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  •  Again, this stuff isn't as unprecedented as (0+ / 0-)

    you may think.

    During the Urban rebellions of the 1960's, cities were essentially placed under military control when National Guard forces were mobilized to restore order. These actions were prefigured by activation of the Guard both by state and Federal authorities during the Civil Rights movement beginning with the Little Rock desegregation crisis which led to the 101st Airborne being deployed. The use of the National Guard for domestic purposes in this period culminated in the shootings of anti-war protesters at Kent state University in Ohio.

    In 1980, I participated in a mass mobilization to protest the murder of radical labor activists by Klan and Nazis in Greensboro, NC. A state of emergency was declared and the march was carried out under the guns of the military, complete with armored vehicles and snipers on roof tops

    My point isn't that the concerns you express are unjustified. To the contrary, I think they a far too serious for their expression to be undermined by exaggerated, counter factual claims and rhetoric. While I understand the sense of urgency and justified outrage that can lead to such errors, they are ultimately counter productive to the very resistance they are trying to promote.  

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 10:51:46 AM PDT

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    •  I have read the Red Scare, People's History and (1+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador

      am quite familiar with these patterns as well as the National Guard, urban riots, and even the Battle for Seattle.  

      I have also spent some time in a conflict zone.

      I think that the level of technology brought in and the shut down for the manhunt just took me by surprise.    

      Maybe it is from living overseas for so many years, but it looks different.  It just seems frenzied.

      I was also quite surprised on my first trip back home when they were announcing threat colors at airports.  

      Sometimes it just flat looks weird, unexpected.  However, I do not spend enough time in the States to really have an opinion on it.  I am just reading impressions and trying to form some of my own thoughts.

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 01:06:12 PM PDT

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