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     This may be what you say it is.  What I saw, however, was the same stip of video shown twice.  That video showed a line of police in riot gear not SWAT teams marched up to a halt in the middle of the street, and then dispatched to make sure the crowd was standing on the sidewalk.  Perhaps one of you saw something that marked these police as SWAT squad members, but if so, they were not noticably carrying any long arms or even any riot shields or tear gas, nor were they acting in any threatening manner, as seems to fit the mood of the crowd, which was likewise quiet and peaceful.

     If any of you have any observations that contradict what I observed, I'd appreciate you pointing them out to me.  I'm particularly curious why the same line of police marching to the same point in the same street with the same audio is shown twice.  My thought is to make it look more threatening as Denise says, though certainly in a different context, I'm sure, "Political theater."
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     Certainly, Regina.  I feel the liberties in this country are more or less under constant assault.  I don't know that it's by any particular party, truth be told.  I found that the most recent problem that I've had with this sort of stuff has to do with The PATRIOT ACT, which was pretty much pulled off the shelf ready-made.  Senator Lieberman was instrumental in getting that one through, and he was (sort of) a Democrat, and the bill found wide bipartisan support.

     It made wide inroads into freedom of speech.  It pretty much put aside a lot of protections against wire taps, and gave the President extraordinary powers.  The powers accrued to President Bush at the time, which I really did not like, but the fact that they have continued into this administration is evidence that once these things get voted it, it's very hard to get rid of them.  The difficulties with habeas at Gitmo have opened the way to domestic violations of habeas corpus rights, and towards the end of President Bush's administration the posse comitatus laws were allowed to lapse and they have not been reinstated.

     Any single one of these things would and should have been grounds for worry.  All of them together are certainly grounds for worry about the security of our personal liberties.  It doesn't matter who was president when these things were passed.  It matters that they have not been repealed, either under the Bush administration or under the Obama administration.  This is tolerable, clearly, because I have only been running my mouth about it.  But it is well worth running my mouth about.

     I could get into the corporatism that I think is part and parcel of this stuff, but I don't want to get terribly long-winded.

     I don't know if this is the sort of material you were asking about, Regina; so if you want to know more, you'll have to ask more specifically.  
 
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