“I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world,” exclaimed Mayor Michael Bloomberg after successfully evicting OWS, at least for the winter. 84-year old Dorli Rainey found out what it's like to demonstrate against corruption, the photo of her after she was pepper-sprayed becoming iconic:
The commentary on the overwhelming passage of the NDAA is coming in fast and furious, (not to be confused with the ATFoperation by the same name). It appears people are beginning to understand why this travesty was crafted in secret, played down by the media, and put to a vote when the attention of the media was elsewhere. Many are already referring to this phenomenon as a “media blackout” which has kept this legislation out of the public view until now.
The latest effort by Occupy Wall Street followers involves the occupation of homes in foreclosure. Those who are being evicted are often illegally pushed out of their homes with a practice called “robo-signing” which is an automated system of speeding up the foreclosure process but with little in the way of oversight or scrutiny of the process.
LAPD gets the credit for the roundup, but the stories of abuse refer to treatment by the L.A. County Sheriff once protesters were in custody. These reports are consistent if not verifiable, that many arrestees were deprived of food, water and proper facilities which resulted in some soiled garments.
It was obvious that some sort of political shift occurred when it was learned that the City of Los Angeles would be assessed $58 million in fees if the Responsible Banking Resolution passed. The Central City Commission which includes heavyweights like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Bank of the West, U.S. Trust and the Los Angeles Times made it clear that the message of protesters was not good for business in Downtown Los Angeles or anywhere else. So how does the CCA reward those that are subject to their “lobbying” efforts?