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Buckets of urine, slingshots, anti-bus weapons seized in raid on anti-RNC protesters
TwinCities.com ^ | 8/30/08 | Mara H. Gottfried, Elizabeth Mohr and Dave Orrick

Posted on 08/31/2008 4:00:52 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy

Ramsey County sheriff's deputies found weapons and devices to disable buses - among other items - in searches in the Twin Cities last night and today.

Authorities said the items came from "key members of the RNC Welcoming Committee," a self-described anarchist group.

Five people have been arrested and four properties have been searched, according to the sheriff's office.

At 8 a.m. today, the sheriff's office executed search warrants at three Minneapolis homes - 2301 23rd Ave. S., 3500 Harriet Ave. and 3240 17th Ave. S. The FBI, Minneapolis police and the Hennepin County sheriff's office assisted them.

"The 'Welcoming Committee' is a criminal enterprise made up of 35 anarchists who are intent on committing criminal actsbefore and during the Republican National Convention," said Sheriff Bob Fletcher in a statement. "These acts include tactics to blockade and disable delegate buses, breaching venue security and injuring police officers. They have recruited assistance in their criminal conspiracy from other anarchists groups throughout the country. Through their plans and actions they have exhibited a blatant disregard for the law and the safety of others."

The statement said the items found in the searches included:

Materials to create "sleeping dragons" (PVC pipe, chicken wire, duct tape), which is when protesters lock themselves together Large amounts of urine, including three to five gallon buckets of urine Wrist rockets (high-powered slingshots) A machete, hatchet and several throwing knives a gas mask and filter Empty glass bottles Rags Flammable liquids Homemade caltrops (devises used to disable buses in roads) Metal pipes Axes Bolt cutters Sledge hammers Rapelling equipment Kryptonite locks Empty plastic buckets cut and made into shields Material for protective padding An Army helmet. The five people being held at the Hennepin County jail are under arrest on suspicion of conspiracy to riot, conspiracy to commit civil disorder and conspiracy to damage property.

Arrested at the 17th Avenue home were Monica Rachel Bicking, 23, Erin Chase Trimmer, 23, and Garrett Scott Fitzgerald, 25, Nestor said.

Nathanel David Secor, 26,was arrested at the 23rd Avenue South home.

Erik Charles Oseland, 21, was arrested an undisclosed location, the sheriff's office said.

"Conspiracy to riot was the charge used against the Chicago Eight in 1968 as part of a politically motivated prosecution," said Bruce Nestor, president of the Minnesota chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. "It is a charge that is essentially used for preventive detention."

A St. Paul building leased by The RNC Welcoming Committee, Where A Search Warrant Was Executed Friday Night, Is being turned back over to the property owner, the mayor's office said this afternoon.

An inspector from the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections secured the former theater on the city's West Side after fire code violations were found during the search, said Bob Hume, Mayor Chris Coleman's spokesman. The violations included a boarded-up fire exit and "sleeping pads everywhere," Hume said.

The building was secured, pending notification of the property owner, which has happened, Hume said.

No one was arrested after Friday night's search, but five arrests were made today.

People planning to protest at the Republican National Convention and St. Paul City Council Member Dave Thune are calling the actions a preemptive strike before the RNC, which starts Monday.

St. Paul's mayor said this afternoon that free speech rights are separate from criminal behavior.

"We have worked very, very hard to make sure we've protected people's right to exercise free speech," Coleman said. "To pick up a protest sign, that's fine. If you're here to pick up a brick or some other instrument there's a problem."

Thune said he called city officials seeking an explanation for why the building, which appeared to be up to code and had a valid lease, was being boarded up at the request of the Ramsey County sheriff's office. Thune said Saturday afternoon that the building has been reopened.

"I don't know what happened with the boarding, but they've corrected it, and I'm grateful to our folks at DSI (Department of Safety and Inspections) for seeing the mistake."

Thune has been concerned about the conduct of authorities in the last 24 hours regarding activists.

"This is all about free speech," Thune said. "It's what my father fought in the war for. To me, this smacks of preemptive strike against free speech."

Friday's warrant was executed at 627 Smith Ave. in St. Paul about 9:15 p.m. The building is a former theater that the RNC Welcoming Committee is renting. The sheriff's office said St. Paul police assisted in the search.

Members of various protest groups targeted in last night's raid held a press conference today to express their anger and frustration.

The raid was an effort to "derail RNC protest organizing efforts and to intimidate and terrorize individuals and groups converging in the Twin Cities to exercise what are supposed to be their basic civil rights," RNC Welcoming Committee member Tony Jones read from a statement.

"We will not be intimidated," Jones exclaimed.

