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August 18, 2014

Ferguson - Sending In The Bigger Guns

And so it begins?

National Guard called in after second night of chaos in Ferguson, Missouri

Missouri's governor said on Monday he would send the National Guard into the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to restore calm after authorities forcibly dispersed a crowd protesting last week's fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by police.
At around dusk on Sunday, hundreds of protesters in Ferguson including families with young children fled to safety after police wearing gas masks and body armor fired tear gas and smoke canisters to scatter them hours ahead of the curfew.

"The smoke bombs were completely unprovoked," said Anthony Ellis, 45. "It (the protest) was led by kids on bikes. Next you know they're saying, 'Go home, Go home!'"

The Missouri Highway Patrol said "aggressors" were trying to infiltrate a law enforcement command post and that armored vehicles were deployed to ensure public safety.

According to Billmon's research the Missouri National Guard has some supremacists/neo-nazi problems. One wonders how diverse such a force is. It has some Military Police battalions all of which have experience with handling "sandniggers" in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The National Guard will surely find this or that "aggressor" in Ferguson to justify a further escalation.

One hopes that other cities will join in with the protests in Ferguson and protest against what even conservatives describe as much too militarized and aggressive use of force against citizens prevalent in the United States.

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According to Billmon's research the Missouri National Guard has some supremacists/neo-nazi problems.

Come on, it's not a problem. These fruitcakes exist, but not in significant numbers. They no doubt have a presence in many low level government law enforcement and military functions, but I wouldn't call it a problem. Something to be aware of and watch out for, but it's not like these idiots are running the show or are representative of the organization they mop the floors for.

Billmon's one of the worst looters. I'll tell you what, Billmon, you want to do the fine folks of Ferguson a favor? Have T. Rowe Price extract all its investments in energy, defense, weapons (firearms manufacturers) and correctional facility stocks and quit looting your customers with exorbitant transaction fees instead of playing the sensationalism game and using the race card wedge to make yourself appear relevant and progressive. If you work for "Wall Street" in any capacity you need to shut the hell up — because you're a hypocrite of the worst sort. How does this guy still have any cache after he's been exposed as a "Wall Street" fraud? No wonder Occupy was dead on arrival — it was sabotaged with "insiders" like Billmon from the get go.

Give no truck to "Wall Street" people whether currently affiliated or previously affiliated. They're a bunch of devils. Once "Wall Street" always "Wall Street." Their manipulation of the news of the day is for their own investment ends. They got where they are because they're selfish pricks with only their own interests at heart. They're always running an investment scheme. Denigrating all things America 24/7 helps them realize greater gains in currency arbitrage and various precious metal manipulation. It's about as cynical as one can get — exploiting tragedy for personal financial gain — and yet this pseudo-anonymous fraud Billmon is quoted like a celebrity.

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Aug 19 2014 10:36 utc | 101

This time, when an 18 year old was gunned down in cold blood

This is hyperbole and putting the cart before the horse. It's a dnagerous precedent being set on the internets in this era of increasing Cyber Justice and Cyber Verdicts. The problem is, it may be working nicely for you now since the Cyber Verdicts are predomintly in your favor, but like eviscerating the laws surrounding separation of church and state, the country may be a "Christian country" now, but in forty years it may be a "Muslim country" and without the separation of church and state laws in effect, it will be Sharia Law. Same thing applies with Cyber Justice and Cyber Verdicts. Be careful what you wish for because the genie is clever and your wish may come back to bite you in the ass.

The reaction to this shooting is tantamount to a lynch mob, which is ironic considering this has now been made into a racially-charged story. The media in general has been fueling this lynch mob mentality for years now — and who knows, maybe always, but certainly the intensity of this flame-stoking has increased in recent years.

What purpose does this serve? We saw the same thing with all sides of the debate in regards to Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. The cyberspace forensic experts in the case of the Flight 17 incident had/have it all figured out. All they had to do after a quick, cursory internet search was opine for a couple of paragraphs on their theory and hit submit — guilty as charged. Me — I still don't know. I'm waiting for the results of the investigation but even then I don't hold out hope for a resolution since the investigation has been stymied and compromised.

Same thing with Ferguson, Missouri and the Michael Brown shooting death. I suppose in the not too distant future we can have trials on the internet and everyone can vote up or down for guilty and the death penalty and choose the method of execution. I can't wait. What fun it will be, and efficient too. Think of all the money and time it will save, and it'll be quick — no waiting a couple months or a year for Justice to take its course. With Cyber Justice, you can wrap up a verdict in a matter of a day, but certainly no more than a week or two.

With Cyber Justice, Darren Wilson would have already been charged as guilty and been condemned to death. I'm not sure what the method of execution would have been, though. I can only imagine.

Cyber Justice — coming to a theater, and suburb, near you.

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Aug 19 2014 10:50 utc | 102

Michael Brown must have been one of the only kids in town without an arrest record.

Are you certain he didn't have an arrest record? What if we find out later he did have an arrest record, will you then recant, or will you say at that time "it doesn't matter anyway because I made up my mind about guilt long before Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown"?

Being high does have bearing on this case. Marijuana use is illegal, for starters. Sure, we can argue about whether it should be illegal or not. I personally don't think it should be and was happy to see Colorado and Washington pass the laws they did, but in Missouri it's still illegal and it shows Michael Brown engaged in illegal activity — that he pushed legal boundaries.

Also, for anyone who has smoked marijuana, it's about dosing. If you smoke too much, you're fried and your judgment is significantly impaired — not to mention it can make you paranoid as well as care-free and contemplative. Considering Michael Brown allegedly just robbed a convenience store and may have been high as a kite, it's not improbable he lacked judgment in corresponding with the cop and provoked an escalation at which point he became paranoid and agitated and the cop became defensive.

Posted by: Cold N. Holefield | Aug 19 2014 11:10 utc | 103

@84, 85

You guys are correct. Conisider all bthat data collection by the alphabet spy collection apparatus. The government always says they don't target ordinary citizens in their data analysis. But this statement is clearly a lie, revealed by the excessive militarization of the police forces across america, big city to small town. The government spooks and their handlers know good and well what the mood of the commoners in the country is, and they have and are continuing to prepare to put down dissent in all forms ie. net neutrality.

All that meta data is a pulse, a thermometer of what the public is feeling and determines how much the government ratches up control, via police actions, propaganda, black flag ops, financial crises, disease outbreaks etc. The govt. suggestion that the US and the world at large don't use all that spy data to assert control and influence over the masses is a bald face lie.

