Contrary to the rhetoric of loyal left apologists, imperialism IS 'capitalism' , the political-economic system of 'globalized' capitalism -- not just the 'foreign policy' of whichever electoral gang is selected to carry out a bipartisan U.S. agenda.
It is the same capitalist system committing ongoing genocide against the Black people in this country that is committing state - sponsored terrorist genocide against Palestine, Iraq, and Africa in a fascist military juggernaut
designed to eliminate all obstacles to total U.S.-zionist global domination ... aka imperial 'security' and 'peace'.
Those with lots to lose want to keep the U.S. ship of state afloat using sails of lies and illusions of real change through elections ... despite hundreds of years of evidence otherwise. Peddling this deception is complicity with the system and ruling class whose bloody empire is built on white supremacist 'manifest destiny', on the labor, blood and bones of millions through 'democratic' genocide, slavery, exploitation, oppression, state terror and war.
By pretending that voting, replacing Bush, a vile little weasel figurehead, will strategically change anything, the loyal left is pimping this system's absolute depravity. To passively go along with this deadly treachery instead of forging an internationalist anti-imperialist political movement is to betray the genuine interests of humanity, including our own, to aid and abet our common enemy's historically unprecedented crimes against humanity, the world and the planet.
And it is to loose a rare historic moment pregnant with immense dangers and also opportunities : U.S capitalism is in crisis, desperate to seize this moment to expand and secure its global supremacy before another rival predatory capitalist power, like China or Russia, displaces it. This world war of terror has unleashed powerful, unbeatable resistance...but not in the "homeland". Will we continue to buy into the racist made-in-usa "terrorism threats", anti-immigrant psywar, 'internet terrorism', all the relentless pretexts the state's mainstream media mouthpieces use to 'justify' expanding the war of terror and tightening the police state 'for our own good'. The 'dots' are systemically connected...following are a few:
SET-UP: PSYWAR MESSAGES IN NEW "TERRORIST" THREATS TO INTENSIFY GLOBAL WAR OF TERROR
1] contrary to reality and what growing numbers even in the u.s. believe, the "war on terrorism" is real
2] "Islamic terrorism" now directly threatens the peacekeeping 'homeland'
3] be vigilant, main dangers are immigrants, Muslims especially, because they hate our liberating justice and freedom
4] the internet is now a "terrorist" tool -- trust us, we're developing "secure trusted computing"
5] patriotic white snitches love amerika
6] support U.S. fascist state terrorist freedom
6 men charged with plotting to attack soldiers at Fort Dix :
"What concerns us is, obviously, they began conducting surveillance and weapons training in the woods and were discussing killing large numbers of soldiers," said Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd.
Questions and answers by Newsday so you don't think...
The FBI turned to paid informants who had been helpful in other investigations...
The men were arrested at different places Monday night. Two were grabbed at a meeting that some of the suspects believed would be with someone who would sell them M-16 and AK-47 automatic rifles. That person, though, was a government informant....
Q: How did they intend to attack Fort Dix?
A: The post has had especially tight security since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Christie would not say how the men intended to get access to the installation, but he said they had a detailed plan that included cutting off the electricity, then using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.
Q: When were they going to attack?
A: That's not clear. But Christie said they thought the automatic weapons they wanted to buy would be "the final piece of their plan."
It usually takes several months, if not years, before major cases are tried. It's possible the charges could be dismissed or they could plead guilty before a trial.
...The complaint included an affidavit from John J. Ryan, a special agent with the F.B.I., which said that a cooperating witness infiltrated the group and last year recorded some of their conversations....
“Terrorist attacks are not always going to be on the grand scale of September 11th,” Mr. Christie said. “But keep in mind that terrorist attacks are about creating terror, [note: u.s. knows this firsthand] and an attack on an American military institution in our country clearly would have created the type of terror that people like these who believe in Jihad want to perpetrate on American citizens.”...
“We do not have any evidence at this time that they are connected directly to any other international terrorist movement around the world,” Mr. Christie said. “But clearly they used the Internet to obtain this jihadist material, which they used as both educational and inspirational for their cause.”... Mr. Duka, and two others, Eljvir Duka and Shain Duka — all three of whom are brothers — are in the United States illegally, Mr. Christie said. People at several mosques near Cherry Hill did not recognize the names of the defendants, and said there was no mosque in Cherry Hill but that one is being built that will serve an Indian Muslim sect.
