I will talk this week about police militarization in the US and point to how it happens in areas designated International Economic Zones which is why Clinton neo-liberals and Bush neo-cons think they can simply ignore Constitutional rights and laws. The focus on killing by police of black citizens mostly in cities only happens because police policy is being used as a development tool. In Iraq---the US military used this same kind of policing to push rebels from neighborhoods with tons of collateral deaths surrounding these actions----AND THEY DID NOT CARE. This is what is happening in cities like Baltimore. They want to push the poor and working class out of neighborhoods slated for Master Plan development and they use any method they want because we have no Federal justice agencies enforcing Rule of Law. State Assemblies are stocked with the same global corporate pols building these International Economic Zone structures so they too pass unconstitutional laws and turn a blind eye.
THIS WILL MOVE FROM INJUSTICE FOR ONE TO INJUSTICE FOR ALL IF WE ARE SILENT......SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.
After decades of zero tolerance policy that often went to unconstitutional policing for this same development process-----the closer Trans Pacific Trade Pact comes to being installed---the more third world this policing becomes.
ALL AMERICANS ARE SHOUTING AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICING---FROM CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS TO SOCIAL DEMOCRATS---IT IS ONLY THE GLOBAL CORPORATE 'CENTER' NEO-CONS AND NEO-LIBERALS PUSHING THESE POLICIES.
Media comes to play in all this by having mainstream media simply report all this as single incidents rather than reporting of national events and how people are responding. I've talked with all reporters of national media about all that is happening in Baltimore wanting a series of reports that show a complete picture of police actions over several years.
ALL THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE BALTIMORE CITY HALL AND BALTIMORE MARYLAND ASSEMBLY POLS PUSH THE MOST UNCONSTITUTIONAL LAWS THAT OPEN THE DOOR FOR THESE ABUSES ALL WHILE WALKING WITH PROTESTORS POSING PROGRESSIVE.
Ending Police Militarization, One City at a Time
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 00:00
By Ana Conner and Tara Tabassi, Truthout | News Analysis
Oakland police participate in Urban Shield training in October 2012. (Photo: San Leandro Privacy / Flickr)
Urban Shield, the world's largest SWAT training and war-weapons expo, was held in September in California's Bay Area, beginning on the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Hosted each year since 2007 in the Bay Area's Alameda County (last year in Oakland, this year in Pleasanton) with exercises all across the Bay, it is attended by hundreds of local, federal and international law enforcement agencies and weapons manufacturers.
Since his tenure began in 2007, Alameda County's sheriff, Gregory J. Ahern, has been waging war on Black and Brown communities across the Bay Area. Urban Shield solidifies Ahern's war, and makes it a profitable one. As the Bay Area Urban Shield's core organizer, he has received over $100,000 in contributions for his electoral campaign from Urban Shield vendors, such as 511 Tactical, Adamson Police Products and Corizon Health. But he's not the only one. Local, federal and international agencies coordinate through police trainings and weapons expos all over the world, much like Urban Shield, to trade tactics and military-grade weaponry.
Urban Shield is just one such police militarization expo: a convenient "one-stop shop" for anything a police department might need to turn regular beat cops into SWAT-like robo-cops. Granted, Alameda County police forces were committing brutality long before Urban Shield first began in 2007. It has been occurring since the mid-1960s to 1980s, as high-level military equipment and techniques were nationally transferred to police departments for "war on drugs" activities. Post-9/11 saw a morphing of these weapons transfer programs between the military and police for the "war on terror" and for the "enhancement of officer safety." However, the centralizing and systematizing of militarism, and police militarization in particular, under the guise of emergency preparedness and public safety, is a relatively new and expanding phenomena of police militarization, with Urban Shield as one of the clearest and most spectacular examples of how the militarism of state violence drives deeper into US communities.