Posted by: really | Aug 19 2014 12:30 utc | 104

Cigars;Cigar tobacco is mixed with weed to make blunts,as the cigar smell obscures the weed smell.
I'm not placing blame,I have no idea of the real scenario,just trying to put clues together.I'm all for riots,we need them,as our nation eschews its citizens for foreign scumbags.J sore is totally correct.
The idiot who called the Kent State murdered hippies;No,the hippies were on communes and in Greenwich Village and Haight Asbury,they'd tuned in,turned on and dropped out.And the kids didn't want to go fight people who had done nothing to them,and didn't want to die uselessly for nothing,a very smart decision.

Posted by: dahoit | Aug 19 2014 13:03 utc | 105

Marijuana is detectable nowadays up to one month after smoking or ingestion.They swipe your saliva for detection.
The government could get everyone in line by handing out free drugs,I wonder when they'll realize it?Shhh....

Posted by: dahoit | Aug 19 2014 13:07 utc | 106

Colden is just another racist Zionist who hates.This hatred for black and minorities:If one thinks they are so superior to another ,why do they hate those alleged inferiors?Sounds like a misdirection,as they actually feel threatened,and if so superior,where is the threat?It's all sexual(imagined) penis envy,from my perspective.

Posted by: dahoit | Aug 19 2014 13:12 utc | 107

This is a very good article on "looting" in The Guardian- of all places!


dahoit: how old are you?
"The Idiot" who called the Kent State students "hippies" was right on the money- that is exactly how they were regarded by the idiots in the National Guard.

As to this:
"No,the hippies were on communes and in Greenwich Village and Haight Asbury,they'd tuned in,turned on and dropped out."

You've been watching far too much TV. Half the population were "hippies" in 1968, and the rest were wearing the clothes.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 19 2014 13:13 utc | 108

A Christian country?Ask the Jews who've taken prayer out of school,destroyed Sundays,and made abortion mainstream civility instead of the infanticide it actually is,among their myriad assaults on our traditions and culture.
The Muslims revere Jesus,while the Zionists hate Him.

Posted by: dahoit | Aug 19 2014 13:16 utc | 109

"With Cyber Justice, Darren Wilson would have already been charged as guilty and been condemned to death. I'm not sure what the method of execution would have been, though. I can only imagine."

You don't have to imagine. Cyber justice has been in effect in Afghanistan and Yemen for years, and drones are the means of execution.

Posted by: bevin | Aug 19 2014 13:16 utc | 110

U.S. House in June rejected attempt to pare military equipment to local police forces [St. Louis Post Dispatch]

"...Five of the six members of the House from the St. Louis area voted against the amendment to a Pentagon budget bill, which failed by a vote of 355-62. Here is an analysis by the independent campaign donations oversight group Maplight of the vote, and of defense industry donations to members of the House. Among the members voting against it were Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, who has been among the most vocal critics of what he calls a "militarized" police response in the aftermath of the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18..."

Posted by: really | Aug 19 2014 13:35 utc | 111

66;Uh,he was falling down when the last shots hit the top of his head?
WTF;The problem is that Americans have turned coward,and the police forces,instead of the finest and bravest(if they ever were),are full of fat,fearful thugs,and pension seekers(the police unions are all powerful,as they know their masters are chickensh*ts).
American symbolism,manifested worldwide.

Posted by: dahoit | Aug 19 2014 13:37 utc | 112

bevin @ 111 said:

"Half the population were "hippies" in 1968, and the rest were wearing the clothes."

really? 100 million hippies?

nope, more like 2 or 3 hundred thousand.

kinda like the Yazidis.

Posted by: john | Aug 19 2014 14:01 utc | 113

Intercept staffer arrested in Ferguson. Glad to see Omidyar/Greenwald has some local commitment.

"At a press conference early this morning, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson told reporters in Ferguson that 31 arrests had been made, including members of the “criminal element” from “as far away as New York.” When asked by a reporter if any of those 31 had been reporters, he immediately–and falsely–replied, “these people were not journalists that were arrested.”

But he quickly admitted that in the “chaos” of the protests, officers may not be able to distinguish between reporters and other bystanders: “So yes, we may take some of you into custody. But when we do take you into custody, and we have found out that you are a journalist, we have taken the proper action.” This begs the question as to why police would be compelled to arrest an otherwise law-abiding non-journalist simply for attending a protest. But we insist that the St. Louis County Police Department, Ferguson Police Department, and Missouri Highway Patrol take the proper action and release Ryan Devereaux immediately.

Posted by: Ben Franklin | Aug 19 2014 14:19 utc | 114
"...The president said Monday that it's important to make sure police departments are purchasing 'stuff that they actually need.

Records from the US Defense Logistics Agency show local cops are getting heavy weapons that the Pentagon doesn't want to inventory, including $18 million combat helicopters.

Two South Carolina counties got $5 million mobile radio broadcast stations designed to flood enemy territory with propaganda messages.

More than 89,000 rifles, including some military-grade sniper models, and more than 9,900 handguns 98 battle vehicles classified as 'combat / assault / tactical.."

$4.3 billion worth of equipment is mentioned in the link. But I guess if your giving police depts. $18,000,000 combat helicopters and $5,000,000 propaganda broadcasting equipment, LRADS among other surplus hardware, that $450 million dollar figure the msm has been throwing may be a tad bit light.

Posted by: really | Aug 19 2014 14:29 utc | 115

Watch the Ferguson cops threaten the reporters.

Posted by: really | Aug 19 2014 15:18 utc | 116

To Holden Caulfields psychiatrist: He is beyond saving, leave him alone and maybe he will go away.

Posted by: Massinissa | Aug 19 2014 15:25 utc | 117


I dont think the Jews are responsible for taking prayer out of school dude...

You forgot to take your meds.

Posted by: Massinissa | Aug 19 2014 15:27 utc | 118


Posted by: Ben Franklin | Aug 19 2014 15:32 utc | 119

This is nicely put by The Angry Arab:
"What if the protesters in Ferguson were to form an opposition council, named American National Coalition. And what if they were to seek funding and arming from enemies of the US, like North Korea, Al-Qa`idah, and Cuba. And what if they were to invite the Russian ambassador to Ferguson, who then engaged in agitation on the ground? And what if the American National Coalition were to invite foreign troops into the US against the government? How would the US government and people handle such a development? This scenario is derived, of course, from Syria, where the US ambassador agitated among the protesters."

OK John @116, maybe it just felt that way, in Europe, in those days. Another proof of the truth in that old saw " If you can remember the sixties, you can't have been there."

Posted by: bevin | Aug 19 2014 16:31 utc | 120

@123 bevin.. the usa has done much the same thing in ukraine as well... if the tables were turned on the usa - oh man, people would wake up fast...

how many hippies in the 60's 70's question - more then a few hundred thousand john... think woodstock x a whole lot more..

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2014 16:46 utc | 121

well james, i'm talking about the ones who really dropped out, not every kid wearing a pair of bell-bottoms and listening to rock and roll.

for sure my estimate is way too high.

