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    cop weighing 251 pounds beat a 115 pound barmaid knocking her to the floor with his fists and repeatedly kicking her for obeying the bar rules and not serving him more drinks Yet another disturbing aspect is that a minority of citizens will justify each act of police brutality no matter how brutal and how unprovoked For example WNDU com s poll of its viewers found that 64 2 percent agreed that Snyder was a victim of police brutality but 27 8 percent thought that Snyder got what was coming to him Law and order conservatives and other authoritarian personalities invariably defend acts of police brutality Perhaps the police brutality pandemic will bring the day when we will be able to say that a civil libertarian is a law and order conservative who has been brutalized by police The most disturbing aspect is that the police usually get away with it I remember decades ago when civil libertarians in New York City tried to stop police brutality by establishing civilian review boards to introduce some accountability into the police s interaction with civilians Law and order conservatives at William F Buckley s National Review went berserk Accountability was second guessing the police The result would be a crime wave And so on Police forces have always attracted bullies with authoritative personalities who desire to beat senseless anyone who does not quake in their presence In the past police could get away with brutalizing blacks but not whites Today white citizens are as likely as racial minorities to be victims of police brutality The police are supreme The militarization of the police armed now with military weapons and trained to view the general public as the enemy against whom pain compliance must be used has placed every American at risk of personal injury and false arrest from our public protectors In free and democratic America citizens are in such great danger from police that there are websites devoted to police brutality with online forms to report the brutality Nine years ago Human Rights Watch published a report entitled Shielded from Justice Police Brutality and Accountability in the United States The report stated Police abuse remains one of the most serious and divisive human rights violations in the United States The excessive use of force by police officers including unjustified shootings severe beatings fatal chokings and rough treatment persists because overwhelming barriers to accountability make it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses Police or public officials greet each new report of brutality with denials or explain that the act was an aberration while the administrative and criminal systems that should deter these abuses by holding officers accountable instead virtually guarantee them impunity This report examines common obstacles to accountability for police abuse in fourteen large cities representing most regions of the nation The cities examined are Atlanta Boston Chicago Detroit Indianapolis Los Angeles Minneapolis New Orleans New York Philadelphia Portland

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    for US troops in Iraq of over 15 months is unprecedented Johnson said A unit in Iraq has 60 with Purple Hearts meaning wounded in combat and presumably that s 60 of those left alive There are now 24 and 36 month periods of combat for troops Those in the administration who are pushing to attack Iran believe they ll crush Iran Johnson calls this faith based war planning He challenged men and women in the military to stand up and resign their commissions Iran if attacked could shut down the US supply line through the south of Iraq Bob Parry an investigative journalist who broke many of the Iran Contra stories for AP and Newsweek in the 1980s and who manages and writes for Consortiumnews com said that for many years now the neocons have targeted the press corps and the intelligence agencies in a campaign of perception management aimed at kicking the Vietnam syndrome Groups like AIM Accuracy in Media attacked specific reporters Reporters tended to back off certain types of stories and their editors and managers preferred that anyway The AP broke the Iran Contra stories Parry said because the New York Times and the Washington Post had backed off When Clinton came in the media was set on attacking him in order to shed its image as liberal Parry found a document from Al Haig written to Reagan suggesting that Carter had given Saddam Hussein approval to invade Iran but nobody wanted the story So eventually Parry started trying to use the internet to communicate traditional honest journalism Kuznick described the spin off neocon group called Accuracy in Academia which he said had attacked him frequently For the second series of speeches Ray McGovern did the introductions Ray is a former CIA analyst who prepared the President s Daily Brief for Nixon and Reagan and gave morning briefings to Vice President Bush He chaired National Intelligence Estimates And he co founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity VIPS http www afterdowningstreet org vips Daniel Ellsberg the former Defense and State Department official who faced 115 years in prison for releasing the Pentagon Papers to the press in 1971 and the author of Secrets A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers opened up by predicting that all the problems we are facing now we will not be able to do anything about until 2009 He said that our priority right now has got to be trying to thwart an attack on Iran He also fears the establishment of a total police state in the United States if there is another 9 11 He sees the potential for this coming together with an attack on Iran Although Ellsberg has little hope for changing anything prior to 2009 he believes we are essentially doomed if we do not He predicted that a President Hillary Clinton would not shut down illegal NSA spying programs or deprive herself of other abusive powers Ellsberg urged impeachment of Bush because he said no

