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Kill the illusions… 9 March 2011

Posted by marisacat in AFRICOM, Egypt, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Pan Arab Revolt - 2011.
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Smoke rises from heavy shelling as rebels retreat during a battle with Gaddafi’s troops outside the town of Bin Jawad [Kevin Frayer/AP]

From a post at Counterpunch on several of the revolts – and “imperial anxiety”:

[T]he slow U.S. support for the uprising in Egypt, the cautious tone with Bahrain and Yemen, and the strident language against Libya are of a piece: the U.S. is not driven by the popular upsurge but by its desire to control the events in north Africa and the Gulf to accord with its three pillars. Cracks in the consensus come here and there.

Representative Adam Smith (Democrat from Washington) admitted to reporters:

“The old days of ‘as long as we can make a positive relationship with the autocrat who is running the place, then we are friends with the country’ are dead and gone.”

This is a remarkable disclosure, and one that is rarely heard openly in Washington. It was commonplace in the 1980s, when the then U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Jeanne Kirkpatrick, distinguished between “traditional autocrats” (the emirs, for instance) and the “revolutionary autocrats” (she had in mind the Communist states).

Even Smith’s cautionary note is quickly suborned to the logic of the three pillars. It is not enough to listen to the people of north Africa and the Gulf, to learn from them about their grievances and their desires. Far more important is to yoke them directly to the pillars of U.S. imperial interests, without the indirect filter of the autocrats.

“We have to be much more interested in trying to get the actual populations in those countries to be supportive of us,” Smith said. “What we have to start thinking about in the foreign policy establishment is what shifts in our foreign policy do we need to make to target the populations.”

Over the past decade, the countries of South America walked through the exit from the theatre of U.S. hegemony. Galvanised by events in Venezuela and Bolivia as well as Argentina and Brazil, these countries are no longer in the reliable orbit of U.S. policy. The Arab people seem now in search of just this exit. The struggle is on to see if they will be able to find it. The U.S. and the remainder of its allies (in the emirates mainly) want to define these revolts in their image, with Donald Rumsfeld giving George W. Bush the credit (this is his freedom agenda, apparently) and Obama’s cronies saying that all this is a result of his speech in Cairo. But these are feints. In Cairo, Obama said, “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

During the Tahrir Square standoff, protesters chanted, “We have extended our hand, why have you clenched your fist?”

From Cpunch…. this author has posted good pieces throughout the Egypt revolt, and this is from the latest, an overview of the recent weeks in Tahrir Square:

As one of the great Arab poets of his time, Nizar Qabbani described this generation of the youth that would lead the future Arab revolutions. Before his death in 1998, he foresaw their resolve for action and change when he prophesized:

We do not want an angry generation
To plough the sky
To blow up history
To blow up our thoughts.

We want a new generation
That does not forgive mistakes
That does not bend
We want a generation of giants.

Arab children,
Corn ears of the future,
You will break our chains,
Kill the opium in our heads,
Kill the illusions.

Arab children,
Don’t read about our suffocated generation,
We are a hopeless case.
We are as worthless as a watermelon rind.
Don’t read about us,
Don’t ape us,
Don’t accept us,
Don’t accept our ideas,
We are a nation of crooks and jugglers.

Arab children,
Spring rain,
Corn ears of the future,
You are the generation
That will overcome defeat.

Oh I hope it is a virulent virus that spreads and spreads. And spreads.

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1. marisacat - 9 March 2011

Madman had three posts at the end of last thread on Madison events:

More rules released for State Capitol visitors

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#wiunion twitter feed.

Several reports that a large crowd have moved into the Capital building, the Assembly Democrats have opened a special session of their caucus to provide a legal reason for the building to remain open.

Just showing pics on MSNBC now of protesters forcing doors and windows open, flooding the building.

*****

Rotunda is full according to link to this pic.

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And last:

posts going up on Twitter that the WI 14 have decided to stay away after all.

(not least!)

2. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

I like that poem.

