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Portland Police Under Fire over Friendly Texts with Far-Right Leader

In Oregon, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for an independent investigation after newly revealed friendly text messages between a Portland police officer and the leader of a white supremacist group provoked backlash last week. On Thursday, Willamette Week reported that Portland police officer Jeff Niiya exchanged hundreds of messages with Joey Gibson, leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, including sharing information on upcoming protests organized by leftist, anti-fascist groups. Some have defended the friendly tone of the exchanges, saying it is a common police tactic, but others point to a track record in Portland of failing to hold far-right groups accountable while targeting anti-fascist protesters. Last August, Portland police found a group of Patriot Prayer members on a rooftop with a cache of guns right before a major white supremacist rally. No arrests were made of Patriot Prayer members—and Portland police instead fired rubber bullets at anti-fascist protesters at the march.

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Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar is Funding a Global Media Information War

https://t.co/PtYoqQG8Dk

"Pierre Omidyar has become a politically sophisticated data monarch through his purchase of a media empire and national security state ties. And while he directs his fortune into many of the same politically strategic NGOs and media outlets that George Soros does in hotspots around the globe, he has never been subjected to the public scrutiny and often ugly attentions that dog Soros. And yet, Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the UN and liberal interventionist guru, has explicitly praised Omidyar as someone who is following in his footsteps..."

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..turn the post into a thread.

Aristotleded24

More OPP officers died by sucide than on duty

What's the relevance? Whatever we may think of the institution of police, being a police officer is a tough job that takes a huge psychological toll on those who do it. That stress is no doubt a huge factor in police abuse (although not an excuse) because a person under that level of stress can only hold it in for so long before snapping. We hear a great deal about violence directed at police officers. That is because it is easy to use that issue to support restricing freedom in the name of safety. How can an officer suicide be scapegoated to the benefit of the ruling class?

To bring police unions into this discussion, since the police unions are supposed to be advocating for the interests of their officers, why don't we hear anything from them about protecting their psychological well being?

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

More OPP officers died by sucide than on duty

What's the relevance? Whatever we may think of the institution of police, being a police officer is a tough job that takes a huge psychological toll on those who do it. That stress is no doubt a huge factor in police abuse (although not an excuse) because a person under that level of stress can only hold it in for so long before snapping. We hear a great deal about violence directed at police officers. That is because it is easy to use that issue to support restricing freedom in the name of safety. How can an officer suicide be scapegoated to the benefit of the ruling class?

To bring police unions into this discussion, since the police unions are supposed to be advocating for the interests of their officers, why don't we hear anything from them about protecting their psychological well being?

I'm unimpressed by that CBC report. Maybe I should read Marin's full report?

How can a journalist write an article like this without asking themselves:

"What's the suicide rate for the overall population? Is it more or less than the OPP suicide rate?"

It's irresponsible and scandal-mongering to tell half the story.

I found this Stats Canada summary on suicide rates, from 2009. It put the male suicide rate that year at 17.9 per 100,000. I'm taking the "male" rate because I'm guessing that the vast majority of OPP officers are male (especially if we're looking back since 1989 - women were only first admitted in 1974). So if you multiply that rate by 30 (because Marin's study is since 1989), you get roughly 540 per 100,000 over 30 years. Marin says 23 officers (including retirees) have taken their own lives since 1989, while the current OPP has 8,000 in all. I'll take 8,000 as the annual figure, just because I don't have any other info. That means that for a population of 8,000, the 30-year rate (540 per 100,000) should have produced:

(8,000 ÷ 100,000) x 540 = 43.2 suicides.

I dunno, but sounds to me like those poor oppressed OPP folks are enjoying life to the fullest, compared to the rest of us.

If my math is wrong, please let me know. More importantly, "news" stories like this should be written more responsibly.

 

Aristotleded24

Marin estimates the number of officer suicides since 1989 to be 23.

