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'Black hats' keep lookout for troublemakers

Washington Times

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Fearing demonstrations from Ron Paul delegates here at the Republican National Convention, the party has created a "black-hat" squad to track the Paulites and other potential troublemakers to make sure they don't cause a scene on the convention floor.

Identified by their black baseball caps emblazoned with a white star, squad members keep an eye on delegates they fear might cause a scene. The squad is empowered by the convention managers to take delegates' credentials and kick them off the convention floor -- a step one convention official said would be unprecedented.

Squad members have made "their presence known, to let all people know big brother's watching them," said a Republican official familiar with the squad who has been involved in the last 10 GOP conventions.

Convention spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment.

The black-hat squad is on the lookout for T-shirts, unauthorized signs and anything else that could cause a disruption, according to people familiar with the operation who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

Convention leaders always have been vigilant about outsiders gaining unauthorized access to their events, but this time the danger comes from within: Mr. Paul, who sought the Republican presidential nomination, won dozens of delegates to the convention and has hundreds of other supporters who are credentialed to attend.

What's more, Mr. Paul's supporters have been creative about getting attention for themselves.

"Here they have a vocal group who are actually in the building who want to make a statement," the official said.

So far, Paul delegates and backers have remained subdued. On Wednesday night the only disturbance in the hall came from two demonstrators from Code Pink, the anti-war organization. They apparently gained access to the arena with press credentials but were scooped off the floor quickly by the black-hat squad, among others.

In addition to the black hats on the floor, there are also convention aides with yellow hats, who are the rapid-response team to handle disturbances; those with red hats, who are the floor managers; and those with white hats, who serve as ushers, helping with seating and passing out papers.

The floor and security managers include both lobbyists and longtime Washington political operatives.

The black hats' power comes from their authority to revoke credentials. The fine print on the back of each credential says: "This ticket is a revokable license. Tickets may be revoked from persons engaging in inappropriate or disorderly behavior, or for any other reason deemed necessary by security personnel and/or the Republican National Committee.

Mr. Paul's spokesman, Jesse Benton, said Republican Party officials warned Paul supporters not to cause a commotion.

"There have been some overtures to our political guys and our delegates that if they acted up, they would be removed," Mr. Benton said.

He said the Paul campaign has identified 260 delegates and hundreds of alternates to the convention who support Mr. Paul even though, by the rules of the convention, they are bound to other candidates.

Republican officials asked the campaign for a list of those supporters, but the Paul campaign declined, Mr. Benton said.

Mr. Paul conducted his own counter-convention in Minneapolis on Tuesday and made his way through the press areas of the Republicans' event Wednesday. But he will not visit the convention floor this week. Mr. Benton said Mr. Paul and his supporters were unable to reach an agreement on rules for his visit.

Mr. Paul, who as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas, is entitled to a pass and wanted credentials for a few staffers. But Mr. Benton said convention officials wanted to control Mr. Paul's access and did not allow his staff on the floor, insisting that they have a party escort.


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I go to a blank page...same thing happened for this link on LRC.

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Is it just "me"...?!

Or does anyone else remember the "Brown Shirts" that basically served the same function under Hitler? Interesting how choice of clothing is typically the first step (maybe first GOOSE step, in this case).

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Regarding Palin: I believe we are watching in real time the rise of the third party, which will be controlled by the powers that be from its' inception.

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I like that. Thats very good!

Did you see this???

When McCain was speaking, there was a guy up on the top level with a sign that read: "YOU CAN'T WIN AN OCCUPATION."

The cameras at both CNN and C-Span panned to him several times.

Oh, how I loved it!!!


"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
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So this is the corrupt,

So this is the corrupt, immoral and anti-free speech party we are supposed to work in for change? We have three years to build our own party so let's get crackin'. Let's have the birth of the Liberty Party or the Union Party. Both sound great to me.


Exactly: let this motivate us

We rattled their house of cards...now let's blow it down. But that can only be done from within the Republican party...not some third party.

Again, I really feel that many polticians are being coerced into supporting whoever the global usurists pick.

If they go through all the trouble to oppress Ron Paul and his supporters, just imagine the pressure they put on politicians. Don't just assume politicians are just greedy, and selling out to lobbyists. That is happening of course, but many are probably under some kind of threat.