Rumors here on Twitter and Facebook pages that people are calling for walkouts tomorrow, and read one tweet that said that protesters on the ground are talking about forming human chains to block the roads going to the Capital.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Madison bars need a drink:

Spirit of Tahrir Square

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Spirit of the Pearl Roundabout…

Spirit of Lulu Roundabout…

Rename the pizzas!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

the cheese revolution.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

Good for you.

The last rally here in support was last Friday. If there’s another one I’ll see if I can get there. I’ve got so much free time right now, after all…

3. marisacat - 9 March 2011

fwiw… which may be not very much.

Independents’ approval of President Barack Obama has dropped sharply in the past month, a new poll suggests.

Obama’s approval rating among independents fell to 37 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday, down from 47 percent a month ago. ….

Read more: Link to Politico slash Peeeple Mag!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

who would approve of a weasel who refuses to stand by the people who (stupidly, imho) stand by him.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

I think he should re-enact Bush II’s triumphant landing in “postwar” Iraq, only in Madison. :p

Helicopters, army garb, crotch enhancements, the works.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

sadly, a fair number of them would think he was there to help.

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

What was that line from The Good Earth?

Something like, “The melon must be split wide open before you can see the seeds.” :p

(Don’t mind me. I’m full of cheap Red.)

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Have another!

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Have one for me!

marisacat - 9 March 2011

the bars need a

NoBama

drink!

4. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

you can watch the Republicans ram thru their bill here over the shouted objections of the Assembly minority leader.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Some comments from Representative Peter Barca of Wisconsin at 8:23PM, March 9

Listening to Peter Barca with Press here via WisconsinEye. I can hear drums and whistles in the background emanating from outside – either Rotunda or outdoors. He is commenting after a 5 minute meeting was called that passed legislation which stripped the rights of Wisconsin workers to collectively bargain.

Barca – In the assembly you have a right to be called upon on the floor. We will want to debate the bill as is customary. Tonight’s action was a conference committee. I don’t know if we’ll have all of our members. We received notice in less than 24 hours that the Assembly will meet at 11 AM tomorrow.

Barca – On what was in the document passed. “None of you know what was in this document. You couldn’t possibly know what was in this document.” [Barca said it was handed to him 3 minutes before a Senate Committee meeting tonight].

Did the Republicans that vote for this guarantee their own recalls from office?

Barca – Already thousands of signatures have been gathered. I have little doubt that these recalls will be effective. There will be special elections in short order.

Senator Miller discussed this with Peter Barca. He is absolutely outraged.

Barca said he would take up the matter of the meeting without enough notice up with State Attorney General Van Hollen. Reporters chuckle- I assume because Van Hollen is known to be in the pocket of Governor Walker.

5. catnip - 9 March 2011

What do you call Obama alone in a room by himself?

A bipartisan negotiation!

😆

ms_xeno - 9 March 2011

“When I take over the world, remind me to snub you.”

— Brain, from Pinky & the Brain.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

The two of them are so clearly bored. Retainer class, hirelings…there for the paycheck…. Factotums.

It is SO MUCH LIKE George and Laura frankly. Only GWBush arrived with a name.

6. brinn - 9 March 2011

That poem is POWERFUL. I am going to go see what else I can find by Nazir Qabbani.

Fifteen years ago, I used to teach a sophomore lit. class using a wonderful poetry anthology called “Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness”…

This poem reminds me of the poems in there…

7. catnip - 9 March 2011

dear sir: (9+ / 12-)

Recommended by:
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Hidden by:
joanneleon, ThAnswr, Vtdblue, PhilJD, Robobagpiper, geomoo, Mehitabel9, slinkerwink, ratmach, SJerseyIndy, catnip, psychodrew

