Zebra 3 Report by Joe Anybody
Wednesday, 9 May 2007
This Has To Be Said.... Because it is true!
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: And I am here to say it - Wake Up - It is Rotton - It is In Your Face
Topic: IMMIGRATION

"Illegal" is the new "Nigger"

http://angryindian.blogspot.com/2007_04_29_archive.html#5088992889171047749

ANGRYINDIAN.BLOGSPOT . COM

Illegals is the 21st century version of 'nigger'. That is what I hear when the term is thrown at undocumented families. Just like nigger was (and still is, although less overtly) the soundtrack to the murder and oppression of black folks, 'illegals' is the political theatrical score for the police and minutemen murder and political oppression of undocumented families from the South.

It's a shame that the so-called US progressive movement isn't involved with what is obviously the true front of progressivism in the United States in the 21st century. The struggle for human rights led by immigrants.

As in the 60s, so many so-called political people stood on the sidelines or contented themselves with reading about how King and activist blacks fought for a more free USA, the progressive movement of today is for the most part, only watching as the real progressive movement, mostly latinos, fight for further realization of the USA some say exists right now and others say used to exist but certainly that we all want."

—MarcG, comment on BradBlog

MY DEAR black amig@s, you know I respect you and I hope you immediately understand my deciding to quote this word, and invoke all its ugly, historical glory. This is not a stand-up routine, this is not a song, and this is not a joke. Nor is it an attempt to take anything away from your unique history and current struggles. But in this specific instance, the framing of today's hate and fear-motivated violence against Mexican immigrants—on the border as well as over it—needs to be spelled out with this terribly appropriate metaphor, and for the very reason that makes "The N Word" a disturbing and volatile utterance to this day.

My opening explanation aside, I am, of course, speaking to all of us. All people, all colors. This creeping abuse leveled on Mexican immigrants must concern each and every one of us. Just as in the days when the "N Word" was invariably used hand-in-hand with gross violence, human beings are being lingually dehumanized in America so that nobody minds when they are exploited, hated, hunted, and killed.

Just one word—"LETS REMEMBER THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALS" or the wonderfully, soul-stripping ALIEN—and somehow, magically, conveniently, all humanity is negated, and average people find it comfortable to stand by and cheer on, or ignore, what should be seen as atrocities.

It's not just the LAPDs stormtrooping the May Day parades. It's the language and the words online where Average Americans are angry that the cops didn't just open the bloody floodgates on Those Arrogant Mexicans, it's the slimey junk some politicians feel comfortable saying, it's watching the KKK grow its membership by 40% since taking on the HAWT New ALIEN issue as a selling point.

It's the conversations and words dropped that nobody contests. These seeds of a wicked vine must be stepped on wherever they lie.

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:27 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007 2:52 AM PDT
Your Government NEEDS to Spy on you for your Safety
Mood:  don't ask
Now Playing: You are tracked and followed for your own freedom & well being
Topic: CIVIL RIGHTS

Hello My Friendly Neighborhood Z3 Readers,

I just found this today in the "news"

Big Brother National ID Card story link:

http://www.smallgovtimes.com/story/07may08.id.cards/

 

EDITORIAL - U.S. policymakers have long rejected a national ID as inconsistent with American freedom. Ordinary people, it has long been believed, should not have to carry a card as if they are criminal suspects and they should not be asked to account to authorities for their whereabouts or activities.

"...as the federal government has grown in size and scope, its desire to track and monitor citizens has increased."
Nonetheless, as the federal government has grown in size and scope, its desire to track and monitor citizens has increased. To administer increasingly complex tax laws and expanding entitlements, the government has come to need more and more information about citizens and more and more assurance of who is who.

The Social Security Number, originally created solely to administer the Social Security System, has taken on much of this role. Today, it is used throughout the public and private sector to distinctly identify people. Recent laws have required or encouraged parents to get SSNs even for their very young children. The SSN is our national identifier.

Meanwhile, because of the vast terrain our country covers, nearly everyone must carry a driver's license. Departments of Motor Vehicles have fallen naturally into the role of providing not only this authorization to drive, but also cards for people who need some proof of who they are.

With the REAL ID Act, the federal government is seeking to combine these two identifiers and proof of lawful presence on American soil in a federal identification card and database system. States that do not accord their driver licensing and identification card systems to federal standards will find that their residents can not use state-issued cards for a variety of federal purposes.

How REAL ID Was Passed

In early 2005, Congress' regular appropriation for military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan was giving out. Legislation was pending to provide the Defense Department more money — and to fund aid efforts after the devastating tsunami that hit the Indian Ocean at the end of 2004. It was clear that this $82 billion spending bill would pass. Opposition to it, even principled responses to important details, could easily be spun as "not supporting the troops."

Consistent with usual practice, the Iraq spending bill came before the Rules Committee on its way to the floor of the House of Representatives. But the Committee added a curious note to the rule governing debate on the bill. The Committee instructed the Clerk of the House to append the text of a different bill at the end once the bill had passed the House.1 This new bill was the "REAL ID Act."2 It would not be open to amendment or separate consideration on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Why would the Rules Committee append an unrelated bill to a military spending measure? It is widely speculated that in the previous Congress a powerful House committee chairman had held up intelligence reform legislation, releasing it only with a promise from House leadership that his preferred vision for a U.S. national ID would be passed early in the next Congress. Whatever the case, the military spending bill with REAL ID's new identification provisions passed by overwhelming margins in both the House and Senate. It was not considered in any hearing and was not the subject of a separate vote in the Senate. REAL ID repealed identification security provisions that had passed into law as part of the 9/11 Commission-inspired Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.

REAL ID Requirements

The REAL ID Act seeks to force states to issue drivers' licenses and identification cards consistent with federal standards. There are three steps in the process by which a typical government-issued identification card communicates information from an ID subject to a verifier, and REAL ID affects two of the three:

First, the ID subject communicates information to the card issuer. For example, a state resident submits information to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Next, the issuer produces the identification card, which communicates information to the verifier. When a motor vehicle bureau produces a card, that provides information to whomever may check it.

