From The Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
As we transit towards a new year let’s take an honest and candid look at present day AmeriKKKa, a look not through the prism of the corporate mind control apparatus but from ground level USA. The economic fabric of this country is unraveling to the detriment of the masses yet the less than one per cent who own most of the wealth of this country are feeling little or no pain. The elites are revving up their assault on our human and civil rights as they plunder the economy, steal our wealth, wage unrelenting war around the world and dare anyone to point out their criminality, hubris and barbarism. The following stories are from various media sources that have not received play in the US corporate media. They stories reveal just how precarious this country’s future is as it devolves ever deeper into a banana republic fascist police state. It’s time to wake up and face the reality about the real America and it is not pretty.
“The US Senate voted Thursday night to approve a military funding bill that codifies into law the criminal state practices begun under Bush—and continued under Obama—in the name of the ‘global war on terror.’ It explicitly authorizes the military’s indefinite detention without trial of American citizens and mandates that all non-citizens charged as terrorists—including those arrested on US soil—be detained indefinitely by the military rather than brought to trial in a civilian court. The legislation was part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which provides $662 billion to finance the US military machine and its multiple wars abroad. The act passed the Democratic-controlled body by an overwhelming margin of 93 to 7, underscoring once again that there exists no serious constituency for the defense of democratic rights within any section of the American ruling elite or its two big business parties.
Thrown out by this legislation is the right guaranteed under the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution for all those accused of a criminal offense to a “speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury,” and the core provision of the Fifth Amendment declaring that no person shall be deprived of liberty “without due process of law.” It legalizes the abrogation in practice over the past decade of the bedrock principle of habeas corpus, which requires that the state bring a detained individual before an independent court and show just cause for imprisonment. The bill also bars the use of any funds authorized for the Pentagon to shut down the infamous prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and restricts the release of anyone currently detained there. It thus permanently enshrines within US law an institution that has turned the United States into a pariah nation around the globe.” http://wsws.org/articles/2011/dec2011/pers-d03.shtml
“US citizens of all political persuasions are still reeling from images of unparallelled police brutality in a coordinated crackdown against peaceful OWS protesters in cities across the nation this past week. An elderly woman was pepper-sprayed in the face; the scene of unresisting, supine students at UC Davis being pepper-sprayed by phalanxes of riot police went viral online; images proliferated of young women – targeted seemingly for their gender – screaming, dragged by the hair by police in riot gear; and the pictures of a young man, stunned and bleeding profusely from the head, emerged in the record of the middle-of-the-night clearing of Zuccotti Park. But just when Americans thought we had the picture – was this crazy police and mayoral overkill, on a municipal level, in many different cities? – the picture darkened. The National Union of Journalists issued a Freedom of Information Act request to investigate possible federal involvement with law enforcement practices that appeared to target journalists. The New York Times reported that ‘New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers’ covering protests. Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding. Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that ‘It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.’” Naomi Wolf The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy The violent police assaults across the US are no coincidence. Occupy has touched the third rail of our political class's venality www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/25/shocking-tr...
“Banks are on track to seize over one million homes this year. Nearly as many homes were seized last year and the year before. In coming months the number of bank seizures is expected to rise. In this storm of repossessions, thousands of Americans have been wronged -- it's inevitable. And some of these stories are really horrible. These foreclosure horror stories don't mean much alone, but together they could possibly cause a more significant political reaction to foreclosure-gate than we've seen so far.” http://www.businessinsider.com/foreclosure-horror-stories-2010-11
“How did we allow our law enforcement apparatus to descend into militaristic chaos? Traditionally, the role of civilian police has been to maintain the peace and safety of the community while upholding the civil liberties of residents in their respective jurisdiction. In stark contrast, the military soldier is an agent of war, trained to kill the enemy. Clearly, the mission of the police officer is incompatible with that of a soldier, so why is it that local police departments are looking more and more like paramilitary units in a combat zone? The line between military and civilian law enforcement has been drawn for good reason, but following the drug war and more recently, the war on terror, that line is inconspicuously eroding, a trend that appears to be worsening by the decade. The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 is a civil war-era law that prohibits the use of the military for domestic law enforcement. For a long time, Posse Comitatus was considered the law of the land, forcing militarization advocates to come up with creative ways to get around it. In addition to assigning various law enforcement duties to the military, such as immigration control, over the years Congress has instituted policies that encourage law enforcement to emulate combat soldiers. Hence, the establishment of the SWAT team in the 1960s.” Why Do the Police Have Tanks? The Strange and Dangerous Militarization of the US Police Force The federal government has supplied local police departments with military uniforms, weaponry, vehicles, and training.” http://www.alternet.org/story/151528/why_do_the_police_have_tanks_t...
If we don’t wake up, rise up and confront the growing Nazification of America, things will become increasingly more oppressive. The Occupy Wall Street movement is just the beginning. Tactics like the recent Oakland California Port strike in conjunction with the OWS only on a nation wide basis coupled with popular boycotts, massive strikes and demonstrations like we’re seeing in Europe are the only way we can win. The Montgomery Bus boycott in the ‘50's demonstrated that a cohesive and coordinated effort will bring the plutocrats to their knees. Martin Luther King Jr. used the tactics of Gandhi based on the philosophy of Thoreau to break the back of US social, political apartheid. He was planning to use the same tactics to address the war and classism which is why he was murdered. Maybe its time to revive the movement.