I'll never forget Ross Perot saying one of his family members was kidnapped and he was forced to stop campaigning at a critical time in the election year.

Don't ever forget that we are dealing with organized criminals...most likely, many politicians are hoping that we can free them.

This made me steam!! Boil,

This made me steam!! Boil, roil...hissssssss...This was not a RNC..it was an 'appoint McWar or ELSE...

I like the name Patriot Party. Let's do it..we could spend our entire lifetimes, personal finances etc and not be able to clean up this Republican Party. The corruptin runs too deep.

The American Conscience Party or the human decency party

I'm in !

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glad this made it to the

glad this made it to the Washington times

the nazi party in Germany used the same tactics

the Nazi Party which seeked to create a 3rd reich first began using brownshirts as "security". The brownshirts are directly comparable to the riot cops,the black hats,yellow hats,and red hats of the RNC. Riot Cops were identical to brownshirts because of the raids which took place in Minneapolis to intimidate the political opponents(ron paul protestors). This is a 4th reich coming to power from both the democrat and republican conventions.

"Stop paying lip service to the Constitution,and OBEY IT!"-Ron Paul

At least this one

said we had 260+ delegates. Sweet little article.

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Well, it didn't work...

Saw a young man with a big sign, "McCain voted against Vets" The cameras showed him several times. Another time, he didn't have his sign but his T shirt said the same thing and he stood with his hands raised straight in the air with w/peace signs.

Another lady was making some commotion and her jacket appeared to come off with sort of a "victoria's secret" type of top. They physically removed her and cameras kept on her. Camera showed another man being escorted/forced out.

Others kept yelling, U.S.A., U.S.A. - sort of kept another commotion going for several times.

I Spoke to an Alternate Delegate from PA today

who told me that a couple of convention officials confronted her yesterday about some flags she had. One was the "Don't Tread on Me" flag. Nothing to do with Ron Paul or anything anti-McCain. She was told that she had to hand over the flags to them. When she told them that she wanted to keep the flags, they told her she would need to be removed from the convention floor. She was escorted out and told that she could not return. So she roamed the streets of Minneapolis for five hours talking to folks on the street (including police officers) about what the independent-thought police were doing inside the convention center.

She said that the officials were not abusive but were determined to remove any signs or banners that were not approved by the RNC. She asked them about the supposedly home-made signs she saw all over the convention center, and they pretty much told her that the RNC made them look like they were home-made signs, but they made them and handed them out.

Have we traveled into a parallel universe? Passed through the looking glass? Moved to the Soviet Union?

I hope she reads this thread when she returns home so she can give her first hand account.

I thought government

I thought government propaganda was illegal....

It's terrible what they have done to our Republican Party!


unfortunately, I had a

unfortunately, I had a feeling this would happen....

Fascism in Minneapolis

and in Denver-

Defend the constitutional republic!

Black hats go well with brown shirts.


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On the subject of brown shirts,

have you read my short story, 200? www.axiomaticeconomics.com/200.php

This may be common ground between us, Lisa. I know that you don't like me and have even resorted to calling me names, but I don't hold grudges.



Shaka, you so crazy! www.axiomaticeconomics.com

I would hope that that wouldn't be necessary

anyway, as I don't think Paul supporters tend to be "disruptive" anyway. Disrupting speaking events, and not allowing someone else to speak, is more of a left-wing tactic.

"Just like Alex Jones will do; he'll try to put words in my mouth... You try to put words in my mouth too, just like Alex Jones does." - http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2370864598223573012&...

Uncle Joe Stalin Would Be Proud

What an embarrassment.

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"...a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people." -John F. Kennedy

I don't know about anybody else,

but I've got my eyes glued to the TV screen waiting for some girl to whip off her top and display her boobs with some sort of political message written on them. I don't care what the message says, I just want to see some tits.


Shaka, you so crazy! www.axiomaticeconomics.com

I would

lift my top daily if it would get Ron Paul into office

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica

Have you SEEN the RNC delegates?

Trust me, they need to keep their tops on.

This ain't no RP party you're talking about.



Wanna see tits then go watch a rerun of super bowl 38.

As REGISTERED Republicans

& RP supporters I have to wonder why didn't we have our own HUGE squad in there w/ our own colored hats to prevent things like this from happening

Obama = O.ne B.ig A.ss M.istake A.merica

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Now we know,

It was our first time, we learned.