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Where are the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement? It’s two-party presidential campaign, stupid!

Three years ago, the Tea Party seemed to be everywhere in the psychic of the US society. This party kept criticizing Obama policies for supporting multinational financial institutions, expanding the Federal government spending, failing to deal with budget deficit…and went too far into exhibiting racist tendencies.

The Tea Party was the spearhead into bringing back the Republicans as majority into the House of representatives. It’s “authority figures” were represented by Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Randal Paul…As the Republican regained majority in the House, the Tea Party receded into oblivion…and since then, the Republican Party maintained a sizeable distance with the Tea Party programs…

The same phenomenon occurred with the Occupy Wall Street movement that protested against Multinational financial corporations resuming their old habit of doing business, not paying the proper taxes, and bringing the country back to another recession…

In this presidential campaign, the Republican Party is in no mood to suffer moderates, and is proposing radical right programs: Senator Mark Rubio and South Carolina governor joined Mitt Romney…

The Democrats do not suffer conservative tendencies in its ranks.

And the struggle will be fierce during election time, to revert back to continuing “old-time well oiled” US policies as usual, of maintaining the 1%  richest citizens grabbing 40% of national wealth, and keeping 20% of the population under poverty level, no matter what…

Note: Post inspired from the weekly piece by Hisham Melhem to the daily Lebanese Al Nahar

Part 1. Israel “occupying” USA domestic security agencies? How this Israelification is insidious?

Margaret Flowers posted on Dec. 4, 2011 under “The Israelification of America domestic security”.

This lengthy article describes how the State of Israel and its various lobbies in the USA have infiltrated US domestic security agencies and have taken root through sponsored trips to attending various programs within Israel security agencies and services. 

I had to split the article into two parts after minor rearrangement. 

I didn’t think much comments were necessary and the article could fall within the rubric “NO COMMENT“. 

The first part is on how Israel is breaking up the Occupy Wall Street protests.

Collaboration between US and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.

Training alongside the US police departments and internal security apparatus at Urban Shield was theYamam, an Israeli Border Police unit that claims to specialize in “counter-terror” operations. 

Actually, the Yamam is better known for its extra-judicial assassinations of Palestinian militant leaders and its long record of repression and abuses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israel cooperation unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed.

The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news report that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses.

This insidious “cooperation” has never been the subject of a national discussion.

“The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed “counter-terror” measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life.

Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement.

Karen Greenberg, director of Fordham School of Law’s Center on National Security and a leading expert on terror and civil liberties, said the Israeli influence on American law enforcement is so extensive it has bled into street-level police conduct.

“After 9/11, we reached out to the Israelis on many fronts and one of those fronts was torture. The training in Iraq and Afghanistan on torture was Israeli training. There’s been a huge downside to taking our cue from the Israelis and now we’re going to spread that into the fabric of everyday American life? 

Israel’s counter-terrorism creep. And it’s exactly what you could have predicted would have happened.

After 9/11 we had to react very quickly, but now we’re in 2011 and we’re not talking about people who want to fly planes into buildings. We’re talking about young American citizens who feel that their birthright has been sold.

If we’re using Israeli style tactics on them and this stuff bleeds into the way we do business at large, were in big trouble.”

Through its Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP), the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) claims to have arranged Israeli-led training sessions for over 9,000 American law enforcement officials at the federal, state and municipal level. Richard Fuentes, the NJ State Police Superintendent, said after attending a 2004 JINSA:

“The Israelis changed the way we do business regarding homeland security in New Jersey.” Fuentes was part of a sponsored Israel trip and a subsequent JINSA conference alongside 435 other law enforcement officers.

A few of the police chiefs who have taken part in JINSA’s LEEP program have done so under the auspices of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a private non-governmental group with close ties to the Department of Homeland Security.

Chuck Wexler, the executive director of PERF, was so enthusiastic about the program that by 2005 he had begun organizing trips to Israel, sponsored by PERF, bringing numerous high-level American police officials to receive instruction from their Israeli counterparts.

What were the immediate benefits?

PERF gained notoriety when Wexler confirmed that his group coordinated police raids in 16 cities across America against “Occupy” protest encampments. As many as 40 cities have sought PERF advice on suppressing the “Occupy” movement and other mass protest activities. Wexler did not respond to my requests for an interview.

