Doing everything he could to present what had happened in a favorable light, New York's billionaire mayor told an early morning audience that protesters at the two-month-old encampment were being evicted from the parks so that it could be cleaned, and they could come back after the cleaning, but under new tougher rules, including no tents, sleeping bags or tarps - which would, of course, effectively put an end to the encampment.
Hours later, the National Lawyers Guild obtained a court order allowing Occupy Wall Street protesters to return with tents to the park. Nonetheless, the park remained closed to protesters and surrounded by police barricades.
BLOOMBERG'S EFFORT MIRRORS
Mayor Bloomberg's effort to close down the "Occupy Wall Street" movement mirrors what's happening across the nation and is indicative of a coordinated effort by the elites to destroy the movement using BRUTAL police tactics.
Journalist David Walsh agrees. He reports that city governments and police across the US have greatly stepped up their attacks on Occupy movement encampments, and that it appears to be a coordinated effort. For example, over this past weekend alone, significant arrests or confrontations took place in Albany, New York; Portland, Oregon; Asheville, North Carolina; Gainesville, Florida; Springfield and St. Louis, Missouri; Fresno, California, Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Atlanta, Georgia and other cities. A major showdown continues to loom between protesters and authorities in Oakland, California. Police violence against students last Wednesday, vividly captured on video, has angered many in and around the campus of the University of California in Berkeley.
In DENVER, police tore down tents and forced protesters out of Civic City Park Saturday night, claiming that their belongings were blocking city sidewalks. According to Occupy Denver, 21 protesters were arrested. Organizers reported:
"Crowds were pepper sprayed, shot with pepper balls and rubber 'less-lethal' rounds, and beaten with batons and fists. Street medics treated many injuries (yet again) and our legal observers reported many gross attacks on individuals, some not even affiliated with the demonstrations."
When fellow protesters went to bail out those arrested, they were told that bond had been set but they were not allowed to free their comrades. The police stalled throughout the night, claiming at one point that the computer system had broken down.
Occupy Denver reported that Sunday morning, at a court hearing, "every single prisoner's bond was increased. Some prisoners saw their bonds increased by 3 to 5 times the amounts that they were at just hours ago. Felony assault charges were added to several of the arrestees, the ones (again, in an unsurprising move) who were the most injured or brutalized during their arrests."
NOTE: The increasing use by the police of "felony arrests" is - as we have noted on many previous occasions - an extremely ominous trend; that's because those charged with felonies come under the "three-strikes-and-you-are out" laws which could lead to a life sentence in prison. THINK ABOUT THAT! TODAY IN AMERICA, ONE CAN BE JAILED FOR LIFE FOR EXERCISING HIS FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.
In ALBANY, New York Saturday night state police jailed 24 protesters on the grounds that they were violating an 11 pm curfew in state-owned Lafayette Park. Attorney Robert Magee, a member of Occupy Albany's legal working group, told the media: "It's a tragedy that people in the state of New York cannot exercise their First Amendment rights in a public park." Protesters chanted "Shame on [Democratic Governor Andrew] Cuomo," as police made the arrests.
Anthropologist Bradley Russell, dressed in a Civil War uniform, was arrested earlier in the day in Albany for constructing a "freedom fort" in Lafayette Park "out of squares of foam board, packing tape, an image of the Bill of Rights and protest signs," according to the Albany Times Union.
Twenty-seven demonstrators were arrested Friday night in ST. LOUIS, after authorities ordered Occupy St. Louis to leave its encampment in Kiener Park. Protesters have been living in the park since October 1.
One of the protesters, according to stltoday.com, is Don Waltman of Monroe, Louisiana.
"Waltman never planned on being part of Occupy St. Louis. But the heavy equipment operator, who lost work after Hurricane Katrina, stopped here to visit the Arch, stumbled upon the protesters, identified with many of them, and stayed."
