Abby Martin talks to Laurel Krause, co-founder of the Kent State Truth Tribunal about the Kent State massacre cover-up 43 years on, and the news that the UN Human Rights Council will be looking into the US government’s actions on that day.
Abby Martin talks to Laurel Krause, co-founder of the Kent State Truth Tribunal about the Kent State massacre cover-up 43 years on, and the news that the UN Human Rights Council will be looking into the US government’s actions on that day.
16 Dec 2014 Critics denounce him a race hustler [FBI snitch, corporatist, and fraud], and now some grassroots activists are calling the Rev. Al Sharpton an elitist and questioning his self-appointed role as a civil rights leader for a younger generation. Sharpton angered some protesters at a weekend march in Washington, D.C., after he created a VIP section for special guests and pulled the microphone on an activist who wanted to address the crowd. “Youth protesters push back against Al Sharpton’s role in police brutality marches,” the website Mashable reports. “If Rev. Al Sharpton ever hoped to lead the ‘black lives matter’ movement that’s sweeping the United States, he likely lost that opportunity in one moment on Saturday.”
View from 6th Ave and 29th St. Approximately 90 minutes of footage
‘Those planning on visiting (or merely driving around) Washington or New York City today may want to consider a plan B. AsReuters reports, “thousands of demonstrators were expected in Washington and New York on Saturday to protest the killings of unarmed black men by U.S. police and to urge Congress to protect citizens.
Organizers said the protests would be among the largest over police tactics and the killings of black males by officers in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri.
“It’s open season on black people now,” New York march co-organizer Umaara Elliott said in a statement. “So we demand that action be taken at every level of government to ensure that these racist killings by the police cease.”’
9 Dec 2014 King George Square, Brisbane CBD, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4000 13 December 2014 – 11:00 (UTC) — Rally and March against Police Brutality! An international day of protest has been called in response to the recent events of Ferguson, and the disturbing trend toward militarising our police departments and the increase in casualties which result.
Posted in economics, government, health, protest, tagged City of Detroit, city residents, Detroit, Detroit Water, Detroit Water Brigade, water bills, WATER SUPPLY on August 29, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Despite widespread public outcry and international condemnation, the city of Detroit on Tuesday resumed shutting off the water supply to thousands of city residents.
Ending the month long moratorium on shutoffs, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) public affairs specialist Gregory Eno confirmed to Common Dreams that the city turned off the water to roughly 400 households that are delinquent on their water bills and have not yet set up a payment plan. More shutoffs are expected.
According to the citizens group Detroit Water Brigade, the only thing that changed since shutoffs began in March is that the city has lowered the required down payment water bills from 30% to 10%. “The water is still too expensive for Detroit,” they said. Detroit is one of the poorest cities in the United States with over 38% of the population living below the poverty line, according to Census Bureau statistics.
Members of the Detroit Water Brigade are calling on the city to halt the shutoffs altogether and consider alternatives for helping people pay their bills, arguing that restricting access to water for the city’s poorest residents is “doing nothing more than hurting people,” DWB volunteer DeMeeko Williams told a local CBS affiliate.
“Today it is 90 degrees in the city of Detroit,” Williams continued. “Elderly people need water, children need water to hydrate themselves—to stay cool.”
Interesting how swat stood down as the looters got away with stolen merchandise but fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protestors
Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) — [Breaking news update, posted at 11:30 a.m. ET]
Friday’s release by Ferguson police of video allegedly showing teenager Michael Brown robbing a store shortly before he was killed last week came over the objections of federal authorities, a law enforcement official told CNN on Saturday.
Ferguson police had wanted to release the video Thursday, but it held off when the U.S. Justice Department asked it not to, arguing that doing so would increase tensions in the community, the source said.
Yet the city’s police chief released it Friday, the same day he released the name of the officer who he says killed Brown, 18, minutes after the alleged theft.
[Earlier version, posted at 10:25 a.m. ET]
(CNN) — A fragile peace shattered in Ferguson early Saturday, as looters again robbed neighborhood business while law enforcement officers — who returned to the streets with riot gear, tactical rifles and armored vehicles — looked on but largely didn’t intervene.
Saturday marks one week since Michael Brown died from police gunfire, and protesters plan to commemorate the moment he died with a vigil across from the Ferguson police station.