...The arrests came after a 15-month investigation during which the F.B.I. and two informers... infiltrated the group...
...The authorities described the suspects as Islamic extremists and said they represented the newest breed of threat: loosely organized domestic militants unconnected to — but inspired by — Al Qaeda or other international terror groups....
“They appear to be individuals who were actively perusing radical Web sites and began shooting weapons, doing surveillance and trying to get some advanced weaponry,” said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, because the matter was still under investigation....
Cassie Herman, who lives in Blackwood, N.J., where the Duka family once owned a pizzeria, said she rented her 5,000-square-foot home in a gated community on Big Bass Lake to Eljvir Duka for a week in February, and to someone from the F.B.I. for a few days just before.
Kevin O’Brien, 36, who lives in the same community, said he had gone to bars twice with several of the men, who told him they were avid hunters. Mr. O’Brien said the men drank whiskey and beer and asked him about his stint in the Marines, trading stories of their own military training in the former Yugoslavia.
Tom Cornine, a bartender at the Gouldsboro Inn, recalled two of the men there on a February weekend, drinking Stoli on the rocks until they drained the bottle, then Absolut. “They drank more than the average man,” Mr. Cornine said.
For all the suspects’ talk of holy war and martyrdom, investigators said there is little indication that they were devout, or even practicing, Muslims. Leaders at nearby Muslim houses of worship said they had never seen the suspects and were troubled to learn they had tried to use faith as a justification for their plan.
will you be a good brave 'murican patriot?
In January 2006, a store clerk in New Jersey saw something.
A group of men had brought him a video showing them firing assault weapons and chanting "God is great!" in Arabic. They wanted him to dub the footage to a DVD.
So the clerk called the Mount Laurel Police Department, which in turn contacted the FBI.
FBI agent J.P. Weis saluted the unidentified Mount Laurel store clerk as the "unsung hero" of the case.
Within months, the FBI had managed to infiltrate the group with two informants, court documents said.
in case you've missed the point, a clarifying psywar editorial from the NYT:
NYT OPINION EDITORIAL
By CLARK KENT ERVIN
Published: May 8, 2007
MORE than five years have passed since terrorism struck our country. Some say this is no surprise. After all, since then we have reorganized the government and created an agency dedicated to protecting us from another attack — the Department of Homeland Security. We have spent billions of dollars to better secure potential targets. We have dislodged Al Qaeda from its sanctuary in Afghanistan, and killed or captured scores of its followers around the globe.
Perhaps another strike on the country is unlikely, but I very much doubt it. From everything we know, Al Qaeda is as determined as ever to attack us at home, and it remains as capable as ever of doing so. While many of its operatives have been killed or captured since 9/11, the supply of young people who are willing and even eager to attack Americans seems limitless.
Our disastrous misadventure in Iraq has only increased that desire. Al Qaeda has reconstituted itself in Pakistan and is trying to reclaim Afghanistan. It is only marginally harder for terrorists to enter the United States now than it was before 9/11, and once they’re inside our borders the potential targets are infinite. Many of those targets are more secure today, but not to the degree they should be.
As if we needed a reminder that another 9/11 remains a real threat, let’s look at what happened just last week: Another chilling videotape from Osama bin Laden’s top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, appeared. The State Department acknowledged that attacks worldwide are on the rise. Five Britons with links to Al Qaeda were sentenced for plotting spectacular attacks in their country, highlighting the danger of “homegrown” terrorism here as well. And the former C.I.A. director George Tenet maintained that “Al Qaeda is here and waiting.”
We can never make ourselves invulnerable to terrorism. But certain steps would reduce our vulnerability to as close to zero as possible. Among those steps should be these:[...]
SOME TERRORISTS PROTECTED BY 'CRIMINAL JUSTICE'
Cuban Militant's Indictment Tossed Out
HOUSTON (AP) -- A federal judge on Tuesday threw out an indictment accusing a Cuban militant of lying to immigration authorities, saying the government manipulated Luis Posada Carriles' naturalization interview.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone said the interpretation of the April 2006 interview ''is so inaccurate as to render it unreliable as evidence of defendant's actual statement.''
Posada, a 79-year-old former CIA operative and fierce opponent of Fidel Castro, was scheduled to stand trial next week in Texas on immigration fraud charges.
