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"We're Getting Ready" infomercial

Infomercial for the RNC protests.



To get an idea of how lame the case against the RNC 8 is, here is the detective's text that describes the above video that literally began the official court application for various RNC search warrants. It seems obvious that Judge Joanne M. Smith didn't actually watch the above video before she approved and signed the search warrants. If she had, would this have all turned out differently?

On August 27, 2007, the RNCWC released a video that was posted on their website. This video depicts several persons dressed in "black bloc" attire with their faces covered to disguise their identity. It should be noted that "black bloc" is not a particular group, but a tactic that typically dresses in black with faces covered and have caused significant property damage and carried out acts of violence towards law enforcement in the past. During one scene, an individual (identified as Carrie Feldman by several sources) is seen throwing a Molotov cocktail. In another scene, this same Feldman (still dressed in black bloc attire) hands a bolt cutter to another individual similarly dressed in black bloc attire. Also, Feldman also rolls a bowling balllabled "RABL" in front of a military recruiting station. It should be noted that RABL is an acronym for an anarchist group known as the Revolutionary Anarchist Bowling League. The RABL was responsible for vandalizing military recruiting stations by throwing bowling balls through the windows. Finally, the video depicts an individual throwing rocks at persons dressed as riot police. The video ends with text that states "We're getting ready... What are you doing? ...RNC 2008, St. Paul... pReNC Aug. 31 -Sept. 3, 07... Learn more at: RNCWelcomingCommittee.org... starring Robyn B... Made possible by the RNC Welcoming Committee." CRI2 reviewed this video and identified the following individuals: Garrett Fitzgerald, Scott Demuth and Carrie Feldman. Additionally, information was received from CRI2 that Gus Ganley produced and edited the video.

Source: Criminal Complaint, Detention Order, and Charges against the "RNC 8"


Detective Samec from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department makes this Jon Stewart-inspired, tongue-in-cheek video sound like an Al-Qaida training video, doesn't he?

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