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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 14:40:25 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 06.21.09 1. Uptown market 6.21 11am 2. Stillwater vigil 6.21 1pm 3. Bicking campaign 6.21 6:30pm 4. Arise/film 6.21 8pm 5. Vs burner 6.22 4:30pm 6. Peace walk 6.22 6pm RiverFalls WI 7. Edgertonite 6.22 7pm 8. Pig pic/film 6.22 7pm 9. Amnesty Intl - Health care is a human right 10. Michael Parenti - North Korea: "sanity" at the brink 11. Tom Burghardt - Pentagon rebrands protest as "low-level terrorism" 12. David Shove - New Broom grades Mpls City Council 13 --------1 of 12-------- From: TCDP editor <editor [at] tcdailyplanet.net> Subject: Uptown market 6.21 11am Uptown Market opens June 21 http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/node/23143 by staff, Uptown Neighborhood News The great convergence of artists and farmers is coming to Uptown. June 21 marks the opening bell on the Uptown Market, an array of locally produced art and produce for the Uptown community to indulge their aesthetic and green sensibilities. The market hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the location is on 29th Street, between Lyndale Avenue and Dupont Avenue - convenient for bus, walk and bike transportation. --------2 of 12-------- From: scot b <earthmannow [at] comcast.net> Subject: Stillwater vigil 6.21 1pm A weekly Vigil for Peace Every Sunday, at the Stillwater bridge from 1- 2 p.m. Come after Church or after brunch ! All are invited to join in song and witness to the human desire for peace in our world. Signs need to be positive. Sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Peacemakers. If you have a United Nations flag or a United States flag please bring it. Be sure to dress for the weather . For more information go to <http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/>http://www.stcroixvalleypeacemakers.com/ For more information you could call 651 275 0247 or 651 999 - 9560 [For less information you could erase random parts of this message] --------3 of 12-------- From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: Bicking campaign 6.21 6:30pm Dave Bicking for City Council campaign meeting: Sunday, June 21, 6:30pm Dave's house: 3211 22nd Ave. S. (lower duplex), Minneapolis (Directions: Just over two blocks south of Lake St. on 22nd Ave. 22nd Avenue is just west of the Lake Street stop of the Hiawatha LRT. There is also good bus service along Lake St.) We'll be working on final edits for a campaign literature piece, content for the website, graphic design, door knocking plans, and more. Campaign news: On Saturday morning a week ago, I participated in a march and rally against foreclosures and evictions. I had a chance to speak in front of US Bank on Lake St.. Terry Yzaguirre of the Mpls Mirror was so kind as to post my entire speech on her website. You can read about the rally, and read my speech at: http://tinyurl.com/nfygq9 I have been meeting candidates in other wards. It is encouraging that candidates are emerging in many other wards in opposition to the incumbents and in opposition to the status quo in this city. Many of us met together yesterday. We have many common issues, and I am hopeful that our individual campaigns will become part of a larger movement for change in Minneapolis. These candidates are Green, DFL, independent, and even Republican (note that these are of the libertarian, Ron Paul wing - compatible on some issues of fiscal responsibility, opposition to government repression, etc.) I am involved in the campaign to stop the Xcel 115kV powerlines through the Phillips neighborhood, the plan to expand output at the downtown garbage burner, the opposition to a publicly funded Vikings stadium, and fight to save the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department. If you can help with any of these, please contact me. And if you can help with the campaign, please contact me, or come to the meeting tonight!! For a more fair and compassionate city, Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 --------4 of 12-------- From: Amanda Luker <amanda [at] pinkslipmedia.org> Subject: Arise/film 6.21 8pm In an annual tradition, Arise! Bookstore will be hosting a series of free weekly events throughout the summer, each with a different theme reflecting the diverse interests of volunteers at the collectively run bookstore. The events will take place each Sunday night at 8pm, opening with a speaker or performance, and ending with the screening of a film after sundown. June 21 FILM Basket Case - A young man carrying a big basket that contains his deformed Siamese-twin brother seeks vengeance on the doctors who separated them against their will. Arise! Bookstore 2441 Lyndale Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55406 --------5 of 12-------- >From CamGordon333 [at] msn.com Sun Jun 21 12:49:26 2009 Subject: Vs burner 6.22 4:30pm Neighborhoods Unite: Stop the HERC