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Devour Borders: Mexican food as revolutionary praxis

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

From Jeffrey M. Pilcher, The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens, in Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012):

. . . Mexican food [from worker-owned street vendors] was also seen as a threat to white workers, both through unfair competition and labor radicalism. Nativist opponents of immigrant workers claimed that the Mexican diet of tortillas and chili, like the Chinese staple rice, undermined the nation’s standard of living. . . . Mexican food was also associated with anarchism and union organizing. Tamale vendors were blamed for the Christmas Day Riot of 1913, when police raided a labor rally in Los Angeles Plaza. Milam Plaza in San Antonio, where the chili queens worked in the 1920s, was a prominent recruiting ground for migrant workers. Customers could eat their chili while listening to impassioned speeches by anarcho-syndicalists of the [Industrial] Workers of the World[1] and the Partido Liberal Mexicano.[2]

— Jeffrey M. Pilcher, The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens
in Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012), p. 113

So I just stumbled across this passage today; it’s kind of like a perfect addendum to the Xenophobia and Anarchophobia / U.S. vs. Them section of my old No Borders / No State presentation, reheated, perfectly seasoned and cooked up together with everything I have to say about worker-owned, informal-sector food vendors and disruptive social and economic agoras.

See also.

  1. [1] Original mistakenly reads International [sic] Workers of the World, a distressingly common mistaken expansion of the I.W.W.’s initials.
  2. [2] A Mexican anarchist revolutionary group, whose founders included Ricardo Flores Magón, among others. After a series of strikes and uprisings they played a major role in the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution and briefly liberated Baja California from the control of the Mexican national government in 1911, with cross-border assistance from hundreds of I.W.W. anarcho-syndicalists from the U.S. After being defeated by the Mexican military and expelled from Mexico, members lived on in exile in southern California and central Texas.

How Would You Handle the Armed Men in Nevada?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

Most of the regular readers to this site are probably aware to Cliven Bundy and the situation his family is currently facing in Nevada. For those unaware read this submission to CopBlock.org posted earlier today or this piece written by Christoper Cantwell titled, “5 Things the Bundy Ranch Teaches Us.” If that doesn’t work, use Google to get caught up on the this insane situation.

My blog post today is NOT a background story to help you understand the standoff. My post here won’t be a call on action (though I believe as many people who can, should get to the Bundy’s Ranch) or a solution to the problem, I believe even if I had those, it’s not my place. How this interaction between government agents and the Bundy’s ends, is up to them.

What I want to do, is ask you a simple question. As the world watches another perfect government storm unfold, with all the similarities of Ruby Ridge and Waco, have you ever thought about what you would do of (but more like, when) the government pushes you to your breaking point? In the words of William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart), “Will you stand up and fight? Or will you run?”

Now I can already predict the responses from my friends, the CB trolls and most any statists. Yet, I urge you to really think about this. Sadly we live in a world where government agents regularly (whether as a mailman, censuses worker or full on swat team) come to your door (most the time under the pretense of helping you) and end up either taking everything you have and if you don’t give it to them, they’ll back you into a corner. Afterwards, they’ll blame you for fighting your way out and justify the overwhelming slaughter that will follow. Regardless of the outcome you should seriously consider your options if the man decides to take certain actions toward you. Don’t leave yourself with only two options, fight or run, when men with American flag patches and AR-15′s show up at your door. Being caught off guard and without a plan of action is a recipe for certain slaughter.

I wish the Bundy family the best. I hope the men in costumes who go out there to enforce these BS laws quit their jobs or prepare to risk their life for a paycheck. I’m sure the Bundy’s have more to fight for than just (worthless paper) money.

Consider joining the “Support Cliven Bundy” Facebook page.

Fear Police

Friday, March 7th, 2014

BewareMouse shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

The Supreme Court is responsible for the future to come. By endorsing the actions of overbearing police, they will set the scene for even more bloodshed.

The recent activity of the police has been defended by the claims of how dangerous it is to be a police officer and how they never know what they are walking into when performing a traffic stop or responding to a domestic disturbance. This can be pointed up by historic ambushes performed against the police throughout over 200 years of service to the country. It has always been a job laced with danger and unknowns and most police officers have something from personal experience to share on this subject. However, knowing this for years has still created a stray direction that the general public did not have reason to fear the police. The public perception until recent years has always been that the police have been there to help and they will bring reason in a time of chaos.

However, after untold amounts of publicity concerning police overreach and abuse of authority that endangers the lives of the public such as these examples, the perception may be changing.

One shot is not good enouph.

The police claim this is okay, necessary force to bring peace to our community.

The question becomes, at what point is it considered dangerous to allow the public to claim the police are too dangerous to stick around for if pulled over by overbearing and out of control officers? Most recently, another reason to fear the police has made it to the Supreme Court. The claim is, well, they ran from our authority! Of course they did! An officer tried to reach in a driver’s door illegally to extract a person for nothing more the a broken headlight. This lead to a high speed chase where both the driver and passenger were gunned down in a hail of gunfire.

http://news.yahoo.com/high-court-appears-favor-police-sued-over-chase-164809065.html

The problem is if the Courts side with the officers, that no stop by police officers can be considered anything but a life threatening detainment, and the police officer, no matter the circumstance or the charge, has full permission by the courts to kill the suspect as to uphold the law.

Visions of NAZI Germany where a woman and a child approach a checkpoint, are harassed, and after being assaulted turn to run, then both the woman and the child are cut down from a fully automatic assault rifle comes to mind. Without restraints placed on the police by the constitution and upheld, it is easy to see how having any contact with the police would have a life threatening result.

The Constitution is a vital piece of maintaining the public safety and the safety of being a police officer. Maintaining the enforcement rather than throwing a thumb over your shoulder in reference to how it should be is key to reducing the threat both to the police officer and the public. Without enforcing the concept, as well as the letter of the law concerning official misconduct, it is only to create danger for both the officers in the field and the public that now fears for their lives and is completely justified to take action to preserve life and get away from the threat that has been imposed.

This has gone so far with alarmist extremist that even the schools are now teaching that freedoms are not allowed regardless of the laws in our country. Wearing an American flag on your shirt may cause a disruption, so therefore it can be restricted by the Schools that should be teaching the value of the first amendment and the tolerance for other’s opinions rather then banning the very education they are supposed to be teaching. Our children are smart and hypocrisy is now what we are teaching them rather then tolerance and a culture that is a combination of many cultures that all should be tolerated as stated in the first amendment.

