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OpEdNews Op Eds    H4'ed 6/19/20

US Police Turned into Killers in Israel

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There is much more to the riotous scenes of cities across America going up in flames the weekend of June 5 than just the righteous display of grief and anger at the killing of another unarmed black man at the hands of local police which has gotten "out of hand." For years-- especially since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001-- an operation has been building in America, first, to militarize and {unify the intent} of the multitude of municipal police forces across the country, away from a force to "insure domestic tranquility" and into a force equivalent to that of an imperial "occupying power," (think, the US Army in Iraq, or Afghanistan only now on American soil) and second, to {organize the opposition} in what amounts to a gang, counter-gang operation to turn American cities into war zones.
Police forces are, by design, supposed to be local operations, with local residents policing themselves-- many communities even requiring, by law, that police (like fire and education) departments be staffed solely with residents of that community-- specifically with the idea to {prevent} the officers from becoming essentially a {mercenary} force of hired "thugs" armed with an official badge sanctioning their activities, no longer "keepers of the peace," but essentially {occupiers} for an imperial force.
There are two aspects to the operation to transform community policing in America, one being the "hardware," and then what might be considered "software" of re-programming and conditioning of the officers themselves into becoming Storm Troop enforcers.

Hardware
On the hardware side of things we have the federal 1033 program-- officially certified in 1997 but with precedents dating back to 1990-- by which US police forces have been effectively armed to the teeth-- for free-- with "surplus" military-grade gear equivalent to that of an invading army, on a par with the US military invading forces which was soon to invade Afghanistan and Iraq. This is the legacy of George Herbert Walker Bush, allowably one of the worst Presidents this country ever had, who sought to militarize America's streets in the 1990s to cover for his own culpability in creating the crack-cocaine epidemic and its ensuing crime wave.*
Through the 1033 program, now codified as the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO), the Defense Logistics Agency is estimated to have distributed over several billions of dollars worth of military-grade equipment-- everything from night-vision goggles to armored personell carriers-- to a minimum of 8,600 municipal police departments across the country, according to a 2014 expose' by {Newsweek} magazine.
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Not only has this federal program of giveaways looked more and more attractive as the local budgets were stretched thinner and thinner-- especially since the 2008 "Great Recession" collapse-- but the LESO program itself was very lax at oversight, as a 2017 investigation by the GAO (detailed in {Stars and Stripes}, June 8, 2017) was to prove. Having set up a fake municipal recipient agency, the GAO investigators were able to procure over a million dollars worth of hardware within just the first week of their "sting" operation. Faux municipal representatives were given unsupervised clearance to "shop" through the LESO warehouses and choose whatever "anti-terror" equipment they disired. Someone clearly wanted this equipment on America's streets.
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While there is no official accounting of the LESO office available to the general public, since the government conveniently cloaks the identity of recipients (for "security reasons), recording them only {by county}, a Nov 13, 2017 {NBC} expose' estimated that, since its creation, the LESO program had, as of that year, distributed a minimum of $5.4 billion of hardware. The figure today likely approaches $10 billion.
However, the mere presence and access to high-grade military hardware does not-- by itself-- transform millions of sworn peace enforcers into lethal "occupiers" of our nation's cities, essentially "domestic terrorists." For that, something additional, even sinister, is needed. This second aspect, the "software" side of conditioning, brings us face to face with our former and would-be future imperial oppressors, the British monarchy, through their agents the state of Israel and the allied American Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith (ADL).*

Software
In January 2002, while the nation was still reeling from the September 11 terror attacks just months earlier, and the newly-created (and misnamed) "Homeland Security" Department was crawling about with the implicit notion that everyone-- both foreign and domestic-- was a potential terrorist, the state of Israel offered to share its vast expertise in this area by initiating, in cooperation with the ADL, the National Counter-Terror Seminars, to be held in Israel, open to any and all law enforcement officials from the federal, down to the municipal level. Like-minded groups in the US-- including the giant American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the American Jewish Committee's Project Interchange and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)-- quickly jumped on board to provide finance for travel and lodging, making it possible for even the smallest cities and towns to "benefit" from the knowledge of this nest of imperialists.
As the ADL itself described the NCTS program (in a singular, undated public acknowledgement of its very existence): "Every year, American law enforcement executives travel to Israel with ADL to study first hand Israel's tactics and strategies to combat terrorism. The National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) is an intensive week long course led by senior commanders in the Israel National Police, experts from Israel's intelligence and security services, and the Israel Defense Forces. More than 175 law enforcement executives have participated in 12 NCTS sessions since 2004, taking the lessons they learned in Israel back to the United States."
In the wake or the 2015 death of Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Amnesty International did a report on this arrangement where American law enforcement were being trained in a foreign country, specifically one with a notorious legacy as a violator of human rights. "These trainings put Baltimore police and other U.S. law enforcement employees in the hands of military, security and police systems that have racked up documented human rights violations for years," said the report. Amnesty additionally noted that they "and even the US State Department" had documented dozens of cases where "Israeli police [had carried out] extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings," with additional instances of "excessive use of force against peaceful protesters," including torture.*
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It must here be noted that while the ADL maintains a squeaky-clean public image as a non-government "civil rights" organization dedicated to "fighting anti-semitism" (and bristles with lawsuits any time it feels threatened with exposure), the group (founded in 1913 by Jewish masonic organization B'nai B'rith) has a proven track record (for anyone who cares to investigate) of {creating} discrimination cases in order to quash them-- similar in that respect to another organization it often partners with in these operations, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As for the numbers offered by the ADL, they are pitifully low. While no official figures are available, believable estimates run as high as 100,000 American police officers who have been flown-- often free of charge-- to Israel for the week-long indoctrination sessions hosted by Israel's federalized police force and their army. Since its inception, in addition to the Israeli seminars, the NCTS series has now expanded to US soil, where Israeli intelligence officers directly update attendees on the latest "anti-terror" intelligence-- essentially a "refresher course." Reported "graduates" of these conditioning seminars include an acting Deputy Director of ICE, former Chief of Police in Washington DC, Cathy Lanier (now heading "security" for the NFL), and department leaders format least a dozen states from Maine to California.

