Thursday, June 4, 2020 by Hannah Jones in News
Maine police say they want to end racism in policing but have opposed efforts to track their treatment of minorities
Gathering that information would be a first step for state leaders to know how extensive bias is in Maine policing. Read More
A MODEST PROPOSAL
By Daniel Hopsicker -
June 4, 2020
Movement to defund police gains 'unprecedented' support across US
A Practical Guide to Defunding the Police
Activists are demanding cities ‘defund the police.’ Here’s what they mean
Thursday, June 4
Trump’s Antifa Boogeyman
Chip Gibbons, Defending Rights & Dissent
William Barr's Vast, Nameless Army Is Being Brought To Bear On D.C. Protesters
Ryan J. Reilly & Tara Golshan, HuffPost
Attorney General Steps Up Federal Law Enforcement Response To Protests
Ryan Lucas, NPR
The Pandemic Is a Threat. The President Is Worse.
Gregg Gonsalves, The Nation
Minneapolis City Council members consider disbanding the police
Hannah Jones, City Pages
Wednesday, June 3
Donald Trump’s “Antifa” Hysteria Is Absurd. But It’s Also Very Dangerous.
Chip Gibbons, Jacobin
The DEA Has Just Been Authorized to Conduct Surveillance on Protesters
Jason Leopold & Anthony Cormier, Buzzfeed News
A Short History of U.S. Law Enforcement Infiltrating Protests
Ryan Grim & Jon Schwarz, The Intercept
The FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ in Sunday’s Violence
Ken Klippenstein, The Nation
Who caused violent unrest? Detroit police, lawyers say
Violet Ikonomova, Deadline Detroit
Tuesday, June 2
Defending Rights & Dissent Condemns Nationwide Violence Against Anti-Police Brutality Protests
Defending Rights & Dissent
Killology, BulletProof, and Warrior Policing
Suraj K Sazawal, Defending Rights & Dissent
Maybe We Should Stop Giving the Minneapolis Police Military Equipment | The American Conservative
Matt Purple, The American Conservative
Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church
Katie Rogers, New York Times
Curfew lifts: Dozens of DC protesters who took refuge in residents' homes to avoid police arrests near Logan Circle safely leave
Nick Boykin, Ariane Datil & Saliqa Khan, WUSA9
Monday, June 1
As Police Attack Protesters In Minneapolis, Speculations About “Outsiders” Draw On Fraught History
Mara Hvistendahl, The Intercept
Protests, confrontations continue near White House
David Cohen, POLITICO
Customs and Border Protection Is Flying a Predator Drone Over Minneapolis
Jason Koebler, Joseph Cox, & Jordan Pearson, Vice News
NYC Transit Union Backs Bus Drivers Who Refuse To Transport Protesters For NYPD
Hilary Hanson, Huffpost
Amid Minneapolis Uprising, Anti-War Veterans Call On National Guard to Stand Down
Sarah Lazare, In These Times
You don't need this newsletter to tell you about the massive outpouring of Black-led outrage, grieving and resistance in response to the racist police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, against the backdrop of the terrible racist disparities in infections and deaths from COVID-19. Starting in Minneapolis and spreading swiftly to Los Angeles -- ground zero for racist police killings with impunity in the US despite decades of so-called reforms -- people took to the streets in disruptive and angry protests, and were met with renewed brutality and repression, teargas, rubber bullets and mass arrests. Over 3000 arrests for failure to disperse and curfew violations were made by the LAPD alone, not even counting separate arrests by the LA Sheriffs Dept and local cops in Santa Monica, Long Beach and elsewhere.Some people were apparently more concerned about so-called "vandalism" and property destruction than about the taking of lives by the police. Civil unrest on this order of magnitude, particularly when met with provocative state violence as the peaceful protests have been, almost always results in some "vandalism" and "looting" (a racially charged word -- remember the differences in how Black and white people expropriating what they needed in New Orleans after Katrina were treated and referred to). But polls show that 54% of the US public believes that the burning down of the Minneapolis police precinct was a valid response to the situation. Property destruction is not the same as state violence; whereas property protection is always undergirded by state violence. People who vandalized or even burned police cars, the people who painted George Floyd's face and Black Lives Matter slogans on the statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond VA, are heroic and exemplary to my way of thinking; their actions are righteous. Same goes for the people who lobbed tear gas cannisters back at the police. Did you see the gif of the Somali woman in a hijab doing exactly that in Minneapolis? Inspiring.Here's a map of how widespread the protests have been and are continuing to be.
