This raises ALL SORTS of issues, not the least of which is how a privately funded political organization could be allowed to CREATE a prison(!) and somehow arrange to have it filled with its law abiding political foes. This is a lot MORE than reminiscent of Nazi Germany!
In addition to the obvious Constitutional questions being raised by attorneys for those illegally arrested and detained, a full-blown investigation is called for to determine:
1. The RNC's role in directing or setting quotas for the mass arrests,
2. The complicity of New York City officials in such an illegal conspiracy or scheme,
3. How the City of New York could legally issue, to a private group, a Certificate of Occupancy and Safety Inspection Certificate to operate a private prison intended to hold its political adversaries, on premises posted with signs officially declaring it dangerously contaminated and barring entry without protective gear,
4. How the City defends its actions - not only in the illegal mass arrests it conducted - but in imprisoning the detainees for days in a facility the City itself had declared as contaminated and dangerous to human health.
Further details in original post: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/297083.shtml
Don't let this die, folks. Send to all news organizations and mail lists. There's no hope the Bush/Ashcroft Justice Department will properly "investigate" this - the only hope is public exposure.