This has gotten so bad that playtime has been reduced to threat levels involving the use of a finger!

http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-boy-suspended-pointing-finger-gun-zero-tolerance-002829005.html?bcmt=comments-postbox

When we teach our children that things are not tolerated in school, that means this is what is being taught in school. Throwing away the lessons of history and making out that being patriotic to the country we live in is a crime above all others and that only designated officials carrying GUNS that will kill you for the smallest infraction is the result. The dream that one day they will be one of those officials that will “nab the bad guy” is no longer a dream that can be allowed.

When we destroy the dreams of righteousness in our children, we destroy any righteousness that will remain in the future to come.

Please tell me why people will run from those carrying a gun and a badge.

BewareMouse

Fear Police is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Translation of “One comrade from Mérida sounds off: Oh I’ve got the desire” (Viento sin Fronteras, in EL LIBERTARIO)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Here is another translation from Venezuela, once again of a one-compa-sounds-off article, this time from Viento sin Fronteras (Wind without Borders) in a rural area of Mérida, a state in western Venezuela. The article was reprinted by the Venezuelan anarchist newspaper EL LIBERT@RIO. Inline links and editorial notes in footnotes are added by me. As always, the same caveats apply: I’m a nervous translator trying to keep up with a lot of regional references that I don’t always know, and moving through a lot of material coming out more quickly than I can translate it; this is a working draft; if you notice any mistakes or mangling please feel free to point them out in the comments, and I’ll attach a note or a correction to the text here. Again, there are lots of different Anarchists in Venezuela, and this is one compa’s view; there are many with different views about the attitude that Anarchists should take towards the protest. (See, for example, this previous translation of a commentary by Victor Camacho. Viento sin Fronteras is, let’s say, significantly more hands-on.)

A comrade from Mérida sounds off: Oh, I’ve got the desire

Viento sin Fronteras

This is a little chronicle many are certainly familiar with. Yesterday I got up at 6 a.m. so I could get ready to go to work. I arrived at work around 7:30 am and I spent the whole day over there. At 7pm I went back to my house. When I got home I had to go down to the nearest bodega (I live in a rural area) to buy stuff for making dinner or lunch in the coming days. Well O.K., so a purchase that consists of some three potatoes, two cans of sardines, three tomatoes, an onion, laundry soap,[1] a box of cigarettes and a few cookies, comes out to 170 bolivars [≈ US $27]. Up to this point everything seems normal but it isn’t. My daily salary is 200 bolivars [≈ US $32].

Clearly, they are 200 bolivars and this leaves me only just 30 bolivars [≈ US $5] to save for paying the rest of my expenses, like the rent for example. Or the fare for public transport, if I weren’t walking to work I’d have to take 10 bolivars off these 30 that are supposed to be left over for me.

Besides this, I remembered that the last time that I went without natural gas nearly a month passed before that commodity came back to my house. And I my house, of course, a little house of 38 square meters [≈ 409 sq. ft.] where the water shuts off every day for an hour or two, with a rent that’s equivalent to nearly half the minimum wage I work for. It brings to mind that house from the housing project[2] that that the showboat[3] of the Communal Council[4] built (great affiliate of PSUV[5] certainly and an ideological reference for many here) and which was empty until two weeks ago, which he managed to sell, for no less than the discreet sum of 700,000 bolivars [≈ US $ 111,250].

Something comes into my mind, and my nerves get hotter. I spent 10 years of my life in college. I have an undergraduate degree, a master’s, and I left my doctoral thesis half done when I lost interest. And O.K., it’s not that I believe that I deserve a Ministry salary, but for some reason, and this reason for some other reason always ends up being my fault; it has been impossible for me to find a job that, without being exactly the thing for which I supposedly studied at least would permit me (and that’s what college is supposedly about) to give back to society or to whoever, a little bit of that intellectual or technical material that I supposedly acquired in those years. At times, they then give me some moments of clarity and I say: clearly, it’s that to get hooked up you have to know whose balls to yank.[6] Or I think and I swear[7] about how to set up that writing project with the ever sacrosanct words: Eternal Commander, Fellow Comrade, the Little Bird, Our Process, the Economic War, the Eternal Giant, the Legacy.[8] All this without a doubt adds to the degree of a feeling of frustration that’s growing.

And with that, what comes into my head are the contracts for the Guasare coal, the Deltana Plate, the three billion dollars that Chevron loaned us, the concessions to Chinese timber companies in the high Caroní, the death of the Sabinos, the criminalization of the Wayuu, the Red Fascist wall shooting dissident unionists, the armed forces of the government holding old women with their pans at gunpoint, ordering them to be quiet, the dead of Uribana, the 400 dying every year in prison, the intellectual authors of the massacre of El Amparo placed in the government designing the anti-terrorism laws. And so on. And so I think that late or early, me, and many people who aren’t identified one bit with the spokespeople of the opposition parties, including folks who come from the Chavista movement, are getting out into the streets to protest. And I’ll be over there, if country life lets me, handing out pamphlets to anyone who has eyes to read them. Without falling into naivete, I know that there will be plenty of imbecile fanatics for Pérez Jiménez[9] or Leopoldo Lopez[10] there with their slogans and believe me that I’ll fight them right there. Right there I’ll show that they’re the same as the others.

Oh, I’ve got the desire[11] to go out hurling stones when the police car crosses my path. Because they are some thugs and some cheerleaders.[12] Oh, I’ve got the desire to take all the trash that they aren’t capable of managing and set it all on fire in the doorway of the Mérida state government. Oh, I’ve got the desire to smash the windows of the supermarket and leave all those products tossed on the floor that I have to wait in line for on my weekend days. Oh, I’ve got the desire to catch an ATM[13] alone and try once and for all to see how the fuck you can withdraw all the money with a sledgehammer.

I’ve got the desire to give thanks in person to the folks who set SEBIN’s trucks on fire[14] because they’re a murdering intelligence agency that tortures and persecutes political dissidents. I’ve got the desire to go up to that student leader, who’s really an ally of PJ,[15] and tell her to shut her mouth, that she’s a wanker,[16] that it’s her fault (and that of those mamelotracios[17] that she obeys) that the protest — which could have been a good way to lock up the pigs[18] and a place where we’d all recognize that all these demands are the vindication urgent for EVERYONE — was converted instead into a slogan, pretty much belonging to their own partisan interests.

