Fat Cops, Official Lackeys & The Parasitic Rich

My beat is drug trafficking and the American Drugs Lords, but there will be occasional digressions, as the spirit moves me. Last week, it moved me a lot…

Remember the pepper-spraying cop at that UC Davis Occupy Wall Street rally last November? The official government report was released last week, and it makes interesting reading.

Once again your government has failed you. Once again no one’s to blame. Once again, nobody’s going down.

44 years after the world watched squads of thugs wearing police uniforms at the Democratic Convention in Chicago commit felony assault with vicious intent to do bodily harm against Americans seeking redress for grievances (the generation-long Vietnam War), little has changed.

What protesters were doing in Chicago and at UC Davis  was exercising a right explicitly granted to them by the Constitution of the United States. 

Yet for some strange reason  none of the voices raised in protest against their vicious treatment have ever come from strict Constitutionalists or the ‘get the government off my back’ crowd.

They are apparently okay with Lt. John Pike nonchalantly strolling back and forth spraying military-grade pepper spray at point-blank range like he's killing cockroaches in his kitchen.

So much for "Don't Tread on Me."

"Hippies & non-affiliates" just doesn't sound the same

The surprising thing about the felony assault by pepper spray against peaceful protesters at UC Davis isn’t that fat cops and  government officials (even ostensibly liberal officials) are still operating with impunity…

It’s that their excuses haven't changed in forty years.

 UC Davis’ police chief Annette Spicuzza excused her officer's actions, expressing concern that protesters were not students but “non-affiliates." She said some were wearing protective gear and some held batons. 

Apparently, “non-affiliates” is a way of not sounding Nixonian when saying  “outside agitators.” Needless to say, no batons or protective head gear can be seen in the videos.

The final insult was when she said: “Officers were forced to use pepper spray when students surrounded them,” adding, “There was no way out of the circle.”

At that point she was apparently still unaware that anyone with a computer and a modem could see just how non-threatened her officers were.

The Freedom of Expression Support Team

But the big news coming out of the release of the report was the extensive surveillance program the University of California has run with the collaboration of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, including an FBI-sponsored "Academic Alliance" providing  "one-stop shopping" to campus police departments interested in deploying CS gas, beanbag rounds, and pepper pellets.

A Public Records Act request by a UC Davis student resulted in the release of documents which disclosed that University, State, and Federal officials from the FBI formed a network called the 'Activism Response Team' to keep close tabs on student activists, including monitoring student Facebook activity.

High-ranking administrators, and staff members, and leaders of the campus police department were conducting surveillance and infiltration programs “to monitor, and shape the protests, and also the narrative reported by the news media,” reported the ACLU.

After news of the until-now covert program broke, University administrators announced they have changed the team’s name from  ‘Activism Response Team’ to ‘The Freedom of Expression Support Team.’

Perhaps the new name was coined by the anonymous genius who came up with "collateral damage."

A kinder gentler stonewall

After the feeble excuses, like night follows day, came the stonewall.

The campus will commission an independent, top-to-bottom audit of campus police operations and will hold a forum on police accountability with an “internationally recognized expert.”

UC Davis spokesman Barry Shiller said Chancellor Katehi has no plans to grant interviews. "The entire administrative leadership team is very appropriately focused on digesting, taking stock and mapping out a plan going forward," he said.

She won't answer questions. Not because she doesn't want to, mind… she's just digesting.

One thing has changed.  In none of the more than two dozen military operations or wars the U.S. has conducted since Vietnam was America’s national security at stake.

This time, it is. If Republican really were the party concerned with national security, they would have raised the alarm.

The impotence of American society as a whole to hold either public officials or their parasitic rich patrons to account for looting the American economy with impunity four years ago has imperiled America’s place in the world.

Forget Wall Street. Occupy Greenwich!

The US Government’s complete lack of response to the mass looting of the American Economy by people living in Greenwich Connecticut has rendered that leafy suburb the true seat of power in the fast-fading American Empire.

The closing line of Philip Glass's opera Satyagraha is, “When righteousness withers away and evil rules the land, we come into being, age after age, and take visible shape, and move, men and women together, for the protection of good, thrusting back evil and putting virtue on her seat again.”

