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  •  I still regard it as a threat (4.00)
    Some local repug elected bigwig comes in and starts talking about arrest may only be an attempt to intimidate and dishearten, but it should be taken very seriously.
    •  It was no threat in NYC (none)
      Solid blue terrority, and yet thousands of protestors swept off the street and housed in holding pens with acid on the floor.  The guy with the chalk-message system has his bike impounded during the entire convention.

      What the heck do you think will happen to those who dare protest Imperial Bush in his own backyard?
      I bet that state rep thought he was doing Cindy a favor.

      I weep.  This is not my America.

      Chaos, fear, dread. My work here is done.

      by madhaus on Mon Aug 08, 2005 at 02:47:17 PM PDT

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      •  I spoke to the Representative. Story is garbled (none)
        I called Representative Lon Burnam about it, and he told me the story was only aboult half correct. My report of our conversation is found at Politics Plus Stuff.

        Briefly, Rep Lon Burnam of Fort Worth is a long time peace activist (Director of the Dallas Peace Commission)and was concerned about two things. He knows that there is a motorcade scheculded through Crawford sometime Friday, and he knows that Rove/Bush do not like the kind of publicity and do things like were done to protestors in New York.

        Only in Texas there is a quicker response and less honesty by police. So he felt that there was a reasonable possibility that protesters would be arrested.

        Since a number of people who have never been to a protest before were already showing up, he felt they should recognize that they ran the risk of being arrested and possibly dealth with harshly by local police. People who go to Crawford should be prepared for the worst possibilities.

        Lon is also on a Texas Law Enforcement committee in the Texas House, so he has personally contacted law enforcement personnel in both Austin and McLennan County to ensure that protesters have the opportunity to use their First Amendement Rights. Since the Texas Legislature is in Special Session right now, he can't go to Cradford himself.

        He fully supports the protest (He was the only legislator to stand up in the Texas Legislature two years ago and speak against both the invasion of Iraq and the Patriot Act) but he wants people to be prepared if things turn bad.

        He wasn't just doing Cindy a favor. He was trying to do all the protestors a big favor. Texas has no better elected official to support the protest.

        Recovering Perfectionist IWDWIC (I Will Do What I Can) - Politics Plus Stuff

        by Rick B on Fri Aug 12, 2005 at 10:36:05 AM PDT

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    •  Just clarifying (none)
      It's not so much a threat as just speculation that a representative expressed, as I understand it.  Of course we definitely still want people to join Cindy in Texas (I don't think threatening jailtime would've really deterred people anyway), we just need to make sure we get our facts straight, and that we keep media attention on the story in the coming days with the landing of the shuttle, etc.  

      Politik"Orthodoxy is unconsciousness." -Orwell

      by heatherb on Mon Aug 08, 2005 at 02:49:34 PM PDT

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    •  Cindy's arrest (none)
      Bush would have to be a total idiot to do anything to have Cindy arrested -- oh, but wait, he is. ButI do seriously doubt even he is that stupid. My understanding is that some senator or congressman surmised she might be arrested. That's not facts, folks.

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