Shock And Awe In Utah
By Charlene Fassa
"The illusion of freedom [in America] will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
-Frank Zappa, musician and cultural iconoclast
It should be obvious to all that the legal premise behind the massive, over the top, militarized police raid on young Americans peacefully attending a legal rave concert in Utah is: you're guilty until proven innocent!
Isn't that the way all brutal, morally despicable dictatorships operate? Did I hear you say, "yes, that's true, but America isn't a dictatorship?" Well, it appears that the illusion of freedom has become too expensive to maintain, and the stage is being stripped bare. This demoralizing spectacle in Utah was a page straight out of Dictatorship 101-- along with rigged elections and our state controlled press/media.
Any realistic war drama must have victims who suffer from PTS (post traumatic stress). Of course, those who were at this so-called crime scene suffer the most PTS. Nevertheless, those who learn about what REALLY happened to the hapless people who were there, also suffer from what is called secondary PTS.
And that's the point. Instilling widespread fear through random displays of excessive force to intimidate the masses. This is a function and purpose of state sponsored terrorism.
The RAVE that surrealistically morphed into a RAID was most likely a carefully planned government psy-op, similar in style to something out of a Hollywood summer block buster. It's probable this inappropriate display of force further served to intentionally blur the line between the real and the unreal. Argurably, a case could be made that this "spectacle of excessive force" re-enforces the notion that American citizens have no RIGHTS and are merely considered lab rats in an out of control Big Brother, Tavistock inspired, social engineering experiment.
After reading about the rave raid, don't your personal boundaries feel a tad violated?
Well, they were. The FIREWALL constructed to protect Americans from 'their' government, commonly referred to as "The Bill of Rights", has been torn down and abolished by 'our' government. They tell us they did this to make us, "we the people", safer. WHATEVER! The Bill of Rights is finished--kaput. It's now a quaint, historic relic. Instead, 'OUR' democracy loving leaders are openly, in plain sight, psychologically preparing us en masse for 'our' new and improved lifestyle choices in "camp" USA. Is this what is meant when official pronouncements proclaim that America and her allies are altruistically "installing democracy" around the globe?
One step forward, two steps backward. The BIG LIE marches on.
Are you starting to get the feeling that any gathering in "camp" America of two or more INDIVIDUALS can be quashed by the "peasant control" division of the the local "One World Order" military police, along with their snarling attack dogs, black helicopters, blaring rock music, tear gas, tasers, M-16s, Ak-47s and even tanks.
What's next?
How about this scenario. A neighbor with an axe to grind informs the police that someone at your low key "get together" is smoking pot, or worse yet, you and your friends are watching a video about Osama's extensive business deals with the Bush family. What if, GOD forbid, you're suspected by the authorities of hosting a friendly discussion critical of Israel, the Neo-Cons, or the Zionist's slow motion genocide against the Palestinians. Is it really that far fetched to imagine an ADL sponsored, thought police swat team beating down your door and arresting everyone for allegedly 'anti-Semitic' thought crimes?
Where have we seen these tactics before?
Shades of WACO: As you read the following reports, you'll notice the authorities spouting familiar excuses as to why they had to do this. They say, for example, children were in danger, there were guns, drugs and, well, you know the rest. And then there's the camera smashing tactics, like what the military does to "unembeded" reporters in Iraq.
Haven't we been told a zillion times that Iraq is where we're installing DEMOCRACY? And "they hate us because of our freedoms?" What freedoms are they talking about? And even if all of the allegations, by law enforcement about the Rave were true, would it justify a massive police/ military intervention that endangered the lives of many innocent, law abiding people?
"The Rubicon has been crossed--the techniques of oppression long common in the empire's periphery are being imported to the core." -Richard K. Moore
Excerpts from "Escaping the Matrix" by Richard K. Moore:
The most obvious means of social control, in a discontented society, is a strong, semi-militarized police force. Most of the periphery has been managed by such means for centuries. This was obvious to elite planners in the West, was adopted as policy, and has now been largely implemented. Urban and suburban ghettos--where the adverse consequences of neoliberalism are currently most concentrated--have literally become occupied territories, where police beatings and unjustified shootings are commonplace.