UPRISING DETAINEE SUPPORT RESOURCES
Students and teachers join together in Manhattan to call for less policing in schools as sprawling George Floyd protests sweep NYC for second weekend
By WES PARNELL, ELLEN MOYNIHAN and DAVE GOLDINER
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS |
JUN 06, 2020 | 3:37 PM
Louisiana police chief announces his own arrest for allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars of seized evidence
By JESSICA SCHLADEBECK
JUN 06, 2020 | 12:53 PM
New Mexico police officer charged with manslaughter after using neck restraint that also killed George Floyd
JUN 06, 2020 | 12:19 PM
‘Cops,’ ‘Live PD’ episodes scrapped amid George Floyd protests
By JAMI GANZ
Pope Francis calls El Paso bishop, congratulates him on demonstrating for George Floyd
By TIM BALK
JUN 06, 2020 | 2:55 PM
The Murder of George Floyd: The Longest Running Play in America
Submitted by editor on 01 June 2020 - 01:40pm
“The great evil of American slavery was not involuntary servitude, but rather the narrative of racial differences we created to legitimize slavery. Because we never dealt with that evil, I don't think slavery ended in 1865, it just evolved.” - Bryan Stevenson
Think of Derek Chauvin’s knee. The weight of it. The sadistic centuries-deep applied weight of it. Its brutality. Its power. Its ball-bearing-like, skull-like, stone-like shape. How the knee’s deadly utility must have given him such pleasure. How George Floyd’s pleas for life must have sharpened that pleasure. (Why else would he have crushed George’s life so slowly?) How this knee was his, personally, but also the blunt instrument of history, how it did the work his meaty hands could have done - strangling George Floyd. But to strangle George Floyd with his hands, he would have had to look him in the face. See his human face. The knee was a brutal coward’s knee.
What was Derek Chauvin thinking? Or in what part of his brain was he thinking? What reptilian brainstem part? Was he thinking in the same part as was the white sailor on a slave ship who chained Africans in the hold and refused them water as they died? Or the slave breaker, Edward Cove, who savagely beat the teenage Frederick Douglass for demanding the dignity of manhood? Or the grinning white Klan members as they hauled another struggling black man into a poplar tree by his neck, then lit a fire under him, then posed for photos? Was he thinking in the same part as were the mounted police in Selma while charging the peaceful Civil Rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge? Or the killers of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Erik Garner, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Aubery, etc., etc., etc., etc.
Which is to say Derek Chauvin was not thinking at all. His knee was not thinking. Derek and his knee were playing their part in the same morality play being performed in America for 400 years. He knew his part in the longest running play in our history. No new lines to memorize. Every other day the curtain goes up on this play, staged in another city or town. The line of cops waiting to audition for leading roles stretches like a blue rope around the neck of this country. But who buys the tickets? Who fills the theater? Whose will is being asserted in this tedious, blood-curdling, repetitious, racist drama? What all those white supremacists in our family tree - from Jefferson, Madison and Washington to Donald J. Trump - fail to see is that any greatness in this country belongs to the people of color who have demanded that America live up to its own ideals: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, John Brown (not Black, but might as well have been), W.E.B. Du Bois, Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Bob Moses, Claudette Colvin, Rosa Parks, Ella Baker, James Baldwin, Bayard Rustin, John Lewis, Malcolm X, Rev. King, Muhammad Ali, Langston Hughes, Charles Hamilton Houston, Rev. Wiliam Barber. Michelle Alexander, Bryan Stevenson - to name a few. What Derek Chauvin’s knee has failed to learn is that those people not only strove to save the humanity of people of color but the humanity white people, too. Or is that what his knee knows and resents so profoundly?