Even the American Civil Liberties Union can occasionally be pithy: "When the cost of speech is a shot of blinding, burning pepper spray in the face, speech is not free." 

This ain’t Syria. A paid vacation is not the way to deal with a chemical crackdown on your fellow citizens.

These people all need to be fired.

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Daniel Hopsicker

Daniel Hopsicker is an investigative journalist and the author of two books on transnational crime, Welcome to Terrorland and Barry & the Boys.

10 Responses

  1. Todd Skinner says:

    Good use of your forum. The more people that know about these things the better. People really have to search and make it a priority to get a clear picture of all the perspectives on what is happening today. Since people are no longer taught how to think critically and spot logical fallacies it makes the road long and bumpy. Getting information without coming to conclusions and forming beliefs is an almost insurmountable problem. People who would be helpful to affecting change subvert their cause by believing everything that they read and coming to conclusions. I.e. Jesus is better than Buddha or Democrats are better than Republicans, Politicians are crooks, The govt is responsible for running drugs, etc. If we changed our thinking to replace the “is” with “maybe” we might have less problems and more critical thought. Once the word “is” comes into play, critical thinking on the subject usually stops. IMHO, the world would be a much saner and thoughtful place if we took the “is” out of our language and replaced it with “maybe” or “seems”. This seems to work for me most of the time.

    A outraged populace with hard and fast beliefs seems to empower the current system and make it stronger. A critical thinking populace might serve to provide a stronger resistance and effect more change as it would appear to those on the fence as a very reasonable approach and appeal to facts, logic and reason as opposed to emotion.

    There are many contintellpro and disinfo sources out there who’s only purpose is to rile people up and get them to react emotionally and form hard and fast opinions based mostly on emotional appeal with little basis on fact, this is classic use of logical fallacies. It appears to me, easy to recognize these sources once you key into their methods. Some clear examples are Infowars.com and wellaware1.com, there are dozens of others. The main goals of these sites seem to be eliciting of a emotional response of outrage, fear and terror by using some basic logical fallacies. It’s really hard for people to defend against logical fallacies, like appealing to emotion, if they haven’t been trained to think logically and notice them. It seems to make them super easy to manipulate.

    There is a reason that they don’t teach logic and rhetoric in schools any more. The only place you can learn logical thinking skills are through self study and 50K$ a year ivy league schools. There is a reason that only the most well off financially have access to these places and information. The rabbit hole goes deeply in to the core of basic education. Not so much what we are taught but what we aren’t taught.

    If you get a list of the 10 most basic logical fallacies and keep them next to you or in your pocket and learn them you might start to see them used all the time in every kind of media regardless of the source. Left, right, democrat, republican, conspiracy, there are very few sources of information out there that present information in a logical, fallacy free manner. It was a real eye opener for me. It became very apparent very quickly what information sources were useful and what information sources were trying to use me.

    here’s a good intro to learning about logical fallacies

    Thanks again for presenting the facts and making strong arguments, journalists like you are a rare breed.

  2. Bob Dobbs says:

    These people don't just need to be fired, they need to be arrested and prosecuted for felony assault with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit same..

  3. tom miller says:

    You can't love liberty and cops both.

  4. Todd Skinner says:

    Bob, that’s rich humor. Without tens of thousands of dollars spent on legal manuvering you will never see any charges brought to bear. The tactics at ucDavis are state and federal backed policy .Actions speak so screamingly loud.


    What exactly, is your definition of liberty ? There is a huge difference between a peace officer and state funded corp. based fed mandated riot response and crowd control teams. These guys are trained as policy to perform the actions you see here, this is a corp, fed, and local govt supported and trained unit not just your everyday peace officer. imho, most police I have had the pleasure to interact with are not on board with or like these specially trained response units. Only a small number of specially trained units exhibit this behavior from what I can see. Your statement strikes me as devicive and inflammatory, but that just my humble opinion. I am open to learn more about your perspective however…..

