Where Is This Flat Earth? A Question for Flat Earthers.
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cultures into the deep recesses of the very spiritual/religious leanings that humans have used to feel sanctified and above reproach.
and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. According to the story, Cain killed Abel and was exiled. Where did he go and if there was only Adam and Eve, surely he died of loneliness, but I digress.
The Occult Cult of Celebrity and the Erosion of the Self.
The cult of celebrity is no different from the multifarious ancient cults of Gods, goddesses and mortals mixed up, often with fatal results, in the general spiritual hierarchy of the ancient world. http://www.truthspoon.com/2015/09/the-occult-cult-of-celebrity-and.html
Remember, Abraham who was told by his God to sacrifice his son to prove his faithfulness? That was not unusual for that to happen. Human sacrifice was not rare. They say Yeshuwa was the last “human sacrifice” and yet people eat his body and drink his blood, every Sunday. Think about that.
NB Commentary: By now it is clear that the so called 1st Amendment is in grave jeopardy. Not like it wasn’t before but it has become blatantly apparent that it is seriously going down hill a thousand miles an hour.
With the President weighing in on the threat of “Fake News” sites being an affront to Democracy, these wondrous outlets are browning their noses to keep in the good favors of the establishment while corporate media loses its grip on mass consumption. Day by day, little by little, sites are going down, one by one. And we thought the UN take over of the Internet was bad. We never guessed, or did we, that our favorite social media sites would turn us over to the Big Guys and shut us down.
As we all know, The New York Times is liberal propane a tool and today’s article calling VC’s article “fake news” is a perfect example of how the perverse elite network of child pedos will present a united front to discredit any effort that blows the whistle and publicizes their debauchary. This is what the owner of Comet Ping Pong meant when he arrogantly stated he wasn’t worried about anything because he has “community support” and is protected from the blowback. They have created this new topic “fake news” and included all real whistle blower efforts under this moniker to fool the masses who are still asleep. But those of us who are Awake know there is nothing fake about the numerous missing children and testimonies and allegations of children who say they have been mercilessly exploited by a network of powerful military, government, celebrity and wealthy elites.
Mary Todd Killed Lincoln– by Brian David Andersen –(Posted here by Wes Penre, Dec 17, 2004, Revised Dec 26, 2005)
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 03:25:23 AM
* * *Would anyone (especially a man in the 1860s) in their right mind try to kill the President of the United states with a one shot small pistol normally carried by a woman? Six shooter revolvers existed in the 1860s and if one were to plot to kill a President, one would logically have more than one bullet in the barrel.
Mary Todd Lincoln, like many women in Washington during the American Civil War carried a derringer….But Mary Todd also owned a derringer with a white pearl handle(1)….that fact is in the National Archives. And she waved, flashed and flaunted her pearly pop gun often on the streets of Washington D.C. and The White House.
Lincoln was shot on the left side of his head and Mary Todd was left handed. Mary Todd was barred from attending the funeral and two armed guards made sure she did not leave her room for 10 days after the shooting ….that fact is in the National Archives.
Mary Todd Lincoln was denied the normal customary widowers pension three times by the U.S. Congress (Today the pension is automatic).
Mary Todd like so many high society persons in Washington D.C. during the 1860s was an opium
addict… that fact is in the Library of Congress. Her drug supplier also was a part time actor who doubled for the real full time actor John Wilkes Booth when he had multiple appearances on the same day in two different cities.
Abraham had the Treasury Department print money and that really pissed-off the Rothschilds and others because they did not want any competition with money they printed via their private company called the Federal Reserve Bank(2). Lincoln had to go because he betrayed his “family” but the plot was to discredit him by revealing that he had an affair with a Hapsburg illegitimate offspring and the royal sex resulted in two children.
The part time actor (Mary’s catnip boy) was sent to Ford’s theater to inform the President that an important message was waiting for him at the War Department. The plot then was to knock-out Abe and smuggle him (An empty carriage was found at the back of Ford’s Theater the night of the shooting) onto a sea vessel, drug him for several day and return him to Washington in a daze as the press zeroed in on the drugged President, the facts and pictures (there are many) of his illegitimate family would be released. The President would have to resign and Mary Todd was part of this plot.
However Stanton and the Rothschilds underestimated the revenge of a delirious First Lady strung-out on opium who has just discovered that her hubby had popped a secret, illegal yet “royal” family. Now Mary Todd was also going to do some popping.
As the part time imposter actor opened the door to the suite at Ford’s Theater to summon the President, he was shocked and horrified to see Mary Todd pointing and firing her woman’s derringer into her husband’s head. The imposter actor panicked because he knew his buddies downstairs would blame him for shooting the President and that was not the game plan at all or he was setup as the fall guy / patsy from the beginning. Either way going back downstairs was not a good idea so the drug pusher jumped from the Presidential box seats into the third act of the play at Ford’s Theater and broke his leg.