At noon, near the hour that Officer Darren Wilson shot Brown, 18, in the Missouri town, protesters will silently raise their hands into the air.
That’s what Brown did before he died, witnesses say, while Wilson kept firing at him.
A second rally is planned for 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) near St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, with members of Brown’s family expected to attend.
More stores looted
Looters began Saturday’s pillage at the Ferguson Market and Liquor store, which has become part of the case surrounding Brown. Shortly before Brown was shot last week, police say, a man fitting his description allegedly stole cigars and roughed up a store clerk as surveillance cameras recorded.
Release of the video on Friday angered some, who say police were using it to distract from Brown’s killing and make him look bad.
More than two dozen people blocked off the store with cars early Saturday, then officers commanded them through loudspeakers to free it up.
Instead, bottles flew, mayhem erupted, and looters ransacked the store, which the owner had boarded up. It was the first of at least three stores raided.
Looters ran out of shops with boxes stacked in their arms up to their chins. Behind them lay overturned shelves, spilled goods and wrecked displays. All the while, police stayed back by their armored vehicles and observed but did not stop them.
Three Molotov cocktails pummeled the roof of a Domino’s Pizza, burning a hole, before firefighters put the flames out.
About an hour later, about a dozen people lined up to block Ferguson Market and Liquor’s entrance, saying they were keeping looters out. But before sunrise, looters returned there for a second round.
Owners of the raided stores expressed frustration that police, looking on nearby, didn’t stop the looters.
“I understand that you’re not safe either, but you still have a job to do now, and now you’re not doing your job,” Tanya Littleton, owner of the looted Feel Beauty Supply, said about police in an phone interview with CNN.
The beauty store’s floor was littered with broken glass and merchandise, video from CNN affiliate KTVI showed. Looters took off with hair extensions worth at least $200 a bag, Littleton said.
“We’re shut down for a while. It’s not safe, and the police are doing nothing about it,” she told KTVI.
Also targeted was Sam’s Meat Market and Liquor. After hearing that people grabbed chicken, bacon and spirits from their store, the owners arrived with guns and stood outside, warding off any further raids.
Jay Kanzler, lawyer for Ferguson Market and Liquor, said police did nothing to stop the looting in town.
“Don’t know why the … police didn’t do anything. They were told to stand down and I don’t know why,” Kanzler said.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon had put the Missouri State Highway Patrol in charge of protest security in Ferguson after days of sometimes violent clashes between police and protesters. CNN’s call to the patrol Saturday morning wasn’t immediately returned.
Prior to the bedlam, protests had been peaceful late Friday, continuing the mood that taken hold the previous night, when quiet had returned to the Missouri town after consecutive nights of violence between protesters and police.
The new security arrangements led by Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson seemed to have calmed tensions that day. He had bonded with the community, becoming the figurehead of softer crowd policing and unblemished protests.
Police announcement controversy
Brown’s family and protesters in Ferguson demanded, for nearly a week, to learn the name of the officer who pulled the trigger. Ferguson police delayed the release, citing safety concerns and saying that police had received death threats.
On Friday they conceded, revealing Wilson’s identity.
But their announcement triggered disappointment and criticism, because it was coupled with the surveillance camera video and other material incriminating Brown.
Documents fingered the teen as the “primary suspect,” who walked off with a box of cigars valued at $48.99. They also named a key witness in his shooting case, Dorian Johnson, as the “second suspect” in the theft.
Companion committed no crime
But Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson later said Dorian Johnson neither committed nor was complicit in any crime.
Johnson said he was with Brown at the time of the shooting and that Wilson shot Brown without provocation.
“We wasn’t committing any crime, bringing no harm to nobody, but my friend was murdered in cold blood,” he told CNN affiliate KMOV.
Two witnesses say Wilson, 28, shot Brown multiple times, as he tried to break away from the officer. The same two witnesses have contradicted the claim by police that Brown had fought with Wilson in his patrol vehicle and groped for his gun.
No one has disputed witness accounts that Brown was unarmed when he died.
One side of Wilson’s face was left swollen after the confrontation, police said.
