Pentagon Rebrands Protest as “Low-Level Terrorism”

You have to hand it to Pentagon securocrats and their corporate cronies, they never miss an opportunity to demonize, vilify or otherwise slander domestic political dissent as “terrorism.”

The American Civil Liberties Union reported June 10 that “Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as ‘low level terrorism’.”

According to the civil liberties’ watchdog: “Among the multiple-choice questions included in its Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness training course, the DoD asks the following: ‘Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorist activity?’ To answer correctly, the examinee must select ‘protests’.”

Yes, you read that correctly. The Pentagon has designed a training system that puts you in the crosshairs! And why not? Back in 2003 Mike Van Winkle, the spokesman for the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) said of antiwar demonstrators brutally attacked by riot cops at the Port of Oakland during a protest against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq,

“You can make an easy kind of a link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that’s being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that (protest),” said Van Winkle, of the state Justice Department. “You can almost argue that a protest against that is a terrorist act.” (Ian Hoffman, Sean Holstege and Josh Richman, (“Intelligence Agency Does Not Distinguish Between Terrorism and Peace Activism,” Oakland Tribune, May 18, 2003)

Pretty ironic coming from a sprawling bureaucracy currently engaged in two aggressive wars of conquest for whom dropping a proverbial dime on unsuspecting goat herders or wedding parties is a walk in the park! Not to mention Joint Special Operations Command’s “executive assassination ring” operating out of the former Vice President’s office, who without so much as a by-your-leave, bumped-off official regime enemies.

This latest outrage follows a consistent pattern by the Pentagon that the ACLU has called “an egregious insult to constitutional values.”

As Antifascist Calling revealed in previous reports, the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team is now deployed inside the United States “under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the “service component” of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM).

AFC also reported that since NORTHCOM’s launch in 2002, it has been mired in controversy. Among its more dubious accomplishments were illegal domestic spying operations in conjunction with the Pentagon’s shadowy Counter Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA). Before being run to ground, like many Defense Department intelligence operations, CIFA was heavily outsourced to security corporations. More than 900 employees out of a total work force of 1,300 were high-paid contractors.

A veritable honey-pot for defense grifters such as Mitchell Wade, the notorious ex-chairman of MZM Inc. and his sidekick, disgraced former Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-CA), eventually imprisoned when a cash-and-hookers-for-contracts scandal signaled the (temporary) eclipse of neoconservative stalwarts in Congress.

Despite CIFA’s shut-down last year, its TALON database (Threat and Local Observation Notices), which contained hundreds of files on antiwar activists, was shunted over to the FBI for safekeeping in its Guardian database, one component of the Bureau’s massive Investigative Data Warehouse.

Its a safe bet however, that the illegal collection of intelligence on domestic dissidents continues apace.

Inside the Antiterrorism-Training-Complex

While the ideological mind-set driving domestic counterterrorism policies may not have changed much in the intervening years since Van Winkle’s provocative statement, security firms and a veritable army of consultants drive America’s Homeland Security-Industrial-Complex.

As USA Today reported in 2006, “the homeland security business is booming, and now it eclipses mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue.” And is likely to continue along that trajectory well into the future as new official enemies, particularly in the heimat come on-line.

“Specialists” in this lucrative market are former Special Operations soldiers or retired Military Intelligence, FBI or CIA officers who supplement their pensions by plowing the green pastures of the “antiterrorism training” industry. Indeed, there’s even an industry association (one of several), the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP).

According to a blurb on the group’s website, IACSP was formed to create a “center of information and educational services for those concerned about the challenges now facing all free societies” and “is open to anyone with a sincere professional interest in understanding the security threat posed by terrorism and related conflicts.” The organization conducts seminars and publishes The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security magazine. IACSP partners include:

The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response
ITRR: Self-described as an “American and Israeli nonprofit corporation,” ITRR market “Israeli and American experts” who provide “counter-terrorism training, seminars, and security specialization in dealing with threats such as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), suicide bombers, and other forms of international terror striking both the public and private sector.” Their American-based “terror experts” conduct training seminars “in dealing with domestic terrorism and eco-terror groups, including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF).” ITRR’s Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) was created to provide “provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world.” TAM-C’s Ground Truth Network “leverages the ITRR’s international contacts and sources to provide real-time intelligence from the field,” while keeping “international corporations apprised of threats to their assets and personnel throughout the world.” Partners include among others, The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute (IEICI), the Perelman Security Group (PSG), and Multi Tier Solutions (MTS), a firm licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, that provides “specialized consulting, field operations, specialized training, fusion center technology, intelligence management platforms.” One shudders to think what activities fall under MTS’ “field operations” brief!

Henley-Putnam University: Describing itself as “the only online University that specializes exclusively in Intelligence, Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies,” Henley-Putnam boasts that their faculty is comprised of “leaders in tradecraft from organizations such as the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service.” Corporate partners include the Vienna, Virginia-based C2 Technologies, a firm specializing in “strategic human resources management, mission-critical outsourcing and information technology.” The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre): based in Alexandria, Virginia the firm offers “in-depth and relevant education, training and analysis on counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security.” With a staff comprised of veteran Cold Warriors, CI Centre was founded in 1997 by David G. Major, “a retired, senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent.” With tailored “core competencies” offered in counterintelligence strategy and tactics, understanding terrorism, economic espionage protection and the like, CI Centre boasts of a staff of instructors who are “seasoned veterans” from the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, Military Intelligence, State Department, Department of Justice, Canadian RCMP and Cuban DI.” CI Centre is a corporate member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), an ultra-rightist outfit founded in 1975 by CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. AFIO was a critical behind-the-scenes player that worked to sabotage Watergate-era investigations of CIA crimes by the Church and Pike Committees. CTC International Group, Inc. (CTC): Self-described as “a private intelligence agency for the global business community,” CTC International “is staffed primarily by former CIA officers” that “acts as a private intelligence organization for the legal and corporate communities.”

The Performance Institute (PI: A “private, nonpartisan think tank,” PI conducts seminars and on-site training that provides “intensive, methodology-based courses” that “include step-by-step processes to improve organizational management capacity.” PI’s Law Enforcement brief includes training in “Law Enforcement Management, Use of Force, Homeland Security, Funding, Sex Offender Management, Narcotics, Emergency Preparedness and Technology.”

IACSP will be sponsoring the 17th Annual Terrorism, Trends & Forecasts Symposium, September 18, 2009 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. In addition to standard boilerplate on Islamic terrorism and the “threat” of illegal immigration to national security, topics will include a presentation on “National Security and Liberty: A Delicate Balance.” Needless to say, readers of Antifascist Calling won’t be surprised at how the scales are tipped during this presentation!

Another player in the Antiterrorism-Training-Complex is The Backup Training Corporation. In 2007 Backup Training was purchased by Blackwater (now Xe), the private military (mercenary) corporation. Backup is now Xe’s “digital training division;” terms of the deal were not disclosed according to Washington Technology. The firm’s law enforcement brief offers dozens of DVDs on diverse topics such as Community Policing, Cultural Diversity (!), Domestic Terrorist Groups, Gang Training, a Home Defense webinar, Managing Street Informants, Racial Profiling and Surveillance.

But IACSP and Blackwater aren’t alone in this lucrative field.

St. Petersburg College’s Florida Regional Community Policing Institute offers an “Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training Program,” in conjunction with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Operating with grants from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, the course is designed “to provide training to state and local law enforcement officers in domestic and international terrorism. The goal is to provide officers with a working knowledge of past and present terrorist/criminal extremist groups and individuals, their activities and tactics, and how to recognize and report potential indicators of terrorism and criminal extremism.” There’s even a module that will help you “identify the electronic tools and media which international and domestic terrorists use and the best practices identified for properly seizing computer hardware and peripherals.”

The Institute for Preventive Strategies (IPS): A division of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, IPS offers a Terrorism Prevention course for “law enforcement professionals.” According to a blurb on the group’s website, IPS avers that “Incidents related to homegrown terrorism in the United States are on the rise. Western Europe has long struggled with homegrown terrorists, but instances of American-born-and-raised citizens acting on Islamic terrorist motivations are a relatively new threat to the U.S.” Studiously ignored however, are recent incidents of terrorist violence directed against Americans such as the assassination of women’s health care provider, Dr. George Tiller, gunned down in his church in Wichita, Kansas on May 31. The alleged shooter, Scott Roeder, an associate of the violent antiabortion Army of God and the white separatist Freeman movement, was videotaped gluing the locks on a Kansas City clinic according to Democracy Now! Although footage was turned over to the FBI days before the murder, the Bureau failed to act. Which just goes to show, “terrorism prevention” is fine when it comes to “Islamic radicals,” antiwar activists or “ecoterrorists.” Far-right Christian gangs on the other hand, are treated with kid gloves by the state or even celebrated as “heroes” by homegrown clerical fascists. Indeed, elements of the media such as the despicable Bill O’Reilly and his Fox News cohorts helped set the stage for Tiller’s murder by labeling him “guilty of Nazi stuff,” as Salon reported.

America’s Orwell Complex

“Policing ideas, rather than criminal activities” as the ACLU wrote in a strongly-worded letter to Gail McGinn, Acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, “runs counter to our nation’s core principles, undermining the very foundations of a free society.”

While true as far as it goes, the history of the United States is replete with Orwellian moments such as this, where “freedom” is code for buying commodities and keeping your mouth shut–or else.

From the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, from COINTELPRO to Operation CHAOS, and from the USA PATRIOT Act to warrantless wiretapping and beyond, the national security state has always had but one purpose: to keep the lid on at home, thus greasing the wheels for corporate resource extraction (armed theft) on a planetary scale.

And they call this “freedom.”

Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His articles are published in many venues. He is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military "Civil Disturbance" Planning, distributed by AK Press. Read other articles by Tom, or visit Tom's website.

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  1. RH2 said on June 19th, 2009 at 10:21am #

    Terrorism ( lat. terror= an occurrence or event causing fright. terrere = frighten or startle). Protest is indeed a fright to Imperialism and militarism disguised as democracy, security and prosperity. The term terrorism is usually depreciative. Likewise should Imperialisim and totalitarianism in modern world be seen, depreciative. Intimidation and limitation of individual human rights are unjustified terrorism and a first degree violation of dignity. The formula is not that complicated > respect citizens = no protest. I hope that U.S. citizens will soon wake up and protest against this dangerous development, before it would be too late. Today protest is low-level terrorism, tomorrow it will be a high-level one.

  2. phuque yew said on June 19th, 2009 at 10:25am #

    Hasn’t protest been treated, in terms of U. S. police state response, as “terrorism” in this country for quite some time? I was chased by the “pigs” on a liberal East Coast campus in 1972, and a friend gun-butted in the mouth, during protests against the bombing of Cambodia – even though we weren’t in the protest! Look no further back than the fascist-sponsored response to protests during last year’s corporate-party conventions, or back to Seattle in 1999, to witness the coming wave of brutal repression on American soil.

    The means to suppress dissidence has always been at the ready, but now we’re paying, out of fear, neglect, stupidity, and apathy, our precious lives and personal resources working for a state apparatus that will stop short of nothing to maintain its stranglehold on our lives and on the fate of the planet. American lives are just another zit to be popped if we mouth off and demand democracy.

    Until Americans, collectively, wake up and respond to fire with bigger fire (whatever that means to use, take it and run with it), we’ll be led like sheep to the slaughter for practicing our individual and constitutional rights.

