US Mayors have secret meeting in Miami to discuss martial law preparations

US Mayors have secret meeting in Miami under tight security to discuss martial law preparations

Reporters arrested, denied access as nation’s mayors discuss secret plans to integrate military and federal agencies into city level agendas

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by Alex Haxor – FederalJack.com

(FederalJack.com) – June 23, 2008 – Through the weekend of June 20-24 the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, FL is the site of the 76th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Hundreds of mayors from across the nation are meeting under tight security with a heavy police presence surrounding the perimeter of the hotel. The security perimeter extends into annexing and restricting activities in the neighboring Bayfront Park and throughout local waterways.

The agenda of the conference includes various panels, workshops, and forums that are geared towards the integration of the federal government and military forces with city level agencies and protocols during both times of normal governance and times of emergency.

Sunday morning’s workshops included a morning discussion of military integration during times of declared emergency. During the afternoon, all press were removed from the area while mayors broke out into workgroups that discussed potential ways to further the efficiency of federal government integration into city affairs. The afternoon session was held in secret, and was listed to be for "mayors only." The attending press was not allowed to observe the proceedings.

On Friday July 20th Susan Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code PINK and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, along with an associate, were arrested inside the hotel.  She was arrested when she attempted to film the events of the conference and tried to obtain footage of Miami mayor Manny Diaz.. FederalJack.com obtained an exclusive video interview with Ms. Benjamin’s associate, Lynn, who detailed what transpired during their arrests. They ended up being charged with trespassing (despite having preregistered and possessing valid passes and credentials), disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence. The interview with Lynn can be viewed below.

 

Curiously, no public officials were arrested for violations of the Florida "Sunshine" Laws, which prohibit public officials from meeting to discuss state or local governing matters in secret.

The charge of resisting arrest without violence is the same charge a FederalJack.com reporter was charged with when he was arrested while filming a federal Multi Agency Gang Task Force during Memorial Day weekend on Miami Beach. This is indicative of a disturbing trend in South Florida regarding the protections of the First Amendment and the rights of journalists. The actions of law enforcement and city officials serves to demonstrate the true repressive third world status of Miami, Florida.

 

Reporters for FederalJack.com preregistered as press to attend the conference, but were not allowed to pass the security perimeter to the registration desk. Police officers and a hotel security member said that official credentials were required to enter, and needed to be obtained at the registration desk. However, they were not permitting reporters to access the registration desk.

After some prodding, a hotel security guard by the name of "Alex" told a FederalJack.com reporter to call the hotel and ask for the press room to ask for an escort. A phone number was provided, and contact was established with the press room. Reporters were told by "Christina" of the press room that an escort would not be provided to the registration desk, and would not provide a reason. Even corporate media reporters had a difficult time obtaining access. An NBC6 reporter was observed being given the same runaround, before being finally allowed to pass the perimeter.

 

Featured keynote speakers included Senator Barrack Obama on Saturday June 21, and Bill Clinton on Sunday June 22nd.

The Intercontinental Hotel also served as the meeting place for the notorious FTAA Summit of November 2003 which resulted in the creation of the "Miami Model" as a method of neutralization of dissenting public opinion. A documentary detailing the violence and repression that took place during that conference, entitled The Miami Model, is viewable by clicking here.

 

 

 

The official agenda was obtained from the official website of the USCoM located at http://www.usmayors.org/76thAnnualMeeting/. A list of mayors who were in attendance of the conference is also available on the official website, or can be viewed at the end of this article.

More information, including video, will be available as it is obtained. If anyone has any footage, commentary, or information regarding the events of the conference, please contact jack@federaljack.com or use our Feedback Form.


Registered Mayors Scheduled to Attend 2008 Conference

There are 207 mayors registered as of 6/22/2008.

