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Aug 25 2008
12:01 am

Welcome to Denver

Haven't seen this many cops on the streets since Operation Aquarius. Check the guy there on the left. I saw some others with rappelling gear. Not sure what kind of trouble they are expecting. Did they get some kind of intelligence that Osama bin Laden is in town?

Even the horses wear riot gear:

Mounted patrol

There are also lots of black helicopters. And some green military helicopters, too, with troops hanging out the open side doors.

I wasn't too worried before. Maybe I should be. The Mrs. has been going on about emergency plans and escape routes and coordinating communications and rendezvous points. Maybe I should be paying more attention.

On the other hand, this may be one of the safest cities in America right now. Either way, I bet local law enforcement is racking up some serious overtime.

(Photos courtesy of the Mrs.)

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F-Stop's picture

Did you see the story about

Did you see the story about the man who checked into the Denver Grand Hyatt with a couple of rifles? He was arrested. I have no idea what this guy's intentions were, if any. Could have been innocent with poor judgement or sinister, who knows.

bizgrrl's picture

In addition to Secret

In addition to Secret Service, FBI, and other Federal law enforcement agencies, "Denver estimates its force of 1,500 will double for the convention."

There are guards every 50-100 feet outside at the U.S. Mint. I have no idea if that is normal.

There are squads of police riding around in humvee type vehicles with officers in full gear hanging on the outside, just like in Bagdad. Dump trucks are used to block roads to the Pepsi Center they don't want used.

Near the convention center, not the Pepsi Center, there was a homeless man drinking straight out of a vodka bottle within twenty - thirty feet of several police. He didn't look a bit worried.

Lots of law enforcement on horseback. There is quite the variety (?) of horse. Some are very large, as seen in this picture.

metulj's picture

"Near the convention center,

"Near the convention center, not the Pepsi Center, there was a homeless man drinking straight out of a vodka bottle within twenty - thirty feet of several police. He didn't look a bit worried."

It was just Mark Penn. He's harmless now.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

SteveMule's picture

The homeless guy is probably

The homeless guy is probably known to the local police and therefore not a threat. I liked the pic of the cops lollygagging on the street. They were probably told to meet theere and await deployment which were late. Highly disiplined and trained forces in the absence of orders (or a situation they're trained for) quickly turn into clowns.

Take Care, Be Good and don't play in the street!

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Factchecker's picture

Happiness is a warm military

Happiness is a warm military rifle pointed at your own crotch.

Seriously, this is ridiculous. Has the police motto changed from "To serve and protect" to "To scare and provoke"?

RayCapps's picture

No, I think the motto is...

to be legally protected and to be politically scared. Heaven forbid something terrible actually DID happen while security was at something less than full deployment levels. "You let this happen!" "Why didn't you take greater security precautions?" And then follows the negligence lawsuits.

Sarge's picture

Hey, you gotta do something

Hey, you gotta do something with all of that HOME LAND SECURITY MONEY.

Pan W.'s picture

There are always serious

There are always serious protesters at the RNC and DNC conventions. A doubled-up police presence doesn't surprise me at all.

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michael kaplan's picture

This looks like New York in

This looks like New York in 2004.

Maybe the entire show should be contracted out to the Chinese. They seem to be good at these kinds of spectacles ..

Brian A.'s picture

A story I linked to

A story I linked to yesterday said the federal government is spending $50 million for security in each convention city.

Your tax dollars at work.

Brian A.
I'd rather be cycling.

Anonymous's picture

It's been well reported that

It's been well reported that several protesting groups including one that wants to repeat 1968 plan to do the usual disruptive stuff in Denver this week. don't be surprised that the police have an interest in providing some adult supervision.

GBA's picture

You just don't understand

As a law enforcement officer, I'm not sure what you expect from the City.

They are protecting themselves from idiots, who if given the opportunity, would torch the City and destroy anything they could.

If that were to happen, by the time the City assembles a force large enough to handle the situation, the City would be in ruins.

These are NOT normal people. They are radicals just like ELF, ALF and PETA. They are a bigger threat to American than middle eastern terrorist. They continue on a weekly bases to destroy property and hurt people in America. This happens every week, yes, here in the good ole U.S.A.

My hats off to the the men and women that go out and protect us. Being the Liberals you guys are, I'm sure I'll just get a bunch of junk back from you, but that's the way it is. The best way to handle these nuts is to have a very strong showing.

You've got a lot to learn. Join the force, and you can find out how it really works.