Urban Shield brings together police departments, SWAT teams, fire departments and emergency medical services to partake in training exercises and attend the expo featuring global arms manufacturers' newest surveillance and weapons technology, from drones and armored vehicles to DNA-identification machines. Urban Shield appeals to growing fears of climate change emergencies and natural disasters, by selling itself as an "emergency preparedness exercise" for "high-threat, high-density urban areas." However, because Urban Shield is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, all training scenarios, workshop topics and vendor goods at the expo have to have a "nexus to terrorist threats." The weekend of September 11 to 14 effectively functioned as an international counterterrorism conference. Simply put, Urban Shield is selling militarism.
)While Urban Shield's flashier items for sale in Oakland, such as aerial weapons and armored tanks, continue to draw much media attention year to year, militarism takes other forms as well: This year at Urban Shield, T-shirts were sold with slogans such as "Black Rifles Matter" and in 2014, "This Is My Peace Sign," with a picture of a gun scope. Militarism comes in obvious forms, from weapons to surveillance technology, but militarism - the state of mind that is required in order to maintain global and national state control - is also spread through humor, "gaming" culture and a normalization of violence against those already deemed disposable, dangerous and/or "radical." It is only then that militarized mentalities - mentalities that rely heavily on cultures of fear, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and warfare logic - successfully permeate through agencies, such as police departments, and dramatically amplify the force of police violence through our communities.
The Urban Areas Security Initiative
Though coordinated by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office, Urban Shield is actually made possible through the Urban Areas Security Initiative, or UASI, a grant program of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). UASI is an almost $600 million grant program from DHS, which is administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to grant funding to agencies across the United States. UASI strengthens and unifies state repression, though they claim to be a program that assists 39 "high-threat, high-density Urban Areas in efforts to build and sustain the capabilities necessary to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism." In response to controversy over "the [DHS] funding formula [for high-threat urban areas], in April 2003, Congress introduced the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), which was intended to supplement the security budgets of the most vulnerable cities." However, according to a New York City official, "The aid is not based on threat. It's based on formulas that allow the government to spread it around the country. That's politics; that's not threat assessment."
UASI and Urban Shield are expanding: UASI grew by nearly $30 million in 2014 alone, and since 2007, Urban Shield has been hosted in Oakland and Pleasanton, California; Boston, Massachusetts; as well as central Texas (Fort Worth, Dallas and Austin). The highest recipient of UASI funding is the New York City area, which received $178 million in 2014, perhaps funding New York City Police Department Commissioner William Bratton's "strategic response group" counterterrorism units this year. In descending order after New York, the highest recipient areas of UASI are Chicago, Los Angeles/Long Beach, National Capital, Bay Area and Houston, all above $20 million annually. While some UASI funding is spent on expos such as Urban Shield, other cities obtain war toys, such as Chicago's surveillance cameras, BearCat armored trucks in Fargo, North Dakota, and Keene, New Hampshire, and Long Beach's armored cars.
In the Bay Area, however, for the period of November 1, 2014, to February 28, 2016, Alameda County has received $6,358,300 in funding from UASI. Of this, $1.7 million is designated to Urban Shield. The Alameda County Sheriff's Office does not receive any funds from Urban Shield to offset the costs of holding such activities in the Bay Area, thus causing the county to pay using the hard-earned money of its people. Urban Shield states that it "has no funds available to offset the costs of overtime for employees who may wish to participate in the exercise planning or on the dates of the exercise itself. Nor does Urban Shield pay to offset the costs of backfilling on-duty employees who wish to participate." However, the county accepts these conditions of costing the people in order to secure funding through UASI.
The Stop Urban Shield Coalition, based in Oakland, California, is a unique example of a cross-community grassroots effort united to resist militarization of Black and Brown communities. From local, community-based organizations to national organizations, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition includes members from various race, faith, political and social backgrounds, though it unites around following the leadership of those most impacted by policing and militarization. The coalition calls for "decreasing violence in our communities by ending police militarization, an end to the use of our communities as testing grounds for tactics of global repression, to affirm our right to community self-determination, and on our communities to continue fighting back and resisting state violence and repression."
