Many people, activists in particular have noticed that Facebook periodically tries to shut down free speech on political issues. It has targeted accounts who are vocal in calling out injustices or reporting on events of importance. They have tried to shut me down a few times and have actually banned me for a few days at a time. They have also used this tactic to slow me down in acquiring new friends and contacts.
This morning I noticed something I had not before. I tried posting a story about Imprisoned Human Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart being denied cancer treatment. I was presented with a security check captcha, which is what Facebook uses to block accounts (never fill out the captcha), instead open Facebook in a new tab and close the old one. This usually works. But not today, they may have fixed that vulnerability. They would not allow me to post that story no matter how hard I tried to circumvent it.
Disgusted with it I moved on. I tried to post something else on an unrelated subject for the hell of it. It went through and posted. I thought wth, and tried posting the Lynne Stewart piece again. FAIL! Another captcha. I tried a post with different subject matter. It posted. Tried the Lynne Stewart piece again. FAIL! Captcha again. I repeated this over and over.
I came to a conclusion. Facebook was not blocking me for “too much” or “annoying” posting, their normal excuse for a ban. They were blocking THIS story. Why does FB give a crap about a human rights lawyer who is being denied cancer treatment? The obvious answer is she is an enemy of the state. The story is being flagged or filtered. Again I ask myself why does Facebook care? The answer, they don’t. Unless…. Facebook is more deeply in bed with the feds than anyone realized. Worse, Facebook ARE the feds. CIA? NSA? FBI? DHS? Something else we have never even heard of?
Julian Assange has called Facebook an ‘Appalling Spy Machine’, and maybe that assertion only scratches the surface of how insidious the truth really is.
With that said here is the story I tried so hard to post that was constantly blocked by FB.
Imprisoned Human Rights Attorney Lynne Stewart Denied Cancer Treatment
She tirelessly worked for justice. She devoted her life and work to upholding principles too important to reject. She knew the risks and took them. She did so because it matters.
For 30 years, she defended America’s poor, underprivileged, unwanted and forgotten. Without advocates like her, they never have a chance for due process and judicial fairness.
Her trial mocked justice. It was orchestrated to convict. It reflected the worst of McCarthy-like tactics. Inflammatory terrorist images were displayed in court.
Jurors were manipulated and intimidated. Lynne was called a traitor with radical political views. Heated rhetoric substituted for truth and full disclosure.
The terrible truth may be that Facebook is not just offering back door access of your personal data to the Surveillance State. Facebook may actually be a very large arm of the Surveillance itself.
Douchebag of the year UC Davis police officer Lt. John Pike
Officer Pike in 2012 became the poster child for authoritarian oppression. Seen here eagerly doing the dirty work of his corporate masters by pepper spraying unarmed peaceful protesters.
The internet soon filled with memes and photoshopped images of Pike spraying other things such as famous works of art, the founding fathers and more.
Congratulation Officer Lt. John Pike, our first ever annual douchebag of the year.
The best pictures of the pepper spraying cop may be found here.
I have given a lot of thought to the year of 2012 and wondered what stories should be considered important. NDAA, FISA and the continuing usurpation of our rights under the traitors we have elected in Washington. These certainly are defining issues for our time. The endless grind of the war machine making heavy profits for the rich while crushing the poor. The economy is a major issue as the global elite flaunt with impunity their tightening grip on the planet.
Looking back however, one story stuck in my mind the most, haunting me, and left me wondering if this man would ever find justice for his murder at the hands of vicious psycopaths. People who should have helped and protected him and instead took his life in a most savage and horrible way. It is the story of Kelly Thomas.
On July 5, 2011, at about 8:30 PM, officers of the Fullerton Police Department responded to a call from the management of the Slidebar that someone was vandalizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center. While investigating, they encountered the shirtless and disheveled Thomas and attempted to search him. According to statements given by the officers, Thomas was uncooperative and resisted when they attempted to search him, so backup was called. The officers then repeatedly applied Tasers to Thomas, hit him with the butts of the Tasers and flashlights, and threw him onto the ground. A video of the event surfaced, and Thomas can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain while officers are heard repeatedly asking him to place his arms behind his back. Unable to get Kelly to comply with the requests, a taser was used on him (up to five times according to a witness statement) in the video, and screaming “Dad! Dad!”. Six officers were involved in subduing Thomas, who was unarmed and had a history of mental illness. Thomas was initially taken to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton but was transferred immediately to the UC Irvine Medical Center with severe injuries to his head, face, and neck.
Kelly Thomas was removed from life support and died on July 10, 2011, five days after the beating. Initial reports claimed that Thomas had been very combative with officers and two had suffered broken bones. Later, the police department confirmed that no officers had suffered any broken bones, and that no one other than Thomas had any significant injuries.
Kelly Thomas shortly before his death after being beaten by Police
Taken from Occupy Buffalo…
DHS graduates first Corps of Obama’s Brown Shirts – Homeland Youth
The federal government calls them FEMA Corps. But they conjure up memories of the Hitler Youth of 1930’s Germany. Regardless of their name, the Dept of Homeland Security has just graduated its first class of 231 Homeland Youth. Kids, aged 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, they represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.
On September 13, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security graduated its first class of FEMA Corps first-responders. While the idea of having a volunteer force of tens of thousands of volunteers scattered across the country to aid in times of natural disasters sounds great, the details and timing of this new government army is somewhat curious, if not disturbing.
DHS raising an armed army
The first problem one finds with this ‘new army’ is the fact that they are mere children. Yes, 18 is generally the legal age a person can sign a contract, join the military or be tried as an adult. But ask any parent – an 18, 20 or even a 24 year-old is still a naïve, readily-influenced kid.
The second problem with this announcement and program is its timing. Over the past two years, President Obama has signed a number of Executive Orders suspending all civil and Constitutional rights and turning over management of an America under Martial Law to FEMA. Also in that time, domestic federal agencies under DHS, including FEMA, have ordered billions of rounds of ammunition as well as the corresponding firearms. Admittedly, these new weapons and ammunition aren’t to be used in some far-off war or to fight forest fires in California, but right here on the streets of America.
Strange Armored Fighting Vehicles
Individuals around the US have begun reporting the site of strange, new, heavily-armed FEMA fighting vehicles. What would a disaster relief agency like FEMA need with 2,500 brand new GLS armored fighting vehicles? According to the agency’s own mandate, as well as President Obama’s recent Executive Order, the answer is ‘population control’ during a time of Martial Law.
One set of images made available by Rense.com shows trailer after trailer carrying these new DHS and FEMA armored fighting vehicles, complete with machine gun slots. They’re labeled with the usual backward American flag and the title, ‘Homeland Security’. Below that and the DHS logo, it also reads, ‘Immigration & Customs Enforcement’. Joining those markings, the black vehicles with white lettering also display ‘POLICE/RESCUE’ on one side and ‘Special Response Team’ on the other.
FEMA Deputy Administrator Rich Serino gave the keynote address at the ‘Induction Ceremony’ for the inaugural class of FEMA Corps members. According to the DHS website, ‘Corps members assist with disaster preparedness, response, and recovery activities, providing support in areas ranging from working directly with disaster survivors to supporting disaster recovering centers to sharing valuable disaster preparedness and mitigation information with the public.’
Serino describes what the first FEMA Corps class has accomplished so far, as well as where they’ll be going next:
‘Yesterday, we welcomed 231 energetic members into the first ever FEMA Corps class. The members just finished off their first month of training with our partners at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and are one step closer to working in the field on disaster response and recovery. They will now head to FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness to spend the next two weeks training in their FEMA position-specific roles. Once they complete both the CNCS and FEMA training, these 231 dedicated FEMA Corps members will be qualified to work in one of a variety of disaster related roles, ranging from Community Relations to Disaster Recovery Center support.’
A standing army
Unlike most local disaster response teams who are volunteers, training periodically and only showing up when there’s a disaster, the FEMA Corps will be a paid, full time, standing army of government youth. FEMA Deputy Administrator Sarino goes on to explain, ‘The new members, who range in age from 18-24 years old, will contribute to a dedicated, trained, and reliable disaster workforce by working full-time for ten months on federal disaster response and recovery efforts.’
