• FBI, Police ‘Visited’ Activists’ Homes Ahead of the Republican National Convention

    July 19, 2016

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    Posted in: Democracy, Post-Constitution America

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    In another step towards the fascist state Donald Trump has warm dreams envisioning, FBI agents and Cleveland police officers “visited” the homes of local activists in an attempt to gather intelligence on possible planned demonstrations surrounding the Republican National Convention. Such actions step over the line of information gathering into the realm of seeking to chill free speech.


    Activists said they viewed the visits as intimidating. A spokeswoman for the local branch of the FBI acknowledged only that “community outreach” took place as law enforcement officials try to ensure the GOP convention is a “safe and secure” event. During their visits, officials asked activists about past addresses, political and social affiliations, and plans for the RNC. The questions appear on their face of dubious constitutionality.

    A spokesperson for the National Lawyer’s Guild, a group prepared to defend those arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights outside the convention, first reported the visits by teams of federal and local law enforcement officials.

    Some of the activists are involved with groups planning RNC demonstrations, while some aren’t, the spokesperson said. She also said that some of the people who were visited were among the 71 people who were arrested in May 2015 in the aftermath of protests that broke out following the acquittal of Michael Brelo, a then-Cleveland police officer who had been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the 2013 shooting deaths of two Cleveland motorists following a police chase.


    The FBI and police made no attempts to hide what they were doing; in fact, quite the opposite.

    For example, in a June 8 public hearing, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told members of City Council’s public safety committee that Cleveland police have “a real, real good idea of who we think is coming here and what their objectives are. And if we can deter those objectives, that’s what we’re going to do.”

    Cleveland purchased a $10 million “protest insurance” policy to protect against civil rights lawsuits resulting from the convention.



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    • rich bauer said...

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      My dog does the same thing – it barks at phantom intruders at dinner time to show it actually does something to deserve getting fed. With the FBI’s track record in protecting US against terrorists- other than the phantom ones, it’s got to do something for all that money we are spending on it.

      FREEDUMB ISN’T FREEH.

      07/19/16 7:50 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The best and only way to “protest” against the possibility of Trump being POTUS is to stay far away from anywhere he is holding a rally and work with others who prefer a different candidate. Public Protesting is so awfully defunct- a sad relic of 60s street theatre.

      07/19/16 8:03 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      JP, don’t worry. The lapdog media wants to get fed too. They won’t cover it – just like FOX “News” doesn’t cover the sexual harassment charges against Roger Ailes. Can’t wait to see how FOX spins Roger’s retirement. Down, boy.

      07/19/16 8:14 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I’m sort of curious. Was the Andros F5 robot used to kill the Dallas sniper a suicide model? Did it survive the blast? I think two models should be available-a cheap expendible model for a one time use that self obliterates and a reusable model.

      07/19/16 8:31 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      The suicide model is a real soldier. How many soldiers commit suicide each day? How many of these cop killers are professional killers trained by US?

      07/19/16 9:30 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      I maintain that if Trump becomes POTUS Obama is to blame. Enough people dislike and distrust Hillary to give Trump a shot. Discrediting and derailing Hillary’s run would have been easy for Obama but she has too much dirt on him. He thought only of his tenuous legacy when he endorsed her.

      07/19/16 10:10 AM | Comment Link

    • dfnslblty said...

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      Excellent essay;
      Two commentators holding hands;
      I trust everyone else is out canvassing neighbours indict potus, scotus, et al. with the aims of impeachment and incarceration.

      07/19/16 2:12 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      The world is going to hell and the lapdog media wastes time on Trump’s trophy wife who gave a speech with some copied quotes. Amerika, you are so far gone and you don’t know it.

      07/19/16 5:20 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Weren’t we told that to insure a “democracy” we needed a free press (as if the ruling elite couldn’t end up “owning” the most influential papers). The police and federal law enforcement officers work for the ruling elite. Good luck trying to throw out the bums who run the American evolution and who are owned by the MICC (congressional added).

      07/19/16 7:08 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...

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      07/20/16 3:42 PM | Comment Link

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