More on GOP “Preventive Arrests”

Here is Salon’s take on the situation, as of yesterday; thanks to Sally Anderson for her continued updates on the whole affair:
Sunday Aug. 31, 2008 11:46 EDT

Federal government involved in raids on protesters

(update below)

As the police attacks on protesters in Minnesota continue — see this video of the police swarming a bus transporting members of Earth Justice, seizing the bus and leaving the group members stranded on the side of the highway — it appears increasingly clear that it is the Federal Government that is directing this intimidation campaign. Minnesota Public Radio reported yesterday that “the searches were led by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office. Deputies coordinated searches with the Minneapolis and St. Paul police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

Today’s Star Tribune added that the raids were specifically “aided by informants planted in protest groups.” Back in May, Marcy Wheeler presciently noted that the Minneapolis Joint Terrorist Task Force — an inter-agency group of federal, state and local law enforcement led by the FBI — was actively recruiting Minneapolis residents to serve as plants, to infiltrate “vegan groups” and other left-wing activist groups and report back to the Task Force about what they were doing. There seems to be little doubt that it was this domestic spying by the Federal Government that led to the excessive and truly despicable home assaults by the police yesterday.

So here we have a massive assault led by Federal Government law enforcement agencies on left-wing dissidents and protesters who have committed no acts of violence or illegality whatsoever, preceded by months-long espionage efforts to track what they do. —

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And in case you’ve always wondered what it would be like to have the Brown Shirts come to your own home, kick in the doors, arrest you without placing charges on a vague conspiracy warrant, hold you without charges, and board up your home on “code violations”, well, the local paper in Minneapolis can now tell you: 

What country is this?