Chicago's Anti-Capitalist/FTP march NATO--G-8 2012
I ran up a windy street past scattered groups of black bandana-masked protesters till I reached the first line of riot cops. Night was falling. This wasn't going to be like the other occupation marches I'd been on for two days. You could feel it in the air. Tension. This was a large urban FTP march with an anti-capitalist theme--never a boring combination. The Chicago Police Department was about to see civil disobedience in a qualitative way that they hadn't seen in that town since the 60s. The Occupy Wall Street movement had energized and united group-after-group on the left in a profound way. The crowd grew and grew in the shadow of mid-level urban buildings. Hundreds of police, dozens of vehicles and the entire horse line of the CPD were shadowing us, unseen just a few blocks away. What they were soon to see were teens with black masks, young eyes with far-away looks peering from above bandanas, red flags with letters made of duct tape, etc. Then the group started to move. The dance that is civil unrest in 21st century America began--actually a beautiful thing if you're observant, yet if a right-wing Tea Partier had been there I have no doubt they wouldn't have said much more than : "“Oh, my Lord! They’re the worse kind of Commie, Pinko, Socialist filth I’ve ever had to lay my red-white-&-blue eyeballs on! Are you blind? Don’t you understand the threat that these and their kind are to the American way of life? What a disgrace! This’ll only go over like a fart in church!” But there weren’t any right-wingers in this crowd. The protesters surged along under bridges of steel and concrete holding up pamphlets with words like Revolution and Socialism.
Regardless of who was really behind them and why, chances are the Boston Marathon bombings would not have happened if unconstitutional laws like AUMF 2001 and NDAA 2012 Sec 1021 were not on the books.
Monday's Boston Marathon bombing killed 3 Americans and wounded more than 170 others. It was clearly an act of terrorism, but as with 9/11 no terrorist organization has thus far claimed responsibility. That's seen by some as an indication that the act was state-sponsored. If so, what state?
AUMF 2001 (PL 107-40) did not target the "terrorists" behind the 9/11 attacks. Its target was and is the taxpaying American citizen. Here are the only two ways to take yourself out of the crosshairs.
If you ask most Americans how many World Trade Center towers were demolished on 9/11, they'll say 2. The correct answer is 3. If you remind them that WTC-7 came down as well as WTC-1 and WTC-2, and then ask them how many World Trade Center towers were struck by airplanes or seriously damaged by debris, they'll usually say 3. The correct answer is 2. Remind them of THAT, however, and you are immediately labelled a 9/11 truther or conspiracy nut.
The "truth" may well be, however, that most Americans simply don't want to think about what really happened at World Trade Center 7 and elsewhere on 11 September 2001 because it forces them to question either (a) the laws of physics and logic or (b) what they were told happened by their government. The cognitive dissonance generated is too much for their media-brainwashed minds to handle, so they block it out and you along with it.
Veteran rights activist calls on American grandparents and other concerned citizens to join #AumfHungerStrike, a nationwide hunger strike to last until AUMF 2001, the post-9/11 Authorization for Use of Military Force, is repealed.
At 6:00am ET on 27 March 2013 world record holding long distance motorcycle rider and lifelong civil liberties activist IronBoltBruce began a fast that will not end - in his words - "...until AUMF 2001 is gone or I am."