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Operation 'Vigilant Guard' drills take place in North and South Carolina complete with door to door wellness checks

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In yet another example of the growing trend of the process of acclimatization of the general public to an open military presence on American streets as well as greater cooperation between the US Military and civilian law enforcement, South Carolina was recently the scene of a statewide "emergency preparedness" drill that incorporated both of these aspects in a visible form.

On March 7, 2015, the state-wide drill, entitled Operation Vigilant Guard, took place under the pretext of preparation for the inevitable destruction a hurricane would bring to South Carolina. According to reports in the local media, the drills were based on the premise of the landfall of a Category 4 hurricane and "how they'd respond to get citizens help" in such an event.

The training involved the South Carolina National Guard as well as National Guard units from Georgia in addition to participants from local and state law enforcement agencies as well as local and state "officials."

Comment: Responsible preparation, or is it paranoia to think that something big might be in the works?


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Selma, Obama and the colonization of black resistance

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Barack Obama, master of propaganda, co-opting a civil rights event in Selma Alabama and building bridges to nowhere.
"To cleanse history in the name of a false patriotism that celebrates a new illiteracy as a way of loving the United States is a discourse of anti-memory, a willful attempt at forgetting the past in the manufactured fog of historical amnesia."

— Henry Giroux
I tried! In my capacity as a member of the Center for Constitutional Rights' Board of Directors (CCR), I traveled to Selma on Friday to attend the induction of Arthur Kinoy and William Kunstler, two of the founding lawyers of CCR, into the Selma National Voting Rights Museum. And even though I knew that I would have to endure Obama's presence in Selma on Saturday, my plan was to stay in Selma until Sunday to catch up with friends and participate in the peoples' crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

But I never saw the sun come up in Selma. Before Air Force One ever entered Alabama airspace, Obama's presence overshadowed the commemoration. In conversations on Friday, I heard over and over again about how Obama was coming to town to symbolically "close the circle" on the struggle for voting rights. And though it shouldn't have, I could not shake the deep sadness that I felt every time I heard this and similar comments from so many of my people who still had so much invested in this cheap pro-imperialist hustler that after the induction on Friday I found myself on Highway 80 heading out of Selma toward Montgomery.

I made the right decision.

Comment: So, in addition to being the new boss (same as the old boss), the oh so cynical and clever power-meisters chose Obama to the throne of the U.S. presidency precisely because they knew he would have the "talent" to hoodwink a certain percentage of blacks. Institutionalized racism and corporeal punishment towards blacks has reached a new plateau in Amerika. As the author of the article notes, extrajudicial killings by a psychopathic and militarized police force, the abominable numbers of blacks unfairly incarcerated and subsumed by the prison-industrial-complex, and an economy that is designed to keep the black working class and poor stuck in their place, all contribute to making blacks prisoners of a system with no way out. And brand Obama is the one of their wardens.


Roses

Man killed taking pictures of his first snowfall in Dallas after fleeing violence in Iraq

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Atlaie, left, and her husband Ahmed Al-Jumaili
Police say a suspect arrested Friday in the killing of an Iraqi man taking photos of his first snowfall said he was looking for whoever shot at his girlfriend's home when he randomly came upon the victim and opened fire.

Nykerion Nealon, 17, was being held without bond on a murder charge in last week's death of Ahmed Al-Jumaili, who in February moved to Dallas to escape violence in his homeland.

"We don't believe he knew Mr. Al-Jumaili. We don't believe he knew Mr. Al-Jumaili's ethnicity," police Maj. Jeff Cotner told a news conference Friday. Cotner had earlier said police do not believe the killing was a hate crime.

Al-Jumaili was outside his apartment complex taking snapshots of snow on the night of March 4 when he was shot.

"Mr. Al-Jumaili was enjoying the snowfall with his wife and brother when he was shot, then he ran toward his apartment and collapsed in the breezeway," Cotner said.

Comment: This is just tragic. And there's a cruel irony that he left war-torn Iraq (courtesy of the U.S.), only to be killed in the U.S. American society is sick to the core.


Pistol

Cops sell man drugs then kill him, shoot one of their own cops in the process

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Anthony Andrew Williams
A man is dead, and a deputy has been shot after the Putman County Sheriff's Department relentless carries out the state's immoral war on drugs.

The incident happened as cops were driving around in a neighborhood Friday night looking for otherwise completely innocent people to purchase their drugs, so they could arrest them. Prior to setting up and killing Anthony Andrew Williams of Hawthorne, police arrested 10 people in this entrapment scheme.

However, after Williams voluntarily bought a substance for his own personal consumption from deputies, he realized their scheme and tried to run.

According to police, Williams then took off in an SUV and swerved to avoid hitting deputies which sent him crashing into a nearby tree.

Police then claim that Williams, who just crashed because he tried to avoid hitting deputies, tried to hit the deputies. At this point, four officers began to unload their pistols at the man.

During their ridiculously violent display, these trigger happy deputies shot one of their fellow cops. Deputy Robert Nelson is currently recovering from a gunshot wound he received from his "highly trained" co-workers.

The man whose tree was damaged during this debacle, Gilbert Randall, expressed his disappointment with police to WJAX News.

"They set the scene for this to happen, and he lost his life. I'm saddened," Randall said.

