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"AMY GOODMAN: Jeremy Scahill, yesterday you talked about being in New Orleans after Katrina, seeing the Blackwater guards come in, being paid $350 by Blackwater, but Blackwater charging $950. What about other places in the United States, deploying here, like the border?
JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, Blackwater really viewed New Orleans as an opportunity to begin a whole new division, and they started, after Hurricane Katrina, a domestic operations division. Blackwater representatives, a few months ago, met with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger about doing disaster response in the event of an earthquake. The company has simultaneously applied for operating licenses in all of the coastal states of the United States.
Their new training facility, they call it -- I call it a private military base -- is opening up now in Illinois. In fact, they just released yesterday their new training schedule, and there's grassroots resistance in Illinois happening to the opening of this private military base in Mount Carroll, Illinois, which is a few hours outside of Chicago. Blackwater is also struggling to open a new facility in San Diego -- near San Diego, California. Once again, local people are rising up and saying, "We don't want these men with heavy weapons coming into our community. We don't want the rattle of machinegun fire." So Blackwater really, I think, views the domestic feeding trough in the United States as a frontier to conquer.
Simultaneously, Blackwater also is manufacturing surveillance blimps that they're marketing to the Department of Homeland Security perhaps for use in monitoring the US-Mexico border. It's increasing its training of federal law enforcement and trying to get more contracts to train domestic forces inside of the United States."
Learn more about your rights and Constitution in 8 hours then in any high school or college classes combined.
Lane Community College has contracted with Iowa-based MetaBank to issue debit cards to students beginning this summer instead of financial aid checks or offering a direct deposit option.
Speak out for Oregon cougars now!
Monday, March 26, 6 p.m.
Hood River Inn - Gorge Room
1108 East Marina Way (Exit 64, off of I-84)
Hood River, OR 97031
Las cucarachas subterraneas presentan , presentacion de documental ( gratis)
Central Oregon Occupy Congressman Walden's office demanding end to Iraq occupation.
At the order of Stalin, the Russian Ambassador to France, Christian Rakovsky was tortured and "broken." He'd been convicted of being a Nazi spy and was to be executed, unless he could reveal something to Stalin that could save his life. A high ranking Soviet intelligence official presided over the interrogation, with only a Dr. Landowsky present to preside over it for medical purposes as mild drugs were issued to reduce reluctance to speak. Landowsky's family had suffered from Stalin's reign of terror so he, under certain threat of death, made a third manuscript of the interrogation...
Jeremy's insight about them and the BlackWater hidious Right-Wing Christo-Fascist connections shoud scar the shit out of you. They were the the Imperial Mercenaries (Corporatist Storm Troopers) patrolling the streets of New Orleans during martial law after Katrina. When martial law is imposed in Cascadia (be it due to reaction to protests or the megaquake from the Cascadian Subduction zone) it will be BlackWater USA driving down your street in their armoured vehicles while DynCorp covers any medication emergency that needs vaccinations. Remember the National Guards (what is left of them) will be rerouted under Bush's orders. Hell these new Christian Templar Knights will be the ones to help you on your way to the detention centers or labour camps.
You dont want that? The form neighbor militia and emergency plans now to keep them out and prepare for that megaquake.
Please pass this article on and tomorrow is part 2 of the interview along with Naomi Klien (author of No Logo).
Patty Murray tries to explain/justify her opposition to impeaching bush and cheney. It is more of the Democrats' script. Why are the Democrats so afraid of impeachment? It does not make sense to me.
People will gather in Sylvester Park on Saturday, March 24th starting at 11 for a drumming for peace event, and then a rally beginning at noon. Here is video flyer for the event, that captures the recent OLY peace activism.
I am passing this along, not to endorse Mitch (he's not campaigning anymore, he's actually doing shit by the sounds of this), but because I myself was interested to read in the progress that has been made with some pretty important bills that are now laws, and some that are being re-worked. And also it seemed important to pass along the background (and future plans) behind the passage of the creation of another rainy day fund, by suspending the corporate kicker for the coming year, which I was very surprised to see pass. I think this information is important to share with others in Oregon and so I'm reposting this email so others can also get an idea of what is going on in this legislative session in Oregon.
Rising Tide is an international grassroots network of groups and individuals who take direct action to confront the roots causes of climate change and promote local, community-based solutions to the climate crisis. In a multi-media presentation celebrating fossil fuel resistance from around the globe, we will highlight the diversity of creative tactics that are taking a bottom-up approach to connecting the dots between OIL, WAR CORPORATE POWER, COAL and the De-STABILIZATION of the GLOBAL CLIMATE. ... with voices from the front lines of the struggle for ecological justice in the Pacific Northwest! http://risingtidenorthamerica.org/
The Beehive is a wildly motivated all-volunteer, art-activist collective that has gained international attention and participation for its collaboratively produced graphics campaigns. With three giant illustrated portable murals, a six foot tall fabric storybook, and an engaging narrative, the Bees take audiences on an interactive VISUAL tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARIZATION, and RESOURCE EXTRACTION in the Americas. http://www.beehivecollective.org/
Video of pepper spraying at Park/Morrison on Channel 12 news
Tre's words, legal update, and upcoming event.
