UPI via The Washington Times reports that the Weather Underground are planning some action during the RNC. UPI says:

United Press International
"These people are trained in kidnapping techniques, bombmaking and building improvised munitions," the source said. "They're very bad people..."
Someone who asked not to be named emailed me and says that they heard that, "it's planned on being a nonviolent action. Something about leaflets and random covert protesters." If this is indeed the case, there is a pretty high likelihood of some really wound up police running into some pretty innocent people. If you are at risk of looking like a risk to the police, make sure you read about your rights. (344k ZIPped PDF on cryptome.org) via Boing Boing
UPDATE: An anonymous tipster sez "this pamphlet was done by the wonderful Katya Komisaruk over at the Just Cause Law Collective. At her site, lawcollective.org, there's the pamphlet and tons of other info about how to not lose your rights when dealing with the po. (Including Komsiaruk's book, set up much like the pamphlet, 'Beat the Heat.' Komisaruk applied and was accepted to Harvard Law School while in federal prison for anti-nuke demonstrations. She went to HLS while on parole and graduated with honors. Now she's one of the most active anarchist lawyers in the U.S."

UPDATE: Anonymous old media journalist who thinks the UPI story is bunk: "my theory is that the republicans are going to have their own anarchists there a la the reichstag fire...."

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Did you feel a tiny tingle of irony publishing this post? You pass along a suggestion that "Republicans" (not extremists of any stripe, just "Republicans") might orchestrate anti-Republican violence to help usher in a kind of martial law. Except how did you do that? By passing along an ANONYMOUS tip. (In an email transmitting two other anonymous tips!) So it sure seems like the only one clearly orchestrating anything so far is you.

Honestly, I myself am not afraid of "Republicans" this election season. I'm afraid of "old media journalists" like your anonymous tipster and new media hucksters like yourself.

to be fair, "S.P.," the type of thing which the anonymous journalist suggests is not unheard of.

at the G8 protests in Genoa back in 2000, the italian government hired neo-nazis to dress up as anarchists and smash local shops. the next day, an actual anarchist protester was shot in the face by the state police. we know this for a fact as it came out in an inquiry, but it's normal procedure for police departments all over the world, including north america, to pull fake protester stunts like that at high-profile actions. google the term COINTELPRO for a wee bit of history lesson.

or go to http://www.ftaaimc.org/or/topic/miami/ to see that the US government doesn't feel like it needs much justification to usher in martial law these days anyway.

some friendly advice from a real (ie. peace-loving) anarchist.

Of course, violent protests do happen also. Maybe a few tips could be added on the ethics of non violent protesting and civil disobedience. A violent protest is really a riot.

The best thing for all involved would be if Mayor B had the police themselves carry similar pamplets to distribute to protesters. After all, the reading of Miranda rights are as important to arresting officers as they are to those arrested. It's in the NYPD's best interest to create an image of protecting citizens rights, as opposed to the negative "puppets of the right wing" that they would get from bracking down on any gathering.
Wouldn't the thing go a lot smoother if officers were required to inform protesters of thier rights prior to questioning? It'd sure save the city a few buck in civil rights litigation defense.

I am a republican, and an atheist. I am pro choice, within reason, being an atheist I miss all lives lost, not souls, but lives. I support Stem Cell research, and our learning as much about reality as is humanly possible in our lifetimes. And I support George Bush for President, and in our war on terror. ...

The election of John Kerry, would be the downfall of all humanity.

I am appalled at the furor created by the likes of this website to incite anti-republican protests at the RNC. ... All covered by bland, non-statements like, "Of course violent ..." and, "to see that the US government doesn't feel like it needs much justification ..."

Think ahead. Think past your personal hatreds. Where is your hatred leading mankind?

Vote for George Bush!

Jack Foster Mancilla writes "The election of John Kerry, would be the downfall of all humanity."

Jack, how so? Seems like a pretty extreme statement. Care to define "downfall of all humanity?" Do you mean someone who opposes President Bush is that evil, gasp! Give me a break, you remind me of the people in the 80s who said Reagan would blow the world up. Thank God for Moderates who believe in God!