Posted by: john | Aug 19 2014 17:05 utc | 122

john - i suppose it is all relative to the definitions..

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2014 17:52 utc | 123

no, it's relative to the fact that the "hippies" i'm talking about went off-grid, schooled their own children, grew their own food, and pretty much stopped buying commercial products.

it's funny...imagine if the 100 million american hippies bevin was talking about had pursued such a lifestyle.

Posted by: john | Aug 19 2014 18:12 utc | 124

The PTB strike back.

Holder takes charge: AG heads to Ferguson, 'flooding' area with agents

The other side of the story
Support grows for Darren Wilson
The nation is watching the angry protests in Ferguson backing Michael Brown, but there's also support for the cop who shot him.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 18:25 utc | 126

@117, 118:

The Intercept has a reporter now? Wow! They're really moving fast to transform the face of American Investigative Journalism. Think if Mr. EBay had bought, say, The Boston Globe, for 1/4 of his purported commitment to The Intercept how many reporters they might have. Meanwhile, it is Britain's Daily Mirror covering the militarization of the police. Nice!


One wonders why Gene Sharp has no interest in promoting Democracy in America. Or how about anyone from the State department or the Institute for Democracy, USAID? I thought that "civil society" is Mr. Soros' bailiwick. Radio Free Europe, perhaps? The point should be self-evident. "Our" institutions are failing us. Instead of Sharp we get Sharpton.

It is a shame that the Russians and Chinese are not as cynical as the Americans.

And it is equally a shame that a purported "Mid-East" specialist like the "Angry Arab" still believes that "Al-Qa`idah" is an enemy of the US. One wonders how much he is paid to promote that quaint notion -- perhaps that is the value of a tenured professorship in a "b" grade university in the US.

Posted by: de Tocqueville | Aug 19 2014 18:42 utc | 127

These journalist are from the conservative, very pro-American German daily "Die Welt"

German journalists arrested in Ferguson

After three hours, the journalists were released without explanation.

This was Graw's first arrest.

"This was a very new experience. I've been in several conflict zones: I was in the civil war regions in Georgia, the Gaza strip, illegally visited the Kaliningrad region when travel to the Soviet Union was still strictly prohibited for westerners, I've been in Iraq, Vietnam and in China, I've met Cuba dissidents. But to be arrested and yelled at and be rudely treated by police? For that I had to travel to Ferguson and St. Louis in the United States of America."

Posted by: b | Aug 19 2014 18:46 utc | 128

@127 john... i still read your comment as offering your definition of 'hippie'.. - have the last word!

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2014 18:54 utc | 129

ps - it would have been great if your imagination on that had happened!

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2014 18:56 utc | 130

regarding the arrest of the german journalists - welcome to the new amerika cira 2014 where news will be closed and freedoms will be curtailed on everyone and anyone who wants to step out of the narrow band defined by the fascists..

Posted by: james | Aug 19 2014 18:58 utc | 131

Yes, it's all well and good - truly - to show how hypocritical the US is vis a vis the situations in Ukraine and Ferguson but I think the main lesson that should be drawn from all of this Ferguson stuff is that - like I've said a million times - when you have a situation where there is a COMPLETELY UNACCOUNTABLE murderous entity - the Ferguson police, the PD in ANY US city, the US government, etc - that acts with perfect impunity as it continues to commit crime after crime against a targeted population then it is at the very LEAST a waste of time and at the very MOST a purposeful deflection/white-wash to attempt to entertain theories/hypotheses as to just WHO the guilty parties could POSSIBLY be.

I don't want to go OT but situations in which innocent - often unarmed - people are murdered by American police is IDENTICAL to situations in which innocent - often unarmed - people are murdered by the American military and their proxies.

Yes, it can be fun and exciting to play detective and pore over the details of each case in an attempt to conclusively ascertain who exactly did what but at the end of the day people should ALREADY KNOW - like the targeted people of Ferguson and other populations who very well know - just who the eff is responsible for the current crime and the crime before that and the crime before that and on and on and on....

Look at how TPTB are spinning the story, how they are attempting to salvage the cop's side of the story, how they demonized the victim, all of these tactics are on display in EVERY SINGLE geopolitical situation the US has instigated in its War of Aggression against the planet as the SAME war criminal propagandist whores are out in full force doing their damnedest to exculpate their masters.


Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 19:07 utc | 132

Police shoot and kill man armed with knife in St. Louis.

Israel launches air strikes after 3 rockets are launched from Gaza.

Yup, no sense in using any effing common sense or rationality anymore. Let's just continue our regression back to the primordial soup.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 19:30 utc | 133

Soft Power meets Hard Power on West Florissant Avenue:

Russia/Lavrov: “our American partners [have] to pay more attention to restoring order in their own country before imposing their dubious experience on other nations.” and that the U.S “has positioned itself as a ‘bastion of human rights’ and is actively engaged in 'export of democracy' on a systematic basis,” but that “serious violations of basic human rights and barbaric practices thrive” in the country."

China: “Obviously, what the United States needs to do is to concentrate on solving its own problems rather than always pointing fingers at others.”

Iran: “violence has become institutionalized in the U.S. in recent years, but since President Obama, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner, came to the White House, the violence has intensified, and now it has erupted against blacks in Ferguson.”


The US reputation in the world is dropping like a stone. Where is Samantha Power when we need her?

Posted by: Malooga | Aug 19 2014 19:37 utc | 134

Autopsy Confirms Execution Style Murder of Mike Brown.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 19:43 utc | 135

From the Onion a satirical magazine in US:

Top Pros and Cons of Militarizing the Police:


Same tactics used successfully in Afghanistan, Iraq

Modern law enforcement simply cannot do their job properly by relying on handguns, tasers, and tear gas alone

A real shot in arm for nation’s ailing weapons industry

Look on driver’s face when tank pulls up beside Mini Cooper always fun

Local photojournalists now able to capture fog of war at home

Nice surprise treat for veterans to see weapons they used in war pop up on their hometown streets

Never a bad idea to put a more powerful gun in someone’s hand

Actually going to seem pretty quaint when compared with police armaments 20 years from now


Most police officers have proven fully capable of violently subduing protesters without any military-grade weapons

It actually very hard to recite Miranda rights while holding 40-pound grenade launcher

There no longer any middle ground between community watch and military

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles only get 5 miles per gallon

Jesus, just look at this shit

Military-style helmets limit peripheral vision while firing indiscriminately into crowd

Could potentially be abused if put in lesser hands than America’s historically honest and virtuous police departments

Takes away that personal touch of beating a suspect to death with bare hands

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 19:51 utc | 136

@137 malooga

"..In an apparent reference to the UNHRC’s panel to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza, Power said that the panel was “wildly unbalanced” and that “the process for the appointment of the commissioners was ill conceived, poorly executed and does nothing to dispel the perception of bias within the council.”..."

