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W. E. B. Du BoisWilliam Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963), at the beginning of his career, criticized the Jews, but such sentiments came to an abrupt end when Du Bois “became the editor of [the NAACP journal] The Crisis.”[1]The Jews knew that Du Bois was a closet Marxist—though he “waited until he was in his nineties to join the Communist Party”[2]—and played on those sympathies to entice him into joining their cause.

In 1903, Du Bois wrote unflattering assertions about the Jews in The Souls of Black Folk, and Jewish supporters such as Jacob Schiff and Rabbi Stephen Wise protested.

“But Du Bois let the comments stand until he revised the book in 1953, when he was eighty-five years old. He then deleted the references and apologized for his own insensitivity.”[3]

E. B. Du Bois had many Jewish associates, including the father of Bettina Aptheker, a Marxist historian, activist and author who joined the Communist Party in 1939.

In March 1953, Du Bois wrote an essay entitled “On Stalin” in which he extolled the Communist dictator as

“a great man; few other men of the 20th century approach his stature. He was simple, calm and courageous…Stalin was not a man of conventional learning; he was much more than that: he was a man who thought deeply, read understandingly and listened to wisdom, no matter whence it came.

“He was attacked and slandered as few men of power have been; yet he seldom lost his courtesy and balance; nor did he let attack drive him from his convictions nor induce him to surrender positions which he knew were correct.”[4]

In 1931, Du Bois wrote Albert Einstein a letter in which he asked him to write “a word about the evil of race prejudice in the world. A short statement from you of 500 to 1,000 words on this subject would help us greatly in our continuing fight for freedom.”[5]

Einstein, who was living in Germany at the time, probably didn’t have a clue who Du Bois was, but Du Bois continued, “With regard to myself, you will find something about me in ‘Who’s Who in America.’ I was formerly a student of Wagner and Schmoller in the University of Berlin.”[6]

Albert Einstein

Einstein could not send Du Bois a long letter because of “excessive workload,” but he did send a short letter that led Du Bois to praise Einstein in The Crisis. Soon after, the New York Times published an article with the headline “Einstein Hails Negro Race.”[7]

Later, when Einstein moved to the United States, he was a strong supporter of Du Bois and Paul Robeson; after that, it was only a matter of time until Einstein joined their movement. In an article entitled “The Negro Question,” Einstein declared,

“[The American’s] sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to men of white skins. Even among these there are prejudices, of which I as a Jew am clearly conscious; but they are not important in comparison with the attitude of the ‘Whites’ toward their fellow-citizens of darker complexion, particularly toward Negroes. The more I feel an American, the more this situation pains me.”[8]

Einstein castigated Europeans, saying,

“Your ancestors dragged these black people from their homes by force; and in the white man’s quest for wealth and an easy life they have been ruthlessly suppressed and exploited, denigrated into slavery.”[9]

I have already addressed the issue of slavery; this kind of attitude is historically inconsistent, especially when you take into account the number of Jews in the slave trade. To make matters worse, Talmudic Judaism has some utterly disgusting views about blacks.

For example, Rabbi Hiyya declared in the Talmud,

“Ham and the dog copulated on the Ark, therefore Ham came forth dark-skinned.”[10]

The fact that Einstein did not even mention these issues shows that Einstein was either ignorant of it or had fallen victim to double standards.


 Other intellectuals, like Richard Wright, follow in Du Bois’s Communist footsteps. This would include civil rights activist Julius Lester.[11]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

While almost everyone involved in the civil rights movement of the 1960s was determined to eradicate racism by any means, no one stopped to notice the sexual mores that lurked beneath the movement itself.

Martin Luther King, Jr., despite his admirable concept that “a man should not be judged by the color of his skin but by the content of his character,” was personally immersed in sexual debauchery, something nearly all his associates knew.

David Garrow, author of one the most thorough biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr., declared that King had a “compulsive sexual athleticism.”[12]

Many black ministers could not take King’s religious messages seriously precisely because King’s personal life contradicted his public appearances. Garrow writes, “King’s sexual behavior stood at a great distance from his professed beliefs about sexuality, and the contradictions created painful and at times overwhelming guilt.”[13]

Some have suggested that had King not been assassinated, his marriage would have ended in divorce over his infidelity.