Finally, the verifier compares the identifiers on the card to the ID subject. A law enforcement officer, for example, may look at a card and check the picture against the person he has pulled over.

If the identifiers and the ID subject match up, the information on the card is accepted as true and the ID subject is identified. Each of these steps is a point of weakness, though, and the REAL ID Act addresses two of them.

Data Veracity

The obvious weakness in the first step is that ID subjects are allowed to submit the information that goes into the card. The information on the card can be falsified. The REAL ID Act addresses this several different ways. First, it mandates collection of four different items of information:

* A photo identity document, except that a non-photo identity document is acceptable if it includes both the person's full legal name and date of birth;

* Documentation showing the person's date of birth;

* Proof of the person's social security account number or verification that the person is not eligible for a social security account number; and

* Documentation showing the person's name and address of principal residence.3

Along with increasing the number of identifiers, REAL ID also requires evidence of lawful status4 — that is, the legal right to be in the country. It requires states to issue temporary cards, marked as such conspicuously, to anyone temporarily in the country.5

Further, the REAL ID Act requires DMVs to capture digital copies of source documents and retain paper copies for seven years, images for ten years.6 DMVs can no longer accept foreign documents other than passports. Each person applying for a driver's license or identification is also subject to "mandatory facial image capture."7

The REAL ID Act also requires DMVs to verify "with the issuing agency, the issuance, validity, and completeness of each document" presented.8 At a potentially huge expense — few institutions have the resources or infrastructure to confirm their authorship of documents — this could suppress the easiest attack on data veracity: presenting DMV workers with fraudulent identifiers.

The REAL ID Act also sought to suppress fraud on DMVs by improving their employees' ability to detect false identifiers. Among other things, it requires states to "[e]stablish fraudulent document recognition training programs for appropriate employees engaged in the issuance of drivers' licenses and identification cards."9

If carried out properly, each of these steps would make it harder for ID subjects to inject false information into new identification cards and drivers' licenses. With constant oversight, they would make it harder to defraud DMVs.

The REAL ID Act also requires confirmation of some of the information a card applicant submits. It requires states to routinely utilize the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements system, which confirms the legal presence of foreigners in the country.10 It also requires them to confirm Social Security numbers with the Social Security Administration. In the event a Social Security number is already associated with another license or identification card, the state must "resolve the discrepancy."11

These processes attempt to use information held by governments to check the identifiers proffered by an ID subject. They help reduce one or two avenues for fraud.

Card Security

The REAL ID Act did a few things to address the security of identification cards, as well. It requires state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards to use physical security features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or duplication of documents for fraudulent purposes.12 It requires physical security features at the locations where drivers' licenses are produced. And it requires security to protect the materials and papers from which the documents are produced.13 The REAL ID Act also requires "appropriate security clearance requirements" for people who manufacture or produce driver's licenses.

Digital Identification

The REAL ID Act also calls for "[a] common machine-readable technology."14 Regulations fleshing out the Act were issued March 9th and they provisionally selected a 2D bar code. Plans are underway in some states to embed licenses with computer chips that will communicate information about the bearer by radio. The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) to track people is controversial, but RFID-chipped identity documents are being established, such as the U.S. State Department's new e-passport.

Complying with the REAL ID Act will require states to retool their identification card practices a great deal, particularly with respect to the information that they use to issue licenses and cards. The mandates in the REAL ID Act could be quite large.

The Costs of Complying with the REAL ID Act

Estimates from a variety of states and groups show that the costs of complying with the REAL ID Act could range from substantial to staggering:

Former Virginia Governor Mark Warner's Task Force on the Real ID Act estimated start-up costs if Virginia participated in REAL ID ranging from $35 million to $169 million, and recurring costs from $1 million to $63 million per year. The Task Force expressed doubts that federal funds would cover all the costs of implementing the REAL ID Act.15

The budget director of Washington state's Department of Licensing has estimated that his state might need to spend $97 million during the next two years should it implement REAL ID.16

In a broader study, the National Conference of State Legislatures estimated that it would cost $9 billion nationwide for states to implement the REAL ID Act.17

Taxpayer group Citizens Against Government Waste has estimated costs as high as $15 billion dollars for full implementation of the REAL ID Act. This would push the cost of a driver's license from the $10-$25 range up to $90 or more.18

The DHS' own cost estimate placed the tally at over $17 billion.

States agreeing to participate in the REAL ID Act system are incurring an open-ended obligation to tune their driver's licensing and identification card processes to federal standards.

Other Costs of REAL ID

While the monetary costs of the REAL ID Act are substantial, there are other important costs. The REAL ID Act is a further step toward a national ID, which has significant costs in terms of privacy and security.

Today, more personal information is captured, stored, transferred, and used than it ever has been before. Information storage and processing techniques are only getting better. In the past, identification merely confirmed who a person was, but now identification systems are effective surveillance systems. They record people's locations and activities, making this information available to others long into the future. Being identified is becoming a record-keeping event.

This is concerning not just because of privacy — the fact that people's lives are more exposed to governments and corporations than ever before. It is also a threat to liberty.

Historically, oppressive governments have used identification time and time again to administer evil acts. Well known historical examples include Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Modern genocides like Rwanda's were facilitated by an identification card system. Uniform and centralized identification systems provide no failsafe in the event a democracy fails, or fails to protect liberty. A diverse identification system is more difficult to navigate. This makes it a bulwark of liberty.

Uniform identification systems are also too easy to navigate for crooks. Today, identity fraudsters are successfully exploiting the single-key identification system used by the government and financial services sector. Simply having access to a person's Social Security Number puts a criminal well on the way to impersonating his or her financial identity, defrauding merchants out of thousands of dollars, and ruining the credit of the victim.

These costs — to privacy, liberty, and personal security — are also significant considerations in the REAL ID Act. Because it is relying on the states to implement its national ID system, Congress has shifted these costs, along with the monetary ones, to state leaders rather than bearing the burdens themselves.

Does it Work?