Here is Samantha...Putting more dead weight on that stone you mentioned.

Posted by: really | Aug 19 2014 20:02 utc | 137

@JSor, #135
Exactly, killing innocents is US policy. Military policy against people different from Americans reflects in domestic police policy, killing 'different' people. (And it's not OT.)

There's a saying in the military that goes sort of like: When you encounter a low rank in a unit, and observe his behavior and attitude, you get a good picture of what the commanding officer is like. So when the president engages in useless random wanton killing, and claims that that it is justified, the lower ranks, the police, pick up on that and needlessly shoot to kill. In fact many of them probably were in the military (Wilson wasn't though). When Obama acts criminally and gets away with it, so do the cops. It's entirely consistent, and the lesson is not lost on African-Americans, who have to deal with the attitude every day as they are harassed and worse by cops.

Contrast Ferguson with Bundy Ranch, where many white guys pointed weapons at federal officers, which is assault by definition, and the only reaction was that the feds slunk away. No tear gas, no shooting to kill, no nuthin', 'cuz they were 'like us.'

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 20:07 utc | 138

Seriously, non-Americans really have to understand that this crap is a DAILY occurrence here.

Here's another great story you may have heard about:

Officials in a Georgia county are refusing to pay medical expenses for a toddler badly injured during a police raid on the home where the boy was staying.

Bounkham Phonesavanh was hospitalized for weeks in a burn unit after a SWAT officer tossed a flash grenade into his crib during a no-knock raid May 28 in Habersham County.

The 19-month-old suffered serious wounds, including a hole in his chest that exposed his ribs, and burns to his face and chest when the grenade detonated just inches away from him as he slept.

The grenades were developed for combat use and are intended to temporarily blind and deafen anyone nearby.

“I heard my baby wailing and asked one of the officers to let me hold him,” the boy’s mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, told Salon. “He screamed at me to sit down and shut up and blocked my view, so I couldn’t see my son. I could see a singed crib, and I could see a pool of blood.”

“The officers yelled at me to calm down and told me my son was fine, that he’d just lost a tooth,” his mother added. “It was only hours later when they finally let us drive to the hospital that we found out Bou Bou was in the intensive burn unit and that he’d been placed into a medically induced coma.”

Officers were executing a search warrant after a confidential informant claimed he bough $50 in drugs from a 20-year-old who lived at the residence, where the boy’s family had been staying since their own house burned down.

Authorities have said they were not aware children were staying at the home, but the Bounkhams said their minivan with car seats and decals depicting the couple and their four children was parked near the door.

Bounkham was released from the hospital in July and returned with his family to Wisconsin, where they had lived before the fire.

“His face still bears scars that are going to take a number of reconstructive surgeries,” said family spokesman Marcus Coleman. “We have been informed by the family that every single night, every single night, this child wakes up screaming and holding his face.”

Officials in Habersham County, which conducted the drug raid, have turned down the family’s request to pay for the boy’s medical bills, saying they’re not allowed to help.

Effing madness.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 20:53 utc | 139

I like this one where the guy - at gun-point - surrenders/lays down on the ground, is handcuffed and THEN is beaten to a pulp by 4 police officers. On top of that they're going to deport him.


Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 21:01 utc | 140

Georgia isn't Yemen.
news headline: Yemeni victims of U.S. military drone strike get more than $1 million in compensation

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 21:14 utc | 141

Maybe you remember the 2011 beating/murder of this homeless/mentally-ill man who was calling out for his father while 6 police officers sent him to the hospital with fatal wounds? You really should check out the hospital photos.

Yeah, those guys were acquitted earlier this year.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 21:17 utc | 142

The Mexican police have held a US Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi in prison for driving across the border, mistakenly he claims, with weapons. He's been held since April 1 and there is no indication he'll be released any time soon.

Why? could be--
recent news: US Border Patrol Beat and Taser Man to Death -- a new video shows Anastacio Hernadez-Rojas lying on the ground in the fetal position, circled by at least a dozen federal agents as one repeatedly shocks him with an electric stun gun.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 21:20 utc | 143

Well I guess at least the cops aren't beheading people like the Zionist/US-backed ISIS, huh?

Gee, it's almost like ISIS' "media campaign" - y'know, the same one used so effectively by Al-CIAda in the Nick Berg and Daniel Pearl beheadings in GWOT 1.0 - is coordinated with the news in the US, huh?

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 21:34 utc | 144

Shooting to kill a man like he is an animal -- might as well skin & gut him. He's dead.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 21:41 utc | 145

If you like John Oliver now, you should have seen his comedic effort in reporting the Gaza Slaughter.

I haven't watched Oliver since. Just another MSM stooge.

Posted by: Fast Freddy | Aug 19 2014 21:41 utc | 146

Great now we will hear about this beheading and not about the thousands of murdered in Ukraine, Gaza.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 19 2014 21:55 utc | 147

The Pentagon defends militarizing police departments by saying that a lot of thought goes into it so therefore it is not militarizing police departments.

“We’re not going to give more equipment or equipment that’s inappropriate for use by a law enforcement agency that’s small and doesn’t need it … Just because they ask for a helicopter doesn’t mean they get a helicopter,” Kirby said. “There’s a lot of thought that goes into this. We’re not militarizing law enforcement,” Kirby insisted.

Posted by: Don Bacon | Aug 19 2014 22:03 utc | 148


Don't worry, the shit looks as fake as the Berg and Pearl be-headings did i.e., the camera "luckily" cuts away from the actual beheading and then you see Foley's head resting on his body.

Yes, I'm a cynical bastard but when it comes to murderous war criminals and the psychological games TPTB play you really can't go wrong trying to overestimate their capacity for evil and tomfoolery - 9/11, Boston Bombing, etc etc.

Why would they save this dude's life? Well, the first time he got captured in Libya he was able to give the world the inside scoop about the Libyan "Arab Spring". He then - like the mercenary jihadists - relocated to Syria where he was kidnapped again after providing us with enough scoop on the Arab Spring over there. Sounds fishy to me like Mossad agent Pearl's story and the nonsense that was Berg's story. Also, his last words were very odd. Either ISIS has someone on staff who writes a pretty good English hand or Foley was doing some nutty riffing.

BTW, there are reports floating around that ISIS has captured a number of US soldiers but I can't seem to verify anywhere.

Seems like we may have ourselves an escalation roll-out on our hands.

Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 22:35 utc | 149

Chris Hedges interviews Lawrence Hamm.

A Kansas City police officer is facing a disciplinary review after posting a picture of Joda Cain, an Oregon murder suspect, and claiming it was Michael Brown.

Hey ... they all look the same when you're looking through your sniper scope. Same mentality as the Israeli IDF ... I think I read that the Ferguson police underwent training by the Israelis in 2011?

A Contractor for Israel’s apartheid wall wins US border contract as well. The 'problem' is the Tohono O'odham who've lived on 'our' land - some stolen by Mexico and some by the United States - since before 1492 and the North American Nakba.

The Israelis have world renowned expertise in this area. The United States expertise has been, for some reason, less well propagandized ... although both Adolph Hitler and David Ben-Gurion were both very well aware of our American expertise and have emulated it.

The Israelis, if not having surpassed their teacher, have attained parity ... and their experts now train our practitioners.

Posted by: john francis lee | Aug 19 2014 22:44 utc | 150

Is there police brutality in Zamerica? Yes. Are there police officers who commit terrible crimes? Yes. In fact one does NOT have to be a black male to suffer such indignities at all. In this instance, a large cop tasers a small 70 plus year old WHITE woman for no good reason:

Does any of that prove that Wilson "executed" Brown? NO. The mentioned autopsy by JSore does not prove that an execution took place at all.
But to folks like JSorrentine, Juan moment, Bacon and many others here a person is apparently guilty until proven innocent. Why don't you people wait for all the facts to come in?

Also, why do u keep ignoring information that contradicts the execution version of events?

A friend of Officer Darren Wilson describes the event -as told to her by Wilson- as follows:

"He[officer] pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.

And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.

Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.”

An eyewitness was caught inadvertently on tape explaining the event to a curious bystander. The value in this is specifically because it is unguarded, and unprompted, testimony from an eyewitness that contradicts several others who spoke later but may have an agenda or pressure from the community.

Roughly, what he says confirms what Wilson's friend stated:
#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck


#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him


#2 Then the next thing I know he coming back toward him cus - the police had his gun drawn already on him –

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him


#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

Unlike Hollywood and TV, folks, oftentimes people do survive large caliber gunshot wounds, even multiple ones at close range.
On this instance, a man survived after hit by 23 gunshots:

In another event, a police officer and a bank robber had a gunfight in which the policeman hit the perp 17 times before he went down:
"“He bailed out and ran headlong at me with a 9 mm Smith in his hand while I was still in my car,” Gramins said.

The gunman sank four rounds into the Crown Vic’s hood while Gramins was drawing his .45-cal. Glock 21.

“I didn’t have time to think of backing up or even ramming him,” Gramins said. “I see the gun and I engage.”

Gramins fired back through his windshield, sending a total of 13 rounds tearing through just three holes.

A master firearms instructor and a sniper on his department’s Tactical Intervention Unit, “I was confident at least some of them were hitting him, but he wasn’t even close to slowing down,” Gramins said.

The gunman shot his pistol dry trying to hit Gramins with rounds through his driver-side window, but except for spraying the officer’s face with glass, he narrowly missed and headed back to his car.

Gramins, also empty, escaped his squad — “a coffin,” he calls it — and reloaded on his run to cover behind the passenger-side rear of the Bonneville.

Now the robber, a lanky six-footer, was back in the fight with a .380 Bersa pistol he’d grabbed off his front seat. Rounds flew between the two as the gunman dashed toward the squad car.

Again, Gamins shot dry and reloaded.

“I thought I was hitting him, but with shots going through his clothing it was hard to tell for sure. This much was certain: he kept moving and kept shooting, trying his damnedest to kill me.”

In this free-for-all, the assailant had, in fact, been struck 14 times. Any one of six of these wounds — in the heart, right lung, left lung, liver, diaphragm, and right kidney — could have produced fatal consequences…“in time,” Gramins emphasizes.[...]Remarkably, the gunman was still showing vital signs when EMS arrived. Sheer determination, it seemed, kept him going, for no evidence of drugs or alcohol was found in his system.

He was transported to a trauma center where Gramins also was taken. They shared an ER bay with only a curtain between them as medical personnel fought unsuccessfully to save the robber’s life."

As you can see, even when the gunshot wound is fatal, it does not mean it is immediately fatal. This dude was not even on drugs! A similar situation took place in an 80s gunbattle between 2 perps and a bunch of FBI agents:
'Dove, one of the other SWAT trained agents, fired approximately 20 rounds from his S&W Model 459 during the fight. He hit Platt in the chest as Platt was climbing out of his car. Dove’s 9mm bullet caused Platt to suffer what was later described as a “non survivable” wound. Unfortunately, even with a collapsed lung and with blood pooling in his chest, Platt continued to fight.'

'During the fight Platt continued to move and use cover while shooting in different directions at different agents as he saw them. He wounded Manauzzi and shot McNeill in the hand as he attempted to reload his revolver. He shot Mireles in the left forearm as Mireles came up to engage him with a 12 gauge shotgun. He shot McNeil again, in the neck this time, which left the agent paralyzed for several hours.'

Platt killed Grogan and Dove after moving around the car they were using as cover while they were trying to fix Dove’s pistol, which had been hit by one of Platt’s .223 rounds and rendered inoperable. Neither Grogan nor Dove apparently heard the warnings shouted by other agents in the fight at that time.

The whole time Platt was also taking hits from various agents. In addition to the chest shot, Dove also hit Platt in the thigh and foot. He was also likely hit by Special Agents Ronald Risner (also SWAT trained and with a S&W 459) and Gilbert Orrantia"

These 2 were also drug free.

Posted by: Luca K | Aug 19 2014 23:21 utc | 151

Posted by: guest77 | Aug 19 2014 23:24 utc | 152

@Don: Very few people want to overturn the system, or reinforce it. Most people just want to get through the day and feed their families, and catch some fish or see a ball game on weekends. The stuff we argue about is of little interest to ordinary (sane) people. Heard Afghanistan or Ukraine mentioned at the post office lately? Anybody want to revolt? No. A lot of them don't particularly care for people who are not like them -- that's an issue. But they are not about to take up arms against the government, nor side with the government beyond wanting it to 'keep them safe.'

You are absolutely correct, of course. And that is certainly people's right, and the way it should be. But we live in extraordinary times, and big things are happening. More and more, the simple act of caring for ones family is becoming an impossibility.

Those people who have small aims usually have to end up at the receiving end of those who have big ones. An old French proverb (via John Stockwell): "Those who don't do politics get done."

It may well be that the majority everywhere speak "a pox on both their houses" when it comes to those who are locked in mortal political combat. But the fact remains that there are those who work night and day to affect politics and policy in a zero-sum fashion to their advantage. And eventually, that will touch us all. And eventually - I suspect - all will have to take a side.

I accept to that people all over the globe live different lifestyles in different environments, some closer, some further from the aspects which are changing.

Posted by: guest77 | Aug 19 2014 23:43 utc | 153

Its interesting, Demian, about the Caliphate. But then why would John McCain be such a staunch supporter? Certainly they only move when they see an advantage. And certainly these old Cold Warriors only move when they see a chance to kneecap what remains of Socialism, the Soviet Union - namely, Russia.

