Who Do the White Shirt Police Report
to at Occupy Wall Street Protests?

Financial Giants Put New York City Cops On Their Payroll

by PAM MARTENS

New York "White Shirts" in the employ of Chase-Manhattan and other big Wall Street firms beating up protesters outside the New York Stock Exchange.


PREFACE

The ultra-rich have now conferred upon themselves the authority to use the New York City Police force as a PRIVATE security army under their DIRECT CONTROL possessing the power to arrest and jail their opponents - meaning the poor of the earth who rise up to challenge the elite's claim to the wealth of the world. The arrogance of the ultra-rich in doing this is breath-taking, and gives evidence to what the Apostle Paul said of them:

"... they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

"For the love of money is the root of ALL evil ..." (I Tim. 6:9-10)

The Apostle Peter was even more damning of those who desire wealth (i.e., who are covetous):

"They are wells without water, clouds that are carried (about) with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever." (2 Pet. 2:17)

And yet these are the very people that the leaders of today's evangelical church have chosen to identify themselves with. [Please see our articles, "Capitalism and Christianity" and "Capitalists of Chaos."]

-- Antipas

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Videos are springing up across the internet showing uniformed members of the New York Police Department in white shirts (as opposed to the typical NYPD blue uniforms) pepper spraying and brutalizing peaceful, non-threatening protestors attempting to take part in the Occupy Wall Street marches. Corporate media are reporting that these white shirts are police supervisors as opposed to rank and file. However, recently discovered documents suggest something else may be at work here.

Video of "White Shirts" beating up protesters on Wall Street; these cops are part of the NYC's so-called "Paid Detail Unit" that allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations to order up a flank of New York's finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami on rye. [Please see our article, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War against the Poor."]

If you're a Wall Street behemoth, there are endless opportunities to privatize profits and socialize losses beyond collecting trillions of dollars in bailouts from taxpayers. One of the ingenious methods that has remained below the public's radar was started by the Rudy Giuliani administration in New York City in 1998. It's called the Paid Detail Unit and it allows the New York Stock Exchange and Wall Street corporations, including those repeatedly charged with crimes, to order up a flank of New York's finest with the ease of dialing the deli for a pastrami on rye.

The corporations pay an average of $37 an hour (no medical, no pension benefit, no overtime pay) for a member of the NYPD, with gun, handcuffs - and the ability to arrest. The officer is indemnified by the taxpayer, not the corporation.

NOTE: Think about that! The "White Shirts" - who are acting in the employ of PRIVATE Wall Street firms - have the power to arrest. This is something brand new in the "policing of America," and conveys on the ultra-rich the ability to use what amounts to be a "private police force" to police its enemies.

Police armed with submachine guns guarding the New York Stock Exchange. The protesters have not been allowed to even approach the building, although the building is plainly located on a public street.

New York City gets a 10 percent administrative fee on top of the $37 per hour paid to the police. The City's 2011 budget called for $1,184,000 in Paid Detail fees, meaning private corporations were paying wages of $11.8 million to police participating in the Paid Detail Unit. The program has more than doubled in revenue to the city since 2002.

The taxpayer has paid for the training of the rent-a-cop, his uniform and gun, and will pick up the legal tab for lawsuits stemming from the police personnel following illegal instructions from its corporate master. Lawsuits have already sprung up from the program.

When the program was first rolled out, one insightful member of the NYPD posted the following on a forum:

"... regarding the officer working for, and being paid by, some of the richest people and organizations in the City, if not the world, enforcing the mandates of the private employer, and in effect, allowing the officer to become the Praetorian Guard of the elite of the City. And now corruption is no longer a problem. Who are they kidding?"

... Other Wall Street firms that are known to have used the Paid Detail Unit include Goldman Sachs, the World Financial Center complex which houses financial firms ...

The New York Stock Exchange is the building in front of which the Occupy Wall Street protesters have unsuccessfully tried to protest, being herded behind metal barricades, clubbed with night sticks, kicked in the face and carted off to jail rather than permit Wall Street itself to be defiled with citizen chants and posters.

A sample of those politically inconvenient posters and chants:

  • "This is what democracy looks like:" Protesters at Zuccotti Park holding a "People's Forum"

    "The corrupt are afraid of us; the honest support us; the heroic join us."

  • "Tell me what democracy looks like, this is what democracy looks like." [Meaning the protesters at Zuccotti Park.]

  • "I'll believe a corporation is a person when Texas executes one." [This sign refers to the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, giving corporations First Amendment personhood, which allows them to spend unlimited amounts of money in elections.]

On September 8, 2004, Robert Britz, then President and Co-Chief Operating Officer of the New York Stock Exchange, testified as follows to the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services:

"...we have implemented new hiring standards requiring former law enforcement or military backgrounds for the security staff...We have established a 24-hour NYPD Paid Detail monitoring the perimeter of the data centers...We have implemented traffic control and vehicle screening at the checkpoints. We have installed fixed protective planters and movable vehicle barriers."

Military backgrounds? Paid NYPD 24-7? Checkpoints? Vehicle barriers? ...

In his testimony, the NYSE executive Britz states that "we" did this or that while describing functions that clearly belong to the City of New York. The New York Stock Exchange at that time had not yet gone public and was owned by those who had purchased seats on the exchange - primarily, the largest firms on Wall Street. Did the NYSE simply give itself police powers to barricade streets and set up checkpoints with rented cops? How about clubbing protesters on the sidewalk?

