THE FROG MEETS THE SCORPION
THIS IS WHAT THE POLICE STATE LOOKS LIKE
The idea of springing into action with great ideals and the spirit of revolution has always been the dream of those who feel oppressed by the elite. It is a concept built so inextricably into the mythos of America’s origins that it sometimes becomes an obstacle to performing the difficult tasks necessary to beneficial change. An organized effort to demand accountability by our leaders for their actions is admirable, and I am not about to disparage the efforts of those who sincerely wish to bring about change. However, the occupation, the movement of the 99 percent, has been in many ways, a paranormal event. I have said so many times, and perhaps now my explanation will make sense.
America lives in a duality created out of fear, by a horrible crime that divided the country. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, the people, lost in grief, embraced government as a savior and protector. We welcomed the spirit of the police state to send a message to terrorists that we have firepower, military and civilian police capable of combating any and all thoughts and actions that we saw as treasonous or heretical, as a contradiction of America’s “freedom”.
Out of all of it came the idea that the political right wing was the critical parent responsible for all of the oppression. The neoconservative bloc was allegedly responsible for the TSA and Homeland Security, while the political left spoke out against it and demonstrated that their alternative would project a new utopia free from the oppression of the encroaching police state. Unfortunately, we learned that it was all a whitewash. It was a set-up to uses psychological warfare to promulgate the same policies and manipulation.
When the Occupy Wall Street movement began, the spirit of revolution was in the air. Interestingly, there was no cohesive agenda to the group, and, even more strangely, they were fully endorsed by the political left. Protests have always been to fight despotic governments and bring attention to the conditions these governments create, in hopes of generating sympathy for their cause. When a despotic government gives a protest its blessing, it is no longer “us against them”; it becomes a game in which the strategy of the government is to co-opt the collective psyche. In this position they can control public opinion and use the media to spin public perception of the protest in the direction most advantageous to their real purposes.
This is classic game-playing of the sort used by all government psychological operations. It is well established that the agenda of “government as usual” includes the denial of “rights” provided for by the dictates of that same government. The governments of each state that had a group of representatives of the “99 percent” camping in their city parks created a permitted interactive fiction of “protest”. The underlying purpose of this fiction was to play the protestors against those who would otherwise support and sympathize with their plight, thereby inoculating present and future protests against any and all further support by the casual observer.
But the nonfiction, right in front of us and yet ignored, is that this is what a police state looks like. This is how such a state operates. The various city governments enabled a noble attempt at protest and then colluded to project an image of the protestors as bums, drug addicts, rapists and thieves.
Truth is, everyone has a beef with the government. Everyone hates the fact that their government rips them off. Everyone can see the immorality, the continued lies and false promises, but do they identify with the “99 percent”? They may have been able to in the beginning, but now they are thinking twice about whose side they are on.
Is it okay to break away from the idea of an ineffective political system, or do we need it to maintain law and order and business as usual?
The power of the “peace” officer wearing a Nazi-esque helmet, Kevlar vest and riot shield and wielding a huge weapon is a powerful metaphor of power and death. No one wants to be on the receiving end of a truncheon or a boot to the face, and those who are in that position are now perceived as criminals even though they aren’t. They are just people with grievances against their government.
The conditioning process was perfect. It was well thought out and acted upon by local city governments. Government on a local level continues to tell the media that there is absolutely no sign of external constraint, no effort to harm those who are camped in the park and that, even if they break a few laws that harm no one, they are protected and supported by that government.
They are watched over and monitored, and then, when it is time, government pulls the support out from under the would-be protestors, leaving them exposed to the censure of the observing public, who then demand new and improved methods of control to prevent anything like it from happening again.
The struggle not only belongs to the protestors but also to the observers who now see the noble freedom fighters as vagrants or even terrorists. It is an internal struggle of ideals. You not only hate your government and how it operates, you also hate the vagrants who have no idea what damage they have done.
Meanwhile government moves up the middle and policies are recommended and the people remind themselves how they never want to live through that again. So they demand more policing, more surveillance, more curfews and police guarding parks and places of business.
Once again: this is what a police state looks like.
To defend yourself against the manipulation, you must become aware of what is happening and realize that this is not a matter of red state versus blue state, but of the state versus you.
The Occupy movement became a microcosm for the New Socialist Order. It was not that they intended it to be that way; it was conveniently twisted into a group that was being watched by the authorities, blithely accepting handouts without questioning, and when they began to get organized they were shut down and vilified.
It was a strange attraction, a circus act that brought spectators that weren’t even a part of the movement. Like observers at an accident scene, they awaited the arrival of their dark lords dressed like storm troopers from a Nazi camp of the future ready to bust heads and tear-gas the…villains?
