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Current Events or Undertow? Riding out the rising tide of disgust

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Whether we like it or not, as police exact brutality on protesters who did not initiate violence as a standard - it still becomes a violent protest.

There's a certain point as a news troll/editor when you realize the bigger picture surrounding you is one where you are merely surfing on large waves of uncontrollable events.  One can reach a point where the cascade of reports automatically transport you from observer to participant.  These are the situations where local authorities become abusive to hometown communities. 

The OWS crackdowns are injuring and abridging the rights of people you have met in places you travel through on a regular basis. They are not far away in another country.  They are not over on the other coast or the midwest, the south or the north.  They are in your own backyard.   How did we get to this point?  

Many people are experiencing the unique stinging sensation associated with an unwarranted slap while reviewing news.  The empty entertainment of words like "liberty" and "freedoms" in government speech become an insulting spark of provocation. Abuses of power aren't coming from an act of Congress or as a result of war but from a blown local public trust and economic insolvency.  Bewildered protesters are naturally compelled to test the legitimacy of their government. Administrators of public safety betray the public with a lack of criminal distinction and contempt for free speech. 

It is this atmosphere of contempt where an American police officer is encouraged to spray a venomous irritant down a protester's throat.  Since there is no actual law to support this type of action, police seem to be commissioned to improvise law enforcement under color of authority. In this instance, the officer administered pepper spray as a can of "shut-up" directly on the protesters mode of speech- literally, her throat and mouth. The news conflagration which followed left this officer on administrative leave and the marked target of an Anonymous smear. Web activists, like Anonymous, are what's left of the wave of purely non-violent push back against public-private lockouts designed to truncate American freedoms. 

Before Anonymous, came the answer to today's censored and managed news- Wikileaks. Julian Assange and Bradley Manning have been caged but not successfully silenced. Twitter, the Internet business known best for personalized news feeds, has been compromised by twists of judicial force on Wikileaks associates committed to not revealing sources. Twitter feeds continue to be monitored by the CIA and domestic intelligence agencies. Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State encourages a free and open Internet abroad, using America as an example. 

So what is the emerging standard of American "Internet freedom"?  You might recognize dragnet censorship and e-surveillance legislations COICA, CALEA, SOPA, FISA ... all from agencies who entice technology vendors with tax sponsored business.  All proposed increases for convenient controls in the counterterrorism effort and homeland security.  You may be entitled to electronic freedom as long as everything you do can be surveilled and snapped off by a faceless Net security authority. 

You are allowed as much freedom as the US government can stand and then you don't have it anymore. While that is still competitive with China and the UAE; it is a failing standard held up to the unalienable rights of every American.

Unwarranted mass surveillance is a psychological violence against the US people. It is also a very sad telltale sign that the government has lost self-control. Like it or not, as police continue to exact brutality on protesters who do not initiate violence as a standard - it still becomes a violent protest. 

You don't have to be an expert to forecast another Rodney King event is imminent if federalized police continue to indulge the fantasies of a corrupt state.  Instead of facing the music, the Government and the Banks are cowering at the swaying woes of an economic downfall they tacitly engineered. They are cheaply diverting focus to sustain betrayal of those they feel they can control. Even the most piteous and sympathetic to them won't be able to rescue the from the tidal wave of what's coming if they don't start limiting themselves. 

At that time, all you can do is keep your head up and your right hand high.


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