View From the Streets Outside the RNC

update on: Political Conventions and America's Twilight (last weeks DNC)
While sitting on the sofa watching the next installment of this made-for-tv miniseries called 'Election 20o8', the RNC, it may be interesting to consider the big picture of the entire production and how it all fits perfectly into the global agenda. Here is a little peek outside of the production studio to the real world...into the streets of St. Paul, from an unknown eye witness:
First Hand Account...(from somebody named Elizabeth)
"I just wanted to blog this morning, after finally getting about 4 hours sleep, to tell the world - or what bit portion of it is still paying attention, my account of the RNC activism events today."
"What i saw was extreme...There is no doubt in mind, from the limited exposure I did get of the whole RNC scene, that we are in fact under Martial Law. There is no walking through downtown St Paul without coming to the absolute realization that we are not safe and most certainly not free." (bolding by author)
"First hand, I saw at least 4 snipers on top of downtown buildings surrounding the RNC ground zero at any given time. In the river just ahead of our festival, there were coast guard boats with massive machine guns loaded and ready to fire, two per boat. Many boats patrolled the waters of the mighty [city-polluted] Mississippi throughout the day. Later on, about 10 boats were seen at once, all surrounding a non-violent sit-in on the banks of the Mississippi, along with various officials inland, their squad lights ablaze."
"On the way into the city, everything became increasingly intense. Our bus took at least 4 detours... We saw the March on The RNC To Stop the War and many blocks away we observed troops of swat teams in complete & full gear doing coreographed marches in 20 some numbered groups. I personally recall noting 3 separate groups of these swat teams during my pilgrimage to the island for the show."
"The downtown area was completely shut down. I believe it was about a six block radius which was under a military-like rule. The secret service, national guard and fbi were all in attendance. I estimate that every corner had at least 2-3 cops or service individuals posted to it, giving each block about a 10-person cover by the government's forces. Later bike & horse police were also seen in massive groups. Video of excessive force from todays events can be found with a swift 'google' on the subject."
"Finally, the helicopter...I suppose I note this lastly because of the role it later played in my first hand experience... All day we saw police helicopter fly-bys over our festival and the RNC & back again. They could clearly see us and probably knew all about our event prior to its arrival, especially given the constant state trooper walk-through's that plagued the festival. When the fest finally ended and people began to make their way back downtown, the officials shut down the bridges crossing the Mississippi one by one until none were left to cross and people were catapulted into a panic. The people at the front of the group I was in explained that the cops threatened them with tear gas if we tried to cross."
"When the bridges did finally start to reopen and the group I was with did get across, one young girl's mother told us that there was no reason for them to shut it down. No one was doing anything "stupid" on the bridges. That "all of a sudden there were just swarms of cops and then they just shut the bridges down.""
'the rest of the story'....fyi

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