The year is just beginning and it doesn’t promise to be a year for calm ones. Well, let the storm come.

— Ganas no me faltan (21 Feb. 2014). Very imperfectly translated by Charles W. Johnson

  1. [1] Lit. jabón azul, a specialized kind of soap used especially for laundry (although it can also be used for household cleaning or for personal hygiene).
  2. [2] misión vivienda, a huge public housing construction project launched as part of the Bolivarian Missions sponsored by the government, and administered through government-approved community councils.
  3. [3] Cantamañanas, more accurately, someone who promises to do something and never does it.
  4. [4] Orig. Spanish: CC, i.e., Consejo Comunal, a local council which, among other things, administers government funds granted under the Bolivarian Mission programs.
  5. [5] United Socialist Party of Venezuela, the current ruling political party.
  6. [6] Venezuelan slang, jalar bolas, lit. to pull balls, fig. to flatter or sweet talk with an ulterior motive.
  7. [7] Ambiguous: reniego, meaning either potentially reneging, cursing, detesting, renouncing a religion, or, significantly given the context, uttering blasphemy.
  8. [8] comandante eterno, compañero camarada, el arañero, nuestro proceso, la guerra económica, el gigante eterno, el legado, all nicknames or honorary phrases associated with the Bolivarian Socialist government and especially with the cult of personality around Hugo Chávez.
  9. [9] Presumably Marcos Pérez Jiménez (1914-2001), right-wing military dictator of Venezuela 1952-1958. A few of the more right-wing opposition groups explicitly identify their goals with perezjimenismo.
  10. [10] Leopoldo López Mendoza, leader in the right-wing political opposition party Voluntad Popular, arrested earlier this month and imprisoned on terrorism charges after the outbreak of street protests in Venezuela.
  11. [11] Ganas no me faltan, common phrase, meaning I don’t lack the desire or I don’t lack the urge.
  12. [12] Matraqueros, lit. those who use matracas, a kind of spinning noise-maker popular with diehard Latin American sports fans.
  13. [13] Cajero del banco, which can refer either to an ATM or to a human teller. From the reference to smashing with sledgehammers, I assume (hope?) from context that this is referring to smashing up a machine to get at the cash inside of it.
  14. [14] Servicio Bolivariano de Inteligencia Nacional, the main national intelligence agency and political police force in Venezuela.
  15. [15] Primero Justicia, a center-right party in the political opposition, run by Henrique Capriles, a right-wing opposition leader who has condemned the street protests.
  16. [16] Pajua, from paja, lit. masturbation or fig. wankery, in the sense of talking bullshit.
  17. [17] Original Spanish, untranslated. I don’t have a good idea of what this means, even after consulting with native speakers from South America. (It’s not in any slang dictionaries I have access to, either.) Our best guess is that it’s probably a portmanteau profanity of some kind and that it’s probably intended to suggest something like cocksuckers.
  18. [18] I am not at all sure that this is a correct translation. Orig. Spanish: que podría haber sido una buena tranca de cochina. Tranca is a lock or a door-bolt, cochina literally means sow, but cochino/a are also used as the masculine and feminine forms of an insult meaning nasty or dirty. This phrase, taken as a whole, doesn’t seem to be an idiomatic expression, or at least, does not seem to occur anywhere else on the Internet.

Translation of “From Chile, a pitch for the foundation of anarcho-Madurism” (Armando Vergueiro, from El Libertario)

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Here is another translation from Venezuela. This was a controversial one. As I mentioned previously, many writers on the left looking in on the Venezuelan situation from outside of the country operate from a limited selection of official news sources, heavily influenced by either the ruling Socialist party or one of the right-wing opposition parties; many independent radicals in Venezuela are finding this extremely frustrating and have been trying to put out their own view of things. This here is a broadside assault by the Venezuelan anarchist Armando Vergueiro against a document from some Chilean Platformists expressing uncritical support for the Boli-Socialist government. The comments thread had drawn 75 comments, last I checked, including angry retorts from FEL and also some stinging criticisms of FEL from other anarchists in Chile.) It was posted online by the anarchist newspaper EL LIBERT@RIO. Inline links and editorial notes in footnotes are added by me. As always, the same caveats apply: I’m a nervous translator trying to keep up with a lot of regional references that I don’t always know, and moving through a lot of material coming out more quickly than I can translate it; this is a working draft; if you notice any mistakes or mangling please feel free to point them out in the comments, and I’ll attach a note or a correction to the text here.

From Chile, a pitch for the foundation of anarcho-Madurism

Armando Vergueiro

In the web page maintained by the Chilean Platformists in the Federation of “Libertarian” Students (FEL), there has been published, in a stellar plan, an official declaration from this grouping, which without a doubt will pass into history as the cornerstone of a new and picturesque version (or better misrepresentation) of non-hierarchical thought[1] It goes by the name With the Venezuelan people and against the coup movement, and it deserves that we should occupy ourselves, even if briefly, with the pearls that adorn it.

  • Out of the ignorance that only nurtures itself and gives credibility to what it sees on TeleSur about Venezuela, in the first paragraph it talks about a march of university students, from the most privileged sectors in Venezuelan society. Nobody told these comrades that today the most privileged sectors in these streets are the Boli-bureaucracy, the politico-military elite in power, their transnational associates like Chevron and Gustavo Cisneros, the Chinese “comrades” and the parasites of the old Cuban bureaucracy?

  • According to FEL, in Venezuela there is “A process of radical transformations that has bettered the life of the majority of the inhabitants of that country, above all for the ordinary people and workers.” Don’t expect another opinion from those who just read here the stuff they’re given in the waiting room at the Madurista government’s embassy in Santiago, so that it would be a waste of time to suggest they look for the multitude provable and verifiable sources that refute that propagandistic idea, not to mention consulting the dominant opinion among Venezuelans in the streets.