Hours after the material was made public, Chief Jackson told reporters that the robbery wasn’t the reason Wilson stopped Brown. Rather, he said, it was because he was “walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”
Jackson expressed “every confidence” in Wilson, who has been a police officer for six years, four of those spent on Ferguson’s force.
Police have said that evidence and testimony in the shooting will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether Wilson should be tried.
Timing of disclosure criticized
The tall, sturdy young man in the video “appears to be” Brown, said his family’s lawyer Benjamin Crump. But the family wasn’t informed of the robbery or store surveillance video ahead of time, he said.
And it’s immaterial, said Eric Davis, who is related to Brown.
“It’s a diversion, and it’s an attempt to smear Michael’s character,” he said. “It (should be) more about what happened on Canfield Drive, where Michael was executed.”
Johnson, the Highway Patrol captain, also was sour on the information release. The robbery and Brown’s shooting “are separate issues,” he said.
“I told (Chief Jackson) I think both of those being released today was not needed and was not the way that we needed to go,” he said
“My administration has been closely monitoring the situation in Egypt, and I know that we will be learning more tomorrow when day breaks. As the situation continues to unfold, our first concern is preventing injury or loss of life. So I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors.
The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere.”
- U.S. President Barack Obama, January 28, 2011
The events in Ferguson, Missouri went from what could have been just another all too common and tragic incident in which an unarmed black man is killed by an overly aggressive and unprofessional police force, to what may be a historically significant event in American history. So how did this transformation occur and what does it mean going forward? Those are the two questions I intend to address in this post.
There are two primary factors that have collided to create the current out of control situation in a suburb roughly 15 miles northwest of St. Louis, which before this past weekend, almost no one had ever heard of. The first factor is the underlying tension in American society that I have been writing about for several years now. Nowhere is this tension more apparent than in the minority majority inner cities or their outskirts. Being a privileged person, I have thankfully never experienced the dehumanization and oppression felt by so many in these disenfranchised communities, but I can still understand the fact that these neighborhoods are ground zero in the civil unrest that is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.
The second factor is the entirely inappropriate and dangerous militarization of police forces throughout these United States. While extreme tension between impoverished communities and the police has been well documented for decades and expressed through music and movies (I grew up with NWA’s Fuck Tha Police and Colors), the cops were generally speaking merely men and women driving around in patrol cars with guns and batons. Not to dismiss the violence that can and has been inflicted through those means, but the police in recent years have taken things to a whole new frightening level: Total Militarization.
I consider this trend to be such an existential threat to freedom and civil liberties that I have expended a considerable deal of time and energy over the past several years highlighting it. I have covered the topic too many times to list here (I will provide a compilation at the end of this post), but there is one in particular I want to mention. The post was published two months ago and was titled: The Militarization of Police Continues…Machine Guns, Grenade Launchers, Silencers and More. In it I quoted the following from a New York Times article:
During the Obama administration, according to Pentagon data, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.
The equipment has been added to the armories of police departments that already look and act like military units. Police SWAT teams are now deployed tens of thousands of times each year, increasingly for routine jobs. Masked, heavily armed police officers in Louisiana raided a nightclub in 2006 as part of a liquor inspection. In Florida in 2010, officers in SWAT gear and with guns drawn carried out raids on barbershops that mostly led only to charges of “barbering without a license.”
I then concluded the post with the following observation:
Of all the bad ideas currently being implemented in these United States, turning the police into soldiers is certainly near the top of the list
13 Aug 2014 Here’s the transcript of how it all went down: Adam Sharp: “Reverend Sharpton, the term ‘Snitches Get Stitches’ was spray painted on the burned out QuikTrip. Since you are a federal snitch, sir, do you fear for your life?” Al Sharpton: “I’m not a snitch. (Not true.) But today I want to tell the feds about a cop that needs to go to jail.” [See: The Problem With Al Sharpton (The Black Commentator) “Roger Stone, a millionaire political consultant who began his career as a 19-year-old Watergate dirty trickster, virtually took over the [Rev. Al] Sharpton campaign in the last quarter of 2003, according to reports in the New York Times (January 25), Salon (“A GOP Trickster Rents Sharpton,” February 3) and New York’s Village Voice (“Sleeping with the GOP,” February 3). …Roger Stone is the Hard Right storm trooper whose goons bum-rushed the Miami-Dade elections offices in 2000, shutting down the recount and setting the stage for George Bush’s “selection.”]