Posted by: guest77 | Aug 19 2014 23:44 utc | 154


"What if the protesters in Ferguson were to form an opposition council, named American National Coalition. And what if they were to seek funding and arming from enemies of the US, like North Korea, Al-Qa`idah, and Cuba. And what if they were to invite the Russian ambassador to Ferguson, who then engaged in agitation on the ground? And what if the American National Coalition were to invite foreign troops into the US against the government? How would the US government and people handle such a development? This scenario is derived, of course, from Syria, where the US ambassador agitated among the protesters."

Well, I do hope for fuck's sake that there is some foreign involvement - not that it would indicate the outrage is false, the crime committed is more than enough reason for the outrage. I'm just saying, I hope the Russians and Cubans have the wherewithal to get into the game inside the borders of the US, just as the US does to them.

Posted by: guest77 | Aug 19 2014 23:50 utc | 155


Why don't you people wait for all the facts to come in?

Here's why and it applies to the police as it does to the rest of the US government.

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." ... "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors…and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

How many more effing crimes, how many more effing people needlessly have to effing die before people like you will STOP giving these known murderers and war criminals the benefit of the doubt?

Seriously, how many more victims do we need to effing see?

I have seen ENOUGH ENOUGH ENOUGH to NEVER give any of these people a word in their defense anymore.

Oh, but this time it's different again because THEY TELL US SO, huh?

What is it going to take YOU to finally effing figure out that through a thinly-veiled and cynical appeal to yours and other people's good natures these criminals - war and otherwise - buy themselves enough time to whitewash and bury said crimes?

With a media wurlitzer and thousands of bought-off whores at their disposal, they will throw ANYTHING and EVERYTHING at our minds so that they escape scrutiny and justice yet you want us to WAIT so that we can fill our minds with MORE BULLCRAP coming from THEIR mouthpieces?

They are ALREADY have the blood of MILLIONS of people on their hands yet - in perfect synchronicity with the propaganda being shoved down our throats - we can't jump to ANY CONCLUSIONS, huh?


Posted by: JSorrentine | Aug 19 2014 23:51 utc | 156

@JSorrentine #159:

Yes. The Lie doesn't have to be convincing. It just has to sew enough doubt to neutralize a critical mass of people. It's a VERY difficult tactic to counter.

Posted by: Dr. Wellington Yueh | Aug 20 2014 0:13 utc | 157


I agree with both of you. There is something that has been irking me. And vthat is how the Ferguson police chief has been absent since the black state trooper has been put in charge. I have not seen him. He should have his butt in the hot seat answering questions about his police departments policies, actions and performance during these protests. Where is the Ferguson chief of police?

Just because he comes off as less than polished for prime time, that should not exonerate him from his duty to answer questions from the media and ferguson residents about how his police department is handling this crisis and what he plans to implement in the future to prevent such incidents. He should also be addressing the Ferguson citizens on the many other issues regarding the Ferguson police department. Again where is the chief of police for Ferguson?

Posted by: really | Aug 20 2014 0:34 utc | 158

Aiyana Stanley-Jones Death by Police Passes Unnoticed

June 18, 2013 a judge declared a mistrial in the case of police officer Josehp Weekley, who killed seven-year-old Aiyana Jones. She was asleep on the couch when the Detroit Police raided her home shooting her in the head killing her instantly.

October 4, 2011 Weekley was indicted and faced up to 15 years in prison, yet three days after deliberations a jury was unable to come to a decision. Weekley claimed that his weapon was discharged by accident. He was dismissed. Police had brought in a SWAT team to apprehend a man but instead came into Aiyana's home by mistake.

Isn't that just what happens everyday in Afghanistan? It happens everyday in the USA. Too. Same results too. The 'wrong' person dead (as though there were a 'right' one) and the murderer walks.

Same Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in charge. I guess this occupation of American cities, this is a part of the greater "good war", too?

Gotta hand it to the nihilist NPPL, though, Afghan - American, makes no difference to him. He just coldly pulls the trigger.

Posted by: john francis lee | Aug 20 2014 1:11 utc | 159

"Why don't you people wait for all the facts to come in?"

Because in any trial of police, the prosecution and defense are on the same side.

Posted by: ruralito | Aug 20 2014 1:23 utc | 160

according to Peterr, posting a comment at emptywheel:

"According to KSDK (a local St. Louis television station), Ferguson’s police chief is already apparently rather well known at the DOJ, who awarded him the “White House Office of National Drug Control Policy recognition for Outstanding Task Force Commander in 2003.” They also note that before becoming Ferguson’s police chief, he was “the commander of the St. Louis County Drug Task Force, SWAT team supervisor, airplane and helicopter instructor pilot, undercover detective and hostage negotiator.”

And local Prosecutor McCulloch seems to be a piece of work too:

Posted by: bevin | Aug 20 2014 2:34 utc | 161

Wait for all the facts to come in.... otherwise known as wait for the MSM to get its story right, and for the police to crack all the heads they need too.

Posted by: guest77 | Aug 20 2014 2:36 utc | 162

"The Latin American and Caribbean bloc asked U.S. authorities to carry out a fair investigation into the death of Michael Brown. The ALBA countries released a joint statement Tuesday expressing their"profound concern" with the violence sparked by the police killing of an unarmed black teenager, which the bloc said is a reminder of the serious racial discrimination that has yet to be resolved in the United States."

The countries of ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance of the People of Our Americas, integrated by Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba, Bolivia and various Caribbean nations) express their solidarity with the African descent communities of the United States," the statement added. The bloc's statement calls on the U.S. government to carry out a fair and transparent investigation into the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and demanded that security forces respect human rights when trying to control protests in the Missouri township, which has when trying to control protests in the Missouri township, which has been affected by violent clashes of police against demostrators that claim justice."...

Posted by: really | Aug 20 2014 2:43 utc | 163

'We need Anglo-American Justice' not People in the Streets: Peter Kinder

Missouri's Lieutenant Governor, Peter Kinder, Tuesday called on the state's Governor, Jay Nixon, to reinstate the curfew in Ferguson, saying it would help the “Anglo-American justice system” do its job.

Kinder insisted, “We do not do justice in America in the streets. We have legal processes that are set in motion, that are designed after centuries of Anglo-American jurisprudence tradition, they’re designed to protect the rights and liberties of everyone involved.”

It is Anglo-American justice - cop as judge/jury/executioner, in the streets - that is the problem! Not the solution

Posted by: john francis lee | Aug 20 2014 4:31 utc | 164

It used to be taken for granted that it is completely unacceptable for police to shoot an unarmed man. Even a decade ago, you would have police TV or film dramas in which a cop would plant a gun on a man after the cop has shot and killed him, so that the investigation would conclude that it was a "good shoot".

