|From Blue Nation|
When we humans are told to be afraid of terrorists. Usually the government is talking about violent individuals or groups, sometimes state sponsored from abroad, who are attacking our people. Sadly, officials often are working for people who see the potential "terrorists" as ordinary citizens. This is especially true when the system is already corrupt. What happens then is that often the violent terrorism is not only used to justify domestic terrorism and repression, but sometimes it is even covertly egged on and funded. When we use spies and spook agents overseas, almost inevitably those personnel and methods eventually come home.
It's well documented that we've had an actively repressive security state since 2001
Back in 2013 I did some investigating into what happened to the Occupy Movement. Their persons, efforts and camps had been systematically oppressed, attacked and wiped out by Police forces. I'd noticed that the most aggressive police in New York City had all been wearing white dress uniforms, while the "men in blue" had behaved a lot more normal. It turned out that even the "men in blue" had been egged on to attack demonstrators. Rather than the repression and violence being an over-reaction to protester misbehavior, many of the attacks had been on orders. This all came out in lawsuits and "Freedom of Information" responses. I blogged on this in several posts in 2013:
- In Bush's Loogie I also described the case of Brenda Dowhan, who is an example of hundreds (thousands) of persons hired to infiltrate peaceful movements to gain intelligence or provoke them to break the law so they can be arrested.
- "Occupy Crackdown coordinated from before Occupy created" [http://holtesthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/09/occupy-crackdown-coordinated-from.html]
- The Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) versus Democracy
- The book is online and can be read here:
- (Back in 2012) http://www.justiceonline.org/fbi_files_ows/
- How Wall Street Used Government Forces to Crush Occupy
- “Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
- - Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
- – Appear intended
- (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
- (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or
- (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and -Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S."
In a post written in August 2013 named Bush's Loogie I described the history, background and some of the hijinks and how Terrorism got used as a bait and switch ploy for officials to go after peaceful protesters against criminal Wall Street behavior. I also talked about how the "Fusion Centers" created to fight terrorism became an instrument of (often State Governor based) represssion:
In September I followed it up with reference to what happened to Naomi Wolfe, Occupy, and how the crackdown was programmed from before Occupy was even started!
I also introduced us to the Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC) which is a partnership between "retired" FBI officials and representatives of the largest USA corporations. At the time they had a public website and weren't exactly hiding what they were doing. They were basically hijacking US security efforts for their own purpose, which was to manage protests against Wall Street's criminal behavior, and to use the FBI department charged with investigating that behavior to do so!
I followed that up with an article on Spetember 9 titled:
In that article I went into detail from public information about what DSAC is about and why this is a repressive organization. Since then I've learned more of the history of USA Corporate Spying and Freebooting and that has led me to make Smedley Butler's 1930's book "War is a Racket" a reference book and almost a bible on what is wrong with our War-profiteering and War-mongering Security State. There is a Smedley Butler Society:
Ultimately war-mongering and war-profiteering only benefit the lucky among the 1% and about .01% super wealthy who can afford the high stakes gambling involved in arms dealing and international intrigue. James Bond may be fantasy, but it turns out that organizations like "Spectre" are based on real mafioso behavior by arms dealers and renegade officials. That has to be investigated. Doing so can be fatal. Nothing has changed since Butler's time:
So I wanted to write a follow up to those posts from 2013 with an update that affirms what I learned then:
How Wall Street Used Government Forced to Crush Occupy (2015 Article)
This post is more a review post. Here is the article that inspired it:
In that article the author notes the definition of Terrorism used by the FBI:
Of course, the weasel words the FBI used was "potential for domestic terrorism", because everyone has the potential (maybe near zero) to do domestic terrorism so if the word "potential" is included in the meaning then they can watch folks with impunity. But the author notes that while the Occupy Wall Street protesters met none of the above definitions, except maybe that they were endangering themselves by taking on authority, the Police and authorities met all of them.
Essentially the report reaffirms what we found out in 2013 and 2014:
" FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests. These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America."
As I pointed out 2 years ago, DSAC was (and is) an arm of Wall Street and Corporate America. So why should anyone be surprised? The whole thing is a real turkey:
The Security State eventually eats It's own
What gets me is that we don't seem to be able to change anything.
Since I wrote this article a lot of information has come out, along with details of just how corrupt and repressive organizations like DSAC, State and Local Police Forces and renegade FBI and CIA agencies are. Nothing has really improved much. If anything the government seems to be out of the President's control in this area and I'm worried he'll be assassinated by these people if he tries to do anything about them. The Secret Service is regularly showing it's intoxicated incompetence, and his own agency heads (DEA) regularly insult him and ignore him and Eric Holder. I was afraid Obama's election was going to be a relatively mild people in our neo-Fascist storm, but it's been stormy with Congress and Officials alike in open sedition and subversion efforts. The Security State always comes home, and it eventually eats it's own. We become what we hate, and a lot of the people who have exaggerated fears of what the Soviets, Maoists or other tyrants did in the name of Communism seem poised to engage in mass repression at home.
Lest anybody presume that the Security Police State is something new, it's not. Secret police and police treated as standing armies and occupying forces were a feature that began with the second phase of colonialism, when it came to be dominated by "monied wealth" and institutionalized corporations.
In the USA oppression was usually adhoc and local. My investigations started with historical crimes dating back to before the Wilson Administration. The problem is that we've had a police state for some communities for year. And we demanded it. "Stop and Frisk" targets "poor communities" which just happen to mean mostly minority communities. You can hear, from time to time, sweet ladies talk about how "stop and frisk" get's bad guys off the street. And sure enough it regularly puts poor black people in jail for having some pot in their pocket or for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. To people living in such places these are occupation police state tactics. The statistics say that minorities get targeted by police, and this is just the dark side of human nature. People tend to go after the easy targets first. So instead of feeling sympathy for the poor and sick, they become marks.
Alan Grayson went to an interview today in which he said something so obvious it ought to be trite:
"When you put people to work making bombs, you end up with bombs. When you put people to work making bridges, you end up with bridges."