Urban Shield normalizes the constant state of militarized emergency in marginalized communities across the nation.In 2014, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition successfully pressured city administrators enough that on the first day of the expo, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan announced Urban Shield would no longer be held in Oakland city borders. While momentarily exciting, with time it became clear that Urban Shield merely moved to Pleasanton, a town near Oakland, and still in Alameda County. Because the coalition's goal is to end Urban Shield and hold our cities and counties accountable in their collaboration in racialized repression and violence, the coalition again organized Bay Area residents this year to push city administrators to reject Urban Shield from Alameda County completely. From organizing a national call-in day to Alameda County's Board of Supervisors, appealing to them to stand with communities, not war profiteers, to blocking traffic with guerrilla theatre and hosting a rally outside of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office building, the Stop Urban Shield coalition used many organizing tactics to draw attention to the real impacts of police militarization on communities, particularly people of color. Far from training agencies for emergency preparedness, the Stop Urban Shield Coalition argues that Urban Shield normalizes the constant state of militarized emergency in Black, Arab, Muslim, migrant and poor communities across the nation.
While it is clear how Urban Shield will affect communities across the Bay Area, as well as any towns and countries with police departments that attend the Urban Shield trainings, the effect of emergency respondents and fire fighters attending militarized SWAT trainings rife with anti-Black and Islamophobic tropes is less clear. Urban Shield training increasingly includes scenarios that involve "homegrown domestic terrorists" and political protesters. In 2014, Urban Shield Bay Area hosted a training exercise based at the University of California, Berkeley, where competitors were presented with a scenario of a "Muslim man that took a Jewish man hostage" who had "read a website on jihad against Israel," and was going to use chemical weapons to "hurt the Jew for what he's done to his people." This dramatic scenario only fuels the already normalized trope of terrorist Muslim, but also suggests that "a military grade response, like those used in US wars against Iraq and Afghanistan or in support of the apartheid state of Israel against Palestine is appropriate for law enforcement to take in day-to-day contact with Arab and Muslim communities," according to Rachel Herzing in the brief "Why Arab and Muslim communities should say No to Urban Shield." Furthermore, Arab and Muslim communities have been targeted by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force and other federal agencies through surveillance, police harassment, physical brutality and arrest since 9/11.
The Islamophobic profiling and criminalization enacted within the United States as part of the "war on terror" further the fear and distrust of Muslim, Arab and Middle Eastern communities. Inside Urban Shield's trade show, vendors push the same surveillance technologies and weapons that have been used in repressing Black communities in Ferguson, Baltimore and nationally, and these same technologies have also been used against Arab and Muslim communities across the country and globe. Employing militarized weapons and tactics to policing strategies - whether biometric or drone surveillance, SWAT raids and no-knock entries, or armored personnel carriers - targets the communities against which they're used as enemies to be neutralized. These weapons and tactics can be even more harmful when they are aimed at a community already targeted as enemies inside the United States.
SWAT Raids and Racist Policing
Black, Indigenous, Chicana and Muslim communities, communities of color and poor people, particularly homeless people, are most impacted by police militarization, including SWAT raids, extrajudicial killings, police brutality, racial profiling, suspicious activity reporting policies, fusion centers and the rapidly expanding prison industrial complex. In the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Black people are arrested at about double the rate of white people and at a proportionally higher rate than any other racial group. As the foot soldiers of the notoriously racist "war on drugs," SWAT teams have historically brought a war-making mentality to the daily practice of policing and arrest. The state profiled Black and Latino men as the primary targets for this war, and the police trained to carry the war out and treat them as threats to be neutralized. However, those impacted by SWAT raiding of targets, such as children and families, are voices often unheard.
Maria Calvillo, a 13-year-old member of Xicana Moratorium Coalition (XMC), speaking at a September 11 Stop Urban Shield rally in Oakland, described her home being raided by SWAT in the middle of the night while she was home with her mother and baby sister. "As soon as I hit the door, I opened it and they started screaming at me, tell me to put my hands up, pointing rifles at me," she told Truthout. "I looked around, and it seemed like a movie, I couldn't believe it.... The police had a tank in front of our house. An actual tank."