He was accused of entering the U.S. illegally and was detained in May 2005. Authorities said he later lied about how he entered the country when he sought to become a naturalized U.S. citizen.
He was released from jail last month. An immigration judge has ruled that Posada be deported but not to Cuba, where he was born, or Venezuela, where he is a naturalized citizen, because of fears that he could be tortured.
Cuba and Venezuela want Posada extradited for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner... that killed 73 people.... but the United States has refused to send him to either country....
The judge said Posada was entitled to certain rights under the U.S. Constitution.
''This Court will not set aside such rights nor overlook Government misconduct because Defendant is a political hot potato,'' she wrote. ''This Court's concern is not politics; it is the preservation of criminal justice.''...
US government to gag terrorist on CIA ties
by Bill Van Auken
Global Research, May 6, 2007
...With his trial on immigration charges set for May 11, the US government has filed a motion in federal court seeking to bar the international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles from testifying on his role as an agent of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Venezuela has demanded that Posada Carriles be extradited to face charges there related to his masterminding of a 1976 bombing of a Cuban civilian passenger jet that killed 73 people. He evaded punishment for the crime—at the time the worst single act of terrorism in the Western Hemisphere—by escaping a Venezuelan prison in 1985.
Violating international and bilateral treaties, Washington has rebuffed Venezuela’s request, charging Posada Carriles instead with minor violations of US immigration law for entering the US without a visa and lying to immigration officials. Last month, the terrorist, who had been in federal custody since May 2005, was set free on bail and returned to Miami.
The release has provoked international protests and exposed the hypocrisy of the so-called “global war on terrorism” proclaimed by a government that has sponsored and continues to harbor and protect a wanted terrorist.
The nine-page motion submitted to the federal court in El Paso, Texas, argues that the relationship between Posada Carriles and the CIA ended 30 years ago and therefore is irrelevant.
Declassified documents have established that Carriles was recruited as an agent of the CIA in 1961, was sent into the US Army for a year of training in demolition and terrorist tactics and remained directly on the CIA payroll at least until 1967. From 1969 to 1974, he served as a senior officer in the Venezuelan secret police, DISIP, charged with capturing, torturing and killing left-wing opponents of the government. During that period he remained an informant and “asset” of the CIA in Latin America.
In 1976, he planned the airline bombing, leaving its execution to two employees of his private detective agency that he set up in Caracas after a change of government forced him out of the secret police. Just two weeks before the October 1976 airline bombing, he was involved in another terrorist attack, this one in the center of Washington. A car bomb killed the exiled former foreign minister of Chile, Orlando Letelier, and an American aide, Ronni Moffitt.
After his escape from prison in Venezuela, Posada Carriles made his way to El Salvador, where he became a key operative in the illegal terror war against Nicaragua financed by the CIA and directed by the network established by the Reagan administration under the direction of Lt. Col. Oliver North of the National Security Council. He went on to Guatemala, becoming a government intelligence officer during a brutal counterinsurgency campaign that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives.
In the 1990s, by his own admission, Posada Carriles directed a series of terrorist bombings against hotels and tourist spots in Cuba, killing an Italian tourist.
And, in November 2000, he was involved in an aborted attempt to blow up a conference hall in Panama, where Cuban President Fidel Castro was scheduled to speak to hundreds of people. He was arrested and jailed for the plot, but then pardoned by outgoing Panamanian President Mireya Moscoso in 2004, reportedly as the result of either US pressure or bribes from anti-Castro Cuban exile groups.
In response to the government attempt to quash any public testimony about Posada Carriles’s ties to the CIA, the terrorist’s defense lawyers filed a countermotion this week, insisting that it was impossible to discuss the “context” of the case without dealing with their client’s relation with the agency. Moreover, the document claimed, this relationship “lasted for 25 years.”
“The government’s statement that his service to the United States ended in 1976 is incorrect,” the document said.
The implications of the motion are clear. Posada Carriles was working for the CIA when he planned and executed the terrorist bombing that murdered 73 people aboard the Cuban plane as well as the car-bomb assassination in Washington. Moreover, he remained an agent or “asset” of the US intelligence agency while continuing to carry out acts of terrorist and repressive violence in Cuba, Central America and elsewhere for at least another decade. Both of the 1976 terrorist acts took place when George H.W. Bush, the current US president’s father, was director of the CIA.
Declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB153/index.htm in 2005 establish that the CIA had advance intelligence on the planned airline bombing and that the FBI’s attaché in Caracas had repeated contacts with one of the operatives who placed the bomb on the plane and, just days before the bombing, obtained a visa for him to travel to the US.
Jurors in Padilla terror trial won't hear key allegations:
The case, which includes two Muslim defendants who allegedly recruited the Islamic convert, has come to be known as "Padilla lite" because it lacks so many of the alleged ["terrorist"] criminal elements that behind designating the former Fort Lauderdale-area resident as an "enemy combatant."
“Of course our whole national history has been one of expansion… That the barbarians recede or are conquered, with the attendant fact that peace follows retrogression or conquest, is due solely to the power of the mighty civilized races which have not lost the fighting instinct, and which by their expansion are gradually bringing peace into the red wastes of the world where the barbarian peoples of the world hold sway.”
THE U.S. CANNOT SOLVE ITS 'PROBLEMS' DESPITE ENGINEERING A GENOCIDAL "CIVIL WAR", MURDERING OVER A MILLION IRAQIS, THREATENING / BRIBING OTHER ARAB COUNTRIES, and IRAN, TO HELP CARRY OUT ITS PLANS TO CONTROL THE "M.E.":
Pentagon identifies 35,000 more troops for Iraq:
Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the decision was not related to the military's so-called "surge." But the replacement forces offer generals the flexibility to maintain heightened troop levels through 2007.
Cheney to seek help on Iraq, Iran:
The US vice president, will be the senior-most official from Washington to visit Riyadh since King Abdullah railed against the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq.
Dems. Funding Bill Includes Privatization of Iraq Oil & Carte Blanche to Invade Iran:
Democrats in Congress had made some secret concessions to the Republicans in the initial Bill to continue funding the Iraq War that was vetoed, and in a subsequent version that is currently being negotiated. according to Dennis Kucinich including:
Why the imperialists will be defeated: anti-imperialist Resistance fighters are like 'fish in the sea', supported by the masses of people. This is why they are targets of the occupiers' whose lies about helping the nation they have destroyed in a vain effort to conquer it, about 'terrorists', 'al-Qaeda', 'foreigners[!], about 'quelling the 'sectarian violence' manufactured by the U.S. to turn the people against the resistance, are only believed by fools who wish to believe, in U.S - Israel especially:
US attack 'kills Iraqi children'
An attack by a US helicopter against suspected insurgents in Iraq has killed a number of children at a primary school, Iraqi security sources say.
The officer said police had spoken to eyewitnesses and that six children had been killed and six injured but the figures have not been independently confirmed.
A spokesman for the US forces in Iraq, Lt-Col Chris Garver, said the US tried to do everything possible to avoid civilian casualties, which was why it was taking the reports seriously and conducting an investigation.
CIA-backed raid 'killed 50 Afghan villagers':
Military specialists with the CIA were among a US force accused of killing more than 50 civilians during the hunt for a Taliban commander in Afghanistan.[SIC]
21 Afghan Civilians Killed, Official Says
The U.S.-led coalition said militants fired guns, rocket propelled grenades and mortars at U.S. Special Forces and Afghan soldiers on patrol 15 miles north of Sangin.
Maj. William Mitchell, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition, said troops killed a ''significant'' number of militants....
''We don't have any report of civilian casualties. There are enemy casualties -- I think the number is significant,'' Mitchell said without releasing an exact figure.... A resident of the area, Mohammad Asif, said five homes in the village of Soro were bombed during the battle, killing 38 people and wounding more than 20. He said Western troops and Afghan forces had blocked people from entering the area....
The report of civilian casualties comes less than a week after Afghan officials said that 51 civilians were killed in the western province of Herat.
It also comes one day after the U.S. military apologized and paid compensation to the families of 19 people killed and 50 wounded by U.S. Marines Special Forces who fired indiscriminately on civilians after being hit by a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan in March.
Saudis, US sponsoring covert action against Iran :
The governments of Saudi Arabia and the United States are working with other states in the Middle East to sponsor covert action against Iran, according to a report in this month's edition of The Atlantic. The report also suggests that covert attacks may occur against Iran's oil sector.
Damascus moves to imperialist center stage again:
Fifty years ago, alarmed that Syria was becoming dangerously close to the Soviet Union, US president Dwight Eisenhower authorized a series of operations aimed at isolating, weakening and eventually overthrowing the regime of president Shukri al-Quwatli.
