More (lots) to say about this later...
Alright, so, you probably know what I'm going to say. But for the record:
Political protest is a fundamental right, guaranteed against interference by the government by the 1st Amendment. Whether I agree with anti-DNC protestors or not (and I most certainly do not) to take away their right to political protest is not just illegal, it's wrong. It is not too strong to call a police state tactic, if not downright fascist.
The "no gas masks" thing is particularly unbelievable. You want to talk about giving away your future plans? Shit man, they want to be able to gas protesters with impunity!The mass arrests at the RNC convention in NYC in 2k4
were obviously completely unconstitutional, and the courts affirmed that. We must not, can not stoop to that level. Not unless we want to be just as bad as the NeoCons.
Keep one thing in the forefront of your mind: The USA is going to have its first black president elected by the end of this year, and there's not a damn thing any amount of protesting at a political convention can do about it.