If we push Urban Shield, a product of the global war on terror, out of the US, we delegitimize the US war machine at its core.The murder of Aiyana Jones, a 7-year-old girl who was shot in a Detroit no-knock SWAT raid in 2010 after a flash grenade was thrown through the front window, made abundantly clear how war mentalities are enacted through SWAT killings. SWAT teams are deployed nearly 50,000 times per year. According to The Economist, "Roughly 90% of all police departments in cities with populations over 50,000 have a variation of a SWAT team, as do federal departments including the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Education. Given the frequency with which SWAT is employed by law enforcements, we can see that SWAT isn't so much specialized policing as the mainstay these days."
Urban Shield focuses heavily on SWAT teams. According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 39 percent of people impacted by SWAT deployments are Black versus 20 percent for white people (Black people make up about 13 percent of the US population and white people about 63 percent). SWAT-style teams (sometimes named "counterterrorism" or "strategic response") are also frequently deployed to suppress protests and political dissent. Recent examples from Occupy and the Black protest movement provide clear demonstrations of how quickly policing tactics escalate through militarism, regardless of the types of cops on the streets. For anyone engaged in direct action and civil disobedience, and in particular for policed peoples, the danger of interaction with police deployed to suppress dissent should not be underestimated.
Police departments from around the world, counterterrorism units and border patrol agencies come each year to Urban Shield to partake in the trading of tactics of state repression, crowd control and weapons technology. In past years, agencies from Israel, Bahrain, Greece, Singapore, Brazil, Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Canada have participated in Urban Shield. This year's Urban Shield hosted domestic police from Texas and Florida, and international teams from South Korea, Jordan, Uruguay, Colombia, Thailand and China. Organizers of these types of gatherings often proudly claim that the next will be "more international than ever."
This kind of collaboration impacts every policed person around the world, including those under formal colonial occupations and those under neo-imperialist regimes. Further, Urban Shield's reach is felt globally, with platinum vendors featured such as Safariland. This key weapons manufacturer exports tear gas and other repressive technologies to Brazil, Bahrain and Canada, just to name a few. The day after Urban Shield closed, on September 15, London's Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI), the largest arms fair in the world began, hosting many of the same vendors, such as BAE Systems, the third-largest arms producer from warships to missiles.
It is obvious to us as Black and Muslim activists in the United States that our communities are connected through the ways we are targeted. But we can also connect through the power of our organizing. The Stop Urban Shield Coalition provides a unique example of how to build power across our races, religions, classes and sects, and connect urban area to urban area to resist militarization nationally. If we push Urban Shield, a product of the global war on terror, out of the United States, and disempower police departments, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, we delegitimize the US war machine at its core. Then we can really begin to resist militarism around the world.
The article above from TruthOut is great at outing the players in all these policies-----Homeland Security is militarizing our communities by sending military equipment being brought from Iraq and Afghanistan back to America and being installed across America because as they know----taking the US to an International Economic Zone with autocratic global corporate tribunal rule will not be taken well by any of the American people. SEE WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT NO MEDIA OR NATIONAL JUSTICE NON-PROFIT TALK ABOUT ALL THESE CONNECTIONS?! TruthOut does not either.....
Obama upon election immediately installed Janet Napolitano-----a raging Clinton neo-liberal as head of this Homeland Security and a Barbara Mikulski as head of the Senate Appropriations Committee appropriated all the money needed for this expanded militarization----including to Baltimore City----where the most cruel policing policy is operating with the approval of Baltimore City Council and Mayor who work for Wall Street Baltimore Development and a very neo-conservative Johns Hopkins. Hopkins is of course the source of all the most repressive of social policy.
ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING WHILE CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS FROM OBAMA AND CONGRESS ARE BEING CALLED 'PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS'.....WELL, THEY DID SUPPORT GAY MARRIAGE AND THAT'S ALL WE NEED TODAY TO BE PROGRESSIVE.