No one can or will, and apparently no one in site admin even wants to, stop you and yours from transforming this site into the functional equivalent of the late 19th Century deep South, dKos now passing through a replay of 1876, when federal troops were withdrawn from the former CSA, here Meteor Blades being withdrawn from patrolling a site so palpably and invidiously racist that a large part of his former duties involved keeping overt and covert racists off the asses of black people. The nightriders can now ride roughshod over black people all over this site, whooping it up and—oh happy day!—riding down the uppity black folk even in Black Kos itself, while meanwhile embarking on a campaign to rehabilitate the banned violent racist who ejaculated all over this board about his involvement in the killing of a black man—something straight outta Stormfront, and something that, once word about it gets out into the black blogosphere, will, eventually, kill the credibility of this site as anything other than a home for “more and better racists.” All that should be enough for you. You and yours have what you want: open season on the disgracefully under-represented, and ever-declining, black population of this site. You do not, in the meantime, also need to keep spamming lies about me. I am not a “whitey white mcwithiterson.” As your once and future sister nightrider, whiteprowlracist, learned in this thread. Even you, the dullard who would serve as “link master” for your clan, should have been able to find that easily enough.

by blueness on Wed Mar 09, 2011 at 10:11:30 AM MST

Popcorn?

marisacat - 9 March 2011

hmm what a load of baloney and hooey:

Meteor Blades being withdrawn from patrolling a site so palpably and invidiously racist that a large part of his former duties involved keeping overt and covert racists off the asses of black people.

when BHHM called out Meat Shades as a resrvation cop, he never even denied it.

All kinds of racism around.

And MB sure did not like it when Madman who is part Lakota had a few things to say (something about barbershop Indian statues iirc). MB is the only Indian or indigenous or which ever is th preferred.

What a bunch of tired contract fuckers.

Dkos has plenty of problems… oen of the first clues I had about the place is the namby pamby soft simple view the place had of race in America. Very story book. Very childish. Very one dimensional.

Can’t think why the Black Kos would be an improvement, in and of itself.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Reservation cop …

catnip - 9 March 2011

I didn’t know you were part Lakota. Cool!

I’m sure some of my ancestors were Metis. I used to be teased in school because I look native. They called me “squaw”. Just made me appreciate native culture and history that much more.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

on my mom’s side

mattes - 9 March 2011

Mother’s side here,too. Per mitochondrial DNA test: navajo, apache, ashkenazic/french jew.

ts - 9 March 2011

You leave the site for a few minutes and it goes from wtf? to WTF?!?!?!?

catnip - 9 March 2011

It’s a free for all. No moderation by the admins. None.

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Considering how they have played it for years (favorites, beloveds and so on), it can only be an improvement.

And everybody, or enough, there still totally kowtows to the rating system. Which is exactly wat KosWhack lui-meme wants! Why ANY political site should cause comments to be hidden is a big fat clue.

catnip - 9 March 2011

No doubt. Drop the ratings and let’s have at it.

8. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Thousands storm the Capitol as state reacts to budget votes in Legislature

Thousands of protesters rushed to the state Capitol Wednesday night as word spread of the hastily called votes that sent Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial bill limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers speeding through the Legislature.

Shortly after 8 p.m., hundreds of protesters gathered outside the locked King Street entrance to the Capitol, chanting “Break down the door!” and “General strike!”

Moments later, police ceded control of the State Street doors and allowed the crowd to surge inside. The area outside the Assembly, which is scheduled to take the bill up at 11 a.m. Thursday, was jammed with protesters who chanted, “We’re not leaving. Not this time.”

Some said they planned to spend the night in the Capitol. Last week, a Dane County Circuit Court judge ordered dozens of protesters who had been occupying the Capitol for more than two weeks to leave.

It’s not clear why police abandoned efforts to limit access to the Capitol Wednesday night, but Department of Administration spokesman Tim Donovan said “windows have been broken” to get in. He said he could not immediately provide specifics.

Protesters jammed three floors of the Capitol and packed the bridges that connect the four wings of the Capitol, prompting alarm by police and others that those parts of the building might collapse.

Some union leaders interviewed Wednesday night at the Madison Labor Temple indicated that strikes – which are illegal in Wisconsin for public-employee unions – are possible.

