U.S. and Israeli Military Tactics Used Against American Citizens … Gazans Tweet Tips to Help AMERICANS On How to Handle Tear Gas

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Police Violence In Ferguson, Missouri:  The Big Picture

As you may have heard, police and Swat teams in Ferguson, Missouri have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters, and outlawed peaceful assembly.

Police are also using stun grenades and ear-damaging military sound cannons against peaceful protesters.

Reporters are among those shot at with rubber bullets and tear gas, assaulted and arrested.  Glenn Greenwald notes:

Last night, two reporters, The Washington Post‘s Wesley Lowery and The Huffington Post‘s Ryan Reilly, were arrested and assaulted while working from a McDonald’s in Ferguson. The arrests were arbitrary and abusive, and received substantial attention — only because of their prominent platforms, not, as they both quickly pointed out upon being released, because there was anything unusual about this police behavior.

Reilly, on Facebook, recounted how he was arrested by “a Saint Louis County police officer in full riot gear, who refused to identify himself despite my repeated requests, purposefully banged my head against the window on the way out and sarcastically apologized.” He wrote: ”I’m fine. But if this is the way these officers treat a white reporter working on a laptop who moved a little too slowly for their liking, I can’t imagine how horribly they treat others.”

Reporters have been told to turn off their cameras.  And a no-fly zone was established above Ferguson in order to keep news helicopters away.

A state senator was teargassed along with protesters.

Congressman Amash tweets:

Images & reports out of #Ferguson are frightening. Is this a war zone or a US city? Gov’t escalates tensions w/military equipment & tactics.

And:

Someone identifying himself as an 82nd Airborne Army veteran, observing the Ferguson police scene, comment[ed] that “We rolled lighter than that in an actual warzone” …

If you want to visually see how extreme the reaction of police is in Ferguson, compare what’s going on in Ferguson to what’s happening in the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan (or scroll through this page of pictures.)

What’s really going on? And how did we get here?

We explained in 2011:

Journalists from across the spectrum have documented the militarization of police forces in the United States, including, CNN, Huffington Post, the Cato Institute, Forbes, the New York Times, Daily Kos, Esquire, The Atlantic, Salon and many others.

Many police departments laugh at and harass Americans who exercise their right to free speech. Here’s one example of police laughing at a civil rights lawyer after she was shot in the head with a rubber bullet:

Indeed – especially since police brutality against protesters has been so blatant in recent months, while no top bank executives have been prosecuted – many Americans believe that the police are protecting the bankers whose fraud brought down the economy instead of the American people ….

Some are comparing police brutality towards the Occupy protesters to that used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters. Indeed, numerous heads of U.S. police departments have traveled to Israel for “anti-terrorism training”, and received training from Israeli anti-terrorism experts visiting the U.S. See this, this, this, this, this.

Indeed, the Ferguson police chief received training in crowd control in Israel in 2011.

And Gaza residents are literally tweeting info on how to handle tear gas to help Ferguson citizens.

Even the mainstream media is picking up on the militarized police.  USA Today headlines, “Pentagon fueled Ferguson confrontation“.  And Newsweek runs with, “How America’s Police Became an Army.”

But they’re still blaming 9/11 as the reason for the militarization of the police.  As we explained in 2011, that’s not accurate:

Most assume that the militarization of police started after 9/11. Certainly, Dick Cheney initiated Continuity of Government Plans on September 11th that ended America’s constitutional form of government (at least for some undetermined period of time.) On that same day, a national state of emergency was declared … and that state of emergency has continuously been in effect up to today.

But the militarization of police actually started long before 9/11 … in the 1980s.

Radley Balko testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime in 2007:

Militarization [of police forces is] a troubling trend that’s been on the rise in America’s police departments over the last 25 years.

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Since the late 1980s, Mr. Chairman, thanks to acts passed by the U.S. Congress, millions of pieces of surplus military equipment have been given to local police departments across the country.

We’re not talking just about computers and office equipment. Military-grade semi-automatic weapons, armored personnel vehicles, tanks, helicopters, airplanes, and all manner of other equipment designed for use on the battlefield is now being used on American streets, against American citizens.

Academic criminologists credit these transfers with the dramatic rise in paramilitary SWAT teams over the last quarter century.

SWAT teams were originally designed to be used in violent, emergency situations like hostage takings, acts of terrorism, or bank robberies. From the late 1960s to the early 1980s, that’s primarily how they were used, and they performed marvelously.

But beginning in the early 1980s, they’ve been increasingly used for routine warrant service in drug cases and other nonviolent crimes. And thanks to the Pentagon transfer programs, there are now a lot more of them.

(And see this.)

Huffington Post notes:

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper published an essay arguing that the current epidemic of police brutality is a reflection of the militarization (his word, not mine) of our urban police forces, the result of years of the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror. Stamper was chief of police during the World Trade Organization protests in Seattle in 1999, and is not a voice that can be easily dismissed.

