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First, I'm sorta reposting this from Left in Alabama:

The US v. The State of Alabama, George Bentley, Governor

I won't actually repost, just summarize complaint by the DOJ to be a nuclear warhead, ironclad maneuvering of the Supremacy Clause.

I have threatened to seek input building a model of the domestic intelligence apparatus.

So here I go -

The Domestic Intelligence and Security Apparatus under the Department of Homeland Security
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Much of the following is also in this pdf http://opasylum.net/... , for those who might like a more inflected format (and hypertext links, I have not redone them here *yet)

Systemic Impunity under the Department of Homeland Security
How Networking Data in the Domestic Intelligence Apparatus Undermines 4th Amendment Protections

The following is a preface in the form of a free-form annotated bibliography. Those familiar with intelligence agencies will find more use in browsing these immediately and doing independent research.`

•    Department of Homeland Security website infographic illustrating agency structure and hierarchy  http://www.dhs.gov/...

The DHS is a federal agency of organizational administration for 7 primary constituent agencies (including a branch of the US Armed Forces)

Delegation of Immigration Authority Section 287(g) Immigration and Nationality Act (and referenced Template Memorandum of Agreement)
http://www.ice.gov/...

As phrased on the Department website:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security, enforces federal immigration laws as part of its homeland security mission. ICE works closely with federal, state and local law enforcement partners in this mission.

The 287(g) program, one of ICE’s top partnership initiatives, allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE, under a joint Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).  The state or local entity receives delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions.

287(g) provides for DHS discretion in delegating authority, which the US Constitution reserves as the exclusive domain of the federal government, to local enforcement agencies in the form of service contracts. An outline of the character of these contracts can be found in the DHS site-provided “Template Memorandum of Agreement http://www.ice.gov/...)

Network Accountability for the Domestic Intelligence Apparatus Danielle Keats Citron and Frank Pasquale (http://www.hastingslawjournal.org/...)

From the Introduction:

A new domestic intelligence network has made vast amounts of data available to federal  and state agencies and law enforcement officials. The network is anchored by “fusion centers,” novel sites of intergovernmental collaboration that generate and share intelligence and information. Several fusion centers have generated controversy for engaging in extraordinary measures that place citizens on watch lists, invade citizens’ privacy, and chill free expression. In addition to  eroding civil liberties, fusion center overreach has resulted in wasted resources without concomitant gains in security.

While many scholars have assumed that this network  represents a trade-off between security and civil liberties, our study of fusion centers suggests these goals are, in fact, mutually reinforcing. Too often, fusion centers’ structure has been based on clever legal strategies for avoiding extant strictures on information sharing, rather than on objective analysis of terror threats. The “information sharing environment” created by fusion centers has short-circuited traditional modes of agency accountability. Our  twentieth century model of agency accountability cannot meaningfully address twenty-first-century agency coordination. [emphasis added]

They go on to submit that a system of checks on the networks themselves is the solution to the breakdown in pairing mobility with oversight.

A new concept of accountability—“network accountability”—is needed to address the shortcomings of fusion centers. Network accountability has technical, legal, and institutional dimensions. Technical standards can render data exchange between agencies  in the network better subject to review. Legal redress mechanisms can speed the correction of inaccurate or inappropriate information. A robust strategy is necessary to institutionalize these aspects of network accountability.
This text also gives examples from domestic operations of misuse/diversion of resources toward undue surveillance of lawful non-violent activists, including a case involving the blacklisting (by way of terrorist “watch” list) of Catholic nuns.

Over a nineteen-month period in 2004 and 2005, Maryland state police conducted surveillance of human rights  groups, peace activists, and death penalty opponents. As a result, fifty three nonviolent political activists were classified as “terrorists,” including two Catholic nuns and a Democratic candidate  for local office.  

A Maryland fusion center shared the erroneous terrorist classifications with federal drug enforcement and terrorist databases, as well as with the National Security Administration (NSA).

Bruce Fein,  an associate deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan quoted in the text, argued that  fusion centers conceive the business of gathering and sharing intelligence  as “synonymous with monitoring and disparaging political dissent and association protected by the First Amendment.” He noted “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 [the war] is a terrorist act.”