  • Today the Venezuelan right is trying to disable the legitimate government of Maduro in order to create an environment suitable for carrying on their plans for a coup d’etat. Apart from the touching sight of these “libertarians” preoccupied with the fortunes of a legitimate government, this is olympically detached from the fact that after 15 years, and especially after the coup attempt in 2002, the Armed Forces have been, one the one hand, submitted to a politico-ideological purge that has exterminated whatever dissidence from their heart. And on the other, being even more important, they have accentuated the militarization of the apparatus of the State, arriving at a degree where it is made incomprehensible that they should want a coup in order to displace themselves from a government that favores them with ample powers and possibilities for enrichment through corruption. If there were any such military coup or anything similar, it would be in order to guarantee their privileges and immunities even more.

  • The — FEL-istas? FEL-ines? FEL-ons? — proclaim: this attempt that today is made from the mobilization in the streets, the call to violence, the manipulation of information and the hoarding of goods to create the sensation that there’s a crisis that the government is incapable of resolving. Since they couldn’t win at the ballot-box, they are trying to pull down the government and put an end to the revolutionary project of the people, hoarding basic necessities, calling for violence and generating the environment to legitimize a coup d’etat. Once again they evince an unfamiliarity with the present juncture in Venezuela, except for what the government asserts, which is only explicable only by fanatical ignorance, out of taxed cynicism or lost innocence. Furthermore, we hold back the opinion that, as anarchists, we believe is deserved by FEL’s dismay that there are doubts about the government’s capacity to resolve the crisis. You can take our silence the same way concerning the sanctimonious indigation, with the stalest electoral flavor, against those who couldn’t win at the ballot box

  • They complain with sadness because in Chile: the future president elect and the greater part of the forces of the New Majority keep a complicit silence, or simply lament the acts of violence in an abstract way. They do not denounce those who try to hold back a political and social project of justice and equality for all, because they do not share it. At least it should be said that this lament is a truism, for how could you expect anything else from Doña Bachelet[2] and her gang?

  • In the best spirit of the Stalinist Popular Front in the 1930s, they preach: We believe to be necessary the greatest unity of the Chilean and Latin American left to sharply denounce and reject the coup movement’s attempts in Venezuela. Once more as libertarians we are opposed to this type of play from the right, allied with imperialism, to hold back the socialist project of the people of Venezuela. No other diligent student of Martha Harnecker and other classics of continental Marxist-Leninism could have said it better!

  • Continuing their tale worthy of obedient PaCos militants (or the communist party, same thing),[3] now one has to give: All our support and solidarity to the working people of Venezuela, the principal actor in the construction of socialism in their country and in which we are fully confident. This vote of absolute faith would be because whatever opposition to the sacrosanct government of Maduro, even what might come from anarchism and critical segments of the left, seeks to end the process of change that they have carried forward there for more than 15 years. No doubt, with comrades like those at FEL, anarchism doesn’t need any enemies!

  • As a glorious finish, these fellow travelers conclude with a celebration that they will surely applaud in the Venezuelan embassy, so that we wouldn’t hesitate to put it forward as worthy of airfare for revolutionary tourism to the beaches of the Caribbean Sea: Yet much is lacking, there exist contradictions and issues for debate like in any process, but the socialist project continues intact. To the deepening of the Bolivarian process, to the building of socialism.

Clearly the editors of the seeming gem will not be pleased with qualifying as anarcho-Maduristas. They prefer to call themselves libertarians, — or libertarian communists in their moments of radical emotion — when they are in Chile and the rest of Latin America; although curiosly they do identify themselves as anarchists when they come to promote themselves in North America or in Europe. All the same, it’s worth leaving them the nickname, because it fits them very well.

— Desde Chile se lanza documento para fundar el “anarco-madurismo,” (18.Feb.2014). Translated by Charles W. Johnson.

  1. [1] pensamiento ácrata, lit. akratic thought. In Spanish it is often used as a near-synonym for anarchism.
  2. [2] Michelle Bachelet, a Chilean social democrat, recently re-elected as president in Chile.
  3. [3] PaCos: a derisive term for Chilean national police or Carabineros.

Translation of “Quick Overview of the Situation in Venezuela for the Curious and Ill-informed” (Rafael Uzcategui, El Libertario)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

More from Venezuelan anarchists on the current wave of protest and government repression. I started translating Rafael Uzcategui’s recent, extremely helpful overview Resumen express de la situación venezolana para curioso/as y poco informado/as but I found that a translation had already been done by the author himself, and reposted by volunteers at the anarchist activist blog ROAR.[1] The translation is his work. I have, however: (1) restored some boldface emphasis from the original Spanish that was left out in the translation, (2) made editorial revisions to a few isolated phrases that I thought reflected careless errors or were potentially misleading (with editorial notes where I made any changes), (3) re-added a P.S. at the very end of the article which was omitted from the English translation, and, (4) to fit the usual format at this blog, I’ve added the headline back in. (Any editorial changes I’ve made, after the headline, are explicitly noted.) This one is translated by the author himself, but as with previous translations, if you notice any issues with the translation feel free to point them out in the comments, and I’ll attach an editorial note or correction to the text here.

Quick Overview of the Situation in Venezuela for the Curious and Ill-informed.

Rafael Uzcategui

On February 4th, 2014, students from the Universidad Nacional Experimental del Táchira (Experimental University of Táchira), located in the inland state of the country, protested the sexual assault of a fellow female classmate, which took place in the context of the city’s increasing insecurity. The protest was repressed, and several students were detained. The next day, other universities around the country had their own protests requesting the release of these detainees, and these demonstrations were also repressed, with some of the activists incarcerated.

The wave of indignation had as context the economic crisis, the shortage of first necessity items and the crisis of basic public services, as well as the beginnings of the imposition of new economic austerity measures by President Nicolás Maduro. Two opposition politicians, Leopoldo López and María Corina Machado, tried to capitalize on the wave of discontent rallying for new protests under the slogan “The Way Out” and also tried to press for the resignation of president Maduro. Their message also reflected the rupture and divisions on the inside of opposing politicians and the desire to replace Henrique Capriles’ leadership, who publicly rejected the protests. The Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (Democratic Unity Table) coalition, didn’t support them either.

When the government suppressed the protests, it made them grow bigger and wider all over the country. On February 12th, 2014, people from 18 cities protested for the release of all of the detainees and in rejection of the government. In some cities of the interior, particularly punished by scarcity and lack of proper public services, the protests were massive. In Caracas, three people were murdered during the protests. The government blames the protesters, but the biggest circulating newspaper in the country, Últimas Noticias, which receives the majority of its advertising budget from the government itself, revealed through photographs that the murderers were police officers. As a response to this, Nicolás Maduro stated on national television and radio broadcast that police enforcement had been “infiltrated by the right wing.”

