July 26, 2012 : Law School Report Gains Traction, Sandy Weill Now Sides With Occupy
Most damning of all are the statements of “un-accountability” and 'near impunity” of the police force that point the finger squarely on high, at none other than Bloomy himself, who has had ample time to set up his private army to his liking. It will be interesting to see where the first calls for his resignation come from. We'd do it here but we're a little short of space today.
The report calls for an independent inspector general. If the city fails to act the report promises to bring its claims to the federal government. So far no comment from NYPD but we're waiting to hear what their boss has to say. How about this : “authorities did an outstanding job under trying circumstances.” NY Times, npr
Score one for the FBI as it nets a plead out from the first of five men accused of trying to blow a Cleveland bridge after being tricked into buying what they thought for explosives. Anthony Hayne pleads guilty yesterday in exchange for what looks to be a 15-20 year prison sentence.
The five were affiliated with Occupy Cleveland but the group has consistently distanced itself from the accused bombers, saying they are non-representative of the group. The actions of the FBI in the case have been examined in detail previously at truthout.org
The over the top Occupy crackdown continues in the Northwest, where multiple homes associated with Occupy are raided in Portland, Olympia and Seattle, some of which are busted into using “flash grenades,” and other military tactics. Several sites feature updated reports including admonitions to residents to be careful when talking to police. Oregonlive.com , indybay.org
The fight against Occupy takes place on all fronts, including the courts. Occupy Homes in Minneapolis has 37 charged with third degree riot, which is what, you know, the DA charges you with for being stepped on by police trying to carry out an eviction.
The occupiers and their advocates are joined by Brother Ali, also charged with third degree riot. The renowned hip hop artist says the city's prosecutorial tactic makes him and others “want to dig in.” Lawyers say the courts are overcharging those who don't plead out after “defending the Cruz home” against a foreclosure action launched by Wells Fargo. Occupy Homes' attorney and Brother Ali offer their own take on the matter (video above) theuptake.org
Prosecutors in Tulsa also win two cases against occupiers convicted of violating the city's park curfew in incidents last fall. The accused will pay fines and court costs in the hundreds of dollars. Newson6.com
Other groups continue to maintain peaceful presence such as Occupy Palo Alto who demonstrate yesterday mercurynews.org
Occupation takes all forms, at times more effective than others. The more the stakes rise, the more the population is willing to occupy, is about the sum of it.
In Brazil for the indigenous tribe impacted by construction of Norte Energia's $14 billion Belo Monte Dam , the stakes are high. Massive Eco-infrastructure changes are thought to be coming with the dam, along with a complete up-ending and reversal of the fortunes for the largely hunter tribes that populate the area. The tribes view the dam as a renouncement of their life as they become 21st century mining town that features “lots of new jobs” - like dangerous manual labor and prostitution, not too mention the threatened extinction of the surrounding rainforest and wildlife, all in the name of progress. Yourolivebranch.com
Finally, file under : ok, he just said "it's raining", and I feel wet, so what the f--k does that mean? Volumes have been written trying to trace the big banks manoeuvrings and government missteps that led to the economic crash of 2008, from which the US and world are still trying to recover. Many have traced the latest debacle to the disintegration of the previously existing “wall” between commercial and investment banking that allowed banks to get ridiculously over-leveraged and then hedge those risks with even riskier bets. Or something like that.
One of the primary architects of the current system that blew up in everyone's face is former Citibank head and Clinton pal Sandy Weill, who led the charge for dismantling post-depression era reforms. But now, he takes it all back! Like many repentant elder statesmen who recite mea culpas after the deed is done (think Robert McNamara or Jimmy Carter), or else just plain want attention, the man who used to own a wood etching dubbing him “The Shatterer of Glass Steagall” now says big banks should be broken up, and the lending and investment functions should be kept separate after all to “protect depositors.” Motherjones.com
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