I, for one, am sick of this play. I want the theater shut down. bulldozed, buried. I’m sick of analyzing the persistence of racism in America. The simple fact of it has eaten my soul. I want every gratuitous murder of a black person answered with a life sentence for the killer. How can we defend the rule of law when the law is a racist murderer? How can we defend democracy when our democracy is a corporate plutocracy holding a noose? It’s not that I can’t breathe. It’s that I’m ashamed to breathe the racist air.
And what was George Floyd thinking? In his fear and pain and suffocation, he may not have been able to think at all. But if he was, it may have been the clarity of one thought that had haunted him for 46 years: finally American racism, like a drone missile, had found him.
U.S. approval of police officers plunges by 10% in single week: poll
JUN 06, 2020 | 9:39 PM
The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump and Russia Now Looks Even Worse
Rod Rosenstein says he was kept in the dark about important parts of the probe.
By Eli Lake
June 3, 2020, 5:00 PM EDT
FBI withholds hundreds of documents from Fairfax in probe of Bijan Ghaisar killing
June 5, 2020
FBI launches open attack on ‘foreign’ alternative media outlets challenging US foreign policy
Under FBI orders, Facebook and Google removed American Herald Tribune, an alternative site that publishes US and European writers critical of US foreign policy. The bureau’s justification for the removal was dubious, and it sets a troubling precedent for other critical outlets.
Pittsburgh mayor joins defense of local black journalist taken off protest coverage
By JOSEPH WILKINSON
JUN 06, 2020 | 10:43 PM
June 7, 2020
Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Majority of Minneapolis City Council Pledges to Dismantle Police Department
Some cities are starting to to heed calls to “defund the police,” as lawmakers push proposals for greater police accountability. National Guard troops are being sent home from Washington, D.C.
Citizen patrols organize across Minneapolis as confidence in the police force plummets
Video Shows Cops Slashing Tires Across Minneapolis During Protests
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says they were scared people would drive too fast.
BILLY BINION | 6.8.2020 5:28 PM
"Round Up The Green Hats": NYPD Accused Of Deliberately Targeting Legal Observers In Brutal Bronx Mass Arrest
BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ
JUNE 8, 2020 5:13 P.M.
Agents Provocateurs Are Still A Real Threat To Our Movements
Activists Create Public Online Spreadsheet of Police Violence Videos
By DANIEL POLITI
JUNE 06, 20206:08 PM
The Short, Fraught History of the ‘Thin Blue Line’ American Flag
The controversial version of the U.S. flag has been hailed as a sign of police solidarity and criticized as a symbol of white supremacy.
How to Be an Antifascist From Your Couch
You don’t have to punch Nazis to fight fascism.
By Talia LavinTwitter
JUNE 5, 2020
How to Identify Visible (and Invisible) Surveillance at Protests
BY MATTHEW GUARIGLIA
JUNE 4, 2020
WEB ONLY / FEATURES » JUNE 4, 2020
Tear Gas Is Banned in International Warfare––Why Are Police Using It On U.S. Civilians?
Police say they’re using tear gas to clear crowds, but the chemical agent’s effects can cause long-term physical damage.
IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology
IBM’s CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement
By Jay Peters@jaypeters Jun 8, 2020, 8:49pm EDT
JUSTIN SHERMAN IDEAS06.09.2020 09:00 AM
The Protests Prove the Need to Regulate Surveillance Tech
US policymakers too often argue that regulation is about geopolitical competition. But algorithms have perpetuated harm and inequality at home.
Protest at ICE Detention Center in Adelanto turns violent; cars vandalized, 1 arrested
Jose Quintero, Victorville Daily Press Published 5:23 p.m. PT June 8, 2020
AG Barr Contradicts Trump’s Explanation for Visiting White House Bunker During Protests
AMERICAN GENERATION DELIVERS IN THE CLUTCH
June 8, 2020
One week ago, I watched fascism attempt to rear its ugly head, and I will never forget it.
