The RNC Welcoming Committee in the Twin Cities has announced that it is ordering tasers for protesters. However, "The Welcoming Committee has no plans to purchase machine guns, rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, concussion grenades, batons, water cannons or helicopters, all of which will be at the disposal of local police and federal agents in September."
I am very impressed with the Twin Cities anarchists! I saw some of them during their national tour where they discussed their plans to protest the Republican National Convention this summer and brainstormed with folks in other areas. They seem to be smart, thoughtful, creative, funny, and fearless.
I still haven't decided for sure whether I'll go to Minneapolis myself, but if I do, I trust that it will be very well organized chaos--until the cops do what they're told, anyway.