The term “Break a leg” used in the theater comes from “Booth’s” (the fake one) flying leap into the third act of “Our American Cousin” performed at Fords Theater on April 14, 1865.
The real John Wilkes Booth had no choice but to escape on the first ship to India because his career and reputation were blasted away by a junkie and her wacked out and desperate supplier claiming to be Booth. The fake Booth escaped to Grandbury Texas and did some acting but his alcoholism and blabbering mouth resulted in his murder by arsenic poisoning in Enid, Oklahoma.
Many people from the North and South wanted the fake Booth to be silent one way or another and
a former high ranking confederate officer who was in charge of disrupting union payroll lines ended the charade. The fake Booth’s intensely pickled body was grotesquely displayed as the remains of the real Booth in towns and hamlets in the Midwest and Western states for 18 months after he was force fed the lethal cocktail in the spring of 1911. In the continuing bizarre chain of events, there exists today a certified sworn affidavit from a cousin of Abraham Lincoln that he was present at the poisoning of the fake Booth.
Spin control of reality and perception was critical for the powers that be and the first move Stanton made according several documents in Washington D.C. libraries was to commit the two persons that accompanied the Lincolns to the theater the evening of the murder to a mental institution within 30 days of the shooting. Major Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris were released from the booby hatch sometime in 1867. What happened to these pivotal eye witnesses while they were locked up in the asylums? Later the two witness married and the Major murdered his wife. Were both of these persons totally sane when they entered the institutions but purposely driven mad because they knew too much?
Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abe and Mary knew most of the facts of his fathers’s affair, half sisters and mother’s drug and murdering ways but used his knowledge and his silence to secure a cushy job as the President of Pullman Railroad Cars. Stanton, the Rothschilds, and the Paysurers [sic. Correct spelling: Payseurs, Wes Penre] made sure Robert Todd was fat, sassy, had plenty of cash to burn in his favorite elite gambling halls and whore houses but most of all he was totally quiet to his grave. Over the years Robert Todd did everything he could to destroy evidence related to his sordid family history but he could not destroy all the facts and evidence….
While growing up in Illinois in the 1920s and 30s Mary Alice Kemery looked at a large picture with a glass bubble of Abraham Lincoln in her grandparents and then later in her parents homes. One day she requested that the picture on the wall be investigated by historians and to her and her family’s shock they discovered the picture was a prized missing and authentic lithograph signed by Lincoln on the back of the photo. How did this prized picture worth over a million dollars get into her family home? Mary’s father ask his grandmother Emma when he was a child where the photo came from and her reply was “let sleeping dogs lie” and then would often cry after making that statement. Emma cried because the picture was the only connection she had to her father Abraham Lincoln. Her mother disappeared shortly after she and her twin sister were born.
After discovering the photo on her family’s wall was an authentic piece of Lincoln history, Mary Alice Kemery began a 35 year investigation into her family’s history, Lincoln and the assassination. All the aforementioned facts about Mary Todd and others were discovered by Mary Alice in the National Archives and other libraries in the Washington D.C. area and Illinois during the past 35 years. Ray Neff (mentioned in another Conspiracy Nation segment on Lincoln) can confirm the life and time of Mary Alice Kemery and she is also known as the late, great and popular astrologer Linda Goodman a very dear and personal friend of mine.
I met Ray Neff on several occasions with Linda (Mary Alice) but Ray is too narrow minded and scared to see and absorb the large scope of Lincoln’s real life and death. Many persons (like Brian Redman and Ray Neff) are too fearful to recognize and acknowledge that their hero and icon named Lincoln was human and had sexual and love desires like any normal man and followed through with those needs that resulted in a second family. Abraham Lincoln was a normal mortal human being with talents and faults. Honest Abe was not a god or a superman… (and the reader’s perception hopefully begins to tilt and sway towards reality and move permanently away from the illusion and fiction created by the powers that be, time and hero worship by the masses of comic book like characters fashioned by writers and historians,,,)
The following is a combination of facts gathered by Linda (Mary Alice), I and others over the years. One could hire the best fiction writers in the world to make up a story but they could not invent a scenario more bazaar than the Lincoln Saga. Reality is much more fascinating, interesting and thorough than the limited imaginations and creations of the very best fiction writers.
The person born Abraham who became President of the United States did not have a last name at birth because his mother would not identify the father. The family of Abraham named him after the town he was born in or they named him after the town where his family was from Lincolnton, North Carolina (the Kentucky version of Lincoln’s birth is a spin control fabricated by wishful thinking biographers). Lincolton is a small town located near a branch operation of the Bank of England known as the Federal Reserve Bank that is privately owned and operated to this day in Charlotte, North Carolina. (This bank has no automated teller machines gee, how come?) At that time royalty from Europe and the Rothschilds had family members living in the area around Lincolnton to operate and manage the privately owned Federal Reserve Bank. Abraham’s mother was a maid and nanny. Was Abraham an illegitimate offspring of European royalty or the Rothschilds? The facts and evidence indicate his royal illegitimate birth.