The group is demanding re-entry into the convergence space and a guarantee against future raids, the return of all property seized and an end to the "harassment and surveillance."

After reading the statement, Jones refused to answer media questions, saying RNC Welcoming Committee members won't talk until they've had a chance to meet with each other.

There will be another press conference this afternoon at the former Smith Theater, the site of last night's raid. Representatives of other protest groups, such as the Poor People's Economic Rights Campaign, spoke out against local police at the press conference.

Cheri Honkala, who's participated in other RNC protests, such as in New York in 2004, compared the St. Paul raid to "terrorism."

"We, just like the Republicans, have the right to free speech," Honkala said. One speaker, who said she does not belong to any protest group, but lives in St. Paul and has been helping visiting protesters, said the raid on the convergence center was unprompted and that the people there had done nothing wrong.

"The place they raided last night, they were showing documentary movies to twenty-somethings in a clean, alcohol free zone after dinner," Nanette Echols said.

"Today is the biggest day that people are arriving, and we have no place to welcome them," she said, choking up.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: 2008rncconvention; anarchists; brownshirts; commies; democrats; domesticterrorism; lefties; lice; minneapolis; minnesota; moonbats; ratcrime; republican; rncconvention; terrorism; terrorists
Erik Charles Oseland, 21, was arrested at an undisclosed location, the sheriff's office said.

George Soros's hotel room?

The violations included a boarded-up fire exit and "sleeping pads everywhere," Hume said.

Eegad! Those sleeping pads probably contain vermin as yet unknown to science. The whole world really is watching this time, moonbats, with the net bypassing your media allies, and you look like a bunch of paint-huffing terrorist wannabes.

"The place they raided last night, they were showing documentary movies to twenty-somethings in a clean, alcohol free zone after dinner," Nanette Echols said. "Today is the biggest day that people are arriving, and we have no place to welcome them," she said, choking up.

Sure enough, paint fumes.

1 posted on 08/31/2008 4:00:52 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy

Just be thankful that none of these “freedom fighters” has ever spent a day in the US military’s basic training.

It’s also clear that none ever received “potty training” at home.

Whose offspring are these mutts?


2 posted on 08/31/2008 4:05:37 AM PDT by sodpoodle ("Have faith in God...but keep your powder dry." Oliver Cromwell)
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To: atomic conspiracy
I didn't notice Big Media spending much time reporting and showing us the protests in Denver.
3 posted on 08/31/2008 4:05:51 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: atomic conspiracy

BUCKETS OF URINE SALUTE TO ALL REGISTERED DEMOCRATS!


4 posted on 08/31/2008 4:08:36 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: rrrod

Learning to piss in a bucket was probably a big step up in social skills for the moonbats.


5 posted on 08/31/2008 4:10:18 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

lol!


6 posted on 08/31/2008 4:11:18 AM PDT by rrrod
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To: Squantos; Travis McGee; SLB; Jack Black; archy

Check out how these anarchists were armed for insurrection. LOL

Yes, they could create some mischief. Yes, if they got really serious about it, they’d be Darwin candidates in short order.


7 posted on 08/31/2008 4:12:17 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

If these items were found in an RNC-unrelated incident theses AH’s would be clasified as terroist & been all over the local rags and MSM


8 posted on 08/31/2008 4:14:16 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: atomic conspiracy

Over at the DUmp, they were of course defending these people. They were whining about the police state we live in.


9 posted on 08/31/2008 4:19:59 AM PDT by Pinkbell (”This guy is a jerk, an arrogant jerk. A Jerk Messiah.” - Rush talking about Obama)
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To: TexasCajun
All I noticed was that they did not care about death threats to Michelle Malkin, but they did arrest an ABC News producer for being on a sidewalk outside a fancy Rat party.
10 posted on 08/31/2008 4:22:27 AM PDT by Mark was here (The earth is bipolar.)
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To: Pinkbell

My wife, then 10 years old, was an eyewitness to the ‘68 Chicago riots (her mom was a delegate).
She remembers the family barricading themselves in her parents’ room as cops fought the commie rioters just a block away. Her folks, old-line Rayburn/Truman Dems at the time, have voted Republican for many years now.


11 posted on 08/31/2008 4:25:06 AM PDT by atomic conspiracy (Victory in Iraq: Worst defeat for activist media since Goebbels shot himself.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
I remember all those idiots who blogged about how they were going to disrupt the convention.

Matter of fact, many of us were so concerned that we forwarded urls of those sites to Federal authorities.

Oh yes, they were watching.

12 posted on 08/31/2008 4:28:54 AM PDT by mware (LL)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Very odd how the left is saying “oh no, these people only had food”, but they were fine with a ‘free speech’ cage for their own in Denver.