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Secure Communities (SC)  Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)  

“Distributed for adoption by participating county and local law enforcement agencies”  (http://epic.org/...)

The premise behind SC technology is biometric interoperability between the Department of Justice (DOJ) Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology’s (US-VISIT) Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT).  The IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability interface connects the FBI fingerprint system housed in the FBI’s CJIS Division with a DHS fingerprint system maintained by the US-VISIT program.  Through IDENT/IAFIS Interoperability, a single query by a participating local law enforcement agency (LEA) checks both systems and confirms the identity and immigration status of a subject being processed during incarceration booking [emphasis original]
(SC is separate from the ICE 287(g) program and, as such, participation in SC will not adversely affect local agency  participation in ICE 287(g) activities.)
[disclaimer]
Use of IDENT/IAFIS for the purposes of racial and/or ethnic profiling or other activity in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution is not permitted and may result in the suspension of the local jurisdiction engaged in the improper activity.  ICE reserves the right to take appropriate remedial action if necessary.
The disclaimer fulfills the legal obligation of the DHS to disavow any codified practice of nationally unlawful targeting of individuals based on their apparent ethnicity. However the practice of the law, under local legislation such as AL HB 56, does not reflect ardor regarding prohibition of race-targeted apprehensions (or reports thereof). The DHS add particularly ICE are remiss in failing to address state policies which concern their jurisdiction; in the case of HB 56, it seems to have fallen to the Department of Justice (under pressure from minority. Immigrant’s rights, and other civil liberty monitors/interest groups to check Alabama’s overstepping of Constitutionally enumerated bounds.

o    In this action, the United States seeks to declare invalid and preliminarily and permanently enjoin the enforcement of various provisions of House Bill 56, as amended and enacted by the State of Alabama, because those provisions are preempted by federal law and therefore violate the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution

o    [HB56 and other measures establish State/County interaction (where the 287g contracts are instituted)

    The Secure Communities Process

    The SC process leverages existing FBI CJIS Division  [Criminal Justice Information Services -which is “Nestled in the hills of West Virginia…a high-tech hub that supports crime-fighting and national security” according to the FBI website ]  business practices to identify aliens convicted of a serious criminal offense.  At the time of each booking, participating LEAs [law enforcement agencies]  submit fingerprints to their SIB.  The SIB electronically transmits the fingerprints to the FBI CJIS Division.  However, National Fingerprint File (NFF) states send fingerprints to the FBI CJIS Division only at the time of the subject’s initial arrest.  Thereafter, criminal bookings occurring subsequent to an initial arrest in NFF states result in transmission of a Criminal Print IDENT (CPI) file maintenance message to the FBI CJIS Division

Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) and the  Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) Interoperability Report . http://www.dhs.gov/...

This FOUO directive-type memorandum underlines the Federal legislation which backs the formation of IDENT/IAFIS. From the document text:

o    U SA PATRIOT Act of 2001 : Requires the ability to check the criminal history records for alien visa applicants, alien admissibility, and alien deportability.

o    Homeland Security Act of 2002:  Requires DI-3 S to oversee and coordinate DHS programs for and relationships with state and local governments.

o    Enhanced Border Securitv and Visa Reform Act of 2002:  Requires an interoperable law enforcement and intelligence data system, and the ability to update IDENT as a critical watch list with known and suspected terrorist information.

o    Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004:  Requires creation of an information sharing environment to share terrorism information across the homeland security, law enforcement, and intelligence communities at all levels of government and the private sector, and accelerated development of an integrated electronic biometric entry-exit screening system (i.e., the Entry / Exit system).

o    Given the new, post-September 11 environment in which the federal government is operating, additional requirements and security concerns can and must be identified.  

o    ICE ACCESS ( Agreements of Cooperation in Communities to Enhance Safety and Security) Program (http://www.ice.gov/...)

o    See Immigration and Naturalization Act section 287(g) on the delegation of authority by federal agencies to local law enforcement as the legal provision for ACCESS (and others)

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Tue Dec 20, 2011 at 06:22 PM PST

Protest as Terrorist Act

by kennethlipp

Bruce Fein, an associate deputy attorney general under Ronald Reagan quoted in the text, argued that fusion centers conceive the business of gathering and sharing intelligence as “synonymous with monitoring and disparaging political dissent and association protected by the First Amendment.” He noted “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 [the war] is a terrorist act.”