    Want totalitarian fascism? We’re well on the way — just ask the citizens of El Salvador, Nicaragua, Chile, the Philippines, Colombia, Zaire, Iraq, Afghanistan, et al., et al., et al. — and we’re all responsible for not resisting to the greatest extent possible. Really, are TV, golf, and cosmetics more important than building a world where your grandchildren can live decent lives? What value if all the material crap if life on this planet continues to be bludgeoned by capitalism?

    The U. S. government is the only terrorist in the room.

  3. Suthiano said on June 19th, 2009 at 11:08am #

    “Want totalitarian fascism? We’re well on the way”

    You’re already there. The banks the corporations own the government. That’s the definition of fascism.

    Your government spies on everyone, it detains people without charges, and ships them to secret prisons around the world…. that’s fascism.

    There’s no critical media, and even the “critical media” drops the ball on all of the important issues…. that’s fascism.

  4. Suthiano said on June 19th, 2009 at 11:25am #

    U.S. House condemns violent crackdown on Iran protests

    In the strongest message yet from the U.S. government, the House of Representatives voted 405-1 Friday to condemn Iran’s crackdown on demonstrators and the government’s interference with Internet and cell phone communications. (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1094274.html)

    I guess it’s not low-level terrorism if the CIA is funding the protests…

  5. RH2 said on June 19th, 2009 at 12:21pm #

    Southiano,

    “I guess it’s not low-level terrorism if the CIA is funding the protests…”

    The CIA funding is not a law, but a known policy to enhance “democracy” in the world. This is nothing new. The concept or definition of the Pentagon is a very dangerous approach if it is meant to enhance security on U.S. soil. It is not a legislation, but it could be one if Americans remain indifferent and submissive. I think there are good potential purchasers in the Congress of such an ideological marketing. You have mentioned some drawbacks in the U.S. society. Let us hope that the Americans get out and write on their chests: the Pentagon should protect and not attack us.

  6. Don Hawkins said on June 19th, 2009 at 12:49pm #

    Suthiano that last comment good point. How does that go? In a time of Universal deceit telling the truth is not the best way to go. The myth is the message.

  7. Don Hawkins said on June 20th, 2009 at 6:10am #

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Massey Energy President Don Blankenship wants to debate one of the world’s top climate scientists about global warming, coal and the West Virginia economy.

    Blankenship issued the challenge Friday to renowned NASA scientist James Hansen after word came out that Hansen was scheduled to attend a mountaintop removal protest next week outside of one of Massey’s Raleigh County operations.

    Hansen is among the headliners at the Tuesday event, along with actress Daryl Hannah. Protesters plan to meet near Marsh Fork Elementary School, which sits below a huge Massey slurry impoundment, and risk arrest at a nearby Massey office.

    “While I don’t recall anyone inviting out-of-state environmental protesters from San Francisco and a Hollywood actress to Massey’s property on June 23, I’m more than willing to invite Dr. Hansen to have a factual discussion about coal mining in West Virginia, which provides thousands of jobs in the state and provides low-cost energy to millions of Americans,” Blankenship said in a press release.

    That’s June 23 Tuesday Massey’s Raleigh County operations meet near Marsh Fork Elementary School West Virginia.

    http://mountainaction.org/wordpress/updates/ Check out these pictures.

    14 people were arrested June 18 in a peaceful act of direct action on a Massey Energy Co. mountaintop removal mining site near Twilight, W. Va. In Iran a few more people protesting in the millions not in the States in the hundreds and after all it’s only about the survival of the human race no big deal.

  8. Don Hawkins said on June 20th, 2009 at 7:20am #

    While true as far as it goes, the history of the United States is replete with Orwellian moments such as this, where “freedom” is code for buying commodities and keeping your mouth shut–or else.

    In Iran the younger and some not so young in the millions right now a face off with the supreme leaders people. Is it good against evil. How about new and old. Real old real, real old.

    And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come. Oh boy

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Carlo Sagan

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. Sagan

    Maybe God has let everybody who ever lived be reborn – so he or she can see how it ends. Even Pitecanthropus erectus and Australopithecus and Sinanthropus pekensis and the Neanderthalers are back on Earth – to see how it ends. They’re all on Times Square – making change for peepshows. Or recruiting Marines. Spoken by Dr. Norbert Woodley.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
    Carl Sagan

    The crucified planet Earth,
    should it find a voice
    and a sense of irony,
    might now well say
    of our abuse of it,
    “Forgive them, Father,
    They know not what they do.”

    The irony would be
    that we know what
    we are doing.

    When the last living thing
    has died on account of us,
    how poetical it would be
    if Earth could say,
    in a voice floating up
    perhaps
    from the floor
    of the Grand Canyon,
    “It is done.”
    People did not like it here.
    Kurt Vonnegut

    We have heard the rationales offered by the nuclear superpowers. We know who speaks for the nations. But who speaks for the human species? Who speaks for Earth?
    Carl Sagan

    Yes keep your mouth shut–or else and keep consuming like there’s no tomorrow because to do that you will be right. Shut them down sort of.

  9. Calm said on June 20th, 2009 at 8:27am #

    When civil unrest begins in North America the protesters should call themselves “Reformists” and then it is allowed or even encouraged by the U.S. government.

    It irritates me to no end to hear the American news media compare the right of protesters in America and Iran.

    It’s a damn joke.

    There have been over 15,000 arrests for resistance to war since 2002.

    Nicole and Jeffery Rank of Corpus Christi, Texas, were handcuffed and removed from the July 4, 2004, rally at the state Capitol, where Bush gave a speech.

    An Australian man was denied permission to board a connecting flight within Australia unless he removed the T-shirt titled “World’s #1 Terrorist” with a picture of U.S. President George W. Bush.

    Hunter College student Stephanie Schwartz says Coast Guard officials stopped her two weeks ago aboard the ferry. During the summer, Iraqi blogger Raed Jarrar was stopped by security officials for wearing the same t-shirt at JFK Airport. He was forced to change the shirt before boarding a JetBlue flight.

    A computer seized and government is investigating her for “sedition”.
    Berg, a clinical nurse specialist, wrote a letter in September to a weekly Albuquerque newspaper criticizing how the administration handled Hurricane Katrina and the Iraq War. She urged people to “act forcefully” to remove an administration she said played games of “vicious deceit.”

    Investigated and harassed by Home Land Security.
    When the Iraq War was looking imminent, not long after September 11, Dwight attached a garbage bag to the back of his truck bed. He splattered the bag and the truck with ketchup and added a sign reading, “This veteran knows that our children are worth more than a $6.95 body bag.” When he drove down the freeway, the bag would inflate and appear occupied.

  10. Don Hawkins said on June 20th, 2009 at 8:31am #

    I am watching pictures out of Iran on CNN and the supreme leaders people dressed in black What’s up with this whole men in black thing. How about shorts and Hawaiian shirts. In the States same thing when James Hansen and his small group of people in there teens were in front of the power plant in DC same men in black. If you don’t need it don’t buy it. Big ticket idem’s that’s a Wall Street term like cars, stoves, stuff don’t buy it and let them know that is what you are doing. Turn up the air don’t use juice unless you need it. Only buy basic food no meat the basic tuff. It’s kind of better for you anyway. Shut them down sort of. Well we do that anyway don’t we? We just need to do more of it. Hard yes but to not do it hard is the wrong word. The crap we buy in the States where does it come from well the Earth and slaves that will live just as good or better if we don’t buy the stuff.

    While many of the environmental impacts of humankind closely map demographic indicators, this leaves out one vital component: consumption. The per-capita consumption of key natural resources varies hugely around the world. Typically, but not universally, the citizens of rich industrialized nations use more of the world’s resources and produce more waste. Sometimes they thereby deplete their own environments; sometimes other people’s.

    For many resources, the United States of America is the world’s largest consumer in absolute terms. For a list of 20 major traded commodities, it takes the greatest share of 11 of them: corn, coffee, copper, lead, zinc, tin, aluminum, rubber, oil seeds, oil and natural gas. For many more it is the largest per-capita consumer.

    Sometimes other people’s. No sometimes about it. Excuse me how much to you weigh only 310 pounds, cool. How many cars do you have wow you must have made a lot of money doing late night TV. Do you really need all those? How many bed rooms in that house 25 cool. The way we live in the States is nut’s and how is it all working out? You tell me. The amount of water and resources on just golf courses is mind boggling and lawns same. I know un American keep your mouth shut or else. Let’s see how California is doing by September and in say just three more years. The people who need to keep there mouth shut is so called leaders who’s ideas seem to be old ideas that got us here and there plan is keep us there with them as we all go down the drain in slow motion and we are finding out now not so slow. Keep your mouth shut am I in trouble now well I think we are all in a little trouble. Men in black I still think shorts and Hawaiian shirts used shorts and shirts from a second hand store. Our military in the States what shape are they in? Just one more tour I promise. Here take these pills call me in a week.

  11. Don Hawkins said on June 20th, 2009 at 9:34am #

    It looks like I made a mistake not millions in Iran doing the protests only thousands still only hundreds in the States and most protests for lower tax’s. Isn’t that so American. To solve the problems we all face lower or higher tax’s is not really the problem a few harder choices than that.

  12. Don Hawkins said on June 20th, 2009 at 11:06am #

    If we keep on with business as usual, the Earth will be warmed more every year; drought and floods will be endemic; many more cities, provinces, and whole nations will be submerged beneath the waves – unless heroic worldwide engineering countermeasures are taken. In the longer run, still more dire consequences may follow, including the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and the inundation of almost all the costal cities on the planet. Carl Sagan

    Carl Sagan died in 1996 and to know then earlier about West Antarctic ice sheet was very clear thinking indeed.

  13. Suthiano said on June 21st, 2009 at 2:23pm #

    Mousavi: People are entitled to protest fraud and lies (http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1245184890769&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull)

    Mousavi defends ‘right’ to protest, after 17 die in Iran (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1094502.html)

    If only the Pentagon agreed that Americans have the same rights!

  14. Happeh said on June 22nd, 2009 at 7:51am #

    This has all been planned out for years, and is taking place in all western countries. When the “terrorist” laws were passed they were specifically written to apply to animal rights activists and environmental activists.

    The police are being given “terrorist” training when there are no terrorists. Quite naturally, the police use those “terrorist” tactics on whoever they can get their hands on. You and me and the other citizens that pay their salary.

    In Britain there is video of 4 or 5 male policeman tying up middle aged women like they were terrorists for taking a picture of the police. Seriously. The lady took a picture of a policeman and 3 or 4 of them jumped her.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jun/21/kingsnorth-protester-arrests-video-complaint

    How can police justify trussing up middle aged women like turkeys, then physically assaulting them? There is no justification.

    The police know they can use their “terrorist” training on anyone and get away with it. This video is titled in the newspaper as if the newspaper is reporting an outrage.

    I personally think the paper is showing the video as a sanctioned government warning to people about what will happen to them if they decide to protest the economy or politics or anything else.

  15. davidS said on June 27th, 2009 at 7:04pm #

    “the paper is showing the video as a sanctioned gov’t warning…
    …about what will happen to them if…

    I’ve been thinking the same thing for years now, whenever I see a “reality” police show, Cops, etc. Your rights? What rights? (!).
    Watching all of the fast-proliferating prison documentaries gives the same message.
    What’s next? Reality shows documenting entire families being hauled off and tortured for mis-deeds of the siblings? More of the “pirate” cell-phone camera documenteries of Saddam and etc. being hanged by Uncle Sham?