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Riots are have erupted with hundreds of protesters gathering at a suburban St. Louis police station on Monday demanding murder charges against an officer who shot to death an unarmed black teenager over the weekend. Looting just went nuts like the ’60s. While this is being painted as a race issue, there is yet another issue that is not being addressed – that is the militarization of the civil police forces around the country.
Ever since 911, there has been a trend moving toward much harsher local police. Here is a photo of how the Boston Police have militarized to the point it looks like war against the people. Even small towns are geared up for war.
The small town of Medford, Oregon with a population of 76,462 has spent millions of dollars to militarize their police. They have their own Swat Teams, yet no incident in history of some major shooting of such a nature to warrant a Swat Team. The entire reason where there was the Second Amendment was to eliminate this very threat of standing armies. We are seeing the abuse of force at every level. Medford Police bought a new vehicle that some say could survive a so-called the apocalypse. They used their Swat Team to go after a mere carjacker.
Medford, New Jersey with a population of just 23,033 also has a Swat Team. They rushed in and held two white kids on the ground at gun-point for shooting potatoes into a lake setting hair spray as the propellant.
The whole thing about standing armies has been their historical use out of boredom. It is a shame to pay for something and then not use it. Police use to be friendly as shown in Normal Rockwell’s classic painting. Sure there are a few good souls still left. But the attitudes have shifted to being just mean and nasty as they look at the civilian population as evil.
This is a problem that is brewing and is extremely dangerous to say the least. Examples of police abuse are all over the internet. There has been a loss of respect for the people and there seems to be no way to reverse this process.
They sprayed protesters in the eyes during Occupy Wall Street movements everywhere. The conduct has been outrageous. This killing of this black teen is not simply racism. The problems are much deeper. Claiming this is just racism deflects the entire issue and makes it simply black-v-white. This is something far more serious for it is impacting our entire society.
The protests over land was yet another example. The police showed up with weapons and told the people they would shoot to kill. The police are being transformed from protecting the public into protecting government from the public. Most do not even see what transformation they have gone through.
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Even though the economy has somewhat stabilized (at least for the moment), levels of anger and frustration have continued to grow in this country. We have been taught to hate one another and to blame one another for our problems, and so now the U.S. is more divided than at any other point in recent memory. For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “America The Divided: Everyone Knows We Have Problems But There Is Very Little Agreement On Solutions“.
We live at a time when things are so tense that even a small spark can light an absolutely huge fire. America has become a tinderbox. Next time it might not be a racially-charged shooting. Next time it might be an Ebola outbreak that sparks looting and panic. Or it might be some sort of financial collapse. We just don’t know.
But what we do know is that there are lots and lots of people that are willing to riot and loot and commit unspeakable crimes given the right circumstances.
Decades of social decay have gotten us to the point where the thin veneer of civilization that we all take for granted every single day is wearing dangerously thin.
The truth is that it is not going to take much to push this nation over the edge.
If this kind of rioting can take place in a community with just over 20,000 people, what would a full-blown riot look like in a city with millions of people?
That is a very sobering thing to think about.
Once upon a time in America, you could leave your doors unlocked at night and you could let your kids play in the streets without ever having to worry.
But now we are a sick, decaying nation that has millions of people ready to riot and loot at the drop of a hat.
Is there any hope for us?
11 Aug 2014 Confrontations between police and residents of a St. Louis suburb raged into the night after a fatal weekend shooting of a teen by an ‘officer.’ Crowds gathered Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for Michael Brown, whose shooting death sparked tensions in the Missouri town of Ferguson. The peaceful gathering turned tense as protesters hurled bottles at officers and kicked police cars parked on the streets with blue lights flickering. Young men knelt before stoic officers in riot gear, hands up in protest to symbolize surrender.
8 Aug 2014 Latest figures show Israeli forces have arrested more than a thousand Palestinians protesting against Tel Aviv’s aerial and ground attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip. Sources said the activists were detained during the crackdown on towns of Palestinian Arab population across Israel. Israeli media outlets have cited a lawyer representing some of the arrested people as saying that dozens of them are being held without charge.