Tonight I am proud of this generation of Americans, who answered the call of destiny with determination and grit (grit! from millenials!) when that awful video of police homicide hit the airwaves two weeks ago
Robert Shetterly/Americans Who Tell The Truth
Business Executive : b. 1951
“I never thought of myself as a whistleblower. But what changed my life at Countrywide Financial Corporation? A two letter word...the word 'No'. I said, 'NO! No more fraud; no more predatory lending; no more insider trading: No, you can't do this, it's against the law. You are breaking the economy. No more!'”
HE TWEETED THAT HE WAS THE LEADER OF ANTIFA. THEN THE FBI ASKED HIM TO BE AN INFORMANT.
June 9 2020, 12:46 p.m.
AMID PROTESTS, PHOENIX POLICE SWEPT UP IMMIGRANTS ON MISTAKEN CHARGES. NOW THEY FACE DEPORTATION.
June 8 2020, 11:42 a.m.
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project – Trailer
A fiercely intelligent, radical activist who became a wealthy recluse in her later years, Marion Stokes was dedicated to furthering and protecting the truth — so much so that she recorded American television 24 hours a day for over 30 years. Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project peels back the curtain on her life, through a mix of Stokes’ own archive of recordings and interviews with those who knew her best
Alt-Right Trolls Are Trying to Sabotage Black Lives Matter Chatrooms
The White House Says Trump Was Offended by Romney’s 47-Percent Remark. That’s a Lie.
Trump defended the comments in 2012—and echoed them three years later.
DAVID CORNWashington, DC, Bureau Chief
A Local Police Organization Offers to Hire Cops Called Out for Abuse
In a now-deleted Facebook post, the Brevard County Fraternal Order of Police offered jobs to those who resigned from the Buffalo PD’s Emergency Response Team, touting lower taxes in Florida and “no spineless leadership, or dumb mayors rambling on at press conferences.” (The offer was also extended to the Atlanta officers who were caught on tape brutalizing two Black college students as they left a protest in late May.)
Taylor’s death now subject of police investigation involving sexual misconduct claims
By NANCY DILLON
JUN 09, 2020 | 2:43 PM
Louisville police say they’re investigating allegations that one of the officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor previously sexually assaulted two women.
New York Senate votes to repeal 50-A, making police disciplinary records public
By DENIS SLATTERY
JUN 09, 2020 | 3:42 PM
SEE IT: Black store owner punched by Alabama police after calling 911 on robber
By KATE FELDMAN
JUN 09, 2020 | 8:58 AM
Former ‘Miss Hitler’ beauty pageant contestant was in neo-Nazi terrorist group in UK: cops
By DAVID MATTHEWS
JUN 09, 2020 | 4:47 PM
Portland Maine journalist who criticized police on Twitter claims they’re trying to wrongfully arrest him
‘Stop treating us like ANIMALS and THUGS’: NY police union boss EXPLODES on politicians and the press
9 Jun, 2020 21:23 / Updated 40 minutes ago
‘Cops,’ long-running reality series, axed after 32 seasons
Retired FBI Agent: ‘No FBI Agent Has to Take a Knee’
The writer served 27 years in the FBI, 21 of them tactical with four SWAT teams and the HRT (Hostage Rescue Team). He retired in 2012. He also served in Marines for eight years. His commentary is in response to a report in ticklethewire.com that FBI agents in Washington recently took a knee at the urging of people protesting police brutality and the death of George Floyd.
Black F.B.I. Agent Looks Back on Years of Harassment
Black FBI Agent’s Ex-Lover Says Bureau Pressured Her To Lie
FBI AGENT CONCEDES RACIST ACTS
Interview with black former FBI Agent Tyrone Powers
Chicago TribuneBlack Panthers' Fred Hampton killed 50 years ago in ChicagoWesley Swearingen became the agency's first whistleblower in 1977, claiming
first to government lawyers and later in a 1995 book that the FBI ...Dec 3, 2019
Dana Milbank: Bill Barr Was a Bully as a Kid, And Now As An Adult
Get the feeling law enforcement in this country is being run by a middle-school bully?
