02 October 2011

NYPD. A division of JP Morgan Chase.™

No, I'm not kidding.*

And those Wall Street motherfuckers are getting a helluva return on investment. Today the NYPD arrested 700 peaceful Wall Street protesters after luring them into a trap.

The NY Times reports:
None of the protesters interviewed knew if the bridge march was planned or a spontaneous decision by the crowd. But all insisted that the police had made no mention that the roadway was off limits. Ms. Day and several others said that police officers had walked beside the crowd until the group reached about midway, then without warning began to corral the protesters behind orange nets.

“The cops watched and did nothing, indeed, seemed to guide us onto the roadway,” said Jesse A. Myerson, a media coordinator for Occupy Wall Street who marched but was not arrested.

Etan Ben-Ami, 56, a psychotherapist from Brooklyn who was up on the walkway, said that the police seemed to make a conscious decision to allow the protesters to claim the road...Mr. Ben-Ami said he left the walkway and joined the crowd on the road. “It seemed completely permitted,” he said. “There wasn’t a single policeman saying ‘don’t do this’.”
He added: “We thought they were escorting us because they wanted us to be safe.”

“This was not a trap,” [Paul J. Browne, the chief spokesman for the New York Police Department] said. “They were warned not to proceed.”
We have a grave problem in America when — on behalf of the corporations that regulate our government — police are dispatched to punish citizens for exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and petition the Government for a redress of their grievances.

All of this has caused me to recall the words of Justice William O. Douglas where he prophesied the modern oligarch's insistence that even their worst excesses must be rewarded as successes because they are "too big to fail."
We have here the problem of bigness....The Curse of Bigness' shows how size can become a menace – both industrial and social. It can be an industrial menace because it creates gross inequalities against existing or putative competitors. It can be a social menace – because of its control of prices...[P]rice level determines in large measure whether we have prosperity or depression...

[A]ll power tends to develop into a government in itself. Power that controls the economy should be in the hands of elected representatives of the people, not in the hands of an industrial oligarchy. Industrial power should be decentralized. It should be scattered into many hands so that the fortunes of the people will not be dependent on the whim or caprice, the political prejudices, the emotional stability of a few self-appointed men. 
His dissent was not argued from optimism or ignorance. Prior to his appointment to the court, Douglas was the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

* Per their own press release, "JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD's main data center." [emphasis added]

2 chimed in:

Anonymous said...

One thing this entire situation has done is bring to light how people are willing to lay blame on ONLY multinational corporations - via Wall Street - without addressing theother part of the problem: that none of this would have been possible if the government hadn't totally aided and abetted not just multinational corporations (who answer to no one and no nation) and mega banks. These people protesting Wall Street are only addressing half the problem. Wall Street is merely a symbol and representation of corruption. The greed and corruption on Wall Street are a symptom of something far worse and edemic. This nation is in a constitutional crisis. 1st and 4th amendment rights are being violated in the name of "national security" and "general welfare." Bush was content to capture and torture, but now our government just hunts down and assassinates...I thought we were a nation of laws and justice. The constitution is construed however it is most convenient for those purchasing legislation or regulation. And, most ironic of all, equal protection is violated in order to further "morality." Morality? This from a government whose officials are purchased and no longer elected based on merit; this from a government who no longer represents the interests of constituents but the interests of multinational corporations and mega banks; this from a government who hemmorages taxpayer dollars and begs for more - if a business was run that way, it would have no good will or customers left. And we are coerced into supporting a system than no longer reflects our interests or our values. All this, and people are protesting Wall Street? Give me a break. Wall Street is a fraction of the problem. We need to give individuals more rights than corporations, ban lobbying, and throw the bums out of office. We need to restore the power to coin and print money back to Congress, not some private centralized bank that makes every crisis it touches worse. And we need to actually hold businesses accountable; if you or I hit a person with our car, we're paying for it. We can't hide. But a corporation? No liability, no accountability. Same with the government and politicians. There need to be prosecutions and people need to be put in prison. People need to stop blaming the right or blaming the left or playing the race card or using other divisive tactics...rather, they should be furious that all of our rights are eroding each time our constitution is subverted...in a protest; in a drone attack; in an unlawful search...

That kind of redress can't be found by blaming Wall Street. People need to be blaming Washington. The oligarchy creating this mess aren't just CEOs in Wall Street offices. They are faceless corporate boardmemebers, bankers, and politician puppets funded by offshore interests. Until people wake up to that truth, no protest on Wall Street will change a damn thing.

Aubrey

Anonymous said...

We should all be concerned that there is a secret panel that puts individuals on a kill or capture list. How do they get put on the list? Who deceides? What are the requirements, safeguards, and legalities? HOW IS THIS CONSTITUTIONAL? It not. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/05/us-cia-killlist-idUSTRE79475C20111005