Most people would happily bear these burdens if doing so would add to our nation's protections. Some might accept these costs as a way to control illegal immigration. But because Congress did not hold a hearing before creating this national ID, these issues have not been thoroughly vetted.

Identification is a powerful force as to willing participants in our economy and society, but it will generally have little influence over terrorists. They neither seek the benefits of our society nor are they deterred by knowing they will be held accountable after they act. Identifying people merely tells you who they are. It does not reveal their intentions.

The dynamic is similar in the case of illegal immigration. People who have entered the United States illegally are unlikely to be deterred by the prospect of violating one or two more laws so they can work. The existing market for false identification and the use of identity fraud by illegal aliens will grow if a national ID is used for domestic enforcement of immigration laws, such as by requiring all people to seek federal government approval to work.

There is overlap between these two issues, of course. The false identification system created by and for illegal immigrants could be used by terrorists to evade the identification-based security systems we have in this country. The use of identification as a national security tool, or as an immigration law enforcement tool, is a minefield of difficult issues that require a great deal of study.

Where REAL ID is Going

The future of the REAL ID Act is uncertain. Department of Homeland Security regulations issued March 9th essentially "punted" on the most difficult technical, security, and privacy issues associated with the law. The regulations offered states a "golden handcuffs" opportunity: if they commit to implementing REAL ID early, it will grant them an extension until December 2009 to implement the law. If they do not commit early, they are faced with the statutory May 2008 deadline.

While some states have taken some steps to comply with the REAL ID Act mandates they anticipate, other states have declined to do so, or signaled their outright refusal of the REAL ID Act's mandates.

The state of Alabama, for example, tried to get ahead of the REAL ID Act in late 2005 by having residents conform the names on their licenses to the records held by the Social Security Administration. Alabama officials sent out 65,000 letters to residents asking them to have their licenses reissued before public outrage halted the program.19 Proposed legislation in California (SB 1160) is designed to comply with Real ID while providing drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants. New Mexico's HB 852 aims to prevent undocumented immigrants from obtaining licenses. The state of Alaska, on the other hand, recently declined to pass legislation that would have begun compliance with the REAL ID Act.

In Maine and Idaho, both houses of the legislature have passed resolutions opposing REAL ID. Bills and resolutions rejecting the REAL ID Act are pending or have passed at least one house of the legislature in more than half of the states in the country.

Among the many issues that have come up in debates about the REAL ID Act, along with cost, are the consequences of refusing to accept this federal mandate on states. After May 2008, the law says that drivers' licenses and identification cards from states that do not comply with the Act will not be acceptable identification or any "official purpose." DHS regulations could alter what this means at any time, but the primary lever is the requirement that travelers show identification at airports.

In January 2006, a Ninth Circuit ruling showed that the TSA does not require identification at airports. Rather, travelers have an option between showing identification or being subject to secondary screening.20 Nonetheless, most people believe that identification is required to travel. State legislators have been concerned that, if their states have not come into compliance, the federal government might effectively shut down passenger air travel. This is a question of the federal authorities' willingness to make economic war against the states to force compliance — and whether the air transportation industry would not intervene with federal authorities long before there was such a showdown.

On the horizon, there are a variety of technologies and processes that may be able to get governments, corporations, consumers, and citizens all the benefits of identification without the costs in terms of privacy and surveillance. "Digital identity management" is the idea that technologies can be designed to share only the information needed in a transaction — and to destroy that data when it is no longer needed. Identification and credentialing may soon become an economic service just like payments, telecommunications, and credit reporting. Rather than a government monopoly on identification, a diverse competitive private industry may emerge to provide proper assurance of who a person is, and of other information needed to support transactions.

Conclusion

The REAL ID Act is a complex law whose contours and benefits have still not yet come into focus, though its costs are increasingly clear. This national ID program received little consideration in the federal Congress, but state legislators must now grapple with it, facing a May 2008 compliance deadline. In addition to significant monetary costs, the Act will threaten Americans' privacy, liberty, and personal security. The decision about whether this is appropriate turns on whether a national ID would be an effective addition to our protections against terrorism and illegal immigration.

A variety of states are struggling to implement the REAL ID Act. Others have decided to outright rebel from this federal mandate. Should the rebellion hold, the issue will move back to Congress, which may then be forced to have hearings and up-or-down votes on whether the United States government should require her citizens to carry a national ID card.

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SOURCES

1 H. Res. 151 § 2 (109th Cong., 1st Sess.).

2 H.R. 418 (109th Cong., 1st Sess.).

3 Id. at § 202(c).

4 Id. at § 202(c)(2)(B).

5 Id. at § 202(c)(2)(C).

6 Id. at § 202(d)(1), (2).

7 Id. at § 202(d)(3).

8 Id. at § 202(c)(3).

9 Id. at §202(d)(9).

10 Id. at § 202(c)(3)(C).

11 Id. at § 202(d)(5).

12 Id. at § 202(b)(8).

13 Id. at § 202(d)(7).

14 Id. at § 202(b)(9).

15 Report: The Governor's Task Force on the REAL ID Act (December 29, 2005) .

16 States may face higher costs for Real ID, Federal Computer Week (August 19, 2005) .

17 Federal Preemption of State Authority a Disturbing Trend: Implementations of REAL ID Act to cost at least $9 billion, National Conference of State Legislatures (August 16, 2005) .

18 CAGW Issues Report on Real ID: DHS Regulations Could Cost Taxpayers, Threaten Privacy (October 18, 2005) .

19 Alabama Puts Brakes on License Notification, The Decatur Daily, Oct. 7, 2005
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/051007/license.shtml.