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    and tried to avert and did avert to the best of their ability in the Constitution Founders Had It Right Now I m appealing to that as a crisis right now not just because it is a break in tradition but because I believe in my heart and from my experience that on this point the Founders had it right It s not just our way of doing things it was a crucial perception on the corruption of power to anybody including Americans On procedures and institutions that might possibly keep that power under control because the alternative was what we have just seen wars like Vietnam wars like Iraq wars like the one coming That brings me to the second point This Executive Branch under specifically Bush and Cheney despite opposition from most of the rest of the branch even of the cabinet clearly intends a war against Iran which even by imperialist standards standards in other words which were accepted not only by nearly everyone in the Executive Branch but most of the leaders in Congress The interests of the empire the need for hegemony our right to control and our need to control the oil of the Middle East and many other places That is consensual in our establishment But even by those standards an attack on Iran is insane And I say that quietly I don t mean it to be heard as rhetoric Of course it s not only aggression and a violation of international law a supreme international crime but it is by imperial standards insane in terms of the consequences Does that make it impossible No it obviously doesn t it doesn t even make it unlikely That is because two things come together that with the acceptance for various reasons of the Congress Democrats and Republicans and the public and the media we have freed the White House the president and the vice president from virtually any restraint by Congress courts media public whatever And on the other hand the people who have this unrestrained power are crazy Not entirely but they have crazy beliefs And the question is what then what can we do about this We are heading towards an insane operation It is not certain It is likely I want to try to be realistic myself here to encourage us to do what we must do what is needed to be done with the full recognition of the reality Nothing is impossible What I m talking about in the way of a police state in the way of an attack on Iran is not certain Nothing is certain actually However I think it is probable more likely than not that in the next 15 16 months of this administration we will see an attack on Iran Probably Whatever we do And we will not succeed in moving Congress probably and Congress probably will not stop the president from doing this And that s where we re heading That s

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    War As I waited out front of the event on the corner here came my Representative Dennis Moore being drop off at the event so that he could speak at the event I quickley approach Dennis Moore and began to state that I was an Iraq Veteran and before I could finish He shook my hand and I then stated to him that I was not being allowed to enter the event Dennis Moore then got a better look at me and must have been able to read those big words on my t shirt Iraq Veterans Against the War because he quickly turned away and began to leave as if I did not even exist to him I then raised my voice so that he could here me as he left in a hurry and stated Dennis Moore I am an Iraq Veteran Why have you not returned my phone calls I need help with the VA administration I am not getting the help I need Dennis Moore just keep on going as if I was nothing Like I was not good enough to talk to Dennis Moore I just want you to know I am going to do