Margaret Flowers wrote:

“the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department turned parts of the campus of the University of California in Berkeley into an urban battlefield. The occasion was Urban Shield 2011, an annual SWAT team exposition organized to promote “mutual response,” collaboration and competition between heavily militarized police strike forces representing law enforcement departments across the United States and foreign nations.

At the time, the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was preparing for an imminent confrontation with the nascent “Occupy” movement that had set up camp in downtown Oakland, and would demonstrate the brunt of its repressive capacity against the demonstrators a month later when it attacked the encampment with teargas and rubber bullet rounds, leaving an Iraq war veteran in critical condition and dozens injured.

According to Police Magazine, (a law enforcement trade publication):  “Law enforcement agencies responding to…Occupy protesters in northern California credit Urban Shield for their effective teamwork.”

Urban Shield also featured a unit from the military of Bahrain, which had just crushed a largely non-violent democratic uprising by opening fire on protest camps and arresting wounded demonstrators when they attempted to enter hospitals.

While the involvement of Bahraini soldiers in the drills was a novel phenomenon, the presence of quasi-military Israeli police – whose participation in Urban Shield was not reported anywhere in US media – reflected a disturbing and all-too-common feature of the post-9/11 American security landscape.

Having been schooled in Israeli tactics, and perfected during a 63-year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous Palestinian population, local US police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities.

Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people.

The process of Israel’s insidious meddling in US domestic security began in the immediate wake of 9/11, when national panic led federal and municipal law enforcement officials to beseech Israeli security honchos for “advice and training”.

America’s Israel lobby exploited the climate of hysteria, providing thousands of top cops with all-expenses paid trips to Israel and stateside training sessions with Israeli military and intelligence officials. Police chiefs of major American cities who have not been on junkets to Israel are the exception.

US Capitol Police Chief  Terrance W. Gainer said:

“Israel is the Harvard of antiterrorism...” 

Cathy Lanier, the Chief of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police, said: 

“No experience in my life has had more of an impact on doing my job than going to Israel.”

Barnett Jones, the police chief of Ann Arbor, Michigan, said of Israel: “One would say it is the front line. We’re in a global war.”

Note: You may read the follow-up post https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/part-2-israel-occupy-usa-domestic-security-agencies-how-insiduous-is-this-invasion/

Occupy Wall Street movement: What happened in San Francisco?

Occupy Wall Street movement is covering almost all the US States and has vigorously spread to every European States.  This movement is unstoppable and will feed from the experience of the hundreds of sit-ins and marches around the developed States where liberal capitalism has impoverished the people for the benefit of 1% of the elite classes in every State.

I am disseminating this story of what happened in San Francisco:

“Last night, San Francisco Police officers showed up at Occupy San Francisco for the first hostile altercation that the SF movement has had with cops, and among the first police crackdowns on the larger Occupy Wall Street movement. The encampment was cleared of tents and supplies, but protesters remained at the site and the incident could serve to broaden the movement and strengthen its resolve.

Around 9:30 pm, a police officer pulled up in an unmarked car and, with little comment, distributed fliers amongst the approximately 200 protesters, camped out in front of the Federal Reserve building at 101 Market Street, where I was camping with the protesters and reporting a story for next week’s The Guardian.

The fliers stated that we were in “violation of one or more of the following local ordinances or State laws,” and listed six laws, including open flames on a city street without a permit, lodging in a public place, preparing or serving food without a permit, and violating the city’s sit/lie ordinance. The order did not look legitimate, as it did not include an author, a timeline for the police action, or any dates. The atmosphere turned tense as protesters tried to decide how to react.

The camp had substantial infrastructure at this point, with a kitchen area, medical tent, supplies tent, tech area, and about 20 other tents for meeting and for lodging. The kitchen was largely set up by Food Not Bombs and had a propane-powered stove. Kitchen committee members immediately turned off the stove and closed the kitchen upon receipt of the notice, eliminating any open flames and serving of food.

A general assembly was called and emotions ran high as protesters fleshed out the intricacies of nonviolent protest, resistance, and the consensus-based decision-making system, which had served them so well in past weeks, when faced with a more urgent and high-stakes situation. Despite anger and disagreements, the group vowed to remain nonviolent.

