Fascism is the union of government with private business against the People.
"To The States, or any one of them, or to any city of The States: Resist much, Obey little; Once unquestioning obedience, at once fully enslaved; Once fully enslaved, no nation, state, city, ever afterward resumes its liberty." from "Caution" by Walt Whitman

Thursday, November 17, 2011

State Censorship & Repression

USA has conducted official state censorship & repression since the days before the Federal Constitution was enacted in the year 1787.
USA fascists have created maximum-security concentration camps for USA Citizens who are Muslim, allowed death-squad operations against Citizens & workers who live without homes, polluted the ecosystem so much that 1 in 2 Citizens will recieve cancer directly caused by the industrial pollutants, and crimes too numerous to mention here... all without the monopolized media reporting any of it. 
Fascism is here to stay, and the monopolized media is its organ of propoganda.

2011-11-19 "Shocking Images Show Escalating Violence Against OWS" by Beth Buczynski
November 17th marked the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement [http://www.care2.com/causes/occupy-wall-street-prepares-for-nov-17th-global-day-of-action.html].
To demonstrate resilience and solidarity in the face of coordinated crack-downs, Occupiers around the world organized a massive day of action.
Many of these actions were met with marked violence by law enforcement. At UC Davis, a police officer flippantly pepper-sprayed seated college students at point-blank range while a wall of onlookers documented the heartless act.
UC Davis professor Nathan Brown later gave a chilling account of what happened to the students: “When students covered their eyes with their clothing, police forced open their mouths and pepper-sprayed down their throats,” Brown said. “Several of these students were hospitalized.”

Update: The cop who used the pepper spray, reported to be Lt. John Pike, earns $110,000 a year–almost twice that of an experienced assistant professor at UC Davis. Pike’s cell phone number is (530) 752-3989 (confirmed). His email is japikeiii@ucdavis.edu. Tell him what you think of his violence against these kids and the interests that he serves.
A similar scene played out at Occupy Portland [http://www.care2.com/causes/occupy-portland-under-attack-police-evict-protesters.html], which was completely destroyed by the Portland Police Department last week. On November 17th, 21 Occupy Portland protesters were arrested occupying Chase Bank and Wells Fargo [http://www.care2.com/causes/wells-fargo-ceo-mic-checked-by-student-video.html]. These actions followed the arrest of twenty-five union members on the Steel Bridge protesting the lack of infrastructure spending and job creation, which was led by We Are Oregon and organized labor [http://weareoregon.org/].
Over twelve instances of pepper spray at point blank range targeting people on the sidewalk, reported Occupy Portland in a statement [http://www.kdvr.com/news/nationworld/na-portland-protest-photo-20111119,0,7433343.story]. Two people were stepped on and pushed down by police horses. At least six people were beaten with batons by the police. Seven people were injured from impacts with police bicycles. One individual suffered an injured back after being forcefully grabbed by a mounted office. One elderly person was taken to the hospital with leg or hip injuries.
“On multiple occasions the police pointlessly endangered demonstrators and ensarled traffic, including a mounted charge of peaceful protesters on a sidewalk, forcing them onto the MAX tracks on SW Yamhill,” said David Osborn.

In New York City, the nexus of the Occupy Wall Street movement, over 30,000 people took to the streets (see above) to protest political and economic injustice, and to show support for the recently evicted Zuccotti Park occupation [http://www.care2.com/causes/city-council-members-condemn-occupy-wall-street-eviction.html]. Over 100 were arrested at the action, including journalists.
A man who identified himself as Brendan Watts was beaten to the ground by police officers in Zuccotti Park [http://rt.com/news/bloody-story-brendan-watts-617/]. According to reports he was injured and suffered a fractured skull after being hit with a baton to the head as police clashed with protesters.
At 3pm, thousands of students, workers, and other supporters gathered in Union Square chanting “Shut the city down!” and using the People’s Mic to share stories of how banks and corporate greed have impacted the 99%. Simultaneously, Occupiers took to multiple subway stations in all five boroughs. The day of action culminated when the student strike, labor unions, and various OWS groups took over a number of streets in Lower Manhattan on their way to Foley Square before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Westlake Park in Seattle. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. (AP Photo/seattlepi.com, by Joshua Trujillo)

2011-11-17 "Media Blackout During OWS Eviction" by Kristina Chew
In the dark hours of Tuesday, November 15, the NYPD orchestrated a raid on the Occupy Wall Street encampment at Zuccotti Park on the orders of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg [http://www.care2.com/causes/bloomberg-orders-midnight-raid-on-occupy-wall-street.html]. Journalists soon began reporting on Twitter that they were being prevented from reporting about the police’s actions [http://www.savethenews.org/blog/11/11/15/occupy-crackdown-targets-journalists] — and next, reports emerged of police harassment, abuse and even arrests [https://twitter.com/#!/brianstelter/status/136406109043957761]. Ten journalists, some from the NPR, the Associated Press and the New York Daily News, were arrested. One journalist from the New York Post was put in a choke hold.
Bloomberg said that the “media blackout” – keeping out the press — was meant “to prevent a situation from getting worse and to protect members of the press.” Was Bloomberg implying that, if the press reported about what happened, the “situation” would somehow get worse, to the point that reporters would find themselves in need of protection? As one journalist from the Village Voice found out early Tuesday [http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/reporters-say-police-denied-access-to-protest-site/?ak_proof=1&src=tp], telling the police “I’m press!” evoked an answer of “Not tonight.”
A total of 23 journalists have been arrested since Occupy Wall Street began two months ago. Many more have been tear-gassed, pepper sprayed and subjected to rough treatment in cities including Chicago, Denver, Oakland and Portland. Authorities seem to be quite determined to make sure word about what is happening doesn’t get out: There have been reports of police turning on strobe lights to disable video cameras, so people can’t document what is going on.
As the New York Press Club said in a statement, “…the brash manner in which officers ordered reporters off the streets and then made them back off until the actions of the police were almost invisible is outrageous.”
Take action and tell Bloomberg,  Jean Quan and the US Conference of Mayors across the country that they  must drop all charges against journalists and publicly commit to ensuring press freedoms for those covering all the protests and police actions — that they must publicly commit to upholding the First Amendment. It is vital that the word gets out about what happened on the morning of November 15 in Zuccotti Park and what is happening today’s Global Day of Action. It is vital that the messenger is not silenced — is the US a country that truly values, and allows for, freedom of the press?

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