13 posted on 08/31/2008 4:35:33 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: FreedomPoster

They should have dumped the buckets on the protesters, photographed them and let them go. If they complain about being degraded, arrest them for the same charge. After all, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.


14 posted on 08/31/2008 4:52:15 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: sodpoodle
I don't know about you, but potentially disease-laden body fluids, flammable liquids, bottles and other explosive devices and weapons constitute terrorism in my book

ALL of the conspirators should be treated to a one way visit to Guantanamo Bay.

15 posted on 08/31/2008 4:55:54 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: atomic conspiracy

Bill Ayers must be very proud...


16 posted on 08/31/2008 5:02:05 AM PDT by Proverbs 3-5
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To: sodpoodle

Materials to create “sleeping dragons” (PVC pipe, chicken wire, duct tape), which is when protesters lock themselves together Large amounts of urine

I say tie them with their sleeping dragons and pour the urine on them. I will be willing to donate more if needed.


17 posted on 08/31/2008 5:02:42 AM PDT by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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To: Pinkbell

This is the story from which the DUmmies are getting the vapors. Apparently the writer failed to mention the buckets of urine, axes, an other implements of destruction that were seized.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/index.html


18 posted on 08/31/2008 5:06:02 AM PDT by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Pinkbell
The DUmmies seem to leave out of their whinings the fact that the police were legally executing search warrants, issued by a judge, which require a sworn statement of probable cause and/or evidence that a crime is being committed or is being planned and is eminent.

I thought the leftists loved it when court judges make a decision?

19 posted on 08/31/2008 5:09:10 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: Gaffer

********potentially disease-laden body fluids, flammable liquids, bottles and other explosive devices and weapons constitute terrorism in my book*********

Indeed - and even more so in the hands of these domestic- fanatics.

I have to believe they would be more of a threat if they were trained warriors instead of wild-eyed weirdos.


20 posted on 08/31/2008 5:11:31 AM PDT by sodpoodle ("Have faith in God...but keep your powder dry." Oliver Cromwell)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Who We Are/Points of Unity

The RNC Welcoming Committee is an anarchist/anti-authoritarian organizing body formed to prepare for the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota. The RNC-WC, composed primarily of Twin Cities-based anarchists and anti-authoritarians, will function as an informational clearinghouse and organize a spokescouncil for RNC resistance. We will coordinate logistics (food, housing, transportation), and engage in education and outreach.

Without falling prey to the centralized, hierarchical tendencies that have dominated such convergences in the past, we hope that the RNC-WC will maintain a unified, anti-authoritarian presence at the 2008 RNC. Our numbers are huge, and it’s time that our actions reflected that.

Following are our points of unity. We invite all individuals and groups committed to these ideas to participate in the Welcoming Committee.

Those who work with the RNC Welcoming Committee must agree to:

1. A rejection of Capitalism, Imperialism, and the State;

2. Resist the commodification of our shared and living Earth;

3. Organize on the principles of decentralization, autonomy, sustainability, and mutual aid;

4. Work to end all relationships of domination and subjugation, including but not limited to those rooted in patriarchy, race, class, and homophobia;

5. Oppose the police and prison-industrial complex, and maintain solidarity with all targets of state repression;

6. Directly confront systems of oppression, and respect the need for a diversity of tactics.

http://www.nornc.org/who-we-arepoints-of-unity/

21 posted on 08/31/2008 5:13:21 AM PDT by ETL (Smoking-gun evidence on all the ObamaRat-Commie connections at my FR Profile/Home page)
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To: sodpoodle

Amateurs may be easily dealt with on some levels. However, it is their inexperience that can sometimes cause professionals to err in addressing their threat, thinking they’re dealing with someone much more on their level. They are the very definition of unexpected and unpredictable.


22 posted on 08/31/2008 5:17:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: atomic conspiracy

Domestic terrorists, and they should be treated as such.


23 posted on 08/31/2008 5:18:31 AM PDT by Turbo Pig (...to close with and destroy the enemy...)
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To: Gaffer

Good discussion - rethinking the debate.

Especially true of serial sociopathic murderers - all amateurs who manage to elude the professionals for years.

And this threat is from a GROUP of psychotics - not just one twisted thrill-killer. No level of comfort there;)

thanks for the insight Gaffer
sod


24 posted on 08/31/2008 5:26:00 AM PDT by sodpoodle ("Have faith in God...but keep your powder dry." Oliver Cromwell)
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To: atomic conspiracy
"The place they raided last night, they were showing documentary movies to twenty-somethings in a clean, alcohol free zone after dinner," Nanette Echols said.