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Network Accountability for the Domestic Intelligence Apparatus
by Danielle Keats
Citron and Frank Pasquale

(http://www.hastingslawjournal.org/...)

From the Introduction:

A new domestic intelligence network has made vast amounts of data available to federal and state agencies and law enforcement officials. The network is anchored by “fusion centers,” novel sites of intergovernmental collaboration that generate and share intelligence and information. Several fusion centers have generated controversy for engaging in extraordinary measures that place citizens on watch lists, invade citizens’ privacy, and chill free expression. In addition to eroding civil liberties, fusion center overreach has resulted in wasted resources without concomitant gains in security.

While many scholars have assumed that this network represents a trade-off between security and civil liberties, our study of fusion centers suggests these goals are, in fact, mutually reinforcing. Too often, fusion centers’ structure has been based on clever legal strategies for avoiding extant strictures on information sharing, rather than on objective analysis of terror threats. The “information sharing environment” created by fusion centers has short-circuited traditional modes of agency accountability.

Our twentieth century model of agency accountability cannot meaningfully address twenty-first-century agency coordination. [emphasis added]

Also see Systemic Impunity under the Department of Homeland Security

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Somehow I managed to only record the audio from Junior's account of the incident at the Occupation site today.

This report coincides with what I understand was an exposee' by the local Fox affiliate, Fox 6, on the legality of the Birmingham Occupation site. Fox 6 reporters were present on scene more than once today. The story purportedly aired at 10 pm last evening - you'll be the first to hear once I've digested it.

The coincidence coaxes me to conjecture: I'm going to posit that the most likely approximate scenario places the "Detective" on site as a stir within the local department caused by media inquisition into Birmingham Police enforcement of possible illegal activity on the part of Occupy Birmingham.

Some of this is almost surely past pushing it (taken in early morning during last seriously inclement weather event.

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If Fox did run such a story, we will certainly need intensified support on the ground. There is a waning enthusiasm for the On Site Occupation that worries me for our defensive solidarity.

For those not aware, the Occupiers at 5th and 20th North have been excommunicated by A Southern Company. The lights (street and now two conspicuously inornate Christmas wreaths among the colonnade of shimmering civic baubles) have been dead since the second day of the November 7th full time occupation. Repeated calls to the power company and a now two-week-old work order from the captain of building security have failed to inspire a Promethean effort on the part of Alabama Power.

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I spoke with one of the guards this evening who agreed that while no conclusions could be drawn, the absence of light on our corner seemed a presaged accident.

Irrespective of external intent, the darkness has great potential to undermine the encampment's action as well as the occupiers' personal safety. After 5 pm it is now almost too dark to take photographs without considerable augmentation of illumination.

Just two blocks north, Linn Park shimmers like a Mormon temple.
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We are here to bring light that chases away the ancient darkness of privilege by pecuniary status, greed visited on victims as poesy as ideology.

I would love to see everyone who can and has the necessary stuff to bring white Christmas lights and a few minutes to spare in stringing to the Downtown Birmingham occupation.

We'll light a brighter candle and chase back the darkness.

 

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Wed Dec 07, 2011 at 02:36 AM PST

Occupy Birmingham Capital

by kennethlipp

Just a note from a cold occupier: at around 3 am the regular screech of the van-coaching Newsie signaled the arrival of the morning paper, fresh from the presses a few blocks away.

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Don't tell me we aren't engaging the dialogue in a palpable way.

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The action in Gadsden yesterday was well-attended.

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The mayor of Gadsden had promised to make this protest an "example of what other cities should be doing," according to an Occupy organizer who met with him regarding the march permit.

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The inmates were very engaged. Several mic checks actually came from INSIDE the facility.

