Wednesday, February 15, 2012


February 15, 2012

Ta-rah! The police won. With superior firepower and the weight of Wall Street’s money behind them they crushed the people. Police versus people, once again how sad.
But they won only battles, not the war. No matter how many folks they arrested, or tear-gassed or peppered, tasered, clubbed, for the cops and the corrupt authorities goading them on it was a loss. An infant idea grew to maturity and despite all that overwhelming weaponry they failed to kill it. It’s not going away. We the people will be back in Spring. And again at election time.
Not only that, the whole world saw our law enforcement assault citizens peacefully exercising their constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of assembly and protest. Not good. Because in carrying out these repeated atrocities America has given up the right to champion liberty and criticize government suppression of free speech in any other country. Iran, China, North Korea, you name ‘em. It’s pot and kettle time: we’re just like the others.
What a terrible indictment of our nation, one where Big Money equals Big Power and the lackeys serving that false god crush those of us who dare to complain that it’s unfair. Watching these Roman-style phalanxes of riot police in action must be a shock to anyone who remembers the friendly neighborhood cop. Are there any left? And anyway, who was rioting?
Law enforcement has been militarized in preparation for terrorist attacks, which is forward thinking and commendable. But apparently folks camping in parks, even sitting outside banks and government buildings are as much a threat to our security as is Al Qaeda.
One wonders about the mindset of the actual officers who brutalize the people. I can’t say for sure that California Lieut. John Pike really enjoyed dousing the rows of students sitting on the ground as you would crops, but it sure looked that way.
The pepper spray he used is the weapons-grade variety issued to all police forces. Its developer, Kamran Loghman has stepped forward to say he’s appalled by the way it’s being turned onto ordinary citizens. With the FBI, he certified our police forces on its use and says what he witnesses is “not in accordance with any training or policy: that’s not what it was developed for.”
We’ve seen this kind of government suppression of dissent in dictatorships and I always wondered about the Czech border guards in 1968. They shot people fleeing to the West. When the rules were eased that Spring they waved escapees on with a smile, and by Fall these same officers were back shooting folks again. How could they! Well, they weren’t Americans.
But these are. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg directs his “private army”, as he boastfully calls it, to use offensive weapons, including that sadistic Darpa Audio-Pain device. If he changes tactic and orders his forces to buy everyone an ice cream and then the following week commands them to billyclub folks again do they do all this without emotion?
These officers aren’t robots, are they? But what kind of human beings follow orders without a thought about whether what they’re doing is constitutional, legal or even morally right? At the Nuremberg War Trials we refused to accept some Germans’ defense that they were “only following orders.”
We rejected that excuse from concentration camp guards so we cannot simply pardon our police officers’ use of weapons on docile, innocent citizens whose only defense was their voices. (Yep, a handful of moronic anarchists did smash some windows.) Police may use restraining force when threatened. Nobody was threatening them and a battery committed by someone in uniform is still a crime.
Then there are those who gave the commands; the mayors and the police chiefs. If we can prosecute for murder a Mafia boss who sanctioned a hit but never actually pulled the trigger, if we can execute Nazi bosses who ordered Jews gassed but never slew them personally, then how is this different?
Those who directed the attacks on peaceable citizens are as culpable as those who perpetrated the crimes. All should be prosecuted. The law is the law is the law. Isn’t it? Or is this no longer, as framer John Adams declared, a country of laws?
And what happened to truth and honesty? Our authorities now engage in the same kind of twisted rhetoric the Commies did and do. They fire tear gas and rubber bullets at people “for their health and safety”. Laughable doublespeak. “Thank you for inflicting this pain on me!” Is that what 84-year-old Dorli Rainey should have told Seattle police? And the two Iraq veterans hospitalized at Oakland, one with a smashed skull, the other a ruptured spleen.
These are our heroes, not the bully cops. Not any more. Simply stated: I’m not against the police. I am against bullies and injustice and the kind of totalitarian rule I’ve witnessed in my lifetime.
Our big problem is the government. The Justice Department let it slip that Homeland Security and the FBI had co-ordinated the brutal crackdown on Occupy gatherings nationwide. Illegally, as it turns out. We now have the United Police States Of America. Our own pepper republic.
Oh, and having okayed it, crafty old President Obama slipped away to Australia while this savage “protecting and serving” was going on.
Yet despite the shameful use of excessive force and military grade weaponry against our people, the authorities lose, and it’s happened before. Jesus challenged the might of Rome with an idea...


© 2012 Fred Wehner is a journalist formerly with the Daily Mail in London, who then founded and ran the New York News Agency before settling in Monroe 21 years ago.