Russ's picture

These are NOT normal people.

These are NOT normal people. They are radicals just like ELF, ALF and PETA.

It's curious that you only identified groups that are stereotypically associated with the left. It's also curious that you didn't mention groups like the Aryan militias that inspired Timothy McVeigh, or the racists accused just today of hatching an assassination plot against Obama in Denver.

You've got a lot to learn.

So do you, apparently.

~Russ

metulj's picture

"It's curious that you only

"It's curious that you only identified groups that are stereotypically associated with the left"

It's funny too. ELF, ALF and PETA are two things: Identity politics mixed with anti-humanism. In other words: conservative.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

lovable liberal's picture

They are radicals just like

They are radicals just like ELF, ALF and PETA. They are a bigger threat to American than middle eastern terrorist. They continue on a weekly bases [sic] to destroy property and hurt people in America.

Yep, they're radicals, and I'm not one of them, but when was the last time any of them killed anyone, much less 3,000 people in one day?

Get a grip. These guys are not a threat at all. They're just an annoyance.

The threat of violence (toward people, not property) comes from wingnuts on the right. Example: the (alleged) meth-stoked Obama assassination plot.

All in all, though, I'm in favor of a strong police presence in Denver (and St. Paul next week, too). They should still respect the Constitution, which excludes shock and awe policing.

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redmondkr's picture

Being the Liberals you guys

Being the Liberals you guys are, I'm sure I'll just get a bunch of junk back from you, but that's the way it is

I have law enforcement officers in my family and among my friends that I love and respect. Knox County's first female K-9 officer and her dog lived under my roof for two years. The average taxpayer has no idea what sacrifices some of these people go through for the good of the rest of us.

And I consider myself to be quite liberal.


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Stick Thrower's picture

Darn

I picked the wrong day to unveil my new radical avatar.

GBA's picture

I did not mean to name every group

I did not mean to name every group that's trying to destroy America. You're right, there are many.

TP: one of America’s ‘most dangerous organizations.’»

The conservative front group Family Security Matters (FSM) today released its list of “The Ten Most Dangerous Organizations in America.” ThinkProgress earned the 10th spot in the rankings. FSM writes that these 10 “hate” organizations are “growing powerful in the world of politics” and share a common “unwillingness to bend in their strictly biased view of the world.” FSM’s board of advisers includes Frank Gaffney, Barbara Comstock, and Laura Ingraham. Here are 10 most dangerous organizations:

10) ThinkProgress
9) Muslim Student Association
8) CodePINK
7) American Civil Liberties Union, National
6) Family Research Council
5) Center for American Progress
4) League of the South
3) MoveOn.org
2) Universities and Colleges
1) Media Matters for America

Watch your back, Universities and Colleges. We’re coming after you.

metulj's picture

"Universities and Colleges"

"Universities and Colleges" are hate groups? Fascinating. I'd love to read the logic behind Notre Dame being akin to Aryan Nations or the Nazi Lowriders.

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lovable liberal's picture

FSM really stands for

FSM really stands for Fascist Security Matters. It's quite incredible that anyone would regard these organizations as dangerous. It's also diagnostic of major mental illness.

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tennesseevaluesauthority's picture

Oh where to begin? Which

Oh where to begin?

Which dangerous group published this quote: "The simple truth [is] that modern weapons now mean a nation must practice genocide or commit suicide." (Emphasis mine)

Answer: Family Security Matters, August 2007, in an article entitled (I kid you not), "Conquering the Drawbacks of Democracy." (Link)

And, I think we can let the records of people like Gaffney, Comstock, and Ingraham stand for themselves. I don't need them telling me that "universities and colleges" are the second most dangerous "hate" organizations in the nation in a list that is long on generalities and short on specifics. Really? The University of Tennessee (long rumored to be a university or college and not merely a sports franchise) is more dangerous to America than the Aryan Nations or the KKK? Really?

Nice touch putting the League of the South in the list. It almost makes the list seem non-partisan. Although ranking a white supremacist neo-Confederate group as slightly less dangerous than a group of self-appointed media watchdogs (Media Matters) and slightly more dangerous than a group of women seeking peaceful alternatives to war (CodePink) kind of hurts their credibility just a tiny little bit.

As our host might say, "Ok, then."