I also don't know what "killed on duty" means. Does it refer to the number of officers murdered, or the total number of officers who die in the line of duty from such things like traffic accidents? That's another thing we don't often hear about.

It is true that there are professions that are far more dangerous than being a police officer. That does not mean that if it can be shown that police forces are not doing all they can to protect their members (and by "protect," I mean "look after their health and safety," not "turn a blind eye and refuse to hold them accountable for their misdeeds") that the problem shouldn't be addressed.

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

Marin estimates the number of officer suicides since 1989 to be 23.

Yes, I got that.

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That does not mean that if it can be shown that police forces are not doing all they can to protect their members (and by "protect," I mean "look after their health and safety," not "turn a blind eye and refuse to hold them accountable for their misdeeds") that the problem shouldn't be addressed.

The stats that I found and my calculations show that the rate of suicide among OPP officers is far less than the average of the male population as a whole. So what is there to address? I'd rather address issues like, say, disarming cops? Stopping racial profiling? Etc.

Aristotleded24

What is there to address? Maybe that when we talk about the dangers of being a police officer, certain dangers are played up because it allows governments to more easily control the population. But if an officer commits suicide or has serious mental health problems, how can the powers that be effectively turn that around to their advantage? There are also mental health hazards that officers come across that have nothing to do with criminal activity, for example traffic accidents, missing children, people who freeze to death, people who commit suicide (sometimes even in the officer's presence) and so on. But we only hear about the stresses of dealing with the "bad guys," even though dealing with "bad guys" is only part of a police officer's duties.

And since when does one come at the expense of the other? Why can't we provide better support for officers while at the same time holding officers accountable when they violate people's rights?

Unionist

A24: Did you get my point that police suicides are far less than the average? Did you wish to comment on that?

Aristotleded24

Unionist wrote:
A24: Did you get my point that police suicides are far less than the average? Did you wish to comment on that?

Fair enough, I'll concede that point.

My point: Stress that police experience on the job not direclty related to violent attacks is not discussed openly in large part because it is not convenient to turn that around in order to increase government control. Do you wish to comment on that?

Unionist

Aristotleded24 wrote:

My point: Stress that police experience on the job not direclty related to violent attacks is not discussed openly in large part because it is not convenient to turn that around in order to increase government control. Do you wish to comment on that?

That could very well be correct. I'm just not familiar with any information on such police stress. The article you linked provides none. If you have other sources, I'll gladly have a look and give an opinion. 

WWWTT

Unionist wrote:

If my math is wrong, please let me know. More importantly, "news" stories like this should be written more responsibly.

 

No there’s nothing wrong with your math! There’s nothing wrong with the stats you used either. All very logical. 

What you did is you found a real jem of an example of why the cbc is just another icm outlet. 

Way more construction workers have died in Canada than cops! I don’t need a stat either. I know this for a fact!

when I was working at the Portland’s power plant project in Toronto in 2008 (snc-lavelin project by the way!) an electrical apprentice died working on a panel. Real sad story because electrical apprentices aren’t allowed to work on live panels and his father was a foreman on the same job. Did the cbc do a story on it? If they did, it was buried and got next to no coverage. Same goes for most work related deaths. Oh but when a cop dies, whole fucking country is supposed to go into mourning. 

Thank you icm for telling me who’s lives are more important than mine!

Paladin1

WWWTT wrote:

Oh but when a cop dies, whole fucking country is supposed to go into mourning. 

 

Are we?

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America's Killer Kops (and vid)

https://t.co/rUtMUfaUuS

Bodycam footage shows Vallejo police shoot Willie McCoy while asleep in his car.

Our American 'friends' and their murderous piggery.

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I didn't know where to post this very disturbing article. This RCPM officer needs to be fired for his treatment of this young woman and his obvious misunderstanding of the term sexual assault.

Police briefly interviewed her and then she was brought into the West Kelowna RCMP detachment the next day for questioning with two ministry workers.

She said a male officer immediately took her into an interview room and started to barrage her with questions.