“Senate Republicans have exercised the nuclear option to ram through their bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families in the dark of night,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “Tonight’s events have demonstrated they will do or say anything to pass their extreme agenda that attacks Wisconsin’s working families.”

marisacat - 9 March 2011

God I hope some of them got certified as ESL instructors… people may have to get out of the country to get a lousy job.

indicated that strikes – which are illegal in Wisconsin for public-employee unions – are possible.

Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

I’m not getting the sense that it’s meant to be just the public unions …

ts - 9 March 2011

You might as well fight fire with fire now.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Video of Reaction to bill passing Senate

The Republicans are running down the stairs escorted by the police, surrounded by a huge chanting crowd.

catnip - 9 March 2011

Wow. What cowards.

10. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Walker’s statement:

“The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused. In order to move the state forward, I applaud the Legislature’s action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government. The action today will help ensure Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs.”

brinn - 10 March 2011

Welcome to Texas, madman! 😉

11. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011
12. Madman in the Marketplace - 9 March 2011

Selected tweets from #wiunion

Zukamus RT @PurrpleCatMama: RT @khazelton: RT @dane101: Speaker recommends early risers block tunnels from Risser Building so republicans can’t enter that way. #wiunion
less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

alikat747 RT @txmikka: RT “@alikat747: Student Walk-Out Friday, March 11 at 2pm across the 50 States! Show support for your teachers! #wiunion #p2 @MMFlint”

sqeptiq #p2 QT @VV4Change: RT @KatCameron: RT @sgehler: There will be a national student walkout tomorrow at 2 p.m. Please retweet. #wiunion
1 minute ago via twicca

Leto RT @geekgirldiva: @NancyPelosi Where is President Obama on this? Why has he not spoken for Wisconsin? #wiunion

Meiersaur RT @marytny: RT @jazgar STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! BRING THESE BITCHES TO THEIR KNEES! #WIUNION #P2
1 minute ago via web

materiallives RT @maiadonohue: #Wisconsin: if the cops aren’t on duty, they’re walking around with protest signs. What a place. #wiunion.
2 minutes ago via Twitterrific

MichaelGlogow RT @Neurocat: Americans storming a capital building and calling for a general strike? There is hope for this country yet. #wiunion
2 minutes ago via Echofon

thedecibeltolls RT @daveweigel: RT @MikeElk: Madison Ithmus only 8 blocks wide, protestors speaking of forming human chain to strech it and shut down all traffic #wiunion
2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

and so on …

marisacat - 9 March 2011

Americans storming a capital building and calling for a general strike? There is hope for this country yet.

yum…

brinn - 10 March 2011

very delicious!

ms_xeno - 10 March 2011

My guess is that TX would do this before OR. Too many complacent dumbshit “Pwogwessives” hereabouts. :p

13. catnip - 9 March 2011

Hilarious – and this was meant as a compliment – once kossack, after watching me in action against the L’Orangey Thugs said I reminded him of this guy:

😆

Maybe I should start doing videos and really let ’em have it.

catnip - 9 March 2011

Oh! I just posted the url (not using the embed code) and the clip posted itself.

And my little laughing smiley failed. 😆

marisacat - 9 March 2011

It unfailed… I jsut replaced upper case with lower case…

😉

mattes - 10 March 2011

GREAT!!! I assume this is not on MSM USA.

THEY DID buy and trade empty boxes!

Tax the trades.

14. ms_xeno - 10 March 2011

Way past time this got said. 😀

…The unofficial spokesperson of the ruling class, billionaire CEO Warren Buffet famously asserted his class’s foreknowledge of said war when he told the New York Times’ Ben Stein in 2006, “there’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

Considering that Buffet made those comments a full two years before the banks crashed and unemployment skyrocketed, the supplemental history of the past five years can be summed up by saying the generals of the opposing army have marshaled their ground forces in the form of Republican governors and congress people and called in air support in the form of the Koch Brothers and the Obama Administration and are presently attempting to bomb the working class back to the stone age.