If so, you are not wrong. Childhood bullies have a predisposition to become adult bullies, research shows, and, sure enough, it seems Attorney General William Barr was a teenage bully more than 50 years ago.
Back in 1991, during Barr’s confirmation to be George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, lawyer Jimmy Lohman, who overlapped with Barr at New York’s Horace Mann School and later Columbia University, wrote a piece for the little-known Florida Flambeau newspaper about Barr being “my very own high-school tormentor” — a “classic bully” and “power abuser” in the 1960s who “put the crunch on me every chance [he] got.”
THE ACTIVITIES OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
Over the last few years troubling allegations have been raised concerning the FBI. These allegations have been raised principally by Dr. Frederic Whitehurst, a supervisory special agent who works in the FBI lab. The numerous allegations that Dr. Whitehurst raised eventually resulted in an investigation by the Department of Justice's Inspector General. The results of that investigation were released just last month, and a 500-page report is the subject of today's hearing
For example, in the case of United States versus Psinakis, the FBI explosives examiner reached the conclusion that tools found in the defendant's home contained residue of an explosive by relying in part on collateral evidence that was collected during a search of the defendant's garbage, rather than conducting appropriate scientific tests of the tools themselves. We specifically concluded that the examiner's work in the Psinakis case was inadequate and unprofessional.
In the case involving the bombing of an Avianca Airlines jet, we determined that the FBI explosives examiner's testimony regarding the type of bomb used was based on a theory that was scientifically unsound and beyond the examiner's expertise.
We found other instances of examiners giving inaccurate testimony. In a hearing conducted by the Investigating Committee of the Judicial Council of the Eleventh Circuit regarding then-judge Alcee Hastings, the lab examiner testified falsely that he had performed a certain scientific test, when in fact another examiner had performed the test, and he also testified inaccurately regarding the results and significance of the test.
In a death penalty case in Florida, another examiner, who was the chief of the Chemistry-Toxicology Unit, testified inaccurately on several points, including testimony about tests he had performed or the results of those tests.
WEB ONLY / FEATURES » JUNE 9, 2020
Tear Gas and Pepper Spray Can Be Deadly, But the U.S. Won’t Regulate Police Use
Despite widespread use, chemical agents sold for police purposes aren’t monitored by any federal agency.
BY TERRY J. ALLEN
Former F.B.I. Agent Is Sentenced to Prison
A former F.B.I. agent who pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks from a pepper-spray manufacturer was sentenced on Friday to two months in Federal prison.
FBI Pepper spray study is tainted
The pepper spray study was conducted in the late 1980s by FBI Special Agent Thomas W.W. Ward at the FBI academy in Virginia outside Washington, D.C. But Ward did not disclose at the time that he had accepted $57,000 from a pepper spray manufacturer that was laundered through a Florida company owned by his wife, Sheri
—NPR's Chitra Ragavan reports the FBI reached a settlement on Thursday with FBI Lab whistleblower Frederic Whitehurst. The former crime lab supervisor complained about lab procedures over ten years before he was suspended. He will receive over $1 million even though the FBI claims many of his allegations were overstated and incendiary (3:37).
The New Powers the FBI Just Granted Itself
A rewritten operations manual relaxes restrictions on investigation tools
SECRET DOCS REVEAL: PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS INHERITED AN FBI WITH VAST HIDDEN POWERS
Glenn Greenwald, Betsy Reed
'Gross abuse’: Ex-judge says Michael Flynn case should not be dropped by DOJ
By DAVE GOLDINER
JUN 10, 2020 | 2:15 PM
No masks, no water: New York protesters held in ‘abysmal’ conditions, experts say
Louisville police release mostly blank Breonna Taylor incident report
JUN 10, 2020 | 7:06 PM
The fiscal case for defunding the police
By DAVID R. EICHENTHAL
JUN 10, 2020 | 4:00 PM
Tulsa cop: research says police shoot black people ‘less than we probably ought to’
JUN 10, 2020 | 7:02 PM
NJ cop — 31 and on his 9th job — charged in unprovoked attack
June 10, 2020
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The Monster Cop Who Encountered George Floyd in Houston
‘RELIEVED OF DUTY’
Years before a monster cop in Minneapolis cut George Floyd’s life tragically short, Gerald Goines carried out an insidiously routine bit of police misconduct in Houston on Floyd.