Expansion ! Please attend the Mpls. Planning Commission Meeting: THIS MONDAY, JUNE 22 at 4:30 p.m. (Mpls. City Hall, room 317) "Large studies have shown higher rates of adult and childhood cancer and also birth defects around municipal waste incinerators." * Hennepin County and Covanta want to increase the amount of garbage burned at HERC (Hennepin County Recovery Center) by up to 20%. They say this is the only way to solve our trash and energy problem. They call it Waste-to-Energy. We call it greenwashing. Burning garbage is the burning of fossil fuels (plastics), heavy metals and toxic substances. It doesn't promote a truly sustainable society of responsible consumers - businesses and cities that work towards increased recycling, composting and truly renewable energy solutions like solar, wind and anaerobic digestion. Communities already said no to incineration at Rock Tenn and Midtown! Just last year, a garbage burner was stopped from being built at the Rock Tenn plant in St. Paul. Through a community process we were able to find a truly renewable and sustainable solution: Anaerobic Digestion. In the Midtown community of Minneapolis, a united front of citizens' groups defeated a proposal to build an "Eco Energy Wood Burner" that would have been a serious threat to the health of our communities. There is no safe level of dioxin and other toxic substances "Present safety measures are designed to avoid acute toxic effects in the immediate neighborhoods, but ignore the fact that many of the pollutants bio-accumulate, enter the food chain, and can cause chronic illnesses over time and over a much wider geographical area." * Burning it doesn't mean we don't have to landfill it "Incinerators produce bottom and fly ash which amount up to 30% by weight of the original waste (if compacted), and require transportation to landfill sites." * We support these zero waste and energy solutions: Citywide composting, Anaerobic Digestion, Increased recycling, Smart and responsible consumer packaging, Solar Power, Wind Power For More information, and to send an email opposing HERC expansion, visit: www.neighborsagainstheburner.org At the site, go to our page titled "HERC", for more information. Then, please go to the "contact" section and e-mail your letter of opposition. We will give all letters to the Planning Commission. There is a wealth of information throughout the site. We have compiled expert research, opinion, data and analysis on the dangers of burning garbage and why it's not a solution to our waste or energy problems - but it is a DANGER TO OUR HEALTH, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES! *Data from "The Health Effects of Waste Incinerators" 4th Report of the British Society for Ecological Medicine, 2nd Edition, June 2008 This message co-sponsored by the anti-HERC Coalition, including Minneapolis Neighbors for Clean Air , Neighbors Against the Burner, et al [Who wants to burn more? The rich people that own or benefit from the burner. Only, far far away from where THEY live. Let the poor prople sicken and die; that's free enterprise. Let's burn mountains of toxic trash on their mansion estates and see how they like it. Of course the cops would be there yesterday, and the courts the day before yesterday, because everyone knows the rich are privileged and we aren't. Endemically corrupt city and state government know it, and help it along every chance they get. If citizens want something better they will have to work for it all the time, combatting the never-sleeping rich and their sleazy henchturds. Kapitalism Kills. -ed] --------6 of 12-------- From: Nancy Holden <d.n.holden [at] comcast.net> Subject: Peace walk 6.22 6pm RiverFalls WI River Falls Peace and Justice Walkers. We meet every Monday from 6-7 pm on the UWRF campus at Cascade Ave. and 2nd Street, immediately across from "Journey" House. We walk through the downtown of River Falls. Contact: d.n.holden [at] comcast.net. Douglas H Holden 1004 Morgan Road River Falls, Wisconsin 54022 --------7 of 12-------- From: jwilson [at] enp-news.org Subject: Edgertonite 6.22 7pm Edgertonite National Party meeting Monday, 22 June 2009 @ 7:00 PM Blue Moon coffee shop, 3822 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN More info: jwilson [at] enp-news.org or http://www.enp-news.org --------8 of 12-------- From: Christine Frank <christinefrank [at] visi.com> Subject: Pig pic/film 6.22 7pm THE NEXT 3CTC ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM A FREE SCREENING OF: THE PIG PICTURE There will be a free screening of The Pig Picture, a film on concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the pork industry. The documentary is produced by the Humane Farming Association's (HFA) Campaign Against Factory Farming. The film is a must see for those concerned about the immense cruelty of confinement experienced not only by pigs but also by millions of factory-farmed beef cattle, dairy cows and poultry, the spread of deadly