As a friend who has held a host of elected union positions within AFSCME Local 82 at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee has said repeatedly since Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill was released, “it may be class war but it ain’t the revolution.”

A closer examination of the tactical decisions being played out in Madison — from the strategic value of trying to occupy the state capital building to the role of unions in supporting/relying on the 14 Democratic State Senators who remain in Illinois to attempts to carry out a General Strike — gets at two gigantic and looming problems: the first is that the labor movement has absolutely no strategy (short of giving member dues to the democrats and crying when they don’t do what they were paid good money to do) and the second is a total lack of democracy within unions…

“Realpolitik in the Wood Violet State, “nicolas_lampert at justseeds, link via the facebook page Madman reccommended

marisacat - 10 March 2011

I feel pretty sure Walker wishes he could do this (seems Yemen may have used nerve gas on protesters Tuesday)

and I doubt that any union leader, with the possible exception of the odd, lowly field office worker, would care.

BI links to the Global Post:

The material in this gas makes people convulse for hours. It paralyzes them. They couldn’t move at all. We tried to give them oxygen but it didn’t work,” said Amaar Nujaim, a field doctor who works for Islamic Relief.

“We are seeing symptoms in the patient’s nerves, not in their respiratory systems. I’m 90 percent sure its nerve gas and not tear gas that was used,” said Sami Zaid, a doctor at the Science and Technology Hospital in Sanaa. …

marisacat - 10 March 2011

yeah right on schedule Madman emailed this:

speaking of WI, I’m getting worrying signs that union leaders and the Dems are retreating into “our only method to fight back is the ballot box” and making strong statements against a general strike.

not that it’s a surprise, but they really don’t get that class war has been openly declared.

I did not ask if I could post it, but as it is pretty straightforward, went ahead and did it… A Blow For Freeedom! 😆

ms_xeno - 10 March 2011

They should wildcat. I don’t know how much more obvious anyone can make it. When the most heroic deed even ostensibly good-willed elected officials can perform for you is to flee the scene of “democracy,” etc…

Oh, and I got the article writer’s name wrong. It’s Lucy Parson who wrote the main part. Nicolas Lampert wrote the intro.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

They should wildcat.

I agree!

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 March 2011

agreed

Madman in the Marketplace - 10 March 2011

thanks for posting it.

mattes - 10 March 2011

And then he invested in Sachs.

Hypocrite.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

Buffet is an arm of government.

He trolls around pretending otherwise.

The pity is people are taken by the chum he tosses out.

BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2011

The Oracle of Omaha grew up in DC as a Congressman’s kid. IIRC the Buffet Farm, ya know, was in the same building as the Gores in D.C. LOL. One of those deals.

Anyways, despite his Nebraska chores in the Pre War DC duplex, his Pappy let him finish High School anyways and go to Wharton. LOL. Two Months later Pappy loses re-election, Warren drives on all fancy shmancy at Penn. LOL, Two Years later Pappy decides to run again…which co-inkydentally involved Warren transferring from Penn to the University of Ne-fuckin-braska. LOL.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

Last I heard he really lives in what was, in 2006 or so values, a 4.5 million dollar house down in Newport Beach. I think he just goes to the yearly Omaha conflab and pretends.

Etc.

15. ms_xeno - 10 March 2011

P.S.- It’s been said multiple times various places, but I STILL hate the spineless fucking AFSCME “leadership” in this state who torpedoed the single-payer ballot measure while the Democratic “leadership,” their bestest buddies– sad on their own thumbs and twirled.

Shits all of them, getting the best of care on OUR dime while they hang us out to dry over and over again.

“Leadership” needs a major slap in the face and it would be so very beautiful if just this once, they actually got it.

Please let it be so.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

yeah unions have long scuttled any common sense public health, universal health, subsidised, Medicare expansion plan.

It, health care, being one of he few leverages they had. Or that they bothered to pursue.