Now, we are at the point where a substantial portion of the US population thinks that US police should treat blacks the way US soldiers treat Iraqis and Afghans. And yes, we are not yet at a point where US police treat white civilians as some people the US military has occupied in the Third World:
Police: 4 taken into custody after pursuit beginning in Ferguson area
Those men had guns, but evidently, they were white, so they were arrested, instead of being shot to death.

But America is a post-racist country, because we have a "black" president.

Posted by: Demian | Aug 20 2014 4:58 utc | 165

@154 luca k:

"Why don't you people wait for all the facts to come in?"

Facts are not like beloved relatives coming in to visit on cherished holidays; facts are like murdered ex-collaborators, to be secretly disappeared and buried deep in some dank forgotten hole in the ground.

Facts, for the ruling class, are dangerous beasts. Myths and stories are far safer fare.

Facts may escape unexpectedly at the very beginning of an event, before proper control systems are in place, after that all one is likely to get is the official story, or if that fails, the official fall-back position.

How could one get what is going on geopolitically by following this blog, and not get that the same conditions and principles of domination, control and brutalization operate similarly on a local scale?

Perhaps it might be helpful to detail those conditions and principles in order to remind ourselves what the theater in which these events take place is truly like, both for the residents of places like Ferguson, and for the police who manage those residents.

The war on drugs was not a war against drugs. It was a war for the ultra-rich rulers to control and profit from the cash streams of illegal drug profits, to finance un-sellable illegal wars, a method of destabilizing other countries through drug addiction, and a method of criminalizing the intentional poverty and hopelessness of the bottom 30%, or more, of the domestic population. (See: US protection of heroin in southeast Asia and Afghanistan, CIA crack distribution in US cities, Gary Webb, etc.)

The "War on Terror" is virtually the same thing: An outright war on the poor, and a destabilization of territories the empire does not control outright. Additionally, like drugs, the “war” is largely synthetic, that is to say, fake and victimless, where the perpetrators have to be secretly sponsored to create an artificial enemy, with what Rowan Berkeley accurately termed “pseudo-gangs.”

These wars are not real, in the sense that the problems as described are not real; and, such problems as may exist, are intentionally handled so as to exacerbate them, and reinforce the problem-reaction-solution dynamic.

Drugs are not a problem to be eradicated, rather, they are a medium to be employed, a means to an end. Terror, as we know, is not even a thing, it is just a tactic. You can’t criminalize a tactic, but you can employ it as a means to an end.

I don’t need to remind you that the US, the “land of the free,” has the largest -- in absolute and relative terms -- prison population on the planet. And the vast, vast, vast majority of those who are imprisoned are there for victimless crimes.

But that’s not all. Because if you grow up in the projects, and you raise your kid right, and miraculously manage to keep him away from guns and gangs, you still face two more daunting hurdles: poverty and police violence.

Let’s start with poverty. Official unemployment rates are lied over, real rates can be many times higher, and many in the projects can find no work at all, or only part-time work, without benefits, in a fast food joint. Lack of work equals lack of money, which equals lack of education, which equals lack of opportunity and work, and so on, in an endless vicious cycle.

Domestically, a new war is underway: an outright war on the poor, where those who can’t -- because of unemployment or other reasons -- keep up with their financial obligations are threatened with imprisonment for non-payment of bills, taxes, child support, court fees, parking tickets, etc. Indeed, we as a society have regressed to the days of Oliver Twist and workhouses. Prisoners must work for their keep these days as low cost producers for corporations, and quaint notions like labor laws or minimum wages do not apply to them.

Prisons have been privatized, and prisoners are just another commodity to be profited from in the capitalist system, like pork bellies, or wheat futures. Judges, like police, have been proved to have quotas: they are expected to meet a production goal where, like a factory worker, a certain number of people must be imprisoned each month or year. After all, the owners of these prisons are top campaign contributors, and they provide “jobs” to the local economy, so they must be kept happy. Cops, like judges, are under pressure to do their part in maintaining prison occupancy rates.

Any fool can see that this is not a description of a society, as anthropologists might have studied 100 years ago, but of a catabolic process, whereby a sick or diseased body (politic) greedily consumes itself on the way to the grave. And, as they quietly lament around my way, “it is what it is.”

And yet, it is worse: for those that escape these first three evils -- drugs, the “war on terror” and poverty -- which I have briefly detailed, there is a fourth evil to be circumvented: what the sociologists call “structural violence.” And this takes two forms. The first comes in the form of what psychiatrists term “frustration aggression.” Watch industrially raised chickens, confined to 2/3 of a square foot of cage space, artificial lighting, and a diet of drugs and GMO feedstock engage in vicious acts of cannibalism, and you will get a sense of what that is. The ghetto is a similarly sociologically confined space, and frustration and the inability to cope or escape can lead to misplaced violence or acting out against others.

The second type of violence is institutionalized violence, where, in an intentional process of social engineering, one group or class of people is taught to hate and fear another group or class. This is the process that I, employing Gregory Bateson’s insights, term schismogenesis. It is divide and rule at its most base level: Civil wars, genocide, pogroms, mob violence, etc.

And yes, the police are deeply inculcated in perpetuating institutional violence. They are trained to both hate and fear the public they lord over. And the system is not accidental, by any means. The police on the beat, the SWAT teams, the civic snipers, etc. -- these are people of rather limited intellectual abilities in understanding how the entire geopolitical system works. They are, by nature, not curious in that way -- rather, they are ordinary people who value fitting in, convention, tradition, and law and order in society. In other words, they buy into the myths of our society, its “freedom," and “liberty," and “goodness of purpose," and “rightness of heart," and “exceptionalism," lock, stock, and barrel. And they expect others to buy in as well in order to be “good" patriotic Americans. After all, “if you are not with us, you are against us," as George Bush Jr. explained in one of his few elegantly articulate formulations. Therefore, the police are vulnerable to being easily propagandized.

They are then compartmentalized in knowledge, grouped into subgroups, and endlessly trained and drilled in hate and fear of the official "enemy" of the day, and then trained in techniques of the highest level of violence in thwarting the alleged goals of these enemies. Police no longer make use of bobby clubs, they are now given the elite weapons of war that our soldiers use in combat. They watch movies to see how these weapons are employed. And to seal the deal, they are given special classes, trainings and drills from the same “specialists" on “terror” that train our military because the American way of subversion always includes making people feel special. Now, they are not dumb cops anymore, they are well trained, and they are told that they are our elite guard protecting the “homeland” from those who hate our ways of freedom.