GBA's picture

Pleaseeee, you can't tell me you didn't know about ELF and ALF

Statement of Senator James M. Inhofe
Oversight on Eco-terrorism specifically examining the Earth Liberation Front (“ELF”) and the Animal Liberation Front (“ALF”)
Today the Committee on Environment and Public Works will highlight the findings of the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the issue of Eco-terrorism. The Patriot Act defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force and violence against people or property to intimidate or coerce government or civilian population in furtherance of a political or social objective.” The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security agree that eco-terrorism is a severe problem naming the most serious domestic terrorist threat in the Untied States today as the Earth Liberation Front (“ELF”) and the Animal Liberation Front (“ALF”), which by all accounts, is a converging movement with similar ideologies and common personnel.

ELF and ALF are terrorists by definition using intimidation, threats and acts of violence, and property destruction to force their opinions of proper environmental and animal rights policy upon society. ELF and ALF resort to arson, sabotage, and harassment in hopes of using fear to attain their goals of hampering development and free commerce. In fact, ELF and ALF are responsible for, estimating conservatively, over $110 million in damages and 1,100 acts of terrorism in the last decade. ELF and ALF’s weapon of choice is arson, placing instructions on how to effectively set fire to “animal abusers” on their website. [Chart #1 – “ARSON AROUND WITH AUNTIE ALF” This is a book on how to make incendiary devices and firebombs.]

Today we will hear from federal law enforcement agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, who will discuss the problem of ELF and ALF and law enforcement’s reaction to their dangerous and destructive tactics. It is these tactics, particularly the widespread use of arson, which make ELF and ALF the #1 domestic terror concern over the likes of white supremacists. militias, or anti-abortion groups.

We will also hear testimony today from victims of ELF and ALF. The University of Iowa fell victim to an ALF raid in November of 2004, in which a laboratory suffered $450,000 in damages [Chart #2 – picture of lab] and the associated professors names and addresses were published on the ALF website inviting further terror. [Chart #3 – ALF website with professors’ names and home addresses] Unfortunately, the University of Iowa is only one example of many laboratories that have been attacked by ALF destroying years of research that could have produced results that we can only wonder about now.

We will hear today from a victim of the largest ELF attack in history causing estimated damages of $22 million. [Chart #4 – picture of construction site before and after arson] Garden Communities, a development company, was building a five-story, 306 unit condominium complex in an urban area of San Diego, California that was burned to the ground, forcing over 400 people to be evacuated from their homes. A banner reading "If you build it, we will burn it, the ELFs are mad," was found at the crime scene.

Just like Al Queda or any other terrorist movement, ELF and ALF can not accomplish their goals without money, membership, and the media. ELF and ALF have received support from mainstream activists in each of these categories. We will learn today of a growing network of support for extremists like ELF and ALF. For example, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”), a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization has given money to ELF [Chart #5 – PETA tax return] and ELF/ALF members while acting as the spokesgroup for ELF and ALF after committing acts of terrorism. [Chart #6 – PETA document stating they are spokesgroup] Ingrid Newkirk, the President of PETA was invited to testify at today’s hearing but declined the Committee’s invitation.

Along with help from above ground organizations, ELF and ALF receive assistance in recruiting membership and media relations. Dr. Steven Best, a University of Texas professor, is an example of a spokesperson for ELF and ALF that acts as a conduit for terrorists to the mainstream. [Chart #7 – ALF and ELF Contact Resource document] Dr. Best, through his writings, speeches, and the ALF website, advocates ALF and their practices, crossing the line between first amendment speech and criminal behavior inciting violence. Dr. Best declined the Committee’s invitation to testify today.

In addition to assistance from recruiters and well known 501(c )(3)s, ELF and ALF were able to raise money through the internet. A supporter of ELF or ALF could go to either the ELF or ALF website and literally click a button to give money to a terrorist movement. [Chart #8 – ALF website illustrating how one could and now cannot donate money] As a result of this Committee’s investigation, ELF and ALF are no longer receiving money through the internet from sympathizers. The same is true for corporate sponsorship for the sales of goods through the ELF website. Before this Committee’s investigation, ELF was receiving a commission of up to 30% for the sale of books and posters. For example, Amazon.com paid ELF commissions for the sale of books through the ELF website. [Chart #9 – ELF website with Amazon icon] As a result of our investigation, Amazon.com removed their add from the ELF website.