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When Allyn Hudson, a local Occupy organizer, gave a mic check salute to the police as "part of the 99%," this gentleman whom we met from Occupy Cullman's visiting the site, disagreed. "If they're the 99%, then why aren't they on this side with us?"
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This woman works for the Sheriff's Dept (they claimed they were not filming/photographing)
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  Natalie Barton, to be specific. 1:45 in the vid. (htat last bit care of @sabzbrach)

I wish I had thought before our protest, really before there was widespread public promotion of the event, to save copies of the web pages of inmate listings at Etowah County Detention Center in Gadsden.

The link to the listing is now broken. A google cache search may reveal recent versions, but the best I've been able to do so far is October 25

County facilities are not required to maintain a public listing of federal inmates, but they are required to do so for county and state inmates. Often county jails will list all inmates within the facility, because the updates to the lists occur through the jail's booking.

Help in searching for the archived pages would be very helpful; email me at kenneth.lipp@gmail.com or post in the comments below if you have an assist.
Also any knowledge of local immigrants with family members in the facility could be a great help in monitoring the well-being of all inside the facility.

To search the google cach, you want to use the following syntax:

cache:[search operator]

In this case you would be looking for pages in the domain of 68.213.89.230/smartweb

so you would search -- cache:68.213.89.230/smartweb* asterisk for "wild card"

At the very least, we can have a template to compare listings once they are back online.

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Regions Financial Corporation is a publicly held company based in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, with the corporate headquarters at the Regions Center.

This is where Occupy Birmingham camps.

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This is why-

In 2008, Regions Bank received a $3.5 billion loan as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). As of November 2011, Regions has not repaid the loan and owes the most of any financial institution that received TARP funding.

Every year the building that Regions Bank now occupies, formerly an Amsouth property, blesses the downtown skyline with a splash of color and yuletide cheer.
This year the view on our side is the Tree (others include wreath, candy cane); and I would like to negotiate a better use of corporate profits (also less money on geriatric security guards): Pay us back. "One penny dividend" your obligation.
We are here until our questions are answered, no more lies. We are Occupy Birmingham
You'll find us underneath the Christmas Tree. Surprise

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I made the following announcement in the NEWSJUNKIEPOST, in an article concerning the blatant conflict of interest in the undertakings of elected and appointed officials charged with the public's trust.

This is public notice of an investigation into the political and fiscal relationship between the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, and their agents), the Etowah County Detention Center (ECDC) and staff (especially Sheriff Todd Entrekin), and Representative Robert Aderholt of the US Congress (Alabama's 4th District).

It appears obvious that Aderholt used his official influence to ensure continued operation of inhumane living conditions for immigrants with federally adjudicated cases in the custody of Etowah County, AL.

To the extent of my current knowledge, none of the actions named is considered illegal under current laws and regulations. I consider it an easy bet that with digging more underhanded will be revealed. It could all be perfectly legal, too.

So for the unconcerned, even defensive, among the population who are scared and eager for villains (or are bigots, some are bigots), I thought I should provide some perspective.

The Department of Homeland Security'˜s system of immigration detention, operated by The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is expected to cost taxpayers over $2 billion in FY 2012. This number represents a $254 million increase fromFY 2010. This more than $2 billion pot of money provides ICE with funding to maintain its current detention capacity of 33,400 people in over 250 facilities on any given night, including operational expenses, at an average of $5.5 million per day.

(Two figures are used in calculating the average daily cost of immigration detention per person: $122 per bed is the number ICE commonly provides for detention costs, but $166 per bed includes ICE ‘s operational expenses. So $2,023,827,000 FY 2012 Presidential annual budget request / 365 days in a year=$5.5 million per day
$5.5 million per day / 33,400 immigrant detainees=$166 daily cost to tax payers
per immigrant detainee)

$122 dollars a day per annual budget request, yet $30.00 dollars is the amount of record to be paid for each immigrant it holds each day to Etowah County by the Department.

http://www.ice.gov/...

The FY 2012 Budget increases U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Custody Operations funding by $157.7 million to support 33,400 detention beds and remove more than 200,000 criminal aliens in FY 2012, and yet the Department claims to be focusing targeting cases for and expediting processing of deportation. The funding is being used to justify within subcommittee program costs like the $187 million dollar price tag for Secure Communities  - which is employed as dragnet to gather more immigrants for incarceration.