The repression of the protesters draws not only on police and military enforcement agencies; it also incorporates the participation of militia groups to violently dissolve the protests. A member of PROVEA, a human rights NGO, was kidnapped, beaten and threatened with death by one of them on the west side of Caracas. President Maduro has publicly encouraged these groups, which he calls colectivos (collectives).

The Venezuelan government currently[2] controls all of the major TV stations, and has threatened with sanctions radio stations and newspapers that transmit information about protests. Because of this, the privileged space for the distribution of information have been the social media networks, especially Twitter. The use of personal technological devices has allowed record-keeping through videos and photographs of ample aggressions of the repressive forces. Human rights organizations report detainees all over the country (many of them already released). The number has surpassed 400, and they have suffered torture, including reports of sexual assault, cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. As this is being written 5 people have been murdered in the context of the protests.

In his speeches, Nicolás Maduro incites[3] the protesters opposing him to assume even more radical and violent positions. Without any ongoing criminal investigation, he automatically stated that everyone killed has been murdered by the protesters themselves, who he disqualifies with every possible adjective.

However, this belligerence seems not to be shared by all the chavista movement, because a lot of its base is currently withholding its active support, waiting to see what will come next. Maduro has only managed to rally public employees to the street protests he has called. In spite of the situation and due to the grave economic situation he faces, Nicolás Maduro continues to make economic adjustments, the most recent being a tax increase.

The state apparatus reiterates repeatedly that it is facing a “coup”, that what happened in Venezuela on April 2002 will repeat itself. This version has managed to neutralize the international left-wing, which hasn’t even expressed its concern about the abuses and deaths in the protests.

The protests are being carried out in many parts of the country and are lacking in center and direction, having being called through social media networks. Among the protesters themselves, there are many diverse opinions about the opposition political parties, so it’s possible to find many expressions of support and also rejection at the same time.

In the case of Caracas the middle class and college students are the primary actors in the demonstrations. On the other hand, in other states, many popular sectors have joined the protests. In Caracas the majority of the demands are political, including calls for the freedom of the detainees and the resignation of President Maduro, while in other cities social demands are incorporated, with protests against inflation, scarcity and lack of proper public services. Even though some protests have turned violent, and some protesters have fired guns at police and militia groups, the majority of the protests, especially outside of Caracas, remain peaceful.

The independent revolutionary left in Venezuela (anarchists, sections of Trotskyism and Marxist-Leninist-Guevarism) has no involvement in this situation, and we are simple spectators.[4] Some of us are actively denouncing state repression and helping the victims of human rights violations.

Venezuela is a historically oil-driven country. It possesses low levels of political culture among its population, which explains why the opposition protesters have the same “content” problem as those supporting the government. But while the international left-wing continues to turn its back and support — without any criticism — the government’s version of “a coup”, it leaves thousands of protesters at the mercy of the most conservative discourse of the opposition parties, without any reference to anti-capitalists, revolutionaries and true social change that could influence them.

In this sense, Leopoldo López, the detained conservative opposition leader, tries to make himself the center of a dynamic movement that, up to the time of this writing, had gone beyond the political parties of the opposition and the government of Nicolás Maduro.

What will happen in the short term? I think nobody knows exactly, especially the protesters themselves. The events are developing minute by minute.

For more alternative information about Venezuela, we recommend:

P.S. If you want to read about the elements that contradict the possibility that there would be a coup d’etat in Venezuela, I recommend you read: https://rafaeluzcategui.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/las-diferencias-de-abril/[5]

— Resumen express de la situación venezolana para curioso/as y poco informado/as (Feb. 21, 2014). Translated by the author, Rafael Uzcategui, with minor editorial revisions by Charles W. Johnson.

  1. [1] When I first posted this story, I picked up the English translation from ROAR and assumed that it had been done by volunteers there. They helpfully pointed out, in the comments below, that they had re-posted an English translation originally offered by the author himself. I’ve revised the text here to reflect that. —CJ, 22.Feb.2014
  2. [2] actually in author’s translation. Original Spanish: El gobierno venezolano actualmente controla todas las estaciones de televisión.
  3. [3] encourages in author’s translation. Original Spanish: En sus discursos Nicolás Maduro estimula que los manifestantes en su contra asuman posiciones más radicales y violentas.
  4. [4] In author’s translation: The Revolutionary Independent Venezuelan Left (which includes anarchists and sectors that follow Trotsky, Marx, Lenin and Guevara) is not involved in this situation. We are simple spectators. Original Spanish: La izquierda revolucionaria independiente venezolana (anarquistas, sectores del trotsquismo y del marxismo-leninismo-guevarismo) no tiene ninguna incidencia en esta situación y somos simple espectadores.
  5. [5] This paragraph, omitted from the first translation, added by Charles W. Johnson.

What Cops Learn and Where They ACTUALLY Learn It

Monday, February 17th, 2014

This post was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

I’ve been a cop, an academy instructor, a criminal justice instructor (university level), a defense attorney, and even a part-time criminal magistrate. Some of my best friends have been cops, and a few still are. But, I also have known cops who, in my opinion, were on the wrong side of the jail bars. To the extent that I am political, I am more libertarian than anything else, and I have a very visceral reaction when cops (or the courts, for that matter) trivialize or ignore the protections of Bill of Rights.

I am very pleased that this site provides a forum for citizens (and hopefully some decent cops) to post stories about incidents they have witnessed or participated in. All abuses of authority should come to light, but that seldom happens. At the same time, merely bitching about a pervasive problem may be cathartic, but, like complaining about the weather, doesn’t bring about change.

So, what is my solution…my plan of action? I have none. I believe most of the problems are so pervasive and fundamental that we will never bring about real change within law enforcement organizations from the outside, at least with our current political system (it’s not a matter of parties…it’s that we have a system that is based on interest groups and alliances). If there is any real hope in changing the mindset of cops and the organizational cultures of their agencies, subversion and co-opting are called for.

For example, we need bright, well-educated people who oppose abuses of authority and who believe in protecting the rights of others…including suspects…to pursue careers in law enforcement. That’s what I did, and I ended up having an impact on several agencies (the one I ended up heading and the several agencies that people under me eventually headed). Why couldn’t other like-minded people do it? If you did, you would find that, in almost any medium sized department, there are at least a few (usually young) officers who share at least some of your values, though they may choose not to express them very often. They need you…for affirmation, encouragement, and to watch their backs.

And, there are at least a few departments with enlightened leaders who are trying to do the right things in the right way, but are having to drag and cajole the reactionaries they inherited when they took over their departments. If you were to join one of those departments, it might not be too long before the chief would see that you, unlike your sergeant and lieutenant, “get it,” and you could find yourself moving up quickly, or at least being entrusted with projects that could affect policy (but, that scenario is most likely to occur in departments with less than, say, fifty officers).

Best of all, police work provides almost daily opportunities to make a difference, to help people, and to give hope. Imagine the impact a good, caring officer can have working a burglary in a housing project, where only a kid’s boom-box was taken, and showing that he/she actually gives a damn…and understanding how long it took that kid to earn the money to buy that boom-box. Or, just think about what it might mean to that kid’s parents that you treat them with courtesy and respect, and seem to recognize how hard they have tried to raise good kids, and to keep them safe, in the face of daunting odds. I remember when a cop like that was killed by a drug dealer. On the day of his funeral, thirty miles away, people from the housing project he patrolled car pooled, took buses, etc. to attend and show their respects. They were black and the fallen officer was a blonde haired white guy, who’d cared about them.

It will never be easy, though. Members of the public often (and with good reason) will assume that you are “like the rest of them,” and your fellow officers, when they figure out you aren’t buying into the bias, cynicism, pettiness, and minor corruption, won’t trust you. But, if you bide your time, you can have a real impact.

That assumes you can get a job. Many police departments have either de jure (upheld by federal appellate courts, on less!) or de facto policies against hiring candidates with I.Q.s much above average. I’ve seen reports warning against hiring an applicant who scored around 110 (and hired him anyway, along with applicants who scored a lot higher..even some who already held a degrees, a masters degree, or, in one case, a Ph.D. from a prestigious university…but in some cases they applied with our department because they had been turned down by others). Some departments try to avoid hiring people with degrees. But, all you need is to be hired by one, right?

I will briefly digress, then wrap this up. One of the biggest problems in law enforcement is television. The misinformation is not only contained in cop shows, but even in news coverage. Even when cops hear, read and are shown the right way in the academy, they usually hear, read, or see it only once. They’ve already seen the wrong thing dozens, even hundreds of times, in TV shows and movies, and will continue to do so. They may realize that’s fiction, and sometimes even mock the scripts and special effects, but, on other levels, it is what they are most used to, and, after all, it’s been made to look cool.

Have you ever heard a cop on TV or in the movies argue that his or her duty to protect a suspect’s rights are even more important than the duty to try to recover the victim’s property? I haven’t, but shouldn’t that be true? And, how many times have you heard a cop, usually a lieutenant or captain, decree that a suspect should be picked up for questioning, or heard a detective say, “We can talk here, or we can take you down to the station. Your choice.”? I can think of at least four U.S. Supreme Court decisions that indicate that doing so would amount to unlawful arrests. And, how about telling people that withholding information is a felony? Or that they have to produce identification? And, some of the stupid stuff you see with guns, e.g. a TV or movie cop holding his or her sidearm vertical, up next to the face (which they are doing to allow the camera to capture the gun and their profile in the same frame) undoubtedly has gotten real life cops killed, when they emulated their fictional counterparts.

So, if you DO decide to try insurgency…to be a progressive cop/institutional guerrilla, you have to first promise to forget, or at least ignore, all the fiction you’ve seen, read, or heard. Please!

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Police Chief Suspends Constitution in Waukesha

Friday, February 14th, 2014

By Tim – MilwaukeeCitizenPress & Waukesha CopBlock (twitter)

In the latest move by Waukesha PD to further separate Citizens from their basic human and constitutionally enumerated rights, Chief Russel Jack has declared that Waukesha cops may stop and detain community members simply for filming them. Despite numerous rulings from State, Federal, and even the US Supreme Court (by inaction,) Jack has declared that,  at least in this city, The Courts’ determinations are irrelevant.

June 26 I was hitting it hard. By 2:30 I had footage from 4 or 5 incidents and was getting ready to call it a night when I saw 5 or 6 police cars at South and Clinton.  As I was pulling in to a public parking lot a large group of cops headed my way. I had been filming quite a few police scenes the weeks prior and although I’d been harassed and intimidated a few times, I’d not been detained for filming Waukesha cops.

One of the five officers to detain me, Officer Katrina Frey, asked if I had permission to park in the (public) lot declaring it private. She told me I needed to produce ID which I did.  The cop with the glasses, later identified as Jeremy Bousman, was rather aggressive looking and had his hand on his gun. The video above shows what happened next.

Officer Frey wrote on CAD, the police database;

Timothy was observed copious amounts of times by multiple officers driving around in parts of the city throughout the evening and morning hours. He drives a moped and is out solely looking for police contacts so he can film them and insight problems. Wears camera around his neck. He stated he is “doing a story.”

I filed a complaint two months ago which was assigned to Sgt. Gregg Satula. He tried tirelessly to convince me to come in.  He went so far as to suggest that he needed to meet with me in person, preferably in a room at the PD,  because he couldn’t determine if I was really me.  I can’t imagine many people secretly file citizen complaints  on behalf of others.

We set up a time to speak by phone and he called (he looked up my number in the government database.) I asked him if he believed it was “me” and he stated he recognized the voice. He was determined to get me into the PD for a quasi interrogation. He stated to perform the investigation he’d need a written complaint in addition to my 1st written complaint. I guess they want two written complaints per complaint.  I told him he’d have to go off my brief and precise document submitted as there was nothing more to say.  I told him I felt it would be difficult for him to impartially investigate this complaint due to the “Blue Wall” and the fact that I felt his loyalties lie with his co-worker. “My loyalties lie with the organization” Satula said.  Indeed sir.

Police Chief Russel Jack responded today with the following;

After a deliberative examination of the facts in this incident and a thorough review of all reports, no misconduct on the part of the officer has been found. We find the officer’s action to be appropriate and reasonable; well within the bounds of the law.

