Shep Smith and Judge Robert Napolitano discuss the arrests of Chicago NATO protesters, including the five men accused of possessing explosives:
Napolitano: “But the Chicago folks want to make a case out of it, because they want to make an example out of these kids to deter other people from expressing their political opinions in the streets.”
Smith: “You’ve got to be kidding me. How do we have stories like this, two or three times a week, and no one in the nation seems to care?”
Napolitano: “Because the American public has been deluded into thinking that when the government finds a dope and persuades the dope to say bad things and think he’s assembling a bomb and then he eventually pleads guilty, somehow we are kept safe by that happening.”
Smith: “That’s a load of it! Somehow we are made to feel like maybe they’re doing something for us, and what they’re really doing is trampling on our liberty.”
Bless you, Shep Smith. This same shit happened in Minnesota in 2004 with the RNC convention, and in NYC and Denver at the RNC and DNC conventions. How much you want to bet it’ll happen in Tampa at the 2012 RNC convention?
As a progressive activist, I swear — I’m worried about giving details of any upcoming protest actions to people I don’t know. Not because I plan acts of violence or support acts of violence, but because I don’t want to be a target of a midnight raid as an example. And let’s be real, I’m pretty boring out here Wyoming…
However, an injury to one is an injury to all.