pathogens such as swine and avian flu viruses, the creation of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, the obesity and diabetes epidemics from consuming cheap meat full of antibiotics and growth hormones, the tons of global-warming methane gas spewed into the atmosphere from vast manure lagoons and flatulent ruminants, the nitrogen overloading from the lagoons that contribute to hypoxic Dead Zones in the ocean, the toxic algal blooms that come from the same nutrient overloading, the human health problems from breathing air and drinking water contaminated by the seepage and flooding from manure lagoons, the huge amounts of pesticides used in CAFOs and the power and political corruption of giant agribusiness concerns that torment helpless creatures for profit, pollute our ecosystems, destroy the health of millions and cause planetary meltdown. The film showing will take place on Monday, June 22nd at 7:00 PM at Mayday Books, 301 Cedar Avenue South on the West Bank in Minneapolis. The program is sponsored by the Climate Crisis Coalition of the Twin Cities (3CTC). It is free and open to the public. The Clean-Energy Vigil to Cool Down the Planet will take place on the plaza outside the bookstore (Weather permitting) at 5:00 PM, followed by the 3CTC Business Meeting at 6:00 PM. All are welcome. For more information, EMAIL: christinefrank [at] visi.com or PHONE: 612-879-8937. --------9 of 12-------- Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2009 20:15:58 -0000 From: kthrnrbbns <katie-katherine [at] hotmail.com> Subject: Amnesty International USA today issued the following email alert. Amnesty International USA today issued the following email alert. Health Care is a Human Right - Urge the Senate to Have a Real Debate on Single Payer We at Amnesty International believe that policymakers have a historic opportunity to reform a broken health care system. During the presidential debates, Barack Obama took a step in the right direction by affirming that health care should be a right. The legislation now emerging from Washington is, however, a long way from fulfilling that vision. One reason the current draft legislation falls short of the mark is that single-payer advocates, a crucial human rights constituency, have been largely excluded from the reform process. While the human right to health care does not mandate any particular type of health care system, of the reform proposals being discussed in the U.S. today, the single-payer plans are more universal, equitable and accountable - the three key principles of the human right to health care. Single-payer plans approach health care as an essential service and a public good. A single-payer health care system would pair private delivery with public financing - that is, with private doctors, clinics and hospitals getting all their reimbursement from the government. Medicare, a well-established and popular part of our current health care system, works this way; a single-payer system would institute an improved Medicare for all. Two of Amnesty International's ally organizations, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the National Health Law Program, have analyzed current single-payer proposals, and found them to come much closer to fulfilling the human right to health care than the market-based reform plans. But the powerful Senate Finance Committee, the single most important legislative grouping in the reform process, has yet to hold a public hearing on single-payer. In fact, the committee chair, Sen. Max Baucus, has said that single-payer is "off the table" - a stance he has since acknowledged was mistaken. Advocates for a human rights-based approach to health care must be included in the reform process. Tell Max Baucus to hold a Finance Committee hearing on single-payer! http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPC\ IoE& <http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXP\ CIoE&> b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=12462 Publicly financed and administered health care should be expanded as the strongest vehicle for making health care universally accessible and accountable. Single-payer is a crucial proposal for fulfilling the human right to health care. Without a single-payer seat at the table, we risk that no one will speak up for true universality and a fair, equitable health care system. Too much of the current debate about health care assumes that we can talk about health care in the same way that we talk about consumer products. But health care is not about markets; it is about the right of every person to live a life of dignity. In health care reform, human rights must come first. Though things are moving very fast in Congress, it's not too late to make your voice heard. Tell Max Baucus that single-payer advocates must be heard! Sincerely, Sameer Dossani Demand Dignity Campaign Director Amnesty International, USA To take action, go to the AI-USA online Action