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http://blog.dhs.gov/...

Your taxes are set and collected according to what is required to fund the wealth and privilege of commercial agents and their political bedfellows, limited only by legislators and sponsors notion of how closely you will look at the numbers.

Join Occupy Birmingham and others in speaking up for these exploited people. Raise your voice.

Slaves no more.

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In his daily column today,Tom Scarritt of the Birmingham News had this to offer, as his contribution to our dialogue on repairing our society's ills:

Real problems require rational and constructive solutions. From Wall Street in New York to Main Street in Collinsville, we need to look beyond the passions of the moment to craft strategies that actually enhance our quality of life.

We need ideas, not temper tantrums.

The Occupy Wall Street movement, and its offshoots around the country, are gaining attention because they tap into real frustration over the damage some in the financial sector have done to the rest of us.

It is hard to see how creating synthetic debt instruments with which to cheat each other helps our economy, or why so much of our wealth should flow to those who push that paper around.

The answer, though, is to reform the system, not to take it down. The same markets that have made some bankers and traders so rich also fuel our pension funds, our IRAs and our 401(k)s. Do the protesters want to wipe out their parents' retirement plans at the same time they wipe out what they term "corporate greed"?

Beyond their general, and understandable, anger at the most egregious excesses of Wall Street, it is a little hard to pin down what the occupiers want. We can only gain insights from what some individuals have said.

What appears clear is whatever they want, they want someone else to pay for it.

Free college for all is one theme that has surfaced. Nothing, though, is free. Presumably, the intent is to make college free for the student, meaning the rest of us would have to pay for it. I am sorry some of the occupiers have $50,000 in student loan debt and no job prospects, but how does that become my obligation?

It is unfortunate that all that has "surfaced" for Mr. Scarritt is such isolated fodder from discrete interests - perhaps it would be advisable to delve a little deeper before editorializing a movement, instead of fixing on a few talking points that bubble up to his waiting gills.

Here Mr. Scarritt  fails to provide the alternative to a systemic take-down, he simply serves us with a flaccid truism about "reform." The problem with this tack is his failure to offer traction, in getting from the way the things are to the way things ought to be. It means nothing to call for reform and tout the intended results of that reform - the reform is the process by which graduated change takes place. Of course if we are to have laws regarding immigration those laws should be rational and accountable to evidence-based consistent enforcement, I can't imagine a public argument which would deny a demand so closely aligned with the spirit of common-good law, but repeating the tautology has yet to refer us to its realization.

In his admonishment of Occupy Wall Street protesters' tantrums Scarritt in fact comes off looking like the one having a fit, like an old miser shaking his cane and yelling at those damn kids to stay off his lawn, with their Eminem, and their Super Theft Auto, and Consensus, and what not. I'm amazed that this sort of artifact of Eisenhower-era, dismissive conservatism is validated with regular publishing space - especially in this context, as it is so often the grumbling of the Quite Comfortable population lamenting a slight ruffle in their snugness. Mr. Scarritt, I believe you will have occasion for a better understanding soon enough.

Sensible measures such as requiring all employers in the state to verify the status of people they hire can remove the incentive to come to Alabama illegally. We do not need to tie up the resources of our police, schools and other agencies to do that.

And we can do that without damaging our reputation as a good place for job-creating foreign investment or encouraging the notion Alabama is a mean and inhospitable state.

Like the Occupy protests, our state's over-the-top immigration law is based on real concerns. But we should be a state that finds solutions, not a shabby tent city whose presence is more irritating than it is relevant to the real world.

This says it all. The clear subtext is "we can make sure we have a beeline on the foreigners and still do our duty to maintain the bustle of commerce, without having to sully the view where we keep our money." While I regret that Mr. Scarritt finds our Occupy Birmingham settlement an annoyance, I hope it might be palliative for him to grasp by how exactly how much he misses the point.

This system cannot be reformed by the processes designed and proven to ossify it.

