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  •  Whatever happened to (11+ / 0-)

    the rights of the freedom of the press, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances?

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:07:34 AM PDT

    •  These rights were notably absent (14+ / 0-)

      during Occupy in 2011-2012, and are now on public display again in a way that hasn't occurred since those protests.

      "If the Jew who struggles for justice for Palestine is considered anti-Semitic, & if Palestinians seeking self-determination are so accused...then no oppositional move can take place w/o risking the accusation." - Judith Butler

      by David Harris Gershon on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:10:05 AM PDT

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      •  I, too (1+ / 0-)
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        very much reminded, as far as the attitude, equipage of the police go.

        However, some aspects are much, much worse. More reminiscent of the 1960s. In terms of hiding officers' identities, the threats to would-be observers by police, the cover-ups (frankly, the Occupy officers never saw any need to cover much up, although they engaged in dirty tactics such as provocations, kettling, and of course scores of extra-legal arrests), the disturbing and ugly racial rhetoric ("thugs", "animals"), and the Zimmerman trial-esque character assassination and incitement.

        (Florida's coming off looking less bad this week which is amazing considering Atty General Pam Bondi and Gov Rick "I Take The Fifth" Scott were and are in charge for that whole farce. Pink Slip Rick and Gerrymander Gaetz never ordered tanks and shock troops on the Capitol when the Dream Defenders staged their sit-in last year.)

        •  I was in numerous 1960s protests. The police and (0+ / 0-)

          National Guard acted pretty much like they did in Ferguson. I was at one demo at the Justice Department in DC when the DC police opened up with pepper gas sprayers, which covered a two mile square area of downtown DC, causing chaos among shoppers and people going about their business.
              As recently as the RNC at St. Paul, the police were busting reporters and holding them under Minnesota's terrorism law.
             Extra legal arrests have been par for the course for a long time, too. Police in Tampa arrested demonstrators against President Bush when he visited USF. Afterward the demonstrators sued and the city settled. Simply settling false arrest suits is a price of doing business for cities now.
             At this point, with the local cops not in control of the streets, the authorities have no choice but to respond with increasing force. The National Guard isn't that wonderful as a police force but at least they have enough numbers that they might be able to shut down the protests and looting before more people are killed.

    •  That's for evil open carry aholes & the RW only (7+ / 0-)

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:17:00 AM PDT

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    •  Ask Your Favorite Aging Hippie, or Their Depressio (9+ / 0-)

      era union grandparents if any are still alive.

      What I've been seeing on CNN is straight out of 1970 and I only say that because it's my personal life experience, not that it's particularly unusual or exceptional historically.

      The authorities are forcing a situation to become a riot for propaganda purposes. In my situation and also the strike that ended Dr. King's life, police operatives were even deployed to artificially turn protest march violent and create the excuse for retaliation.

      I don't know if such false flagging has happened in Ferguson but it's not necessary to explain the astronomically inflated response.

      They're simply poisoning public opinion against the Blacks, to a large degree to poison the jury pool against convicting the officer of anything serious.

      Rights of the press became somewhat irrelevant as we've let democratic ownership collapse into a handful of global corporations. Their interests are now the same as the state's, and so if they're told to get back in line they mostly consent.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 09:29:35 AM PDT

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      •  Those of us old enough have seen this before. Thus (1+ / 0-)
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        I have no doubt that plants in Ferguson on at least Sat. and Sunday night helped escalate the situation for propaganda purposes.

        The people of Ferguson had the moral high-ground; even some right-wingers were appalled, and that had to change. Once the eyes of the world turned on Ferguson and reacted with horror/anger instead of condoning police actions, the racist, authoritarian assholes had to make themselves look justified. Controlling public opinion has been the game of the police and now right-wing since the shooting occurred.  

        If a provocateur seeks to stoke and incite emotions, rage, and illegal acts, people need to wise-up and not be tools of those who are trying to pull their strings.

        Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

        by ranton on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 10:00:19 AM PDT

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        •  They don't need to infiltrate the protests. (0+ / 0-)

          Tear gas moves crowds, but it also drives them wild. I've seen ordinary shoppers smash store windows when the doors were locked against them and they were trying to escape tear gas.
             And the hard core pick up cannisters and throw them back at police, or, if there are stones handy, throw those at police, too.

      •  They don't have to false flag (0+ / 0-)

        They take any small action as an excuse, so all you need is a few hot heads in the community, a few criminals from outside the neighborhood to get into some sweet looting action, and some black bloc wannabes from Chicago and elsewhere be in the streets after residents begged everyone to disperse. Then all you need is one dipshit to throw a rock and it's game on.

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