To end the bloody hostilities, the founding fathers (most of them Masons) of the United States agreed to the “temporary” installation of a branch institution of the Bank Of England in 1791 so the United States could repay England (the Rothschild family) for debts occurred during the Revolutionary War. This secret institution was given a 20 year charter and called the United States Constitutional Bank. To make sure this debt was paid the Bank of England established their branch in the most important area of the United States – Charlotte, North Carolina!! Charlotte, North, Carolina???? Yes Charlotte, North Carolina. Why Charlotte????
Today American history, geography and geology books omit one key and crucial tidbit of information – The world’s largest gold deposits in the late 18th century were around the town of Charlotte, North Carolina. English Royalty the Rothschilds and other controlled the gold and the bank that laundered the income from the mines. The Masonic Brothers of the United States gave their Masonic Brothers of England “temporary” control of the gold and the money laundering bank to pay back the war debt and end the bloodbath of the Revolutionary War. And remember the Golden Rule – he who has the gold makes the rules. And he who has the gold can mold the public perception of realty.
When the charter for the branch bank expired, Thomas Jefferson (not a Mason) had enough votes in Congress to block and deny the extension of the agreement with the Bank of England in 1811. In 1812 the Rothschilds sent troops that cut right through American defenses like a hot knife through warm butter and flawlessly burned Washington D.C. as if the Capitol were a summer campfire for marsh mellows and hot dogs.
Thomas Jefferson was given two choices:
1. Have his new country burned, crushed and tortured back into colony status. By this time the British were crudely adept at managing concentration camps (they taught the German Nazis) and Jefferson was acutely aware of the whip, rack and stockade capabilities of his enemy.
2. Remain “sovereign” (no more barbeques or skewers of the nation’s capitol) but renew the charter for the United States Constitutional Bank for 50 years.
During the war of 1812 many Americans had visually witnessed the burning of their capitol but one year later all Americans were fried and very few United States citizens knew they had been roasted on a golden platter. – In 1813 the bank charter was renewed by the U.S. Congress for 50 years and the financial institution was quietly and privately renamed the Federal Reserve Bank.
Andrew Jackson tried to cancel the bank charter when he was elected President but his term in office was short and “shameful”. However, America was eventually allowed to store some of the gold from the Charlotte area in Ft. Knox. Have any elementary school children or history Ph.D candidates in the past 50 years ever questioned where the gold in Ft Knox was originally mined 20 to 50 years before the gold rushes in Colorado and California?
As the renewal of the bank charter approached, most of the Northern politicians desired to extend the charter while most Southern politicians opposed the existence of the Federal Reserve Bank. The bank issue was one of the secret major causes of the American Civil War yet the charter prevailed when an extension was granted in 1865 – only the Northern Politicians voted on the extension because the Southern politicians were involved in the crash of the Confederacy – very convenient for the Rothschilds and English royalty. After 1865 the charter bank was publicly called The Federal Reserve Bank but privately owned and operated by the Rothschilds , the Bank Of England and the British royal family.
The fast and steady rule over the centuries is that only royalty can have sex with royalty. However, most if not all of the illegitimate children of royalty and their decedents are watched over and taken care of no matter what race, nationality, religion or any level of intelligence including Colin Powell a decedent of King George II whose family is from Jamaica. Dan Quayle (he is the classic example of any intelligence level) and George Bush are also decedents of King George II. Hilary Clinton is related to the Melons whose ancestors are English royalty.
After finishing law school Lincoln became a circuit lawyer and during his travels he was encouraged to meet and have a relationship with an illegitimate child of King Leopold of Habsburg named “Elizabeth”. Remember, only royalty has sex with royalty and the affair between LiZ and Abe was supported by both of their real yet secret families. The birth of twin daughters was the result of the long term affair that took place while Abe was traveling on horse back as a circuit lawyer and Mary Todd had no awareness of her husband’s royal sexual/ personal intercourses and family. Anyone married to Mary Todd would welcome some extra nookie especially if it was free.
Lincoln was a virtual nobody before the Republican Convention of 1860 and all of sudden he became a very important person. American history is full of unknown private citizens all of a sudden becoming persons of power and wealth. Rockefeller, Morgan, Carnegie, Vanderbilt were all unknowns who had instant fame and fortune overnight. All of the aforementioned persons started out as Trustees (bag men) of money accounts for European royalty and the Rothschilds. They were not CEOs of any important corporations at the beginnings of their instant successful careers. But the sinister and cruel joke of these English royal court jester bag men was (and has been and still is) on the American Public. Lincoln was suppose to be a weak puppet bag man of the powers that be because of his ties to royalty but he surprised everyone with his desire to lead America to a new level of independence.