In the case of Occupy Portland the mayor issued a deadline. He said that all protestors must leave the park at midnight on the night of Saturday, November 12. This was an invitation to both those who wanted to be there in support and those who wanted to watch chaos to arrive and have a cause célèbre. It was the end of the psychodrama for some—and the beginning of a renewed determination for others. It was a front-row seat at an event that sustained the old euphemism that out of chaos comes order.
In this corner: the unwashed and dirty thugs known as the 99 percent. And in this corner: the other the dark-clad lords of order with batons and shields.
There were posts on various social networks during the Portland standoff that expressed disappointment that the activists were in a mere stare-down with the police. Some said “I will be going home if they don’t tear gas them already.”
When all was said and done, the representatives of the movement had reinforced the idea that their intentions and actions were peaceful. The movement won at keeping the peace, but what was lost was the perceived trust that had been developed. The masks came off and the enablers became the enemy. The scorpion stung the frog and the frog realized that the entire exercise was doomed. Finally it hit home with the protestors — the scorpion, aka the government, was planning to sting all along because it is in its nature to do so.
Now they are angry? Now they are surprised?
Somewhere the movement gets lost in the hypereality of multimedia and social networking. There was a false sense of security that if they were all well behaved they could remain in the parks and take over a city. But the Occupy movement, which had become a real-life version of the Sims with a pretend city within a real one, turned into a real-life version of Call Of Duty, with everyone preparing for the first-person shooter game to play out in the floodlights.
The police at the New York occupation had learned from those at the Portland occupation that media coverage would determine public opinion. So during the uprooting of campers in Zuccotti Park, they removed and/or arrested news reporters, literally halting the process of free press.
As police swooped upon the park in the early hours, the city abused their power by creating a no fly zone in lower Manhattan in order to prevent news helicopters taking aerial shots of the scene. Vans were used to obscure views of the park and a police cordon effectively blocked accredited media from reaching the site. Some of those members of the press who were in the park or were able to get there say they were arrested, pepper-sprayed or treated aggressively.
The excuse for eliminating the fourth estate was, according to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, an attempt to protect members of the media.
Journalists know the risks of what they do. Real journalists know that the public’s right to know far outweighs the risks at times. They know that they have the responsibility to give accurate reports. Keeping them from the raid showed us that the protest was a controlled operation, permitted just so far as to demonstrate that at any time your government can declare you the enemy by directing the general consensus opinion through controlled media and contrived enabling.
Even in the end it was the magazine Ad-busters who urged the occupiers to give up and vacate the camps.
The Oakland eviction and the later Portland and New York raids coincidentally came on the same day that Ad-busters Magazine, the magazine that inspired the movement released a so-called “tactical briefing” advising protestors to “declare ‘victory'” and scale back the camps before winter set in. Two strategies were suggested. Pay attention to strategy number two. It was the strategy they chose to follow here in Portland.
“The last four months have been hard fought, inspiring and delightfully revolutionary. We brought tents, hunkered down, held our assemblies, and lobbed a meme-bomb that continues to explode the world’s imagination. Many of us have never felt so alive. We have fertilized the future with our revolutionary spirit … and a thousand flowers will surely bloom in the coming Spring.
But as winter approaches an ominous mood could set in … hope thwarted is in danger of turning sour, patience exhausted becoming anger, militant nonviolence losing its allure. It isn’t just the mainstream media that says things could get ugly. What shall we do to keep the magic alive?
Here are a couple of emerging ideas:
STRATEGY #1: We summon our strength, grit our teeth and hang in there through winter … heroically we sleep in the snow … we impress the world with our determination and guts … and when the cops come, we put our bodies on the line and resist them nonviolently with everything we’ve got.
STRATEGY #2: We declare “victory” and throw a party … a festival … a potlatch … a jubilee … a grand gesture to celebrate, commemorate, rejoice in how far we’ve come, the comrades we’ve made, the glorious days ahead. Imagine, on a Saturday yet to be announced, perhaps our movement’s three month anniversary on December 17, in every #OCCUPY in the world, we reclaim the streets for a weekend of triumphant hilarity and joyous revelry.
We dance like we’ve never danced before and invite the world to join us.
Then we clean up, scale back and most of us go indoors while the die-hards hold the camps. We use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum so that we may emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble next Spring.
Whatever we do, let’s keep our revolutionary spirit alive … let’s never stop living without dead time.”
After reading the tactical briefings and the strategies I have now realized that the Occupy movement was fabricated.
The blueprint was followed quite well and successful manipulation of the populace was accomplished. The evidence is clear. Someone or some group, a governing body efficient in mental manipulation, has succeeded in unleashing a demon capable of polarizing the country throughout all levels of society, playing both sides against the middle.
For the longest time I thought that the Occupy movement was a paranormal movement. Now I am convinced of it. It is not only what a police state looks like; it is what a police state dress rehearsal looks like.
Be ready for the final curtain.