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Richmond Cops Mistakenly Hand Over Anti-Protest Guides to Anarchist
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Richmond Cops Mistakenly Hand Over Anti-Protest Guides to Anarchist

Jan 5th, 2011 by Will Potter

[Image: riot-cop-300x225.jpg]After filing a Freedom of Information Act request with the Richmond Police Department for police training documents, Mo Karn received much more than expected in return: homeland security and crowd control guides that show how the police target protests.
The police filed for an emergency court order yesterday to prohibit Karn from publicizing any of the documents, which should never have been released. The cops' reasoning? "Defendant Mo Karn is a known and admitted anarchist."
The documents, however, have already been published online. And buried in the training guides are insights into three trends in law enforcement that have been occurring not just in Virginia, but nationally: the demonization of protest, the militarization of police, and turning local cops into "terrorism" officials.
The Demonization of Protest

The [URL="http://ia700400.us.archive.org/20/items/EmergencyOperationsPlanPart1Of2/emergencyopplan1of2.pdf"]Richmond Police Department's Emergency Operations Plan
[/URL] includes a section on "civil disturbances." While this sounds innocuous, "civil disturbances" are defined so broadly as to include what the police call "dissident gatherings."
"The City of Richmond is a target rich environment" for antiwar protesters, the document says. And it warns that police and homeland security have reason to be increasingly concerned:
"Current training and intelligence reveals that protestors are becoming more proficient in the methods of assembly."
Militarization of Local Police

Such a depiction of "assembly" (a First Amendment right) as a "disturbance" and a threat is all the more troubling when put in the context of the other police department guides. Richmond's Crowd Management Operating Manual is for the police unit assigned to large protests (no experience required). Among the tools that the crowd management team are issued include riot shields, chemical agents, cut tools, helmets, body armor, cameras, video cameras, batons, gas masks, and a "mass arrest kit."
Deputizing Local Cops as Counter-terrorism Officials

This militarization of local police is accompanied by another trend in law enforcement since September 11th: deputizing local cops to becoming "homeland security" and counter-terrorism officials. According to the Homeland Security Criminal Intelligence Unit Operating Manual, "The Richmond Police Department is under contract with the FBI to provide assistance through staffing, intelligence and equipment." And one member of the homeland security unit is assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
The result? Documents like the Virginia Terrorism Threat Assessment. The 2009 document was created by the Virginia Fusion Center, of which the Richmond Police Department is part. Fusion centers are ostensibly designed to gather terrorism intelligence from multiple police agencies, and make us safer. In practice, they routinely label activists as "terrorists." Among the "terrorist threats" identified in Virginia were animal rights activists, environmental activists, and anarchists.
According to the threat assessment, "The Virginia Federation of Anarchists has held two conferences in Richmond in November 2007 and January 2008″ and "Anarchist protesters at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. spilled over into Prince William County."
Karn, meanwhile, wears her scarlet circle A' with pride, and has no problem being labeled an anarchist. The FOIA was submitted by the Wingnut Collective, a Richmond anarchist group, as part of their police accountability project.
In his court motion warning that Karn is an "anarchist," Richmond's Deputy Assistant Attorney Brian Telfair doesn't allege the possibility of any violence or property destruction. Instead, he cites a blog post by Karn about acquiring government information through legal requests. The title? "FOIA Rocks!"
Tags: Anarchist, Counter-protest, FBI, FOIA, Fusion Center, Homeland Security, Internal documents, Police Violence, Protest


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Talk about an own goal.

- Demonization of Protest - well, the SS division Liebstandarte George Bush, must've turned over its "civil disturbance" manuals to Scotland yard too.

- The Militarization of Police - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Barack Obama, must've turned over its "crowd managment operating manual" to Scotland yard, cuz, they've gone and bought a shit-load of Heckler & Kock G36's.

- Deputizing Local Cops as Counter-terrorism Officials - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Anthony Blair, must've turned over its voluminous studies covering several decades to Der Volklandische Stutzstaffel.

There's international police cooperation for you.
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:Talk about an own goal.

- Demonization of Protest - well, the SS division Liebstandarte George Bush, must've turned over its "civil disturbance" manuals to Scotland yard too.

- The Militarization of Police - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Barack Obama, must've turned over its "crowd managment operating manual" to Scotland yard, cuz, they've gone and bought a shit-load of Heckler & Kock G36's.

- Deputizing Local Cops as Counter-terrorism Officials - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Anthony Blair, must've turned over its voluminous studies covering several decades to Der Volklandische Stutzstaffel.



There's international police cooperation for you.

You Brits aren't there yet.Talk to me when you see the ninja turtles coming.:poketongue:
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Buckminster Fuller
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David Guyatt Wrote:Talk about an own goal.

Quote:- Demonization of Protest - well, the SS division Liebstandarte George Bush, must've turned over its "civil disturbance" manuals to Scotland yard too. Hitler

- The Militarization of Police - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Barack Obama, must've turned over its "crowd managment operating manual" to Scotland yard, cuz, they've gone and bought a shit-load of Heckler & Kock G36's. Hitler

- Deputizing Local Cops as Counter-terrorism Officials - well, the SS division Liebstandarte Anthony Blair, must've turned over its voluminous studies covering several decades to Der Volklandische Stutzstaffel. Hitler

There's international police cooperation for you.

Did you mean INTERPOL?! - started by the Nazis..... Hitler

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"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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Nein, Mein Herr.

Just national police to national police shared in the spirit of master and serf...

Btw Keith, we have our own Ninja's turtles. A former friend of mine is a sgt. in this mob, the riot squad. hard to tell them apart isn't it?

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The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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David Guyatt Wrote:Nein, Mein Herr.

Just national police to national police shared in the spirit of master and serf...

Btw Keith, we have our own Ninja's turtles. A former friend of mine is a sgt. in this mob, the riot squad. hard to tell them apart isn't it?

[Image: riot-squad-2.gif]

That picture...and many like it...tell it 'all'.....[not the 'friendly Bobby on the beat']; but when a Nation no longer trusts its Citizens, because the Citizens no longer trust the Police, Military, and Government!!!! However they are OUR Governments; OUR Nations; OUR Taxes that pay for it all, and OUR Police and Military (at least in theory)........sadly all has been turned upside-down [or always was]....and the Oligarchy use our money and person-power to run their own private Potemkin Villages - while we get these kinds off Ninja turtles patrolling our growing hells.
"Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
"Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn
"If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and never will" - Frederick Douglass
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OK David you finally won me over.Congratulations!

See ya in that cold bare cement cell.I've been there once,and I warn ya they leave you butt naked.I'm not a pretty picture........
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Buckminster Fuller
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