Well, I can imagine how the Korporate media will try to spin this story, if this story ever makes the Korporate media, that is. And I know how all the Reactionary apologists will spin this, to make it seem as all these kids were on drugs, so Mr. and Mrs. Erotic American watching this huddled in fear in their duct taped and plastic sheeted safe room will feel that these storm troopers were just protecting them.
I'm not a rave fan, nor do I care too much for white boys in dread locks(sorry, that look is over) with backwards baseball caps, and house music is boring repetitive nonesense (give me some Garth Brooks anyday), but I'm not a fan of Christian rock either, I would be just as outraged if this had happened at a Jars of Clay concert. Which it wouldn't have, because at that concert you wouldn't find leaflets being passed out to ask people to join a protest when Bush comes to town. Which, according to a source in the Utah government said, that the fear that this rave would be used to rally support for the protest against Bush's Utah visit.
According to one deejay this was a legal party, on private property with all the proper permits. According the deejay, security personnel were hired to search partygoers for drugs and alcohol, and were later arrested for posession for the confiscated drugs they had on hand. According to the Sheriff's Department this Rave was broken up because of sexual assaults on females at previous Rave. No explaination was given why the attending officers needed assault rifles to break up a party of teenagers.
When you look at a video it does appear that the police are using excessive force. And they are in full combat gear with assault weapons. Now, if this were a bunch of terrorists, I could understand such an excessive use of force. But in the video it is apparent that the only terrorists here are the SWAT teams called in to break up a celebration of youthful exuberance.
When asked to leave, the partiers all left with out an arguement, though one wonders why it takes four men to handcuff a suspect who is not offering resistance.
I remember when I was in high school, we used to have some pretty big keggers, sometimes with bands, all held on private property with no permits. All it took to break these up were one sheriff's deputy with a siren. And there was probably as much drugs being taken then as there was here, the list of drugs found (apparently security was just not that good) matched the stuff available when I was in high school. *(Which, by the way, is why certain drugs are kept illegal. Legalized, they would be well regulated and kept away from those too young to know any better.) The only difference is ectasy hadn't been invented yet.
So now Der Fuhrer can go to Utah, safe in knowing the threat of potential dissenters has been eradicated, and he can have his flag waving propaganda campaign go on (looking for all the world like a Nazi Party rally from the thirties) as he tries to resell his illegal war to a growing majority of Americans who have come to realize that it has not made us any safer, only less free.