Wednesday, August 15, 2012

12-08-16 What Incites Occupy Movements and What They in Turn Must Display: Contempt

The problem of violence, then, is not the problem of a few rioters and rebels, but the problem of a whole social structure which is outwardly ordered and respectable, and inwardly ridden by psychopathic obsessions and delusions.-- Thomas Merton

12-08-16 Liberty on trial in the United States

NDAA on trial: White House refuses to abide with ban against indefinite detention of Americans 

Not only is the White House fighting in court for the power to jail Americans indefinitely without trial, but the Obama administration is refusing to tell a federal judge if they've abided by an injunction that prohibits them from such. When President Obama signed the bill on December 31, he granted the government the power to put any American away in jail over even suspected terrorist ties, but federal court Judge Katherine Forrest ruled in May that this particular part of the NDAA, Section 1021, failed to "pass constitutional muster" and ordered a temporary injunction.

12-08-09 Occupier charged with terrorism for protesting in front of a bank

Russia Today

Occupier charged with terroristic felony for protesting in front of bank

Published: 09 August, 2012, 00:24
AFP Photo / Spencer Platt
AFP Photo / Spencer Platt
TAGS: CrimeProtestUSABanking

A protester belonging to an Occupy Wall Street group in rural Pennsylvania is being charged with felony attempted bank robbery and a terrorism-related charge for holding signs up during a demonstration at a local Wells Fargo branch.
David C. Gorczynski, 22, was charged on Tuesday with attempted bank robbery and terroristic threatening, both felonies, as well as one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Police detained him after he walked into an Easton, PA Wells Fargo branch with a sign that read “You’re being robbed” and another that said “Give a man a gun, he can rob a bank. Give a man a bank, and he can rob a country.”
Gorczynski was at the Wells Fargo bank as part of a demonstration led by Occupy Easton, the small Pennsylvania town’s OWS offshoot.
Easton is located around 60 miles outside of Philadelphia and has a population of only 26,800 according to the 2010 census.
The Express-Times reports that police were alerted to the branch after a bank teller hit an alarm that alerted the authorities.
"I think our guys did what they had to do in this instance," Easton police Chief Carl Scalzo tells the paper. "At the end of the day, if we get a report of a panic alarm at a bank, we're going to respond accordingly."
Chief Scalzo adds that Gorczynski’s First Amendment right to protest freely can’t trump any allegations that he may have been behind something more sinister.
"We can't allow the perceived idea of protesting to be a defense to criminality," Scalzo says in response to reports that the suspect was simply demonstrating Wall Street corruption. "People have to understand if they want to protest, there's a line."
Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Union tells the paper that the charges seem “overzealous . . . especially given the clear political nature of the statements.”
Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli tells The Express-Times, “I'm very on top of this" and claims he is investigating whether or not the charges were justified.
“He is not the criminal. If the police were truly there to protect and serve the taxpayers, the banksters would be arrested and this man would be called a hero,” the Occupy Easton group responds on Facebook.
Gorczynski was released on $10,000 bond after a defense and bail fund established online helped bring in enough money to buy his freedom after his arrest.

12-08-15 Unusual sequence of events on the Israel/Egypt/Gaza border, and beyond...

An unusual and unreasonable sequence of events, where at least some of the information, currently available, appears suspect:

  • August 5, 2012 -  attack on Egyptian military by an unknown group (originally claimed to be "Al-Qaida affiliated", or "Global Jiadists"), based in Gaza
  • August 5, 2012 - subsequent attempted attack on the Israeli border, which was foiled through advance knowledge of the attack by the Israelis
  • August 9, 2012 - revelations that Egyptian Intelltigence was also pre-warned by Israel, but took no preventive measures lead to his dismissal.
  • August 11, 2012 - retaliatory "Eagle 3" operation by Egypt, with Israeli consent, in effort to reestablish its sovereignty in the Sinai peninsula.
  • August 12, 2012 - new President Morsi fired the Tantawi and other leaders, and asserted civilian control over Egypt from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces
  • August 14, 2012 - Morsi awards the dismissed generals medals for their service.

