Check out Rob Morse's latest column in the San Francisco _Examiner_. It's available on-line at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/hotnews/stories/16/morse.dtl
Here's an excerpt from it:
"The Democratic Party brought its convention to a town that looks about
as democratic as Chile in the bad old days. As Hayden put it, 'They
declared martial law to allow people to protest.'
"It's very scary here, and not because of some nasty-looking kids with
spiky hair and black clothes.
"Downtown L.A. looks like it was captured by thousands of Robocops. The
sirens and helicopters never stop. Give the demonstrators credit. They
came to talk about injustice, and Los Angeles showed us what a police
state looks, feels and sounds like."