Oct. 26th, 2011

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I saw this on [livejournal.com profile] erynn999's and have permission to repost.

Go. Read. This is so totally wrong I simply don't have words.

erynn999's LJ post

If you can get to the original post, here's a copy:

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Scott Olsen, a young Iraq war vet, and a member of Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Against the War, was shot in the head at close range by police with a tear gas canister. He is currently in the hospital with a skull fracture and swelling in his brain. This young man came through two tours in Iraq and was violently assaulted by police while peacefully protesting.

There are stories and video at the following links:

The Bay Citizen

Huffington Post

The New Civil Rights Movement

The Guardian (UK)

In other, unsurprising news, Google reports that from January to June this year, they received at least one request from US law enforcement agencies to remove videos of police brutality. Given the protests that began a month ago, I expect we will see more of these requests happening.

We are having our rights to free assembly removed from us. We are being subjected to unlawful search and seizure at airports when we fly -- an Air Force veteran reports that she was harassed and injured by TSA agents for reading the constitution while being subjected to a search. The rights and protections that our parents and grandparents and great-grandparents fought and sometimes died for in the unions in the 30s and the civil rights movements of the 60s -- a 40 hour work week, health and safety regulations, overtime pay, the right to organize, minimum wage, privacy, safe and legal abortions, birth control -- are being stolen from us. The infrastructure of roads, bridges, schools, parks, and other public works are crumbling and not being repaired or maintained. Environmental protections set up in the 60s and 70s are being dismantled.

Is this really the government we want?

It's not the one I want.

This is what the end of an empire looks like, folks. This is the world we are giving to our kids and their kids. Think about that. Then think about what you can do to change it.

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Anybody - *ANYBODY* - who has heard the cry of "MEDIC!" used in real life knows this isn't a staged video. And that is most certainly the use of smoke grenades, if not tear gas, and most likely flash-bangs going off in and around the crowds.

And I agree. TSA has become a collection of jack booted brown shirts with no ability to think on their own. For as long as I can, I will drive long before I fly again. And I'll stop driving when TSA starts making road side check anywhere I'm going.

I did *not* wear the uniform and take care of sick and injured military, their families and veterans for 21+ years to have some thugs try to restrict all the liberties I served for everyone to enjoy.

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