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Arrests at GOP Convention are Criticized

File this under, "Well, duh!"

The Washington Post yesterday wrote a story about the problems with NYPD's tactics before and during the RNC. The best part of the story, and perhaps most important lesson, was the last sentence, a quote by Norman Siegal (Steven's bro?!), a civil liberties lawyer, who said, "We don't lose our rights overnight with a big bang; we lose them incrementally over time."

City Arrest Tactics, Used on Protesters, Face Test in Court

The latest on the NYPD arrest tactics.

By the way, when blogging a NYT article, use this link to generate a link that will get the article for the reader w/o the reader having to register. Very handy!!

Homefront Confidential

Don't Mess With Librarians!

My Arraignment

Hi everyone,

I went to court this morning for my arraignment at 100 Centre Street, the building attached to the prison—the “Tombs

photos from RNC

Howard Besser's photos from the demonstrations:
http://besser.tsoa.nyu.edu/howard/Personal/rnc04/sunday/librarians.html

Some Images of the protest at NY Public Library

Someone was requesting images of the protest at the New York Public Library. After looking through many many images, I finally managed to amass a few from Indymedia. I'm thinking that there are some people in New York right now that will have some pictures to share when they get home, as well.

CEO Pay Soars at Companies That Send Jobs Overseas

CEO Pay Soars at Companies That Send Jobs Overseas

From the Press Release: "Average CEO compensation at the 50 firms outsourcing the most service jobs increased by 46 percent in 2003, compared to a 9 percent average increase for all CEOs at the 365 large companies surveyed by Business Week. Top outsourcers earned an average of $10.4 million in 2003, 28 percent more than the average CEO compensation of $8.1 million. From 2001 to 2003, the top 50 outsourcing CEOs earned $2.2 billion while sending an estimated 200,000 jobs overseas."

NYPD ready to use Long Range Acoustic Device

While thousands of people are gathering in Union Square for a candle-light vigil, NYPD is equipped with Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a 45-pound mega-megaphone which can cause permanent hearing damage. LRAD was developed by American Technology Corp. of San Diego which got a $1.1 million (U.S.) contract from the U.S. Marine Corps. According to Wikipedia, the device was originally intended to be used by American warships to warn incoming vessels of their arrival.

NYPD not complying with court's release order

Today, the NY court ordered detainees to be released from their holding pens at Pier57. However, as of 7:30(EDT) NYPD hasen't complied the judge's order. The general assumption on the street is that the protesters will be held until after the RNC is over. This is an illegal tactic which makes detainees into political hostages. Some people are calling Pier 57 a mini-quitmo.

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