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Featuring first-person accounts and footage from more than
forty cameras on the streets, "Terrorizing Dissent"
focuses on the story of dissent suppressed. People charged
with "conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism"
speak out against the government's campaign to manipulate
media coverage and label civil disobedience and community
organizing as terrorism.

Free screenings of the film will be offered throughout the
nation before and immediately after the election. (See
site for schedule.)

"Terrorizing Dissent" shows the results of the $50 million
dollars the Department of Homeland Security gave to local
authorities for security -- a large chunk of which went
to weaponize the police -- and the $10 million insurance
policy contract between the RNC Host Committee and the
City of St. Paul, which shattered Minnesota's civil
compact between protesters and police.

Effectively, the Republican National Committee provided
financial cover for the widespread, organized suppression
of dissent. The FBI and Secret Service coordinated with
local police to raid homes and work spaces before the RNC
even began. On the streets, the government's intimidation
strategy shut down peaceful protests through the heavy use
of tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades, rubber bullets,
and other projectiles. This excessive use of force
followed months of harassment and surveillance of
community activists. At every stage, local officials have
refused to release the documentation behind what they did,
from the origins of dubious search warrants to joint
powers agreements.

The Republican Party's efforts to control the message and
crush dissenting voices were led by one of the top local
Republicans, troubled Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher,
who personally spearheaded the "pre-emptive raid" strategy
and spun the media by claiming captured household items
were weapons (most notably, the buckets of recycled grey
water he dubbed "urine"). At every stage, from fake urine
to riot threats, messages of fear were distributed to
chill Minnesotans from exercising their First Amendment

Just days before Fletcher launched high-profile preemptive
raids against protesters, two of his closest aides, Mark
Naylon and Timothy Rehak, were found guilty on federal
charges after they attempted to steal $6,000 in an FBI
sting. To shore up his murky political future, Fletcher
staged an authoritarian spectacle unparalleled in
Minnesota history.

As local Democratic officials cautiously stepped back,
Fletcher put himself in front of a classic "security
theater" media campaign to create a non-existent enemy,
equate civil disobedience with terrorism, and move in to
attack peaceful protests. This plan culminated with the
blocking and flashbang bombing of a peaceful march
organized by anti-war activists on September 4th as John
McCain delivered his acceptance speech at the Xcel Center.

Within weeks, John McCain's campaign turned to attacking
Barack Obama on the same grounds as the RNC Welcoming
Committee, a group that provided logistical help such as
housing, food and a convergence center for demonstrators.

This rapidly produced "election cut" shows how the
government--even in a liberal state such as
Minnesota--easily rolled over to domestic militarization
and criminal abandonment of Constitutional freedoms. As
the Republican National Convention paved the way for a
fall of terrifying national instability and financial
chaos, Americans need to know about the techniques used to
silence Minnesota.

Cut from hundreds of hours of donated footage,
"Terrorizing Dissent: Election Cut" has been released for
free on the Internet in HD, FLV and Quicktime formats,
under the Creative Commons / CopyLeft license, and its
producers encourage everyone to share this important film.