Keep in mind that this same Napolitano that moved all the most militarized of policy was appointed Head of California's public school system with no background in education with the mission of moving California's schools system to these extreme neo-liberal corporate education policies as exist in Asian nations. That happened because all of California's pols running as Democrats are Clinton neo-liberals----the same in Maryland except Baltimore's Democrats serve as Hopkins neo-conservatives.
IF YOU HATE ALL THESE POLITICAL TERMS IT SIMPLY MEANS----GET ALL THESE WALL STREET GLOBAL CORPORATE POLS RUNNING AS DEMOCRATS OUT OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND WE CAN REVERSE THIS.
If all you are doing is shouting thinking these corrupt pols will change----that is why we have had these few decades of going downhill as a nation. BE THE CANDIDATE THAT RUNS IN PRIMARIES AGAINST THESE CRONY POLS---GET RID OF THEIR FARM TEAM ESPECIALLY IN BALTIMORE.
You see how media are using Ferguson as a focus for military policing while cities like Oakland, California and Baltimore, Maryland where this policing has been far worse are off the radar and it is because Oakland, California and Baltimore, Maryland are slated to become International Economic Zones free from any US Constitutional protections or laws. Cities like Ferguson in a state that is conservative Republican are building military policing for social unrest to lost Constitutional protections WHICH IS A REPUBLICAN STANCE
Get the Military Off of Main StreetFerguson Shows the Risks of Militarized Policing
By ELIZABETH R. BEAVERS and MICHAEL SHANKAUG. 14, 2014
WASHINGTON — FERGUSON, Mo., has become a virtual war zone. In the wake of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, outsize armored vehicles have lined streets and tear gas has filled the air. Officers dressed in camouflage uniforms from Ferguson’s 53-person police force have pointed M-16s at the very citizens they are sworn to protect and serve.
The police response has shocked America. The escalating tension in this town of 21,200 people between a largely white police department and a majority African-American community is a central part of the crisis, but the militarization of the police is a dimension of the story that has national implications.
Ferguson’s police force got equipped this way thanks to the Pentagon, and it’s happening all over the country. The Department of Defense provides military-grade weapons and equipment to local law enforcement agencies through the 1033 program, enacted by Congress in 1997 to expand the practice of dispensing extra military gear. Due to the defense industry’s bloated contracts, there is a huge surplus. To date, the Pentagon has donated military equipment worth more than $4 billion to local law enforcement agencies. And the giving goes on, to police forces in all 50 states in the union.
Ferguson’s police department is just one recipient; small towns all over America are now the proud owners of “MRAP” armored vehicles. The largess has gotten so out of hand that a congressman, Hank C. Johnson, is introducing a bill to block the 1033 handouts.
Whereas the Department of Defense hands over weapons directly, the Department of Homeland Security provides funding for arms. It has distributed more than $34 billion through “terrorism grants,” enabling local police departments to acquire such absurd items as a surveillance drone and an Army tank.
For a police department like Ferguson’s, the path to becoming a paramilitary force is a short one. After loading up with free military gear, it is no surprise that law enforcement agents want to use it. In fact, the 1033 program’s regulations require that the police use what they receive within one year.
In the absence of extreme violence or actual terrorist threat, what happens — as the American Civil Liberties Union has documented — is that the equipment and weapons are used by SWAT teams in routine situations, such as low-level drug raids or the execution of search warrants. As Ferguson shows, this militarizing of routine police work exacerbates tensions and increases the likelihood of disorder. This, in turn, appears to justify a militarized police response, and so the cycle continues.
The federal government can stop this increased militarization at its source. The Pentagon must end its transfer of military-grade weapons through the 1033 program. And the Department of Homeland Security should stop handing out the terrorism grants. The ease with which police departments can avail themselves of Homeland Security funding for enormous caches of weapons and ammunition in the name of counterterrorism is deeply disconcerting.
Continue reading the main story Write A Comment Veteran police chiefs who have served on the front lines of America’s biggest police forces are voicing their concern. Norman H. Stamper, the former police chief of Seattle, has written with regret about the military-style tactics employed during the protests against the 1999 World Trade Organization conference in Seattle; he now advocates “an authentic partnership in policing the city,” involving rank-and-file officers, civilian employees and community representatives.