The danger of ELF and ALF is imminent. Experts agree that although they have not killed anyone to date, it is only a matter of time until someone dies as a result of ELF and ALF criminal activity. With direct actions such as cutting the brake lines of 38 seafood delivery trucks or the use of firebombs and incendiary devices, it is through luck not planning that there are no ELF/ALF casualties. As a country, we must not only condemn terrorism, but we must also condemn the support and acts in furtherance of terrorism. It is time to take a look at the culture and climate of support for criminally based activism like ELF and ALF and do something about it. As with any other criminal enterprise, we can not allow individuals and organizations to, in effect, aide and abet criminal behavior or provide comfort and support to them after the fact. Just as we can not allow individuals and organizations to surf in between the laws of permissible free speech and speech that incites violence when we know the goal is to inspire people to commit crimes of violence. This hearing will begin the process of scrutinizing criminally based activism as well as call into question the essential support received from mainstream individuals and organizations.

Before we hear testimony from our witnesses, I would like to show you just how serious this matter is. ELF and ALF recruit their membership from young people between the ages of 18 and 25. This is a video of an ELF/ALF member, Rodney Coronado, attempting to incite students with ELF and ALF rhetoric to commit direct action activism, then demonstrating to students at Washington DC-based American University, how to make an incendiary devise to commit arson for approximately $2.

Exhibit #1: ALF Instructional Guide to Fire Bombs and Arson - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #2a: ALF Raid University of Iowa Laboratory - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #2b: ALF Raid Univeristy of Iowa Laboratory - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #3: ALF Boasts of Raid on University of Iowa Laboratory Including Continuing Threat to Related Professors - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #4: Largest ELF Attack in History-Garden Communities - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #5: PETA Tax Return Claiming Grant to Terrorist Organization - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #6: PETA Supports Terrorist Activity- ALF Army of the Kind - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #7: Dr. Best Supports Terrorist Activity as Their Liaison to the Public - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #8: Contributors blocked from financing ALF through the Internet - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #9: ELF earned Commissions from Book Sales through ELF Web Site - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #10: Dr. Steven Best with 2 ALF Members. All 3 Speakers at Fresno State Conference on "Revolutionary Environmentalism" Feb. 13-14, 2003 - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #11: PETA Gives Over $70,000 to ALF Member After Burning Down Michigan State Research Lab - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #12: ELF Attacts on Development and Car Dealership - Click here for link: (.pdf)

Exhibit #13: ELF Website References EPW Committee Inquiry - Click here for link: (.pdf)

metulj's picture

"Experts agree that although

"Experts agree that although they have not killed anyone to date, it is only a matter of time until someone dies as a result of ELF and ALF criminal activity."

Experts agree that although bunny rabbits have not killed anyone to date, it is only a matter of time until someone dies as a result of bunny rabbit criminal activity.

Feel free to substitute terms at will.

True happiness is knowing you are a hypocrite. -- Ivor Cutler

lovable liberal's picture

A little knowledge...

... of cut and paste is a dangerous thing.

Inhofe is a demonstrated idiot.

It's remarkable that ALF and ELF haven't accidentally killed someone in the course of one of their crimes, but at zero dead they are well behind right-wing, racist, and anti-abortion groups. They're even trailing the anthrax killer.

But it's no surprise that the thoroughly politicized Bushist Justice Dept. would only go after ALF and ELF.

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redmondkr's picture

Creating a hyperlink is not

Creating a hyperlink is not difficult. Posters do it every day on these pages and they expect the term "Click here for link" to take them somewhere.

Getting somebody to wade through a lengthy copied and pasted diatribe from a bigot such as Inhofe? That's difficult.


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JosephBaileyOne's picture

It is clear that the

It is clear that the information coming out of Denver shows that the threat to Obama was real and serious, no matter what the fed's say about how it was not a threat. Thus, I am amazed at how the mouth's here will rip the "police state" of Denver but what would you have done had these assassins been successful? Especially if there was only half of the presence that there is now. I would think that we would all be thankful for the presence of law enforcement in Denver because as assassination hurts all of America.

The U.S. Constitution, it is what makes us free and makes us American. Let's treat it as such and with care.

tennesseevaluesauthority's picture

Experts agree that although

Experts agree that although they have not killed anyone to date, it is only a matter of time until someone dies as a result of ELF and ALF criminal activity.

You know what would be awesome? If we could somehow get Inhofe and his guys to prepare a report for the president to read. Maybe call it something like "Terrorist Groups Determined to Strike In U.S." That would get his attention. Oh, wait, nevermind...

Meanwhile, ELF and ALF have a body count of 0. What sort of investigation is Inhofe suggesting for groups like the Christian Identity and Christian Patriot movements (which have a significantly higher body count than 0)?

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