There have been a series of raids: last night, this morning and apparently "snatch squads" are picking people up on the street. (Thanks to Jane Hamsher and the other FireDogLake bloggers for covering this story).
Glen Greenwald interviews a lawyer, Bruce Nestor, who lives in the neighborhood of one of the raids:
Glenn: I mean it clearly seems like it's clearly intending to intimidate. You break into a house with 25 officers with submachine guns drawn and put them all on the floor and handcuff them, it's clearly sending a message that they might want to think twice about participating.
Nestor: I do think....We're not in this country yet where we're having mass detentions of people like this, so it really is about sending a message. I think what it really is designed to do is to send a message to people who agree with some of the viewpoints of people organizing activity and to say - you know what? You can write an email, it's okay to write a letter, to vote, but don't go out in the street, don't organize public activity, because do you want us bursting into your house? Do you want to be associated with people who are getting arrested? It's designed to somehow say these aren't citizens engaged in the exercise of political freedom, but that they're kooks, they're freaks, they're dangerous, stay away from them, don't get involved.
Glenn: And there's been no evidence that any actual violence or illegality has been committed, this is all preventative right, it's all anticipatory?
Bruce: That's right.
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Interviews with those forced to lie cuffed on the floor for two hours but not arrestedhere.
UPDATE: Here's background about Ramsey county Sherriff Bob Fletcher (Republican) who ordered the raids, and who is currently about to lose his job in an FBI corruption probe. Do we see a pattern here? (via Phoenixwoman at FireDogLake)