The Trustee bag men insured that the private owners of the Federal Reserve Bank could operate public utility companies, corporations, universities, foundations and other institutions under the rat maze / smoke screen cloak of trusts – a continuing shell and con game set up to confuse, befuddle and impress politicians and the public. However the key industry the Federal Reserve Bank and the Trustee Bag Men immediately controlled was all aspects related to railroads. And Lincoln walked and was elected into this buzz saw of lethal high stakes financial intrigue and deadly international funny money operations. But not even his royal family ties could protect him when he challenged the will and desires of the private owners of the Federal Reserve Bank.
Lincoln is a hero because he tried to set the United States of America on a new course of fiscal responsibility by having the Treasury Department print money. He also rejected “loans” from the Bank of England to the Union at ridiculous interest rates. Why should have the Union utilized and been dependent upon money printed by the Federal Reserve Bank located in the Confederate state of North Carolina or loans from a foreign bank? He placed the survival of the United States of America above, beyond and over his secret royal family ties – and that indirectly cost him his life. But our school children are only told the fantasy of “Honest Abe” and not the reality of his true patriotism, courage, honor and sacrifice.
The twin daughters were about eight years old when Abe became President He was having friends take care of the daughters because Elizabeth was too distraught about the shame of having children without a marriage and she departed for Europe soon after the births.
Lincoln never supported his mistress and illegitimate daughters in the same manner as European royalty supports their bastards and that really ticked-off the Hapsburgs. In the National Archives are documents that detail an incident that occurred at a White House dinner in 1861. A Prince from Hapsburg walked up to Lincoln before the food was served and slapped Ol’ Honest Abe three times with a white glove. This dramatic action was a challenge for a pistol duel but the President of The United States only lowered his head in shame as he walked out of the room and did not return to the dinner.
Also in the National Archives is a letter from a school child to Lincoln asking him how many children Abe had. In the last sentence of his reply note to the child Lincoln stated “I regret to inform you that I cannot recognize that I have any twin daughters.” And a drug addicted, distraught, insane and rootin – tootin and shootin Mary Todd Lincoln made her husband, his illegitimate daughters and the American public more regretful and sorrowful than anyone could ever imagine…..
There is a second part to the saga. Lincoln arranged for one of his daughters to be raised by an old law school buddy who was from a wealthy cotton plantation family in South Carolina His name was Felix Turner Hughes. However Felix died shortly after Lincoln’s daughter arrived and a relative took over the plantation and his name was Felix Monroe Hughes. Felix Monroe raped and impregnated the daughter of Lincoln and she named the child ……88 (what is the eighth letter in the alphabet). AND 88’s LIFE AND CHILDREN ARE A PIVOTAL CORNERSTONE OF AMERICAN HISTORY……
STORY THAT LATIN AMERICAN NEW SOURCES ARE SPREADING. CAN IT BE TRUSTED?
Alfredo Darrington Bowman also known as the world famous Dr. Sebi the man who cures cancer and aids along with many other diseases was detained after a flight from California that landed at the Juan Manuel Galvez de Roatan Airport on May 28, 2016 under charges of money laundering. Dr. Sebi and his associate Pablo Medina Gamboa were apprehended carrying a total of $50,000 in cash. $20,000 on Dr. Sebi and $30,000 on Gamboa. They were attempting to board a private plane headed to another location in Honduras. He was detained and then released for a pending court appearance that would later take place on June 3, 2016.
After his court hearing on June 3, 2016 Dr. Sebi was detained under the charges of money laundering by the Public Ministerio. On an unconfirmed date and time between June 3rd and the August 6th Dr. Sebi reported severe health conditions during incarceration related to pneumonia. In critical health condition he was rushed to the Vicente D’antoni Hospital but died in transit. Before this event his brother Garden Bowman reported that Dr. Sebi had experienced health complications from pneumonia and was prescribed medication by the hospital. His exact conditions of death and any evidence of foul play is still unknown and under investigation. He was received at the hospital by Dr. Edwin Interiano.
Dr. Sebi died at 82 and is survived by 17 children, he was a inspiration to many and will be intensely missed by people all over the world impacted by his holistic approach to wellness.
AMERICAN FREE PRESS contacted the State College [Pa.] Police Department this morning for any news on the suicide of Victor Thorn, whose birth name was Scott Robert Makufka.
AFP asked the policeman who answered the phone if the department could provide any updates.
“There was something that occurred on Monday morning, but I don’t know if we’ve released any identities or any details about it at this time.”
AFP asked if he knew when the release might happen.
“I don’t. I don’t know what the status of the investigation is. I have not seen the detective that’s in charge of that today yet. They’ll release it as soon as they can. I don’t know what the holdup is or the details are at this point.”
Please visit “2016 Police Media Releases” to access the most current releases.
The releases “usually get picked up pretty quickly by Centre Daily Times, and statecollege.com, and some of the other media outlets,” he told AFP.
After reading my complaint about their video, they left this message and removed the video.“New World Agenda commented on a video on YouTube. Shared publicly – Yesterday 1:11 AM 2016-07-24 I’m sorry Nana. Never would I want to offend people (or get things wrong). I pulled the podcast. It would be best to have someone of your knowledge and experience to be on the show to give us the much needed information. We try our best… sometimes it’s difficult to interpret what is going on in the black communities. Thanks for taking the time to explain. All the best!”
Okay, I listened to your pod-cast up until you got to 1:02:30 Mark when you started to talk about the New Black Panthers.
Spoon feed them technology so that they never discover the hidden hand but keep the banter going back and forth about the nature and/or origin of “the hidden.” hand. (Truman Show). Whenever they get too crazy, “come down” and dismantle their nuclear arsenals; blow a few volcanoes, throw in a tsunami, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. just to keep them scared shitless and to get them to comply. Keep them focused on the last days, death and the hereafter. ( I always thought the term “come down” was interesting. Why do humans say “God” “Angels” or “Aliens” come down?????)
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Saturday, December 20th, was a big day for movement news. While Minnesota’s Mall of America protest had people occupying space in the US’s largest mall to demand an end to police violence, half way across the country in Brooklyn, two police officers were shot and killed by a young black man who had ostensibly posted on social media before the shootings about his intention to “put wings on pigs”, citing revenge for the deaths of Brown and Garner as motive. The accused shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, shot himself dead on a nearby subway platform after shooting the officers. As of Sunday afternoon, there is little information and much speculation about the accused murderer’s life (including that the murders were part of a counter-intelligence plot to discredit the movement and justify extreme force). Much is uncertain, but it’s certain that the NYPD is already using this to suppress protest, repress entire communities, and further foment divisive public relations–especially with NYC Mayor deBlasio. How can recent police union behavior and statements be considered anything but a naked admission of a police force’s own extra-legal/ paramilitary ambitions?
At this writing we do know a few things for certain: the corporate state’s policing apparatus will do everything in its power to use this event as a further call to arms against protesting U.S. residents and communities of color. They will attempt not only to discredit a growing direct action-based movement, but also to aggressively attack protest groups and individuals they have been trying to get their hands on anyway. If Ismaaiyl Brinsley had been arrested and charged with the killing of two police officers in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, clearly the anti-policing movement would be having very different debates and discussions. Now, in his death, many people righteously struggle to contextualize his motives or opportunistically use his actions for their own political reasons.
Not that probing Brinsley’s motives is entirely irrelevant–he shot a woman, possibly an ex-girlfriend, before the officers, for example– but the movement can hurt itself by participating in the posthumous quasi-legalistic media charade of “nailing down” his motives or state of mind. (This activity already inculcates participants in the state’s judgmental logic of condemnation/ exoneration–echoing media character assassinations of murder by police victims like Brown and Martin.) What if he was acting in concert with counter-intelligence forces? What if Mao’s little red book was in Brinsley’s pocket? What if he was an active member of a local Cop Watch group? What if he was a well-known local homeless man struggling with mental illness and addiction?
Initial activist reactions offer a range of responses: some grapple with the delicate issue of expressing compassion about the shooter’s life, death, and family; some timidly, or not so timidly, tiptoe around self-defense concepts and a deep understanding of the extreme nature of “revolutionary suicide”; some routinely denounce Brinsley’s actions–acting as guardians of the “real non-violent movement” against “unstable violent outsiders”; some have decided that was a police action he got entangled in. Then there’s those (new to the issue white activists, I am talking to you) who may have been active and supportive of the anti-police brutality movement, but will use this as an excuse to pull back. (Controversial events function as a movement’s filtering process, losing people who are too challenged to keep fighting and were just waiting for a chance to fold anyway.)
If there’s anything I am reminded of by this event, it’s the power of social movements, and anti-racist struggles in particular. For me, there is a connection between the cop murders and the movement. Before you jump down my throat insisting that I am “feeding the cops’ ideology” by saying this–hear me out, please, and don’t take my statements out of context. Since the drug war and mass incarceration/ deportation practices, many black and brown lives have been destroyed. You don’t have to be a front lines long term activist to have strong opinions about policing and institutional racism in America, and feel hopeless in the face of it, too. Frustration and anger is woven into the everyday fabric of people’s lives, and this includes individual consciousness, rhetoric, and self-understanding. Add to this an endless flow of social media, news commentary, and live feeds of protests and demonstrations all over the U.S. Some people may not be able to attend protests for various reasons (work, childcare, transportation, not living close to one, or a shy demeanor) but social media offers a strong way to feel emotionally connected to events since Ferguson began.
This access and ability to connect is both reason for the movement’s effectiveness and a reason to prepare for more controversial actions taken up by individuals in the name of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, or against violent police generally. (And then there’s always police counterinsurgency activities…) In a large, multifaceted, international movement such that the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!/ anti-policing movement has become, no one can ultimately judge who’s a protestor or a non-protestor, who cares or doesn’t care, about “the issues”. (Who has an authentic political consciousness gauge and where can I get one?) We can only state if we support certain actions as part of strategies our organizations or ideologies endorse.
I believe, from what I understand about Brinsley’s biographical facts and his presumed state of mind before the murders, he understood himself as a target of racist policing. Go figure: young, black, and male in the U.S. A. But, As Dr. Johanna Fernandez wrote in CounterPunch, he could have also been acting in concert with authorities to execute a state plot to discredit the movement. We will never know the facts here, and it shouldn’t deflect from our understanding of institutionalized racism, anyway.
Whether or not Brinsley acted alone or in concert with the state, his life had a truly tragic end. If we admit understanding or empathy with people espousing extreme tactics — even cop murder — to express oppositional feelings, are we only throwing the police state, and its rabid NYPD, another reason for street level preemptive attack? (As if it ever needed a reason. We’ve clearly seen over the decades, if the state doesn’t have a reason to justify aggression it’ll make one up.) What about attempts to understand how social pressures like racist policing and mass incarceration damage people–like Ismaaiyl Brinsley? If we deny a careful consideration of the incalculable impacts movements can have, which include tapping into very real frustrations/ psychological dynamics leading individuals to act alone or as police agents, we sacrifice any potential unity than can be derived in a process of self-reflection and greater political awareness. Collective analysis may not lead to the unity of a shared position, but it could lead to an “agree to disagree” unity or a commitment to explore unpopular perspectives. Something beyond simple condemnation or exultation is called for here.
It’s a daunting situation and the corporate state wins again if we play into the terms of engagement it always sets by the very nature of its power. If Ismaaiyl Brinsley had survived and faced his accusers in court, we would see the movement split around “just” court procedures and outcomes. Some would want him evaluated to qualify for mental health rehabilitation services, some would want him routinely punished, and some would call for his freedom, with an understanding his actions were committed under extreme duress due to the pernicious police state apparatus (a kind of “black rage” defense– if you will.) From the looks of his social media posts, he knew he was probably going to die Saturday.
I shudder to think about what the state would do to Brinsley, and how the movement would split around his “just” punishment and desirable “rehabilitation.” (How are we going to rehabilitate psychotic racist police? Any ideas?) We would have to painfully endure a real trial of the Left’s anti-policing/ abolitionist positions. Instead, we are left to grapple with three dead bodies, many unanswered questions, and a big question mark about our ability to buoy the turbulence of building and sustaining a mass movement, focused specifically on the deep and festering wound of racist police violence, in the age of social media activism.
On Tuesday police Commissioner William Bratton said Ismaaiyl was carrying $100 bills in his pocket.
But he had no job or home.The Yeshiva World reported:
If we are going to posthumously speculate on Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s life, dare I suggest we use the very commitment to institutional analysis and human compassion that has served as a foundation of the Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!/ anti-policing movement–and previous anti-racist movements– since its inception? As the saying goes, let’s “keep our eyes on the prize.”
Michelle Renee Matisons, Ph.D. has written for Counterpunch, Black Agenda Report, Z Magazine, Mint News Press, the NJ Decarcerator, Rethinking Schools, Alternet, and other publications. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John W. Whitehead
If you dress police officers up as soldiers and you put them in military vehicles and you give them military weapons, they adopt a warrior mentality. We fight wars against enemies, and the enemies are the people who live in our cities — particularly in communities of color. — Thomas Nolan, criminology professor and former police officer.
Ferguson matters because it provides us with a foretaste of what is to come. It is the shot across the bow, so to speak, a warning that this is how we will all be treated if we do not tread cautiously in challenging the police state, and it won’t matter whether we’re black or white, rich or poor, Republican or Democrat. In the eyes of the corporate state, we are all the enemy.
This is the lesson of Ferguson.
Remember that in the wake of the shooting, Ferguson police officers clad in body armor, their faces covered with masks, equipped with assault rifles and snipers and riding armored vehicles, showed up in force to deal with protesters. Describing that show of force by police in Ferguson, Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat of Missouri, stated, “This was a military force, and they were facing down an enemy.”
Yes, we are the enemy. As I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, since those first towers fell on 9/11, the American people have been treated like enemy combatants, to be spied on, tracked, scanned, frisked, searched, subjected to all manner of intrusions, intimidated, invaded, raided, manhandled, censored, silenced, shot at, locked up, and denied due process.
There was a moment of hope after Ferguson that perhaps things might change. Perhaps the balance would be restored between the citizenry and their supposed guardians, the police. Perhaps our elected officials would take our side for a change and oppose the militarization of the police. Perhaps warfare would take a backseat to more pressing national concerns.
That hope was short-lived.
