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September 5, 2008

Arrests pre-RNC:update

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 8:22 am
Eryn Trimmer and Monica Bicking before being face down with guns in their backs

Eryn Trimmer and Monica Bicking before being face down with guns in their backs

Prior to the RNC, over 300 people (including reporters and attorneys) were arrested in an attempt to destroy political free speech around the convention.  Despite the law restricting jail time to 36 hours for those not charged, these people were held for up to a week due to the Labor Day holiday and court approved extension.  Because of this, these people were held through the convention.  No violence was planned or executed by those arrested.

Not all those arrested were released without charge, as some face 7.5 years in prison for “furtherance of terrorism”, among other charges.  One facing these charges is a young lady named Monica Bicking.

Monica’s brother, Ian, wrote a decent article here on his take on the event.  The photo above is also from his site.

Monica’s father makes an appearance in this news discussion on the events.  The link goes to the YouTube video of part 1 of 3.  It is long, but all 3 clips are worth viewing.

Apparently, the federal government received details of where the peeople were housed, by infiltrating the peace groups in an undercover manner.  The U.S. government has a long history of this type of activity, including putting LSD in members drinks to try and cause a riot.

“I Am The Owl”
Dead Kennedys, 1979


I am your plumber
No I never went away
I still bug your bedrooms
And pick up everything you say
It can be a boring job
To monitor all day your excess talk

I hear when you’re drinking
And cheating on your lonely wife
I play tape recordings
Of you to my friends at night

We’ve got our girl in bed with you
You’re on candid camera
We just un-elected you

[Chorus]
I am the owl
I seek out the foul
Wipe ’em away
Keep America free
For clean livin’ folks like me

If you demonstrate
Against somebody we like
I’ll slip on my wig
And see if I can start a riot
Transform you to an angry mob
All your leaders go to jail for my job

But we ain’t the Russians
Political trials are taboo
We’ve got our secret
Ways of getting rid of you
Fill you full of LSD
Turn you loose on a freeway

[Chorus]

Send you spinning
Send you spinning
Send you spinning all over the freeway
Spinning on the crowded freeway
Spinning on the freeway
Spinning on the freeway
Spin
Spin
Spin-Lookout

The press, they never even cared
Why a youth leader walked into a speeding car
In ten years we’ll leak the truth
By then it’s only so much papaer

Watergate hurt
But nothing really ever changed
A teeny bit quieter
But we still play our little games

We still play our little games
We still play our little games
We still play our little games
We still play a lot of games

I am the owl

3 Comments »

  1. Sometimes I listen to Dead Kennedys and I think “this shouldn’t be relevant anymore. I should be thinking about commenting about how obsolete and dated these lyrics are.”

    Comment by Justin — September 10, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  2. You are so right, I get that same feeling when I listen to Jello Biafra’s early spoken word albums. Constructive change takes time and patience, I guess.
    BTW, very cool site Justin. http://lowquality.net/

    Comment by skeptisys — September 17, 2008 @ 11:33 am

  3. Thanks!

    Comment by Justin — September 23, 2008 @ 1:15 pm


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