Here’s the reason average citizens should be concerned about the ongoing attack on free speech in this nation. I don’t care whether you agree with the politics of the people who were illegally intimidated–all of us are in danger in a society in which this can happen.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/30/police_raids/

Salient points:

  • All groups targeted seem to involve “peaceful hippies.” There was not a hint of planned violence.
  • Officers refused to state why they were there.
  • Officers refused until the very end to even produce a search warrant.
  • Laptops, computers, individual journals, and political materials were seized. In the idiotic climate that allows objects to be charged (look up cases such as “State vs. laptop computer”), the owners will likely simply never have their items returned. The items, not being persons, are considered to have no rights. To get them back would require posting a bond, hiring a lawyer, spending money they do not have, whether the people are ever charged with a crime or not.

Is the irony lost on anyone that this is happening in a city where a political convention to nominate a presidential candidate is going on?

As far as I am concerned, this goes beyond politics into the very heart of free speech. Awareness is perhaps the best, and only, tool available to preserve it.

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