20 Gilmore v. Gonzales, 435 F.3d 1125 (2006).

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:16 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 9 May 2007 11:35 AM PDT
Tuesday, 8 May 2007
Cool tools to use... to find those pesky representatives of ours
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: COTACT YOUR CONGRESSMAN - IT IS REAL EASY
Topic: POLITICS

Hello Z3 Readers,

here is the website I found these cool tools on

http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

 

I want you to look at these

"cool tools for activists"

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Posted by Joe Anybody at 11:09 PM PDT
Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007 11:14 PM PDT
Monday, 7 May 2007
Can You Say .... Darfur?
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: A subject that I have barley spoke of..... Changes today....
Topic: HUMANITY

My Fellow Z3 Readers

It is with regret I say that this is my first post on "Darfur" - please forgive me and read this article I copied from ....... "Oxfam"

As the Need in Darfur Grows,

So Does the Difficulty of

Getting There

16 April 2007

http://www.oxfamamerica.org/whatwedo/emergencies/sudan/news_publications/darfur-update-april-2007

It has been more than four years since conflict first erupted in Darfur, Sudan, and in that time the number of people in need has grown exponentially: About 4 million people now depend on humanitarian assistance. But as their numbers mount, so does the difficulty in reaching them.


Unabated violence has left huge swaths of Darfur inaccessible to aid groups. Carjackings, assaults, robberies—these are the almost daily dangers aid workers now face as tens of thousands of people have continued to flee ongoing attacks. In the first two months of this year, more than 80,000 people found themselves on the run—some for the second, third, and fourth times. With the conflict now spilling over into Chad, violence there has forced the displacement of 120,000 Chadians.

In Darfur alone, more than 2 million people are now crowded into temporary camps or massed on the outskirts of towns where Oxfam is providing clean water, sanitation services, and basic necessities—such as soap and jerry cans—to about 475,000 of them. The agency is offering similar help to an additional 63,000 people in Chad.

But in some places, such as Darfur’s largest camp—Gereida, where 130,000 people now live in limbo, waiting for peace—Oxfam has had to greatly reduce its assistance because of the violence. In December, armed men entered the compounds of Oxfam and other agencies there where they beat an Oxfam staffer, raped a worker at one of those other agencies, and stole 12 vehicles.

Roads have also become increasingly unsafe for travel because of the risk of hijackings. Many times, helicopters are the only way aid workers can reach the larger towns and camps. People in rural areas and smaller villages often get no attention at all since the helicopters do not fly to those areas.

The humanitarian effort in Darfur is now one of the largest in the world, and the initiative has managed to stabilize living conditions in the camps. But there is a growing concern among aid groups that inaccessibility to the camps could derail this progress. Aid workers fear a return to devastating levels of malnutrition and disease they witnessed at the start of the crisis.

Helplessness and frustration permeate the camps, where people are trapped with limited access to education or economic opportunities. The conflict has stretched on for so long that some camps have now taken on a feeling of permanence, with people transforming their temporary shelters into mud brick dwellings. The majority of those in the camps are women and children, many of whom have now spent most of their lives trapped there by the conflict. Inevitably, the impact of the crisis on a whole generation will have long-term consequences for Darfur.

Despite the dangers, Oxfam is committed to remaining in the region to help the people there. It continues to be one of the few agencies working in all three Darfur states. But what people need urgently is protection from violence. The African Union force now in place to provide that has just 7,000 members—not nearly enough to cover the vast region. And increasingly, the AU force itself has become the target of violence, with its members being assaulted, abducted, and killed. Its ranks urgently need strengthening.

More than anything, what’s needed now is increased pressure on everyone involved in the conflict to stop attacking civilians and stop targeting aid workers.


Posted by Joe Anybody at 8:22 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007 8:25 PM PDT
Army Cracks Down On Information -
Mood:  irritated
Now Playing: THE MILITARY TRIES TO SHUT DOWN THE MEDIA
Topic: WAR

Army Cracks Down On Military Blogs & Emails

If you are the husband or wife or sibling or parent of a U.S. Army soldier serving in Iraq and you blog (and according to the new rules, email) about the war, you are now in official trouble with the U.S. Army.

 FOLKS ....this is your friendly military crack down on the Truth that gets leaked out to society. Well not if the WAR goons can squash the press. How do you feel knowing the Military we have is not going to let you know what they "really are doing"

Hell they want you to get your news from the Corporate Military feed pile

I OBJECT  !!

 

----- Wake Up America ---- Your getting a good screwing -----

From Mother Jones .com here is the article in the news today:

http://www.motherjones.com/mojoblog/archives/2007/05/4342_army_cracks_dow.html?src=email&link=hed_20070504_bl2_armycracksdown

 

The Army is getting strict about its rule that soldiers sending emails or posting items on blogs must first clear the content with a superior officer. Since, to avoid possible court-martial, a soldier would have to check with her commanding officer before making every blog post, soldiers' blogs about the Iraq war can safely be called a thing of the past.

The guidelines also apply to civilians working for the Army, Army contractors and soldiers' family members.

"This is the final nail in the coffin for combat blogging," said retired paratrooper Matthew Burden, editor of The Blog of War anthology. "No more military bloggers writing about their experiences in the combat zone. This is the best PR the military has--its most honest voice out of the war zone--and it's being silenced."

Posted by Diane E. Dees on 05/03/07 at 6:15 AM |


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:48 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007 1:50 PM PDT
Sunday, 6 May 2007
My Letter To The Local Paper Concerning LA Police Abuse
Mood:  sad
Now Playing: I am Outraged and am Speaking out - Hear My Words
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT
I was just informed that this letter to the Portland Tribune, is going to be published next week, or so they informed me by email. I stand by these words and wrote then President of the US and the MAyor of LA almost the exact same letter, I urge all my fellow readers to do the same.
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Dear Editor,
I live in Portland and I am outraged on the use of Police Violence used on innocent people as we have seen in LA on this May Day Celebration. I as an American "Demand" justice and I demand that those who were involved and responsible to be "fired" and held with charges.

Our own police force in Portland is real close to this very same type of police abuse against the people they are serving.
We as "the People" need to stand up and say no more. I am disgusted and shocked to see innocent women and children, media, and bystanders being shot at and clubbed.

I am standing up to this Police Abuse in LA by demanding justice and accountability. Please join and speak out against abuse waged on the people by Officers who have sworn to uphold the constitution and protect the people in their city.
This attack was uncalled for and is wrong.
This is a disgrace to any officer in uniform.
It is a disgrace to a civilized society
It is an abomination to justice.

Every city in America needs to stand up against this type of police abuse. It will not be accepted. I demand justice! I encourage everyone to stand up in solidarity against police violence, police terror, and police abuse.
~joe anybody
((( SEE MY PREVIOUS POST with pictures HERE ))) index.blog/1685748/write-the-mayor-of-la-i-just-did/


Posted by Joe Anybody at 10:38 PM PDT
Updated: Sunday, 6 May 2007 10:41 PM PDT
Friday, 4 May 2007
My letter to a Terrorist: Senator Rohrabacher
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: THIS MAN IS A SHAME TO THE USA & HUMAN RIGHTS
Topic: HUMANITY

A California Republican With Bad Attitude 

 I also posted this on Portland Indy Media

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/05/358902.shtml

To Senator Rohrabacher, 'Dana@mail.house.gov'

Rendition is wrong, immoral, illegal, and it should be considered, to be a war crime.
SHAME on America for torturing and abusing Humans of this world, I want this practice STOPPED.
America deserve to be spit upon because of attitudes of people like you that are ruining this honorable nation.
You are a terrible representation of my country.
In fact "you don't represent me or any form of Human Rights".
You think nothing of Heabus Corpus, Geneva, and due process.

I think that you must be pretty twisted to approve this type of behavior.
I am urging war crime charges and I demand you apologize for your comments at this meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights, on April 17 2007.

Your comment were sick for me to read, I want you to know I am disgusted.
Shame ... you don't speak for my country, you are speaking for Terrorists and Twisted Sick in the Head Administrators of War Crimes.
Everyday I pray for Justice for all those who enable this sick way of life you call justice to be sent to prison and treated like they are now doing to hundreds with out any RESPECT for Law, Order, or human dignity.
You are an insult from America to our European Community.
Shame on your choice of words and attitude and sick comments.
And truly I wish the very back at you and yours for your totally uncalled for, rude, and horrific comment of ... "I hope it's your family members that die when terrorists strike."... .. boy you are one foul-mouthed Senator ... how dare you talk to people like that while holding office of the United States of America.
You are part of why this country is now hated across this world.
Good Job!!

Don't write me back!
I want nothing to do with people like you!
I pray for justice, I pray that war crimes will be levied.
I hope you realize you are Insane and Thoughtless
You are not an American, you are a terrorist to the world!

Signed Joe

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"Congressman Dana Rohrabacher Personifies Why Many Dislike America and Its Policies"

By Ann Wright
t r u t h o u t | Guest Contributor

Monday 23 April 2007

"I hope its your family members that [sic] die," said US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to American citizens who questioned the Bush administration's unlawful extraordinary rendition policies.

Congressional hearings provide a deep insight into the inner spirit of our elected representatives - and sometimes the insight is not pretty.

On April 17, we witnessed Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) unleashing his anger onto members of the European Parliament's House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Human Rights. The members were invited guests and witnesses at the hearing. The subcommittee had issued a report in January, 2007 that was sharply critical of the Bush administration's extraordinary rendition program in which persons from all over the world were detained by either the CIA or local police, then flown by CIA jet (torture taxi) to other countries where they were imprisoned (Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Libya, Djibouti, Morocco, Yemen. The report was equally critical of European governments for allowing the unlawful flights to take place.

From 2001 through 2005, the governments of fourteen countries in Europe allowed at least 1,245 CIA flights with illegally abducted terrorist suspects to be flown through their airspace or to land on their territory. Germany, Britain, Ireland and Portugal allowed the highest numbers of covert flights. As well as at least the 1,245 flights operated by the CIA, there were an unspecified number of US military flights for the same purpose.

The European Parliament report differentiated between lawful extradition of criminal suspects for trial in another country and unlawful abduction - sending to a third country usually noted for torture of prisoners and imprisoning for years without trial persons suspected of criminal terrorist acts.

The report acknowledged that terrorism is a threat to European countries as well as to the United States, but the European Parliament committee said that terrorist acts must be handled lawfully by both European countries and by the United States. The report said: "After 11 September 2001, the so-called 'war on terror' - in its excesses - has produced a serious and dangerous erosion of human rights and fundamental freedoms." The extraordinary rendition program undercuts the exact liberties we are defending, the rule of law, the right for a fair and speedy trial and the right to know the evidence on which one is held and prosecuted.

Some who were kidnapped ended up in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Others were flown to prisons in other countries for interrogation and torture. Many of those who were subjected to extraordinary rendition are still in Guantanamo. Many have been there for over five years. Over 400 of the 770 persons who have been imprisoned in Guantanamo over the five years since it was opened have been released. Only 380 are left imprisoned in Guantanamo. Only three have been charged by the Military Commission, and only one was tried in Guantanamo. After five years of being held prisoner, Australian citizen David Hicks was convicted in March 2007 of material support to terrorism and sentenced to only seven months further imprisonment, which he is serving in Australia. The Bush administration has said it will try only 50-70 of the 380 remaining in Guantanamo. That means that of 770 who have been in Guantanamo, only 50-70 will be tried. The others eventually will be freed due to lack of evidence of a crime. Many will have spent five years or more in prison.

Virtually every prisoner who has been released reported being tortured while imprisoned in countries such as Syria, Uzbekistan, Egypt, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Some prisoners say they were tortured by police or interrogators. Some say they heard American voices in the background while they were tortured. None were charged with any crimes. None went to trial. They were abducted by CIA or local authorities at the request of the United States. The United States did not present evidence of criminal actions, nor request extradition from the country where the person was detained. Nor did a central approving authority look at the rationale for spiriting a person to the control of a third country for interrogation. Persons were "rendered" many times on the say-so of junior CIA officials.

Back to the Congressional hearing. With eyes narrowed and mouth in a contorted grimace, Congressman Rohrabacher attacked the two British and one Italian members of the European Parliament who testified before the committee. Reminding one of Joe McCarthy in tone and substance, Rohrabacher demeaned and degraded the report and chastised, belittled and berated the Parliamentarians. Remarkably, Rohrabacher said most of the CIA private flights that landed in Europe were to transport CIA agents all over the world, not to move prisoners. Yet the logs of the 1,245 flights have been tied by date and location to the movement of specific individual prisoners from one location to another.

Rohrabacher railed against anyone who questioned the right of the Bush administration to do whatever it wanted - legal or illegal - to prevent terrorist acts, and said that [European countries] not supporting the Bush policies were consigning their countrymen to terrorists. In particular, he said that any Americans who questioned the extraordinary rendition were un-American.

Citing historic examples of other countries kidnapping persons, Rohrabacher said Israel had every right to kidnap Nazi official Adolph Eichmann from Argentina, bring him to Israel and execute him. Rohrabacher conveniently forgot to mention that the Israeli government did put Eichmann on trial - a trial which none of those who have been extraordinarily rendered have had. Rohrabacher then attacked and belittled the European Community for outlawing the death penalty, saying, "You in the European Community won't stand up to evil people, you won't execute them. Eichmann deserved to be executed, just like these terrorists must be executed."

Rohrabacher never once mentioned due process, the rule of law, right to a trial for anyone picked up in the extraordinary rendition program. Merely because persons were "rendered" and imprisoned by the US meant to Rohrabacher they were guilty.

Rohrabacher said if European countries did not cooperate with the United States and go along with whatever the Bush administration wanted, they were condemning their countrymen to terrorists by not using extralegal methods to imprison terrorist suspects. When citizens attending the hearing, including members of Codepink Women for Peace and Veterans for Peace, heard Rohrabacher's statement, they collectively groaned. Then, much to the shock and disbelief of everyone in the hearing room, Rohrabacher said to those who had expressed displeasure at his statements: "I hope it's your family members that die when terrorists strike."

At that point, I had had enough of Rohrabacher. I stood up and said, "I did not serve 29 years in the US military and 16 years in the US diplomatic corps to see demise of the rule of law and violation of our own laws. Rohrabacher's statements are outrageous. No wonder the world hates us!"

Chairman Delahunt gaveled for me to stop speaking, and I was escorted by the police out of the committee room. I was not arrested.

Remarkably, I do agree with one thing Rohrabacher said. "They hate us."

Rohrabacher finished his sentence with, "They hate us because they hate our way of life." Unfortunately, many people do hate us, but it's not for our way of life.

Its for exactly the talk and actions that Rohrabacher and the Bush administration represent: illegal and unlawful actions, an arrogant attitude that America is always right and everyone else is wrong, that the world's resources are for the exclusive use of the United States and we have the right to invade and occupy any country.

Until we change the manner in which presidential administrations and the Congress operate and the way we approach our membership in the community of nations, the world will continue to question what America stands for.

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Ann Wright retired as a colonel after serving 13 years on active duty and 16 years in the US Army Reserves. After 16 years in the US diplomatic corps, she resigned in March 2003 in opposition to the war in Iraq. She had been assigned in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. She helped reopen the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan in December 2001.  
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/042307S.shtml

 

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 3:37 PM PDT
Thursday, 3 May 2007
Write The Mayor of LA .... I just did!
Mood:  loud
Now Playing: Police Fire Rubber Bullets into Peace Crowd
Topic: FAILURE by the GOVERNMENT

This is an urgent call to action

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEOS

All, Z3 Readers

Please contact the Mayor of LA at this link as I just did.....please!

 ((((( http://www.pephost.org/site/R?i=D1N8ELi8uzm0TeqjpWOg1g )))))))

 

I also wrote the President of the United States (who I cant stand by the way) about this attrocity. First here is the Information ...then last is my letter to the mayor. I am fricken mad as hell!!!!!

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The ANSWER Coalition unequivocally condemns the brutal, unprovoked Los Angeles Police Department attack on immigrant families, media reporters and camerapersons and others in MacArthur Park on May 1. The LAPD’s racism and violent nature has been displayed once again for the world to see. 


We demand that Mayor Villaraigosa and all city officials take immediate action to bring the officers involved to justice. We also demand that the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners fire LAPD Chief William Bratton.

On May 1, tens of thousands of protesters participated in mass marches for immigrant rights in Los Angeles and around the United States. The march targeted by the LAPD was the second major action in the city that day. It marched from Vermont and 3rd to MacArthur Park.

By all accounts, the march was peaceful—that is, until the cops began their coordinated attack on the participants. 

Soon after the thousands of marchers arrived at MacArthur Park, a police motorcade forced its way into a large circle of people who were enjoying the Aztec Dancers perform an Indigenous ceremony in Alvarado St. near the Southeast corner of the park. The cops pushed people, including Aztec Dancers and children, to the ground.

 

Next, cops on bicycles rushed through the crowd demanding people evacuate the area. They were followed closely by LAPD “shock troops” on foot, who forced people from the area by hitting onlookers with batons.

The crowd was obviously upset and highly concerned by the unprovoked and violent police attack. In an attempt to defend themselves, people responded by hurling empty water bottles and fruit at the police. 

Contrary to LAPD Chief Bratton’s statement that their violence was in response to “certain elements of the crowd … [who] began to create a series of disturbances," it was really the other way around. 

As this was happening at the east corner of the park, several hundred yards away on the other end of the park, dozens of cops in full riot gear cleared the street by pushing people onto the sidewalks. 


The coordinated, military-style actions show a deliberate calculus used by the LAPD. This was a premeditated attack—a police riot. It is standard practice to repress mass movements and working people.

‘They were merciless’

The worst was yet to come. Less than one hour after the initial attack, the LAPD began its full assault on the marchers and all people in the park. Well over 100 riot cops, including 30 to 40 shooting pellet guns and rubber-coated bullets began attacking everyone in the park. They fired many times directly at people, many of whom could not get away from the police onslaught. Police also shot tear gas at the protesters.

One eyewitness to the LAPD violence was Ernesto Arce, ANSWER Coalition organizer and KPFK radio host. Arce, who was hit in the leg with a rubber-coated bullet during the attack, described the scene:

“Without warning, cops descended into a park full of families, homeless and handicapped individuals and street cart vendors. They were merciless. 

“For the next 30 minutes, hundreds of activists and bystanders were shot, beaten by night sticks and run out of the park. The police had no intention of entertaining requests from people who were not able to move quickly enough. They were forcefully hit on the legs until they were immobile. 

“The cops didn't only move people out of the perimeters of the park, they chased through the park firing at anyone who might have been an obstacle. I witnessed many people who were shot at from the back. Children and entire families were being violently pushed or beaten. An elderly woman cried out for help but few were willing to run back in the face of fast-approaching SWAT police.

“We were chased onto 7th street and forced at least 6 blocks west. The police tried to cordon off the entire area, but most protestors didn't stick around. It was frightening for even seasoned protestors.”

The cops shut down the organized rally. Many scheduled speakers did not get to speak. In addition, they overturned and destroyed the tables and displays of non-profits inside Macarthur Park. The LAPD claimed that they declared the legally permitted event an “unlawful assembly.” But no one heard an official order to disperse or face arrest. In fact, a Fox News reporter heard riot cops say, “Better hustle, it’s time to tussle,” as they moved in on people with batons and loaded weapons.

LAPD strategy

May 1 is International Workers’ Day. It started in the United States after police viciously attacked a demonstration of striking workers demanding better working conditions. The police killed several and wounded 200. They blamed the workers for the police violence.

The police strategy is still the same in 2007. This was displayed in L.A. as it has been many times before. 

The LAPD’s May 1 attack brings to memory to the violent repression of demonstrators outside the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Similar tactics were used: firing rubber bullets and beating people without cause; chasing people on foot and in police vehicles, and then tackling and clubbing them; using military formations to intimidate and disperse crowds; and then blaming the victims for the aggression.

The police and Mayor Villaraigosa have promised investigations into the police assault in MacArthur Park. But what will come from the LAPD when its chief, Bratton, has already blamed those attacked and said they were throwing “missiles?”  

What will come from a mayor who wants more police on the streets and has been an apologist for police brutality and murder—like the killing of Susie Peña—many times before? Already, Villaraigosa has assured Los Angeles and his wealthy backers that “order has been fully restored”—when it was the LAPD that broke the “order” in the first place. 

Little will happen unless the movement demands justice.

Bratton should be fired. His first term as L.A.’s police chief is over, but he has applied for another. The Los Angeles Police Commission has 90 days to decide whether to reappoint him. His history of condoning police terror at the expense of working and oppressed people is clear. 

 

Attacking the immigrant rights movement

When mass movements arise—like last year’s mass upsurge for immigrant rights—they often are met with repression in order to maintain the status quo. The immigrant rights movement mobilized millions to demand equality and legalization.

Now, the ruling elite want the movement to go away for good. A wave of racist raids and deportations has swept the country in recent months, aiming to strike fear into immigrant communities. The LAPD action on May 1 is part of that strategy.

But the movement is still alive with potential. The April 7 protest in Los Angeles and now the May 1 protests around the country have showed this.

In the face of racist police violence, it is important that the people stay united to demand justice. We in the ANSWER Coalition demand justice, an end to racist police violence and full rights for all immigrants. Fighting against racism, immigrant bashing and police brutality must be a top priority for the anti-war movement and all progressive organizations. 

Take action today

Write an e-mail or contact Mayor Villaraigosa to express your outrage at the attack on immigrant rights marchers and community members. Due to the growing national outrage, Police Chief may try to distance himself from some of the worst police atrocities. But Bratton and other officials must be held responsible since this was a clearly planned and coordinated police assault that lasted a considerable period of time. 

ANSWER has set up an easy-to-use mechanism to fax or write a letter to the Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa demanding that Bratton be fired immediately and that his application for reappointment be denied. 

Click this link to send your letter by fax or email. (I did! ~joe)

 

 

 

(here is my letter to the mayor of LA, with my own opinion attached) 

We join with people around the country and the world who condemn the brutal, unprovoked LAPD attack on immigrant families, media reporters, camerapersons and others in Macarthur Park on May 1. We demand that you, Mayor Villaraigosa, and all city officials take immediate action to bring the officers involved to justice. We also demand that LAPD Chief William Bratton be immediately fired.   

Let me say in my own words that what your city Peace Force did was a disgrace to America. I am outraged and will write a letter to the President of the United States to tell him and you that this was un called for and a blatant use of violence against unarmed peaceful people.  How shocking to wake up and read your city police did this. You are a disgraced in the eyes of the world. I am so upset I want to quit my job and work 100% of my effort into bringing justice and retribution for this cowardly act of violence.

These are not tolerated actions by any lawful or sane civil servant. I demand accountability, and people involved FIRED. I will be writing the President Of the United States about this atrocity. Your city is in shame and unless this is righted, it is a turning point downhill for society at large.

Shame and Disgust I am appalled. I proudly sign my name and will when I write My President as well. This was an act of violence against the people of your city you were sworn to protect. 

SHAME ON YOUR CITY! ......signed Joe - Anybody

 

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And then here is my letter to President Bush -- I just sent on 5-3-07

 

Mr. President Bush,

I am joining with people around the country and the world who condemn the brutal, unprovoked LAPD attack on immigrant families, media reporters, camerapersons and others in Macarthur Park on May 1.  

I (joe anybody), demand that Mayor Villaraigosa, and all city officials take immediate action to bring the officers involved to justice. I also demand that LAPD Chief William Bratton be immediately fired. 

I am writing you Mr. President, as the leader of our country to please look into the terrible, terrible, display of police violence on peaceful people in a city of the US. This needs to be addressed from the highest office as a signal that using police violence on innocent peaceful humans will NOT BE TOLERATED in America. 

I am disgusted and appalled. This needs oversight and correction as the whole world watches in disbelief.

Please Mr. President, let this behavior by the LA police be rectified and I want you to demand enforcement of peace and non-violence be used at all cost and to never fire rubber bullets into unarmed crowds. I am ashamed of this atrocity. Would you please consider my request to help straighten this out before it gets out of hand.

This was a crime of violence on the people in the US city of LA.  