16. marisacat - 10 March 2011

From Madman email:

an overview of the response (including Michael Moore vid from Maddow last night … he was actually pretty good)

http://bluecheddar.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/protest-recall-strike-boycott/

this at the bottom of the post:

“General Strike”
Chants by protesters, tweets, comments on facebook display a huge uptake in mention of a “general strike” as a response to last night’s Republican Senate attack on worker rights. Socialists promote this as a viable and powerful solution, and dismiss recall efforts, seeing no hope in the Democrats.
From World Socialist Web Site:” A SEP team was present at the scene. Andre Damon, a reporter for the WSWS, was able to speak to thousands of demonstrators both inside and outside of the capitol building. He called for the formation of independent workplace committees to build for a general strike to force Walker out. These demands were met by enthusiasm among the workers present.”

17. diane - 10 March 2011

Not one peep about Wisconsin on the San Jose Mercury main web ‘page,’ or “news” ‘page’ as I post this, and presumeably not a peep about it on today’s hardcopy ‘Front Page:’

From Today’s Front Page

• Santa Clara’s increase in Asian population reflects broader trend
• Brown will miss state budget deadline
• San Jose moves to crack down on pot clubs
• Ex-Googlers penetrating Silicon Valley startup hierarchy

The only “news” of Libya, is noted under Science:

Science News

• Fighting raises concerns about Libyan scientists
….

…..yup from the ‘heart’ of progressive/liberal Sly Con Valley, Cali …….No wonder Cali’s youth are ending their life on train tracks in horrifying numbers.

marisacat - 10 March 2011

That paper barely exists… it runs the most cursory, ‘first write-up’ reports on things.

useless.

diane - 10 March 2011

useless

yup, at least for the citizens it is, …and right in the gut of one of the largest centers of wealth and defense money in the nation.

18. diane - 10 March 2011

A good piece from the New York Daily News:

Wisconsin Republicans’ overturn of union-negotiated rights sparks labor protests across U.S.

BY Helen Kennedy
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Thursday, March 10th 2011, 2:41 PM

Labor rallies erupted in cities across the country Thursday after Wisconsin Republicans used sneaky tactics to jam through a law stripping public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

Union-busting Gov. Scott Walker was poised to sign the controversial bill, which was expected to quickly pass the GOP-dominated state Assembly this afternoon.
However, massive protests at the state Capitol in Madison were gumming up the works.

Cops blocked protesters and some Democratic lawmakers from entering the building, as thousands chanted “Shame!” and “Let us in!”

“They’re going against a court order. It’s really wrong,” said police officer Jen Kane, 47, carrying a sign declaring “Cops for Labor.” “It’s our house,” she said.

Democratic State Rep. David Cullen of Milwaukee was among several lawmakers barred from entering the building to vote on the measure, according to video posted online.

Solidarity rallies were being held on cities across the country, including one planned at City Hall in Manhattan.

Gregory Floyd, head of Teamsters Local 237, which represents many hourly New York City Housing Authority employees and other city employees, said all workers should worry about what was happening in Wisconsin.

“They’re picking and choosing who should have rights and who should not, based on ideology, not based on the economy,” Floyd said. “We’re keeping a a close eye on this.”
….

19. mattes - 10 March 2011

They’re EVERYWHERE. And on the American taxpayers dime I might add:

U.S. funded Israeli-linked security company pushes anti-Muslim ideology

As Representative Peter King’s hearings on “Muslim radicalization” refocus attention on Islamophobia, a new report sheds light on the network of private security firms tapping into public funds that push an anti-Muslim agenda to law enforcement agencies.

An organization called Security Solutions International (SSI) is one focus of the Political Research Associates’ report (pdf) , titled “Manufacturing the Muslim Menace: Private Firms, Public Servants, & the Threat to Rights and Security.”

SSI “trades on the reputation of Israeli counterterrorism expertise by using Israeli veterans as trainers.”

This is the ideology that SSI, which “taps into public funds for its trainings,” promotes, according to the report:

http://mondoweiss.net/2011/03/u-s-funded-israeli-linked-security-company-pushes-anti-muslim-ideology.html

marisacat - 10 March 2011

They have trained BART police iirc.

