It is always amusing how the power-holders always apply happy face explanations to their meddlings in the lives and rights of the less powerful. I couldn’t help but scoff in disappointment as I read the UC Davis administration’s rationale for their actions gathering intelligence about the plans and motivations of student protestors.
Under the circumstances, plainclothes policemen would rightfully be called secret police in such places as Cairo, Tripoli and Tunis, or the failed state of East Germany. Trained “response team members” to the protest process, especially as they are occurring, would be called “minders” in Beijing or Tripoli.
No amount of tap dancing around the issue avoids the reality that people have a right to think and act without a priori intervention by those they disagree with. Protestors are responsible for the consequences of their acts. Our police forces are already trained (with our tax dollars) in crowd control. It’s a dialectic acted out many tomes in our society. We don’t need UCD to reinvent repression for their own self-serving ends.
The UCD administration should be ashamed of themselves.