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Monday, December 01, 2003
Martial law? Are you serious?
Maybe. Kevin Phillips, former Reagan advisor and author of The Politics of Rich and Poor, among other things, writes in the LA Times:
Political Fireworks Possible in 2004 :
"One can easily imagine that the FBI and the military will feel they must take extraordinary precautions for the GOP convention. New York City has 130 mosques and dozens of Arab neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan. The Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center in Queens houses North America's largest Shiite Muslim congregation. In the face of the inevitable crackdown, it's quite conceivable the GOP convention could serve as a magnet for terrorists itching to prove the U.S. president's ineffectiveness.

Keep in mind that when Bush was in London recently, Al Qaeda or affiliated terrorists made it a point to bomb the British Consulate and a British bank in Istanbul, Turkey. Even if no attempts are made on Manhattan, the probability of extreme security measures and possibly something approaching martial law in sections of the island could cast a long shadow over the convention. This potential embarrassment is another one of the extraordinary political uncertainties of 2004."

They say history doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme. I can't help thinking of Chicago 1968 when I read that.
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