Occupy human rights defenders pledge peaceful resistance against nationwide military-police crackdown to oppress them
Police officers “dealing with” protesters aim to enforce laws with “minimal force” according to Ret. Col Andy Mazzara, director of Institute for Non-Lethal Defense Technologies at Penn State University that specializes in using military and local law enforcement non-lethal options, while attorneys from major national non-government organizations (NGOs) aim for more intel from the host of government agencies coordinating to oppress the Occupy movement human and civil rights defenders. They want to know if it is a federally coordinated with orders from the top.
“The level of force the public will find acceptable ‘is always a consideration,’ Ret. Col Andy Mazzara reported to the Washington Post Sunday.
U.S. soldiers are trained to use non-lethal force as much as possible according to the DoD that added, “But until recently, not every soldier had ‘the right mix’ of tools and capabilities to meet those goals, an officer said during exercises in 2008.”
Now, “the right mix” has been passed to the Department of Justice, to local police, since a quiet agreement was made as the DoD states on its website answering question, “Q7: What organizations are involved?”: (Empasis added)
A7. The following organizations have participated and plan to continue developmental and logistical support of the program:
Department of Defense
U.S. Army (Lead Service)
U.S. Marine Corps
U.S. Air Force
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Department of Justice
Human Effects Center of Excellence
Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate.
To counter potentially lethal attacks with military-police so-called “non-lethal” or “less-than lethal” weapons on Americans practicing their Fifth Amendment right to assemble, Occupy movement human rights protesters are using Twitter to broadcast and cell phone cameras to record police misconduct.
Occupy LA and ANSWER Coalition that have invited thousands of recruits to a “block party” Sunday night before the encampment eviction deadline asked everyone to bring not a bottle of wine or nibblies. They were asked to bring cell phones with cameras and video cameras.
As the Washington Post highlights Sunday, police are less likely to break the law if being recorded .
“Cameras can also offer protection, said Nathan J. Lugo-Montanez, a senior consultant with New York City-based Deft Security Consultants, which has advised businesses in New York and New Jersey to capture Occupy protesters on video.”
“When someone’s being recorded, they’re very much aware and they adjust their actions accordingly,” Lugo-Montanez said.
But Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) and other national human and civil rights non-government organizations want more in relationship to the Occupy movement.
“The movement has been the subject of what appears to be a coordinated campaign designed to evict Occupy encampments throughout the country,” PCJF stated Sunday in a written statement.
“Tonight, for instance, starting at 12:01am Monday morning, the city of Los Angeles is planning to proceed with its plans to try to shutdown Occupy Los Angeles.”
With 500 police in riot gear appearing at Occupy Oakland recently, with numerous agencies and recurits from other cities arriving for the violent raid on the peaceful human rights defenders, it became obvious a coordinated system is in place to oppress the movement.
The New York Times reported that “New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers” covering protests.
The Guardian reported Sunday, “Reporters were asked by NYPD to raise their hands to prove they had credentials: when many dutifully did so, they were taken, upon threat of arrest, away from the story they were covering, and penned far from the site in which the news was unfolding.
“Other reporters wearing press passes were arrested and roughed up by cops, after being – falsely – informed by police that ‘It is illegal to take pictures on the sidewalk.'”
In New York, a state supreme court justice and a New York City council member were beaten up; in Berkeley, California, one of our greatest national poets, Robert Hass, was beaten with batons. The picture darkened still further when Wonkette and Washingtonsblog.com reported that the Mayor of Oakland acknowledged that the Department of Homeland Security had participated in an 18-city mayor conference call advising mayors on “how to suppress” Occupy protests.
According to The Guardian, European system of government prohibits creating a “federalised police force, and forbids federal or militarised involvement in municipal peacekeeping.”
Is it really the camping that is stoking US militarized police attacks on Occupy?
Writing for the Guardian, Naomi Wolf says, “I noticed that rightwing pundits and politicians on the TV shows on which I was appearing were all on-message against OWS.”
“Journalist Chris Hayes reported on a leaked memo that revealed lobbyists vying for an $850,000 contract to smear Occupy. Message coordination of this kind is impossible without a full-court press at the top. This was clearly not simply a case of a freaked-out mayors’, city-by-city municipal overreaction against mess in the parks and cranky campers. As the puzzle pieces fit together, they began to show coordination against OWS at the highest national levels. (Emphasis added)
Now a group of attorneys from a number of justice NGOs want the full scoop.
PCJF and the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee have already filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests on November 16 with the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Park Service (NPS) requesting those agencies to release information that they possess related to involvement of the federal government in the planning of a coordinated law enforcement crackdown that has taken places in multiple cities against the Occupy Movement in recent days and weeks.
According to Wolf, though, the answer is clear.
“… for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorise mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.”
All in all, the protesters have been peaceful, as their declarations and General Assemblies clearly state the Occupy movement aim is.
But the rights defenders in the encampments are heavily infiltrated according to Wolf who furthers:
“Since Occupy is heavily surveilled and infiltrated, it is likely that the DHS and police informers are aware, before Occupy itself is, what its emerging agenda is going to look like. If legislating away lobbyists’ privileges to earn boundless fees once they are close to the legislative process, reforming the banks so they can’t suck money out of fake derivatives products, and, most critically, opening the books on a system that allowed members of Congress to profit personally – and immensely – from their own legislation, are two beats away from the grasp of an electorally organised Occupy movement … well, you will call out the troops on stopping that advance.
“So, when you connect the dots, properly understood, what happened this week is the first battle in a civil war; a civil war in which, for now, only one side is choosing violence. It is a battle in which members of Congress, with the collusion of the American president, sent violent, organised suppression against the people they are supposed to represent. Occupy has touched the third rail: personal congressional profits streams. Even though they are, as yet, unaware of what the implications of their movement are, those threatened by the stirrings of their dreams of reform are not.
The widespread violence has been at the hands of the police with military weapons. Surely law enforcement officers know that “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.”
Wolf says, “Sadly, Americans this week have come one step closer to being true brothers and sisters of the protesters in Tahrir Square.
“Like them, our own national leaders, who likely see their own personal wealth under threat from transparency and reform, are now making war upon us.”
Read more about the FOIA requests filed with multiple federal law enforcement agencies seeking information about the coordinated police crackdown.