LOL!! They had everything but alcohol! Just a bunch of Boy Scouts on a campout, right??!!

25 posted on 08/31/2008 5:30:18 AM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: Turbo Pig
Domestic terrorists, and they should be treated as such.

Oh, they will be. Coddled, given a platform, free legal counsel, lots of press, and candlelight vigils.

26 posted on 08/31/2008 5:36:18 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Obama bin Biden -- So let it be written; so let it be done!)
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To: CalvaryJohn

“They were forced to remain on the floor for 45 minutes while the officers took away the laptops, computers, individual journals, and political materials kept in the house.”

Yup, no mention of anything else..


27 posted on 08/31/2008 5:42:37 AM PDT by GeorgiaDawg32 (I'm a Patriot Guard Rider. www.patriotguard.org for info. MAVERICK/BARRACUDA '08)
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To: sodpoodle

Red Diaper babies.


28 posted on 08/31/2008 6:15:16 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: atomic conspiracy
"Materials to create "sleeping dragons" ...... Empty glass bottles, Rags, Flammable liquids, Homemade caltrops (devises used to disable buses in roads), Metal pipes,..."

Oh, nothing here - just the tools needed to disable a bus and then bomb it with Molotov cocktails and/or pipe bombs. Just kids getting into mischief.

29 posted on 08/31/2008 6:27:11 AM PDT by meyer (...by any means necessary.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
**** and you look like a bunch of paint-huffing terrorist wannabes. ****

I don't know if you're mocking this or what, but maybe you missed this part...

The statement said the items found in the searches included:
These 'wannabes' intended on causing serious - deadly - bodily harm.

And Wrist Rockets aren't 'Dennis The Menace Sling-shots'. They're for Hunting and will kill. The ammo for them is 1/4" to 1/2 dia ball bearings. Plus I doubt they were going to roast marshmallows with the Molotov Cocktails they planned on making.

As such these maggots should be treated as if they were an AQ Terrorist Cell. I'd ship em all of to GITMO for a Military Tribunal.

30 posted on 08/31/2008 8:05:04 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: CalvaryJohn

I saw that. The writer didn’t mention it, and none of the DUmmies bothered to find out. I guess it’s easier to run around screaming we live in a fascist police state under dictator George Bush. They also used this video of a bus pulled over by the police:

http://the-uptake.groups.theuptake.org/en/videogalleryView/id/644


31 posted on 08/31/2008 11:59:10 AM PDT by Pinkbell (”This guy is a jerk, an arrogant jerk. A Jerk Messiah.” - Rush talking about Obama)
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To: fwdude

They only love it if judges make a decision in their favor or legislate liberal ideas from the bench.


32 posted on 08/31/2008 12:00:17 PM PDT by Pinkbell (”This guy is a jerk, an arrogant jerk. A Jerk Messiah.” - Rush talking about Obama)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Google
“Fulton Safety Committee report: February, 2008”

look at January 27, 2008. Do you think the Judge will take this into consideration?/s

33 posted on 08/31/2008 5:17:50 PM PDT by BilLies
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To: atomic conspiracy

>St. Paul’s mayor said this afternoon that free speech rights are separate from criminal behavior.

“We have worked very, very hard to make sure we’ve protected people’s right to exercise free speech,” Coleman said. “To pick up a protest sign, that’s fine. If you’re here to pick up a brick or some other instrument there’s a problem.”

Thune has been concerned about the conduct of authorities in the last 24 hours regarding activists.

“This is all about free speech,” Thune said. “It’s what my father fought in the war for. To me, this smacks of preemptive strike against free speech.”<

Let me guess, this Thune cretin is a Democrat.


34 posted on 08/31/2008 10:15:08 PM PDT by Darnright (A penny saved is a government oversight)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Some really classy people, these are.


35 posted on 08/31/2008 10:25:11 PM PDT by Antoninus (McCain/Palin -- The winning ticket!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Bump


36 posted on 09/01/2008 7:49:46 AM PDT by Darnright (A penny saved is a government oversight)
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To: atomic conspiracy

“To me, this smacks of preemptive strike against free speech”

What a lying sack of crap. Since when are weapons a form of free speech?


37 posted on 09/01/2008 7:59:23 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Condor51

Also, a lot of the reports documenting the raids neglect to mention another weapon found at one of the houses (I saw a photo taken of one of the rooms which contained an arsenal or their stockpiled weapons): A compound bow with a full set of arrows.
They were going there fully planning on trying to kill people.
With any luck, the judge will throw the book at these psychos, so the only “Actions” they will be participating in for the next few years will be pumping out Minnesota license plates in a state penitentiary.


38 posted on 10/02/2008 9:32:29 AM PDT by Chewie84
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