Occupy St. Louis has gone to court against the city, arguing that the enforcement of the park curfew violates free speech rights. A US District judge denied a request for a temporary order against the ordinance. A federal court will hear the case on Tuesday.
In SALT LAKE CITY Saturday night, according to an Occupy Salt Lake City press release, "scores of police from several different agencies occupied 400 South and 400 West outside of Pioneer Park to shut down the camping operations of Occupy SLC. Those wishing to remain steadfast in their belief in the meaning of occupying public space were arrested. Eighteen demonstrators were handcuffed and sent off to the county jail, while another demonstrator was released with a citation... Demonstrators from Occupy Park City, Occupy Ogden and Occupy Provo [all cities in Utah] were all present to support Occupy SLC as our camp was forced to shut down."
As police moved in and used heavy equipment to raze the camp, protesters chanted, "This is what a police state looks like."
The Occupy Salt Lake City press release further commented:
"The police are in front of us in these situations. They are the arms that bar us, but we are aware that they serve as a tool in the hands of politicians who serve corporate interests."
The press release announced a rally Monday outside the City County building.
NOTE: One has to take particular notice of the courage of those who dare to protest in conservative, Mormon-dominated Utah. The chances that they will be "cut a break" are very remote.
Nineteen people were arrested in ATLANTA'S Woodruff Park Saturday night, including two for remaining after closing time and 17 others charged with "obstructing traffic" after the crowd poured onto nearby streets.
"A large Atlanta police force including motorcycles, mounted police, officers on foot, a SWAT team in riot gear and a helicopter moved in aggressively and faced off with the marchers," Occupy Atlanta protest organizers explained in a statement. "Peace was maintained until a policeman on a motorcycle accelerated into a demonstrator."
In GAINESVILLE, Florida Friday night 20 people were issued notices to appear for trespassing after refusing to leave Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Three protesters were arrested and taken to jail. One of them, Annette Gilley, 58, said she was arrested for "being the public" in a public park.
On Friday, 6 more arrests in FRESNO, California brought the week's total to 54. Each night sheriff's deputies arrest those who camp out at the courthouse park. A city ordinance mandates the closure of the park at midnight. The protesters have been in the park for 33 days.
The Fresno Bee reports, "Occupiers and deputies are on friendly terms during the day, occupiers said. But come nightfall, 'the mood changes,' said Michaela Oranda, 27. 'We don't agree we should be pushed out.'"
Numerous arrests have occurred in ASHVILLE, North Carolina, including three more Friday at midnight, again on the specious grounds that protests were in violation of a curfew on city park property. The three jailed and released were all military veterans, aged 72, 25 and 41. An employee of the Asheville Police Department used her web page to denounce the protest for wanting "to preach their 'constitutional rights' to me," and an entry in a local blogger's web site suggested lynching the Occupy Asheville protesters: "Some people just need a hug... around the neck... with a rope."
In NASHVILLE, Tennessee a local newspaper has revealed that state troopers and Metro police officers conducted undercover operations to infiltrate Occupy Nashville in the days leading up to the arrests of 30 people in late October. The pretext here was the presence of illegal drugs and "lewd behavior." Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) troopers dressed in street clothes and mingled among the crowd, according to the documents disclosed by the Tennessean. One of the THP cops made the real purpose of such operations clear when he sent an email in mid-October: "If they start camping, I'm confident that a public health issue will soon develop. Then the Health Dept. can shut it down and we all look like the good guys."
So far, the attempt by the elites to shut down the "Occupy Movement" has relied on a variety of pretexts—ordinances against sleeping in city parks, alleged health and sanitation violations, unrelated crimes, etc.
NOTE: Despite what the mainline media (particularly FOX NEWS and Rupert Murdoch's New York Post) have led their viewers and readers to believe, occupy protesters in NYC have showed the absurdity of that charge with their own cleanup that turned the renamed Freedom Plaza (Zuccotti Park) into probably the cleanest park in New York City.