So that the beefed-up police force could maintain control in conditions of mass unrest, elite planners also realized that much of the Bill of Rights would need to be neutralized. (This is not surprising, given that the Bill's authors had just lived through a revolution and were seeking to ensure that future generations would have the means to organize and overthrow any oppressive future government.) The rights-neutralization project has been largely implemented, as exemplified by armed midnight raids, outrageous search-and-seizure practices, overly broad conspiracy laws, wholesale invasion of privacy, massive incarceration, and the rise of prison slave labor (2) . The Rubicon has been crossed--the techniques of oppression long common in the empire's periphery are being imported to the core.
In the matrix, the genre of the TV or movie police drama has served to create a reality in which "rights" are a joke, the accused are despicable sociopaths, and no criminal is ever brought to justice until some noble cop or prosecutor bends the rules a bit. Government officials bolster the construct by declaring "wars" on crime and drugs; the noble cops are fighting a war out there in the streets--and you can't win a war without using your enemy's dirty tricks. The CIA plays its role by managing the international drug trade and making sure that ghetto drug dealers are well supplied. In this way, the American public has been led to accept the means of its own suppression.
Firsthand (unedited) accounts of Shock and Awe in Utah:
all accounts culled from:
Sean age 21:
"I was standing behind the second stage watching a friend of mine play records. Everyone on the dance floor was talking or dancing to my friend's Reggae / Ragga music he was playing. Everyone appeared to be having a good time."
"Up on the hill I noticed some cars that had been stopped for some time and on top of one of the bigger cars I saw what looked like ambulance lights. I commented to my friend standing next to me that the vehicle over there looked like an ambulance. He jokingly said that it was a paddy wagon."
"Ironically, he was right. That was a paddy wagon from the Utah National Guard. After a little while I saw flashlights coming toward us. I leaned over to my friend at my right and mentioned how I think the cops are here. I was pretty wrong since no longer than thirty seconds had passed when we had assault rifles pointed at us. I was standing there behind the DJ booth with my hands in my pockets when they started yelling at us. They told me to take my hands out of my pockets, which I did. Then they told me to just put my hands on my head. I did that. They told my DJ friend that he needed to shut the music off. After they had said that they turned around and started yelling at us again. They said that it was an Illegal party and that we needed to fill our car with people and go. Their rifles were still pointed at us. They asked us if this was our equipment at the booth, to which we replied no. They told us that they knew we had been drinking and if we were too drunk to drive to stay there. Then another armed officer told us that we needed to leave now."
"We walked back to our car and saw groups of people being harassed and being told to leave. We kept walking to the car. I counted about 9 police trucks, an ambulance and a paddy wagon on our way out the gate."
"This is my account of what happened. I heard a lot more happened to other people. I feel lucky to be one of those who didn't go to jail. Didn't have police dogs sent after them, and most of all, I'm glad I didn't get tasered."
- Sean Liddell.
Rodan Age 20:
"Last night at 10:00 PM I arrived at a party in the Spanish Fork canyon. I was excited to be there to listen to the great electronic artists that had traveled for to play for the crowd."
"Before coming to the event I researched it extensively. The party was 100% percent legal and legit with all permits and necessary security required by law being acquired. The event was well organized, with garbage cans, porta potties, and rope lines blocking off parts of the area that you could no go into."
"Now I want you to know that many people out there consider ravers a bunch of drug taking freaks. I also want you to know that that is a stereotype that is passed down through legions of undereducated parents, politicians, and media. There are many of us who are drug free party goers who attend these events for a pure love of the music."
"So on to my point. At around 11:00 I was enjoying the good vibes and great music. Then at about 11:30 pm a helicopter began circling the party. Out of nowhere huge semis filled with national guard, swat, and the police rolled up. Soldiers came out of the bushes and rushed down to the party. Carrying M-16s, Ak-47s, nightsticks, and tazers. They proceeded to attack random people and push their might around on people who had done nothing wrong."
