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Imagine 2050 Staff • Jul 31, 2010

Posted by Joshua Holland, July 30, 2010 on Alternet.org.

Did you hear about this act of alleged terrorism in France?

Two employees of the U.S. embassy in France have left hospital following medical tests in Paris after they handled a “suspicious” envelope.

Both employees “are fine and have left the hospital” Paul Patin, a U.S. embassy spokesman, said in a telephone interview. They were exposed to tear-gas fumes, according to Associated Press report, citing French police officials.

Tear gas. I’ve been subjected to this kind of terror perpetrated by rioting police time and time again while peacefully protesting the international “trade” regime — and a few times while covering such protests as a member of the media.

One thing I’ve come to fear during these melees — something that I learned observing the infamous “Miami model” first-hand — is when they target the legal observers. It’s a very clear sign that law enforcement is not interested in upholding the law, but rather in violating it. And they don’t want expert witnesses around.

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