"Domestic Terrorists" in the Form of Police
All this "conditioning" finally came to a head in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014, when an officer of the Ferguson Police Force-- a division of the greater St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department-- shot and killed an unarmed black man in broad daylight. While it is not known whether the specific officer involved was a "graduate" of the Israeli NCTS program, it quickly came to light that the police chief for St. Louis, Tim Fitch, definitely was. An article in {Ebony} magazine on August 19 began, "The St. Louis County Police Department that killed Michael Brown and initially placed Ferguson on siege has trained with the Israeli military." Citing a 2011 article in the St. Louis {Post-Dispatch}, the magazine noted that, "County Police Chief Timothy Fitch was one of 15 American officials to participate in a week-long training in Israel three years ago."
With the killing of Michael Brown, and the subsequent declaration of a state of emergency by the governor, shocked Americans got their first glimpse of the destruction which a militarized-- by the US Department of Defense's LESO program-- was capable of. What quickly became obvious to any discerning viewer was that US police forces had changed, and were no longer treating minorities as equals under the law but as a lesser people suitable only of being "contained." A year later, president Obama himself admitted as much, as he belatedly announced limitations on the federal hardware LESO program saying, "We've seen how militarized gear sometimes gives people a feeling like they are an occupying force as opposed to a part of the community there to protect them."*
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[Footnote: The hypocracy of Obama's putting limitations on the LESO program was exposed by Glenn Ford in the Black Agenda Report of July 28, 2016. "Obama Prepares to Reinforce the Militarized Police Occupation of Black America," citing a report documenting that, between 2010 and 2014, Obama oversaw a 2,400% (24X) increase in the distribution of federal hardware to municipalities. Ford called Obama "the biggest domestic war hawk in the history of the United States."] click here
In 2015, just days before the anniversary of the Ferguson shooting, the ADL issued a rare "award" to the by-then {former} St. Louis Police Chief Fitch, further rubbing salt in the still-fresh wounds and adding to the strength of this narrative. The ADL page announcing the dinner to honor Fitch-- austensibly in recognition for his having established a "Holocaust education program" for police officers-- has now been blanked out on their website.

Beyond George Floyd
Since the death by strangulation of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 25, 2020, numerous articles have brought to light the fact that the "knee on the neck" technique which killed him is one unique to the Israeli Defense Forces. Yet, as exposure of the Pentagon's Law Enforcement Supply Office and the supply of military-grade hardware for use in "policing" of US citizens has quickly led to action on the federal level, hardly a voice has been raised in opposition to the far more sinister program of training our police officers to be thugs in service of an imperial New World Order. While there are a few isolated instances of municipalities having been shamed into halting the participation of their officers in the NCTS, only the lone city of Durham North Carolina can be congratulated for having codified it into law, with the town council voting unamamously against it. Reported in the {Middle East Monitor}, the June 9, the headline read, "US city bans brutal Israeli military training of police forces."*
[Lawmakers Begin Bipartisan Push to Cut Off Police Access to Military-Style Gear, {New York Times}, June 1, 2020, by Catie Edmondson. click here]
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To understand the truly satanic nature of the British, however, is to see that, bad as it is, onto this operation has been layed another. In classic "gang, counter-gang" fashion, in the wake of the 2014 death of Michael Brown, the newly-founded Black Lives Matter was quickly showered with cash, led first by a $30 million "grant" from British operative George Soros, famous for his funding of "color revolutions" against nationalist governments worldwide, followed by another $100 million from the Ford Foundation, themselves well-known as fronts for CIA operations during the 1950s and 60s.
The solution is not to "defund" the police, it lies in turning them back into what they were concieved to be: "keepers of the peace." What should be "defunded," is the Pentagon's LESO program which arms them as if going into battle with a foreign invading force, leading them to view their own neighbors as the enemy. That should happen immediately.
As for the ideological side of things, steps should be taken to immediately reign in the ADL, and no more should American police officers be sent to the foreign country of Israel for training, or in any way should they be accepting their influence. Beyond that, as leaders of the Black Lives Matter and related community organizations themselves have noted, the "cure" will only come from realizing that-- especially since the onset of the coronavirus lock-downs-- the entire nation is suffering, and solutions must address that larger picture.
In that light, what quickly needs to be "defunded" is Wall Street, with their looting, casino economy, by enforcing bank separation through implementation of a modernized Glass Steagall Act (which President Trump would gladly sign into law), and reforming the Federal Reserve into a National Bank, capable of funding trillions of dolars of job-creating infrastructure investments. The nation needs to turn its eyes back to the stars-- as they were a mere two days before George Floyd's death-- with a commitment to build the NASA Gateway and related lunar infrastructure for colonizing the Solar System and beyond.

 

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