Militarizing our police officers does not have to be the first response to violence. Alternatives are available. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s statement Thursday highlighting resources like the Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing Services office is welcome. This is where the government should be investing — instead of grants for guns.
Police militarization is a growing national threat. If the federal government doesn’t act to stop it, the future of law enforcement everywhere will look a lot like Ferguson.
Elizabeth R. Beavers is the legislative associate for militarism and civil liberties, and Michael Shank is the associate director for legislative affairs, at the Friends Committee on National Legislation.
If people knew how widespread this military policing has become and the goals of economic policy that will expand military policing in the US-----they would be more angry about what happened below----citizens were mad because they had not been given notice and not that militarized use of tear gas was being practiced in their vicinity. Maryland citizens are no doubt thinking all this is aimed at ending social programs that are going to send black citizens to work in some form. They do not understand the concept of International Economic Zones and what that will mean to ALL MARYLANDERS.
The use of tear gas by police is now so mainstream and the health hazards are known as well-----it is very common that someone dies and/or is severely hurt by pepper spray and tear gas and yet----it is being allowed to be used in lieu of police officers simply getting out and tackling would-be criminals. In Baltimore, I read that a grant was sent to train Baltimore police to fist fight----in other words subdue without lethal force----and those funds were never used for that purpose. WE HAVE A SHOOT FIRST ASK QUESTIONS LAST APPROACH TO POLICING. Forget trial by jury----you pass a fake prescription off to a pharmacist and the police can shoot you dead whether you have a weapon or not.
Tear gas training prompts neighborhood scare
Residents affected near Paper Mill Road
UPDATED 8:23 AM EDT Sep 16, 2015
PHOENIX, Md. —Baltimore County Police said that wind might have carried tear gas into nearby neighborhoods during a training exercise Monday in Phoenix.
That gas caused discomfort, confusion and anger among residents, but police said they believe they have the problem under control. One indication of that is that police conducted a similar exercise on Tuesday.
Still, the whole incident left many resident feeling uneasy about the situation.
"My eyes were swollen shut (and) my nose was running," resident Diane Doccolo said. "I'm thinking 'What is this?'"
It wasn't the relaxing Monday night that Doccolo anticipated. Doccolo quickly realized that she wasn't the only person in her Phoenix neighborhood dealing with a burning throat, eyes and skin, all of which she said felt like they were was on fire.
"Everybody else started calling," Doccolo said. "'Did we smell it?' 'Did we know what was going on?' (people asked). Police were going door to door."
Joseph Revak is another neighborhood resident who had a similar experience.
"I stepped out my front door for just a couple of seconds, and I had to go in and flush my eyes out because it was burning so bad," Revak said. "And when you don't know what it is, it's rather frighten."
Police confirmed Tuesday that the irritants floating over and around the Old York Manor neighborhood near Paper Mill and York Manor roads were smoke and tear gas.
Police were doing training with the agents at a facility nearby and they think weather conditions caused it to drift further than anticipated. Investigators said they got several calls from people complaining about the affects but no one was hospitalized.
The same training continued Tuesday night.
In a statement, police said the department has conducted this type of training before using the same training agents before without receiving any complaints.
A spokesman was unable to confirm exact protocol for training with possible irritants near residential communities. But, he said precautions were taken on Tuesday to ensure something similar didn't happen again.
"The Baltimore County Police Department takes into consideration how its operations impact the community and will review any incident where there is a negative impact," Cpl. John Wachter said in a statement.
Revak said he would have preferred a warning prior to the first exercise.
"Why didn't they tell us that they were going to be doing that?" Revak said. "Why the fire department when they were in the neighborhood didn't tell us to stay in close your windows and doors?"
This is where we have in the national media Republican voters being made to sound 'racist' as they call Obama a traitor and needing impeachment for his pushing all these unconstitutional policies---AND THEY ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND TIED TO TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT. Now, Republican voters do not make this connection because neo-cons keep them in the dark on these International Economic Zone policies just as Clinton neo-liberals do Democratic voters. The south have more cities designated as International Economic Zones as the north so Republican voters are taking to the streets with the far-right approach of arming themselves. Meanwhile, the left-leaning Democrats are using their voices in protest and marching.
THE RIGHT WING TEA PARTY AND LIBERATARIANS ARE PROTESTING THE SAME THING AS SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ARE----BUT THEY ARE BEING PLAYED BY MEDIA AGAINST ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE NO ONE KNOWS ALL OF THIS IS INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONE AND TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT POLICY.
So, the Democratic base of labor and justice should be shouting that Obama and Clinton neo-liberals are traitors and need to be impeached as loudly as Republicans----but no one is educating on the goals of Clinton neo-liberal policy----the same as Bush neo-con policy.
Below you see students in California know this connection and they are saying----WTHeck?????? You are placing a global militarized police and autocratic corporate rule person as head of a public education system? Does anyone in Baltimore know about all these protests and why California citizens have been marching for years? NO, BECAUSE BALTIMORE MEDIA DOES NOT ALLOW ANY INFORMATION THAT HURTS CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS.
I again want to note as regards all this militarized policing getting ready for installing International Economic Zone and Trans Pacific Trade Pact policy-----that national women's justice organizations like National Organizations of Women supported Napolitano for Supreme Court for goodness sake-----and other national women organizations always support Clinton neo-liberal women because they have appointed Wall Street leaders.
So, WE THE PEOPLE MUST BUILD OUR OWN LABOR AND JUSTICE STRUCTURES LOCALLY TO GET AROUND THIS CORPORATE CAPTURE OF OUR NON-PROFITS!
Janet Napolitano: a militarized president for a militarized university
Submitted by Patrick on Fri, 07/12/2013 - 3:29pm
The Department of Homeland Security is a cabinet-level department with a budget in the tens of billions of dollars, and fills the role of the Defense Department's domestic counterpart: while DoD sends tanks and guns to Baghdad, Kabul, Tel Aviv, and Seoul, DHS sends tanks and guns to Detroit, Chicago, Washington DC, and Los Angeles. One of DHS' primary roles is the militarization of police departments across the country, through a combination of terrorism-related training programs and cheap military surplus hardware (everything from high-powered rifles to armored personnel carriers and tanks).
This militarization has resulted in more deaths and injuries at the hands of police as response to crimes and disturbances escalates dramatically. It has also meant a windfall for defense contractors as they expand their range of domestic offerings, including unmanned aerial drones.
Today we learned that current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will be tapped as the new President of the University of California system. In many ways, the UC red carpet has long been rolled out for her: the militarization of campuses against their own students (which has reached a new crescendo since OccupyCA, OWS, and the infamous pepper-spraying incident at UC Davis) the expansion of government and military contracts, and the ever-growing size of the administrative bureaucracy means that she'll likely find her new digs pretty familiar. As the LA Times put it:
Napolitano’s nomination by a committee of UC regents came after a secretive process that insiders said focused on her early as a high-profile, although untraditional, candidate who has led large public agencies and shown a strong interest in improving education.
UC officials believe that her Cabinet experiences –- which include helping to lead responses to hurricanes and tornadoes and overseeing some anti-terrorism measures -- will help UC administer its federal energy and nuclear weapons labs and aid its federally funded research in medicine and other areas.
What the Times doesn't mention is that some of those federal agency dollars are coming right from DHS itself.
We can't glean much about Napolitano's educational priorities beyond her tenure as governor of Arizona from 2003-2009.
During her time as governor, tuition at ASU went up 58%, much higher than the average 4-year public university's increase of 19% over that same period. (That being said, once Secretary of State Jan Brewer took over after Napolitano's DHS apppointment, tuition increases only got worse.)