Too bad. It’s a shame, but we bought in, over and over again.

mattes - 10 March 2011

Members of the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad will train in Israel with their counterparts.

The four technicians are heading to Israel in May to train with the Israeli National Police Bomb Squad, according to the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

Chuck Boxenbaum, a past chairman of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, donated funds to the Los Angeles Police Foundation, an organization that provides resources for the LAPD that it does not get from the city, to be used for the trip.
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/03/10/3086358/la-bomb-squad-techs-to-train-in-israel

20. mattes - 10 March 2011
marisacat - 10 March 2011

Doesn’t sound like it is here yet… I think it says it just hit Channel 4 in the UK end of Feb…

But ti sounds very interesting… I will watch for it.

mattes - 10 March 2011

Just called netflix and asked made a request.

21. BooHooHooMan - 10 March 2011

‘Safe haven’ Treasuries now a perilous bet as top fund managers bail

Bill Gross, Jim Rogers, other bigs dump government paper as inflation looms; ‘cannot conceive of lending money to the U.S. government for 30 years.’

22. marisacat - 10 March 2011

The new ATlantic is pushing that STRESS is healthy for you, based on an 80 year study.

Gah. Count the ways ……..

Stress imo is the biggest single killer.

brinn - 10 March 2011

Wow. Really?? Stress is healthy for you? I must be the healthiest person alive! How long before Michele comes out an tells us all that we need to be EVEN MORE STRESSED out?!?

No home, no job, kids need new shoes? Don’t worry, it’s gooood fer ya!

What a bunch of horseshit!

23. marisacat - 10 March 2011

The amusements just roll out. I think Clapper’s going down before Qaddafi. (and he’s the one they let on camera not knowing about a terra bust in London within the past 24 hours, on ABC with Christiane)

Twice may do it. And that weighty title, Director of National Intell. Too big a crown, I guess.

mattes - 10 March 2011

Not exactly the zionist talking points.

At that point, Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., broke in to say he was “really kind of taken aback” by the answer. Levin said North Korea and Iran are the first nations that come to his mind, not Russia and China.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill Feb. 10 before the House Intelligence Committee.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill Feb. 10 before the House Intelligence Committee.

Clapper clarified that North Korea and Iran are “of great concern,” but questioned whether they pose a “direct mortal threat” to the United States. The intelligence chief seemed to be focused on which countries have the capability, not necessarily the intent, to threaten the United
snip

It’s unclear whether Clapper was stating an administration position Thursday or his own personal view. When Clapper in February testified that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is “largely secular,” Clapper’s office afterward issued a statement effectively retracting the remark.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/10/dni-clapper-claims-russia-china-pose-mortal-threat/#ixzz1GEzgNypq

marisacat - 10 March 2011

There’s something for everyone in his comments. he kept going.

24. marisacat - 10 March 2011

oh too funny: MORE NPR tapes.

It just makes me laugh

… an O’Keefe associate posing as “Ibrahim Kasaam ” of the Muslim Education Action Center (a fictitious entity) expressed concerns that NPR, which receives government funding, would be subject to government audits or would have to disclose the source of its donations.

Liley responded, “If you were concerned about that, you might want to be an anonymous donor and we would certainly, if that was your interest, we would want to shield you from that.”

At another point, Kasaam asked Liley, “It sounded like you’re saying that NPR would be able to shield us from a government audit, is that correct?”

“I think that is the case, especially if you were anonymous, and I can inquire about that,” Liley said. She later informed Kasaam via e-mail that NPR’s management had cleared an anonymous donation from his group.

NPR had previously said, in the wake of the luncheon video, that it had “repeatedly refused” to accept donations from the organization.

NPR put Liley on administrative leave as a result of the video. ….

marisacat - 10 March 2011

😆

For some reason that story is tucked away in the Style section.

Well OK then! Nothing to do with politics.

25. marisacat - 10 March 2011

Nu

LINK

………. 8)


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