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This collective self-delusion saw the United States make the greatest strategic blunder in its history, one that sounded the death knell of the empire—the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq.
These party elites, consumed by greed, myopia and a deep cynicism, have a death grip on the political process. They’re not going to let it go, even if it all implodes.
During the vigil on September 17, 2017 at the Open House at Camp Ripley, two members went inside and took some photos. Clearly it was family day. Here is a slideshow with just a hint of what went on during the Open House. The vigil was sponsored by the Brainerd Area Coalition for Peace and […]
Our failure to defend those who are demonized and persecuted leaves us all demonized and persecuted. Our failure to demand justice for everyone leaves us all without justice. Our failure to halt the crushing of popular movements that stand unequivocally with the oppressed leaves us all oppressed. Our failure to protect our democracy leaves us without a democracy. (Includes interview with Mumia Abu-Jamal.)
Militarized police forces have become de rigueur, even in the nation’s smallest towns — but arming law enforcement with the weapons of war, rather than protecting civilians, has birthed a chasm of distrust and animosity on both sides. It isn’t as if this equipment is being produced by a marketplace intent on keeping civilians safe from an ostensible outside threat.
This new squad will be used to investigate and combat terrorist plots, lone wolf terrorists, and… protests. “It is designed for dealing with events like our recent protests, or incidents like Mumbai or what just happened in Paris,” Bratton said, according to CBS. Police Commissioner Bratton at yesterday’s press conference (Jen Chung/Gothamist) gothamist.com January 29, […]
Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality
Each legal observer arrested in Ferguson was “arrested for doing their job,” NLG interim executive director Dan Gregor said. Gregor described other concerns he had with the kind of “police overreaching” that had occurred in Ferguson. By Kevin Gosztola The Dissenter FireDogLake,com August 30, 2014 The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in […]
“. . . it’s time for American police to remember that they are supposed to protect and serve our communities, not wage war on the people who live in them.” ACLU.org June 23, 2014 All across the country, heavily armed SWAT teams are raiding people’s homes in the middle of the night, often just to […]
Nick Bernabe,The Anti-Media: National Guard Troops Deployed in Ferguson as Police Threaten to Shoot Journalists
National Guard troops have been ordered to Ferguson, MO, after two nights of mandatory curfew were ignored by protesters and rioters following the officer involved shooting death of teenager Mike Brown. Image credit: DVIDSHUB Nick Bernabe | The Anti-Media August 18, 2014 What looked like a deescalation only a few days ago following the transfer […]
“A striking recent report from the American Civil Liberties Union indicates that . . . policing is being militarized nationwide in all sorts of unsettling ways. It is, more precisely, being SWATified (a word that doesn’t yet exist, but certainly should).” By Matthew Harwood TomDispatch.com August 14, 2014 Think of it as a different kind of blowback. Even when […]