Daniel Hannan - Occupy Wall Street Debate at Oxford Union
FUN FACT: Five worst American mass shootings were all Democrats
The five worst mass killings, where a firearm was used, have a common thread. Hint #1: They didn’t belong to the NRA. They don’t fit the stereotype of the “red-neck” gun owner.
Check it out …
Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals.
Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians.
Common thread is that all of these shooters were progressive liberal Democrats.
http://www.thenorthwestreport.com/ A peaceful protest without a permit and being in the street resulted in violence. January 26, 2012 Northwest News
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The Pentagon’s 1033 program: giving free military equipment to police departments around the U.S. - #NWO
The police in the United States have been steadily militarized over the past decade to the point of absurdity, as recently exemplified by police rolling out an armored personnel carrier (APC) to the Occupy Tampa protests. Benjamin Carlson of The Daily covered one of the more unsettling recent developments in this militarization of police, the Department of Defense’s obscure “1033 program” which has given away almost $500 million in leftover military equipment to law enforcement in the fiscal year of 2011. This year’s total is more than double the amount of equipment handed out in 2010, which was $212 million worth of military gear, setting a new record for the program. Included in this distribution of military equipment are: armored vehicles, like the one seen at Occupy Tampa and in towns and cities across the nation, along with M-16 assault rifles, grenade launchers, helicopters and even military robots. Yet the 1033 program looks like it is getting even worse, with orders for the fiscal year 2012 being up 400% over the same period in 2011 according to data provided by the Pentagon’s Defense Logistics Agency to The Daily. If it keeps at this pace, that would mean $2 billion in equipment for American police departments in the fiscal year 2012. The 1033 program was passed by Congress in 1997, which I found quite interesting as most of these programs have been pushed in the wake of September 11th, 2001, under the pretext of fighting the so-called “war on terror.” However, even then, their justification was that it would be used to fight drugs and terrorism and since it began, over 17,000 law enforcement agencies have accepted $2.6 billion in military equipment, only having to pay for the cost of delivering the gear. While the gear is practically free, the costs of maintaining the equipment and insuring it fall on the respective law enforcement agencies, meaning it falls directly on the taxpayer. These costs can be considerable, given that in 2010 city officials in Tupelo, Mississippi considered returning the police helicopter after spending almost $274,000 in maintenance costs in only five years. Considering that the helicopter was used only 10 missions per year on average, the cost of nearly 54,800 per year, or almost $5,480 per mission (not including personnel, fuel, etc.) hardly seems justified. The Daily cites unnamed “experts” who say that the recent surge in acquisitions is just the continuation of a decades-long trend of increasing usage of military tactics and gear by domestic police departments. We have seen these tactics and equipment most recently in the many crackdowns on the legal and peaceful Occupy Wall Street demonstrations across the nation, which were a coordinated effort as revealed by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. The director of the Cato Institute’s project on criminal justice, Tim Lynch, addressed my surprised reaction to seeing that this program was enacted long before September 11th, 2001, in a statement to The Daily. “The trend toward militarization was well under way before 9/11, but it’s the federal policy of making surplus military equipment available almost for free that has poured fuel on this fire,” Lynch said. The Daily cites some examples of this insane militarization effort in mentioning that in Cobb County, Georgia, incidentally one of the most educated and wealthy counties in all of the United States, now have an amphibious tank. Similarly, the sheriff of South Carolina’s Richland County is now in possession of what he fondly calls “The Peacemaker,” an armored personnel carrier (APC) outfitted with a machine gun. The most absurd aspect of the 1033 program is that it is in addition to the Department of Homeland Security grants which allow police departments to purchase vehicles like the “BearCats” I covered briefly many months ago. Various models of the BearCat weigh in around 16,000 pounds, are bulletproof and outfitted with gun ports, battering rams, tear gas dispensers and radiation detectors, among many other bells and whistles which police never use and never actually