Chicago prepares for the worst at NATO summit

The demonstrations against NATO in Chicago during their summit this weekend are going to be loud, tense, and probably violent. Reuters: The two-day summit is also drawing protesters from around the United States and beyond, most to protest peacefully against the NATO-led war in Afghanistan and economic inequality. Protest organizers hope thousands will turn out to demonstrate on Sunday and march to the summit site at a sprawling convention center along Lake Michigan. Police said they will be keeping a watchful eye out for anarchists bent on more provocative actions, and have ordered about $1 million worth of new riot gear, including face shields that attach to helmets and fit over gas masks. They have also ordered armor for police horses and acquired two long-range acoustic devices that can be used as "sound cannon" to disperse crowds. Critics say these devices can cause hearing damage. A police spokeswoman said they would be used to deliver messages to crowds. "What I...(Read Full Post)