The NYPD is keeping tabs on progressives!

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On the heels of a report showing the NYPD routinely spied on young Muslims all around the Northeast, new documents show that the NYPD was also infiltrating anti-war and anti-death penalty activists back in 2008, as well as spying on high-profile American progressives. For example – as the AP reports – back in April of 2008, an undercover NYPD agent attended the “People’s Summit” in New Orleans, a gathering of liberal groups opposed to so-called Free Trade agreements – and kept a detailed police report including names of attendees.

There's no evidence, however, that the NYPD had a similar monitoring program to keep an eye on Tea Partiers who strapped guns to their legs and called for a violent revolution. Then again, the Tea Party, with their fancy buses and expensive sound stages, was organized and paid for by billionaires and lobbyists, while progressives were operating on a shoestring

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Thom Hartmann A...
Dec. 29, 2009 10:59 am


They are over-reacting to calls for reform. The right often does. There is really nothing for the NYPD to worry about,

The late historian Tony Judt expressed the loss of historical imagination this way:

“Why is it that here in the United States we have such difficulty even imagining a different sort of society from the one whose dysfunctions and inequalities trouble us so? We appear to have lost the capacity to question the present, much less offer alternatives to it. Why is it so beyond us to conceive of a different set of arrangements to our common advantage?…Our shortcoming—forgive the academic jargon—is discursive. We simply do not know how to talk about these things.” Tony Judt, The New York Review, 2009

I wonder how the NYPD would react if calls for changing the structures and paradigms themselves rather than tweaking them ever began to take place.


Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"

Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

These aren`t progressives,they`re "terrorists"! Anybody that`s a threat to the 1% is a terrorist,you want a rise in pay you`re a terrorist,this is how "insane" the 1% has become.To whom the gods will destroy they first make crazy!

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

We're all in this together. These are scary times that we are living in. I used to think people that talked about conspiracy theories were crazy. But the more I look into them, they are "conspiracy FACTS" and not "THEORIES".

The opening thread is a fact. I'm afraid that far too many of us are aligning themselves with the tyrants out of fear. This reaction is called the "Stockholm syndrome."

Too many people ignore the facts and hold on to this false hope that the Obama presidency is different than they W. Bush presidency. This presidency is the logical progression of the W. Bush policies. The next presidency will be a furthering of these "Orwellan" policies unless the rule of law is enacted.

"Question your role in the human machine." - The Sex Pistols

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Fletcher Christian
Feb. 15, 2012 12:49 pm

The police are the right wing. They represent the 1%.

jbpdx's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Better that than the Department of Homeland Security?:

nimblecivet's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

The major corporations are trying to do another end-run so they can run the world. They tried this in the 1930s with Hilter and Mussolini but it failed. We need to sabotage their efforts any way we can. They may call us "terrorists" but they are the real terrorists. Better to be part of an insurgency to bring the power back to the people than to spend the rest of our lives under tyranny.

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Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

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