In fact, many activists saw the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as a hotbed for “getting laid.”[14] One staffer declared,

“I watched women making passes at Martin Luther King. I could not believe what I was seeing in white Westchester women…They would walk up to him and they would sort of lick their lips and hint, and [hand him] notes.”[15]

Ralph David Abernathy, a protégé of King’s, writes in his autobiography that King was involved in extra-marital affairs, even giving examples of women coming and going from a hotel where King and Abernathy were staying.[16] But Abernathy writes page after page defending King’s behavior.[17]

Taylor Branch, another historian of the civil rights movement, agrees that King was guilty of such charges.[18]


Stanley Levison

Although Friedman says Martin Luther King, Jr., was under FBI surveillance because of his extramarital affairs,[19] King was actually a person of interest because of his strong ties to Stanley Levison, a Jewish Communist and attorney, who was one of  King’s closest advisors and even made arrangements for one of  King’s autobiographical accounts to be published by Harper & Brothers.[20]

Levison did more than just coach King: he prepared King’s “tax returns,” wrote “articles and speeches,” and kept “an eye on Harper’s promotion of [King’s book] Stride Toward Freedom”[21]

Levison even told King to avoid saying a few things in the book because some of them “could create unnecessary charges of an egocentric presentation of the situation and is important to avoid even if it were the fact.”[22]

Levison ended up writing the final chapter of Stride Toward Freedom “and even drafted new passages that were incorporated verbatim into the published text.”[23]

For all of this, Levison asked for no salary. When King wrote Levison a letter asking him to bill him for his laborious work, Levison replied that no salary is needed, adding,

“It is out of the question…The liberation struggle is the most positive and rewarding area of work anyone could experience.”[24]

Garrow wrote, “King accepted Levison’s position, and their relationship grew closer.”[25]

It was communist Bayard Rustin who first introduced Levison to King in 1956.[26] Levison dedicated himself to shaping and refining Martin Luther King Jr., and the SCLC. Levison’s work was not without reward, as later King began to echo Levinson’s Communist sentiments, even making statements suggesting private Communist leanings.

“I am not going to allow anybody to put me in the bind of making me say, every time I said there must be a better distribution of wealth, and maybe America must move toward a democratic socialism, [that] I am saying that we must be Communist or Marxist.”[27]

King also surrounded himself with people such as Harry Wachtel, Jack Greenberg, Rabbi Herschel, and Allard Lowenstein. But the most influential among them was Stanley Levison.[28]

Since King relied on Levison for most of his speeches and published works, Levison laughingly told one of King’s associates that he “considered himself one of the foremost religious writers in America.”

Even after King’s death, his wife Coretta sought help from Levison, who “wrote speeches and articles for her” and armed her for press conferences:

“Levison gave her materials to read beforehand and told her what to expect from her interrogators.”[29]

In general, Levison and other Jews energized the spirit of the SCLC.


Paul Tillich

In addition to falling under the spell of Communists like Levinson, Martin Luther King, Jr., was also influenced by Paul Tillich, one of the most liberal theologians of the twentieth century.

King’s Ph.D. dissertation[30] was a comparison between Paul Tillich and liberal American theologian and philosopher Henry Nelson Wieman.

Another way Tillich influenced King was sexually— King’s sexual life paralleled Tillich’s own sexual proclivities. Tillich’s wife, Hannah, recounted in their autobiography that she found whorehouses “a window into hidden truth”!

Shortly after their move from Germany to America, they settled in Harlem, New York, where they found the sexual liberation they were looking for among the blacks. Hannah writes:

“Somebody must have taken us to Small’s Paradise, where one went up a steep staircase, watched by an old pockmarked Negro, whose muddy uniform with gold and braid we feared a little.

