Pigs in St Paul, Minnesota, after having raided a convergence space and a number of other buildings, have charged eight anarchists, allegedly members of the RNC Welcoming Committee, with being unpatriotic and conspiring to commit terrorism:
RNC in Twin Cities: Eight protesters charged with terrorism under Patriot Act
September 6, 2008
On Wednesday eight members of the anarchist protest group the Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee (RNCWC) were charged under provisions of the Minnesota state version of the Patriot Act with “Conspiracy to Riot in Furtherance of Terrorism.” The eight charged are all young, and could face up to seven-and-a-half years in prison under a provision that allows the enhancement of charges related to terrorism by 50 percent. They are: Monica Bicking, Eryn Trimmer, Luce Guillen Givins, Erik Oseland, Nathanael Secor, Robert Czernik, Garrett Fitzgerald and Max Spector…
According to the Los Angeles Times (Terrorism charges filed in alleged plot to disrupt GOP convention, P.J. Huffstutter, September 4, 2008): “The arrests follow a nearly yearlong investigation by the sheriff’s office and federal law enforcement agencies. An undercover investigator and informants were used to monitor the group, according to court documents. The inquiry found that the group had connected with sympathetic factions in dozens of cities to recruit volunteers and raise funds, according to the documents”.
See also : Campus Rally Protests Long Haul Police Raid, Richard Brenneman, The Berkeley Daily Planet, September 5, 2008 | Activists Protest Against UCPD Raid, Angelica Dongallo, The Daily Californian, September 5, 2008 | Longstanding Berkeley Community Center Raided by FBI, Long Haul Infoshop, August 27, 2008
And on a lighter note, fat bald cop gets pwned: