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Posted by Xaniel777 on July 26, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : July 26, 2012

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The Rise of the Police State and the Absence of Mass Opposition

Veterans News Now

From Veterans News Now

by James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya

July 25, 2012

The key to the police state operations of the US in the

21st century is to repress pro-democracy citizens and

pre-empt any mass movement without undermining

the electoral system, which provides political theater

and legitimacy.

Introduction

One of the most significant political developments in recent US history has been the virtually unchallenged rise of the police state. 

Despite the vast expansion of the police powers of the Executive Branch of government, the extraordinary growth of an entire panoply of repressive agencies, with hundreds of thousands of personnel, and enormous public and secret budgets and the vast scope of police state surveillance, including the acknowledged monitoring of over 40 million US citizens and residents, no mass pro-democracy movement has emerged to confront the powers and prerogatives or even protest the investigations of the police state.

In the early fifties, when the McCarthyite purges were accompanied by restrictions on free speech, compulsory loyalty oaths and congressional ‘witch hunt’ investigations of public officials, cultural figures , intellectuals, academics and trade unionists, such police state measures  provoked widespread public debate and protests and even institutional resistance. 

By the end of the 1950’s mass demonstrations were held at the sites of the public hearings of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in San Francisco (1960) and elsewhere and major civil rights movements arose to challenge the racially segregated South, the compliant Federal government and the terrorist racist death squads of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The Free Speech Movement in Berkeley (1964) ignited nationwide mass demonstrations against the authoritarian-style university governance.

The police state incubated during the first years of the Cold War was challenged by mass movements pledged to retain or regain democratic freedoms and civil rights.

Key to understanding the rise of mass movements for democratic freedoms was their fusion with broader social and cultural movements:  democratic freedoms were linked to the struggle for racial equality; free speech was necessary in order to organize a mass movement against the imperial US Indo-Chinese wars and widespread racial segregation; the shutting down of Congressional ‘witch hunts’ and purges opened up the cultural sphere to new and critical voices and revitalized the trade unions and professional associations. 

All were seen as critical to protecting hard-won workers’ rights and social advances.

In the face of mass opposition, many of the overt police state tactics of the 1950’s went ‘underground’ and were replaced by covert operations; selective state violence against individuals replaced mass purges. 

The popular pro-democracy movements strengthened civil society and public hearings exposed and weakened the police state apparatus, but it did not go away. 

However, from the early 1980’s to the present, especially over the past 20 years, the police state has expanded dramatically, penetrating all aspects of civil society while arousing no sustained or even sporadic mass opposition.

The question is why has the police state  grown and even exceeded the boundaries of previous periods of repression and yet not provoked any sustained mass opposition? 

This is in contrast to the broad-based pro-democracy movements of the mid to late 20th century. 

That a massive and growing police state apparatus exists is beyond doubt:  one simply has to look up the published records of personnel (both public agents and private contractors), the huge budgets and scores of agencies involved in internal spying on tens of millions of American citizens and residents. 

The scope and depth of arbitrary police state measures taken include arbitrary detention and interrogations, entrapment and the blacklisting of hundreds of thousands of US citizens. 

Presidential fiats have established the framework for the assassination of US citizens and residents, military tribunals, detention camps and the seizure of private property.

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Yet as these gross violations of the constitutional order have taken place and as each police state agency has further eroded our democratic freedoms, there have been no massive “anti-Homeland Security” movements, no campus ‘Free Speech movements’.  

There are only the isolated and courageous voices of specialized ‘civil liberties’ and constitutional freedoms activists and organizations, which speak out and raise legal challenges to the abuse, but have virtually no mass base and no objective coverage in the mass media.

To address this issue of mass inactivity before the rise of the police state, we will approach the topic from two angles.

We will describe how the organizers and operatives have structured the police state and how that has neutralized mass responses.

We will then discuss the ‘meaning’ of non-activity, setting out several hypotheses about the underlying motives and behavior of the ‘passive mass’ of citizens.

The Concentric Circles of the Police State

While the potential reach of the police state agencies covers the entire US population, in fact, it operates on the basis ofconcentric circles’

The police state is perceived and experienced by the US population according to the degree of their involvement in critical opposition to state policies. 

While the police state theoretically affects ‘everyone’, in practice it operates through a series of concentric circles.

The inner core’, of approximately several million citizens, is the sector of the population experiencing the brunt of the police state persecution. 

They include the most critical, active citizens, especially those identified by the police state as sharing religious and ethnic identities with  declared foreign enemies, critics or alleged ‘terrorists’

These include immigrants and citizens of Arab, Persian, Pakistani, Afghan and Somali descent, as well as American converts to Islam.

Ethnic and religious “profiling” is rife in all transport centers (airports, bus and train stations and on the highways)

Mosques, Islamic charities and foundations are under constant surveillance and subject to raids, entrapment, arrests, and even Israeli-style ‘targeted’ assassinations.

The second core group, targeted by the police state, includes  African Americans, Hispanics and immigration rights activists (numbering in the millions)

They are subject to massive arbitrary sweeps, round-ups and unlimited detention without trial as well as mass indiscriminate deportations.

After the ‘core groups’ is theinner circle’ which includes millions of US citizens and residents, who have written or spoken critically of US and Israeli policy in the Middle East, expressed solidarity with the suffering of the Palestinian people, opposed US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan or have visited countries or regions opposed to US empire building (Venezuela, Iran, South Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza, etc.)

Hundreds of thousands of these citizens have their telephone, e-mail and internet communications under surveillance; they have been targeted in airports, denied passports, subject to ‘visits’ and to covert and overt blacklisting at their schools and workplaces.

Activists engaged in civil liberties groups, lawyers, and professionals, leftists engaged in anti-Imperialist, pro-democracy and anti-police state activities and their publications are on ‘file’ in the massive police state labyrinth of data collecting on ‘political terrorists’.  Environmental movements and their activists have been treated as potential terrorists – with their own family members subjected to police harassment and ominous ‘visits’.

The  ‘outer circle’ includes, community, civic, religious and trade union leaders and activists who, in the course of their activity interact with or even express support for core and inner circle critics and victims of police state violations of due process .

The ‘outer circle’ numbering a few million citizens are ‘on file’ as ‘persons of interest’, which may involve monitoring their e-mail and periodic ‘checks’ on their petition signing and defense appeals.

These ‘three circles’ are the central targets of the police state, numbering upward of 40 million US citizens and immigrants – who have not committed any crime. 

For having exercised their constitutional rights, they have been subjected to various degrees of police state repression and harassment.

The police state, however, has ‘fluid boundaries’ about whom to spy on, whom to arrest and when – depending on whatever arouses the apparatchiks ‘suspicion’ or desire to exercise power or please their superiors at any given moment.

The key to the police state operations of the US in the 21st century is to repress pro-democracy citizens and pre-empt any mass movement without undermining the electoral system, which provides political theater and legitimacy. 

A police state ‘boundary’ is constructed to ensure that citizens will have little option but to vote for the two pro-police state parties, legislatures and executives without reference to the conduct, conditions and demands of the core, inner and outer circle of victims, critics and activists. 

Frequent raids, harsh public ‘exemplary’ punishment and mass media stigmatization transmit a message to the passive mass of voters and non-voters that the victims of repression ‘must have been doing something wrong’ or else they would not be under police state repression.

The key to the police state strategy is to not allow its critics to gain a mass base, popular legitimacy or public acceptance. 

The state and the media constantly drum the message that the activists’ ‘causes’ are not our (American, patriotic) ‘causes’; that their’ pro-democracy activities impede our’ electoral activities; their lives, wisdom and experiences do not touch our workplaces, neighborhoods, sports, religious and civic associations. 

To the degree that the police-state has ‘fenced in’ the inner circles of the pro-democracy activists, they have attained a free hand and uncontested reach in deepening and extending the boundaries of the authoritarian state. 

To the degree that the police state rationale or presence has penetrated the consciousness of the mass of the US population, it has created a mighty barrier to the linking of private discontent with public action.

Hypothesis on Mass Complicity and Acquiescence with the Police State

If the police-state is now the dominant reality of US political life, why isn’t it at the center of citizen concern? 

Why are there no pro-democracy popular movements? 

How has the police state been so successful in ‘fencing off’ the activists from the vast majority of US citizens? 

After all, other countries at other times have faced even more repressive regimes and yet the citizens rebelled. 

In the past, despite the so-called ‘Soviet threat’, pro-democracy movements emerged in the US and even rolled back a burgeoning police state. 

Why does the evocation of an outside ‘Islamic terrorist threat’ seem to incapacitate our citizens today?

Or does it?

There is no simple, single explanation for the passivity of the US citizens faced with a rising omnipotent police state. 

Their motives are complex and changing and it is best to examine them in some detail.

One explanation for passivity is that precisely the power and pervasiveness of the police state has created deep fear, especially among people with family obligations, vulnerable employment and with moderate commitments to democratic freedoms. 

This group of citizens is aware of cases where police powers have affected other citizens who were involved in critical activities, causing job loss and broad suffering and are not willing to sacrifice their security and the welfare of their families for what they believe is a ‘losing cause’ – a movement lacking a strong popular base and with little institutional support. 

Only when the protest against the Wall Street bailout and the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movements against the ‘1%’ gained momentum, did this sectorexpress transitory support. 

But as the Office of the President consummated the bailout and the police-state crushed the ‘Occupy’ encampments, fear and caution led many sympathizers to withdraw timidly back into passivity.

The second motive for ‘acquiescence’ among a substantial public is because they tend to support the police state, based on their acceptance of the anti-terror ideology and its virulent anti-Muslim-anti-Arab racism, driven in large part by influential sectors of pro-Israel opinion makers. 

The fear and loathing of Muslims, cultivated by the police state and mass media, was central to the post-9/11 build-up of Homeland Security and the serial wars against Israel’s adversaries, including Iraq, Lebanon, Libya and now Syria with plans for Iran. 

Active support for the police state peaked during the first 5 years post- 9/11 and subsequently ebbed as the Wall Street-induced economic crisis, loss of employment and the failures of government policy propelled concerns about the economy far ahead of support for the police state. 

Nevertheless, at least one-third of the electorate still supports the police state,right or wrong’

They firmly believe that the police state protects their security’; that suspects, arrestees, and others under watch ‘must have been doing something illegal’ 

The most ardent backers of the police state are found among the rabid anti-immigrant groups who support arbitrary round-ups, mass deportations and the expansion of police powers at the expense of constitutional guarantees.

The third possible motive for acquiescence in the police state is ignorance: those millions of US citizens who are not aware of the size, scope and activities of the police state. 

 Their practical behavior speaks to the notion that ‘since I am not directly affected it must not exist’

Embedded in everyday life, making a living, enjoying  leisure time, entertainment, sports, family, neighborhoods and concerned only about household budgets …

This mass is so embedded in their personal ‘micro-world’ that it considers the macro-economic and political issues raised by the police state as ‘distant’, outside of their experience or interest:  ‘I don’t have time’, ‘I don’t know enough’, ‘It’s all ‘politics’ … The widespread apoliticism of the US public plays into its ignoring the monster that has grown in its midst.

Paradoxically as some peoples’ concerns and passive discontent over the economy has grown, it has lessened support for the police state as well as having lessened opposition to it. 

In other words the police state flourishes while public discontent is focused more on the economic institutions of the state and society. 

Few, if any, contemporary political leaders educate their constituency by connecting the rise of the police state, imperial wars and Wall Street to the everyday economic issues concerning most US citizens. 

The fragmentation of issues, the separation of the economic from the political and the divorce of political concerns from individual ones, allow the police state to stand ‘above and outside’ of the popular consciousness , concerns and activities.

State-sponsored fear mongering on behalf of the police state is amplified and popularized by the mass media on a daily basis via propagandistic-‘news’, ‘anti-terrorist’ detective programs, Hollywood’s decades of crass anti-Arab, Islamophobic films. 

The mass media portrayal of the police state’s naked violations of democratic rights as normal and necessary in a milieu infiltrated by ‘Muslim terrorists’, where feckless ‘liberals’ (defenders of due process and the Bill of Rights) threaten national security, has been effective.

Ideologically, the police state depends on identifying the expansion of police powers with ‘national security’ of the passive ‘silent’ majority, even as it creates profound insecurity for an active, critical minority. 

The self-serving identification of the ‘nation’ and the ‘flag’ with the police state apparatus is especially prominent during ‘mass spectacles’ where ‘rock’, schlock and ‘sports’  infuse mass entertainment with solemn Pledges of Allegiance to uphold and respect  the police state and busty be-wigged young women wail nasally versions of the national anthem to thunderous applause.

Wounded ‘warriors’ are trotted out and soldiers rigid in their dress uniforms salute enormous flags, while the message transmitted  is that police state at home works hand in hand with our men and women in uniform’ abroad. 

The police state is presented as a patriotic extension of the wars abroad and as such both imposenecessary’ constraints on citizen opposition, public criticism and any real forthright defense of freedom.

Conclusion:  What is to be done?

The ascendancy of the police state has benefited enormously from the phony bi-partisan de-politicization of repressive legislation, and the fragmentation of socio-economic struggles from democratic dissent. 

The mass anti-war movements of the early 1990’s and 2001-2003 were undermined (sold-out) by the defection of its leaders to the Democratic Party machine and its electoral agenda. 

The massive popular immigration movement was taken over by Mexican-American political opportunists from the Democratic Party and decimated while the same Democratic Party, under President Barack Obama, has escalated police state repression against immigrants, expelling millions of Latino immigrant workers and their families.

Historical experience teaches us that a successful struggle against an emerging police state depends on thelinking of the socio-economic struggles that engage the attention of the masses of citizens with the pro-democracy, pro-civil liberty, ‘free speech’ movements of the middle classes.

The deepening economic crisis, the savage cuts in living standards and working conditions and the fight to save ‘sacred’ social programs (like Social Security and Medicare) have to be tied in with the expansion of the police state. 

A mass social justice movement, which brings together thousands of anti-Wall Streeters, millions of pro-Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid recipients with hundreds of thousands of immigrant workers will inevitably clash with the bloated police-state apparatus. 

Freedom is essential to the struggle for social justice and the mass struggle for social justice is the only basis for rolling back the police state. 

The hope is that mass economic pain will ignite mass activity, which, in turn, will make people aware of the dangerous growth of the police state. 

A mass understanding of this link will be essential to any advance in the movement for democracy and people’s welfare at home and peace abroad.


James Petras is a Bartle Professor (Emeritus) of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York. He is the author of 64 books published in 29 languages, and over 560 articles in professional journals, including the American Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Social Research, Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Journal of Peasant Studies. 

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Anaheim Riots Day 4: Police Now Shooting Journalists

 

From Alexander Higgins Blog

Anaheim California: The Fourth Day Of Riots

Alexander Higgins

Posted by  – July 25, 2012

It’s been four days since those protesting against police brutality took to the streets in Anaheim, California and police are now shooting journalists.

It all began after police shot at unarmed people killing one of them and later attacked witnesses.

Some protesters believe the incident was racially motivated and is just an example of a corrupt police force in Anaheim but regardless another fatal shooting followed and so did police brutality against protestors.

Scott Shackford of   http://www.Reason.com brings his take on what’s going.

The Activist Post has a detailed account of last nights events:

More Chaos in Anaheim as Protest Grows and Police Continue Firing With Blunt Force Ammunition

Crowds are getting more and more restless and angry in the wake of fatal shooting police shootings in Anaheim California


Crowds are getting more and more restless and angry in the wake of the fatal shooting of Manuel Diaz and the chaos that ensued.

Just a day later, another fatal shooting by Anaheim police was reported; this time of Joel Acevedo who was reportedly in handcuffs when the killing took place.

Last night the situation between police and the public seems to have spiraled further out of control, as reported below in the recorded livestream video by journalist Tim Pool from Timcast.tv.

He gives a first-hand account of an escalating situation that is seeing police respond more forcefully, “firing indiscriminately in every direction and chasing (protesters) down the street.”

After a series of fires, presumedly set by locals, Pool returned to the scene where he and his partner were shot at multiple times, even after holding up a press pass.

Tim also reports that seven people were arrested for a failure to disperse.

Video streaming by Ustream

An AP report posted at Daily News Los Angeles reveals additional details about the scene last night, emerging facts about the original shooting of Diaz, as well as activist demands. Details and updates are posted below.

According to the AP report, there were approximately 1,000 protesters and 250 police that faced off for over 7 hours, before dispersing at 2 a.m.

Twenty-four arrests are believed to have been made (including four minors), and several injuries were cited that possibly occurred from pepper balls and beanbag rounds used by Anaheim police. (Source) 

Protesters also have been gathering at City Council meetings demanding a quick investigation into what they believe to be an overall escalation in cases of police brutality and unnecessary killings of residents in their community.

A $50 million civil rights lawsuit has been filed by the family of Manuel Diaz against the city, as well as the Anaheim police department.

One especially interesting note from the AP report cites Sgt. Bob Dunn:

While most protesters were peaceful, some appeared to be outsiders who ‘were prone to violence and wanted to incite’ both the crowd and police, Dunn said.

Activists in the area should be on alert for agents provocateur that are often brought in to infiltrate destroy the credibility of peaceful protest.

This tactic has been documented heavily throughout the Occupy Movement (and here).

Meanwhile, more details are emerging about the Diaz killing that are quite disturbing and could lead to even greater outrage in the coming days if Police Chief John Welter does not properly address the situation:

Mayor Tom Tait said a description from court papers relayed to him by a reporter that Diaz had been shot in the leg and in the back of his head was ‘unsettling.’

The police union, however, is not making matters better by coming out in defense of the officers involved before all of the facts have been established.

We will do our best to keep you updated about the most recent developments.

If you have any additional information, please post to the comment section below, or contact us directly at activistpost (at) gmail.com

Main source for this article:
http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_21153090/anaheim-police-greeted-outrage-unrest-over-shooting?source=rss

Facebook Protest Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/344828062262298/

Another excellent source for updates can be found at the Facebook Page for Filming Cops:
http://www.facebook.com/FilmingCops?ref=ts

Additional photos can be found here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/24/anaheim-police-protest_n_1698091.html

Source:Activist Post

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19-year-old shot 5 times for suspected underage drinking

 

From CopBlock.org

By  – July 24, 2012


This is a country whose people self-righteously criticize China for its human rights abuses.

This is a country where the public has been aghast at Singaporean laws against chewing gum, and its “harsh” penalties for violations of the law.

This is a country whose people have propagated rabid fear-mongering against Muslims, on the grounds Islam supports poor treatment of women and arbitrary and severe punishments (and I have argued in the past that American statism is not so unlike radical Islam).

Despite the outward pretense of civility and denunciation of human rights abuses, this is a country whose police murder disabled old people, the mentally ill, and children – and get away with it.

It is a country whose government actually defends the police when they yank little girls out of beds and put guns to their heads during mistaken drug raids.

This is a country whose police arrest people for feeding the homeless.

This is the country with the highest number of prisoners in the entire world, both in sheer numbers and on a per capita basis, even as it constantly claims to be the “freest” place on the planet.

The list goes on and on – you’d think the United States would be hiding its face in shame, rather than claiming to be a beacon of freedom while pointing the “human rights” finger at every other country but itself.

While police apologists repeatedly drone the tire bit about it being “a few bad apples” or “isolated incidents” (never mind the fact that the law actually encourages and permits this type of behavior by police), the truth is, it would take more than a whole team of writers to detail and cover the daily atrocities committed by police.

Aaron Rosas’ story is one such atrocity.

Not so long ago, a few days before April 13, 2012, Aaron Rosas called his mother Alice to ask where she’d stored his camping equipment, as he wanted to camp out with his friends for a night. On April 13, 2012,

Ms. Rosas received a call from Sierra Medical, a hospital on the east side of El Paso Texas around midnight.

She was told she needed to go to the Del Sol Hospital to meet up with her son, because they were transporting him to Del Sol, a trauma center.

Her son had been shot 5 times, because in this country, some police believe the punishment for underage drinking is death.

Some young folks, many between the ages of 17-19, had gone out into the desert.

There was a bonfire and some drinking taking place on private grounds which used to be an old denim factory/warehouse.

Aaron and his friends had planned to do a little drinking, then camp there for the night.

At one point, Aaron thought better of the situation, and decided to go home. He was in the car with one or two of his friends and another girl.

They were parked in the dark between 2 other vehicles, and he saw a car approach.

He observed the vehicle approach the gated property from a distance.

He and his friends thought it was someone joining the party, and didn’t think much of it at first.

Aaron turned his car on,  but realized the approaching vehicle had turned on a spotlight.

At this time, he still couldn’t make out much of the vehicle.

As his car was moving forward, he suddenly saw sheriffs running towards another car.

He stepped on his brake, turned to get a better look, and was shot 5 times.

He was never told to get out of the car. He was given no warning.

At some point, the sheriffs realized that this could look bad.

They had essentially gone out looking for trouble.

They were on private property and had known underage kids were likely drinking there, so it wasn’t like they stumbled upon some dangerous, surprise situation which would call for such fatal measures.

They crept up in the dark, took an unsuspecting 19-year-old by surprise, and unloaded on him.

As much as cops know damn well that they can get away with murder, they started to think this might not look so good, and so began the lies.

Ms. Rosas arrived at the hospital and waited in the emergency area for the ambulance to arrive.

As her son was brought in, she overheard the ambulance personnel mention gun shot wounds. 

She approached a sheriff who refused to explain the situation to her.

The head ER nurse led Ms. Rosas taken to a conference room, where she waited until 2:00 a.m. Eventually, a sheriff asked her to sign a release so the police could obtain Aaron’s medical records – because Aaron himself was sedated and could not consent.

Ms. Rosas (wisely) refused, as she had yet to receive any explanation of any sort from anyone involved.

Again, she waited.

When she emerged from the room to inquire as to what was going on, a nurse said the sheriff did not require her signature after all, since her son was 19 years old.

She was also advised that her son was now gone.

The sheriff had taken him to an undisclosed room in the hospital.

The nurse claimed not to know where in the hospital her son had been taken.

Ms. Rosas, out of fear and desperation, went floor to floor looking for her son.

On the 5th floor, she again asked for her son.

The head nurse explained Aaron had been shot by the sheriffs, which was the first time Ms. Rosas was actually apprised of what had occurred that night.

Apparently wary that the nurse might say too much, a detective approached the nursing station, and said he was going to ask Aaron questions.

Aaron had been in the hospital for 5-6 hours, and had not gone into surgery for his wounds.

From what Ms. Rosas observed, it seemed he was actually removed from the Emergency Department, and transported to the 5th floor so that he could be investigated by the police.

Ms. Rosas immediately represented a lawyer was on the way.  

Her son’s attorney, Mike Cervantes advised  everyone at the hospital to tell Aaron not to talk to any police.

Ms. Rosas waited for her son to come out of surgery, but discovered Aaron was taken under custody immediately after surgery.

The sheriff’s deputy prohibited her from seeing him.

The sheriffs predictably began their propaganda campaign early the next day.

The sheriffs made a statement to the media, claiming Aaron’s car had clipped the officer’s car, and the sheriff unloaded on him because he felt he was in danger (even assuming this ridiculous lie is true – can you imagine if everyone started shooting every time someone else clipped their car?

And what kind of police officer actually fears for his life because of a minor car accident?).

Later on, the sheriffs changed their story just a bit.

They told a KFox reporter that Aaron’s vehicle was driving toward them, and they feared for their lives.

Later on that same day, they issued yet another statement claiming an officer was hit.

Finally, yet even later in the day, they claimed 2 officers were hit.

According to Ms. Rosas, when he finally went to court, he allegedly had hit 3 officers. His bond was set at $1.5 million – $500,000 for each officer.

Aaron was in the infirmary when his bond was set.

He panicked, he was horrified, and he did not understand why his bond was so high.

Indeed, he probably had no idea what he had even done wrong.

30 witnesses who were present back Aaron Rosas’ version of the events, but the word and testimony of police might as well be the word of god. This the way it works in America.

Police beat, maim, and kill innocent people, and then claim to have feared for their lives, thus apparently justifying all kinds of disgusting behavior.

Here, the two deputies who “feared for their lives” have minor injuries, while the person who allegedly committed two counts of aggravated assault was shot five times and nearly died.

Common sense would lead one to question the police version of events, but of course most of America (f#cking idiots) will not.

Aaron is currently at home now. His bond was fortunately reduced to personal recognizance.

He is currently unable to walk due to his injuries, although he is expected to improve and eventually be able to walk again.

Ms. Rosas is understandably crushed. “These people don’t understand…if they had just pulled him out of the car, even yanked him by the hair – not that it would be ok to do that, but to shoot him like this? I can’t understand why they would do that.”

Aaron’s attorney, Mr. Cervantes, believes a civil suit against the sheriffs will likely be successful, and that forensic evidence will be extremely helpful.

“I don’t believe the sheriffs realize that when they engage in this kind of behavior, they are not just destroying one life, but many. The anxiety that one goes through just because they do what they do. I don’t understand how they can lie about this.  I don’t believe anyone deserves to be shot when they are not fighting.” She believes Aaron requires some emotional attention or help, as he has become depressed.

Aaron had just turned 19, and was no longer under her insurance.

The medical bills have been incredibly high, and Ms. Rosas, who works as a fundraiser for various organizations, has struggled financially.

The incident has changed her perspective on police.

She recalled the Rodney King incident of the distant past.

“I read about it, but it was so far away, and didn’t happen here. I started reading a lot of things about how many people had such an unfair shake with the law, and it’s unbelievable. It’s an epidemic, where the officers are taking the law into their own hands, and then they stick together.”

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Ron Paul Wins, Bernanke Loses As ‘Audit The Fed’ Bill Is Approved Overwhelmingly

 

From The Daily Bail

July 25, 2012

The vote was 327-98…

In a rare bipartisan consensus, and definitely without the expressed, written consent of The Bernank, the House today overwhelmingly approved Ron Paul’s bill (H.R. 459) to provide for a complete audit of the Federal Reserve.  

All attention turns now to the Senate and the sister bill (S.202), where two years ago H.R. 1207 was weakened significantly.

Dr. Paul explains the differences between the various Fed audits…

Bloomberg Excerpt:

Similar legislation, S. 202, was introduced in the Senate by Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky and Ron Paul’s son.

The Senate bill, which has 21 Republican cosponsors, hasn’t been considered by the Senate Banking Committee.

“The Senate will give us trouble,” Ron Paul said yesterday in an interview on C-SPAN, referring to the odds his bill will gain support in the Senate. Paul in his book says eliminating the Fed “is the one sure way to restore sanity to economic and political life in this country.”

Paul’s bill passed with 274 cosponsors, including 45 Democrats and 229 Republicans. Supporters ranging from Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah, and Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, said during the House debate yesterday that the Fed needs to be transparent about the inner workings of its decision making over stimulus and financial stability.

Due to the central bank’s role in bailing out Wall Street banks during the financial crisis, “it’s past time to audit the Federal Reserve,” DeFazio said.

“The Federal Reserve balance sheet has exploded in recent years,” Chaffetz said. “The American people and this Congress deserve more openness and transparency and at the very least an audit.”

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Ron Paul takes a victory lap around the New York Fed building…

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Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Your Doctor

 

Mercola.com

From Mercola

By Dr. Mercola – July 25, 2012

I’ve long said that the best strategy for achieving health is avoiding a visit to your doctor in the first place.

Why? Because in many cases you will simply leave the office with a prescription or two, which will rarely solve your health problem. Most doctor visits result in “solutions” that only suppress your symptoms, often causing other side effects and problems.

Rather than advise patients about the true underlying conditions and real solutions that lead to health, they are left putting toxic Band-Aids on gaping wounds.

As shown in the slideshow above, and as I detail in depth below, there are actually many reasons why avoidingyour doctor may be in the best interest of your health …

1. Annual Pap Smears

Many physicians still advise women to receive yearly pap smears, but the newest guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force specifically recommend against this.

The new recommendations call for women to undergo PAP screening only once every three years, beginning at age 21 and ending around age 65.

When testing is more frequent, or started before age 21, there’s a chance of detecting human papillomavirus (HPV), and associatedlesions, more frequently.

If a physician detects such lesions, they will assume they are “pre-cancerous” and treat them accordingly.

However, most HPV infections and associated low grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions clear up on their own without treatment,while the treatment itself can lead to cervical incompetence and/or miscarriage in the future.

Since most cases of HPV clear up on their own, this is a case where the treatment may do more harm than good.

That said, PAP smears (which screen for cervical cancer typically associated with HPV) are one of the best tools for preventing cervical cancer deaths – but getting one every year is likely unnecessary. 

Evidence shows that screening women for cervical cancer more frequently than every three years does not detect more cancer. Women who have not been exposed to HPV are not at risk for cervical cancer.

Further, even if you are exposed and the infection does not clear up on its own (which is not common), it can take 10 years before it progresses to cancer.

Cervical cancers are very slow growing, which is why less frequent PAP screens are still effective.

Despite the new PAP screen guidelines, most physicians continue to recommend annual PAP screening to their patients, mostly because they (and their patients) are in the habit of doing so.

Some physicians also fear their patients will not come in for annual exams and other screening if the PAP is not required every year.

There is also a good deal of evidence that the revised PAP guidelines are part of a plan to rescue Gardasil (HPV) vaccine sales, which are embarrassingly low.

The HPV vaccine is a heavily promoted and very expensive vaccine, but it has been a flop, with less than 27 percent of women opting to receive it, and reports of serious adverse effects continuing to pour in.

2. Mammograms

Only about 1 in 8 women whose breast cancer was identified during a routine mammogram actually had their lives “saved” by the screening, a recent analysis estimated– and this does not accurately account for how many women will fall victim to mammogram-induced breast cancer.

Using breast cancer data from The National Cancer Institute and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers calculated a 50-year-old woman’s likelihood of developing breast cancer in the next 10 years, the odds the cancer would be detected by mammography, and her risk of dying from the cancer over 20 years.

They found that a mammogram has, at best, only a 13 percent probability of saving her life, and that the probability may actually be as low as 3 percent.

No matter what analyses they used, including considering women of different ages, the probability of a mammogram saving a life remained below 25 percent. Researchers concluded:

“Most women with screen-detected breast cancer have not had their life saved by screening. They are instead either diagnosed early (with no effect on their mortality) or overdiagnosed.”

This bears repeating:

Mammograms often diagnose lesions or tumors that may never threaten a woman’s life.