“Later we would shake hands with him. Inside the dark, long room, we sat facing clouds that drifted behind an orchestra of Negroes, who played noisily and shrilly. It was as if we had entered a tropical forest with parrots screaming, dark faces peering out of the jungle, falsetto voices, and brilliant colors.

“A Negro danced with me, a Negress with Paul. Once we dared to go to a show in a basement were there were mostly Negroes. In the dancing space at the center of the room occasional performances were given.

“A nude Negress painted gold, having danced with a Negro twice her size, leaned her body against a post and masturbated with violent snakelike movements, while her former partner and another girl unmistakably performed the acts of intimate sex. It did not seem vulgar or fleshy. It was filled with the natural vivacity of these beautiful black people.”[31]

This not a coincidence, for immediately after being dispatched from Germany, Tillich and his wife joined Union Theological Seminary, which was known for its propagation of Wilhelm Reich’s sexual ideologies.

“Reich made contact through Alexander Lowen with the Settlement House connected with the Union Theological Seminary in New York, then home to Paul Tillich…

“Lowen arranged a speaking engagement for Reich to the people of the Union because he felt that Reich ‘could change the world’ by explaining the social implications of the sexual problems of youth.”[32]


As we have seen, the 1960s civil rights movement was subtly influenced by Jewish revolutionary activity, and many impressionable people jumped on the bandwagon without being aware that the bandwagon itself was loaded with moral and political explosives. What are the results? Since the 1960s, the black family has never been the same:

“In 1960, 78 percent of all black families were headed by married couples; today that figure is less than 40 percent. Similarly in the 1950s, black crime rates were higher than those of whites, but they were vastly lower than they are today. During that period…racism was far worse, especially in its ability to deny blacks access to basic rights and opportunities.”[33]

The modern breakdown of the family—based on a weakening of the values that defined family and community—is just that: a modern development.

This is the case even when taking into account the uncertain family life of black slaves. Historian Brenda E. Stevenson, in her conclusion to Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South, stresses the universal bonds that brought families of all races together.

“Community values and directives defined southern life in ways that would be difficult for contemporary readers to reconcile given the lack of importance many ascribe to ‘a’ or ‘any’ community today. ‘Community,’ its collective will and value system, however, was the linchpin of southern morality and the southerner’s socio-cultural ideology. It had tremendous worth and a defining presence for everyone, whether free or slave, man or woman, planter or pauper.…

“Free blacks and slaves also were determined to maintain the integrity of their families and communities despite often overwhelming pressures to the otherwise.”[34]

Even in the 1940s and 50s, black crimes were quite low, but when the number of black marriages began to decline during the 1960s,[35] things were never the same. After the civil rights era, the moral pendulum for many black families seems to have swung in the opposite direction. The number of children born out of wedlock rose dramatically, as did crime rates among black families.

Most modern intellectuals lay the blame for this moral breakdown directly at the feet of slavery. However, this widely held notion is false, historically and logically. Thomas Sowell himself wrote,

“[T]he fact is that in the late nineteenth century, when blacks were just one generation out of slavery, there was nothing like today’s levels of unwed births or failure to participate in the labor force. It has been from the 1960s onward that these social pathologies have escalated. Whatever the cause, it has arisen long after slavery had ended.”[36]

He continued,

“Over the entire 85-year history of academic success in [Dunbar High School], from 1870 to 1955, most of its graduates went on to higher education.

This was very unusual for either black or white high-school graduates during that era. Because these were usually low-income students, most went to a local free teachers’ college or to relatively inexpensive Howard University, but significant numbers won scholarships to leading colleges and universities elsewhere…

“At one time, the reputation of Dunbar graduates was such that they did not have to take [an] entrance examination to be admitted to Dartmouth, Harvard, and some other selective colleges. When Robert N. Mattingly graduated from the M Street School in 1902, he entered Amherst College, receiving credit for freshman mathematics and first-year college physics—and he graduated in three years, Phi Beta Kappa. Yet, far from being one of the elite, Mattingly was, in his own words, “At Amherst on a shoestring.”[37]

This is just the beginning:

“As early as 1899, Dunbar scored higher in city-wide tests than any of the white high schools in the District of Columbia. Down through the years its attendance records were generally better than those of the white high schools, and its rate of tardiness was lower. Dunbar meant business.”

