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    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 Providence San Francisco and Washington D C Research for this report was conducted over two and a half years from late 1995 through early 1998 The brutality cases

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    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 Providence San Francisco and Washington D C Research for this report was conducted over two and a half years from late 1995 through early 1998 The brutality cases examined

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    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 past president has ever been what this one is a domestic enemy of the Constitution Ellsberg is confident that if we don t act in a dramatic way

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    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 past president has ever been what this one is a domestic enemy of the Constitution Ellsberg is confident that if we don t act in a dramatic way

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    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 a very ugly ugly prospect However I think it s up to us to work to increase that small perhaps anyway not large possibility and probability to avert

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    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 a very ugly ugly prospect However I think it s up to us to work to increase that small perhaps anyway not large possibility and probability to avert this

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    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 everything I can in my power to take you out of power I also want you to know that my boys will be raised learning the truth about

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    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 everything I can in my power to take you out of power I also want you to know that my boys will be raised learning the truth about war

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