And Jamie Douglas notes:

Ever since Ronald Reagan in 1981 helped draw up the Military Cooperation With Law Enforcement Act, quickly passed by a very cooperative congress, effectively circumventing the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 by codifying military cooperation with law enforcement, the military has been encouraged to give any and all law enforcement agencies unfettered access to all military resources, training and hardware included. The military equipment was designed to be used by American fighting forces in combat with “the enemy,” but since a law was passed in 1994, the Pentagon has been able to donate all surplus war materiel to America’s police departments. The National Journal has compiled a number of statistics showing that in the first three years after the 1994 law came into effect, the “Department of Offense” stocked police departments with 3800 M-16 assault rifles, 2185 M-14’s, 73 grenade launchers, and 112 armored personnel carriers, as well as untold number of bayonets, tanks, helicopters, and even some airplanes.

Regardless who will be in power in the future, the militarization of the police will continue. After all, who wants to appear as being soft on crime? These days, a chief of police’s office is like a doctor’s office, but instead of getting swamped with drug salesmen, they have very congenial visits with the merchants of popular oppression, the salesmen of weapons, various chemical agents, Tasers, body armor, and all kinds of tracking software, surveillance gear, and anything else the department may need for crowd control and to infiltrate dissidents, which are no more than US citizens wanting to restore the republic to its rightful place.

Indeed:

The government treats copyright infringers as terrorists, and swat teams have been deployed against them. See this, this, this and this.

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It’s not just intellectual property.  The government is widely using anti-terror laws to help giant businesses … and to crush those who speak out against their abusive practices, labeling anyone who speaks out as a potential bad guy.

Remember:

As Greenwald writes:

Ultimately, police militarization is part of a broader and truly dangerous trend: the importation of War on Terror tactics from foreign war zones onto American soil. American surveillance drones went from Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia into American cities, and it’s impossible to imagine that they won’t be followed by weaponized ones. The inhumane and oppressive conditions that prevailed at Guantanamo are matched, or exceeded, by the super-max hellholes and “Communications Management Units” now in the American prison system. And the “collect-it-all” mentality that drives NSA domestic surveillance was pioneered by Gen. Keith Alexander in Baghdad and by other generals in Afghanistan, aimed at enemy war populations.

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As part of America’s posture of Endless War, Americans have been trained to believe that everything is justified on the “battlefield” (now defined to mean “the whole world”): imprisonment without charges, kidnapping, torture, even assassination of U.S. citizens without trials. It is not hard to predict the results of importing this battlefield mentality onto American soil, aimed at American citizens: “From Warfighter to Crimefighter.” The results have been clear for those who have looked – or those who have been subject to this – for years. The events in Ferguson are, finally, forcing all Americans to watch the outcome of this process.

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  • unheilig

    They’re not police but an occupying army.

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  • human

    We’ve trained, and continue to recruit and train our “volunteer” military personnel how to kill. Talk about blow back! When these children return with their government inflicted wounds, where else are they to find jobs?

    • TheWarlord Fleisch

      I hear Qatar is hiring construction workers.

  • BuelahMan

    And we come back to the people who train our policemen (and their leaders). Who are the most ruthless, murdering scumbags the planet has ever known?

    The word “Israel” is used, but really, who is Israel?

    It is the same Marxist Khazars (who have hijacked Judaism) and who ravaged the Soviet Union’s Christians with wanton murder. It is the same ones that direct the USA’s policies of hegemony and adherence to Jewish directives from Tel Aviv.

    It is time to acknowledge the obvious. Stop any political correctness and tell the damned truth.

    • truthtime

      Why do people like this person’s post. He speaks as if Jewish persons are all corrupted and I’ve seen several thinly veiled posts like that before.

      The Israel government is most definitely fascist, along with its U.S. Big Daddy helper, but they do not solely direct U.S. policies. Shitty people direct U.S. hegemony with their mistaken beliefs as has been the case ever since Native Americans were murdered wholesale. That’s when the European arrogance began and survived through generations of the shit stains in society.

      And at the same time not all people in the U.S. are evil, many speak the truth and resist. The same goes for Jewish people that stand in solidarity with Palestinians and such, and in turn are beat up by other racist people known as “Zionists.”

      • TheWarlord Fleisch

        Well said, truthtime! Some of my closest friends are Jewish and they have incredibly pure souls that surpass those of most of the Goyim. If we were to be perfectly honest and open with our discussion, I think we would all agree that the Jewish people are to be held in extremely high regard and thanked for their immense contributions to society. Did you all realize that the Jewish people are more intelligent than the Goyim? It is true! For a quick and easy verification, please take a look at this list of past Nobel Prize winners:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_Nobel_laureates

        We must all (Jewish people and Goyim alike) rise up and fight the tide of anti-Semitism before it engulfs us all!

