Reprinted from www.counterpunch.org
Eric Garner Protest 4th December 2014, Manhattan, NYC Sign: I Can't Breathe. No more death by killer cops
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After the Sony hack, Barack Obama said:
We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. That's not who we are. That's not what America is about.- Advertisement -
Throughout his presidency, Obama's said this, "That's not who we are, that's not what America is about."
Yet in each instance, it is exactly who we are, what America is about.
This recent--the imposition of censorship--however doesn't originate with "some dictator" in another country. It is the dictators here at home that enforce tyranny.
When I read that two police officers had been executed in Brooklyn, I became agitated, thinking, powder keg. Knew that this would be used to crush dissent, just as the events of 9-11 were exploited to deliver the Patriot Act, invasions, deaths, maiming, militarization of the police force, and the groping penetration of our privacy.
Foreign terrorists have won.
The terrorists sitting at the head of the US corporatocracy also have won.
The execution of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu has been used by Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki, two has-beens, thrusting themselves to the airwaves, aspirations obvious, eager to assign blame to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Eric Holder.
More fomenting from Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, who said:
That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable.- Advertisement -
Another, felon and former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie I've-been-waterboarded-and-it's-not-torture Kerik, opened a recent TIME article with:
War is being waged in our homeland. Not a war of the enemies we have become accustomed to--ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, radical extremists who hate everything we stand for and want to annihilate us.
Kerik continued that this is a war of our own making (aren't they all?), one that "pits Americans against Americans, those who serve against those who are served."