Sincerely,

My Name Here (joe-anybody)

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 1:45 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 7 May 2007 11:06 PM PDT
Tuesday, 1 May 2007
WRITE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE - I JUST DID
Now Playing: IMPEACHMENT AND MY COUSIN TED WESTHUSING

I JUST SENT THIS TO MY 3 REPS

I DEMAND IMPEACHMENT FROM THESE REPS OF MINE OR THEY NEED TO GO AS WELL. DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS  MY FELLOW Z3 READERS. WE NEED TO "DEMAND" IMPEACHMENT - "DO IT FOR MY COUSIN TED"

THE FOLLOWING IS MY HEART FELT LETTER:

 

550 Billion dollars spent on this Illegal war

The Army is building an embassy that is bigger than the Vatican in a country “we invaded” is pathetic and despicable.

I am sick of hearing of the 600 thousand dead Iraqis that we the USA are responsible for and the number is growing every minute.

Almost 4,000 dead US soldiers, and thousands wounded or crippled

There were no WMD … we owe an apology we need to prosecute this mass murder lie.

We have gutted Geneva

We have gutted Habeas Corpus

This lying president has laughed that he can violate the FISA acts and he is above the law.

That is an Impeachable offense he snuck past congress to do. Like the NSA / patriot act abuses.

The war profiteers are in complete control of my country

My cousin COL TED WESTHUSING took his own life and said he would not be sullied by this corrupt war. This is the highest ranging officer who shot him self in the head because he seen the disgusting greed in this war, while volunteering to train the Iraq police. He screamed out in the desert “THIS IS MORALLY WRONG”

I have been writing you for years. Here is a recent news story of Ted’s death in this illegal war (notice the words illegal war) http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2440

 

I want no more money for “Blackwater” no more for the crooked greedy contractors

The Abu Ghraib and GITMO torture abuses and sick perverted ways we now treat prisoners with under our flag. Not to mention rendition that goes on as well, is shameful

This whole thing is wrong and is sickening. Shame Shame Shame

I want you to represent me and the citizens of Oregon and the US with honesty.

I want the troops completely out of the INVADED country that once was Iraq.

We are now “occupiers” how sick. Why I ask you are you allowing this?

I want IMPEACHMENT now

I want my representative to DEMAND impeachment!

 

I don’t want to hear your “circus act” excuse I want this liar out now.

I want NO MONEY FOR WAR not one more penny.

Bush wants to play veto games over all this bull crap – Then IMPEACH HIM NOW!!!!

He and Cheney have “DESTROYED” our country.

Are you supporting these guys on this mass war crime?

Well if you don’t start defending the Constitution and protecting it I will be calling on you to step down as well. I am so serious and upset over Lack of representation and my reps not standing up to these corrupt war criminals

 

I am angry and sick that my Reps can not stop this mad man, because they wont STAND UP and demand accountability and demand an Investigation

DAMN ……. What is wrong …”Do Something” you are my rep……HELP Us!

IMPEACH THIS LIAR – For gods sake how much Blood can you keep wiping off your hands.

This cheating president will destroy everything by the time we sit on our butts and say “it will be a circus” hell it’s a killing circus at this moment….why don’t you stop it

I am loosing major faith and hope in you ability to uphold this constitution as you were sworn to do.

I don’t want no excuses. I told you what I want . I have been telling you for years ‘IMPEACH’ the liar.

Think of my highly respected cousin standing in his hot trailer in Baghdad with a gun to head. He said “death before dishonor” ….well maybe that doesn’t resonate with you. What a shame

The USA killing war profit greed machine is what you now represent. You need to stop this NOW give America some hope IMPEACH THIS LIAR AND THIEF

 

Sincerely and very Disgusted ,

(Joe Anybody)

PS

Please read up on Ted Westhusing suicide and if you wont listen to the citizens here at home at least hear the cry from the bloody soaked desert of Baghdad.

God this is sick …help me please…… help America…… help the world

http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2440

Tell the world we were wrong ..Let them know we are pulling out “WITH A TIMETABLE” ….god we are INVADERS AND MURDERERS …make it stop!

     

 


Posted by Joe Anybody at 5:31 PM PDT
Saturday, 28 April 2007
10 Easy Steps To Fascism
Mood:  incredulous
Now Playing: Fascism is growing in the USA
Topic: CONSPIRACY

Here is an Interesting article that unfortunately applies very much to the USA today

It is rather long so below is jus the opening paragraphs. You can read the whole article online at --> http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/51150/?page=1 

I also have posted it on:

Joe Anybody's site here --> http://www.joe-anybody.com/id54.html

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Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down -- the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel and took certain activists into custody.

They were not figuring these things out as they went along. If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways. But it is always effective. It is very difficult and arduous to create and sustain a democracy, but history shows that closing one down is much simpler. You simply have to be willing to take the 10 steps.

As difficult as this is to contemplate, it is clear, if you are willing to look, that each of these 10 steps has already been initiated in the United States by the Bush administration.

Because Americans like me were born in freedom, we have a hard time even considering that it is possible for us to become as unfree, domestically, as many other nations. Because we no longer learn much about our rights or our system of government -- the task of being aware of the Constitution has been outsourced from citizens to professionals such as lawyers and professors -- we scarcely recognise the checks and balances that the founders put in place, even as they are being systematically dismantled. Because we don't learn much about European history, the setting up of a department of "homeland" security -- remember who else was keen on the word "homeland"? -- didn't raise the alarm bells it might have.

It is my argument that, beneath our very noses, George Bush and his administration are using time-tested tactics to close down an open society. It is time for us to be willing to think the unthinkable -- as the author and political journalist Joe Conason has put it -- that it can happen here. And that we are further along than we realize.

Conason eloquently warned of the danger of American authoritarianism. I am arguing that we need also to look at the lessons of European and other kinds of fascism to understand the potential seriousness of the events we see unfolding in the United States.

My fellow Z3 Readers click on the full article link and see these 10 easy steps of serious concern


Posted by Joe Anybody at 4:35 PM PDT
Updated: Saturday, 28 April 2007 4:38 PM PDT

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