to date does not corroborate these allegations with physical evidence or provide
any other evidence for these allegations than the claims of the informants.
Based on past abuses of such informants by law enforcement, the National Lawyers
Guild is concerned that such police informants have incentives to lie and
exaggerate threats of violence and to also act as provacateurs in raising and
urging support for acts of violence.
"These charges are an effort to equate publicly stated plans to blockade
traffic and disrupt the RNC as being the same as acts of terrorism. This both
trivializes real violence and attempts to place the stated political views of
the Defendants on trial," said Bruce Nestor, President of the Minnesota Chapter
of the National Lawyers Guild. "The charges represent an abuse of the criminal
justice system and seek to intimidate any person organizing large scale public
demonstrations potentially involving civil disobedience, he said."
The criminal complaints filed by the Ramsey County Attorney do not allege
that any of the defendants personally have engaged in any act of violence or
damage to property. The complaints list all of alleged violations of law during
the last few days of the RNC -- other than violations of human rights carried
out by law enforcement -- and seeks to hold the 8 defendants responsible for
acts committed by other individuals. None of the defendants have any prior
criminal history involving acts of violence.
Searches conducted in connection
with the raids failed to turn up any physical evidence to support the
allegations of organized attacks on law enforcement. Although claiming probable
cause to believe that gunpowder, acids, and assembled incendiary devices would
be found, no such items were seized by police. As a result, police sought to
claim that the seizure of common household items such as glass bottles, charcoal
lighter, nails, a rusty machete, and two hatchets, supported the allegations of
the confidential informants.
"Police found what they claim was a single plastic
shield, a rusty machete, and two hatchets used in Minnesota to split wood. This
doesn't amount to evidence of an organized insurrection, particularly when over
3,500 police are present in the Twin Cities, armed with assault rifles,
concussion grenades, chemical weapons and full riot gear," said Nestor. In
addition, the National Lawyers Guild has previously pointed out how law
enforcement has fabricated evidence such as the claims that urine was seized
which demonstrators intended to throw at police.
The last time such charges were brought under Minnesota law was in 1918, when
Matt Moilen and others organizing labor unions for the Industrial Workers of the
World [ed. correction-TCIMC] on the Iron Range were charged with "criminal
syndicalism." The convictions, based on allegations that workers had advocated
or taught acts of violence, including acts only damaging to property, were
upheld by the Minnesota Supreme Court. In the light of history, these
convictions are widely seen as unjust and a product of political trials. The
National Lawyers Guild condemns the charges filed in this case against the above
8 defendants and urges the Ramsey County Attorney to drop all charges of
conspiracy in this matter.
Bruce Nestor, President
Minnesota Chapter of National Lawyers
So with all the informants and undercovers they had crawling around the WC,
they didn't take the time to think about the irony inherent in claiming these 8
people are "leaders" while also calling them anarchists?
we won't make any difference discussing the niceties of the law here. That's
up to the lawyers, the judges, a jury, and the institution of deeply corrupt
law. What we can do is organize support. Let's get to
Submitted by Luke from DC (not verified) on Wed, 09/03/2008
The Servants of the Enemy have tried this before. Famously, there was the
Chicago 7(originaly Chicago8 before Bobby Seale's case was severed) case, where
prosecutors tried to send organizers of the 1968 DNC protests to prison.
Although the trial court returned convictions against Abbie Hoffman and others,
judge Julius Hoffman(no relation to Abbie) was so baised the appeals court threw
The filing of such patently ridiculous charges generally leads to dropped
charges later,l sometimes to acquital at trial-UNLESS you are intimidated into
taking a plea bargain.
While the Chicago 7 were famous national figures, this rule seems to apply as
well at the local level with "real people." I can cite my own case from the last
time I was sucessfully arrested as an example.
Shortly after Bu$h was inaugurated in 2001, they tried to charge me with
"felony inciting to riot" in DC after 400 people stormed Neiman-Marcus the week
after the inauguration. The protest, coming out of NCOR, was to protest their
sales of fur-and all those Repugnicans in fur at the 2001 Inauguration. I
refused to plea bargain, refused to deal or cooperate in any way-and the whole
thing fell apart. Case DROPPED after the grand jury did not indict in 5 months.