NOTE: That is exactly what the ultra-rich who control the New York Stock Exchange did - confer upon themselves the power to barricade PUBLIC streets and set up checkpoints with rented cops - again, with the power to arrest. This kind of naked power grab by the ultra-rich gives evidence - if any was really needed - as to the extent the ultra-rich have arrogated bare, brutal police power unto themselves. And these are the people that Christians have allied themselves? YES! - these are the people!!

NY city police - acting at the behest of the banks and other Wall Street firms - setting up barricades around the stock exchange to keep the away.

Just six months before NYSE executive Britz' testimony to a congressional committee, his organization was being sued in the Supreme Court of New York County for illegally taking over public streets with no authority to do so. This action had crippled the business of a parking garage, Wall Street Garage Parking Corp., the plaintiff in the case. Judge Walter Tolub said in his opinion that -

"...a private entity, the New York Stock Exchange, has assumed responsibility for the patrol and maintenance of truck blockades located at seven intersections surrounding the NYSE...no formal authority appears to have been given to the NYSE to maintain these blockades and/or conduct security searches at these checkpoints...the closure of these intersections by the NYSE is tantamount to a public nuisance...The NYSE has yet to provide this court with any evidence of an agreement giving them the authority to maintain the security perimeter and/or conduct the searches that their private security force conducts daily. As such, the NYSE's actions are unlawful and may be enjoined as they violate plaintiff's civil rights as a private citizen." ...

Wall Street lawyers appealed the case, and won - essentially giving private wall street firms the ability to control the streets around Wall Street and the stock exchange.

NOTE: Very obviously, the collusion between the judiciary in NYC (especiaaly its appellate divisions) and the big Wall Street firms was on display here for all to see. Sadly, this is exactly the kind of collusion that America's churches have entered into with America's ultra-rich. [Please see our article, "The Rich Have Seized Control of the Church."]

We may be learning a lot more in the future about the tactics Wall Street and the NYPD have deployed against the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The highly regarded Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has filed a class action lawsuit over the approximately 700 arrests made on the Brooklyn Bridge on October 1.

The organization was founded by Carl Messineo and Mara Verheyden-Hilliard. The Washington Post has called them "the constitutional sheriffs for a new protest generation."

The suit names Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly, the City of New York, 30 unnamed members of the NYPD, and, provocatively, 10 unnamed law enforcement officers not employed by the NYPD.

Protesters trying to cross the Brooklyn Bridge: note the presence of the "White Shirts."

The lawsuit lays out what has been curtailing the constitutional rights of protestors for a very long time in New York City:

"As seen in the movements for social change in the Middle East and Europe, all movements for social justice, jobs, and democracy need room to breathe and grow and it is imperative that there be a halt to law enforcement actions used to shut down mass assembly and free expression of the people seeking to redress grievances...

"After escorting and leading a group of demonstrators and others well out onto the Brooklyn Bridge roadway, the NYPD suddenly and without warning curtailed further forward movement, blocked the ability of persons to leave the Bridge from the rear, and arrested hundreds of protestors in the absence of probable cause. This was a form of entrapment, both illegal and physical.

"That the trap and detain mass arrest was a command-level-driven intentional and calculated police operation is evidenced by the fact that the law enforcement officials who led the demonstration across the bridge were command officials, known as 'white shirts.' "

In April 2001, I was arrested and incarcerated by the NYPD while peacefully handing out flyers on a public sidewalk outside of the Citigroup shareholders meeting - flyers that warned of growing corruption inside the company. (The unlawful merger of Travelers Group and Citibank created Citigroup and resulted in the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, the depression era investor protection legislation that barred depositor banks from merging with high-risk Wall Street firms. Many of us from social justice groups in New York City had protested against the repeal but were out-maneuvered by Wall Street's political pawns in Washington.)

Out of a group of about two dozen protestors ... I was the only person arrested. There was no civil disobedience occurring ... Chained to a metal bar inside the police precinct, I was grilled on any crimes I might know about. I responded that the only crimes I knew about were listed on the flyer and apparently, in New York City, one gets arrested for disclosing crimes by Wall Street firms.

A mysterious, mature, white shirted inspector who ordered my arrest on the sidewalk, and refused to give his first name, disappeared from the police report when it was filed, blaming the arrest instead on a young police officer. Citigroup is only alive today because the Federal government inserted a feeding tube into Citigroup and infused over $2 trillion in loans, direct investment and guarantees as the company veered toward collapse.

The NYPD at the time of my arrest was run by Bernard Kerik - the man President George W. Bush later sent to Iraq to be the interim Interior Minister and train Iraqi police.

NOTE: One should take very careful note of this fact: THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW EMPLOYING THE SAME GOONS AGAINST AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT IT USES TO "POLICE" AND BRUTALIZE ITS CLIENT-STATES.


Kerik as a decorated NYC Police officer; Kerik being appointed to take control of all "police functions" in Iraq; Kerik in Iraq. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN BRUTALIZING THE PEOPLE OF IRAQ ARE NOW BRUTALIZING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

The President subsequently nominated Kerik to head the Department of Homeland Security for the entire nation. The nation was spared of that eventuality only because of an illegal nanny popping up. Today, Kerik is serving a four year sentence in Federal prison for a variety of criminal acts.

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries


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