Updated Jun. 10, 2020 10:08AM E
Florida cop arrested after video shows him punching man in hospital
LA Police Commission Says Off-Duty Cop Who Shot And Killed Unarmed Man In Costco Violated Policy
BY FRANK STOLTZE IN NEWS ON JUNE 10, 2020 3:33 PM
Amazon demands 'full accountability' for Michigan cop who arrested black delivery driver
Hobart cop under investigation for racial remarks on Facebook, police chief says
Mary Freda Jun 10, 2020 Updated 15 min ago
Georgia high school apologizes for racist MLK yearbook photo
JUN 11, 2020 | 7:12 PM
‘No police, no peace’: French cops reject government chokehold ban (VIDEOS)
12 Jun, 2020 11:03
Bundestag set to launch study on racism in Germany’s national security forces
12 Jun, 2020 12:55
National Guard soldiers deployed to DC protests find GLASS SHARDS in pizza
12 Jun, 2020 00:24 / Updated 13 hours ago
British courts to ‘fast-track’ prosecutions for ‘violent’ Black Lives Matter protesters
12 Jun, 2020 02:54 / Updated 8 hours ago
How rules on police use of force differ across Maine’s 4 biggest departments
Ex-DEA Spokesman Pleads Guilty to Posing As CIA Operative in Elaborate Fraud Scheme
Convicted child rapist beaten to death by fellow inmates in Washington state prison
By NELSON OLIVEIRA
JUN 12, 2020 | 11:09 AM
Pedophile FBI agent wants to serve jail time in style
Former officer charged with killing George Floyd could receive over $1 million in pension benefits, even if convicted
BY JASON SILVERSTEIN
Charges of racism resurface in N.J. town as ex-cop files 2nd lawsuit
Friday, June 12
Refusing to be Silenced: Protesting Anti-Protest Laws in the Midst of Global Protests
Quentin Anthony Anderson, Defending Rights & Dissent
After Barr Ordered FBI To “Identify Criminal Organizers,” Activists Were Intimidated At Home And At Work
Chris Brooks, The Intercept
'Grotesque Abuse' of Authority as Trump Declares National Emergency Over ICC Probe of Alleged US War Crimes
Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams
Police broke into, lounged in Rep. Rush’s Washington Park campaign office as looters struck surrounding retailers
Aaron Gettinger, Hyde Park Herald
After the Lockdown, the Jailbreak
Submitted by editor on 10 June 2020 - 01:32pm
What's going on? We had lockdown; we've got jailbreak.
But the prisoners aren’t running away; they’re marching, chanting, getting rearrested for the cause of justice. They’re risking infection. In fact, they’re embracing a new infection: people power. Their risk is not in trying to reopen an economy but to rebirth social justice, racial justice, a just economy. Any regime, even a corrupt one, can create a burgeoning economy; only a democracy can build social justice.
What’s going on? America has gagged on itself. Three more murders of innocent, unarmed Black people - Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. Too much to swallow. The right response? A great paroxysm, a struggling, heaving effort to expel the gnarled mass of our indigestible hobgoblin history. Not easy. Every organ of the body politic is complicit, bound into systems of wealth and labor exploitation, racial oppression, environmental desecration, militarism, freedom of giant corporations to engineer a society for their own benefit. Time to regurgitate, turn ourselves inside out.
What’s going on? It’s not the coronavirus lockdown that’s being challenged now. It’s 400 years of lockdown in hypocrisy. No matter who you are, what color you are, what ethnicity, winner or loser, perpetrator or victim, we all have been trapped in the same history - unable to fully admit it, unable to break free of it. The exalted claims of this history habitually insult its reality. For native people, black people, all people of color, all the marginalized - finally a reckoning.