    • Cynicles

      Not all Jews are Zionists. A very important distinction exists; you should research it at least a little.

      • BuelahMan

        Just read my blog and then tell me I haven’t researched the subject.

        But to your point, I agree. However, the miniscule amount of “decent Jews” (those who call out the zionist murdering thugs are so few and far between as to not make a difference in the murderers’ actions.

        My goal is to find the decent ones and get their help to stop it.

        But those who deny the blatant evidence are not helping.

        • TheWarlord Fleisch

          Serious question here – why is the Zionist movement a bigger deal than the ongoing pilfering of natural resources in Africa, the Qatari slave labor situation which is being supported by the US, or a host of other terrible crimes against humanity occurring throughout the planet? Human rights went on vacation. Money took over a long time ago…

          • cyndyt

            Because Zionism is behind all of the horrible things you listed.

  • Jocanda

    They were being trained by Blackwater under Bush. Now they’re being trained by the IDF in Israel.

    • LiberalinMD

      Do you have a link? Cause I thought this too but haven’t been able to find evidence.

    • cyndyt

      Actually, this begin under Bush

  • Edwin Vieira

    The question is not “how did we get here?” but “how do we correct this situation before time runs out?” The only solution is to bring all State and Local “law-enforcement agencies” within the Militia, where their personnel will be under direct scrutiny, supervision, control, and if necessary correction by the people, free from interference by rogue officials from the District of Columbia. This of course will first require revitalization of the Militia, on a State by State basis. But, as the Constitution itself declares, “[a] well regulated Militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State”. If you desire to stop living in an “unfree state”–that is, a full-blown police state operating under some variant of “martial law”–you had better take this declaration seriously.

  • robertsgt40

    US police chiefs going to Israel for “training” beginning to make more sense yet? It’s called Israelification.

  • fatwillie

    They think its funny example the lady in the red dress was addressed with pride and laughter, amazing how tough and manly they are when people are not armed, not resisting, not fighting back, not trying to hurt or kill them. When the shtf they just like the israhells will be wimpering and running.

  • hvaiallverden

    So, the blind have suddenly begunn to see.
    It took a while.

    And you wounder, will they kill you, they are infact doing it rught now, more people are killed by your cops than all the wars your insane goverment is engaged in, its dobbel the numbers, incl children.
    The ONLY difference, is media, in the rest of the world where they slaughter and destroy ordinary humans its dead silent.
    This time it went Online, but in My land the focus is on as always, Looting, and of course, in the same momentum, criminal conductions as thefth and so on.

    You own police is your biggest killer, and enemy.
    Wellcome to the real world morons.
    Gaza 2.0
    All by the nice “jews”.

    Son, the drones will fly, and moronic programs made by even more moronic programesr will ensure that all of you are legitim targets, since you all are by def. domestic terrorists.
    One word wrong, and your house is hitt by a rocket.
    Thats usually, done to others, like the Afgan people.
    I dont even have symapthy for you, you deserve it all, while you cherriched wars everywhere else, now its in your land, since they arent cappable of winning anything, they will instead slaughter you.
    And you are sitting ducks.

    Halleluja, reality sucks.
    huh

    peace

    • TheWarlord Fleisch

      Sorry but you’re really not even close to being correct. Try citing sources to add validity next time. Otherwise we’ll all sit back and laugh at you like we’re doing right now.

  • End program. Start Missouri Common Law Peoples Grand Jury.

  • goingnowherefast

    The US is not a sovereign nation. It is under occupation by the global oligarchs. We are simply their base of military operations. No interference with their plans will be tolerated. To rid ourselves of this occupation will require great risk and sacrifice. I suspect this reality is about to finally sink in to the American consciousness.

    Welcome to reality folks!

    • TheWarlord Fleisch

      Nailed it! It is really too bad most of America is in such a deep slumber. They can’t be awoken without dumping a bucket of ice cold water on their heads. They’ll continue to happily pay their income taxes, which directly fund the bombing of innocent civilians worldwide. They’ll never understand the ramifications of their actions because they’re far too consumed in the latest Kim Kardashian story to care about anything that matters.

  • sidjames

    All of this is due to Israel. Their war on the Arabs became our “war on terror” . The Jewish lobby svengalis that bribes blackmails and owns our political leaders across the country is the one forcing our chiefs of police and state governors to go along with this outrageous obliging our law enforcement personnel to travel to Israel for “training” and of course anti-arab indoctrination.

    • asher2789

      please understand that not all jews are zionists and not all zionists are jews… before you start blaming jews, go look at why the evangelical christians support israel so much…

      • sidjames

        I am blaming Jews because they are the source and culpable and guilty as charged. Yes, all Jews are not responsible. But far, far too many are willingly and enthusiastically complicit, and the silence of the Jewish cognoscenti =agreement. The dumb goyim only stay dumb till they cotton on.

  • Charo369