They also often result in false positives that lead to over-treatment, i.e. misdiagnosed women often undergo unnecessary mastectomies, lumpectomies, radiation treatments and chemotherapy, which can have a devastating effect on both the quality and length of their lives.

Plus, a mammogram uses ionizing radiation, which in and of itself can either induce or contribute to the development of breast cancer.

3. Cold and Flu 

Think it’s wise to go to a conventional physician for these?  Think again. 

Thanks to routine over-prescription of antibiotics, and the prescription of inappropriate antibiotics, you’re likely to walk away after being told to take a drug you don’t actually need.

Antibiotics do NOT work against viruses, hence they are useless against colds and flu’s.

Unfortunately antibiotics are vastly over-prescribed for this purpose.

If you have a cold or flu, remember that unless you have a serious secondary bacterial pneumonia, an antibiotic will likely do far more harm than good, because whenever you use an antibiotic, you’re increasing your susceptibility to developing infections with resistance to that antibiotic — and you can become the carrier of this resistant bug, and can spread it to others.

The first thing you want to do when you feel yourself coming down with a cold or flu is to avoid ALL sugars, artificial sweeteners, and processed foods.

Sugar is particularly damaging to your immune system — which needs to be ramped up, not suppressed, in order to combat an emerging infection.

This includes fructose from fruit juice, and all types of grains (as they break down into sugar (glucose) in your body).

Ideally, you must address nutrition, sleep, exercise and stress issues the moment you first feel yourself getting a bug. Getting plenty of high quality sleep will be crucial to your recovery.

This is when immune-enhancing strategies will be most effective.

In addition, the research is quite clear that the higher your vitamin D level, the lower your risk of contracting colds, flu, and other respiratory tract infections.

I strongly believe you could avoid colds and influenza entirely by maintaining your vitamin D level in the optimal range.

4. Cholesterol

Many doctors are unaware that a high-fat diet is NOT the cause of heart disease.

They are fooled into believing that total cholesterol is an accurate predictor of heart disease.

If you visit your physician and you have high cholesterol, you’re likely to be told two things:

  1. Take a statin cholesterol-lowering drug and

  2. Don’t eat saturated fat.

While statin drugs do lower cholesterol very effectively, cholesterol is not the culprit in heart disease.

Plus a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claims that no study has ever proven that statins improve all-cause mortality

in other words, they don’t prolong your life any longer than if you’d not taken them at all.

And rather than improving your life, they actually contribute to a deterioration in the quality of your life, destroying muscles and endangering liver, kidney and even heart function.

The best ways to optimize your cholesterol levels and your heart health have to do with lifestyle measures, including eating healthy minimally processed fats and avoid highly processed vegetable fats and oils that are loaded with toxic omega-6 fats.

5. Depression

Once again, you’re more likely to leave the doctor’s office with a prescription for a drug that could be more dangerous than the problem itself.

Every year, 230 million prescriptions for antidepressants are filled, making them one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States.

The psychiatric industry itself is a $330 billion industry—not bad for an enterprise that offers little in the way of cures.

Despite all of these prescriptions, more than one in 20 Americans are depressed.

Of those depressed Americans, 80 percent say they have some level of functional impairment, and 27 percent say their condition makes it extremely difficult to do everyday tasks like work, activities of daily living, and getting along with others.

The use of antidepressant drugs—medicine’s answer for depression—doubled in just one decade, from 13.3 million in 1996 to 27 million in 2005.

If these drugs are so extensively prescribed, then why are so many people feeling so low?

Because they don’t work at addressing the cause.

Research has confirmed that antidepressant drugs are no more effective than sugar pills.

Some studies have even found that sugar pills may produce BETTER results than antidepressants!

Personally, I believe the reason for this astounding finding is that both pills work via the placebo effect, but the sugar pills produce far fewer adverse effects.

Many people forget that antidepressants come with a slew of side effects, some of which are deadly.

Approximately 750,000 people attempt suicide each year in the US, and about 30,000 of those succeed.

Taking a drug that is unlikely to relieve your symptoms and may actually increase your risk of killing yourself certainly does not seem like a good choice.

In addition, since most of the treatment focus is on drugs, many safe and natural treatment options that DO work — like exercise, the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), vitamin D, and proper nutrition — are completely ignored.

6. High Blood Pressure

The definition of what constitutes high blood pressure expanded greatly in 2003, so that drug companies could sell drugs loaded with side effects to 45 million extra people.

Because the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure (rife with drug industry conflicts of interest) decided that what were in actuality relatively low blood pressure readings were a risk for heart disease, millions more over the years, were suddenly labeled abnormal, and in need of “treatment” for a condition that didn’t exist in medical literature until that panel met.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a very serious health concern that can lead to heart disease and increase your risk of having a stroke.

The good news though is that following a healthy nutrition plan, along with exercising and implementing effective stress reduction techniques will normalize blood pressure in most people.

7. PSA Tests for Prostate Cancer

These tests actually reveal very little, and an irrelevant positive result will likely lead to a biopsy that comes with infection risk.

The prostate-specific antigen test (PSA test), analyzes your blood for prostate-specific antigen (PSA), a substance produced by your prostate gland.