  5. Hank George says:

    Dan, you do not digress, you embeliish.
    Your commentary is spot on. The time is at hand to confront this police state behavior. We have something they do not have: the many. Peaceful resistance by ever-enlarging numbers of enraged Americans from all walks of life can turn this tide on its ear. But to accomplish our goals, we need to "buy back" our government at all levels from the rich who have Republicans and Democrats alike in their pockets.
    There is absolutely no way Scott Walker will survive the recall election here in Wisconsin save for the millions pouring in from the Koch brothers and their kind. Grass roots mobilization can overcome their lavish and illicit – in reality – spending on behalf of Walker. We did it so far in getting to the brink of kicking him out of office. Again, it was peaceful, active and unrelenting efforts that turned the tide.
    I implore you to use your gifts to address issues far and wide.
    You have our rapt attention every bit as much in this pursuit as you have for years in reporting on the truth behind the "war on drugs," not to mention the pre-9/11 goings on by the alleged prepetrators of the "terrorist" attacks.
    Whenver I speak and make reference to 9/ll in a business audience setting, I do not hesitate to call it the "crime of 9/11" in hopes I will be asked why I don't say "terrorist "attacks." More and more, the question is coming up…and, of course, I'm obliged to explain!
    Keep firing on all pistons, brother. You give us hope for at least our children's future.

  6. tom miller says:

    Daniel, I hope the spirit moves you to write about this subject more often. 

  7. that dude says:

    any article, any subject. it's all gold, man.
    read your atta book too. loved it.
    if you wrote about knitting, i would read it.
    keep up the great investigative journalism.
    so much dirt in the world, so little time…

  8. Mark Iannicelli
    1865 Larimer Street, Apt. #814
    Denver, Colorado 80202

    Dear Mr. Hopsicker,
    I have read Barry and the Boys and TerrorLand and both were excellent.
    I think that if you made autographed Lithograph copies of the C.I.A. hit squad portrait that is displayed on the front cover of Barry and the Boys and then sell cheaper $10.00 copies of the poster you might turn a profit.
    If you really want to investigate some topics that are chilling there are targeted individuals, mind control , direct energy weapon assault V2K (Voice to Skull) all related with D.A.R.P.A., Offices of Science and Technology with Treasury Justice and Defence giving subcontractors like Meriwether, the Moodys and Davis of Brunswick Georgia where the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is that is known as Glynco.Government financed subcontractors like them are killing innocent Americans today.
    If I want to buy an autographed copy of Barry and the Boys how much is the cost and shipping ?
    If you have a printed catalog then please send it to my address above and if not then please correspond by my email .
    I look forward to reading more of your books and watching your DVDs. By the way the Denver Colorado library has your books and you might approach them about your new book and DVDs.
    Best Wishes,
    Mark Iannicelli
    Marky Moose (PEACE PINK NING.COM

  9. Larry Silverstein says:

    You can & you MUST read Professor Suttons 3 books online!
    Without this knowledge, the WORLD is ignorant of who it is that is behind the CHAOS in the world – this is planned CHAOS.
    Antony C. Sutton
    by Antony C. Sutton

    Antony C. Sutton
    Foreword by
    Gary North, Ph.D.
    Dedicated to the memory of those who died in
    Korea and Vietnam – victims of our
    own technology and greed.
    “This business of lending blood money is one of the most thoroughly sordid, cold blooded, and criminal that was ever carried on, to any considerable extent, amongst human beings. It is like lending money to slave traders, or to common robbers and pirates, to be repaid out of their plunder. And the man who loans money to governments, so called, for the purpose of enabling the latter to rob, enslave and murder their people, are among the greatest villains that the world has ever seen”.
    LYSANDER SPOONER, No Treason (Boston, 1870)
    by David Keen
    HIDDEN AGENDAS by John Pilger


    “THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS , by Jon Ronson.

    I had to go to Google to check out the characters in this book. I thought it was a Harry Potter book at first, but its all about groups like C Company 9th PsyOPs Battalion H-3743 and what these fuckers were/are doing to Iraqi prisoners.

    Google: General Stubblebine. He thought he could walk through walls, if he tried hard enough

    President Reagan’s chief of staff Donald Regan wrote in his memoirs that

    “virtually every major move and decision the Reagans made during my time as White House chief of staff was cleared in advance with a woman in San Francisco who drew up horoscopes to make certain that the planets were in favorable alignment for the enterprise.”

    This woman, whose name was Joan Quigley, fixed the exact time that the president would sign the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty in 1987.

    With these books you will understand what is really going on in the world.

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