Because You Are Silent: Journalists Arrested By House Republicans


They are emboldened by your silence.

This is history being made before your eyes. The anti-corporate movement is being met with illegal action by blindly-obedient police, under orders by corporate-owned politicians.

From the original article on the Huffington Post:

Josh Fox, director of the Academy Award-nominated documentary “Gasland” (trailer below on this OccupyEducated.org page) was taken into custody by Capitol Hill police this morning, along with his crew, after Republicans objected to their presence, according to Democratic sources present at the hearing. The meeting of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment had been taking place in room 2318 of the Rayburn building.

Approximately 16 officers entered the hearing room and handcuffed Fox amid audible discussions of “disorderly conduct” charges, according to Democratic sources present at the arrest.

“Gasland” received strong critical acclaim and takes a critical eye toward the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” a process in which several tons of highly pressurized water and chemicals are injected into the ground, allowing valuable natural gas to escape. The practice is decried by ecological experts for destroying ecosystems and polluting groundwater. The energy industry keeps the actual content of fracking chemicals secret.

A separate ABC News crew, which did have official Capitol Hill credentials, was also denied access to the public hearing.

Arresting journalists, attacking citizen documentarians… you see it on the streets of Occupy every day. Today you see it on Capitol Hill, right in front of your face, because they are betting they can keep turning up the heat as they boil the American frogs — you. They are betting we will keep becoming ever-more complacent, apathetic, or helpless. We sit online and complain, but do not get out in the streets to stand up against it.

Do you not know that fracking is no fringe issue — it is the permanent destruction of your water supply? Do you not know that fracking, not unlike the Canadian tar sands, is simply a last-ditch effort to get at the last few drops of fossil energy accessible, just so these corporate heads can make a quick billion bucks on development and exorbitant higher rates on your energy bill, getting as much capital as possible before the entire fossil energy sector collapses, at the expense of permanent destruction of entire swaths of American homes?

When and where do you stand? Democrats, Republicans, the American people… they have proven to be ineffective, apathetic, or in on the game, so what are you going to do?

Get educated. Find out how they’re doing it. Learn why it’s madness to do this when we’re at the end of economic and environmental-destruction growth. Learn what this will do to you, your economy, and your environment — you know, that place you get your food from.

For the sake of all that is American, open your eyes, open your neighbors’ eyes. Get to the hearings, get to the streets, and do whatever is necessary to stop this corporate takeover of your government happening before your very eyes.

Commentary by Ben Zolno

Local Torture: Roots of Policy Violence at #Occupy

"Battlefield Main Street"

Forced poses that cut off circulation and cause long-lasting nerve damage.
Forced defecation in front of female officers.
Denying food, water, sleep.

Why? Military industrial complex? Shock-doctrine policy making?

We focus on systemic issues on this site, not so much the symptoms.  We believe police brutality – turning good people into unrelenting tools – is a symptom.  What do you think is the cause?

Here are a few items to ponder, then discuss.

from The Pentagon Is Offering Free Military Hardware To Every Police Department In The US

…the “1033 Program”… gave more than $500 million of military gear to U.S. police forces in 2011 alone.

1033 was passed by Congress in 1997 to help law-enforcement fight terrorism and drugs, but despite a 40-year low in violent crime, police are snapping up hardware like never before. While this year’s staggering take topped the charts, next year’s orders are up 400 percent over the same period.

This upswing coincides with an increasingly military-like style of law enforcement most recently seen in the Occupy Wall Street crackdowns.

And now LA Occupy prisoners are getting treatment with shades of Abu Ghraib.
From first-hand account: http://exiledonline.com/yasha-levine-released-from-jail-exposes-lapds-appalling-treatment-of-detained-occupy-la-protesters/” target=”_blank”>LA Raid Treatment – First Hand Account

The 100 protesters in my detainee group were kept handcuffed with their hands behind their backs for 7 hours, denied food and water and forced to sit/sleep on a concrete floor. Some were so tired they passed out face down on the cold and dirty concrete, hands tied behind their back. As a result of the tight cuffs, I wound up losing sensation in my left palm/thumb and still haven’t recovered it now, a day and a half after they finally took them off.

Where do the dots connect?

UPDATE: 12/7: SF Camp was raided last night-

VIDEO: Occupy Your Foreclosure

It was hard for many Occupy Wall Street participants to justify our insistence on staying in one specific location — Zuccotti Park. In truth, we weren’t stopping Wall Street from expanding their destruction, we weren’t shutting down the NY Stock Exchange, we weren’t cutting off the oxygen to Bank of America boardrooms, we weren’t delivering CEOs of Goldman Sachs to prison. We were just causing a scene, and oh, what a scene we’ve caused!

The scene has now exploded beyond the park and on to a place where physically occupying a space has a direct role in stopping the thieves — occupying foreclosed homes. What was perceived by some to be a public nuisance has now inspired a direct public service; a private sector nightmare.

It’ll be pretty bad PR when you see cops bashing in the faces of Occupiers as they dive in front of a homeowner about to be cracked open with a night stick. Get ready to see shots of of senior citizens crawling out of their McMansions, vomiting up tear gas. Get ready to google “boy pepper sprayed and beaten for not leaving mobile home fast enough.”

Get ready to see FOX News addicts who once complained about the homeless occupying Zuccotti Park, now begging those same Occupiers to save them from the being thrown out into the streets.

Get ready to see some serious Tea Party and Occupier bonding, when sane Tea Partiers see that the heart of their fury – corrupt government gutting the American public for private gain – is one in the same.

Here’s a preview of what it might look like when Occupiers come to defend your home… hope it doesn’t end this way — cop on cop eviction.

#OccupyEducated