“I felt very alone in there,” she told APTN. “There was no parental support for me there at all. I was terrified.”

‘Were you at all turned on during this at all? Even a little bit?’ the officer said. “You understand that when a guy tries to have sex with a female and the female is completely unwilling it is very difficult.”

In one exchange, he appears to question how hard she tried to fight during the alleged assault.

“Go over again with me how did you try and get him to stop,” he said. “Did you scream ‘no’ did you say ‘get off me’, did you say ‘this was rape? I need you to stop?’”

https://aptnnews.ca/2019/05/13/were-you-turned-on-by-this-at-all-even-a-...

 

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New Zealand PM Leads Global Internet Censorship Campaign

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/18/chch-m18.html

"No one should be fooled by worthless assurances that these governments and corporate giants will protect 'freedom of expression'. What constitutes 'terrrorist' or 'extremist' material will be decided by the state agencies. The New Zealand prime minister, having been glorified in the media internationally for sharing 'kindness' and 'compassion' following the Christchurch shootings, has become one of the chief propagandists for censorship globally. More sweeping and permanent censorship mechanisms are being planned..."

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Canada's National Security Landscape Will Get A Major Overhaul This Summer

https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/bill-c59-national-security-passed-1.518...

"Canada's national security architecture is about to undergo a major demolition and rebuild this summer, now that C-59 has received royal assent. The bill, which  after two years, passed through both houses of Parliament this week - gives Canada's signals intelligence agency new powers, although most of its new authority, will come into force down the road.

Once the prime minister and cabinet issue an order, the Communications Security Establishment will be permitted under C-59 to launch cyber-attacks (also called 'active cyber-operations') for the first time in Canadian history. Civil liberties groups have warned that a section of C-59 dealing with CSIS and datasets has the potential to usher in mass surveillance."

This dovetails nicely with the news release by Global Affairs Canada, after the recent official visit to Washington that the 'Prime Minister Announces Enhanced Cooperation With the United States.'

Moo...

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Canadian Spies Given New 'Disruption' Powers To Combat Foreign Influence in Elections

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/07/04/canadian-spies-new-d...

"Canada's domestic intelligence agency sees its new 'threat reduction' powers as a tool to disrupt foreign influence including during the upcoming federal election campaign. Canada's intelligence community has already identified foreign operations targeting the country's 'democratic institutions' ahead of the Oct 29 election. The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's [FIVE EYES] cyber defence and espionage agency, has assessed it's 'very likely' that foreign actors will attempt to intervene in the election - although not of the scale [NOT] seen [Only alleged] in the 2016 US presidential election.

But civil liberties groups have expressed concerns about CSIS's ability to disrupt [alleged] threats with little public oversight - or even public knowledge - and these concerns are likely to be more pronounced when it comes to intervening during an election period. Cara Faith Zwibel, a director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association said it's a 'fundamental concern' for her organization. 'We outside of the security agencies don't really know what they're doing..."

'Russiagate' - a gift that keeps on giving : although disproven still manufacturing international consent for police state enhancements which will ultimately be used against you. Let it be a lesson for chumps everywhere to learn the true costs of treating propaganda campaigns of intelligence agencies and msm as 'truth.' Dark official forces will always exploit your gullibility. Beware...

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American Apocalypse

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/08/23/american-apocalypse/

"This is how you prepare a population to accept a police state willingly, even gratefully. Mark my words. There's trouble brewing..."

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Mapping the US Global Intelligence Network (and vid)

https://twitter.com/Suzi3D/status/1180488789363433475

Including Five Eyes Canada...

 

Campaign #1vs5i INFO

https://twitter.com/1vs5i/status/1184514340793307143

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Convicted Anti-Nuclear Activists Speak Out: “Pentagon Has Brainwashed People”

The seven Catholic peace activists who were convicted on October 24 for their symbolic protest against nuclear weapons at the Kings Bay Naval Base are now facing a two-to-three-month wait to hear their prison sentences. They could face more than 20 years in prison.

