Loading...

Obama Administration’s Justice Department Openly Cites Protesters As A Reason For Supporting Legal Strip Searches For Any Arrest

At oral argument, a lawyer for the Obama Justice Department told the Supreme Court that “[p]rotesters…who decide deliberately to get arrested… might be stopped by the police, they see the squad car behind them. They might have a gun or contraband in their car and think hey, I’m going to put that on my person, I just need to get it somewhere that is not going to be found during a patdown search, and then potentially they have the contraband with them.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/04/03/the_obama_doj_and_strip_searches/singleton/#comments

99 Percent Spring: the Latest MoveOn Front for the Democratic Party

….the 99 Spring is a front group for MoveOn.org, and therefore, as investigative journalist John Stauber have shown in articles past, yet another case study of an attempt at co-option of multiple movements of radical protestation by MoveOn.

This time around, it’s both the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street. In times past, it has been the racial justice movement as seen through the lens of the group Color Lines, the Iraq War, and Occupy Wall Street.

In MoveOn.org’s short history, the front group has proven that co-option works, but co-opting Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring has been no easy task for it this time around.

It has been a particularly tough task because the Democratic Party, which it fronts for, is beholden to Wall Street and the Obama Administration whichMoveOn.org dutifully supports, plans on raising hundreds of millions of dollars from the 1-percent during his 2012 election campaign.

Furthermore, the Obama Administration has been largely responsible for supplying weaponry to suppress the Arab Spring, including in places such asEgyptBahrain, and Saudi Arabia, to name a few.

MoveOn.org has to tell overt lies in order to paint the Democratic Party and its President, Barack Obama, as a friend of democracy and working class. TheBig Lie, it can be said, is only believable for so long.

But ultimately, “So what?” says the cynic. “More of the same shit, just a different day.”

Not so fast, says activist and author John Stauber, an expert in exposing corporate and political front groups.

“What’s going on is very simple.  Massive amounts of soft money from unions, wealthy donors and foundations such as the Tides Foundation are flowing into NGOs willing to help support the re-election of Barack Obama, and this MoveOn front group is key to whipping liberals and progressive activists into line to attack Republicans for the cause.  The brand and energy of Occupy Wall Street are being coopted by MoveOn’s 99 Spring for this purpose,” he said in an interview.

“This reminds me of the AAEI coalition, another MoveOn front that worked with Nancy Pelosi in 2007 to see to it that the Iraq war was funded and used as a political stick to beat Republicans in 2008.  Or the massively funded Health Care for America Now coalition backed by MoveOn in 2009 which made sure that single payer health care was ignored while the White House pushed its pro-insurance industry legislation derided as ‘Obamacare’.   In this latest case, the so-called 99 Spring, MoveOn is enlisting other NGOs to create the appearance of a populist uprising from the Left, when it’s all about keeping the rabble in line and aimed at the Republicans to re-elect Obama,” he continued.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/16/99-percent-spring-the-latest-moveon-front-for-the-democratic-party/

Free Ride! Meet the Companies That Don’t Even Pretend to Pay Taxes | AlterNet Economy

The percentage of U.S. corporations structured as “nontaxable businesses” soared from about 24 percent in 1986 to about 69 percent as of 2008, according to the Internal Revenue Service. If you include partnerships and sole proprietors, the number gets even bigger.

And there’s more: Up to 60 percent of all U.S. businesses with profits of $1 million are structured as pass-throughs. In the Wall Street Journal, John D. McKinnon points out that their enormous popularity is “one big reason why federal corporate tax collections amounted to just 1.3% of GDP in 2010, well below their mark of 2.7% in 2006 and far beneath their peak of 6.1% in 1952.”

http://www.alternet.org/economy/154653/free_ride!_meet_the_companies_that_don’t_even_pretend_to_pay_taxes/?page=entire

adventuresinlearning:

Occupy America (by NewLeftMedia)

“Have the Occupy Wall Street protests that sprung up across the country this fall already passed? Shot in NYC, Oakland, and Cincinnati, this short explores the state of the #OWS protests now that local governments have removed permanent encampments, and asks what the future will be for this still-young nationwide movement.

Produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews), Erick Stoll (camera), and Liz Cambron.

NLM ELSEWHERE:
Facebook: http://facebook.com/newleftmedia
Twitter: http://twitter.com/newleftmedia
Tumblr: http://blog.newleftmedia.com

DONATE:
Our videos are free to watch, but costly to produce. Every contribution helps to keep us online.
http://newleftmedia.com/supportnlm

Tax Dollars At War from Softbox on Vimeo.

wasspencer:

kindofpersonal:

Tax Dollars At War by SoftBox

Don’t understand why so many US citizens are so fed up with the government? Here’s one reason. Enlighten yourself :)

The unquestioned priority of guns over butter is of course the other side of the OWS coin….

Eh, who really even cares about basic human rights anyways? -___- 

loverwife:

[image description: eight .gifs with text captions of several people speaking to a camera while at occupytogether protest; caption reads “I want…/to see more serious political conversations starting/corporations out of the government and people back in/peace rather than militarization/to be able to speak my voice without jeopardizing my job/a greater regulation of the banks and markets/my kids to have a job and healthcare/true democracy for the 99% of us who don’t have it anymore”]

inothernews:

“These are irrational demands,” said Wall Street.

“I know, right?” said conservatives.

truthstream:

End the FED!

truthstream:

End the FED!

Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) being used at OWS raid. Another example of police using crowd control tactics that have a huge potential to inflict harm on others. This device sends out sound waves in a decibel range that is painful to people, and depending on how the user sets it, has the potential to render anyone in close range permanently deaf.

Helicopter in the sky above Lownsdale Square capturing live feed of Occupy Portland.

Helicopter in the sky above Lownsdale Square capturing live feed of Occupy Portland.

Occupy Portland 10.6.2011

zandj:

One of my favorite Occupy Portland photos I took today. A banker looks through the windows of the bank as the protesters pass by. Love the reflection:) Powerful movement, excited for our future. Go humanity! haha video slideshow of the day will be up shortly!
Jimmy

zandj:

One of my favorite Occupy Portland photos I took today. A banker looks through the windows of the bank as the protesters pass by. Love the reflection:) Powerful movement, excited for our future. Go humanity! haha video slideshow of the day will be up shortly!

Jimmy