It wasn’t long before the media moved on to other, more titillating stories. The disappearance of a University of Virginia college student and the search for her alleged abductor, the weeks-long man-hunt for an accused cop killer, the Republican electoral upset, a Rolling Stone expose on gang rapes at fraternity parties, Obama’s immigration amnesty plan, and the rape charges against Bill Cosby are just a few of the stories that have dominated the news cycle since the Ferguson standoff between police and protesters.
It wasn’t long before the American public, easily acclimated to news of government wrongdoing (case in point: the national yawn over the NSA’s ongoing domestic surveillance), ceased to be shocked, outraged or alarmed by reports of police shootings. In fact, the issue was nowhere to be found in this year’s run-up to Election Day, which was largely devoid of any pressing matters of national concern.
And with nary a hiccup, the police state marched steadily forth. In fact, aided and abetted by the citizenry’s short attention span, its easily distracted nature, and its desensitization to anything that occupies the news cycle for too long, it has been business as usual in terms of police shootings, the amassing of military weapons, and the government’s sanctioning of police misconduct. Most recently, Ohio police shot and killed a 12-year-old boy who was seen waving a toy gun at a playground.
Rubbing salt in our wounds, in the wake of Ferguson, police agencies not only continued to ramp up their military arsenals but have used them whenever possible. In fact, in anticipation of the grand jury’s ruling, St. Louis police actually purchased more equipment for its officers, including “civil disobedience equipment.”
Just a few weeks after the Ferguson showdown, law enforcement agencies took part in an $11 million manhunt in Pennsylvania for alleged cop killer Eric Frein. Without batting an eye, the news media switched from outraged “shock” over the military arsenal employed by police in Ferguson to respectful “awe” of the 48-day operation that cost taxpayers $1.4 million per week in order to carry out a round-the-clock dragnet search of an area with a 5-mile-radius.
The Frein operation brought together 1,000 officers from local, state and federal law enforcement, as well as SWAT teams and cutting edge military equipment (high-powered rifles, body armor, infrared sensors, armored trucks, helicopters and unmanned, silent surveillance blimps) — some of the very same weapons and tactics employed in Ferguson and, a year earlier, in Boston in the wake of the marathon bombing.
The manhunt was a well-timed, perfectly choreographed exercise in why Americans should welcome the police state: for our safety, of course, and to save the lives of police officers.
Opposed to any attempt to demilitarize America’s police forces, the Dept. of Homeland Security has been chanting this safety mantra in testimony before Congress: Remember 9/11. Remember Boston. Remember how unsafe the world was before police were equipped with automatic weapons, heavily armored trucks, night-vision goggles, and aircraft donated by the DHS.
Contrary to DHS rhetoric, however, militarized police — twitchy over perceived dangers, hyped up on their authority, and protected by their agencies, the legislatures and the courts — have actually made communities less safe at a time when violent crime is at an all-time low and lumberjacks, fishermen, airline pilots, roofers, construction workers, trash collectors, electricians and truck drivers all have a higher risk of on-the-job fatalities than police officers.
Moreover, as Senator Tom Coburn points out, the militarization of America’s police forces has actually “created some problems that wouldn’t have been there otherwise.” Among those problems: a rise in the use of SWAT team raids for routine law enforcement activities (averaging 80,000 a year), a rise in the use and abuse of asset forfeiture laws by police agencies, a profit-driven incentive to criminalize lawful activities and treat Americans as suspects, and a transformation of the nation’s citizenry into suspects.
Ferguson provided us with an opportunity to engage in a much-needed national dialogue over how police are trained, what authority they are given, what weaponry they are provided, and how they treat those whom they are entrusted with protecting.
Caught up in our personal politics, prejudices and class warfare, we have failed to answer that call. In so doing, we have played right into the hands of all those corporations who profit from turning America into a battlefield by selling the government mine-resistant vehicles, assault rifles, grenade launchers, and drones.
As long as we remain steeped in ignorance, there will be no reform.
As long as we remain divided by our irrational fear of each other, there will be no overhaul in the nation’s law enforcement system or institution of an oversight process whereby communities can ensure that local police departments are acting in accordance with their wishes and values.
And as long as we remain distracted by misguided loyalties to military operatives who are paid to play the part of the government’s henchmen, there will be no saving us when the events of Ferguson unfold in our own backyards.
When all is said and done, it doesn’t matter whose “side” you’re on as far as what transpired in Ferguson, whether you believe that Michael Brown was a victim or that Darren Wilson was justified in shooting first and asking questions later.
What matters is that we not allow politics and deep-rooted prejudices of any sort to divert our efforts to restore some level of safety, sanity and constitutional balance to the role that police officers play in our communities. If we fail to do so, we will have done a disservice to ourselves and every man, woman and child in this country who have become casualties of the American police state.
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute where this article first appeared. He is the author of A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State and The Change Manifesto.
