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Guantanamo on the Hudson

(Originally published at Greater Democracy)

The other day Jock asked if it was excessive to talk about Baghdad on the Hudson, “a city occupied by a power elite who treat the residents as second class citizens with fungible civil rights. The way the occupiers have redefined NYC, it now has its own very own "Green Zone" -- just like Bagdad. A bubble of fantasy and dogma dictated "reality".”

This morning, I received an email from a person who was detained yesterday. I’ve posted it here.

Theoria over at DailyKOS writes about his friend Jeff being detained when he was photographing the demonstration at the public library. You can hear my audioblog about this here and a few pictures here

SteveW also at DailyKOS writes about his experience http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/9/1/234944/4308 >here.

Many people are referring to it as “Guantanamo on the Hudson”. Others are complaining that this is a bit of an overstatement.

The NYCLU has issued this statement: “The NYCLU is concerned that individuals arrested during RNC protests are being held in unsafe conditions at the Pier 57 holding facility”

The Washington Post reports,

“Paul Brown, a senior police official, insisted that no protester had waited more than 12 hours before being released. Officers had been "restrained and professional throughout," he said.

However, the according to an AP story in The Globe and Mail, the courts don’t agree. “New York — A Manhattan judge ordered city officials Thursday to process and release 560 anti-GOP protesters within hours after hearing that the detainees had all spent at least 36 hours in custody since their arrests.”

Indy Media from New York reports, “The court just reconvened to check the City's compliance with the writ. As of 2:40, ony 27 of the 117 people who were supposed to be released by 1:30 have been released. The judge ordered that those not in court or the feeder pen must be released immedately. For the 3rd time in 24 hours the city is directly disobeying a court order. “

They also request that you contact city officials here.

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Pictures at a Demonstration

Update: Please check here to see a full set of smaller pictures with links to larger pictures;

Please click on the image to see the full
version:

Blurry Fox Photo

Legal observers at Fox

Starting to get hairy at the 42nd St. public library

What are the journalistic implications of MSNBC's recent poll?

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Books done right

(Originally posted to Greater Democracy)

Monday afternoon, I attended a panel discussion on the role of conservative books. Zell Miller’s name caught my eye, and I thought I should try to attend. I know that some of my friends wouldn’t have been able to sit nicely through a panel with people like Zell, but I went and listened.

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Monday Evening Photo Montage

As I was walking from The Tank back to Grand Central to take the train back to Connecticut, I stopped along 42nd street to see Rudy Guilliani on the large screen.

Rudy's comments about appeasing Hitler stood in stark contrast to the Mission Not Accomplished sign above, or the 'For Rent' signs reflecting the continued poor economy
below.

A few people stopped and looked, but most people just kept right on walking.

A little further down 42nd street was to controversial ad, 'Democracy is best taught by example, not by war,' standing in contrast to the Dow Jones newswire proclaiming 'The militia fighters to end uprising.'

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