 

Alaska

     Anchorage
          Mark Begich

Arizona

     Chandler
          Boyd Dunn

     Goodyear
          James Cavanaugh

     Tucson
          Robert Walkup

Arkansas

     Fayetteville
          Dan Coody

     Little Rock
          Mark Stodola

     North Little Rock
          Patrick Hays

California

     Alameda
          Beverly Johnson

     Beverly Hills
          Barry Brucker

     Campbell
          Donald R. Burr

     Cerritos
          Jim Edwards

     Deer Park
          Wayne Riddle

     Dublin
          Janet Lockhart

     La Mesa
          ART MADRID

     Long Beach
          Bob Foster

     Los Angeles
          Antonio R. Villaraigosa

     Manhattan Beach
          Richard Montgomery

     Monrovia
          Rob Hammond

     Monterey
          Chuck Della Sala

     Napa
          Jill Techel

     Oakland
          Ronald Dellums

     Pleasanton
          Jennifer Hosterman

     Pomona
          Norma Torres

     Rancho Cordova
          Linda Budge

     Redondo Beach
          Mike Gin

     Sacramento
          Heather Fargo

     San Francisco
          Gavin Newsom

     San Gabriel
          Harry L. Baldwin

     San Leandro
          Anthony Santos

     San Rafael
          Albert J. Boro

     Santa Ana
          Miguel Pulido

     Santa Barbara
          Marty Blum

     Sunnyvale
          Anthony Spitaleri

     West Sacramento
          Christopher Cabaldon

Colorado

     Colorado Springs
          Lionel Rivera

     Denver
          John W. Hickenlooper

Connecticut

     Bridgeport
          Bill Finch

     Fairfield
          Kenneth Flatto

     Norwalk
          Richard Moccia

     Stamford
          Dannel P. Malloy

     Stratford
          James Miron

District of Columbia

     Washington
          Adrian Fenty

Florida

     Coral Gables
          Donald D. Slesnick

     Coral Springs
          Scott Brook

     Doral
          Juan Carlos Bermudez

     Fort Pierce
          Robert J. Benton, III

     Hallandale Beach
          Joy Cooper

     Key West
          Morgan McPherson

     Lauderdale Lakes
          Samuel Brown

     Lauderhill
          Richard Kaplan

     Miami
          Manuel A. Diaz

     Miami Lakes
          Wayne Slaton

     Miramar
          Lori Moseley

     North Miami
          Kevin A. Burns

     North Miami Beach
          Raymond Marin

     Palmetto Bay
          Eugene Flinn

     Pembroke Pines
          Frank C. Ortis

     Pinecrest
          Gary Matzner

     Pinellas Park
          William F. Mischler

     Riviera Beach
          Thomas Masters

     South Daytona
          Blaine O’Neal

     Sunrise
          Steven Feren

     Tallahassee
          John Marks

     West Miami
          Cesar Carasa

     West Palm Beach
          Lois J. Frankel

Georgia

     Atlanta
          Shirley Franklin

     East Point
          Joseph Macon

     Valdosta
          John Fretti

Hawaii

     Honolulu
          Mufi Hannemann

Idaho

     Pocatello
          Roger Chase

Illinois

     Addison
          Lorenz Hartwig

     Arlington Heights
          Arlene J. Mulder

     Bartlett
          Catherine Melchert

     Bloomington
          Stephen Stockton

     Chicago
          Richard M. Daley

     East St. Louis
          Alvin Parks

     Highland Park
          Michael D. Belsky

     Hoffman Estates
          William McLeod

     Lisle
          Joseph Broda

     Normal
          Chris Koos

     North Chicago
          Leon Rockingham

     Northbrook
          Gene Marks

     Oak Park
          David Pope

     OFallon
          Gary Graham

     Palatine
          Rita Mullins

     Palos Hills
          Jerry Bennett

     Schaumburg
          Al Larson

     Urbana
          Laurel Prussing

     Waukegan
          Richard Hyde

     Westmont
          William Rahn

     Woodridge
          William F. Murphy

Indiana

     Carmel
          James Brainard

     Indianapolis
          Gregory Ballard

Iowa

     Des Moines
          T. M. Franklin Cownie

     Dubuque
          Roy Buol

Kansas

     Kansas City
          Joseph Reardon

     Wichita
          Carl Brewer

Kentucky

     Bowling Green
          Elaine N. Walker

     Frankfort
          William May

     Lexington
          Jim Newberry

     Louisville
          Jerry E. Abramson

Louisiana

     Baton Rouge
          Melvin Holden

     New Orleans
          C. Ray Nagin

     Shreveport
          Cedric B. Glover

Maryland

     Baltimore
          Sheila Dixon

Massachusetts

     Cambridge