Based upon these findings, your complaint is officially unsubstantiated.

The Courts tend to disagree with Chief Jack. From HuffPost…

It’s the second federal appeals court to strike down a conviction for recording police. In August 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit ruled that a man wrongly arrested for recording cops could sue the arresting officers for violating his First Amendment rights.

That decision also found a broad First Amendment right to record on-duty government officials in public: “Gathering information about government officials in a form that can readily be disseminated to others serves a cardinal First Amendment interest in protecting and promoting ‘the free discussion of governmental affairs.’” And in fact, in that it strips police who make such arrests of their immunity from lawsuits, it’s an even stronger opinion. Of course, the police themselves rarely pay damages in such suits — taxpayers do.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to grant certiorari in the case doesn’t necessarily mean the justices endorse the lower court’s ruling. But it does mean that at least six of the current justices weren’t so opposed to the ruling that they felt the case needed to be heard.

 

Waukesha Police Chief and Deputy Police Chief Sue Waukesha Taxpayers

But despite being on the wrong side of the law on many issues Chief Russel Jack wants more money. He claims in a lawsuit filed with Deputy Police Chief Dennis Angle against Waukesha Citizens that he’s entitled to more money.

These two members of “Waukesha’s Finest” are suing us for nearly $45,000. In addition to other claims, these financially struggling public servants want annual raises of almost $6,000(Jack) and $2,500(Angle.)

Let’s take a look at the numbers (According to Sue Conway of City of Waukesha HR)

Chief Russel Jack 2013 (rounded)

Base Salary                            $121,000

Pension                                     $19,000

Paid Hours 96 * $58/hour        $6500

Vacation 192 * $58/hour          $11,000  (1 month and 1 week per year)

Personal Days 16 * $58/hour  $900

Holiday 72 * $58/hour               $4200

The taxpayers also pay Jack $2600/year for not buying health insurance.

Total                                                     $165,000 per year

Deputy Chief Dennis Angle 2013 (rounded)

Base Salary                                    $107,000

Sick Days 96 * $52/hour            $5,000

Vacation  168 * $52/hour           $8700

Personal Days 16 * $52/hour   $800

Holiday Pay  72 * $52/hour       $3700

Pension                                       $19,000

Health Ins.                                 $23,000

Dental Ins.                                  $1,100

Total                                                  $168,300 per year

To put this all in perspective, the median household income in WI is $51,000. These two men alone are drawing 1 million tax dollars every three years.

Perhaps Chief Jack could start looking for a new job which will pay him what he feels he’s worth.  He’s already facing a Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit and can’t even keep his own cops breaking simple traffic laws. I think Waukesha Taxpayers have given him enough.  Hit the road Jack.

 

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Fighting Fascism: Part II, End of Slavery 2.0

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

This post was shared via CopBlock.org’s submit page by Corey, for the Bitcoin-Fueled Content Contest.

Fighting Fascism: Part II, End of Slavery 2.0

Dedication: This article is dedicated to all those wrongly slain by police and victims of democide all over the world. Special acknowledgments are Bobby Hutton, Fred Hampton Sr., Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, and most recently Kelly Thomas.

Disclaimer: I am not anti-cop, just anti mindless thug badge or not.

The American Government is an extortion racket and a violence monopoly. The American incarceration rate dwarves every other country even overt fascist countries with larger populations like Russia and China (because we’re number one!). The status quo rebuttal would be, “Well, we have better policing and higher crime in some areas.” This statement is absurdly wrong because America has the same or lower crime rate of most other countries (highest crime is in gun free cities where black market drug cartels rule). The real reason is that Uncle Sam jails mainly nonviolent petty thieves, vandals, and drug addicts. His victims might need counseling but don’t deserve incarceration.

Why are so many Americans in cages today? The profitization of misery is why. Every person incarcerated earns either a private business or the state itself money. It is simply slavery 2.0. This is not surprising especially to those that have seen the PBS documentary Slavery by another name. It describes the post-Civil War horrors of newly freed slaves rounded up for ridiculously minor offenses and forced to work on chain gangs to build infrastructure. This is structural violence in one of its most brutal forms.

The term Structural Violence the way I use it was popularized by Harvard educated prison psychologist, James Gilligan. He often describes how the more unequal a society the more violent and self-destructive it is. Dr. Gilligan views violence and crime like a crabgrass weed but not cutting the blades but uprooting the whole plant. This man also has reformed hardened criminals so he knows his business.

The institution of police is paradoxical and doomed for failure. Its basis is coercive taxes that pay the salaries of average men to enforce law via violence. The police are fallible humans just like the average citizen but the power of the position also intoxicates. Cops abuse the position of power similar to how pedophiles become priests to gain access to helpless children. Also, the institution doesn’t strike root of aberrant behavior (Pete Eyre of CopBlock believes in striking the root too) , but only drives it underground.
I also believe the goal of a police should be to protect people but actually cops are not obligated to do so. Instead, they are incentivized to write tickets and make petty arrests for promotions. Police are simply house slaves that keep us field slaves in line, not protectors (President Obama is a pathetic house slave too).

If the average American realized that cops are not protectors but thugs of the state, they would become irate and disillusioned if they possessed basic sense. Wanting to lash out like African-American slave Nat Turner in a rage against the oppressor is understandable but ill advised. We are in dire straits but reckless abandon would worsen the situation. They want us demonized, disarmed, and afraid.

For example, the so called “gun control debate” which really isn’t about debate or gun control but a state weapon monopoly. The corporate media goes into a frenzy over the latest school shooting fiasco. Soccer moms say “Please save our kids, Mr. Government!” The corporate controlled politicians demonize private gun ownership despite the fact that hammers are used more often in crimes than rifles. The hacks in Washington however never question the police militarizing with full auto rifles and armored vehicles. The kings of old never questioned their armies being armed to the teeth either.

The inherit hypocrisy of violent monopolies should be should self-evident but obviously is not. It is safer than ever to be a cop with only 33 killed on duty in 2013 but yet they act like paramilitary brutes occupying a foreign land. No wonder why the term police state is used to describe a totalitarian regime because police act as the agents of oppression not the dictator himself.
“Revolutionary Suicide” a term coined by the late great Huey P. Newton (Original Black Panther cofounder) refers to fighting the oppressive American regime despite certain or probable death. It is actually setting up oneself for homicide by the state not actually suicide. This concept contrasts with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that preached strict nonviolent resistance. I admire Dr. King’s spiritual idealism but I find defensive armed force resisting tyranny absolutely necessary. As an atheist I believe turning the other cheek gets only you slapped twice (or literally shot twice).

