George W. Bush was willing to be happily towed along by the neo-conservatives in his administration. They were eager to embrace former CIA asset Ahmed Chalabi, who used them even more than they used him.
During a choreographed effort to pull a few dozen protesters out of the Chase bank branch, part of a hundreds-strong day of action, Portland police officers resorted to a decidedly more muscular show of force in a clash watched by TV cameras and rush-hour commuters. Suddenly all the fun—the dance parties, the union songs, the peaceful arrests earlier on the Steel Bridge and at Wells Fargo—was for naught.
During Sunday's Occupy Portland march on Main Street after Chapman Square was cleared, Portland Mercury News Editor Denis Theriault was unceremoniously knocked on his ass by a police officer wielding a baton.