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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 11:12 PM
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Stop for a moment and imagine what the headlines here would have been like
if Iranian or Chinese police had broken into a peaceful oppositional encampment and literally trashed its library without a second thought. The barbarians!

From TomDispatch:

When it set up its campsite at Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street was facing in only one direction: toward the financial heart of the planet two blocks away. The police, who promptly surrounded the encampment and organized their own occupation of the neighborhood, were in a sense facing in the other direction: toward Ground Zero, where new glass-sheathed towers were rising to replace those destroyed on September 11, 2001. The police, up-armored in full riot gear, with the sort of surveillance paraphernalia, helicopters, and high-tech cameras that were a far more minimal aspect of domestic policing before 9/11, were clearly thinking counter-terrorism.

They were the representatives not just of New Yorks billionaire mayor and the bankers and brokers who had previously made the area their own, but of the ever more militarized national security state that had blossomed like some errant set of weeds in the ruins of the World Trade Center towers. They were domestic grunts for a new order in Washington as well as New York that has, by now, lost the ability to imagine solving problems in a civil and civilian fashion.

They represent those who have ruled this country since 9/11 in the name of our safety and security, while they made themselves, and no one else, safe and secure. It is an order that has based itself on kidnapping, torture, secret prisons, illegal surveillance, assassination, permanent war, militarized solutions to every problem under the sun, its own set of failed occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the closest of relations with a series of crony capitalist corporations intent on making money off anyones suffering as long as the going is good.
Much was literally trashed and, though books are pretty sturdy objects, as one Zuccotti Park librarian wrote me, when you throw them into a dumpster a lot of them get destroyed. We have recovered about one third of our books and of that number many are far too damaged to re-circulate. Novelist Salman Rushdie tweeted a perfectly reasonable response to the police action: Please explain the difference between burning books and throwing thousands in the trash and destroying them.

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Fire Walk With Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 11:14 PM
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1. K&R
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 11:30 PM
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2. Since when is it legal for police to steal and destroy private property??
Edited on Tue Nov-22-11 11:32 PM by Angry Dragon
If this property was illegal then it would be against the law for the police to do anything with it except to use it for a court case......
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sam11111 Donating Member (638 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:04 AM
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4. a trend...I keep hearing of cops never returning items
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azul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-23-11 12:04 AM
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3. I think that the headlines around the world are catching it:
American Fall, seeded in the Arab Spring.

Americans are actually taking to the streets.

The Empire is busted, morally as well as financially. China holds the IOU's, CIA holds the disappeared in torture prisons. The 99% are responsible but not in charge.
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