Enter Bhagat Singh, East Indian revolutionary freedom fighter, whom avenged the democidal murder of his friend by British Imperial police by killing the cop who did it. He evaded capture until he bombed a British headquarters. He was tried and hanged for his crimes but he caused rebellious fervor in India. Gandhi is a great figure by without violent opposition perhaps the Empire would have not conceded.

All people that believe in personal freedom, I ask you let’s not feed the beast. Don’t join the army or local police forces, and stop paying taxes. Don’t give into fear but compassion for your fellow man. If we all stand together as brothers (and sisters) there is nothing they can do to stop us. Let’s have legal armed demonstrations and take the parasitic clay giant that is government down (I will lead the charge). Larken Rose says government is just a destructive religion, so let’s become political atheists. Unite despite petty differences.

No slaves, No masters! You can kill a revolutionary but you can’t kill a revolution! Ideas are bulletproof!

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We Have Been Looking Through Jaded Glasses

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Scott Gregory shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page for the Bitcoin-Fueled Content Contest.

We have been looking through jaded glasses.

For the last couple of decades, we have been unknowingly desensitizing the populous through shows like Cops and other LEO glamorizing shows like CSI and a host of others. At the same time, the mainstream media is careful to portray the police and the government in a positive light for fear of loosing access to future stories. Thankfully, the Internet has brought us a new media. Sites like CopBlock.org cover stories of our police shooting dogs, kids, and other innocent people, as well as other police state and police brutality stories that we will hardly ever see on the 6 o’clock news.

Impunity
There is a culture of impunity among law enforcement. When an officer is accused of a crime, an internal investigation is conducted while the officers in question go on what amounts to a paid vacation. Even with damning evidence, the officers involved are often cleared by the internal investigation, return to work and then, often receive a promotion. It appears they rarely suffer any serious consequences. How many of us have heard the idiom, “I have to” use such aggressive force, “so I can make it home to my family”? Well, what about the innocence slain that will never be with their families again?

Militarization
Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War - There are over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. You are 29 times more likely to be murdered by a cop than by a terrorist! The US Department of Justice reports that an average of 400-500 innocent civilians are murdered by police every year. Militarization of the police is a growing phenomenon. From the National Drug Strategy Network: “It’s a very dangerous thing, when you’re telling cops they’re soldiers and there’s an enemy out there,” said Joseph McNamara, former chief of police in San Jose and Kansas City. McNamara, now a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, added, “Despite the conventional wisdom that community policing is sweeping the nation, the exact opposite is true.” Kraska observes that SWAT teams attract a different kind of officer — less a “social worker” and more a special operations soldier. “The SWAT teams love this stuff,” says Kraska. “It’s fun to fire these weapons. It’s exciting to train. They use `simmunition’ — like the paint balls and play warrior games. This stuff is a rush.”

Lots of SWATing
USAToday.com – Critics knock no-knock police raids - The roughly 3K swat raids per year in the ’80′s has risen to 50K raids in 2012 according to Peter Kraska, criminal justice prof at Eastern Kentucky University. Wrong door no-knock-raids put innocent lives at risk. Here is a nice interactive map of botched Paramilitary Police Raids by the Cato Institute.

Where is the danger?
Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the Country: Police Officer is NOT on the List - Another story shows Law Enforcement Fatalities Dip to Lowest Level in Six Decades; 33 officers killed in firearms-related incidents is the fewest since 1887. “Officer fatalities unrelated to firearms or traffic saw a 33 percent increase in 2013. Thirty-two officers died of other causes in 2013 compared to 24 in 2012. Job-related illnesses, such as heart attacks, increased substantially in 2013 with 18 officer deaths compared to eight officers in 2012.” “Firearms-related fatalities peaked in 1973, when 156 officers were shot and killed. Since then, the average number of officers shot and killed has decreased from 127 per year in the 1970s to 57 per year in the 2000s. The 33 firearms-related fatalities in 2013 represent a 42 percent decrease over the average of 57 per year that occurred during 2000-2009.” It doesn’t help that: “Of the 31 automobile crashes in 2013, 18 were multiple-vehicle crashes and 13 were single-vehicle crashes.”

Why should you care?
If you aren’t doing anything wrong, you have nothing to fear, right? Did you know, in 2005, a Supreme Court decision declared that it is NOT the duty of any police force in the US to protect the citizens, but to enforce the laws. Those laws are practically arbitrary now. Each of us commits several crimes every day in our normal, harmless lives. Victim less crimes may not involve you, but they could. Are you a gun owner, a pot smoker, a raw milk drinker, a front yard gardener, a lemonade stand operator? These things are all likely illegal, but harm no one. Prohibition has another nasty creature the government likes to use to bolster its coffers. Civil Asset Forfeiture allows government to take your money and property with not even any charges, much less a conviction. They just need to suspect the property has been used in a crime.

We have the tools to change this. Now. Even with all this apparent doom and gloom, we have never had better tools to make changes. We have to realize a few things, though:

The “War on Drugs” and the “War on Terror” is a war against its own citizens. It needs to end. We should heed the lessons learned during alcohol prohibition. The profits and violence of prohibition always leads to corruption.

Cognitive Dissonance is a huge problem. People have a very hard time believing there could be any trouble with law enforcement even in the face of overwhelming evidence. Realize this and get over it.

Police should be held to an even higher standard because they wear a badge and a gun, not allowed impunity. Law enforcement must be held personally responsible. They should not get away with paying off settlements with tax payer money.

We can use Open Source accountability to bypass and make the mainstream media irrelevant. We have cameras and the Internet to film our public servants. Websites like youtube.com, CopBlock.org, benswann.com and plenty of others are available to broadcast your story.

If there is no victim, there is no crime. Just because there is a law, doesn’t mean it’s a just law. Nobody likes scummy politicians, yet we follow their laws. So, when arrested for a victim less crime, don’t take the plea deal.

If you are a juror, understand and use jury nullification for victim less crimes.

Scott Gregory

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