Comment: Day in day out the stories pile up of police violence against basically nonviolent citizens. In this case, the cops set up and killed a black man who was minding his own business.


Che Guevara

Thousands of workers strike in Northern Ireland, joining Europe-wide anti-austerity movement

Northern Ireland's trade unions claim Friday's public sector strike is among the biggest in years, as workers in transport, education, road services, fire and rescue and health services defy their bosses over cuts.

Organized by Unite the Union, UNISON and GMB, leaders say austerity measures will likely result in up to 20,000 job losses over the next few years.

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Picket lines and demonstrations are taking place across the region as workers confronted public sector cuts. Northern Ireland is more dependent on central government than any other part of the UK.

Ahead of the strike Michael Mulholland, GMB regional organizer, said: "On Friday 13th March in Northern Ireland we will see one of the largest trade union organized protests in many years."

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said in a statement: "Without standing up to this, we can expect another four years of even more punishing austerity budgets."


Headphones

The Truth Perspective: The Ides of March

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For the anniversary of the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, our hosts discussed the question, "What does it take to lead a country?" If Caesar were alive today, what would he do, and how would he do it? How should we interpret the facts of Caesar's life?

The discussion continues from the previous week's interview with Tom Stevenson about his book on Julius Caesar.

Following this, we discussed some current events: the latest ISIS revelations, Venezuela as a 'national security' threat and then the pedophile scandals in both the US and UK.

Running Time: 01:48:00

Download: MP3


Stormtrooper

Video shows cop choking out child until he goes limp, child left with brain injury

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Louisville, Kentucky - Louisville Metro Police Officer Jonathan Hardin, 31, has been arrested for assaulting a child at the school where he was working as a resource officer.

Surveillance video released after it was played during a probable cause hearing on Thursday shows Hardin choking out a 13-year-old student back in January. This was only five days after the officer allegedly assaulted another 13-year-old student in an unrelated incident.

Hardin was also named in a civil suit with two other officers who have been accused of verbally and physically abusing children during a summer program.

Surveillance cameras at the middle school also caught the first incident that took place in the cafeteria on January 22. The footage reportedly shows the officer punch a student in the face so hard that he is knocked to the ground, after accusing him of cutting in line.

The boy was subsequently charged with menacing and resisting arrest following the officer's assault. However, WLKY reports that court records show that the officer made the arrest based on facts that he knew were false.

Instead of being fired, suspended, or moved to a position away from children, the officer remained on duty and January 27th he was caught on camera assaulting a child once again.


No Entry

New York City: Film an idling vehicle, get paid

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If you see something, they'll pay something.

Two city lawmakers want to recruit everyday New Yorkers to help battle the scourge of idling vehicles by paying them for video footage that results in fines.

City Council members Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and Donovan Richards (D-Queens) will introduce a bill Wednesday that would give citizens up to 50 percent of the summons revenue if they catch someone breaking the idling law, take a video and submit it to the Department of Environmental Protection.

The exact cut for videographers would be determined by the DEP, they said. But citizen enforcers could makes hundreds — even thousands — of dollars.

The bill would keep first-time idling violations punishable by just a warning, but would boost fines for second offenses to between $350 and $1,500.

Comment: Turning Americans into snitches for the police state: 'See something, say something' and community policing


Bad Guys

Judge orders buses and trains in Philadelphia to run anti-Islamic ads featuring Hitler

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A Federal Judge has ordered Pennsylvania buses and trains to display "Stop the Islamic Jew-Hatred" ads that call for ending US foreign aid to all Islamic countries.

US District Judge Goldberg ruled the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) must allow the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) to post anti-Muslim advertisements, showing a photo of Hitler and an Islamic leader.
— Raven*H♔U*Wolf (@RavenHUWolf) March 12, 2015
AFDI, an American offshoot of a European anti-Muslim organization, claimed it has a first amendment right to run bus ads linking Muslims to Hitler.

The judge sided with them on the premise that since SEPTA has run other political speech ads in favor of teacher seniority or opposed to fracking, it opened up its advertising spaces as venues of expression.

Comment: The demonization of Muslims in the U.S. continues unabated. When did hate speech become a protected right of free speech?


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Cannibal cop guilty of violating employer's computer use restriction; will this set a dangerous precedent?

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Gilberto Valle
The case of a New York cop convicted of planning to kidnap and kill women before eating them could mean employees could be held criminally liable under federal law for violating an employer's computer use policy, the Electronic Frontier Foundation says.

While courts have conceded that the details of former New York Police Department officer Gilberto Valle's plots are grisly, a conspiracy charge was overturned last year by a federal judge, who said "the nearly yearlong kidnapping conspiracy alleged by the government is one in which no one was ever kidnapped, no attempted kidnapping ever took place, and no real-world, non-Internet-based steps were ever taken to kidnap anyone." The court said a conspiracy charge was tantamount to thoughtcrime.

Valle used the NYPD's federal database to collect information on various women he intended to target. For this offense, he was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) for abusing his position to illegally access the database. Unlike the conspiracy charge, the CFAA violation stuck, as the court interpreted Valle had violated an "access" restriction his employer put on his database use, rather than a "use" restriction.

Comment: For more on the history of this case see: