No justice for Bradley Manning

No justice for Bradley Manning

After waiting more than 18 months, half of which he spent in torturous solitary confinement that he was only removed from after an international outcry and the resignation of a top State Department official, Manning is finally getting a shot at justice – if we can think of a military court as justice – when his case moves to the pre-trial hearing phase this Friday. But whether Manning is ultimately found guilty or not is beside the point: All one needs to know about American justice is that if he had murdered civilians and desecrated their corpses – if he had the moral capacity to commit war crimes, not the audacity to expose them – he’d be better off today.

“We Are At War! I Believe America Is Part Of The Battlefield! I Hope You Believe It Too!”

Not only is this just disgusting, but they’re misrepresenting what the bill actually does when they say it’s designed solely to address the issue of Al-Qaeda from other countries coming into America. They’re blinding the audience to the reality of what this bill is by only using the trigger words Al-Qaeda and war, to externalize the matter and make anyone listening automatically bias into the speakers’ favor. That’s a sick, twisted psychological spin-job to use.

You might be a terrorist if…

FBI Handout: Communities Against Terrorism: Potential Indicators of Terrorist Activities Related to Military Surplus Stores

Includes such warning signs as “demands privacy”, “pays cash”, “shaves beard or changes hair color”, and “makes bulk purchases of MREs”. The best part:

Some of the activities, taken individually, could be innocent and must be examined by law enforcement individuals in a larger context to determine whether there is a basis to investigate.

could be innocent. Oh no way, there is never a time when a close shave and a cash payment could be innocent. Let’s not get soft on terror here.

Following is the The Cell video on how to spot a terrorist, created in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security:

This one encourages every citizen to report any sign of suspicious terrorist activity, and details a list of activities that should be considered suspect. It’s been quoted widely in the media and always sounds a little bit hysterical, so here’s the source and here’s some of their choicest warning signs straight from the filmhorse’s mouth.

-use of binoculars, multi-use watches, or cameras
-taking notes
-watching police and rescue units arrive to a scene
-asking questions about schools, sports stadiums, or malls (finally a legitimate excuse to never stop to ask directions!)
-applying for a job at a school, sports stadium, or mall
-forgetting your bag in a bus, train, or other public place
-making large purchases with cash, seeking out street trade and “for sale by owner” transactions
-making charitable donations
-leaving your car in an out-of-the-way place
-buying one-time-use cellphones
-exchanging electrical equipment with someone else
-anything which causes any onlooker to have a “gut feeling that something is just not right”

So think carefully the next time you hand your cellphone to someone before writing down a shopping list, then checking to be sure you have enough cash to cover the bill, especially if you intend to buy more than seven days’ worth of food. Because there might be someone across the street who thinks you’ve changed your hair color lately and has a gut feeling that something’s just not right, especially if you’ve cut anyone off in traffic lately who might work for the government and hold a grudge. Because you could be about to vanish for a really long time.

WASHINGTON — In Florida, Sen. Marco Rubio has been attacked as a “traitor.” In Arizona, tea party members protested against Sen. John McCain. In Utah, Occupy demonstrators donned black hoods to stand against “radical and uncalled for constraints on our constitutional rights.”

The uprising is directed at provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, approved by the Senate last week, that would require the military to arrest terrorist suspects in the United States and detain them indefinitely without trial.

Rick Perry’s Viral Video Fail

Rick Perry’s Viral Video Fail

Let’s play a game… see if you can spot how many times in these ads this man is divisive, bigoted, pushing fear of artificially-inflated ‘unAmerican’ threats, or displaying bold assumptions designed to dismiss anyone who isn’t a part of the conservative right. The fact that anyone would run a presidential campaign based on this “if you’re not with us, you’re against us” intolerance, and be considered a legitimate contender by any part of the population, practically skywrites that we’re in trouble here.

The Miami Model

The Miami Model [film online]

“Miami is where the creeping militarization of police tactics vis-à-vis political protest was congealed,” she said in an email. “Not only in numbers but in equipment the Miami police outnumbered us and widely employed militarized strategies to overwhelm people.”

The Miami Model, or what former Seattle police chief Norman Stamper dubs “paramilitary policing,” now seems an entrenched framework for dealing with large, often nonconfrontational protest movements.

Robocops vs. the occupiers