When higher-than-normal levels of PSA are detected, it is believed that cancer is present.

However, PSA screening barely has any impact on mortality rates from prostate cancer.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force will soon recommend that men not get screened for prostate cancer.

Today, many experts agree that PSA testing is unreliable at best and useless at worst for accurately diagnosing prostate cancer.

Many also agree that routine PSA blood tests often lead to over-diagnosis of prostate cancer, resulting in unnecessary treatments.

Similar to mammograms, the PSA screen has become little more than an up-sell technique.

The false positive rate is high, and the bulk of the harm is a result of subsequent unnecessary treatments.

Diet is actually a factor that can greatly impact your prostate health and help prevent enlarged prostate and prostate cancer, but many physicians fail to address this.

You’ll want to eat as much organic (preferably raw) food as possible, and liberally include fresh herbs and spices, such as ginger.

Make sure to limit carbohydrates like sugar/fructose and grains as much as possible to maintain optimal insulin levels, which will help reduce your cancer risk in general.

Highly processed or charcoaled meats, pasteurized dairy products, and synthetic trans fats correlate with an increased risk for prostate cancer and should also be avoided.

8. Inappropriate and Unwise Dietary Advice

Most doctors are clueless about what constitutes a healthy diet. As such, they will recommend health catastrophes like artificial sweeteners, vegetable oils in lieu of butter, and fat-free pasteurized dairy products.

Most will also neglect to tell you about the foods you could be eating more of to optimize your health, like fermented vegetables, raw dairy products, healthy fats (like saturated and animal-based omega-3s), grass-fed beef and more.

In addition, most are ignorant about the importance of how to cook your food – most foods are best consumed when raw or only lightly cooked, and this includes animal proteins like eggs and meat.

A discussion about food quality is essential to health (i.e. getting your meat from a small local farmer instead of a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO)) but you will almost never hear this from your family physician.

Wondering how to truly eat healthy?

See my nutrition plan for a comprehensive (and free) guide.

9. Prescription Drugs Might Kill You and They Don’t Address the Cause of the Problem

A drug prescription is usually a Band-Aid that gets nowhere near the root cause of illness.

  And many drugs are dangerous.   Last year an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) revealed that deaths from properly prescribed drugs now outnumber traffic fatalities in the United States!

And when you add in deaths attributable to other medical care modalities, like hospital admissions and surgery, the modern medical system becomes the leading cause of death and injury in the United States.

Authored in two parts by Gary Null, PhD, Carolyn Dean, MD ND, Martin Feldman, MD, Debora Rasio, MD, and Dorothy Smith, PhD, the comprehensive Death by Medicine article described in excruciating detail how everything from medical errors to adverse drug reactions to unnecessary procedures caused more harm than good.

That was in 2003. In 2010, an analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine found that, despite efforts to improve patient safety in the past few years, the health care system hasn’t changed much at all.5

For one of many examples, the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, which have been endorsed by a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee, contain a drug called drospirenone that makes women who take it nearly seven times more likely to develop thromboembolism.

This is an obstruction of a blood vessel that can lead to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack and death.

Why did the FDA approve this dangerous drug?

It turns out that at least four members of the advisory committee have either done work for the drugs’ manufacturers or licensees, or received research funding from them.

According to the Alliance for Natural Health:

“Each of those four panelists who received money from the pill’s manufacturer voted in favor of the pill.

Interestingly, the committee’s ruling that the drug’s benefit outweighs the risks was decided by a four-vote margin.

Ironically, while the FDA allowed voting by advisors with business connections to drospirenone, the agency barred … Sidney M. Wolfe, on the grounds that he … had advised his readers not to take Yaz based on several years of data.”

10. Your Doctor Might Not Even Tell You the Truth

A U.S. telephone survey found that 79 percent of Americans trust their doctor.6

 But a recent survey of 1,900 physicians revealed that some are not always open or honest with their patients.

The results were less than impressive, to put it mildly:

  • One-third of physicians did not completely agree with disclosing serious medical errors to patients

  • One-fifth did not completely agree that physicians should never tell a patient something untrue

  • Amazingly 40% believed that they should hide their financial relationships with drug and device companies to patients

  • Ten percent said they had told patients something untrue in the previous year

When making health care decisions, you should certainly get your physicians’ advice — that’s what you’re paying them for, after all. Hopefully you have chosen a health care provider who has similar philosophies about health as you do, and whose expertise you can trust.

But remember that when making health care decisions, you must be your own advocate; it’s important to ask questions before opting for tests, procedures or treatments, and it’s your decision if you’d rather opt for less medical intervention while choosing a more natural way of healing your body.

Ultimately, the more you take responsibility for your own health — in the form of nurturing your body to prevent disease — the less you need to rely on the “disease care” that passes for health care in the United States.

If you carefully follow some basic health principles — simple things like exercising, eating whole foods, sleeping enough, getting sun exposure, reducing stress in your life, and nurturing personal relationships — you will drastically reduce your need for conventional medical care, which in and of itself will reduce your chances of suffering ill side effects.

But in the event you do need medical care, seek a health care practitioner who will help you move toward complete wellness by helping you discover and understand the hidden causes of your health challenges … and create a customized and comprehensive — i.e. holistic — treatment plan for you.

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