More people have published their accounts of what happened to them during RNC week. Emmanuel sums it up nicely:
I can only pray that what happened on August 31 was a mistake that will never be repeated. But I can’t say I’m optimistic – with the mayor saying the police did an “A plus” job and the mass media beginning to mock the experiences we went through. If this is indeed the beginning of a trend, then this episode will represent a big step in the decline of our freedom. These sweeps will become commonplace in the name of security. People will be held without charges for days. The suspension of rights now used on “enemy combatants” will begin to be applied in other areas, whenever national security can be even peripherally invoked. We could all wind up paying a very heavy price for our complacency. That’s why, if there’s to be any hope at all, we have to care and we have to get through to others. That’s the purpose of my telling this story and I hope it manages to open some eyes.
And that’s the purpose for my story as well. I’ve compiled and a list of links to all the stories I’m aware of. If you know of others, please let me know and I will add them to this list.
Video interview with a very articulate detainee (Quicktime):