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Facing a Jury Without Opinions on Nuclear Risks

The jury that convicted the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 activists was self-avowedly apathetic about the risks posed to humanity by nuclear weapons, and the judge and prosecution worked together to prevent the defendants from sharing information or arguments to raise jurors’ consciousness on the issue.

“Our own lives are uncertain regarding the possible length of prison sentences,” defendant Martha Hennessy told Truthout in an exclusive interview. “But we rejoice in the fact that more scrutiny is being directed at the purpose of the Kings Bay Naval Base in southern Georgia.”

Sam Husseini, communications director at the Institute for Public Accuracy, a progressive nonprofit organization, attended the three-day trial. “It was a subtly but insidiously controlled courtroom with the judge and prosecution working hand in glove,” Husseini told Truthout. “The defendants were allowed to speak about their religious beliefs and to some degree how they relate to nuclear weapons. But it was all presented as subjective, and expert testimony on international law, and justification and necessity of urgent action were excluded.”.....

Aristotleded24

Saskatoon police officer re-instated:

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Jarett Gelowitz, the former constable who was fired from the Saskatoon Police Service amid criminal charges he was ultimately cleared of, is set to be welcomed back to the police service on Monday, sources have confirmed to CBC News. 

Gelowitz and the Saskatoon Police Service reached a draft agreement calling for his resinstatement on Saturday, two days before the Police Act hearing set to hear Gelowitz's appeal of his August 2018 firing. 

Gelowitz, 32, was dismissed last summer by Chief Troy Cooper as Gelowitz faced three criminal charges for on-duty assaults.

The police service said at the time that Gelowitz was not fit for duty and went on to describe three alleged assaults between November 2016 and April 2017. He had been on the force for 11 years. 

"Although the matters of the criminal code charges have yet to be completed through the judicial process, the decision to dismiss was made based on maintaining public trust," said a statement issued at the time of Gelowitz's firing.

One of those assault charges went to trial and Gelowitz was acquitted. Take a look at this case. The Saskatoon Police Service said themselves that this officer is unfit for duty. The chief wanted him gone. Now they have to take him back?

Paladin1

Police unions are pretty tough nuts to crack.

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Armored ICE Vehicle Sparks Panic In Queens During Firearms Bust

An ICE operation in Queens that involved the use of a military grade armored vehicle has sparked concern and confusion from local residents and elected officials.

As first reported by NY1 Noticias, the armored personnel carrier was spotted Wednesday morning on Forest Avenue near Norman Street in Ridgewood. Agents wearing ICE jackets were seen standing around the street, as a gunner stood watch in the middle of the vehicle.

An ICE spokesperson confirmed that one individual was taken into custody on an unspecified criminal arrest warrant. A spokesperson for Mayor Bill de Blasio said the agents were there as part of a federal investigation into a firearms suspect, who was allegedly found to have been hoarding "about 50 guns, including a machine gun, gun parts and ammunition."

The operation was carried out by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), which is part of ICE, but distinct from the Enforcement and Removal Operations arm responsible for deporting immigrants. Still, neighbors said that a lack of information, combined with growing fears of ICE agents descending into communities, raised alarms on Wednesday.

"People feel terrorized," said Raquel Namuche, an organizer with the Ridgewood Tenants Union. "This happened right across from a youth program for children as young as four-years-old and there seemed to be no safety protocols in place. For people to leave their homes early in the morning and see a tank out on the street is just wild."

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Councilmember Antonio Reynoso also expressed frustration about the incident, pointing to constant fear in immigrant neighborhoods about the potential for raids and deportations. "I do not understand what necessitated ICE’s use of a tank other than the simple desire to instill fear amongst our community members," he said in a statement to Gothamist. "At this time, we must ensure that residents are connected to resources like the Immigrant Defense Project so that they are equipped to know their rights against ICE."

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