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The growing fascism in America and the pushback: “No NATO, No War”

Even though this blog is about education it is also about the right that I have to share my views and opinions as well as information that might not be too comfortable for some people to have acknowledged publicly, but nonetheless I am able to write freely without concern of censorship or someone breaking down my door and arresting me. This is America. Right?

When I read the following article, I felt it was time to post what I have seen as an infringement on that right as well as the right that we have to be safe and secure in our own homes as listed in the Bill of Rights, specifically the following amendments:

Amendment 1

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment 4

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I don’t use the term “Fascism” lightly. It’s a strong statement and a serious indictment against a government or a group of people but I believe the word is used appropriately at this moment in the United States.

The following article was posted in truthout,

NATO Protesters Held Without Charge After Raid as Chicago Steps Up Police Activities:

 

A pre-emptive raid by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) on the home of two Occupy Chicago activists may have happened without a search warrant, said the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), and led to the disappearance of nine activists into police custody without charge for almost 24 hours.

“I’d like to stress that we have done nothing wrong,” said Zoe Sigman, an Occupy Chicago activist whose home was raided. “We have been planning to protest NATO and there is nothing illegal about expressing our feelings about a war machine. Now we’re being treated as mere criminals. As if we’re part of an organized crime that they’re trying to take down. Who knows what they’re going to pin on us. We’re terrified.”

The raid of an apartment on Chicago’s Southside Bridgeport neighborhood occurred on Wednesday evening around 11:30 PM. So far, none of the activists have been charged and four were released Friday morning. According to witnesses, the raid was conducted by the Organized Crime Division of the CPD and a warrant produced at the site didn’t have the signature of a judge.

To read the article in full, go to truthout.

This late night raid is reminiscent of the Occupy raids that were made last year in several cities and towns around the country. They happened late at night or in the early morning when the press or other witnesses were not around or cordoned off blocks away from the encampments. and very similar to raids that have been made in various fascist states around the world.

But there is good news. Check out the photo’s that were taken today of the march in Chicago against NATO. There is resistance and push-back to this woefully un-American idea of authoritarian rule.

We are the 99%

Update:

This report from Democracy Now.

3 comments on “The growing fascism in America and the pushback: “No NATO, No War”

  1. oldhomesoflosangeles
    May 21, 2012

    Turned out Zoe Sigman lives in the same apartment (7th paragraph in link as the three arrested for making Molotov cocktails, according to ABC News.

    Not all that fascist really, unless you believe ABC and the media is being duped.

    • seattleducation2011
      May 21, 2012

      Actually I do.

      They are sponsored by corporations and very much follow along with what will not conflict with the goals of these conglomerates. It’s very easy to see even if you follow your local newspaper, as we have in Seattle with the Seattle Times, and watch the push towards the privatization of our schools in the Op Ed pieces written by the Seattle Times staff.

      If you have a hard time believing that this sort of police action is random, consider the following:

      A letter that was sent to the Deputy Commissioner of the NY City Police Department, https://sites.google.com/site/seattleeducation2010/nypd-pressrelations, by reporters and journalists from the New York Times, the New York Post, the Daily News, Reuters, WABC-TV, Associated Press, WCBS-TV, the NY Press Club and Dow Jones and Company regarding their loss of freedom to report on the Occupy movement in New York.

      Here is an article regarding the letter, “Occupy Wall Street Press Beatings Irk Press Orgs, But Bloomberg News Stays Silent”, http://newyork.ibtimes.com/articles/253974/20111122/occupy-wall-street-press-beatings-new-york.htm.

      And this, ACLU sues Obama administration over assassination secrecy, http://www.salon.com/2012/02/02/aclu_sues_obama_administration_over_assassination_secrecy/singleton/.

      This is authoritarian rule, whether it is Arne Duncan and his billionaire backers dictating how every teacher should spend every minute of their day, what our children should read and ensuring that only certain information will be the focus for the battery of standardized tests that will be administered throughout the school year, or watching those same billionaire/corporate forces backing candidates who will do their bidding in the legislature in terms of unions and the privatization of our schools or the police breaking down the encampments in the middle of the night, it is creeping into our system.

      Then there is the state of war that we are continually in and supporting. The military/corporate complex has grown to the point that it dictates how our representatives vote. When it comes to cutting the military budget, do you hear anyone speak up? But it’s OK to cut back on education, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and services that are in place to support children in poverty and families in need.

      Who do you think guides that thinking? The rest of us or just a few wealthy folks who continue to want more and more?

      An awareness of that is what’s important. We do still live in the United States with rights and privileges and we have to remain vigilant and protect our freedoms at all times.

      This creeping towards authoritative rule is what I am seeing with corporations that have no sense of allegiance to any particular country, buying leaders who will do their bidding and a police state to back those leaders.

      I’m calling it the way that I see it and that is what the Occupy movement is about. Many see this happening and are pushing back also.

      And finally, for now, Chris Hedges on Democracy Now and the manufacturing of popular consent through the corporate sponsored media, “Obama is a Poster Child for the Death of the Liberal Class”, http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/20/chris_hedges_obama_is_a_poster.

    • seattleducation2011
      May 21, 2012

      To get another point of view regarding the arrests from a news organization that has not been bought, see Chicago Police Face Accusations of Entrapment, Brutality in Crackdown on NATO Protesters on Democracy Now, http://www.democracynow.org/2012/5./21/chicago_police_face_accusations_of_entrapment

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