They are also economically privileged compared to the people of places like Ferguson. Police have unions, and theirs are probably the only labor unions in America today not under constant attack from the ruling class. So they get generous overtime, benefits, can buy houses and raise kids in safety outside of the leviathan that I am describing. They also, to a certain extent, benefit from the inequalities of society. So they look down on those they are policing and look up to their betters: The wealthy and those who are experts in the “threats facing society today.” Go to a real wealthy neighborhood, and the cops don’t have that same smug attitude. They address you as “Sir” or Ma’am.” If they have to pull you over for having a headlight out, they can be downright apologetic -- after all, you may be a judge or a city councilman. They know who their betters are, and now they act like public servants, albeit a little falsely servile. This is obviously not the case in Ferguson, where the number of police stops annually is greater than the population of the town, and arrests are similarly elevated.

Finally, police on the force for any length of time must face the complete corruption of our society: They know that justice is a farce. They know who the drug dealers are, the money runners, the pimps, the bought politicians, and judges -- the whole nine yards. And they know that there is no will to change any of this. Moreover, they have no power over any of this: They can either choose to be complicit in the corrupt system, or keep to themselves and hope for the best not to be set up one day as a patsy.

Thus, police in our society live in a state of total cognitive dissonance, what one might call an ethical double-bind. They are forced to see that on one hand, we are supposedly the greatest society ever; on the other hand, life is hopelessly brutal and corrupt. They must believe in, or at least publicly pay lip service, to the myths they are sworn to uphold: the wars on drugs and terror; the promise of progress and a quasi-religious kind of civic and moral redemption -- that if you just keep your nose clean and work hard, you can escape the poverty of the ghetto they police; and that we live in a just society in which they are the protectors of that justice. Meanwhile, they like everyone else in America, watches as the whole system is rapidly breaking down. They know that there are no real jobs for the people of Ferguson, and that, like in the movie, “TheTruman Show,” the residents cannot escape the set.

This double bind is of course unresolvable. So police themselves, under tremendous internal strain, resort to the same frustration-aggression, and unexpected violent lashing out, in order to cope.

Under these conditions, the only power police have is over the people in the community they are supposed to serve. And the only way they can demonstrate that power is by acting out brutally and violently.

Sociologists and criminologists know that the methods police are taught and trained in don’t work, just as economists know that “trickle down” really means “flow up.” Gentler methods involving community involvement, restorative justice, etc. have all been worked out and proved to work. But the new methods actually do work, only for different purposes and to different ends: they frighten and cower populations, they allow one group to dominate another, they isolate people and pit them against each other in fruitless zero-sum games, and they destroy human lives, values, and charitableness. In sum, they control people, and allow them to be selectively harvested for profit, like a slowly maturing cash crop in the sweltering St. Louis summer heat.

And, community policing, bad as it is these days, does not even compare to the violence perpetrated by the new elite SWAT teams. These groups are as brutal as the teams used to clear houses in Iraq -- and no surprise there, for they are taught the same methods: If it moves, take it out.

And that brings us back to the police. Under the conditions I have just detailed, under the impossible constraints they forced to endure, how can they not be violent, at least some of the time. And how can they, as an organized force, not be violent in a systematic manner. Perhaps not all the time, but more often than not the social forces which police work under these days force violence to be propagated down in a systematic and totalizing manner.

And it is the awareness of all that I have described that causes many commenters here to reflexively assume police lies and violence to be ubiquitous. I hope that this is more understandable now. It is not a judgment of an individual’s (the cop who shot Michael Brown) -- who one obviously doesn’t know well -- moral value, rather it is an holistic appraisal of the social and material conditions of our society today, in which the American underclass, and their handlers, seek to operate.

Therefore, as for the police themselves, yes, perhaps out of the many hundreds of cases a year like this of police murder, corruption, assault, brutality, cover-up, bribery, theft, etc., there are possibly a few that were accidental, unintentional, or even false charges. If that were to be the case -- which appears practically impossible -- the facts would get out -- unless the cop were being intentionally set up. But, to focus on this petty detail, and insist upon its importance to the bigger picture, is to miss that bigger picture altogether. I hope we can all see this.

Posted by: Malooga | Aug 20 2014 6:43 utc | 166

these days everything I write goes into the spam filter. why bother?

Posted by: Malooga | Aug 20 2014 6:48 utc | 167

oh well, it will appear sometime tomorrow buried in the deep in the thread and forgotten. such is the fate of our ephemera: words against the tide.

Posted by: Malooga | Aug 20 2014 6:50 utc | 168


Thank goodness b heard your plea, dove into the "uber truth dumpster" aka the spam filter to prevent your gem from ending up in the interweb landfill.

Posted by: really | Aug 20 2014 12:04 utc | 169

@ Luca K

[...] But to folks like JSorrentine, Juan moment, Bacon and many others here a person is apparently guilty until proven innocent. [...]
Isn't that exactly what Darren Wilson considered Michael Brown to be, guilty until proven innocent and hence fair game to be killed?

If you reread my comment, you'll notice I didn't use those terms, guilty and innocent. I wrote Micheal Brown is the victim. And if you are honest with yourself, an unarmed teenager shot 6 times point blank incl 2 head shots lying dead on the pavement is a victim.

But to address the question of is Darren Wilson guilty, I would say of many things, least of which being lousy at his job.

Whats the use of a police officer who initiates a situation in which he claims the only way out alive for him was by killing an unarmed teenager? What do they teach cops these days at cop school?

I mean, if what Wilson says is true, then after he just drilled four high caliber slugs into someone unarmed, who however kept moving towards him, he was either lacking the most basic martial arts skills necessary to stop or outmaneuver this already heavily disabled teen, or if he had the skills, was too much of a coward if he chose to end the situation from 35 feet distance with two precise head shots.

Is there police brutality in Zamerica? Yes. Are there police officers who commit terrible crimes? Yes. [...]
As per your own words, plenty of insane cops on the beat. Does firing six rounds into an unarmed human from more than 10 meters away, with at least one shot fired at the teenager while he was running from the cop, qualify to be seen as being one of those uniformed mental cases?

Please don't get upset if there are people who think it does.

Posted by: Juan Moment | Aug 20 2014 12:46 utc | 170

Upon reading Malooga's post again and taking into consideration Jsorrentine's comments at the 'Malooga - Ferguson the bigger picture' topic thread. I have a question about the last 3 paragraphs of Malooga's post. It appears to me that Malooga is trying to make a rationale that the police are not culpable due to the fact their "overlords" control them completely mind, body and soul. To me this sounds like a "they had no choice, they had no other option, they were just following orders, etc." justification defense for the police. I would hope that Malooga would address Jsore's take and clarify what exactly he is trying to say at the end of his/her post

Posted by: really | Aug 20 2014 15:45 utc | 171

@69 " I also would not put it past them to plant provocateurs into the crowds."

SOP at all large demonstrations here in France.

Posted by: Snake Arbusto | Aug 21 2014 13:09 utc | 172

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