Folks, posting videos on google and YouTube is less than ideal, because controversial ones get taken down or force you to sign up to see them, AND because not everyone wants to install the latest software (Flash 7) in order to be able to watch them...
Wed, 14 Mar 2007
The BLM and U.S. Forest Service released an Environmental Assessment today outlining their preliminary decision to grant a lease to Idaho General Mines for land north of Mount St. Helens. They are proposing to lease 217 acres of the approximately 900 acres the company was hoping to lease, while leaving the option for leasing the remaining 600 + acres for a later date. They are not allowing any activity on the ground and are requiring the mining company to apply for a permit (which will require a new environmental review) for exploration. You can view the EA at www.blm.gov/or/index.php
Photo of the Bend "Imagine Peace" Event, March 17
Many hearty greetings from Rising Tide and the Beehive Design Collective!
We're writing from Maine and here in Oregon with good news...our two organizations are joining forces this Spring to cross-pollinate the Pacific Northwest together!
We hope you'll join us for an interactive, multi-media, combined presentation that celebrates fossil fuel resistance from around the globe AND embarks on a visual tour of the Beehive Collective's Graphic Trilogy about corporate globalization in the Americas (FEATURING a behind-the-scenes look at the long-anticipated MESOAMERICA RESISTE graphic, currently on the cusp of completion!).
The fun start March 22nd and runs till April 7th. We'll be speaking throughout Cascadia, from Victoria, BC to Ashland, Oregon!
Hoping that Portand's march and rally will be more creatively radical, more assertive and confrontational... but even if it isn't, is it worth doing?
While the nabobs of negativism continue to nitpick about "oaths to the Constitution" or "morality", Burl Doomenauer, champion of the middle of the road, has decided to run against Gordon Smith in 2008 to support our troops and the war on terror.
Subject: ARC's Meeting in Portland
Date: March 17, 2007 9:17:57 AM PDT
Did anyone attend the American Recreation Coalition / USFS listening
session at the Edgefield McMenamin's on Thursday? Has anyone seen any
articles generated from that event or heard any radio coverage???
audio from video shot in tacoma on march 11 at port of tacoma the day tj johnson olympia city councilman was arrested
we have a real chance of getting an irv bill passed by the oregon legislature.
but we need your help to do it.
now. now. now.
Make signs, drink beer, and dance. Tomorrow we rumble.
I need some help getting my friend to quit smoking, possibly by trickery.
Today at 1PM I visited Senator Smith's office in Eugene...
On 4th Aniversary of Rachel's Death ,she remains unknown to most of her generation
'Help Is Here Express' Bus Traveling Through Eastern and Central Oregon To Help Patients in Need Obtain Prescription Medicines
Wa Rep. Jay Inslee tries to justify his opposition of WA impeachment resolution. He clearly cannot tell the truth and I am not sure he even knows the truth. Here is his letter with my response.
!Raccoon Radio! is a Weekly Northwest Audio Zine looking at culture, music, politics and more. This issue contains talks by Palestinians, Palestinian Americans and American activists on the nearly 60 year illegal occupation of parts of Palestine by the Israeli government.
This Friday marks the four year anniversary of the death of American activist and International Solidarity Movement member Rachel Corrie. Rachel was killed in Gaza, Palestine while defending a Palestinian home against illegal demolition by Israeli bulldozers.
democrats' foreign policy dictated by tel aviv
Below are the comments Larry Mosqueda delivered at the Olympia City Council meeting, 3/13/07, in support of Councilmember TJ Johnson. He is under attack for his participation and civil disobedience arrest on Sunday, 3/11/07 at the Port of Tacoma for trying to stop the illegal shipment of arms (Strykers) to the Illegal war and occupation in Iraq.
Daylight gathering at the Port of Tacoma Thursday March 15th 2007, welcoming
communities in collaboration to end the Iraq War and Occupation.
Wear mourning clothes, bring many flowers to honor the victims.
Gather at 4PM at Thorne and 11th on the Port of Tacoma.
Carpool from Olympia at Harrison and Division to LEAVE at 3PM Sharp.
The loading of the ship is nearing completion and the Strykers will soon be shipping
Subject: ARC coming to Portland TOMORROW!!!