Center: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXPC\ IoE& <http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/index.aspx?c=jhKPIXP\ CIoE&> b=2590179&template=x.ascx&action=12462 --------10 of 12-------- North Korea: "Sanity" at the Brink by Michael Parenti Common Dreams Saturday, June 20, 2009 Nations that chart a self-defining course, seeking to use their land, labor, natural resources, and markets as they see fit, free from the smothering embrace of the US corporate global order, frequently become a target of defamation. Their leaders often have their moral sanity called into question by US officials and US media, as has been the case at one time or another with Castro, Noriega, Ortega, Qaddafi, Aristide, Milosevic, Saddam Hussein, Hugo Chavez, and others. So it comes as no surprise that the rulers of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) have been routinely described as mentally unbalanced by our policymakers and pundits. Senior Defense Department officials refer to the DPRK as a country "not of this planet," led by "dysfunctional" autocrats. One government official, quoted in the New York Times, wondered aloud "if they are really totally crazy." The New Yorker magazine called them "balmy," and late-night TV host David Letterman got into the act by labeling Kim Jong-il a "madman maniac." To be sure, there are things about the DPRK that one might wonder about, including its dynastic leadership system, its highly dictatorial one-party rule, and the chaos that seems implanted in the heart of its "planned" economy. But in its much advertised effort to become a nuclear power, North Korea is actually displaying more sanity than first meets the eye. The Pyongyang leadership seems to know something about US global policy that our own policymakers and pundits have overlooked. In a word, the United States has never attacked or invaded any nation that has a nuclear arsenal. The countries directly battered by US military actions in recent decades (Grenada, Panama, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, then again Iraq), along with numerous other states that have been threatened at one time or another for being "anti-American" or "anti-West" (Iran, Cuba, South Yemen, Venezuela, Syria, North Korea, and others) have one thing in common: not one of them has wielded a nuclear deterrence - until now. Let us provide a little background. Put aside the entire Korean War (1950-53) in which US aerial power destroyed most of the DPRK's infrastructure and tens of thousands of its civilians. Consider more recent events. In the jingoist tide that followed the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President George W. Bush claimed the right to initiate any military action against any "terrorist" nation, organization, or individual of his choosing. Such a claim to arbitrary power - in violation of international law, the UN charter, and the US Constitution - transformed the president into something of an absolute monarch who could exercise life and death power over any quarter of the Earth. Needless to say, numerous nations - the DPRK among them - were considerably discomforted by the US president's elevation to King of the Planet. It was only in 2008 that President Bush finally removed North Korea from a list of states that allegedly sponsor terrorism. But there remains another more devilishly disquieting hit list that Pyongyang recalls. In December 2001, two months after 9/11, Vice President Dick Cheney referred chillingly to "forty or fifty countries" that might need military disciplining. A month later in his 2002 State of the Union message, President Bush pruned the list down to three especially dangerous culprits: Iraq, Iran, and North Korea, who, he said, composed an "axis of evil." It was a curious lumping together of three nations that had little in common. In Iraq the leadership was secular, in Iran it was a near Islamic theocracy. And far from being allies, the two countries were serious enemies. Meanwhile the DPRK, had no historical, cultural, or geographical links to either Iraq or Iran. But it could witness what was happening. The first to get hit was Iraq, nation #1 on the short list of accused evil doers. Before the Gulf War of 1990-91 and the subsequent decade of sanctions, Iraq had the highest standard of living in the Middle East. But years of war, sanctions, and occupation reduced the country to shambles, its infrastructure shattered and much of its population drenched in blood and misery. Were it not that Iraq has proven to be such a costly venture, the United States long ago would have been moving against Iran, #2 on the axis-of-evil hit list. As we might expect, Iranian president Mahmoud Amadinijad has been diagnosed in the US media as "dangerously unstable." The Pentagon has announced that thousands of key sites in Iran have been mapped and targeted for aerial attack. All sorts of threats have been directed against Tehran for having pursued an enriched uranium