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    fields Most brazenly it excluded Iraq s elected parliamentarians from having any say in the terms for future oil contracts Instead it created a new body the Federal Oil and Gas Council which according to the New York Times would be advised by a panel of oil experts from inside and outside Iraq This unelected body advised by unspecified foreigners would have ultimate decision making power on all oil matters with the full authority to decide which contracts Iraq did and did not sign In effect the law called for Iraq s publicly owned oil reserves the country s main source of revenues to be exempted from democratic control and run instead by a powerful wealthy oil dictatorship which would exist alongside Iraq s broken and ineffective government It is hard to overstate the disgrace of this attempted resource grab Iraq s oil profits are the country s only hope of financing its own reconstruction when some semblance of peace returns To lay claim to that future wealth in a moment of national disintegration was disaster capitalism at its most shameless There was another little discussed consequence of the chaos in Iraq the longer it wore on the more privatised the foreign presence became ultimately forging a new paradigm for the way wars are fought and how human catastrophes are responded to This is where the ideology of radical privitisation at the heart of the anti Marshall Plan paid off handsomely The Bush administration s steadfast refusal to staff the war in Iraq whether with troops or with civilian administrators under its control had some very clear benefits for its other war the one to outsource the US government This crusade while it ceased to be the subject of the administration s public rhetoric has remained a driving obsession behind the scenes and it has been far more successful than all the administration s more public battles combined Because Rumsfeld designed the war as a just in time invasion with soldiers there to provide only core combat functions and because he eliminated 55 000 jobs in the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs in the first year of the Iraq deployment the private sector was left to fill in the gaps at every level In practice what this configuration meant was that as Iraq spiralled into turmoil an ever more elaborate privatised war industry took shape to prop up the bare bones army whether on the ground in Iraq or back home treating soldiers at the Walter Reed Medical Centre in Washington Since Rumsfeld steadfastly rejected all solutions that required increasing the size of the army the military had to find ways to get more soldiers into combat roles Private security companies flooded into Iraq to perform functions that had previously been done by soldiers providing security for top officials guarding bases escorting other contractors Once they were there their roles expanded further in response to the chaos Blackwater s original contract in Iraq was to provide private security for Bremer but a year into the occupation it was engaging in all out street combat During the April 2004 uprising of Moqtada al Sadr s rebel movement in Najaf Blackwater actually assumed command over active duty US marines in a day long battle with the Mahdi Army during which dozens of Iraqis were killed At the start of the occupation there were an estimated 10 000 private soldiers in Iraq already far more than during the first Gulf war Three years later a report by the US Government Accountability Office found that there were 48 000 private soldiers from around the world deployed in Iraq Mercenaries represented the largest contingent of soldiers after the US military more than all the other members of the Coalition of the Willing combined The Baghdad boom as it was called in the financial press took what was a frowned upon shadowy sector and fully incorporated it into the US and British war fighting machines Blackwater hired aggressive Washington lobbyists to erase the word mercenary from the public vocabulary and turn its company into an all American brand According to its CEO Erik Prince This goes back to our corporate mantra We re trying to do for the national security apparatus what FedEx did for the postal service When the war moved inside the jails the military was so short of trained interrogators and Arabic translators that it could not get information out of its new prisoners Desperate for more interrogators and translators it turned to the defence contractor CACI International Inc In its original contract CACI s role in Iraq was to provide information technology services to the military but the wording of the work order was vague enough that information technology could be stretched to mean interrogation The flexibility was intentional CACI is part of a new breed of contractor that acts as a temp agency for the federal government it has ongoing loosely worded contracts and keeps large numbers of potential workers on call ready to fill whatever positions come up Calling in CACI whose workers did not need to meet the rigorous training and security clearances required of government employees was as easy as ordering new office supplies dozens of new interrogators arrived in a flash The corporation that gained most from the chaos was Halliburton Before the invasion it had been awarded a contract to put out oil fires set by Saddam s retreating armies When those fires did not materialise Halliburton s contract was stretched to include a new function providing fuel for the entire nation a job so big that it bought up every available tanker truck in Kuwait and imported hundreds more In the name of freeing up soldiers for the battlefield Halliburton took on dozens more of the army s traditional functions including maintaining army vehicles and radios Even recruiting long since seen as the job of soldiers rapidly became a for profit business as the war wore on By 2006 new soldiers

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    be nasty Robert Johnson an American citizen described the humiliation factor he endured I had to take off my pants I had to take off my sneakers then I had to take off my socks I was treated like a criminal Wolf quotes him as saying And it gets worse than that Nicolas Maduro Venezuela s foreign minister said he was detained at Kennedy airport by officers who threatened and shoved him And that was mild Maher Arar a Canadian software consultant was detained at Kennedy and rendered to Syria where he was imprisoned for more than a year by goons that beat him with a heavy metal cable After the Canadian furor over Arar s illegal kidnapping and torture he was eventually released as he had zero ties to terrorists Yet the Bush gang refused to concede error refused to provide documents or witnesses to Canadian investigators and claimed last January it had secret information that justified keeping Arar on the watch list Wolf noted Again Chaplain James Yee an American citizen born in New Jersey who had converted to Islam and had the Christian compassion to call for better treatment of Guantanamo prisoners was nabbed in Sept 2003 on suspicion of espionage and possibly treason and flung into the Naval brig at Charleston S C where he was manacled put in solitary for 76 days forbidden mail and family visits demonized in the media and warned he could face execution Wolf writes Within six months the U S government had dropped all criminal charges against Yee claiming it did so to avoid making sensitive evidence public not because the chaplain was innocent Over and again the Bush gang claims it can prove terrible crimes about suspects but like the men imprisoned at Guantanamo it repeatedly turns out to have conspiracy zilch in its briefcase rather than hard proof of actual misdeeds Yet it goes on punishing hundreds of suspects with solitary confinement and worse without ever bringing them to trial Globally the number of such detainees is in the tens of thousands Stalin would have understood Apparently favorite targets of the Bush tyranny are peace activists like Jan Adams and Rebecca Gordon detained at the San Francisco airport a political leader such as Nancy Oden of the Green Party prevented from flying from Maine to Chicago King Downing and David Fathi both of the American Civil Liberties Union and both detained proves ACLU s case about Bush eh what and Constitutional scholar Walter F Murphy of Princeton University who had attacked the illegalities of the Bush regime He was put on notice his luggage would be ransacked When you are physically detained by armed agents because of something you said or wrote it has an impact Wolf writes you get it right away that the state is tracking your journeys can redirect you physically and can have armed men and women who may or may not answer your questions search and release you Wolf traces the watch list

