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Carlos Montes and the Security State: A Cautionary Tale

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"The government sees the Chicano people as a threat," he said. "We were able to turn out millions of people in 2006. In 1994 we had hundreds of thousands. We are growing. There are millions in the Southwest. We are all over the country, but especially in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico and California. We are still unorganized, but if we get organized we could really demand changes. We had millions of people out in 2006 and then they came after us hard in 2007. There was a lot of police repression, especially in Los Angeles. They fear the Chicano people challenging the status quo." 

"Many of the activists that were raided by the police are anti-war and solidarity activists," he went on. "And even though the anti-war movement is not massive right now, the potential is there because there is an economic crisis. There is mass disgust with this economic system. People are out of work. It is not yet like COINTELPRO [Counter Intelligence Program] started under Hoover and the FBI to carry out surveillance, infiltrate and disrupt domestic political organizations, but the situation is getting worse. That is why we have to have demonstrations to put a stop to it now."

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FORTY THOUSAND SWAT ACTIONS A YEAR...HUH!!!!!!!!??... by Christopher Lunn on Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 4:35:58 PM
The Feds could have tried sending Carlos a summons... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 12:04:07 AM
They see such an exercise in only two possible way... by John Sanchez Jr. on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 7:39:30 AM
Every felon possessing an illegal firearm should b... by Art Feierman on Tuesday, Jul 12, 2011 at 8:38:13 PM
So, the FBI thinks the revolution will be led by a... by Samuel Bryan on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 12:49:18 PM
As an American Drug War casualty, I know first ha... by steveswimmer on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 6:48:29 AM
your son and your family suffered at the hands of ... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 12:33:19 PM
Fact two: I was arrested, in New Orleans (for ma... by steveswimmer on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 6:52:47 AM
Fact three: Drug Warriors will not tell you the ... by steveswimmer on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 6:54:00 AM
is a legal code that ensures that everyone is guil... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 7:46:29 AM
constitutional?  This question was explored i... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011 at 12:57:34 PM