needed in the first place. The Orlando Sentinel reported that more than 500 of these vehicles – which inarguably bear a remarkable resemblance to military tanks – have been sold by their Massachusetts-based manufacturer, Lenco. This is even more ridiculous when one considers the justification utilized by police departments for acquiring such unnecessary equipment: safety of police and violent crime. Why is this an incredibly ludicrous justification? Well, as the New York Times and others reported in May of this year, violent crime is at a 40-year low nationwide. In populations under 10,000, the number of homicides dropped by over 25% last year alone, which totally nullifies the justification given by small town police departments who gladly accept this equipment. Yet Bill Hutton, sheriff of Washington County, Minnesota, which has a population of 238,136 according to the 2010 census, purchased a $237,000 BearCat a month ago with a federal grant. He has also obtained grants to purchase a 3-foot-tall $70,000 robot and a $75,000 riverboat and claims that the BearCat has already been used in a kidnapping situation. He claims that the BearCat allowed the SWAT team to recover the victim safely while “Previously, we would have pulled up in a van, which would not have protected anybody or anything.” Another official, Bill Partridge, Chief of Police of the 50-person police department in Oxford, Alabama, cited cost savings as justification for his pursuit of the 1033 program. Partridge says that his department has acquired equipment worth $2-3 million over the past several years, regardless of the fact that his jurisdiction includes only 14,592 people according to the 2000 census. He says that they have received M-16 assault rifles, infrared goggles mounted to helmets, four inspection robots operated by remote-control, not to mention a $270,000 mobile command unit and a “Puma” armored tactical vehicle. Partridge says that his department is on the website trying to get the gear on a “weekly or daily” basis, regardless of the fact that it is outright laughable for such a small police department to have an arsenal more suited to a military unit than a small town police department. This is just a microcosmic example of the larger trend towards turning our domestic police force, which is supposed to protect and serve, into a domestic military force to be used against the American people. As I have previously pointed out, this is a move toward de facto martial law, which means that martial law would never have to be formally declared since the police could act as military forces instead of actually having to roll out the military. Of course, S.1867 would erase that need as it would indeed spell the end of the Posse Comitatus Act by allowing the military to capture and indefinitely detain American citizens without charge or trial. Furthermore, under 1301 it would allow any American citizen to be transferred to any foreign country or foreign entity, allowing for torture or extrajudicial execution. Lynch of the Cato Institute, seems to agree with my assessment in telling The Daily, “[Acquiring military hardware has] kind of had a corrupting influence on the culture of policing in America. The dynamic is that you have some officer go to the chief and say, people in [the] next county have [military equipment], if we don’t take it some other city will. Then they acquire the equipment, they create a paramilitary unit, and everything seems fine.” “But then one or two years pass. They say, look we’ve got this equipment, this training and we haven’t been using it. That’s where it starts to creep into routine policing,” Lynch added. Lynch and others point to the many incidents of SWAT teams, which have become outright paramilitary forces, have injured or even slaughtered totally innocent people. Take, for instance, earlier this year when a grandfather of 12, who was not even suspected of any wrongdoing, was “accidentally” murdered by a SWAT team member in Framingham, Massachusetts. He was described by neighbors as the “nicest guy in the world,” and the search warrant was not even the targeted at the man, named Eurie Stamps, Sr. Another example that comes to mind is Jose Guerena, father and ex-U.S. Marine, who was literally liquefied by a SWAT team that was carrying out a wholly unconstitutional search warrant on his home that was not directed at any particular person, made no mention of his home, and instead was targeted at anyone who happened to be inside the residence. The Cato Institute has compiled a fantastic interactive map showing the disturbing amount of botched paramilitary police and SWAT team raids across the United States which you can find here. From the few thousand raids per year in the 1980s, the number of raids conducted by SWAT teams has made a staggering rise to 50,000 per year in the 2000s, and with each raid there is the real possibility