Monday, May 21, 2012

Rahm Emanuel brings his conniving-thug political ethic to crackdown on Chicago NATO protesters, framing them as terrorists and anarchists

Obama or Anarchy?
antiwar.com

Rahm Emanuel runs Chicago like he ran the Obama White House: with an iron fist and a foul mouth – and the NATO summit, being held in the Windy City, is the perfect occasion for him to demonstrate just how “tough” he can be.

“Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” Thus spake Rahm, during his days as Obama chief consigliere — and with the arrest of at least three individuals on the eve of the anti-NATO protests on charges of “material support for terrorism,” possession of incendiary devices, and conspiracy, we are seeing Rahm’s credo in practice. The “NATO Three,” as they’re known on Twitter, are accused of plotting to attack Chicago police stations, the mayor’s home, and Obama’s Chicago election headquarters.

Of course, any visible opposition to the militarism draining this country is a crisis for the War Party, whose shaky rule can’t tolerate visible protest of any sort. Using all the legal and bureaucratic resources given them by the “Patriot” Act and the Homeland Security State, Rahm and his friends in the White House are taking the opportunity to boast of how this is the first time state “anti-terrorist” laws have been used in a prosecution. This is how a phony “crisis” begets the opportunity for the State to smear its enemies and make more inroads on what is left of our civil liberties...MORE...LINK

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