"I saw about 7 people attacked (before being forced to leave). I saw two of them right in front of me. One was a guy who was walking around with a camcorder stunned at what was happening. A soldier told him to give him the camera now. The raver said no it is my camera. The soldier then proceeded to grab the camera, throw it to the ground and then began beating the kid. In the end they threw him to the ground violently an put their knee into his back while handcuffing him. All for wanting to keep his property. When I last saw him he was knocked out and unmoving."
"Another girl next to me said to one of the soldiers that she didn't know how to get home as they had just arrested her friend. The soldier told her to walk home. My friend tried to grab her to bring her with us, but the soldier began yelling that she had touched him (which she hadn't). WIthin seconds, five soldiers had jumped on her and were literally beating the crap out of this innocent women. She was punched in the face, thrown to the ground, and kicked while down. All for worrying how to get home safely. She is now suing."
"The soldiers proceeded to attack anyone with cameras or camcorders, obviously wanting to restrict the film that got out about it. This was not a legal attack, it was a blatant violation on our rights as American citizens. And the swat, police, politicians who authorized this, and the national guard knew this. That is why they were removing potential evidence."
"We were treated as terrorists, innocent kids without weapons or even violent thoughts in their minds were manhandled, treated like terrorists, and forced to stop doing what we were by constitutional rights allowed to be doing. Our rights were completely removed from us. It was if we had visited the 1960s or communist China."
"I hope for the sake of the American people that the news media does not let the lies of the government blind them to what truly happened last night. This could happen anywhere to anyone not just ravers, so AMERICA DON'T LET THIS STAND!"
Colby's account:
"My name is Colby and this is my account of what happened at versus. In a large clearing a mile or so up Diamond Fork Canyon near Spanish Fork, Utah, there was an outdoor electronic music show. At approximately 11:30 PM, a helicopter with a spotlight made its first pass over the main stage. It came back and hovered over the confused crowd, as National Guardsmen in full camouflage, helmets, boots, gas masks, and armed with assault rifles and dogs swarmed into the crowd."
"They first made their way onto the stage, grabbing people and forcing them onto the ground to handcuff them. I saw at least two people being beaten on the ground while barking, snarling dogs are held just a few feet from them. Weapons were being pointed at unarmed, peaceful civilians. A friend of mine was forced at gunpoint to put his hands on his head and turn around, because he asked if he could get his things from the tent. Tents were ripped open indiscriminately, and all belongings and bags were recklessly searched."
"I've heard accounts of people taking pictures, and when they refused to hand over the camera to the authorities, beaten or tasered. One sheriff said that "many people at the party had guns" and that there were "children in danger". The only guns I saw were the rifles held by soldiers, and the only children in danger were the people being wrongfully attacked by them. They say they shut it down because of drugs. Raves are not the only musical gatherings where drugs are used and distributed. The fact is that it was a premeditated strike, more likely motivated by a vendetta against raves stemming from Sequence Five (a previous outdoor party that the police did not have the manpower to shut down) than actually enforcing drug laws."
The Following is an Account of the Actions of the Night of August 20th 2005.
"I arrived at the location for an outdoor electronic music event, at around 9:25 p.m. The First thing I noticed was the structure, and the layout of the site was very well organized. Markers were placed to prevent people from wandering off the designated paths. Wastebaskets and Trash receptacles were numerous. I was assured that the promoters had obtained 100% Legal Access to the land. All in all I was looking forward to a fun night with my friends, listening to music. I consider it like any other event ive gone to (Rock Concerts, Rap Concerts, etc.) The mood was festive, people were dancing and I could even smell the meat cooking from a grill."
"At Around 11:39 p.m. I noticed a bright light in the sky to the North East, which I quickly realized was a Helicopter Search light, and I saw it circling over head. I assumed that the Helicopter was only there to scout us, make sure we weren't doing anything wrong, so I quickly dismissed it. However, it made 2 more passes and got substantially lower to the ground each time. At this time I heard a Woman next to me say "The Police Are Here, Everyone Has to Leave" Lots of people were disappointed, but no-one was: rioting, fighting, or being insubordinate. People merely began to file towards their cars."
" At this time I actually got a look at my surroundings. Dozens of Men in Full Camo, Kevlar Vests, Gas Masks MP5 Navy's AUG's and many other fire-arms. Attack Dogs, were barking somewhere ahead of me. Suddenly I saw the sight that disgusted me. A person whom I had met before was on the ground face first, 4 Reservists had their guns pointed to his head, and were handcuffing him. Their attack dog was mauling his: Shoulder, Neck and Torso areas. I was quickly shuffled along but was very disgusted. I had attempted to record the man on the ground with my Camera-Phone, but a soldier approached me and took my phone and said "move Along" I still have not recovered it."
"I also was witness to the blunt beatings using shoulder rests of weapons. My friend Katie Mercer was hit in the side of the head with an MP5 because a soldier took her camera, and she was trying to recover it from him. I was witness to numerous people being held at gunpoint, people being handcuffed, Attack Dogs, Guns, Malice, Hatred."
"This blatant over-use of force is not only unmoral, it is also ILLEGAL. At no time during the night did I see any person with:
"While it may be true that some individuals choose to take drugs at said events like this, Myself as well as many others choose to go for the music. Just like anything, you have bad apples, but you shouldn't cut down the tree."
"No longer can we expect the government and police of our state and nation to protect our rights."
Utah County Sheriff's Office shuts down Rave Party in Spanish Fork Canyon.
"Someone needs to call this motherfucker" - " 'Here's what the cops down there are saying:' "
OFFICIAL QUOTE: "During the summer of 2005 the Utah County Sheriff's Office has seen an increase in the number of large Rave parties that have occurred within Utah County. Approximately four weeks ago the Sheriff's Office became aware of another possible Rave party that was to occur somewhere in Utah County on August 20, 2005. Tickets were sold through a Salt Lake vendor, Uprock, for $20.00. Tickets could be bought in advance and directions to the exact location of the Rave would be provided on the day of the event. Utah County mass gathering ordinance prohibits the gathering of two hundred and fifty or more persons without a permit, bond, and Utah County Commission approval. Research was conducted and no mass gathering permit had been obtained for this incident. However, a health department permit had been obtained and EMS personnel were contracted to be on scene for first aide."
REBUTTAL: BULLSHIT! Dimitri and i both read the whole thing, it was legit! and it was real, and it was fucking issued! brandon better have copies.. the cops CONFISCATED it, so of COURSE it 'no longer exists.
{OFFICIAL} QUOTE: From several previous experiences with Rave parties of this size, a large amount of drug use and underage consumption of alcohol occur. In addition reports of sexual assaults, overdoses, firearm violations, vehicle burglaries, and numerous individuals drive from the party under the influence of alcohol and or drugs. Utah County Sheriff's Office Detectives interviewed several females that had attended a prior rave party in the Utah county area in the past month that had been sexual assaulted. These females stated that the combination of drugs and alcohol made them fear for their safety due to the groping and sexual assaults that occurred during the Rave party. In the last year alone one near fatal shooting was investigated by Utah County Sheriff's Office at a similar party.
REBUTTAL: "Oh really, why have we not heard of any of these? Near fatal shooting? How much more bullshit are you going to make up?"
{OFFICIAL} QUOTE: Around noon on Saturday, August 20th, the Sheriff's office learned that the Rave Party was to take place in the Diamond Fork area located in Spanish Fork canyon at the Child's ranch. At that point it was again verified that the Utah County Commissioner's office had no knowledge of this nor had a permit been obtained.
REBUTTAL: "Again, bullshit, the cops took the permit away from them - brandon find the documentation of having to pay for it, and applying for it, etc."