program - which every nation in the world has a right to do. And on a recent Sunday TV program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that the United States might undertake a "first strike" against Iran to prevent its nuclear weapons development. Rather than passively await its fate sitting in Washington's crosshairs, nation #3 on the US hit list is trying to pack a deterrence. The DPRK's attempt at self-defense is characterized in US official circles and US media as wild aggression. Secretary Clinton warned that the United States would not be "blackmailed by North Korea." Defense Secretary Robert Gates fulminated, "We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia - or on us." The DPRK's nuclear program, Gates warns, is a "harbinger of a dark future." President Obama condemned North Korea's "belligerent provocative behavior" as posing a "grave threat." In June 2009, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a US-sponsored resolution ratcheting up the financial, trade, and military sanctions against the DPRK, a nation already hard hit by sanctions. In response to the Security Council's action, Kim Jong-il's government announced it would no longer "even think about giving up its nuclear weapons" and would enlarge its efforts to produce more of them. In his earlier Cairo speech Obama stated, "No single nation should pick and choose which nation holds nuclear weapons." But that is exactly what the United States is trying to do in regard to a benighted North Korea - and Iran. Physicist and political writer Manuel Garcia, Jr., observes that Washington's policy "is to encourage other nations to abide by the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - and renounce nuclear weapons - while exempting itself." Others must disarm so that Washington may more easily rule over them, Garcia concludes. US leaders still refuse to give any guarantee that they will not try to topple Pyongyang's communist government. There is talk of putting the DPRK back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, though Secretary Clinton admits that evidence is wanting to support such a designation. >From its lonely and precarious perch the North cannot help feeling vulnerable. Consider the intimidating military threat it faces. The DPRK's outdated and ill-equipped army is no match for the conventional forces of the United States, South Korea, and Japan. The United States maintains a large attack base in South Korea. As Paul Sack reminds us in a recent correspondence to the New York Times, at least once a year the US military conducts joint exercises with South Korean forces, practicing a land invasion of the DPRK. The US Air Force maintains a "nuclear umbrella" over South Korea with nuclear arsenals in Okinawa, Guam, and Hawaii. Japan not only says it can produce nuclear bombs within a year, it seems increasingly willing to do so. And the newly installed leadership in South Korea is showing itself to be anything but friendly toward Pyongyang. The DPRK's nuclear arsenal is a two-edged sword. It can deter attack or invite attack. It may cause US officials to think twice before cinching a tighter knot around the North, or it may cause them to move aggressively toward a confrontation that no one really wants. After years of encirclement and repeated rebuffs from Washington, years of threat, isolation, and demonization, the Pyongyang leaders are convinced that the best way to resist superpower attack and domination is by developing a nuclear arsenal. It does not really sound so crazy. As already mentioned, the United States does not invade countries that are armed with long-range nuclear missiles (at least not thus far). Having been pushed to the brink for so long, the North Koreans are now taking a gamble, upping the ante, pursuing an arguably "sane" deterrence policy in the otherwise insane world configured by an overweening and voracious empire. Michael Parenti's recent books include: Contrary Notions: The Michael Parenti Reader (City Lights); Democracy for the Few, 8th ed. (Wadsworth); and God and His Demons (Prometheus Books, forthcoming). For further information, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org. --------11 of 12x-------- Pentagon Rebrands Protest as "Low-Level Terrorism" by Tom Burghardt June 19th, 2009 Dissident Voice You have to hand it to Pentagon securocrats and their corporate cronies, they never miss an opportunity to demonize, vilify or otherwise slander domestic political dissent as "terrorism". The American Civil Liberties Union reported June 10 that "Anti-terrorism training materials currently being used by the Department of Defense (DoD) teach its personnel that free expression in the form of public protests should be regarded as 'low level terrorism'". According to the civil liberties' watchdog: "Among the multiple-choice questions included in its Level 1 Antiterrorism Awareness training course, the DoD asks the following: 'Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorist activity?' To answer correctly, the examinee must select 'protests'". Yes, you read that correctly. The Pentagon has designed a training system that puts you in the crosshairs! And why not? Back in 2003 Mike Van Winkle, the spokesman for the California Anti-Terrorism Information Center (CATIC) said of antiwar demonstrators brutally attacked by riot cops at the Port of Oakland during a protest against the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq, "You can make an easy kind of a link that, if you have a protest group protesting a war where the cause that's being fought against is international terrorism, you might have terrorism at that (protest)," said Van Winkle, of the state Justice Department. "You can almost argue that a protest against that is a terrorist act". (Ian Hoffman, Sean Holstege and Josh Richman, ("Intelligence Agency Does Not Distinguish Between Terrorism and Peace Activism," Oakland Tribune, May 18, 2003) Pretty ironic coming from a sprawling bureaucracy currently engaged in two aggressive wars of conquest for whom dropping a proverbial dime on unsuspecting goat herders or wedding parties is a walk in the park! Not to mention Joint Special Operations Command's "executive assassination ring" operating out of the former Vice President's office, who without so much as a by-your-leave, bumped-off official regime enemies. This latest outrage follows a consistent pattern by the Pentagon that the ACLU has called "an egregious insult to constitutional values". As Antifascist Calling revealed in previous reports, the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is now deployed inside the United States "under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the 'service component' of U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM)". AFC also reported that since NORTHCOM's launch in 2002, it has been mired in controversy. Among its more dubious accomplishments were illegal domestic spying operations in conjunction with the Pentagon's shadowy Counter Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA). Before being run to ground, like many Defense Department intelligence operations, CIFA was heavily outsourced to security corporations. More than 900 employees out of a total work force of 1,300 were high-paid contractors. A veritable honey-pot for defense grifters such as Mitchell Wade, the notorious ex-chairman of MZM Inc. and his sidekick, disgraced former Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R-CA), eventually imprisoned when a cash-and-hookers-for-contracts scandal signaled the (temporary) eclipse of neoconservative stalwarts in Congress. Despite CIFA's shut-down last year, its TALON database (Threat and Local Observation Notices), which contained hundreds of files on antiwar activists, was shunted over to the FBI for safekeeping in its Guardian database, one component of the Bureau's massive Investigative Data Warehouse. It's a safe bet however, that the illegal collection of intelligence on domestic dissidents continues apace. Inside the Antiterrorism-Training-Complex While the ideological mind-set driving domestic counterterrorism policies may not have changed much in the intervening years since Van Winkle's provocative statement, security firms and a veritable army of consultants drive America's Homeland Security-Industrial-Complex. As USA Today reported in 2006, "the homeland security business is booming, and now it eclipses mature enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenue". And is likely to continue along that trajectory well into the future as new official enemies, particularly in the heimat come on-line. 'Specialists" in this lucrative market are former Special Operations soldiers or retired Military Intelligence, FBI or CIA officers who supplement their pensions by plowing the green pastures of the "antiterrorism training" industry. Indeed, there's even an industry association (one of several), the International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP). [Keeping the rich safe from the citizens they exploit. -ed] According to a blurb on the group's website, IACSP was formed to create a "center of information and educational services for those concerned about the challenges now facing all free societies" and "is open to anyone with a sincere professional interest in understanding the security threat posed by terrorism and related conflicts". The organization conducts seminars and publishes The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security magazine. IACSP partners include: The Institute of Terrorism Research and Response. ITRR: Self-described as an "American and Israeli nonprofit corporation," ITRR market "Israeli and American experts" who provide "counter-terrorism training, seminars, and security specialization in dealing with threats such as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), suicide bombers, and other forms of international terror