By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News, 11/26/11
…Today, in the Land of the Free, nonviolent political protesters using their First Amendment rights to speak out against all of the above can be beaten, tasered, and maced by heavily-militarized police forces, using military-grade equipment, without any provocation.
from “Battlefield Tampa: Police roll out a giant tank to deal with a few dozen Occupy protesters,” The Daily, 11/19/11
* Students sitting down in the quad at UC Davis were covered with military-grade pepper spray, before cops in riot gear knelt on them and sprayed indiscriminately down student’s throats according to Professor Nathan Brown of UC Davis.
scene from video at UC Davis following pepper spray use against sitting demonstrators
* At UC Berkeley, Robert Hass, a former poet laureate, was clubbed by police while nonviolently protesting with students.
* In Seattle, cops clad in riot gear pepper-sprayed an 84-year-old woman and an expectant mother.
* In Oakland, veterans who served overseas to allegedly protect the rights we hold dear come home and get aggressively beaten without warning, and shot in the face with tear-gas canisters. Oakland police even threw a flash-bang grenade at people rushing to give medical attention to the wounded vet….
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has openly admitted that the recent police crackdowns on Occupy Wall Street solidarity encampments were the result of careful coordination between mayors on a series of conference calls. There are also reports that the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI gave advice on the crackdowns, encouraging municipalities to deploy large numbers of police, equip them with riot gear, and break up encampments when the media were least likely to be present. Reports from New York allege that reporters were asked to raise their hand if they had press credentials, before being penned in an area far from the protests. Those trying to get through were arrested, and told that it was illegal to “take pictures on the sidewalk.”
…Mussolini said, “Fascism should be more accurately called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power.” It is Orwellian doublespeak to call this country “free” while freedom is actively suppressed with aid from a corporate-owned government. The people are not free if their leaders are actively making war with them.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, from newsobserver.com, 11/13/11
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