrorist activities.

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    Quote Originally posted by abrowne
    Duh. And the domestic spying allows them to specifically target politically unfavourable - erm... people suspected of terrorist activities.
    So much for "innocent until proven guilty".

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