Sara Whitman

Amy Goodman Arrested at RNC

Filed By Sara Whitman | September 02, 2008 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: abuse of power, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, election 2008, freedom of the press, police state, Republican National Convention, RNC

Amy Goodman, a long time, well respected journalist was arrested yesterday at the RNC. From Democracy Now:

"Goodman was arrested while attempting to free two Democracy Now! producers who were being unlawfully detained. They are Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar. Kouddous and Salazar were arrested while they carried out their journalistic duties in covering street demonstrations at the Republican National Convention. Goodman's crime appears to have been defending her colleagues and the freedom of the press."

A video of the arrest:


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Are we all still watching the rain drops in New Orleans?

It's time to get outraged, people.

Editor's note: Amy Goodman was released after the publication of this post. She has been charged with obstruction.


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I'm not surprised. Good luck to Goodman and he producers. I'm sure this will all get sorted out when the convention is over.

Fair is fair. Did you express the same outrage when the ABC network producer was arrested in Denver for standing on the sidewalk? The one who was following the Big Money and Democratic Congresspeople at lavish parties thrown by lobbyists? The one who was momentarily choked by the Denver police?

C.W., I know that I expressed outrage, albeit not in these pages.

But comparing what happened in Denver to what's happening in St. Paul right now is outrageous. The scale and extent in St. Paul and the involvement of Federal policing agencies, including the FBI, make the two cases completely different.

Check out Glenn Greenwald at Salon.com: in St. Paul, homes are being raided by SWAT teams armed with automatic weapons, peaceful bystanders are being pepper-sprayed by police, police platoons are marching the city streets while chanting military slogans, a busload of demonstrators were left stranded on the side of the road after police confiscated their bus, journalists are being bloodied and arrested, and more.

If readers still believe there is no difference between the Democrats and Republicans, check out Greenwald's reports at Salon.

Wow Brynn, sounds like the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Do I believe there is any difference between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party? On the surface, there seems to be but underneath they are equally evil. If they weren't, they wouldn't be in Washington where it is impossible to actually do anything that benefits anyone other than themselves or the people with corporate power. They both take money in the form of lavish dinners, parties, golf games, etc. from the lobbyists in exchange for influence on bills. The only difference is the Republicans don't seem to mind being seen taking it while the Democrats want it slipped to them on the sly as they pat us "poor little average people" on the head. Yes, equally evil but whoever is in charge at the moment is the "evilest" party.

Yes, I'm cynical. For President, give me somebody who actually doesn't want the job!

Yeah, I must say that Denver vs St Paul is a stark difference. Either way - neither is acceptable. The people's right to protest shouldn't be intimidated by the fuzz.

Even if there are repercussions (doubt it) for these arrests, they'll still have had their temporary effect of reducing protest at teh convention.

When I see something like this, what I ask myself is why don't I see bottles and rocks pelting the police? In any self respecting demonstration in nations such as Argentina, Chile, Peru, Britain, Italy, or France, the police have respect for the population. They also know that if they start a fight with the people, they will indeed get a fight. So why do our fine men and women in blue act with such utter impunity and with a total disregard or respect for us?, oh, that's right, because we won't fight back. We have become a dis-empowered population of sheep being gleaned by the wolves at their own convenience. I make myself sick. I am to comfortable with the scraps of freedom to fight for real freedom.