Posted in 9-11, death, economics, foreign policy, government, history, media, military, protest, religion, tagged Bilderberg Society, David Rockefeller, David Rothkopf, Evelyn de Rothschild, Israel, Prince Bernhard. The Bilderberg Society, Rothschild family on May 15, 2014 | 3 Comments »
The question to ask is this: Do Jewish people have any control over what their leadership does in their name? Until recently most Americans actually believed they lived in a democracy where their opinion and their vote counted. I have not seen a poll on the subject but I doubt that a majority of people capable of thought do believe their votes are properly counted on election day. They certainly do not believe that their opinion counts as much as that of campaign donors.
David Rothkopf wrote Superclass in which he describes how the world is run by 30 families and their 6,000 Minions. Rothkopf in addition to being Jewish is a former Kissinger associate. A good example of global governance is the Bilderberg Society which meets in Copenhagen at the end of this month. It is an annual meeting of the Power Elite. The Bilderberg Society is run by associates of the Rothschild family. The Rothschilds use other families to do their work. J P Morgan, the Rockefellers, the Harrimans and the Bush family have been Rothschild agents for a very long time.
The founders of the Bilderberg Society were David Rockefeller, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild and the latter’s business partner at Royal Dutch Shell, Prince Bernhard. The Bilderberg Society has a Steering Committee which sets the agenda for the upcoming meeting and selects participants. The agenda is discussed at the conference until a consensus is reached. Then the conference attendees take the agenda back home to implement it. The agenda comes from the 30 families. It is discussed in private by people the average citizen would think are important. Barack Obama, David Cameron, Hillary Clinton, Treasury and Federal Reserve officials and the like. The press is represented. Usually the Financial Times or some other outlet will write a story arguing why it would just be wonderful if we did X. This year X might be the first in a series of devaluations of the dollar and even the pound.
Please note that you are not allowed to see the inside of this meeting where your future is being decided. You are not allowed to opine that cutting the value of the British pound or the US dollar will do great harm to you and your family. And that there is an alternative path. Too bad for you. You were not invited to speak. Nor are you allowed to see the Rothschild hand at the determination of public policy.
Now let us return to the question of the Jews. The Rothschilds are Jewish and do yield immense power but is there some way in which Jewish people can influence decisions made from above their level?
President Kennedy was assassinated by the Israelis on November 22, 1963. That was the 53rd anniversary of the first day of the meetings that drafted the legislation for the Federal Reserve Act. Mordecai Vanunu, the Israeli whistleblower, said Davis Ben Gurion wanted JFK dead because he opposed their acquisition of nuclear weapons and wanted to inspect their nuclear works at Dimona. JFK also wanted the Israel Lobby to register as foreign agents. Anyone with a brain can figure out that our Banker Occupied Government lied to us about JFK’s murder. Carlos Hathcock was America’s most decorated sniper in the Vietnam war. He and the best snipers in the Marines Corps tried in vain several times at Quantico to recreate the shots that Oswald was alleged to have made. The Jewish controlled Corporate media will never let us get to the truth. The Jewish leadership has Gatekeepers on the Left and the Right in just about every political organization in the country telling us what we should be allowed to think or to say.
And this brings us to the role of the Jews in a democratic society. It would appear that their assigned task is to make sure that democracy is severely restrained. When I look at 911, I ask how did World Trade Tower 7 fall straight down in 6.5 seconds? It was never hit by a plane. The fires were already out. Steel girders do not melt until 2,800 degrees (1,538 Celsius) and the concrete at 3,000 degrees (1,649). Now look at the glass. Surely if this building were a raging inferno, the glass would have melted. But the Jews of America either sweep this under the rug or they blame oil companies and Dick Cheney. There were Jewish Democrats on the 911 Commission. They didn’t bother asking questions because they knew the answers would lead to Israel. How did the Rothschild owned Reuters News service know WTC 7 was going to collapse at least 30 minutes in advance? They were the ones who told the BBC the building had fallen down before it did. Either Jews aren’t as smart as they tell us or they want to show their contempt for Gentiles.
The Jews of America have committed far more serious crimes than 911 and the assassination of President Kennedy. And they about to commit the greatest crime in world history.