striking both the public and private sector". Their American-based "terror experts" conduct training seminars "in dealing with domestic terrorism and eco-terror groups, including the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and the Earth Liberation Front (ELF)". ITRR's Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center (TAM-C) was created to provide "provide accurate and actionable intelligence about potential security threats throughout the world". TAM-C's Ground Truth Network "leverages the ITRR's international contacts and sources to provide real-time intelligence from the field," while keeping "international corporations apprised of threats to their assets and personnel throughout the world". Partners include among others, The Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute (IEICI), the Perelman Security Group (PSG), and Multi Tier Solutions (MTS), a firm licensed by the Israeli Ministry of Defense, that provides "specialized consulting, field operations, specialized training, fusion center technology, intelligence management platforms". One shudders to think what activities fall under MTS' "field operations" brief! Henley-Putnam University: Describing itself as "the only online University that specializes exclusively in Intelligence, Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies," Henley-Putnam boasts that their faculty is comprised of "leaders in tradecraft from organizations such as the FBI, CIA, and Secret Service". Corporate partners include the Vienna, Virginia-based C2 Technologies, a firm specializing in "strategic human resources management, mission-critical outsourcing and information technology". The Centre for Counterintelligence and Security Studies (CI Centre): based in Alexandria, Virginia the firm offers "in-depth and relevant education, training and analysis on counterintelligence, counterterrorism and security". With a staff comprised of veteran Cold Warriors, CI Centre was founded in 1997 by David G. Major, "a retired, senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent". With tailored "core competencies" offered in counterintelligence strategy and tactics, understanding terrorism, economic espionage protection and the like, CI Centre boasts of a staff of instructors who are "seasoned veterans from the FBI, CIA, Defense Department, Military Intelligence, State Department, Department of Justice, Canadian RCMP and Cuban DI". CI Centre is a corporate member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), an ultra-rightist outfit founded in 1975 by CIA officer David Atlee Phillips. AFIO was a critical behind-the-scenes player that worked to sabotage Watergate-era investigations of CIA crimes by the Church and Pike Committees. CTC International Group, Inc. (CTC): Self-described as "a private intelligence agency for the global business community," CTC International "is staffed primarily by former CIA officers" that "acts as a private intelligence organization for the legal and corporate communities". The Performance Institute (PI): A "private, nonpartisan think tank," PI conducts seminars and on-site training that provides "intensive, methodology-based courses" that "include step-by-step processes to improve organizational management capacity". PI's Law Enforcement brief includes training in "Law Enforcement Management, Use of Force, Homeland Security, Funding, Sex Offender Management, Narcotics, Emergency Preparedness and Technology". IACSP will be sponsoring the 17th Annual Terrorism, Trends & Forecasts Symposium, September 18, 2009 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. In addition to standard boilerplate on Islamic terrorism and the "threat" of illegal immigration to national security, topics will include a presentation on "National Security and Liberty: A Delicate Balance". Needless to say, readers of Antifascist Calling won't be surprised at how the scales are tipped during this presentation! Another player in the Antiterrorism-Training-Complex is The Backup Training Corporation. In 2007 Backup Training was purchased by Blackwater (now Xe), the private military (mercenary) corporation. Backup is now Xe's "digital training division;" terms of the deal were not disclosed according to Washington Technology. The firm's law enforcement brief offers dozens of DVDs on diverse topics such as Community Policing, Cultural Diversity (!), Domestic Terrorist Groups, Gang Training, a Home Defense webinar, Managing Street Informants, Racial Profiling and Surveillance. But IACSP and Blackwater aren't alone in this lucrative field. St. Petersburg College's Florida Regional Community Policing Institute offers an "Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Awareness Training Program," in conjunction with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC). Operating with grants from the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security, the course is designed "to provide training to state and local law