of innocent people being slaughtered for no reason at all. Yet there are some – in reality far too little – in the law enforcement community speaking out against this trend. Joseph McNamara, the former Chief of Police in Kansas City, Missouri and San Jose, California, said, “It’s totally contrary to what we think is good policing, which is community policing. The profile of these military police units invading a neighborhood like the occupation army is contrary to what you want to do as a police department. You want the public to feel comfortable calling you to report crime and supporting you in working against crime and coming forward as witnesses.” “The idea that some police have that by being really super tough and military and carrying military weapons is a way to prevent crime — this is false,” McNamara added. “We have a lot of evidence on how to prevent crime and the major component is to win support for police, that we’re not this aloof occupation army.” I find his choice of words to be disturbingly accurate. What we are seeing is indeed an “aloof occupation army” that is treating us like enemy combatants in a war zone and if S.1867 is put into action it will become an explicit reality. Arthur Rizer, a lawyer in Virginia who has served as both a military and civilian police officer, also made a fantastic point in asking the following question, “If we’re training cops as soldiers, giving them equipment like soldiers, dressing them up as soldiers, when are they going to pick up the mentality of soldiers?” “If you look at the police department, their creed is to protect and to serve. A soldier’s mission is to engage his enemy in close combat and kill him. Do we want police officers to have that mentality? Of course not,” he added. Of course this is exactly what we are seeing, police thinking that they are somehow above the law or a military force that is there to intimidate, control and oppress, instead of protect and serve. The greater trend towards militarizing domestic police forces shows that our illegitimate government is increasingly treating all Americans as the enemy, effectively turning the bloody military “counterterrorism” apparatus around and redirecting the resources to the United States. Seeing how the so-called “war on terror” has affected foreign nations, I don’t think that any sane American who actually keeps up on the news would be comfortable with having that machine turned back towards us. More at EndtheLie.com - http://EndtheLie.com/2011/12/05/the-pentagon%e2%80%99s-1033-program-giving-free-military-equipment-to-police-departments-around-the-u-s/#ixzz1k911zA6l
Join Occupy Congress for the Largest Occupy Protest on January 17th
Date & Time of Event
January 17, 2012
Location of Event
Mega Bus – Low cost travel service that has a stop in DC. Currently giving away 200,000 free trips with a coupon code.
Occupy Bus – Grassroots bus sharing effort
Details by region
For people who live in the immediate Philly to D.C. corridor (Philly, Wilmington, Baltimore, or nearby towns): If you’re in need of a FREE ride-share with other protestors to D.C. OR if you can offer a FREE ride-share to D.C. please do the following: First, list yourself on our Ride Buzz page. Second, if you have not gotten any response by January 15th, please send an e-mail with your town/city name to OccupyCongressJ17@gmail.com and we may be able to pick you up. Otherwise, please come by bus which is extremely cheap.
For people who live in NY/NJ and NEW ENGLAND: The best way to get to DC is by bus, which is very cheap. We have confirmation of many, many people coming from NYC and Boston. If you live in or near Hartford, CT, they are trying to plan a solidarity event at the state capitol. The same may happen in Providence, RI, too. If you live in the New Haven, CT area, there are only a limited number of seats left on the Occupy Bus, so reserve now.
For people who live on the WEST COAST: There are groups of protestors coming to DC via bus. If you live in the L.A. or San Diego region, there’s a large group going on the Road2Congress.com. There are also plans in L.A. for a solidarity event at Congressman Becerra’s Office, and in Oakland at the City Council. Oregon is also planning solidarity events. Most people from the Pacific Northwest who are coming to DC are coming by flight.
For people who live in the SOUTHEAST and SOUTH-CENTRAL: In most cases, the best way to get to DC is by bus. We have multiple groups coming to D.C. from all different parts of Florida, including Miami. Get in touch with your local occupation to see if they have people going. For those who live in Tennessee, there is a planned protest at the state capitol. For those who live in Texas, there may be a solidarity action in Austin. For those who live in New Mexico, there will be a protest in Albuquerque. For those living in NC, SC, GA and VA, many people from here are busing to D.C.