Date: March 14, 2007 9:48:53 AM PDT
I don't know whether I should be encouraging folks in the Portland area to attend the forum being hosted tomorrow by the American Recreation Coalition, or encouraging people not to dignify this event with their own presence.
Images from Monday, March 12, 2007, at the Port of Tacoma, of citizen activists demonstrating dissent and protesting the deployment of the 4th Stryker Brigade as part of George Bush's escalation and surge in troop levels.
It happened again
Meet at Pierce County Jail at 7pm and then head down to port at 9pm.
After traveling 3,000 miles from northern Ontario, Grassy
Narrows First Nation community members have reached Seattle.
Their mission? To demand that logging giant Weyerhaeuser work to
stop the clear-cutting in Grassy's ancestral homeland. You can
follow their journey at:
Beaverton Postal is trying out a new corporatist (fascist) scam to privatize your mail. So Cascadians we need in this age of spying and privatization the Anarchist Postal Service, BUT where are they????
Story at BlueOregon.
This morning's local media is abuzz with reports of the latest PoPiggy incident.
Seems Portland's so-called "finest" were trying out for a Monty Python skit as
it seemed to fit their level of "humor" and they tasered on a diabetic woman
who was in the throes of full-blown MEDICAL CRISIS.
Were do these Clownish-Cops come from? Did they jock their ways through
High School Basic Health classes and sneaked peeks from other's papers for
test and got it garbled at that?
Anyone that paid attention in their High School Basic Health Classes damned
well knows that the issue of DIABETES was adequately covered and that it
is medical fact that the condition is a metabolism disorder, and that when the
condition causes a drop in a person's blood sugar levels, that their metabolism
rate is gravely disordered same time...more so than usual and when kept under
A sane person would then realize that the absolute last thing to be used on a
person suffering a severe metabolism drop (via rapid diabetic blood sugar drop
...a clear and well-recognized MEDICAL CRISIS) is to thrust a taser into their
body...for any reason!
Who is in charge of "training" of these Clownish Cops?
Is it Karen Minnis's (Oregon's very own Queen-of-Mean) hubby....John Minnis?
To sort out the much touted "training deficiencies" the PPB labor under, why
don't we start the discussion with the main dude that head's up the State's
prime agency that oversees cop certifications and their training...let us see
if there is a ny deficiencies with this dude and then work our way down the
long list of culpable government toadies that deserve some sort of smack as
result of this horrible injustice.
A MEDICAL CRISIS for Christ's sake!
The Eugene City Council just passed a resolution on a vote of 5 to 3 to end current wars in Persian Gulf, and to oppose Bush's plans for new wars in Iran of Syria. Curiously, the city councilors who opposed the resolution stated that they were also against the war, but that they felt it "is not a local matter"... and that specifically it is congress job to end the war.
Mark your calendars. March 19, 2007 is quickly approaching as this is one of
the most important days in the history of Seattle Hip Hop when
Northwest pioneer DV One stands trial vs The Seattle Police Department.
Sara Rich, Mother of Suzanne Swift, to Address Council. De Fazio is in hiding.
call to action for all over the northwest.
March 12 is impeachement day on capitol campus in Olympia. Help push SJM 8016 to a vote.
A non-violent direction action took place this afternoon at the Port of Tacoma, which has seen demonstrations throughout this week as people try to stop the Iraq war.
Agenda to include memorial to end the wars (hopefully not start new on with Iran either).
monday, march 12th, is impeachment day at the capitol. plan to
visit members of the senate, stand vigil around the chamber, to be
Be at Port of Tacoma on Mon @ 9pm
report recently posted @ KGW-TV's website tells of SaPiggies
shooting a 60-year old man, and the report was carefully worded to give the SaPiggy spinmeistered version. As we so
well know, when it comes to the Piggies, there is their version and at the other extreme is the TRUTH. We need to
stay abreast of this story and dig into the details to
ferret out the truth, for we know that is not what we'll
get from Corporate Media or the Piggy Thugs!
Below is the link for those so interested:
Police responded with excessive violence to peaceful protesters early at 3:30 am on 3/10/07. They used an array of chemical weapons as well as beanbags, pepper spray pellets and rubber bullets to break up a non violent street sit in.
March 10, 12 noon
Downtown Seattle Westlake Park
The memorial 8016 is being held up by the Democratic leadership in the Senate. People are pushing for it to go to the Senate floor for a vote.
Here is a forward I recieved and thought I should share it with the community.
As a side note I think this would be a great event for all Cascadians to come together and talk of their bioregion as well as the Earth as a whole.
See previous: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/03/355321.shtml?discuss
This outrageous attempt to hijack an ostensible "anti-war" event must be resisted.
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