enforcement officers in domestic and international terrorism. The goal is to provide officers with a working knowledge of past and present terrorist/criminal extremist groups and individuals, their activities and tactics, and how to recognize and report potential indicators of terrorism and criminal extremism". There's even a module that will help you "identify the electronic tools and media which international and domestic terrorists use and the best practices identified for properly seizing computer hardware and peripherals". The Institute for Preventive Strategies (IPS): A division of the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Kentucky, IPS offers a Terrorism Prevention course for "law enforcement professionals". According to a blurb on the group's website, IPS avers that "Incidents related to homegrown terrorism in the United States are on the rise. Western Europe has long struggled with homegrown terrorists, but instances of American-born-and-raised citizens acting on Islamic terrorist motivations are a relatively new threat to the U.S.". Studiously ignored however, are recent incidents of terrorist violence directed against Americans such as the assassination of women's health care provider, Dr. George Tiller, gunned down in his church in Wichita, Kansas on May 31. The alleged shooter, Scott Roeder, an associate of the violent antiabortion Army of God and the white separatist Freeman movement, was videotaped gluing the locks on a Kansas City clinic according to Democracy Now! Although footage was turned over to the FBI days before the murder, the Bureau failed to act. Which just goes to show, "terrorism prevention" is fine when it comes to "Islamic radicals," antiwar activists or "ecoterrorists". Far-right Christian gangs on the other hand, are treated with kid gloves by the state or even celebrated as "heroes" by homegrown clerical fascists. Indeed, elements of the media such as the despicable Bill O'Reilly and his Fox News cohorts helped set the stage for Tiller's murder by labeling him "guilty of Nazi stuff," as Salon reported. America's Orwell Complex "Policing ideas, rather than criminal activities" as the ACLU wrote in a strongly-worded letter to Gail McGinn, Acting Under-Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, "runs counter to our nation's core principles, undermining the very foundations of a free society". While true as far as it goes, the history of the United States is replete with Orwellian moments such as this, where "freedom" is code for buying commodities and keeping your mouth shut - or else. >From the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, from COINTELPRO to Operation CHAOS, and from the USA PATRIOT Act to warrantless wiretapping and beyond, the national security state has always had but one purpose: to keep the lid on at home, thus greasing the wheels for corporate resource extraction (armed theft) on a planetary scale. And they call this "freedom". Tom Burghardt is a researcher and activist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to publishing in Covert Action Quarterly and Global Research, an independent research and media group of writers, scholars, journalists and activists based in Montreal, his articles can be read on Dissident Voice, The Intelligence Daily and Pacific Free Press. He is the editor of Police State America: U.S. Military "Civil Disturbance" Planning, distributed by AK Press. --------12 of 12-------- From: David Shove <shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu> Subject: New Broom grades Mpls City Council 13 New Broom "A new broom sweeps clean". New Broom was formed in September 2008 in response to the RNC. Police state tactics by cops and sheriffs, aided and abetted by Mpls & StPaul mayors and city councils. Mayors and councils already selling out the cities and citizens to developers/predators. New Broom is: Dems, libertarians, Greens, Ron Paul Republicans, anarchists, Independents, independents, Open Progressives. New Broom contains several serious policy/ordinance/procedure wonks deep in city meetings, documents line by line, casting light in dark corners. New Broom for now concentrates on Mpls, because the mayor and whole city council are up this November 2009. New Broom grades the 13 members of the Mpls City Council grade ward/incumbent F 1/Ostrow C- 2/Gordon D- 3/Hofstede F 4/Johnson F 5/Samuels worst of all F 6/Lilligren second worst F 7/Goodman C- 8/Glidden C- 9/Schiff D+ 10/Remington D- 11/Benson D- 12/Colvin-Roy D+ 13/Hodges Average: D-/D. Mean: D-. We deserve better. Lots better. B or better. The lower the grade, the bigger the broom should be. Ostrow-1, Remington-10 & Benson-11 won't run again. Gordon's earlier C dropped to C- for endorsing RT (RNC/stadium) Rybak. New Broom will in the future report on, and in many cases grade, opposition candidates as they reveal themselves. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8
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