But the effort by the National Lawyers' Guild to neutralize these types of "sanitary" and "health" issues as reasons to shut down the Occupy Movement has the elites trembling in rage - LEAVING THEM NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE BUT TO BRAND THIS KIND OF DISSENT AS "TERRORISM" SO THAT THEY CAN BRING TO BEAR THE FULL WEIGHT OF POLICE POWER AGAINST THE PROTESTERS.
NOTE: The fact is, the use of "sanitary" and "health" reasons to shut down free speech in a public park is so "off beam," that the elites - in the end - have no alternative but elicit the charge of TERRORISM to silence their opponents.
In pursuit of this end, the elites are making every effort to enlist the full weight of the American military to neutralize the Occupy Movement. Reporting on this extremely ominous turn of events, Anti-Fascist Calling (AFC) cites a report by the American Civil Liberties Union that "Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as 'low level terrorism'."
According to the civil liberties' watchdog:
"Among the multiple-choice questions included in its Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness training course, the DoD asks the following: 'Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorist activity?'"
To answer correctly, the examinee must select "PROTESTS."
Yes, you read that correctly. The Pentagon has designed a training system that puts YOU in the crosshairs! And why not? Back in 2003 Mike Van Winkle, the spokesman for the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) said of antiwar demonstrators brutally attacked by riot cops at the Port of Oakland during a protest against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq,
"You can make an easy kind of a link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that's being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that [protest]. You can almost argue that a protest against that is a terrorist act."
OCCUPY WALL STREET
According to the Pentagon, these demonstrators are "terrorists" and should be treated as such.
AFC notes that this is pretty ironic coming from a sprawling bureaucracy currently engaged in two aggressive wars of conquest for whom dropping a proverbial dime on unsuspecting goat herders or wedding parties is a walk in the park! Not to mention Joint Special Operations Command's "executive assassination ring" operating out of the former Vice President's office, who without so much as a by-your-leave, bumped-off official regime enemies. This latest outrage follows a consistent pattern by the Pentagon that the ACLU has called "an egregious insult to constitutional values."
As if to put "teeth into its rhetoric," AFC reports, the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is now deployed inside the United States "under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the "service component" of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM).
U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is now deployed inside the United States.
Rep. Randy Cunningham is pictured here with televangelist Paul Crouch, chairman and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, or TBN, the world's largest Christian television network. Cunningham, a "Religious-Right" Republican from San Diego, was sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison after he admitted taking $2.4 million in bribes. The bribes were taken in exchange for helping executives obtain large contracts with the Defense De-partment and other federal agencies. He also demanded prostitutes as partial payment for his services. SADLY, CUNNINGHAM IS TYPICAL OF THE KIND OF "CHRISTIAN POLITICIAN" THAT THE EVANGELICAL CHURCH HAS "TEAMED UP WITH" IN RECENT YEARS TO "TAKE THE COUNTRY BACK FOR CHRIST."
CIFA was a veritable honey-pot for defense grifters such as Mitchell Wade, the notorious ex-chairman of MZM Inc. and his sidekick, disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), who was eventually imprisoned when a cash-and-hookers-for-contracts scandal surfaced.
Despite CIFA's shut-down last year, its TALON database (Threat and Local Observation Notices), which contained hundreds of files on antiwar activists, was shunted over to the FBI for safekeeping in its Guardian database, one component of the Bureau's massive Investigative Data Warehouse and the illegal collection of such intelligence on domestic dissidents continues unabated.
USA Today reports,
"The homeland security business is booming, and now it eclipses mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue."
And is likely to continue along that trajectory well into the future as new official enemies, particularly in the heimat come on-line.
"Specialists" in this lucrative market are former Special Operations soldiers or retired Military Intelligence, FBI or CIA officers who supplement their pensions by plowing the green pastures of the "antiterrorism training" industry. Indeed, there's even an industry association (one of several), the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP).