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    and the Congress back in line with the militarist police state that Bush and Cheney have fostered William Norman Grigg recently wrote that the GOP is praying for a terrorist strike to save the party from electoral wipeout in 2008 Chertoff Cheney the neocon nazis and Mossad would have no qualms about saving the bacon for the Republicans who have enabled Bush to start two unjustified wars with Iran waiting in the wings to be attacked in a third war The Bush administration has tried unsuccessfully to resurrect the terrorist fear factor by infiltrating some blowhard groups and encouraging them to talk about staging terrorist events The talk encouraged by federal agents resulted in terrorist arrests hyped by the media but even the captive media was unable to scare people with such transparent sting operations If the Bush administration wants to continue its wars in the Middle East and to entrench the unitary executive at home it will have to conduct some false flag operations that will both frighten and anger the American people and make them accept Bush s declaration of national emergency and the return of the draft Alternatively the administration could simply allow any real terrorist plot to proceed without hindrance A series of staged or permitted attacks would be spun by the captive media as a vindication of the neoconsevatives Islamophobic policy the intention of which is to destroy all Middle Eastern governments that are not American puppet states Success would give the US control over oil but the main purpose is to eliminate any resistance to Israel s complete absorption of Palestine into Greater Israel Think about it If another 9 11 type security failure were not in the works why would Homeland Security czar Chertoff go to the trouble of convincing the Chicago Tribune

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    candle With public fire departments cut to the bone gone are the days of Rapid Response when everyone was entitled to equal protection Now increasingly intense natural disasters will be met with the new model Rapture Response During last year s hurricane season Florida homeowners were offered similarly high priced salvation by HelpJet a travel agency launched with promises to turn a hurricane evacuation into a jet setter vacation For an annual fee a company concierge takes care of everything transport to the air terminal luxurious travel bookings at five star resorts Most of all HelpJet is an escape hatch from the kind of government failure on display during Katrina No standing in lines no hassle with crowds just a first class experience HelpJet is about to get some serious competition from some much larger players In northern Michigan during the same week that the California fires raged the rural community of Pellston was in the grip of an intense public debate The village is about to become the headquarters for the first fully privatized national disaster response center The plan is the brainchild of Sovereign Deed a little known start up with links to the mercenary firm Triple Canopy Like HelpJet Sovereign Deed works on a country club type membership fee according to the company s vice president retired Brig Gen Richard Mills In exchange for a one time fee of 50 000 followed by annual dues of 15 000 members receive comprehensive catastrophe response services should their city be hit by a manmade disaster that can cause severe threats to public health and or well being read a terrorist attack a disease outbreak or a natural disaster Basic membership includes access to medicine water and food while those who pay for premium tiered services will be eligible for VIP rescue missions Like so many private disaster companies Sovereign Deed is selling escape from climate change and the failed state by touting the security clearance and connections its executives amassed while working for that same state So Mills speaking recently in Pellston explained The reality of FEMA is that it has no infrastructure and a lot of our National Guard is elsewhere Sovereign Deed on the other hand claims to have direct access and special arrangements with several national and international information centers These proprietary arrangements allow our Emergency Operations Center to give our Members that critical head start in times of crisis In this secular version of the Rapture God s hand is unnecessary Not when you have retired ex CIA agents and ex Special Forces lifting the chosen to safety no need to pray just pay And who needs a celestial New Jerusalem when you can have Pellston with its flexible local politicians and its surprisingly modern regional airport Sovereign Deed could soon find itself competing with Blackwater USA whose CEO Erik Prince wrote recently of his plans to offer full spectrum services including humanitarian aid in disasters When fires broke out in San Diego County near

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