Tag Archive: police state

Facebook ‘likes’ used as evidence of material support of terrorism

From Fight Back News:

November 27, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – Four men – Sohiel Omar Kabir, Ralph Deleon, Miguel Alejandro Santana and Arifeen David Gojali – were charged with material support for terrorism in Riverside County, Nov. 19. The government alleges the men were planning to join the resistance to the U.S./NATO occupation of Afghanistan.

According to the indictment, evidence against the men includes postings and ‘likes’ on Facebook. The criminal complaint against the men also cites a Facebook discussion between two of the defendants, where they allegedly discuss plans of the Afghan resistance to negotiate with the U.S.

Much of the ‘evidence’ presented in the indictment is constitutionally protected speech, where the defendants express their views on the resistance to the occupation of Afghanistan. An entire section of the complaint is devoted to “social media.”

Laws covering material support for terrorism serve to criminalize opposition to U.S. wars and occupations.

Private Prison Company Used in Drug Raids at Public High School

Corrections Corporation of America used in drug sweeps of public school students in Arizona

by Beau Hodai

In Arizona an unsettling trend appears to be underway: the use of private prison employees in law enforcement operations.

“To invite for-profit prison guards to conduct law enforcement actions in a high school is perhaps the most direct expression of the ‘schools-to-prison pipeline’ I’ve ever seen,” —Caroline Isaacs, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

The state has graced national headlines in recent years as the result of its cozy relationship with the for-profit prison industry. Such controversies have included the role of private prison corporations in SB 1070 and similar anti-immigrant legislation disseminated in other states; a 2010 private prison escape that resulted in two murders and a nationwide manhunt; and a failed bid to privatize nearly the entire Arizona prison system.

And now, recent events in the central Arizona town of Casa Grande show the hand of private corrections corporations reaching into the classroom, assisting local law enforcement agencies in drug raids at public schools. (more…)

AAA lobbies for harsher penalties for unliscenced drivers- undocumented immigrants disproportionately effected

From Qué Pasa

Raleigh. – (By Jose Vicente Bernabeu / Stehepanie Proaño) One in seven U.S. drivers drive without a license, a figure that increases to 21 percent in North Carolina, according to a study by the American Automobile Association (AAA). AAA recently applied this argument to toughen penalties for those who drive in this state without permission.

According to Angela Dailey, a AAA representative in the Carolinas, the study in 2011 revealed that 1 in 5 drivers involved in an accident are not licensed o have their license revoked, something that, according to the representative, must be fought “for national security. ”

Based on this data, the influential association launched a campaign seeking legislative support in the House of Representatives to create a new law next January aimed to toughen penalties against drivers who are caught driving without a license. (more…)

Children Forced To Use Palm Scanner

From Capitalist Press

Parents of students at Carroll County schools in Baltimore, Md., say a new policy that scans kids’ palms to pay for their lunches goes too far.

With the PalmSecure system, students hover their hands over an infrared scanner that ID’s them by the unique patterns in their skin and registers a sale, according to a report from the Daily Herald.

The Herald talked to Mike Richmond, who has two children at a Westminster elementary school. He said the scanning started before parents were given the chance to opt-out. (more…)

7 Examples of a “Police State,” and How They Are Appearing in the U.S.

Video available from KATU.comFrom Green Is The New Red

“Has the United States become a police state?”

That’s the stark question I was asked at the beginning of a recent radio interview.

Framing the current political climate in these terms is quite blunt, and can be jarring to some people because it automatically conjures images of, for example, Nazi Germany. That’s clearly different than what is occurring right now in the United States. So  how do we conceptualize the current state of government repression, and how do we put it in a historical context?

Is this a police state? If not, what is it?

The image that most people hold of a “police state” is a representation of extreme power dynamics, and repressive tactics to maintain them, at specific points of history. The current political climate in the United States is unique in many ways, and distinct from those eras. However, it shares core attributes that we generally associate with a “police state”: (more…)

David Graeber: New Police Strategy in New York – Sexual Assault Against Peaceful Protestors

By David Graeber

A few weeks ago I was with a few companions from Occupy Wall Street in Union Square when an old friend — I’ll call her Eileen — passed through, her hand in a cast.

“What happened to you?” I asked.

“Oh, this?” she held it up. “I was in Liberty Park on the 17th [the Six Month Anniversary of the Occupation]. When the cops were pushing us out the park, one of them yanked at my breast.”

“Again?” someone said.

We had all been hearing stories like this. In fact, there had been continual reports of police officers groping women during the nightly evictions from Union Square itself over the previous two weeks.

“Yeah so I screamed at the guy, I said, ‘you grabbed my boob! what are you, some kind of fucking pervert?’ So they took me behind the lines and broke my wrists.” (more…)

Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool

From New York Times – by Eric Lichtblau

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

With cellphones ubiquitous, the police call phone tracing a valuable weapon in emergencies like child abductions and suicide calls and investigations in drug cases and murders. One police training manual describes cellphones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities,” providing a hunting ground for learning contacts and travels. (more…)

PROTEST POLICE STATE CHAPEL HILL! Demo Announced for November 21st

On monday November 21st there will be a protest starting at the Chapel Hill Police Headquarters and going to Town Hall, both on Martin Luther King Drive, in opposition to the police repression against the occupation of 419 W. Franklin St. The call for the protest is below: (more…)

Chapel Hill Police Department Has Long History Of Violence

This excerpt is being reprinted to illustrate the systematic nature of police violence and racism in Chapel Hill. It has been erroneously stated that this is the first time an incident like this one has happened in Chapel Hill . We hope by bringing this past incident to light we can move forward as a community to end police violence and fight the coming police state.

from LOCKDOWN AMERICA: police and prisons in the age of crisis

By Christian Parenti

One of the most infamous SWAT “fishing expeditions” was “Operation Ready-Rock,” launched in November 1990 by the Chapel Hill police. (more…)

Police Raid Occupied Building with Guns Drawn, 8 Arrests

Taken from Trianarchy

At aproximately 430 pm, one of the largest coordinated police actions in recent Chapel Hill/Carrboro history took place in downtown. After shutting off both ends of Franklin St. and establishing a perimeter around the building, a several dozen police with guns drawn raided the 10,000 square foot Chrysler building at 419 W. Franklin St. Both Chapel Hill and Carrboro Police participated, as well as the fire department.

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