Aviationwiz From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 962 posts, RR: 4 Posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1180 times:
Amid final preparations for the Democratic National Convention, security officials are preparing to lock down a huge area of Boston. But groups planning protests say the right to free speech has been sacrificed to the need for security. "We think the the city of Boston has gone way overboard in the name of security," a protest leader said.
Actually kind of funny once you think about it. When you think about who will be protesting (Republicans, Bush Supporters, etc.) and you think about thier political standing, especially with the Patriot Act, and how some of them want to postpone elections if there is a terrorist attack (*MAJOR* constitutional violation) it is funny that they are complaining. I suppose, well, they might think like this:
Since it doesn't effect us, we're fine with it, wait a minute, these security efforts will effect us? No, No, can't have that.
How much you want to bet that when it happens in New York for the RNC next month, they will be all fine with it?
Ren41 From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1170 times:
What the article didn't mention is that the protest area is a small caged area with barbed-wire fences and netting a few blocks away from the FleetCenter.
The security for this event will be horrible for the city of Boston. 40 miles or roads around the North End of Boston will be shut down. They are shutting down a 6 mile stretch of highway(the busiest in MA) everyday just before rush-hour at 4PM. Going from Somerville to downtown Boston will take 50-70 minutes, it's normally a 10 minute drive. I think I'll be sticking to the suburbs this week...
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1151 times:
Both NYC and Beantown will be war zones, so to speak, during the conventions. L-188 is right, these protest groups, going to either convention, were done in by events in Seattle a few years back, and the obvious worry is that there aren't just the usual anarchists in the crowds, but trained terrorists, who could turn what happened at the '68 DNC in Chicago into a major terrorists attack. No one wants that.
The goal is to keep the President and Mr. Kerry safe, and the conventions safe. That's the over-riding concern, not if some nut group wants it's 15 minutes of fame.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1139 times:
Remember Boston is Kerry's hometown, he will do anything to gag the opposition.
Throwing the opposition in a cage is just what will happen to the everyone who opposes him if the communist wins the election...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1028 times:
Alex - apparently this is the worst time EVER to go to BOS - my bruv lives there, and he has inlaws arriving this week, and its MENTAL. You have to use public transport to get to/from the airport, because all the highways and tunnels are blocked off to private vehicles virtually all day. There isn't a hotel room to be had in a 50 mile radius of Boston, they are expecting something like 750000 additional vistors during the DNC week. So I hope you've booked somewhere. I believe the DNC is on for the whole of this week.
L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29885 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
And don't forget all of the cabbies are ticked off at the Mayor because he gave out all of these $12 dollar vouchers to the delegates, but didn't wave the $4.50 Loagan airport fee for the cabbies, and isn't allowing them to pass the charges on to the client.
Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1014 times:
"How much you want to bet that when it happens in New York for the RNC next month, they will be all fine with it?"
Most of the same protest groups at the DNC convention will be at the GOP convention.
Despite what the anti-free speech mavens on the right screech about, the ACLU - that unpopular free speech torch bearer - holds all those in political power accountable.
I think that the security at these conventions is over the top. If some anti-abortion protester wants to parade around with a poster of an aborted fetus, he/she should be allowed to. The cops can frisk the protesters and let them say their bit.
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 955 times:
Take the Metro - you have to catch a bus to the Metro station (doesn't take long), the Metro goes most places downtown (BOS is easy to walk round too). There's a ferry that goes to downtown from the airport as well - depends where you're staying I guess.