In closing his announcement of the first graduating class of FEMA Corps Youth, Sarino describes his and the agency’s vision of the future, one where ‘FEMA Corps sets the foundation for a new generation of emergency managers’.
DHS arms itself
As we detailed in the August 28 Whiteout Press article ‘History of DHS Ammunition Purchases’, federal emergency management agencies are looking more and more like a military army every day.
The federal government’s procurement website actually lists DHS’ requests for bids to supply it with ammunition and military weaponry. All of the orders listed in the above article, including the orders for hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition, are publicly available at http://www.fbo.gov/.
One look at a chart of DHS ammunition purchases over the past decade reveals a drastic spike in orders of bullets recently, totaling in the billions of rounds. Other charts available online show a similar drastic spike in the purchases of accompanying weaponry by the Department of Homeland Security.
What is the US federal government preparing for? And why does it feel it needs an army of brainwashed youth, millions of guns, thousands of armored fighting vehicles and literally billions of rounds of ammunition, just to provide relief to the American people during a natural disaster? Any historian will tell you it sounds more like the arming of the Hitler Youth than an army of first responders fighting forest fires and hurricanes.
What I initially thought was weakness in the concept of the Occupy movement turns out to have been perhaps it’s greatest strength and the thing that will make it completely successful. When Occupy Wall Street first took to the streets and spawned a plethora of other Occupations around the country, indeed the world, I watched the confusion it caused to the established order. Politicians were at first afraid to say anything. GOP strategists even warned Republicans not to make negative comments against Occupy because many people were sympathetic to them.
Truthfully I don’t think they knew what to make of it, it caught them by surprise. They had watched uprisings in Tunisia spread to Egypt and then to other countries, but suddenly it had spread to right here on their doorsteps. No one had told them what to think yet apparently.
The Tea Party was strangely silent for a couple of weeks as well. They then came out and did exactly what I expected, tried to portray Occupy as a “left wing” version of themselves.
I was annoyed that Occupy did not do more to define itself. I was worried that this opened a window for opposing forces to continue to define them, painting them in whatever negative light they chose.
In time I began to see the genius of this. Whether intentional or not Occupy had opened a window for other people to identify with them in a positive way. Everyone is angry about something and many of those issues are intertwined with one another, the root cause being the corruption of the current system under which we live.
Suddenly Occupy was not just about Wall Street greed and abuse. It was about political reform, the environment and education, it attracted people who were concerned about the food they ate, one of the most basic things all humans do, eating. Internet and personal privacy came to the forefront as Washington rushed to usher in even more limits on civil liberties. Issues like immigration and workers rights added themselves to the mix. People and organizations who found themselves under attack by the right wing found support alongside Occupy. There was massive blowback against efforts by State and Local governments to crush unions and education. Then Rush Limbaugh, bless his little pointed head, made the incredible mistake of dissing women. Now the feminists joined the fray and more women related issues came to the forefront.
A myriad of other issues now swirl around under the banner of the Occupation. The result of which is creating a cascade effect of various yet connected issues and events that are coalescing together to solidify Occupy into a formidable force to be reckoned with. Many issues and feelings about those issues that have been festering below the surface of our society are now finding expression. The general feeling is that anything that needs changed, will now be changed and that we will support one another to accomplish it. It’s over for the 1% and they know it.
What began as simple rage against the criminality of Wall Street has now become amplified rage at those who have gone unchecked in their disregard and criminality against the rest of us for so long.
There is a resurgence of pro democracy forces on American streets this spring. After a winter when efforts seemed to dwindle and withdraw, there is instead renewed dedication and support for the cause. I liken it to the waters being sucked away from the shore before a Tsunami as it gathers strength and rolls back into land with overwhelming and unstoppable force. The movement has gathered mass and structure and has evolved to define itself. That definition is change. Real change.
