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November 30, 2011

Senate votes to let military abduct people anywhere in the world, hold them indefinitely in secret without charges or oversight

It's a provision in the new funding bill for the military written by Michigan's Carl Levin, a Democrat. It would allow the military to snatch people even in America (where the military is forbidden to operate) and to put them into torture farms like Guantanamo Bay forever and ever. If this doesn't make your blood run cold, what would? Senate Votes To Let Military Detain Americans Indefinitely, White House Threatens Veto - The Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Tuesday to keep a controversial provision to let the military detain terrorism suspects on U.S. soil and hold them indefinitely without trial -- prompting White House officials to reissue a veto threat. The measure, part of the massive National Defense Authorization Act, was also opposed by civil libertarians on the left and right. But 16 Democrats and an independent joined with Republicans to defeat an amendment by Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) that would have killed the provision, voting it down with 61 against, and 37 for it. "I'm very, very, concerned about having U.S. citizens sent to Guantanamo Bay for indefinite detention," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of the Senate's most conservative members. Paul's top complaint is that a terrorism suspect would get just one hearing where the military could assert that the person is a suspected terrorist -- and then they could be locked up for life, without ever formally being charged. The only safety valve is a waiver from the secretary of defense. "It's not enough just to be alleged to be a terrorist," Paul said, echoing the views of the American Civil Liberties Union. "That's part of what due process is -- deciding, are you a terrorist? I think it's important that we not allow U.S. citizens to be taken." Democrats who were also concerned about liberties compared the military policing of Americans to the detention of Americans in internment camps during World War II. "Congress is essentially authorizing the indefinite imprisonment of American citizens, without charge," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who offered another amendment -- which has not yet gotten a vote -- that she said would correct the problem. "We are not a nation that locks up its citizens without charge." . . .

November 16, 2011

Oakland mayor admits that multiple mayors, FBI, and Homeland Security conspired to deprive protesters of their first amendment rights

Police Crackdowns on OWS Coordinated among Mayors, FBI, DHS | Informed Comment
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan let slip in an interview with the BBC that she had been on a conference call with the mayors of 18 cities about how to deal with the Occupy Wall Street movement. That is, municipal authorities appear to have been conspiring to deprive Americans of their first amendment rights to freedom of assembly and freedom to petition the government for redress of grievances. Likewise, A Homeland Security official let it slip in a phone interview that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security had been strategizing with cities on how to shut down OWS protests. The FBI is said to have advised using zoning ordinances and curfew regulations, and to stage the crackdown with massive police force at a time when the press was not around to cover the crackdown. Wonkette suggests that the PATRIOT Act is implicated here, but I’m not sure how that works. Actually the techniques discussed are standard for US police forces in dealing with peaceful protests (the only routine technique missing is that of putting saboteurs among the protesters who cause destruction and create an image of them as violent. What these two reports show is a high-level conspiracy to deprive Americans of their constitutional right to protest peacefully. . . .

November 09, 2011

Frackers in Pennsylvania hiring former Psy-Ops to fight against an "insurgency" of dairy farmers

The dairy farmers are concerned because fracking can disastrously pollute the groundwater. To deal with their very reasonable concerns the petroleum extractors have hired ex-soldiers who were trained on how best to mindfuck the people of Iraq and the American media. Frackers Use 'Psy Ops' To Deal With Pennsylvania 'Insurgency' | ThinkProgress
In a session entitled “Designing a Media Relations Strategy To Overcome Concerns Surrounding Hydraulic Fracturing,” Range Resources communications director Matt Pitzarella spoke about “overcoming stakeholder concerns” about the fracking process. “We have several former psy ops folks that work for us at Range because they’re very comfortable in dealing with localized issues and local governments,” Pitzarella said. “Really all they do is spend most of their time helping folks develop local ordinances and things like that. But very much having that understanding of psy ops in the Army and in the Middle East has applied very helpfully here for us in Pennsylvania.” At another session, Matt Carmichael, the manager of external affairs for Anadarko Petroleum, spoke on the topic of “Understanding How Unconventional Oil & Gas Operators are Developing a Comprehensive Media Relations Strategy to Engage Stakeholders and Educate the Public.” He said he had several recommendations for the oil industry media professionals at the event, one of which, he said, involved the military. “Download the U.S. Army-slash-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual, because we are dealing with an insurgency,” Carmichael said. “There’s a lot of good lessons in there and coming from a military background, I found the insight in that extremely remarkable.”