The Pioneer Press reports that the Ramsey County, Minnesota, Sheriff’s office investigated an anarchist group that was considering kidnapping delegates to the Republican Party’s convention in St. Paul.
The would-be terrorists, who called themselves the “Republican National Convention Welcoming Committee,” planned to shut down the convention. The group bears a striking resemblance to the Weathermen, a violent terrorist group founded by Barack Obama‘s unrepentant terrorist associate William Ayers.
According to the news report:
# The self-described anarchist group – whose main goal was to “crash” the Republican National Convention,” according to its Web site – traveled to or communicated with affinity groups in 67 cities to recruit members and raise money.
# Group members discussed the possibility of kidnapping delegates, blockading bridges, using liquid sprayers filled with urine or chemicals on police and throwing marbles to trip police and their horses.
# At an “action camp” held from July 31 to Aug. 3 in Lake Geneva, Minn., one member talked of concealing inside giant puppets “materials” that could be used on the street. Others discussed the need for Molotov cocktails, paint, caltrops (devices used to puncture tires), bricks and lockboxes for protesters to lock themselves together.
# Erik Oseland, one of the six group members arrested here, produced a video called “Video Map of the St. Paul Points of Interest.” It included such major companies as Travelers Insurance and Qwest, hotels such as the Embassy Suites and the Crowne Plaza. Also included: the Pioneer Press building.
Not surprisingly, the communist National Lawyers Guild is representing many of the accused.
Incidentally, Amy Goodman, the far-left host of the independent news program “Democracy Now!,” who, judging from her previous coverage of news events just might be sympathetic to the group, was arrested outside the convention. Goodman and her media outlet were profiled in “Inside the Disinformation Machine: A Look at the Left’s New Media Operation,” by Matthew Sheffield and Noel Sheppard, which appears in this month’s Foundation Watch.