U.S. Blocks Israel-Syria Talks:
Even as American officials reluctantly agreed last month to include Syrian representatives in multiparty talks on Iraqi security issues, the Bush administration continues to block Israel from resuming negotiations with Syria over its security concerns.
Assad not preparing for war:
While Syria is repairing its military positions along the border with Israel, its army has not beefed up its forces on the Golan Heights, Austrian Maj.-Gen. Wolfgang Jilke, commander of the UN force deployed along the border, has told The Jerusalem Post in an exclusive interview
Iran's FM: We oppose nuclear weapons:
"We are against nuclear weapons, and we do believe that the time for nuclear weapons is over," said Manouchehr Mottaki, appearing at a news conference with his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Stoere.
After Gates' Talks Fail, White House Sending Rice To Sell U.S. Defense Shield:
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to fly to Russia next week to pitch Washington's plan to deploy a 'missile defense shield system' in central Europe, which has sparked strong opposition from Russia and a bitter debate between the former Cold War enemies.
U.S. FINANCE CAPITALISTS BANKING ON FRENCH FASCIST
Look to Airbus For Clues To Sarkozy
Published: May 9, 2007
TOULOUSE, France, May 7 — For those trying to predict how France’s newly elected president, Nicolas Sarkozy, will lead his country’s economy, one of the first critical tests is likely to come here, at the home base of Airbus, the proud but ailing European plane maker.
Still reeling from costly delays in its flagship A380 plane, Airbus has embarked on a wrenching overhaul that could result in thousands of lost jobs and the sale of several factories. The turmoil is aggravating political tensions between the company’s French and German backers.
How Mr. Sarkozy navigates these thorny issues may help clarify whether he is, at heart, a free-market reformer or an economic nationalist determined to prop up France’s industrial patrimony.
“Airbus could soon become a test of his plans for a more flexible labor market,” said Nicolas Sobczak, an economist at Goldman Sachs in Paris. “It would be a good showcase to demonstrate to the unions that it’s not useful to oppose a business plan that makes sense.” Sticking to that, however, would require considerable political nerve. Workers at Airbus plants have already staged strikes to protest the plan, which will eliminate 10,000 jobs, 4,300 of them in France.
“Sarkozy, despite his pro-American attitude, still feels that Airbus is French and needs to be protected,” said Doug McVitie, the managing director of Arran Aerospace, a consulting firm in Dinan, France.
“He has this French attitude that Airbus is strategic for France, in the same way that Danone was strategic for France in the yogurt business,” Mr. McVitie said, referring to the French dairy brand that raised jitters here after becoming the target of a rumored takeover by PepsiCo.
The potential for conflict between France and Germany has increased along with the magnitude of the woes at Airbus, he said. [...]
new partners in the "secure trusted computing" project
Tech Investors Cull Start-Ups for Pentagon
By MATT RICHTEL
...Since the Sept. 11 attacks, the military has reached out more to the private sector, trying to make use of a range of technologies in pursuing security and fighting wars. Some venture capitalists have catered to those demands, creating firms aimed at military and security needs.
On the public sector side, the Central Intelligence Agency in 1999 started In-Q-Tel, a venture that identifies and invests in start-ups and technologies whose products could be used in intelligence. And the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency backs new technology and has helped create many important advances, including the Internet.
What makes DeVenCI unusual, its participants say, is that by bringing together military procurement agents and technology investors it is creating a kind of brokerage for ideas. But it had humbler beginnings, starting out on more of a special case basis not long after the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon......the Defense Department signs 6,000 or more contracts a week with various companies....
But it is not all business, the venture capitalists say. For some, there is a patriotic component, one that sometimes tests their own philosophies about the role of the military...
Recalibrated Remarks: Obama Carefully Courts Jewish Vote
WASHINGTON, May 6, 2007
(Christian Science Monitor) This article was written by Ariel Sabar
For a candidate intent on courting the Jewish vote, some of the headlines for Sen. Barack Obama in recent weeks have been less than heartening...
Obama has delivered a series of speeches since March before Jewish audiences — two before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the influential pro-Israel lobby, and one, last week, before the National Jewish Democratic Council here.
Even in that short span, his remarks have undergone a subtle evolution.
