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Privacy and Control: CISA

CISA was reintroduced and passed -- secretly buried in a 2000 page budget bill.

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Soldiers in the Midst

Ferguson, MO, and the Continued Desecration of the Constitution

by Loyal 9 staff

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Photo by John Swain. See source at "Photos and Tweets" article link below.

The Declaration of Independence justifies its existence and radical action with the following indictment:

"[The King] has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power:
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution . . .For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:"

We have seen the return of federal power re-infiltrating our towns (the military presence of homeland security) and in our homes (NSA).

Now we are seeing the militarization and elevation of the community forces themselves.

We saw this in the martial law thuggery that was the response to the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy as families were were dragged from their houses by gunpoint. We saw this in the macing and clubbing of passive Occupy protestors. We saw this in Southern Nevada when dogs and Tazers were used, and snipers were pointed at, what was initially just a couple of dozen protesters huddled in a small group surrounded by miles of sage.

Now we see it clearly highlighted in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of Michael Brown.

Of the coverage that we've seen, the following articles from Slate.com, especially those of writer Jamelle Bouie, have been the best at tracking the progression of suburban militarization toward such an inevitable black-boot escalation. Each of these articles is short, documented, and contains a different insight.

This incident is part of an ongoing escalation of the "Rise of the Warrior Cop," now armed with tanks and machine guns.

The peaceful protestors are attacked.

Photos and tweets from the scene track the rising tension in real time.
Reuters and Getty images document the conflict.

Reporters on the scene arrested.

Police gas Al Jazeera film crew then dismantle equipment.

Have we become them? Foreign press from civil rights violating countries documenting us with glee.

Even as we document the militarization aspect of this event, there are two things it is important to remember. One is that this was a human life, not a symbol. I have not yet seen an article that tells more about the young man, good and bad, and a detailed exploration of what we know so far about what actually happened.

The other issue is that of race. All Americans need to be vigilant to the encroachments of their rights, but it is important to remember that many groups are still struggling against civil rights constantly by abuses ingrained in society. This incident was one more in a recent string of black unarmed men being gunned down. Rembert Brown, writing at Grantland.com, shares his personal account of feeling he should take a stand as part of the protest -- and then realization of how dark and dangerous the situation is to both body and psych.


There was one only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance.

- Socrates

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