A call was put out via Twitter, Facebook, email, and phone for supporters to come to the scene. Within a half hour, at least 100 more people had come, including members of Occupy Oakland, which just began this week.

Around 11 pm, about 60 cops showed up as well as four Department of Public Works trucks. The cops stood on the far side of Main Street, seemingly awaiting orders. Thirty minutes later, one protester, Alexandra List, told the General Assembly that she had spoken to the commanding officer, Captain Charlie Orkes. Orkes told her that if the camp and all the food, equipment, and other items that the camp had amassed were not completely removed in 30 minutes, they would arrest everyone.

Some protesters sprang to action taking down tents, while others discussed the possibility of risking arrest. It was unclear what would happen to confiscated items and for many travelers and homeless individuals currently living and organizing at the camp: They risked losing most or all of their personal belongings. All the tents were taken down, but the stuff was not removed. The camp had been receiving truckloads of donations per day, and finding a vehicle and destination to transport it all was difficult.

Fear and anticipation mingled with the excitement of having so much support and interest, locally and around the country. One protester, Zaigham Kabir of Oakland, said “There’s been a lot of confusion. It looks like a couple hundred people just came here. I also heard that there’s 10,000 people watching on livestream right now.”

Sup. John Avalos – the only mayoral candidate to take part in last week’s rally and march – came to the site around 12:40 am. He spoke several times with Capt. Orkes and also reportedly called Police Chief Greg Suhr in an attempt to mediate the situation and protect the protesters. He was the only supervisor or mayoral candidate to arrive on the scene.

Around 1 am, protesters saw cops put on riot gear and bring out batons. They then marched up Main to Market and formed a line around the remainder of the physical encampment, blocking protesters from their belongings. As protesters sat on the ground, imploring the cops to leave their things alone and chanting “Join Us! You’re the 99 percent too!” DPW workers loaded everything into five trucks. Tubs of food were spilled on the ground as they dismantled the kitchen, taking donated food, water. and supplies (there was so much food in the kitchen that only hours before, protesters had begun turning away food donations).

It was 1:45 am when protesters began taking to the streets to block the trucks. About 20 ran in front of the line of trucks to link arms and stacked wooden pellets, which had been used to elevate the camp during the rain, to form a barricade. One man lay down in front of the truck, smiling with his banjo in hand. They yelled, “That’s not trash! Don’t throw it away!”

Soon, about 250 protesters were linking arms, surrounding the line of trucks. A few brought over municipal trash cans and road blocks to form a barricade around the perimeter.

Throughout the night, many protesters reported conflicted expressions on officers’ faces. One such officer stood now in front of a truck with an American flag that had flown in the camp, still valiantly flying from its post in the DWP truck-bed garbage heap.

Eventually, the trucks backed out of the circle and began driving down Main Street, as protesters ran to try to stand, sit, and lie in front of them. While trying to remove the protesters, one woman was hit and pushed and another man was beaten down and reportedly kneed in the stomach. There was one arrest. It has been reported that the officer responsible for most of this behavior was Officer Pascua, who apparently said to several protesters, including Dylan Brignon of Fremont, “I can’t wait til I get the chance to beat your faces in.

The Guardian has called Chief Suhr, Mayor Ed Lee, and the SFPD and is awaiting a statement on the tactics and decision to raid the camp.

The trucks made it out of there by about 2:30 am. About 50 cops and 100 protesters remained in a standoff on Main and Market, and protesters chanted, sang, and held a large sign reading “We love you” and police stayed in a silent line, batons in hand.

By 3 am, protesters had regrouped. All of the structure was gone, but the occupation was still there. Protesters pledged to remain indefinitely despite the night’s events, and to continue to grow. Around 4 am, some cops returned to the site, and throughout the night there were seven or eight police cars circling the block at all times.

Protesters awoke this morning to a dozen or so police officers guarding the Federal Reserve building. There had already been donations of money, blankets and sleeping bags at 3 am in response to the events, and at 7 am the first food donation since raid came in and the protesters ate a free breakfast.

Said Kabir, “The fact is, we’re all here in solidarity. We’re still here. And we’re not leaving.”

Note: You may read the Official statement on https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/occupy-wall-street-is-statement-official/


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