During these flourishing years,

“Latin was taught throughout the period from 1870-1955, and in the early decades, Greek was taught as well. In the 1940s, Dunbar fought a losing battle with the superintendent of schools to have calculus added.”[38]

Yet as the years went by, Dunbar’s excellent performance crumbled:

“Now, as inadequately educated, inadequately motivated, and disruptive students flooded into the school, teachers began retiring, some as early as 55 years of age.

“Dunbar quickly became just another failing ghetto school, with all the problems that such schools have, all across the country. Eighty-five years of achievement simply vanished into thin air…During the years of Dunbar’s success, it was starved for funds and some of its classes had more than 40 students.

“As a failing ghetto school today, Dunbar has a finer physical plant than it ever had when it was an academic success.[39]

“The school was in operation more than 40 years before it had a lunchroom, which then was so small that many children had to eat lunch out on the street. Blackboards were ‘cracked with confusing lines resembling a map.’ It was 1950 before the school had a public address system.”[40]

As we have argued in the past, Sowell does not lack the academic sophistication to find out the real cause. In fact, he seems to imply that the civil rights movement was largely a failure.[41] But who was really behind it? Well, Sowell does not tell us.

But we all know that ideological movements cannot stand on their own. They all have their intellectual pinheads and mush-heads. To be more precise, you cannot have a serious ideological movement without the presence of the Dreadful Few. Take it from Benjamin Disraeli:

“You never observe a great intellectual movement in Europe in which the Jews do not greatly participate.”

The Civil Rights Movement was no exception, and ever since that era, America has never been the same. Crime rates skyrocketed and the Dreadful Few in particular began to use “race” to destroy American families, neighborhoods, and communities. Louis Wirth did exactly that in the twentieth century. As we have seen in the previous article, George Soros is following the same pattern in Ferguson.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/20/the-awful-truth-about-w-e-b-du-bois-and-martin-luther-king-jr-part-ii/

Part One: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2015/01/19/the-awful-truth-about-the-civil-rights-movement-part-i/

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‘Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for partaking in an anti-terrorism rally in Paris.

At a Monday press conference with Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the Turkish capital Ankara, Erdogan hit out at Netanyahu for leading “state terrorism” against the Palestinian people, saying that he could “hardly understand how he (Netanyahu) dared to go” to the anti-terrorism march in Paris.

The Turkish president further called on Netanyahu to “give an account for the children, [and] women” he “massacred” during the latest Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip.’

Read more: Erdogan raps Netanyahu for ‘daring’ to attend Paris rally

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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.

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Activists Trash [FBI Snitch and Fraud] Sharpton for Silencing Speaker at DC Rally

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.”

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Millions March NYC


View from 6th Ave and 29th St. Approximately 90 minutes of footage

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‘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.”’

Read more: Thousands Of Protesters Swarm Washington, NYC: ‘Don’t Expect To See Obama Here, Black Issues Don’t Matter To Him’

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Global March Against Police Brutality – Brisbane

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.

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People Gonna Rise Like Water


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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.”

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/27/despite-calls-humanity-detroit-resumes-water-shutoffs

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Interesting how swat stood down as the looters got away with stolen merchandise but fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protestors

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-16/looting-resumes-ferguson-local-police-ordered-stand-down

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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.

 Protests in Ferguson, Missouri

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.

5 things to know about Michael Brown’s shooting

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.

Read the police documents

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.

Complete coverage of the Ferguson shooting

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

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“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

More@ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-14/ferguson-bundy-ranch-dancing-night-away-obamas

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Poverty Pimp Snitch [and GOP Troll] Al Sharpton Gets Heckled in Ferguson, MO, for Showing Up

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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missouri-looting-AP

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Michael Snyder has a different persepctive…

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?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-12/ferguson-america-there-brewing-problem-and-its-extremely-dangerous

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Outrage, unrest erupt after fatal shooting of Missouri teen by police

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.

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