Excerpt: “He (Wanta) was tasked by President Reagan and CIA Director William Colby to destabilize the Soviet Union through establishment, with funds from the US Treasury, of a worldwide currency trading scheme…….”Being Robin Hood and taking down another government to support your own is a very interesting angle as it relates to extortion. The mission may have had some honest intentions but the idea of going after the Soviet Union in a “scheme” that would make trillions of dollars for the US is to me a question of ethics. Is it okay to do someone in so you can do for someone else? Well one thing that is for sure, there is no honesty among thieves. The issue of “my money” is a dubious one notwithstanding how you got “your money” in the first place.For a long time a family member of mine was a pimp. He amassed great sums of money. When he offered it to me, I refused. I did not want money that was gotten under duress, torture, abuse or any other such thing.Are the American people so shallow that they do not care, how they got the money, just that now they can use it? Are the American Christians and ethical social beings that shallow that they will look the other way, knowing that the money was ill-gotten in the first place, but yeah, we got millions of jobs out the deal? Are Americans so separated from the law of “what goes around comes around” that they think that since the “shake down of the Soviet Union” economy would not bite them in the ass as the Soviet Union and her descendants attempt to get themselves back on track knowing that it was the work of an American President that put them in the cross-hairs in the first place?To answer my own question, yes, in fact most people are that shallow. They do not realize that everything is energy and an exchange of energy, in this instance “ill-gotten money” will not bode well in the future. For instance, if one is willing to do something criminal to someone else, what makes them think they are “safe” from anyone else wanting to do something criminal to them?People who rally in support of criminalizing these two “culprits” who attempted to shake Mr. Wanta down are just as guilty as the party that Wanta engaged in to shake down the Soviet Union. There are no innocents in this kind of “economic tyranny” on all sides. The economies based on the Western Model is a ponzy scheme, no matter how you slice it. Issuing W9’s is no clearance for the fact that a substantial amount of interest was amassed for the Banksters and Crooks of the world to leverage their bets and hedge funds as this “fiat money” traveled around the globe.Who in this day and time can even imagine having $trillions of dollars in their bank account?Who can imagine in this day and time having even billions? In fact, who really knows how billions become trillions when millions are homeless and even more millions of homes lie vacant?Is there a viable resolve for one to come to in a corrupt economy ran by corrupt banksters backed by corrupt corporations and governments?Again, the fact that people feel that Mr. Wanta has been “mistreated, threatened or bribed” have their eyes veiled by the deception of the “currency trading scheme” and I would dare to mention the reason why. All for the love of money.There are no victims in this case and there are no innocents either. IMHO
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I find it interesting how like this one and many other so-called patriotic programs seem to overlook the very essence of why this stuff is happening now. They mention the founding Fathers and their intent over and over again, but these so-called Founding Fathers DID NOT intend for their “document” to include blacks, native Americans or women….. it was a document created for White Anglo-Saxon aristocracy.
They also forget to mention the atrocity of the Slave Trade and the Institution of Slavery, Racism and White Supremacy that sustained it for 300+ years. To me they miss the ELEPHANT in the room by overlooking these simple facts of history.
A nation built on the backs, blood, sweat and tears of an annihilated enslaved people can not stand for long. The European was given the false notion that he was superior to his “Slave” and therefore it was hardly a thing to mention the “rights’ of these enslaved people. The indigenous people were considered savages, therefore, no mention of them or their rights. The Constitution/Bill of Rights is an exclusive document written specifically for those intended not for the so-called “We the People”. Until this is identified, the now “We the People” will continue to grope in the dark for an answer as to why their “Freedoms” are being taken away.
Instead take a hard long look at how these “Freedoms” were taken away by force from the Indigenous People and the African people who were captured and brought thousands of miles from their homeland. These atrocities were perpetrated by the Forefathers of those who now complain about their “Freedoms” being taken away.
How long could such a house of cards last? Once this is faced with an open and serious eye, folks will continue to complain about how their “rights” are being taken away. Now, the descendants of the perpetrators of colonialism, death and destruction here in North & South America are seeing what it feels like to be discriminated against because of the way they think, act, believe or social status.
These Patriots need to take a long hard look at what their Forefathers and Founding Fathers did and continue to do; to Indigenous and African peoples over the past 500+ years and then they will see why, as Malcolm X once said, “The chickens come home to roost.”
I often wonder if when these Patriots spout out their patriotic dribble, do they have the same tunnel vision as their Forefathers? Are they willing to address the discrimination, oppression, racism and white supremacy that has spearheaded this train wreck? Are they brave enough, willing enough, capable enough to speak truth to power and admit that they are in the same hell their Forefathers perpetrated on other human beings? Can they honestly write an narrative that demonstrates how the present day Patriot got himself/herself in this cycle of oppression? Without looking at the root cause of the destruction of America/Western Society.. they will continue to bark at the Moon about the rights they are denied while ignoring how these same rights were denied others.