Vote Kerry!

Jack - A vote for Bush is a vote against intellectual honesty. He has failed the litmus test. The only way I know how to keep Bush out of office is to vote for Kerry.

Jack - I think that a vote for Bush is a vote against intellectual honesty. Seems to me that he has failed the litmus test for a good President. The only way I know how to keep Bush out of office is to vote for Kerry. Sorry. Hopefully the future will be bright for both of us, regardless of who's in office.

Joi as someone who promotes responsiblity in governance to post an anonymous comparison to the Nazis is not mature. I'd expect such vague rumors from a livejournal user, but not someone I respect. Disappointing.

One further thought, if your Anonymous old media journalist would like to be credible they should start blogging or perhaps post their opinion on your as a guest post, that I'd respect a bit more.

You know, randomnly believing stuff like:

"my theory is that the republicans are going to have their own anarchists there a la the reichstag fire...."

is just as close-minded as believeing Fox News.

Too bad Kerry doesn't have the cajones to stand up for something. What a punk he is. Lying about his war record, selling out his fellow comrade in arms.

All you Democrats and your 527's like MoveOn are the biggest hypocrities. Unlike the Democrats, Republicans don't sue the 527's for defamation. Maybe we should sue Michael Moore for his libelous film with all it's factual errors.

Bob Jones, 11 -

You know, randomnly believing stuff like...

What does it mean to "randomly believe"? I don't understand the phrase. Is it even proper English? Certainly, I meant no offense if English isn't your mother tongue.

"my theory is that the republicans are going to have their own anarchists there a la the reichstag fire...."

is just as close-minded as believeing Fox News.

That statement doesn't betray a closed mind. It is an opinion. The statement also leaves room for the possibility of the speaker having unflattering opinions about the "other side", as well. Sounds like you're playing defense. Afraid of something?

Chomper, 12 - I'm not completely up-to-speed on the nature of John Kerry's testicles, but they seem to have contained enough fortitude to carry him through one of the nastiest wars in the nation's history. Would you wilt under the pressure? Might be unfair of me to ask you that, but I think it's okay to pose the question. After all, you did call the man a "punk".

All you Democrats and your 527's like MoveOn are the biggest hypocrities. Unlike the Democrats, Republicans don't sue the 527's for defamation. Maybe we should sue Michael Moore for his libelous film with all it's factual errors.

I'm sorry, Dude, but I have the sneaking suspicion that you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Do your homework. Form an opinion based on your own ideas and life experiences. Regurgitating the opinions of others won't get you very far in life.

Thomas Vincent, 9 -

Joi as someone who promotes responsiblity in governance to post an anonymous comparison to the Nazis is not mature. I'd expect such vague rumors from a livejournal user, but not someone I respect. Disappointing.

The Nazis weren't demons sent by Satan. They were humans. So, I don't think it is out-of-bounds or irresponsible to compare modern day humans to the Nazis when appropriate. The capacity for their brand of evil still exists in the human condition. However, the practice of making certain phrases and ideas off-limits does remind me of something the Nazis might do.


It's amazing how much the 60s has come back to haunt this election. Any members of the Weather Underground (most of whom have re-integrated into regular society) are about as old as the candidates. 60-year-olds aren't known for their ability to touch off mass violence.

On the other hand, with the PATRIOT act making it legal to covertly infiltrate political organizations, the fear of Agent Provocateurs is very real.

Vague unknown parties making ugly rumors sounds irresponsible to me. Mike I appreciate you listing your name, it connects me more to a person. Anonymous speech has a definate time and place, but to make potential slander comments about a party, regardless of affiliation is just wrong. While you may not know me I would have same opinion Democrat, Libertarian, Green, or any other respectable party on the political landscape.

I had to listen to too many phone calls to a Congressional office in the late 90s accusing Clinton of preparing to attempt a coup during Y2K and didn't believe them either, regardless if I liked him or not some things are just silly, offensive, and wrong.