          E. Denise Simmons

Michigan

     Kalamazoo
          Bobby J. Hopewell

     Rochester Hills
          Bryan Barnett

     Southfield
          Brenda Lawrence

     Westland
          William R. Wild

Minnesota

     Burnsville
          Elizabeth Kautz

     Eden Prairie
          Phil Young

     Minneapolis
          R.T. Rybak

     Rochester
          Ardell Brede

Mississippi

     Meridian
          John Robert Smith

Missouri

     Columbia
          Darwin Hindman

     St. Louis
          Francis G. Slay

Nebraska

     Omaha
          Mike Fahey

Nevada

     Las Vegas
          Oscar B. Goodman

New Jersey

     Camden
          Gwendolyn Faison

     East Orange
          Robert L. Bowser

     Elizabeth
          J. Christan Bollwage

     Fanwood Borough
          Colleen Mahr

     Hope
          Timothy McDonough

     Irvington
          Wayne Smith

     Kearny
          Alberto Santos

     Piscataway
          Brian C. Wahler

     Trenton
          Douglas Palmer

     West New York
          Silverio Vega

New Mexico

     Albuquerque
          Martin Chavez

     Santa Fe
          David Coss

New York

     Hempstead
          Wayne J. Hall, Sr.

     Schenectady
          Brian Stratton

     Spring Valley
          George Darden

     Syracuse
          Matthew J. Driscoll

North Carolina

     Chapel Hill
          Kevin Foy

     Concord
          Scott Padgett

     Durham
          William V. Bell

     Gastonia
          Jennifer T. Stultz

Ohio

     Akron
          Donald L. Plusquellic

     Brooklyn
          Ken Patton

     Canton
          William J. Healy, II

     Cincinnati
          Mark Mallory

     Cleveland
          Frank G. Jackson

     Columbus
          Michael B. Coleman

     Cuyahoga Falls
          Don L. Robart

     Dayton
          Rhine McLin

     Dublin
          Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher

     Garfield Heights
          Thomas J. Longo

     Kettering
          Donald Patterson

     Lima
          David J. Berger

     Middleburg Heights
          Gary Starr

     North Olmsted
          Thomas O’Grady

     Solon
          Kevin Patton

     Trotwood
          Darreyl Davis

     Walton Hills
          Marlene Anielski

     Westlake
          Dennis Clough

Oklahoma

     Oklahoma City
          Mick Cornett

     Tulsa
          Kathy Taylor

Oregon

     Lake Oswego
          Judie Hammerstad

Pennsylvania

     Chester
          Wendell N. Butler, Jr.

     Philadelphia
          Michael A. Nutter

Puerto Rico

     Camuy
          Edwin Garcia Feliciano

     Cayey
          Rolando Ortiz

     Cidra
          Angel L. Malave Zayas

     FAJARDO
          ANIBAL MELENDEZ

     Hormiqueros
          Pedro J. Garcia

     Maunabo
          Jorge L. Marquez

     SAB GERMAN
          Isidro Negron

     Trujillo Alto
          Pedro A. Padilla

     Villalba
          Waldemar Rivera Torres

Rhode Island

     Providence
          David N. Cicilline

South Carolina

     Charleston
          Joseph Riley

     Myrtle Beach
          John Rhodes

     Sumter
          Joseph T. McElveen, Jr.

     West Columbia
          Bobby Horton

Tennessee

     Germantown
          Sharon Goldsworthy

     Hendersonville
          Scott Foster

     Nashville
          Karl Dean

Texas

     Arlington
          Robert Cluck

     Austin
          Will Wynn

     Beaumont
          Becky Ames

     College Station
          Ben White

     Dallas
          Tom Leppert

     Duncanville
          David Green

     Frisco
          Maher Maso

     Laredo
          Raul Salinas

     McKinney
          Bill Whitfield

     Mesquite
          John Monaco

     Port Arthur
          Deloris Prince

Utah

     Murray
          Daniel C. Snarr

     St. George
          Dan McArthur

Virginia

     Alexandria
          William Euille

     Portsmouth
          Dr. James W. Holley, III

     Richmond
          L. Douglas Wilder

     Virginia Beach
          Meyera E. Oberndorf

Washington

     Auburn
          Peter Lewis

     Bellevue
          Grant Degginger

     Mukilteo
          Joe Marine

     Redmond
          John Marchione

     Seattle
          Greg Nickels

West Virginia

     Charleston
          Danny Jones

Wisconsin

     Brookfield
          Jeff Speaker

     Green Bay
          Jim Schmitt

     New Berlin
          Jack F. Chivocatero

     Racine
          Gary Becker

     Superior
          Dave Ross

 

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