Yemen Al-Qaida training Gaza groups to attack Israel

Documents sent to Haaretz by Shi'ite separatists in Yemen that opposes Al-Qaida points to regular, direct contact between Al-Qaida and Gaza Strip supporters.

By Zvi Bar'el | May.24, 2010 | 1:57 AM
Gaza militants

Shin Bet chief: Al-Qaida affiliated groups behind Gaza violence

The security services head spoke to Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee after IDF opened fire on militants on Gaza border earlier in the day.

By Jonathan Lis and The Associated Press | Jan.18, 2011 | 9:01 PM |

Israeli artillery on the Gaza border - AP

Armed militants attack Egyptian army outpost, try to infiltrate Israel border

Sinai Global Jihad militants attacked Egyptian outpost, killed between 10 and 15, stole armored vehicles; no Israeli casualties reported; all Eshkol Regional Council residents now allowed to leave houses, expect for residents of Halutziot, Kerem Shalom.

By Avi Issacharoff, Gili Cohen and Yanir Yagna Aug.05, 2012 | 10:47 PM |
Weapons seized by the IDF - IDF Spokesman

Sinai attack proves Islamist terrorists are targeting Egyptians as well as Israelis

How will the attack affect the ties between Egypt and Israel, in light of the already weak relations with the new Egyptian government?

By Amos Harel and Avi Issacharoff Aug.06, 2012 | 1:04 AM |
A Hamas member examining the site of the air strike in Gaza Sunday.

Egypt fires intelligence chief over Sinai attack

  • Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:01 a.m.

CAIRO — Egypt’s president fired his intelligence chief on Wednesday for failing to act on an Israeli warning of an imminent attack days before militants stormed a border post in the Sinai Peninsula and killed 16 soldiers.
The dismissal, which followed Egyptian airstrikes against Sinai militants, also marked a bold attempt by the Islamist leader to deflect popular anger over the attack. It pointed to a surprising level of cooperation with the powerful military leaders who stripped the presidency of significant powers just before President Mohammed Morsi took office June 30.

Sinai terror attack serves as a bloody wake up call for Egypt's new president

Senior Haaretz analyst Avi Issacharoff says Mohammed Morsi now faces the major challenge of combating jihadists in the lawless desert peninsula.

By Avi Issacharoff | Aug.10, 2012 | 10:15 AM |

Egyptian military policemen carry the coffin of one of 16 soldiers killed

Egypt's offensive pits 'Mr. Security' against the 'Sinai's Bin Laden'

The attack on Egyptian forces allows newly-elected president Morsi to rebrand himself as a daring national leader, but troubles at home are blowing down his neck.

By Avi Issacharoff Aug.11, 2012 |
A boy walks near army trucks carrying tanks and vehicles at Rafah city

Egypt's President Morsi removes Defense Minister Tantawi, chief of staff

Move comes as newest phase in struggle between military, Muslim Brotherhood; Morsi cancels constitutional declaration aiming to limit presidential powers which the army issued in June.

By Avi Issacharoff, Reuters and The Associated Press Aug.12, 2012 | 6:11 PM |
Morsi July 5, 2012 (AP)

Egypt's president awards medals to sacked generals

AP foreign, 
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has given awards to the nation's two top military commanders, two days after he ordered their retirement.
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, who ruled Egypt through his military council for 17 months after last year's popular uprising overthrew longtime President Hosni Mubarak, and his chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Sami Anan, made their first public appearance to receive the nation's highest medal.
President Mohammed Morsi, who ordered the two to leave their posts and take positions on his advisory council instead, presented the awards.
His decision Sunday stunned the nation. It followed a power struggle between the Islamist president and the powerful military, which indirectly ruled the nation for six decades.
After awarding them the Nile Medal, Morsi met with Tantawi and Anan.

Egypt's Morsi honours retired military brass Tantawi and Anan
The former head of Egypt's military and one-time de facto ruler, Hussein Tantawi, and former chief of staff Sami Anan arrive to presidential palace to receive state medals