In March, he spoke of relaxing restrictions on aid to the Palestinians and said "both the Israeli and Palestinian people have suffered from the failure to achieve" the "goal" of "two states living side by side in peace and security." While asserting that the United States should isolate Hamas and other Palestinian Islamic militants, he said that "Israel will also have some heavy stones to carry" in any peace process.
By last week, however, the references to Palestinian suffering and Israeli heavy lifting were gone, replaced by a less nuanced pro-Israel stance nearly indistinguishable from that of his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.
"When I am president, the United States will stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel in search of this peace and in defense against those who seek its destruction," Obama told an audience at the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC), where his staff also handed out a 29-page "American-Israeli Relationship Issue Packet."
Yet two days later, when asked at the debate at South Carolina State University to name America's three most important allies, Obama listed the European Union, NATO, and Japan.
"I didn't hear you mention Israel," Mr. [NBC's Brian] Williams interjected, asking whether the senator still stood behind his statement that "no one is suffering more than the Palestinian people."
"What I said is, nobody has suffered more than the Palestinian people from the failure of the Palestinian leadership to recognize Israel, to renounce violence, and to get serious about negotiating peace and security for the region," Obama replied. "Israel has been one of our most important allies around the world." [...]
National ID card a disaster in the making
By Richard Forno and Bruce Schneier
It is perhaps quite telling that despite bipartisan opposition, Real ID was buried in a 2005 "must-pass" military spending bill and enacted into law without public debate or congressional hearings.
The Lethal Media Silence On Kent State's Smoking Guns:
The 1970 killings by National Guardsmen of four students during a peaceful anti-war demonstration at Kent State University have now been shown to be cold-blooded, premeditated official murder.
Channel 4 accused of falsifying data in documentary on climate change :
The makers of a Channel 4 documentary which claimed that global warming is a swindle have been accused of fabricating data by one of the scientists who participated in the film.
FROM NEW ORLEANS TO NIGERIA , L.A. TO LEBANON, THE SAME WHITE SUPREMACIST CAPITALISM DOMINATES ...AND DESTROYS...THE WORLD
The Hate Equation: Targeting Migrant Children
Even the mayor of Los Angeles admits "Nobody, nobody should be victimized in a way we saw women, children and families victimized just a few days ago."
He was referring to the openly brutal assault by the LAPD on a peaceful rally of migrant families and their supporters on May 1 in LA’s MacArthur Park, where dozens of pigs in riot gear viciously and repeatedly fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets into a crowd of Brown families with children and babies, even before a helicopter hovered overhead announcing – in English only – that the Park must be vacated. The rally had a permit until 9 P.M. But, according to eyewitness accounts collected by the National Immigrant Solidarity Network, hundreds of cops arrived at 6, a mere hour after the event started, and, unprovoked, immediately began harassing a crowd watching Mexica/ Azteca danzantes, driving their motorcycles straight into the onlookers and sending a wedge of riot clad cops into their midst. More people gathered in the area to denounce this outrage, as waves of cops shot their way into the crowd of ten thousand nearby. The LAPD tried to blame “agitators” and “anarchists” for their attack, but this as a straight up lie.
Reporter Ernesto Arce of LA’s KPFK told Democracy Now!, “they were trying to clear the Alvarado Street for ongoing traffic, and there was a gathering, a large gathering, a circle of people that were gathered around Aztec danzantes, or pre-Columbian Mexican dancers, and they were holding a ceremony. And police on motorcade decided to forcibly break that up, and they drove their motorcycles through this crowd.”
A reporter for Telemundo said “One minute I was on live, the next minute I was running for my life. It was excessive force. They basically hit women, children, and journalists.”
Another reporter wrote, “Television news crews captured images of the police swinging their batons at an arm’s length of a frightened child who cried as he stood frozen in the chaos.
Let’s be clear. This would never happen to a gathering of white suburban families. No one would tolerate it for a moment if white babies were fired on by pigs using “less than lethal” weapons” that have been known to kill, hurling projectiles with the force of a 95 mile per hour baseball. Is a 95 mile per hour baseball “less than lethal” when hurled at an infants’s skull? If it strikes a baby’s eye? About 600 cops, including 100 from the ultra elite Metro Division, fired hundreds of rubber bullets and tear gas canisters and systematically beat Brown mothers, fathers, youth, and members of the news media with batons. Tear gas projectiles have long been known to have lethal potential. LA Times writer Ruben Salazar was killed by the LAPD with a tear gas canister during the police riot against the anti-war Chicano Moratorium as far back as 1970.