RNC protestors... are the same people who have no jobs, in college and are so stupid they follow the MTV generation and cnn news, msnbc, and all of news 60's media journalists who wanted to change the world to socialist acceptance. If you liberals scream the same old crap you do at every protest like no blood for oil, or bush is Hitler, or corporate America greed. Look at the facts, kerry and democrats like ted Kennedy have more money then most republicans and the common man. Yet they say as the democrat party they are for the common man or the working man. Then half of them never worked a real job in their life. Its all Bull shit from a jackass. The same doom and crisis bull shit they have been pushing for years. Health care is a crisis, social security is in a crisis. Its all the same manufactured bull shit from 4 years ago. Kerry brings up his Vietnam record for 9 months, and moveon.org and democrat entertainers send millions to the support anti-bush websites and media. Facts are for all the millions these democrats have they just really are liberals who think they make a difference if they take some money from me and give it someone else. If you want change in America its up to the individual to want to make the change and work hard to make a better life not steal someone else’s. PS. taxes are taken not given, taxes are stolen from you. No social programs and social health care. WE are AMERICA not fucking Canada. Its liberal democrat thinking that gets America in trouble, with north korea, china, and these terrorist, they are like cockroaches kill them for they spread. The Communist party in the USA supports john kerry, and so do the terrorist. Do the right thing vote republican vote Bush.

Foxnews is not a close minded news company. If it is then ok, but I think the other news networks make america see only what they want them to see, cnn, cbs, abc, nbc. Pro kerry, socialist, 60's hippies.

I find a lot of this amusing. In the early 90's I believed that insane minded conspiracy theory people were all right wing wakos. What happened? I never remember the left ever behaving so strange. Past VP's and Current Senators trying to push unsubstantiated rumors to the American People hoping that they will be believed just because they say so? This is indeed a strange time. In the 90's the Republicans were forced to acknowledge the far right wakos and try to control the damage. The wakos were the crazy uncle who lived out behind the house, the one who you feel you need to apologize for in advance because you know they will come out and do something crazy and embarrass you. It seems that the Democratic Party has not only let the crazy uncle in, they are encouraging him to be a party leader.

I am speaking figuratively of course. I do not believe that John Kerry is crazy or a bad person. He like everyone else who joins government in any form, just want to make a name for themselves and to help people. I think Kerry's only problem is that he has been trying to please people so long that he has forgotten what he really believes in. If he could dig deep and dust off his own convictions and core beliefs, he might just be able to run this country.

Back to the conspiracy theory. I read in a lot of posts that the left worry about law enforcement "infiltrating the protestors". It sounds like you believe that law enforcement or government people are evil and want to do harm to help the administration. Does anyone know a police officer or government agent personally? Maybe as a friend? No, that person is not the exception; they are all (most) good people. They took a job in government to help people. As with all walks of life there are a few bad ones, but in general most cops try to weed those people out themselves. Having law enforcement inside the protest is just to help avoid violence from taking place. If you are truly non-violent protestors, you will never even know that you may have been sitting next to a cop.

Have fun in you given right to protest and I hope you get what ever word out you are trying to disseminate. I am not even concerned with the truth of your message, because the constitution did not specify that only people who have the correct answers can protest. The truth can easily be discerned through factual documentation, I just hope that all take the time to do the research and not just listen to the slogans. I believe this about the message from both sides. To me it is easier to justify the statement, “Kerry is weak on the military” if you research his 20 year voting record (from the direct source, not any possibly biased media) than it is to find the documentation supporting “George Bush knew about 9/11 before it happened and did it for Haliburton.” Let common sense prevail.

Please vote your mind, that is what is great about this country, we have choice. Keep up the protests, which another benefit of the freedom that we live under.

I had been thinking about voting for Kerry, until the last week. I just don't understand the protestors down in NYC. I have no problem with them protesting, but they are trying to disrupt the republicans convention.
If you disagree I support your right to let that fact be known, but I don't think that gives you the right to assault people or block traffic.

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