What we are doing when we gather in parks and on street corners, in various degrees of obvious transience, should not be thought of as a temporary siege and means to an end alone. We are here to practice a solution to the endemic cultural sickness which has plagued us since someone hashed the first debt onto a papyrus ledger - an ailment which compels us to lay full odds on the shoe-in (and boot whose kicks put the "under" in "underdog").
Each speaks as he or she wishes, in turn, and no matter is furthered until consensus is reached. It can be tedious  (often infuriatingly so) and it promises few specifics. But one thing, if nothing else, comes from a group of which each is heard alike: You'll know it when you see it - it's what Democracy looks like.

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Mr. Scarritt, I respectfully disagree that positive change will be encouraged by insisting on  doing things the exact same way, and invite you to our camp to discuss it, should you ever care to at least somewhat engage what you seek to deride. Until then I hope you might consider sparing the public further lectures lifted from a circa 1960 Civics class. I work, but am flexible, just let me know.

I'm kenneth@gmail.com, and I live on the corner of 20th St and 5th Avenue South - in a tent city.

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The ownership of Zuccotti Park, Brookfield, would have had the denizens there formerly residing to lay siege to Wall Street removed without delay, and with no need for discretion (if you know what I mean, Commissioner).

However, and without a doubt known all along by at least some organizers and occupiers, Zuccotti Park was an area within a municipality known as public easement, a space heavily trafficked by the public and generally considered a provision for public use.

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Police cannot arrest a group of people for infractions perpetrated by individuals. The only way that the Occupy Wall Street squatters could be removed en masse is for the crime of trespassing - impossible for otherwise lawfully present members of the public with a space designated as an easement. They had to wait and allow the circumstances to fester. Anyone as Joanne and I were present during the first week will easily remember the petty and ceaseless employment of tactical intimidation - vans full of cops lining the blocks in every direction. They and we both contributed to an escalation that led to the eventual violent and illegal crackdown on November 15th under a media blackout.

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Occupy Birmingham has taken up a method that seems to be a possible static employment of public space common law - a modular, internally resourced camp that moves and expands according to the civic ecology.

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Eventually, law enforcement, no matter how friendly, will likely be compelled from above, after increased pressure from corporate philanderers, to choose between people at a disadvantage and those who have put them in their disadvantaged state. Then it won't matter who knows and can cite building code or file a brief. But it's the path of least resistance for now - passive non-violence and fearless association with outlawed convictions.

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Except for in the aggressively ignorant margins, we have thus far been met with amity in return.

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While we are, indeed, committed to civility (seeing as how free dialogue is the tool we are touting as game-changing), this is also an Occupation, and we are making a home.

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I bring this up after a late night/ early morning of telegraphed cues from the adjacent building's management that they seek vacancy. That's all for now,  but stay tuned.

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On December 3rd Occupy Birmingham is planning an action at the Etowah County Detention Facility. We will travel to 827 Forrest Ave, Gadsden to raise our voices in outrage at the treatment of men and women non-citizens, incarcerated  and forced into contracted labor in order to earn the several thousand dollar cost of their own deportation; at which time they may have no secure expectation that upon return to specific country of origin or even with the same party to the same location as immediate family members.

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These practices are largely obscured from public view through information control systems by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security.

As it is important to recognize our peerage with these marginalized people it is also prudent to take steps to respond to the very clear message we are once again given here by our Government that rights are arbitrary - whether a citizen of the US or not, you have rights which are protected by the Constitution as guaranteed, and "inalienable" by virtue of membership in a class which includes our whole species. For fear most have hidden from the reality that it is not respect for a tapestry of dignity that compels fidelity from the State, but rather force in the form of vigilance and fearless truth telling.

As part of my response and in preparation for December's direct action, beginning tonight I will hold education sessions for interested on Occupiers on information awareness and practical strategies for investigating one's Masters. Meet at the corner of 20th street and 5th avenue south, in downtown Birmingham, and allow me to express my thanks for your fellowship by sharing my Utility Belt.

We will call this brutal occupation of the government's tubes "Project Thunderbiscuits."

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We are in this together. We all we got.

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