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There's a lot at stake as the convention comes to town.
Your heavy-handed Sheriff and his colleagues have clearly adopted the Bush-Cheney strategy of preemptive striking at "dangerous foes." If they had any "real" evidence why has virtually no one been arrested? Stifling dissent before the fact supposed to be illegal in America but today we seem to live under a very different set of rules than those envisioned by the framers of our Constitution.
After reading the news reports of police raids to prevent lawful dissent, I was disappointed by the tone of this editorial. Especially the reference to the WTO "fiasco" in Seattle.
There are certainly some "business interests" who believe that the eruption of dissent in Seattle was a fiasco, just as certainly as some in Selma, Alabama who still feel the same way about the Civil Rights marches.
But many of us in Seattle are proud of our citizen patriots and ashamed that our uniformed police sought to appease Madeline Albright.
You could do worse than to host an opportunity for dissent. But if you concern yourself primarily with public relations and retail sales, well, maybe democracy is just not right for you.
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