For people who live in the PLAINS or MIDWEST: We encourage you to bus in. We are trying to organize solidarity events with Occupy Caucuses in Des Moines, Iowa and events in Chicago, IL, and Pierre, SD. Madison, WI may also have a solidarity event, too.
For CANADIANS and EUROPEANS: In Canada, we have buses available from Montreal, Quebec. There are solidarity protests happening at the Canadian Parliament on the days preceding #J17. In Europe, we have plans for a solidarity event in Oslo, Norway on #J17, and a major sister event in Spain shortly after #J17. Solidarity protests in London, likely, too.
For ANYONE not mentioned above: Please act in solidarity wherever you are. We have gotten solidarity support from Tahrir Square in Egypt, and from across the world. If you want to come to D.C. but can’t afford to, you can set up a We Pay account and we will Tweet out for supporters to help fund you.
Can be set up at McPherson Square. If there’s not enough room for everyone, we will try setting tents up in a nearby over-flow park.
Churches may be able to help with some lodging. We are still planning this out.
Try various couch surfing websites to find people in the D.C. area who are willing to host for free or be a host yourself.
Hostelling International: Co-ed dorm room beds are $29/night for members.
Media/Press: The U.S. Capitol has special rules for commercial media and press. Please review the guidelines here: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/special_events.php. For Press inquiries, please e-mail Media@OccupyYourCongress.info.
Medical: Medics will attend the event to ensure the health and safety of everyone. If you would like to get involved with the Medic team, please e-mail Medical@OccupyYourCongress.info.
Legal: Legal observers and lawyers will also be present at the event. If you would like to get involved with the Legal team, please e-mail Legal@OccupyYourCongress.info.
Rest Areas: There will be Porta Potties on site.
You can visit the official Occupy Congress site for more information at: occupyyourcongress.info
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After that, take note of where the main camera on the roof of the Sky Watch tower (pictured above) is pointed. (Hint: It’s at Zuccotti Park!)
photo credit: Tam Turse
- Bomb civilians
- Wiretap the internet
- Prop up the banks
- Let the Gulf Coast die
- Appease the Right
- Bully the Left
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I know Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement, but can we work on a proxy to work with us and defeat the democratic and republican candidates?
Oct. 22, 2011
A 21-year-old Occupy Wall Street demonstrator caused quite the ruckus early this morning, when he scaled a 70-foot sculpture in New York’s Zuccotti Park, refusing to come down until Mayor Michael Bloomberg resigned.
Dylan Farenhorst Spaelstra of Canada climbed the park’s signature red sculpture around 6 a.m. He sat on a metal platform for three hours, with his feet dangling, as police cleared the surrounding area and tried to talk him down.
Around 9 a.m., Spaelstra was seen descending the sculpture in a police crane, looking jovial, with his arm around the officer who helped him down.
Once on the ground, Spaelstra was placed in handcuffs and transported to Bellevue Hospital, where he was to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to a police spokesman.
“We call this an aided case when we’re dealing with an emotionally disturbed person,” the spokesman told ABCNews.com. “We don’t know yet whether charges will be brought against him.”
This is so stupid— they make it seem like he was about to commit siucide from a 70 foot cliff, when in reality all he did was simply sit in protest. That thing is simple to climb and he is barely 30 feet off of the ground. I know plenty of people at KHS that go bridge/cliff jumping off of ledges even bigger than that. There is no need for a psychiatric evaluation at some hospital. And there is no reason to treat him like he is mentally insane. Simply charge him with the fine or whatever that you would charge anyone else and let him go back to protesting.
Could Occupy Wall Street be infiltrated by political groups?
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Occupy Wall Street has invaded Lower Manhattan with tens of thousands of demonstrators. The demonstration has been peaceful and yesterday several influential Unions have made the demonstration a forced to be reckoned with. Many critics believe the Unions being involved could cause the movement to be used as a political tool. Andrew Gavin Marshall, project manager for ThePeoplesBookProject.com, tells give shares his concerns.
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