My case went from a cop falsely saying I could do 30 years to a judge demanding
to know from a prosecutor at a contempt hearing(for refusing drug tests) why
there was no indictment-and that judge was practically screaming at the
prosecution when it came out that they didn't even bring the case jacket to the
I would expect similar results here-a lot of bluster and threats in an effort
to generate plea bargains or snitches, followed by quietly dropping this
ridicuous charge so long as noboy plea-bargains down to something
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 09/03/2008 -
Just remember kids, with all the hype about "law and order," if you were the
Vice President, you could shoot a man in the face, and get off scot-free. Not to
mention tell a few lies, and start a war or two...
check out the affidavit in support of the search warrant. Mr Nestor of the
NLG leaves out any mention of "caltrops". Caltrops are devices used in medieval
battles to stop cavalry charges by piercing the hooves of the horses thus
causing pain and crippling them, in the process making the horses rear up and
throw their riders. In the affidavit, available from http://tc.indymedia.org/2008/sep/copy-affidavit-used-rnc-wc-raids
, the word "caltrops" is mentioned a number of
First, in the part where Affiant states which
materials Affiant has good reason to believe, and in fact believes will be used
in the commission of a crime:
Manuals, books, and instructions for the construction of caltrops;
(and so on, it's a regular laundry list)
the grounds for issuance of the warrant, there are five grounds listed, the
first four of which do not seem to apply - but the fifth reads:
"5. the property above described is in the possession of a person with the
intent to used (sic) such property in commission of a
Third, in the part alleging the facts giving the
probable cause for the warrant to be issued, parts about Max Spector talking
about making "12 caltrops" and bringing them to a meeting and showing them to
people, including one of the Confidential
and fourth, citing the use of caltrops to
disable vehicles and naming caltrops as an exhibit (Exhibit
In the warrant return, it lists as some of the
seized items "37 CAL TRUPS" which probably means 37 caltrops, instead of some
sort of indeterminate weapon of .37 calibre.
Caltrops have no peaceful use, they are pretty much strictly a weapon,
whether used in defense or offense. I don't know whether it's illegal to possess
them in Minnesota, but the fact that the prosecutor intends to use them as a
specifically designated exhibit of a means for disabling vehicles in the process
of stopping or delaying traffic to me means that a major part of the State's
case will be based on this evidence.
I'd give a close read to the affidavit and to the warrant return before I got
too terribly optimistic about the outcome of this for the RNC 8. They'd better
get a damned good defense team (I'm talking Johnny Cochrane...) put together and
CalTrops are the poor man's "spike strips," those rose of nails designed for
giving a vehicle a flat tire. Insinuating that they are for harming animals here
is so f*cking Medieval...
and none of what you mention, in any conceivable way, justifies charges
related to terrorism. If Caltrops are truly illegal in the state, then they
should be charged accordingly and...even if they are, it is still no where near
terrorism or intent to commit terrorism.
Acts of terrorism are just that - intented to incite terror, horror, fear,
or...shock and awe. Not a few broken windows, disrupted traffic, or even
disabled vehicles. I am not advocating violence - I believe very strongly in
powerfully expressed civil disobedience but not wanton, idiotic, acts like
tossing bricks thru windows - just trying to make a point that it is all about
Throwing the words (propaganda labels?) terrorism and terrorist(s) at
protesters is just as bad as the ridiculous, often heard lately, reference to
protesters as 'anarchists'. None of these words fit the context of the situation
MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3 DOJ-RNCC-charge
MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A 23-year-old Michigan man
was charged last week in federal court for illegally possessing Molotov
cocktails, which he allegedly intended to use at the Republican National
Matthew Bradley DePalma, Flint, Mich., was charged Aug. 30 with one count of
possession of firearms that were not registered to him in the National Firearms
Registration and Transfer Record. DePalma made his initial appearance yesterday,
and his complaint was unsealed today. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1
p.m. Friday in Minneapolis.
According to the criminal complaint, DePalma knowingly and intentionally
possessed Molotov cocktails from Aug. 22 through Aug. 28.
"The FBI, in close cooperation with our law enforcement and government
partners, is working diligently to identify, investigate and respond to threats
directed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area during the Republican
National Convention," said Ralph S. Boelter, Special Agent in Charge of the
FBI's Minneapolis Office. "Any criminal activities aimed at disrupting the
convention or acts to harm persons or properties in violation of federal law
will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted, as appropriate."
DePalma was arrested without incident Aug. 30 at approximately 6:15 a.m. by
agents of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force at a residence in south
According to a FBI affidavit, DePalma became known to the FBI in July 2008,
when DePalma attended the CrimeThinc Convergence near Waldo, Wisc. During this
event, DePalma allegedly stated his intention to travel to Minnesota to attend
the RNC, and also expressed his desire to "make some bombs" and "blow up" things
during the RNC.