While her appointments to the Arizona Board of Regents include the first Native American to the Board (LuAnn Leonard), they also include Dennis Deconcini and Anne Mariucci. Deconcini is a high-powered lobbyist, whose firm has the distinction (aside from representing such good citizens as Monsanto, Eli-Lilly, Pfizer, and the MPAA) of owning the domain LobbyCongress.com. Mariucci was head of Del Webb Corporation, a giant firm that builds retirement homes across the country, and later got into the private equity business. In 2011 she joined the Board of Directors of the Corrections Corporation of America. CCA, naturally, has spent millions lobbying DHS.
As Democratic governor in a state with a solidly Republican legislature and little worry about having to sign actual progressive legislation, Napolitano certainly talked a decent game. In 2008 she said she wanted to freeze tuition for in-state students, and guarantee a free ride to any Arizona student with at least a B average through high school (and a clean disciplinary record — problematic due to the racist and abelist discipline systems in most public high schools).
While Mark Yudof's tenure as current UC President is thankfully very nearly over, Napolitano's selection reinforces how tough the road ahead will be for student organizers. Her selection is in some ways a defensive response by the Regents against the pressures they face, both from Sacramento and from the very people who make up the University of California — the students, faculty, and staff. If she can manage to on the one hand get the legislature to widen the gates of privatization, and on the other squash insurgent activism on UC campuses, it will be a dream come true for the Regents. Thankfully, there are plenty of committed and organized Californians who stand in their way.
EDIT: Updated to reflect her position as President, not Chancellor. Thanks katminka!
THIS IS THE SAME THING HAPPENING IN THE US UNDER CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA GLOBAL CORPORATE RULE POLS.
We can reverse all this easy peasy by getting rid of all Clinton neo-liberals by running REAL progressive social democrats in all primaries at all levels of government----BE THAT CANDIDATE!
Institutions like Johns Hopkins cut their surveillance and spying global corporate teeth building corporate structures overseas for International Economic Zones in Asia. All of this was to protect the interests of US corporations central to these economic zones from a backlash of citizens not liking being made slaves for FOXCONN US corporate campuses. Hopkins is central in this very right-wing militarized policing and grew especially during the Bush Administration overseas and now under Obama is being installed in the US.
IT'S NOT ABOUT TERRORISM----IT IS ABOUT AMERICAN CITIZENS BECOMING ENRAGED OVER BEING SENT TO THIRD WORLD STATUS WITH ALL US WEALTH STOLEN THROUGH FRAUD AND CORRUPTION.
So, in Baltimore----ground zero for Hopkins and its neo-conservative International Economic Zone policy----there is not a word from any labor and justice leadership or pols as to this connection and you know what? I AM NOT A ROCKET SCIENTIST SO THESE LEADERS KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING.
Title: Military and intelligence gathering activities in exclusive economic zones : consensus and disagreement : a summary of the Bali dialogue, a policy and research planning workshop held at the Hotel Nikko Bali, 27-28 June, 2002
Author:Military and Intelligence Gathering Activities in Exclusive Economic Zones : Consensus and Disagreement (2002 : Bali, Indonesia); Valencia, Mark J.; Garmendia, Jenny Miller; Van Dyke, Jon; Djalal, Hasjim
Publisher:Honolulu : East-West Center
Abstract:This report summarizes discussions held and conclusions reached at the Bali Dialogue, a meeting of senior officials and analysts from countries of the Asia Pacific region co-sponsored by the East-West Center and the Center for South East Asian Studies. The Dialogue facilitated unofficial, frank, and not-for-attribution discussions of issues concerning military and intelligence gathering activities in the Exclusive Economic Zones. This summary reflects the diverse perspectives of the participants and does not necessarily represent the views of the East-West Center, the Center for South East Asian Studies, Indonesia, or any particular participant.
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Sponsorship:Co-sponsored by the East-West Center and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesia.
LC Subject Headings:Military intelligence - Pacific Area - Congresses
National security - Pacific Area - Congresses
Territorial waters - Pacific Area - Congresses
Economic zones (Law of the sea) - Pacific Area - Congresses