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Remember Me Donating Member (730 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-26-11 09:06 PM
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It demonstrates perfectly the method by which disinformation -- and in this case, the pushback to try to refute and squelch information is handled. I'm telling you, it's perfect.

Let's have a look:

The difference between local officials talking to each other or federal law enforcement agencies advising them on what they see as best practices for evicting local occupations and some unseen hand directing, incentivizing or coercing municipalities to do so when they would not otherwise be so inclined is not a minor one. Its not a matter of semantics or a distinction without difference. As I wrote recently, if federal authorities were ordering cities to crack down on their local occupations in a concerted effort to wipe out a movement that has spread like wildfire across the country, that would indeed be a huge, and hugely troubling story. In the United States, policing protests is a local matter, and law enforcement agencies must remain accountable for their actions to local officials. Local governments autonomy in this regard is an important principle.

All very, very true. But not what was charged at all. The government can coordinate out to yang yang and NEVER risk being accused of "directing, incentivizing, or coercing" anyone to do anything. No one suggested that the feds "ordered" citi4es to crack down on their local occupations.

But for cities willing or perhaps even desperate to clean up the and stop a protest, there was that entirely voluntary, coordinated phone call from those really nice and helpful people at PERF -- who just happen to be friends of people who know even so much more, our very own DHS.

But there has not been a single report offered by any media outlet suggesting that anyone federal officials or police organizations is directing or in any way exerting pressure on cities to crack down on their occupations.

Nope, because that's not what's happening.

Instead, there have been a lot of dark ruminations that such an effort is underway notably by Naomi Wolf in an error-filled blog-post and a somewhat bizarre column for The Guardian in which Wolf takes an enormous leap away from any known facts to suggest that Congress is ordering cities to smash the Occupy Movement in order to preserve their own economic privilege.

Once again, not a single word of that has ANY relevance to what Wolf suggested, or anyone -- ANYONE else -- reported. I added italics for the introduction here of what is called "loaded words" -- words designed to color the perceptions on the part of the reader, in this case about Wolf, and that she's bascially not to be trusted. It's an irrelevant refutation of charges that have NOT been leveled (which are usually called strawmen fallacies of logic), and a very clear attack on her credibility.

I'm surprised and disgusted that AlterNet printed it. And might take the time to tell them so.

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