But Brown children are expendable in Los Angeles, and migrants are the new scapegoats for a nation steeped in a deep tradition of white racism.
The race equation, the hate equation, is that simple. The Conservative voice website called the families “criminals” taking to the streets, and, in an effort to justify the LAPD attack, launched a racist war of words on the children themselves ,saying
”the children of illegals, who are themselves illegal (sic), do not share their parents’ work ethic or docility. The children are often lazy, are predominantly hateful, and commit crimes at rates far above the American statistical norm. Imitating the worst qualities of American blacks, they refuse to patiently work their way up the ladder of social mobility, and despise everything that America stands for. Meanwhile, they demand that everything that law-abiding Americans have worked so hard for be taken from them and given to the second-generation illegals.”
The website called the families “Thugs hiding behind children, and backs the claim with a citation from the virulently racist website VDARE:
I wonder if the plan to Boycott America also includes not giving birth to their 'jackpot' babies, not driving while drunk, not accepting welfare payments, not using food stamps, not dealing drugs, not murdering, stealing or raping, not attending government schools, not buying homes using government financing, not clogging our court system, not sending remittances to Mexico, not breaking our laws by being here and not insisting that we speak Spanish?
The essay concludes that white “Americans” should “begin exercising their legal right (sic) to effect citizens’ arrests of illegals.
” What the Right wants is for even more intense brutality to be unleashed on the Brown community, by police and vigilantes alike. “The Americans, writes the Voice,” will need to break into march lines, make citizens’ arrests, and force policemen to choose their allegiances: To America’s laws and citizens, or to foreign criminals and their American accomplices.”
The Hate Equation is so simple and so transparent that the nation’s most brutal police chief, William Bratton, was forced to apologize- but his early efforts were apologies were to the brutalized news media, and to the cops themselves, for “what happened” to them - not to the families who were attacked.
Bratton finally admitted, “ “I'm not going to defend the indefensible. Things were done that shouldn't have been done."
But the outrage over the police riot grew so intense that LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was forced to return from a trip abroad to calm the troubled waters- and prevent any potential rebellion- by promising justice at home.
But we’ve seen the kind of “justice” the system offers. Just the week before the May Day police riot, LAPD shut down a protest by the parents of children from L.A.’s Academia Semillas del Pueblo, a charter school that teaches indigenous Mexican culture – and that has been targeted by Minuteman- style racist talk jocks at Disney-owned KABC, who have claimed the children are being taught cannibalism and trained as terrorists. The school recently filed a suit against the station, noting on- air racist attacks on the children and a bomb threat against the children that resulted from the station’s hate talk.
When the children’s parents picketed peacefully on the sidewalk outside KABC, Los Angeles police moved in to “disperse” them.
A counter-demonstration against the Minutemen in Hollywood was also viciously attacked by riot squads without provocation. See the video here .
Bratton is the king of “zero tolerance” police tactics, a cop whose policies have led to a record of brutal police murders in both New York and LA.
But street level thuggery on the part of police, Minutemen and radio hate talkers is only the beginning. The physical targeting of Brown children only mirrors the orientation of politicians and the extreme Christian Right, which is mobilizing to strip our children of the birthright citizenship provided by the 14th Amendment, creating a permanent under- caste of not –quite- human, non-white workers of indeterminate legal status, who will lack the rights afforded the children of the generations of white Christian colonizers who brought genocide and slavery with them when they came here. The Minutemen call these children “Anchor babies”; the Conservative Voice calls them “Second generation illegals,” - which is to say, permanent, ready made scapegoats.
In the meantime families are being split apart by the thousands by intensified ICE raids and deportations, even as children are being locked in immigration prisons in Texas.
Carol Lloyd writes in Salon “…we are treating children of all ages (many of whom are U.S. citizens) essentially as prisoners. Initial findings by the ACLU found that the children wore prison garb, received one hour of recreation a day and no formal education, and were kept in small cells 11 to 12 hours each day without food or toys. Other complaints involve psychological abuse, including guards telling children they would be separated from their families if they didn't stop crying. (For a great Q&A with ACLU's Lisa Graybill, click here. )”
Protesting these attacks on families was one of the major focal points of the May Day demonstrations across the US, and in Los Angeles, the answer of the capitalist state to these protests was clear and concise – another brutal, merciless - and racist - attack on Brown parents and their children.