The affidavit states that DePalma discussed with a FBI source his desire to
make Molotov cocktails, describing in detail the use of ingredients that would
make the flammable liquid more viscous so that it would stick to a target and
burn longer and hotter than an ordinary gasoline-based Molotov cocktail.
The affidavit states that DePalma went to the Hennepin County Library on Aug.
18 and spent 90 minutes researching recipes for explosive devices. DePalma
produced a handwritten list of items he would need to construct "special"
Molotov cocktails that would stick to people and other targets.
DePalma's conversations, recorded on Aug. 20, described a plan to place a
bomb near the Xcel Center during the RNC in an effort to disrupt the convention.
The plan involved entering the tunnels near the center and using either Molotov
cocktails or a chemical bomb to destroy electrical cables and cause a power
outage. DePalma, the affidavit states, also described a related plan to use
napalm-filled Molotov cocktails on the streets against police officers stating,
"I will light one of those pigs on fire."
The affidavit states that DePalma obtained supplies for making Molotov
cocktails on Aug. 21-22.
On Aug. 22, DePalma allegedly manufactured two jugs of a homemade napalm-like
substance for use in Molotov cocktails. He created a flammable gelatin, and
described to another the proper technique for throwing a Molotov cocktail to
obtain the best explosion. DePalma continued to discuss his desire to make a
bomb for use at the Xcel Center on either the convention's first day (Sept. 1)
or last day (Sept. 4).
According to the affidavit, DePalma stated that if he could bomb the center
on Sept. 1 they might call off the convention. He added that a "power outage
would say a lot" and that it was his "main purpose." DePalma also said that he
would like to bomb the Xcel Energy Center on Sept. 4 so that the convention
would "end with a bang."
DePalma was observed traveling to a remote location in Rosemount for the
purpose of assembling and testing Molotov cocktails. On Aug. 25, DePalma went to
a remote location in Roseville for the purpose of experimenting with chemicals
for a chemical bomb.
The affidavit states that DePalma manufactured three additional Molotov
cocktails in a Minneapolis apartment on Aug. 28, where he was arrested. The
affidavit states that DePalma possessed a total of five Molotov cocktails
between Aug. 22-28, which were not registered to him in the National Firearms
Registration and Transfer Record, as required by law.
If convicted, DePalma faces a potential maximum penalty of 10 years
imprisonment. All sentences are determined by a federal district court judge.
This case is the result of an investigation by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task
Force, which includes the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Anders Folk.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice
Ahem. As if they have any credibility after the past 8 years of
If you were able to condemn a criminal just once, you might be given an ounce
of credit for using your brain.
Why can't you put the kool-aid down for a moment and think critically? I
understand you're against the government but have you explored the possibility
that there are criminals on your side? There are certainly criminals that go out
and bomb abortion clinics. There are criminals in every walk of life. However,
you people can't possibly have any criminals on your side. Or it's justified,
one of the two. Perhaps this is just the public persona, displaying the
solidarity that you love to talk about.
Remember-it was the JUDGE who forced the U$ attorney's office to drop my case
in 2001. That famous Chicago 7 case ended in a guilty verdict OVERTURNED ON
So long as nobody snitches and plea bargains are rejected, i don't think the
DA will get a choice about every defendant walking on this one-been there, seen
um... you might want to get the name right: "International Workers of the
World" is Industrial Workers of the World.
Either way, the point is correct that the use of terrorism charges is well
known and long-practiced tactic to stop political and labor
Then They Came for Me
by Stephen F. Rohde, Esq.
First they came for the Muslims, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a
Then they came to detain immigrants indefinitely solely upon the
certification of the Attorney General, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't an
Then they came to eavesdrop on suspects consulting with their attorneys, and
I didn't speak up because I wasn't a suspect.
Then they came to prosecute non-citizens before secret military commissions,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a non-citizen.
Then they came to enter homes and offices for unannounced "sneak and peek"
searches, and I didn't speak up because I had nothing to hide.
Then they came to reinstate Cointelpro and resume the infiltration and
surveillance of domestic religious and political groups, and I didn't speak up
because I had stopped participating in any groups.
Then they came for anyone who objected to government policy because it aided
the terrorists and gave ammunition to America's enemies, and I didn't speak up
because...... I didn't speak up.
Then they came for me....... and by that time no one was left to speak
Stephen Rohde, a constitutional lawyer and President of the ACLU of
Southern California, is indebted to the inspiration of Rev. Martin Niemoller
if you think your candid and or want to prove yourself innocent, think
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