After decades of planning, of whittling down the rights of American citizens, of watering down the constitution with twisted perversions of the law, of creating political division , of destroying the socioeconomic landscape of the republic, of dumbing down your presumed subjects and of conquering by attrition, you are now preparing to forcefully usurp the rule of law and the will of the people with an act of treason. Watching this aggression unfold and witnessing each part of your plan come together has indeed been an education. The magnitude of your audacity is stunning, almost as stunning as swallowing the bitter pill of knowing that by our lack of vigilance and action we have allowed it to come to this point. But no more.
Elitists, abandon this folly I beg you. The current system is corrupted and unsustainable, allow us to fix it, peacefully. You cannot win. You have severely miscalculated your chances of success. We on the other hand have to succeed, you have given us no choice at all. But I know that this falls on deaf ears, you intend to do it anyway don’t you? I assure you, this is the end, we have reached the tipping point and now it’s quite simply a fight to the death. You know it, we know it. We smell your fear.
We have seen the hurried efforts at crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on the part of the Obama administration, pushing one legislative misdeed and unconstitutional executive order after another. We’ve seen your secret police buying hundreds of thousands of bullets for the guns that they intend to turn on us. We’ve watched police departments in every city blatantly and violently assault peaceful protesters in an attempt to break the spirit of this just and proper uprising. We have suffered your threats and intimidation. Endured your surveillance and invasions of privacy. We watch in amazement as a Congress that is incapable of passing a budget or of passing any meaningful legislation whatsoever somehow finds the time to recycle SOPA into CISPA. as if their life depended on it. Perverting the law to serve your ends will not save you. We will simply not obey.
We see you trying to prepare for the onslaught you know is coming and positioning yourselves to be able to launch a first strike against the pro democracy forces lining up against you. The more you push, the more we will push back. The larger our numbers and resources will grow. The better our methods will become. The more decisive our capabilities. The more allies that will flock to our side. Even the people you thought would support you due to your years of divide and conquer politicking will turn on you. Those you have presumed to be your willing cronies and lackeys will no longer stand silent in the face of your aggression. This is the way of revolutions and that is what this is. The world is waking up and is at war with you, and what plump targets you are. You have created a world of have nots who in the face of despair and desperation will want very much what you have and will come to take it and you.
The entire world has watched you employ your surrogates, the politicians and the police to oppress in a futile effort to suppress and should it continue, by this very action you will send more and more people into the streets to oppose you. You saw it in Egypt and elsewhere, you know it’s true, and yet you continue. Look around you. The Military that you have abused and used as cannon fodder for decades for your wars of profit will not support you. They are weary of strife and angry at how you have conducted yourself without honor while abusing theirs. They will be coming for you, not us.
We are literally watching the collapse of the current festering paradigm and will soon witness the birth of a better, more just world. I say this because I am certain of victory. Defeat is not an option. There is no choice now.
We can see that you intend extreme measures, a blitzkrieg, a grand charade of fear and terror, the classic misdirection of the illusionist. We will assure that the public does not fall for it. You will fail. You are outnumbered. Without us you have no one to rule and we are through being ruled by tyrants. We intend to disobey with all our hearts. You have brought us to this point both with your schemes and your lack of responsibility and insight, but it is we who will seize this moment. Those of you lucky enough to escape justice will be cast out from civilized society, pariahs, financially ruined, shelter less and on the run. You have pushed us to the brink of civil war and economic and environmental collapse , what do you think will happen to you and yours should you fail?
It is the corporation that will soon be subjected to severe oversight, scrutiny and surveillance. The realm of industry and finance that will be strictly controlled and regulated with severe punishments meted out for those who commit fraud and crime against the planet and it’s people.
You will not be allowed to slink back into the shadows as you have done in the past when your plans went awry. This time you will pay for your transgressions against the rest of humanity. You will have to answer for your war crimes, your genocides, your invasions of the privacy of your fellow citizens, your fear and hate mongering, your colonization of the weak and rape of the Earth for your personal profit, your planet killing pollution, your tampering with the food supply and so much more. It is not just the struggle against you that must be won. This is a battle for the very survival of planet Earth and for the soul of the human race. This is a battle that you cannot and must not win.