[OFFICIAL} QUOTE: "Utah County Major Crimes was contacted to assist with undercover surveillance. Both local and state SWAT teams were called in to control the crowds ( Utah County Metro SWAT, Utah Department of Corrections out of Salt Lake and Gunnison, Department of Public Safety and their helicopter and Provo SWAT) approximately 90 law enforcement personnel combined. At 9 pm the Rave party began and by 10 pm Major Crimes observed numerous illegal activities. Which included illegal use of drugs, distribution of drugs, and underage consumption of alcohol. It was verified that more than 250 individuals were at the party, in violation or county statutes and by 11:30 pm law enforcement personnel moved in to curtail and disburse the party. During this process at least 60 arrests were made for weapons offenses, DUI, illegal underage consumption of alcohol, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of meth-amphetamine, distribution of ecstasy, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, and disorderly conduct. A safety sweep was conducted after the crowd was ordered to disburse and numerous narcotic items were located scattered on the ground which included: cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, mushrooms, alcohol and large amounts of drug paraphernalia. A 17 year old female from West Jordan was found by officers and had overdosed on ecstasy, she was treated and released to her parents."
REBUTTAL: If you fuckers would educate yourselves, you would know that you don't od on ecstasy - it would have been something that the pill was cut with, or something else entirely. DANCESAFE.ORG and EROWID.ORG
{OFFICIAL} QUOTE: "Several local teenagers from Spanish Fork, Springville, Provo and Payson, were identified at the party by officers as well as, numerous individuals out of the Salt Lake and Davis County area.. Parents need to be aware of the type of illegal activities that occurs at these type of gathering. Sexual assaults, rapes, overdoses, drugs, alcohol abuse, thefts, and firearms violations. The sale of drugs at these parties is so prevalent that at this particular Rave party drugs were offered to a local off duty emergency medical service personnel who were contracted to be there. In addition two security personnel hired by the promoter were arrested for possession of cocaine and ecstasy D. Gilbert 801-420-0706"
More Eyewitness Commentary: "Last night was one of the worst nights of my life. I am still incredibly shaken up by what happened ....enough to the point of where I'm still having problems talking about it. So i will tell you my side in a few words then link you to a more detailed version of how Knick explains it."
"I was playing in Salt Lake City about 1 hour away at a massive outdoor event. 700 pre-sold tickets, and by 11:20, there were 1400 kids there already.... all in all total expected... 3 - 4k. This was an all drum and bass event, held on private land, with an amazing view of the mountains surrounding us. This event was fully contracted with the city. They had all permits, a huge insurance policy and they were paying taxes. you have to know this is because of what happened next. And in NO MEANS is this story exaggerated. word for word this is what happened."
"It was 1145... i had 30 min before my set, so i was running around lookin at the mountains and the people dancing, laughing , the crazy visuals they even had projecting on the mountains. i will share photos once i can see them. All of the sudden a helicopter comes in with massive spot lights .. all on the people circling everyone ... and within minutes like out of some fuckin movie , soldiers with guns (fucking rifles come in out of the grass, like some vietnam shit. The police in full riot gear come in, big trucks ... next thing you know they are throwing tear gas at people, setting dogs on people, arresting kids. 4 big guys on one dnb fan kicking him down tying his hands .... making kids sit in the dirt with their hands tied all in a line, now you must remember in this whole time NO ONE was resisting arrest or making a big deal, everyone peaceful started to walk out... but yet they were throwing tear gas... it gets worst ... but whats even more fucked up is hundreds of kids on drugs driving home on the freeway while they were just in major trauma."
"i still cant even figure out what the hell happened, the promoter called me to make sure me knick and spor were ok and i broke down crying.. couldn't breath, i was freaking out ..... why? Is this what our fuckin country has come to .... a point of someone making a fully legal show and STILL getting busted for WHAT?????? What did 3000 kids on private land in the mountains near NOTHING .. do to ANYONE?"
"The promoters have a massive lawsuit and they have so much evidence against the county that its not even funny, I will be present to testify against these fuckin pigs. And if you think this matter is a joke then all i have to say is . I didn't believe it until i had gas thrown at me. I am going to make sure i keep you all posted on this, and let you know if theres a way any of you can help."
So, this author demands to know, as all of us should, what was their mission, really? Why were militarized police terrorizing our children on a star lit summer night in the foothills of Utah?



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