continued the legalized execution of its citizens
this year. In our name and for our safety, Troy Davis,
whom many believed innocent, was murdered. Seven of the
nine who testified against him, recanted. Coercion!
U.S. injustice system, its practitioners, gathered affidavits
of lies and forced an innocent man to serve 20 years on
Death Row in Georgia before the Board of Parole, ignoring
the appeal to sanity from family, friends, lawyers, and
prominent figures, including former President Jimmy Carter,
Bishop Tutu, Former FBI Director William Sessions, and
Pope Benedict XVI, among others, to refrain from taking
yet another life, executed Tory Davis.
year, too, Davis’
sister, Martina Correia, lost her battle with cancer.
But Correia’s struggle, that also included not only a
campaign to end the Death Penalty but one also to inspire
citizens to recognize their collective power over the
political power that enables authority figures, has not
ended. That fight to end the framing, detaining, and killing
of the poor and the working class has not ended.
week, as I write this article, people around the world
are preparing to gather at the National Constitution Center
in Philadelphia on December 9, 2011, to call attention
to the framing of Mumia Abu Jamal and his illegal incarceration,
along with the entire injustice system within (and without)
the U.S., particularly since September 11, 2001. It
has been 30 years now of upholding the crimes of the Philadelphia
Police Department, the local injustice system, and politicians.
at the end of this year, 2011, we should truly imagine,
echoing activist Claude Marks (freedomarchives.org) “the
victories of 2012.” Thanks to the Occupy Wall Street Movement
(OWS), more U.S.
citizens recognize the criminals determined to condemn
the 99% to death or what amounts to the same - life without
year’s end, thanks to the exposures of uncompromising
OWS protesters, more Americans are willing to admit that
the 1% commit crimes against humanity:
99% are the ones subject to being framed and sentenced
to Death Row!
political prisoner, the 22-year old Army private, Bradley
Manning, detained at the U.S. Marine brig in Quantico,
Virginia, may receive a maximum sentence
of life in prison if he is found guilty of revealing the
contents of “restricted” material from the State’s databases
to WikiLeaks. That is, if we consider Manning the criminal!
That is, if we consider the 36 counts against him as legitimate
counts of wrongdoing.
focus on Manning’s or Julian Assange’s crimes,
according to the injustice system, is to dismiss how we,
too, are coerced into signing affidavits against ourselves,
the 99%, the poor, the workers, the legal or so-called
illegal immigrants, coerced into assigning guilt to our
determination to pursue and maintain our freedom.
I really want to be integrated into a burning house?
(James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time). Do I really
want to forget on which side of history should I stand?
years end, we do have something to seriously consider
if the U.S. Congress has its way: a routine of
indefinite detention of U.S.
citizens - without trial - an Orwellian daily life in
which citizens are disappeared and no other citizen dares
to even remember their existence!
unthinkable has happened, repeatedly, and happens and
usually begins with a germ of an idea, lit on fire by
is not just that the Senate, with its bill S1867, passing
93-7 on Thursday, December 1, 2011, handed over $662 billion
for defense spending; it is the little germ, a provision
for military detention of suspected Al Qaeda terrorists
or associates. The legislation is now in the House.
you think - Al Qaeda terrorists! Native Americans
in those days of the Colonies and Frontier! Negroes in
the South and then Black militants in the North! Jews
in Europe! The Irish! The Algerian!
But one people almost always linked to another and others
and the fire continues to evolve.
is an image, then, of real terror: Al Qaeda start to look
like OWS protesters! Law and Disorder’s (www.lawanddisorder.org)
Michael Ratner, Heidi Boghosian, and Michael Smith on
December 5, 2011 presented the scenario:
are the chances of the law that might go through in terms
of indefinite detention of American citizens…is there
a danger it could be used against the social movement
here in the U.S.?
could be used against protesters at some point…not particularly
with this legislation…[But] when it comes to the Occupy
Wall Street Movement (OWS), this law certainly sets the
groundwork for rounding up people in the U.S. who are
leading huge oppositional movements and saying these people
have to be detained until the emergency crisis is over…
This is a very bad step.
now…Boghosian adds, these laws are there to protect the
“financial infrastructures and corporate entities under
attack by OWS protesters,” protesters who could be labeled
terrorists”! Yet the U.S. State Department on November
22, 2011, warns Egypt: Take care to restrain
from the use of violence on your protesters!
we are expected to consider legitimate the New World Order
and future it offers us? What kind of future does this
order of repression offer when 30 years of illegal incarceration
is not enough? When being innocent is meaningless? When
protest and bravery is condemned and criminalized?
New Years 2001, who imagined a New Years 2012 in which
the U.S. government’s surveillance apparatus would have
expanded to include the militarization of local police
forces and surveillance of everyone, so that many have
come to accept Big Brother as the norm? Answer: Only those
who believe that the “Full Spectrum Dominance” of the
technological might could trump the Bill of Rights.
we have to remember: “Government is an artificial creation,
established by the people to defend the equal right of
everyone to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Howard Zinn continues, “I interpreted ‘everyone’ to include
men, women, and children all over the world, who have
a right to life not to be taken away by their own government
(Howard Zinn, You
Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History
of Our Times).
is not a government by and for the people; it is a chamber
of horrors! “If this is so,” writes Baldwin in The
Fire Next Time, “one has no choice but to do all in
one’s power to change that fate, and at no matter what
risk - eviction, imprisonment, torture, death. For the
sake of one’s children, in order to minimize the bill
that they must pay, one must be careful not to
take refuge in any delusion…”
the criminals will never give up, they will never rest,
we, the 99%, must imagine victories in the New Year and
the years to come! We must do our work in Freedom!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels,
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