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Pittsburgh Police Presence - Intimidation of Democracy

• Seeing the Forest (HT Liberty Pulse)

Here are a few impressions. Everyone had been whipped up with fear leading up to the Summit - both police and townspeople. It seemed as though the police had been through some sort of military training in advance of the Summit. The militarized attitude was not what I have seen from police before. It appeared they had been led to expect massive trouble on the order of tens of thousands. What I suspect happened was that the local media scared the wits out of the population by playing clips of huge WTO protests over and over until people were convinced that they were going to be besieged by a violent Woodstock of some sort. (Like how they have scared people to the point where they won't let their kids walk to school anymore.) I don't know that but what I saw there makes me thing it was something like that.

Everyone had brand new equipment. The uniforms were new, freshly 

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