[Note: this is an introduction to an ongoing series of reports]
The GOP Is Capable of Busting Many Heads in Tampa
Ahead of the GOP convention there are disquieting indications that Tampa and Republican honchos are gearing up to do some serious violence to people and the already tattered Bill of Rights.
Whether your trip to the Tampa GOP convention is to support Ron Paul, otherwise protest the GOP or simply to be a witness to convention happenings be very, very careful.
On the one hand, the GOP convention is a coronation of Mitt Romney. On the other, it’s a chance to grab more tax money and add to already overstocked police arsenals.
Tampa just got 50 million more dollars, courtesy of federal taxpayers. The money may be used basically any way the city chooses so long as it’s supposedly for GOP convention security under the guidance of the Department of Homeland Security (which these days is top dog in major party security).
Already, the city has gleefully paid out nearly $300,000.00 for the BearCat Swat Vehicle pictured above (“BearCat” is an acronym for Ballstic Engineered Armored Response Counter Attack Truck). That’s just one of the many armored vehicles which might well be roaming the streets as peaceful people gather to be a part of history in the making.
It’s not clear where “counter attack” fits into the equation. How many conventioneers and/or protestors will be commuting, politicking and speechifying via armored vehicle?
The Republican host city also is adding new “eye in the sky” and other snoop technology for the immediate, express purpose of keeping an eye on conventioneers and anyone else in the area.
Originally, discussions included adding at least 2 unmanned drone aircraft to monitor Tampa from above, but that plan was scrapped in favor of upgrading video technology in existing police helicopters and providing live feeds to officers on the ground.
Tampa City officials and police acknowledge that at least 60 new surveillance cameras will be installed (locations are being kept secret) and that up to 4,000 additional police officers will be imported from other Florida communities to augment the 950 strong Tampa police force.
Tampa also has considered and even adopted some strange new ordinances to handle potential “trouble” in the streets, including a zero tolerance for gas masks. Yes, even as they ramp up their ability to gas and otherwise maim citizens Tampa police are limiting defensive postures an astute citizen might wish to take.
Free Speech and plain old physical safety are not laughing matters. WinLiberty hopes all those attending the GOP convention in Tampa will be safe and that all Tampa Police and assorted (sordid) other government goons will be restrained in their use of force.
Certainly, they’ve already damaged our public pocketbook.
Politics in America largely is a duopoly affair, and we don’t absolve the other half. A week after the GOP confab the Democratic Party is holding a convention in Charlotte, NC. And those jackasses also are up to no good with the constabulary in that city.
WinLiberty will be issuing periodic updates and more detailed reports.
There is A WHOLE LOT of spending going on…police arms and monitoring capabilities have been and are being added to police agencies in Tampa and Charlotte–all intended to limit and punish anyone with a fresh idea or who simply doesn’t fit in with the powers who control the two major parties. It’s all very, very disconcerting.