On Sunday I blogged about the recent police raid against RNC Welcoming Committee, a group of activists planning to protest the RNC convention in Minneapolis. I noted that one citizen-journalist recorded the presence of federal Homeland Security vehicles in the incident.
Glenn Greenwald blogs about this incident, and describes other pre-emptive raids by law-enforcement agencies against RNC protesters. He raises important questions:
He's absolutely right. And it's all about keeping fear alive.
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. And as extraordinary as that conduct is, more extraordinary is the fact that they have received virtually no attention from the national media and little outcry from anyone. And it's not difficult to see why. As the recent "overhaul" of the 30-year-old FISA law illustrated -- preceded by the endless expansion of surveillance state powers, justified first by the War on Drugs and then the War on Terror -- we've essentially decided that we want our Government to spy on us without limits. There is literally no police power that the state can exercise that will cause much protest from the political and media class and, therefore, from the citizenry.Beyond that, there is a widespread sense that the targets of these raids deserve what they get, even if nothing they've done is remotely illegal. [...]
Any rational person planning to protest the GOP Convention would, in light of this Government spying and these police raids, think twice -- at least -- about whether to do so. That is the point of the raids . . .