Massive police raids on suspected protestors in Minneapolis

"There is clearly an intent on the part of law enforcement authorities here to engage in extreme and highly intimidating raids against those who are planning to protest the Convention... Targeting people with automatic-weapons-carrying SWAT teams and mass raids in their homes, who are suspected of nothing more than planning dissident political protests at a political convention and who have engaged in no illegal activity whatsoever, is about as redolent of the worst tactics of a police state as can be imagined..."

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/30/police_raids/

Federal government involved in raids on protesters

More extraordinary than these extreme raids is the fact that they are generating so little attention and even less outcry.

http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2008/08/31/raids/index.html

Reverse-Engineer the Mohawk Valley Formula

While puppets and banners and street theater contribute to inspiring protest events on the street, there is little discussion addressing how to handle the predictable methods the police state and media use to discredit, marginalize, and silence alternative views. Present-day protest-busting is merely an expanded version of the Mohawk Valley Formula.

Figuring out how to reverse-engineer the Mohawk Valley Formula would be the greatest "force multiplier" for first amendment efforts today.

The other tactic that makes the police state sh*t its collective pants is swarming, and similar organized coincidences made possible by TextMob (TxtMob). One can tell from the legal fallout from use of txtMob during the 2004 RNC just how threatened the authorities are by such organizational protest innovations.