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Inflicting The Occupation
Jim Kirwan
Very little attention has been paid to the fact that this nation has been occupied. It began with the Chicago Democratic Convention in 1968; when The Daley Machine unleashed its thugs upon the Convention Delegates and the demonstrators in the streets surrounding the convention-all of which was nationally televised! Those events amounted to the death of Freedom of political speech in the United States. From that day to this moment, our individual rights, as US citizens, to verbally or pictorially demand changes from our government or from any our leaders, ceased to exist.
I tried to find documentary footage for this article on Google, but found instead that this too has been sanitized as part of the current effort to erase the history of such events, on the web. Too much history has a tendency to incriminate the current directors of our nationwide occupation.
A key factor in this takeover of the Republic has been the militarization of our civilian police and law enforcement agencies by executive decrees that make clear the fact that this new and more lethal subjugation of the general population, is operating undercover in ways that enjoy blanket-protections from prosecution, at all levels, over civil and criminal law in the US, as of this date. Beginning with the murder of Oscar Grant in Oakland California, on New Year's Day, by a member of Homeland Security; aided and abetted by two other officers in a BART station: We can see a new and starling trend by Immigration & Customs (ICE), Homeland Security, the US Border Patrol and by literally hundreds of local police departments, nationwide. (1)
The common-denominator in these bizarre episodes is the totally over-the-top behavior of uniformed officers in the way they continue to brutalize and punish innocent people-without charges or without any visible signs of actionable provocation. This behavior happens because officers know they will not be held responsible for what they do, even when the result of their actions results in the death or severe injury of people that under the constitution should never have been involved, much less damaged.
This situation has continued to snowball, especially since the Dictatorship of Cheney-Bush seized the Oval Office and began to inflict this not-so-quiet invasion upon the public at large, here in the United States. (2)
How has this been possible, when peace-officers are suppose to be responsible to their city-councils, mayors and other "elected-officials" for their on-the-job performance or lack thereof? It's simple: The long and ugly arm of law-enforcement is no longer bound by the legal restrictions that were initially put upon them by the US Constitution: Apparently they now answer only to the whims of the Fascist Police State which is using law-enforcement much as the Nazi's used the Brown Shirts, to terrorize the German public, while Hitler was making his shameless climb to the top of The Third Reich and the beginning of that chapter in history that tried to take the world all the way back to caves of absolute barbarism.
The above mirrors what previous Dictatorships have done to protect their empires; but what's happening in America now is new. We're beginning to privatize law enforcement, which will eliminate any civilian oversight over what the uniformed 'police' can do to those they are being paid to "control."
"The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 "private contractors" in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies.
This privatization trend is hardly new, but it is accelerating. While events such as the Nisour Square massacre committed in September 2007 by Blackwater operatives in Baghdad show the lethal danger of unleashing mercenary forces on foreign soil, one area with the potential for extreme abuses resulting from this privatization is in domestic law enforcement in the US. Many people may not be aware of this, but since the 1980s, private security guards have outnumbered police officers. "The more than 1 million contract security officers, and an equal number of guards estimated to work directly for U.S. corporations, dwarf the nearly 700,000 sworn law enforcement officers in the United States,"according to The Washington Post. Some estimate that private security actually operate inside the US at a 5-to-1 ratio with police.
In New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the flooding of the city, private security poured in. Armed operatives from companies like Blackwater, Wackenhut, Intercon and DynCorp spread out in the city. Within two weeks of the hurricane, the number of private security companies registered in Louisiana jumped from 185 to 235. In New Orleans at the time, I interviewed Israeli commandos from a company called Instinctive Shooting International as they operated an armed checkpoint on Charles Street after having been hired by a wealthy businessman. I also interviewed private guards who bragged of shooting "black gangbangers." The abuses by private security guards in New Orleans and elsewhere have not to this day been thoroughly investigated. Moreover, the legality and constitutionality of the deployment of these modern day Pinkertons needs to be seriously explained to the US public.
Now it seems that some cities think it is a great idea to expand the use of these private forces using tax-payer funds. The Wall Street Journal this week reported, "Facing pressure to crack down on crime amid a record budget deficit, Oakland is joining other U.S. cities that are turning over more law-enforcement duties to private armed guards. The City Council recently voted to hire International Services Inc., a private security agency, to patrol crime-plagued districts. While a few Oakland retail districts previously have pooled cash to pay for unarmed security services, using public funds to pay for private armed guards would mark a first for the city."" (3)
Some unanswered questions that are never asked, but should now be demanded of the police, have to do with the mental health and intelligence of those we have already hired to police our lives. When anyone is issued a deadly-weapon by any government agency the qualifications of that person to effectively use or not-to-use the weapons we have given them; should be of the highest importance, and not just the afterthought that it apparently is today.
Because we have not insisted on officers being responsible for their actions; the public is beginning to react around the nation in a variety of ways; ways that often result in death or major injuries to others that have had no part in the crimes that were supposedly being investigated. For this and many other reasons, we must force the law-enforcement community to answer for their actions in court, just as we do for all the rest of the population, whenever they break the laws of this country! If the cops remain immune from prosecution, it won't be long before the public will begin to take matters into their own hands; especially if they "know" that they cannot expect anything but more abuse and possibly death, from those in uniform. (4)
The loss of an officer was once considered a tragedy, as they were looked to by the public for protection. But that idea is dying rapidly, as the public comes to understand that cops can pretty much do whatever-the-hell-they-want-to; and nothing will ever happen to them; regardless of whatever horrific action they might have inflicted upon those people they are supposedly being paid to protect. I haven't been able to find any evidence of a direct link between the brutality of the troops outside this country, and the behavior on the streets in virtually every major city in America ­ but there must be some. Individually in returning individuals there is a lot of evidence that much damage has been done psychologically to a large portion of those sent into Harm's Way since 2001. But the link between these statistics and whatever the new secret mission of the various policing agencies might be ­ is apparently a whole other story. (5)
The United States has been openly abusing and killing huge numbers of people, since Vietnam: and that mindset cannot be kept compartmentalized for very much longer. Either we come together and demand that 'our police procedures be totally overhauled', in favor of the publics' safety from the cops: or there will be something uncontrollable that will be let loose in the cities of North America. This total makeover needs to be done very publicly and in full view of every citizen whose very life might well depend upon what and how these changes are made, as well as how they will be guaranteed to be there, in any future confrontations with anyone in uniform.
Americans will begin to demand an end to this inflicted occupation soon, and the cops ought to be clearly on the side of the public since we no longer have the state National Guards whose job that would have been-to protect the citizens of each state from this feral government-should it ever come down to that. But perhaps more important we need to return to the idea that there is only One Constitutional set of Laws for all of us-whether in uniform or as civilians.
1) War on the Citizens of Oakland
2) Incremental Martial Law ­ 30 years in the making
3) US Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police
4) Unimaginable Tragedies ­ the Deaths of Seven Police Officers
5) Open Letter to the Tens of Thousands of Rogue Cops

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