According to a blurb on the group's website, IACSP was formed to create a "center of information and educational services for those concerned about the challenges now facing all free societies" and "is open to anyone with a sincere professional interest in understanding the security threat posed by terrorism and related conflicts." The organization conducts seminars and publishes The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Magazine. IACSP partners include:
The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response (ITRR): Self-described as an "American and Israeli nonprofit corporation," ITRR market "Israeli and American experts" who provide "counter-terrorism training, seminars, and security specialization in dealing with threats such as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), suicide bombers, and other forms of international terror striking both the public and private sector." Their American-based "terror experts" conduct training seminars "in dealing with domestic terrorism and eco-terror groups, including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)." ITRR's Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) was created to provide "provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world." TAM-C's Ground Truth Network "leverages the ITRR's international contacts and sources to provide real-time intelligence from the field," while keeping "international corporations apprised of threats to their assets and personnel throughout the world." Partners include among others,
The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute (IEICI),
the Perelman Security Group (PSG)
Multi Tier Solutions (MTS), a firm licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, that provides "specialized consulting, field operations, specialized training, fusion center technology, intelligence management platforms." One shudders to think what activities fall under MTS' "field operations" brief!
NOTE: Sadly, the kind of lurid, anti-democratic activity that Israel has participated in with the United States in such organizations as the ITRR demeans Israel in a most profound way and gives evidence to the fact that Israel is today nothing more than a bootlicker to the American elites. [Please see our article, "Israel: In That Day There Shall Stand up a Root of Jesse That Shall Be an Ensign to the People."]
Henley-Putnam University: Describing itself as "the only online University that specializes exclusively in Intelligence, Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies," Henley-Putnam boasts that their faculty is comprised of "leaders in tradecraft from organizations such as the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service." Corporate partners include the Vienna, Virginia-based C2 Technologies, a firm specializing in "strategic human resources management, mission-critical outsourcing and information technology." The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre): based in Alexandria, Virginia the firm offers "in-depth and relevant education, training and analysis on counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security."
With a staff comprised of veteran Cold Warriors, CI Centre was founded in 1997 by David G. Major, "a retired, senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent." With tailored "core competencies" offered in counterintelligence strategy and tactics, understanding terrorism, economic espionage protection and the like, CI Centre boasts of a staff of instructors who are "seasoned veterans" from the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, Military Intelligence, State Department, Department of Justice, Canadian RCMP and Cuban DI." CI Centre is a corporate member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), an ultra-rightist outfit founded in 1975 by CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. AFIO was a critical behind-the-scenes player that worked to sabotage Watergate-era investigations of CIA crimes by the Church and Pike Committees. CTC International Group, Inc. (CTC): Self-described as "a private intelligence agency for the global business community," CTC International "is staffed primarily by former CIA officers" that "acts as a private intelligence organization for the legal and corporate communities."
David Atlee Phillips AKA Maurice Bishop was deeply involved in the assassination of President John Kennedy; he is reputed to have been the "handler" of Lee Harvey Oswald. Oswald was a CIA "Manchurian Candidate." [Please see our article, "MK-Ultra: The Search for the Manchurian Candidate."]
The Performance Institute (PI): A "private, nonpartisan think tank," PI conducts seminars and on-site training that provides "intensive, methodology-based courses" that "include step-by-step processes to improve organizational management capacity." PI's Law Enforcement brief includes training in "Law Enforcement Management, Use of Force, Homeland Security, Funding, Sex Offender Management, Narcotics, Emergency Preparedness and Technology."
THE QUESTION FOR CHRISTIANS TO CONSIDER IS WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAVE THE COURAGE ("GUTS") TO STAND UP AGAINST THIS MALEVOLENT (dare we say, CRIMINAL) BUREAUCRACY, AND THE AMERICAN ELITE'S EFFORT TO CRUSH THE POOR USING THE POLICE-POWERS OF THE STATE? — MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHETHER THEY WILL STAND BY AND ALLOW TODAY'S CHRISTIAN LEADERS TO LINK THE CHURCH WITH THIS KIND OF HORROR?
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