Tag Archives: police militarization

Tomgram: Making Sense of America’s Empire of Chaos

Donald Trump would have been inconceivable as president without those disastrous wars, those trillions squandered on them and on the military that’s fought them, and that certainly qualifies as “impact” enough.

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Janet Contursi | Liberals and Ultra-leftists: A Marriage Made in Hell

The corrupt U.S. political system requires a support base grounded in fear, which is why political leaders and the media keep us on the verge of hysteria through the fear of nuclear war and other existential threats.

Trump: Behind your back and in your backyard

Here are just a few of the Trump administration actions that have come into my email box in the last few days.  Click the titles to read more and take action. The Wilderness Society: The Trump Administration is Stealing YOUR Land The Nation: The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools CMD: Ambitious Effort […]

We Have Been at War in Iraq for 27 Years by William Rivers Pitt

No one in politics or the media seems capable of recognizing this series of events for what it truly is: One large event . …There is no dicing it up. It is all of a piece, one long war, the longest by miles in our nation’s history.

Henry A. Giroux: Orwell, Huxley and the Scourge of the Surveillance State

Giroux: We must also be attentive to the ways in which being spied on has become not only normalized, but even enticing.

New NYPD Anti-Terror Unit Will Get Machine Guns To Police Protesters

 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, […]

Daily Kos: Undercover officers infiltrate #BlackLivesMatter protest movement in Minnesota; charge leaders

The Minnesota ACLU, responding to these charges and to demands that the protestors pay for the police who were called to the scene, released the following statement.

“There is finally growing concern and dialogue regarding the failure of our criminal justice system to hold police officers accountable for acts of excessive force and other misconduct,” the statement says. “These problems are happening in our backyard and should not be ignored.”

Wired: 2014 Kinda Sucked: A Look at Our Slow Descent Into Dystopia

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what’s the most dystopian image of them all…read to the end for the MOA #blacklivesmatterminneapolis protest to see the image and story.

Evergreene Digest: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

(We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.) Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society. Torture Is Who We Are David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with […]

6 Unforgettable Photos of Ferguson’s Heartbreak and Chaos

Dramatic scenes of Missouri and a nation unnerved by the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. PHOTO GALLERY   Enter Photo Gallery By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer and Nicole Pasulka  takepart.com  November 25, 2014 The quiet was eerie. After months of spirited, ceaseless protest, Ferguson, Mo., residents and protesters gathered outside the courthouse, anxious and hushed, worried and […]

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Stephen Downing: What Policing Should Look Like

How can we build an ethical police force based upon the concept of Constitutional policing by consent? Stephen Downing  Reason.com  September 2, 2014 Over the past four decades, the federal government has flooded American law enforcement with billions of dollars worth of financial incentives and military equipment in order to leverage local police toward support […]

Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around

“We’re finding police have a lot of capacity to set a tone,” Adams said during a recent radio interview with Sacramento’s KFBK. “When police show up in riot gear you get a different kind of interaction than when they show up in their regular uniforms.”

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Thor Benson: Putting the Police Under Surveillance

“Thankfully, many black Americans are rising up against a society that allows them to be killed for selling cigarettes or walking in the street, but it remains to be seen whether those not in danger will join the struggle.” By Thor Benson  truthdig.com  August 21, 2014 Shutterstock In some places in America, a black man […]

David Swanson: Militarism Is a Public Safety Crisis in Ferguson and Beyond

“There is a no-fly-zone over Ferguson, Mo., because people in the U.S. government, from which local police forces take their cues, view the people of the United States increasingly as they view the people of other countries: as best controlled from the air.”    By DAVID SWANSON  counterpunch.org  August 19, 2014 Peace and justice organizations in St. […]

Breaking anger, from Oakland to Tottenham, by Jesse Strauss, Al Jazeera

Breaking anger, from Oakland to Tottenham California activists worry UK police will import heavily armed enforcement tactics that violate the right to dissent. Jesse Strauss Last Modified: 05 Sep 2011 13:26  Al Jazeera Parallels between UK and California unrest worry activists that police will share ‘illegal and militaristic’ tactics to respond to urban unrest [Jesse Strauss/Al Jazeera] British […]