Friday, December 16, 2011

Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says - #OWS Update Seattle Students Walk Out

Arpaio's treatment of undocumented immigrants and the Hispanic community and his treatment of those incarcerated by him has been shameful while the right ,uberconservatives and Nativists in America and Fox news , CNN, GOP , Pat Buchanan , Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck etc. have held him up as one of America's heroes .

Sheriff Arpaio of Phoenix, Arizona, USA finally being censured for his illegal and racist actions.
Maybe there is hope for America ?But probably not since America is a class based and racist bigoted society run by elitists and their enablers who believe America should be dominated by white Christians or what they refer to as Real Americans who love their guns and Jesus and hate all those not like themselves.

Sheriff’s Arpaio’s Office Targeted Latinos, U.S. Says -

PHOENIX — In a strongly worded critique of the country’s best-known sheriff, the Justice Department on Thursday accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of engaging in “unconstitutional policing” by unfairly targeting Latinos for detention and arrest and retaliating against those who complain.

After an investigation that lasted more than three years, the civil rights division of the Justice Department said in a 22-page report that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which Mr. Arpaio leads, had “a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos” that “reaches the highest levels of the agency.” The department interfered with the inquiry, the government said, prompting a lawsuit that eventually led Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies to cooperate.

“We have peeled the onion to its core,” said Thomas E. Perez, the assistant attorney general for civil rights, noting during a conference call with reporters on Thursday morning that more than 400 inmates, deputies and others had been interviewed as part of the review, including Sheriff Arpaio and his command staff. Mr. Perez said the inquiry, which included jail visits and reviews of thousands of pages of internal documents, raised the question of whether Latinos were receiving “second-class policing services” in Maricopa County.

'Fund Us!' Seattle Students Walk Out Over State Education Cuts Via, December 15, 2011

Hundreds of students from Seattle, Washington high schools walked out of classes on Wednesday afternoon to protest education cuts of over $400 million to K-12 and higher education budgets proposed by the state legislature.

Video footage from the rally shows educator and activist, Jesse Hagopian, calling for recognition that while the state budget batters education funding it continues to grant large tax breaks to corporations and coddle big banks while it ignores the needs of the bottom ninety-nine percent. He congratulated the students on taking a stand as they refused to pay "for the mistakes of adults":

American pseudo-withdrawal from Iraq in which the US government and its lackey Mainstream Media erroneously claim some sort of victory in Iraq.
The withdrawal as we know is not complete since the US will still be occupying the Biggest Embassy in the world in Baghdad where they will insist Iraq do as america pleases and not what may be in the best interest of the Iraqi citizens.
No mention is being made by the President Obama or the Pentagon or by its owners on Wall Street about the over 1,000,000 One Million dead Iraqi civilians or the tens of thousands still held in the most miserable of prisons in Iraq: there is also no mention of the thousands of Iraqis tortured by Americans and by British soldiers and by the Iraqi soldiers who were cozy with the Occupation Forces.
There is little talk about the fact that the Iraq War was an American War of Aggression against a sovereign nation.
The loyal patriotic citizens of Iraq who resisted that foreign illegal and immoral Occupation were designated as "terrorists" as "insurgents" in order that the occupying forces need not be governed by International Law, by the Geneva Conventions or the precedents of the Nuremberg Trials.
The Occupying forces treated the citizens of Iraq as the "enemy".
There is little talk about compensating the millions of Iraqis who were wounded , displaced or killed .
Iraq at one time a couple of decades ago was a modern society which the Americans first by draconian sanctions and then by a scorched earth policy during the Occupation changed the nation into a wasteland .
Even now the electrical power grid is still not up and running as it was during the rule of Saddam. Clean water is still an issue along with sewage treatment and basic services.
The American Military under orders from the White House since 2003 target non-military facilities such as power stations, water treatment plants, schools , hospitals , highways and so forth.
No one seems concerned or wants to remember that US soldiers were told that Iraq was a " free fire zone" in which anyone could be shot, killed, or tortured and incarcerated indefinitely with no legal recourse.
The original War Criminals such as Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, Powell and many others are allowed to go free and collect their government pensions and benefits while millions in Iraq struggle to keep alive and to fight off despair.
And yet the uncritical followers of George W. Bush and of President Obama believe that America being a nation forged they believe by God Himself can do no wrong.
America should not be allowed to act in ways which other nations are criticized or censured for.

And Now Obama and his gang after leaving Iraq and after destroying Libya with 9 months of carpet Bombing are now aiming to kill a couple of million people in Iran and Syria or whatever target seems doable at the moment.

Even in this article below the writer is unwilling to even contemplate that the death toll of Iraqis is greater than the 100,000 the Pentagon tells them .
Even many liberal Americans especially since this became Obama's war are reluctant to examine the facts on the ground.
In the same way as we have seen Obama's supporters tend to downplay all of the horrors visited upon Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya by President Obama and his blood thirsty brutal anti-democratic anti-civil rights Military Machine.

If there were justice in this world or even in American society all of these war criminals would be locked up and shunned by all nations and all peoples.
What the Iraqis should have done is to take away these soldiers rifles and belongings as the Yankee Militias/ The Sons Of Liberty did in the first battles of the American War of Independence. As British Troops and others loyal to the British Empire tried to escape to the man of Wars in the harbor the citizens of the colonies took the weapons and blongings of the soldiers they also commandeered any munitions and cannons as booty. That was true justice and was a deliberate insult to the British Empire and its toadies in the colonies.
Of course in America the true defenders of a Real Democracy were soon defeated by the elites who had no interests of giving equal rights and freedoms to all men in the colonies . And so today the fight in America between the elitist, the Rich and Powerful, the Bankers and Wall Street profiteers and the average citizen who is told to put his destiny in the so-called good, the wise and the wealthy . As long as Americans or others in the West or other parts of the world buy into this self-serving mythology none shall be free.

US Exit from Iraq: 'This is Not a Withdrawal, This is an Act on a Stage'
Iraqi people greet pullout ceremony with ambivalence mixed with concern over an uncertain future by Martin Chulov Via, December 15, 2011

There was no triumphalism and certainly no shock or awe. The end of the war in Iraq was subdued and simple: a small band playing as the US forces flag was furled with 200 troops watching on quietly.

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