“Empire and imperialism are words that have become a form of abuse in the postmodern world. Today, there are no colonial powers willing to take on the job, though the opportunities, perhaps even the need for colonisation is as great as it ever was in the nineteenth century.”
“What is needed then is a new kind of imperialism, one acceptable to a world of human rights and cosmopolitan values. We can already discern its outline: an imperialism which, like all imperialism, aims to bring order and organisation but which rests today on the voluntary principle.”
“The challenge to the postmodern world is to get used to the idea of double standards. Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws and open cooperative security. But when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states outside the postmodern continent of Europe, we need to revert to the rougher methods of an earlier era – force, pre-emptive attack, deception, whatever is necessary to deal with those who still live in the nineteenth century world of every state for itself. Among ourselves, we keep the law but when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle. In the prolonged period of peace in Europe, there has been a temptation to neglect our defences, both physical and psychological. This represents one of the great dangers of the postmodern state.”
The new liberal imperialism by Robert Cooper, Observer Worldview, Sunday April 7, 2002
“It is destiny that the world be rescued from its natural wilderness and savage men.”
The Star of Empire . Albert Jeremiah Beveridge
How the Inca Leapt Canyons
Centuries before the George Washington Bridge, the Andes
were crisscrossed with suspension bridges. Now students at
M.I.T. are learning to recreate them.
Note: for a powerful story of the Irish struggle for national liberation from barbaric British occupation and the reality of "peace" on the imperialist terms, see the film "Wind in the Barley":
Sounds of Silence in Northern Ireland
A promising pact in Belfast won't bring peace overnight.
The logic of Manifest Destiny is precisely the same “logic” that underlies the current bid for a Pax Americana,
and the crusade for US global domination - the crusade to “tame” the “savage” Muslims of the world....
Apocalypse No! Christian Fascism and the Nazi Legacy
An Indigenist Perspective
The Collapse of Civilisation
It’s not possible to talk deeply about the US invasion of Iraq without talking about perception, entitlement, and the end of civilisation. On September 11, 2006, George W Bush said, of the US invasion of Iraq and more broadly what he calls the “War on Terror,” that, “In truth, it is a struggle for civilisation.”
Throughout that speech, as he has done throughout the past several years, he repeatedly framed his invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq as defensive wars....
As Robert Jay Lifton, probably the world’s foremost authority on the psychology of genocide, has made clear, before you can commit any mass atrocity, you must convince others and especially yourself that what you’re doing is not an atrocity, but instead beneficial. So Hitler was not, from his own perspective, killing Jews and committing genocide; he was purifying the Aryan “race”. Americans weren’t killing American Indians and committing genocide; they were fulfilling their Manifest Destiny. EuroAmericans weren’t enslaving Africans and committing genocide; they were helping the Africans: slavery, as one 1830’s philosopher put it, “has done more to elevate a degraded race in the scale of humanity; to tame the savage; to civilise the barbarous; to soften the ferocious; to enlighten the ignorant, and to spread the blessings of Christianity among the heathen, than all the missionaries that philanthropy and religion have ever sent forth.”
Today, industrialised nations don’t exploit colonies, they “help Third World Nations develop.” So, of course, Bush can’t just come out and say he’s ordering mass torture of suspects (instead, he’s “protecting our security”) or that he invaded Iraq to steal oil: even Hitler said his invasion of Poland was defensive and that Poland attacked first....
Entitlement does strange things to perception... entitlement is key to nearly all atrocity... Europeans felt they were (and are) entitled to the land of North and South America, indeed the world. The British certainly felt they were entitled to India and Indians. Slave-owners felt and feel they’re entitled to the labour (and the lives) of their slaves. Americans act as though we’re entitled to consume the majority of the world’s resources, and to change the world’s climate. Industrialised humans act like we’re entitled to anything we want on this planet.
So long as this sense of entitlement remains invisible to those reaping its benefits — so long as this entitlement isn’t seen as such but rather is described as “economics,” or “religion,” or “tradition,” or simply “the way things are,” and most especially so long as those to be exploited don’t actively resist... hatred and direct physical force remain underground. But when that rhetoric begins to fail, force — and hatred — waits in the wings, ready to explode....But threaten their access to oil (their oil, from their perspective) no matter whose land it may be under) and watch the depleted uranium fireworks begin....