What’s going on? The campaign for president is not assaulting us with billion dollar ads, dark money PACs, talking points, talking heads, and spin doctors. Not being run by manipulation and bullshit. The campaign is being waged by the people in the streets - exuberant, raw, messy. Not mail-in ballots, but march in. If there’s finally an effective antidote to cynicism, it’s people in the streets. Many politicians are in denial, trying to shut it down (How dare the people direct their own country!), or they are trotting along behind, hoping to catch up with the right message. Even the opportunists, the provocateurs of both the left and the right, are not able to derail the people’s will of love and anger, grief and hope, resistance and redirection.
What’s going on? Extreme times produce extreme situations. We see a contemporary version of lions lying down with the lambs - the cops kneeling with the protesters. Looks like compassion and understanding. Yes, but it’s also power being reconfigured. And have we ever seen anything more strange, more ludicrous or pathetic, than the Devil holding up the Bible to justify God-given authority for using violence against peaceful demonstrators? (Even stranger would be this same Devil laying his right hand on the Bible and swearing to tell the truth.) But hasn’t that image - the Devil with his Bible - always haunted this country? Isn’t that the trope Trump was channeling? White supremacy holding up the Bible to justify slavery, lynching and Jim Crow; men holding up the Bible to justify dominating women; corporations holding up the Bible to sanctify the destruction of nature; creationists holding up the Bible to disprove evolutionary science; militarists holding up the Bible proclaiming that God loves war; prigs holding up the Bible to command sexual conformity. We can be damn sure our current Devil has never read any further into the Bible than the KKK’s Grand Dragon has read into the Declaration of Independence.
I was a young activist in the 1960's, marching, protesting, committing civil disobedience in the struggle for civil rights and ending the Vietnam War. But I’ve never seen the sudden vibrancy nor persistent urgency of this moment. A perfect storm: Trump, appalling racist murders, 110,000 COVID-19 deaths and all the inequalities the pandemic exposes, failure to act on the climate crisis, Mitch McConnell, a handful of billionaires having more wealth than the rest of the country combined, the stock market rising while millions suffer and lose their jobs, a government refusing to solve problems so it can play off the divisions it causes.
So what’s going on? Where there’s a vacuum of wisdom, compassion, decency, justice, equality, care and honesty, the people flood in.
Report of 2nd black man found hanging from tree in 2 weeks in southern California raises suspicions of foul play
14 Jun, 2020 12:12 / Updated 3 hours ago
Sunday, June 14, 2020
WHO trial using potentially fatal hydroxychloroquine dose--according to WHO consultant
The Solidarity Trial is a WHO-led conglomeration of many national trials of treatments for Covid-19.
As of 3 June 2020, more than 3500 patients have been recruited in 35 countries, with over 400 hospitals actively recruiting patients. Overall, over 100 countries have joined or expressed an interest in joining the trial, and WHO is actively supporting 60 of them...
The hydroxychloroquine arm has been reinstated, after being halted May 25 by WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros and the Executive Group of the Solidarity Trial. (This action was performed, allegedly on the basis of the Lancet Surgisphere study, which exploded when no one could verify that the Surgisphere database existed). It was reinstated on June 3.
Below are the drugs being tested in Solidarity.
● Lopinavir with Ritonavir
● Lopinavir with Ritonavir plus Interferon beta-1a.
However, doses were not specified on WHO's list of the drugs to be trialed, nor were the doses specified, surprisingly, in WHO's consultation on chloroquine dosing, dated April 8.
Last week, I was alerted to the fact that India's ICMR, its official medical research agency, had writtento the WHO, telling WHO that the hydroxychloroquine doses being used in the Solidarity trial were 4 times higher than the doses being used in India. Then I learned that Singapore has been hesitant to participate in the WHO trial, due to the hydroxychloroquine dose.
The UK "Recovery" trial was one part of the international Solidarity conglomeration of clinical trials. Its Study Protocol notes it is funded in part by the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and by UK government agencies. It further provides the doses of hydroxychloroquine used, on page 22. This specified the precise dose used, which I could not find anywhere on the WHO website.
However, Co-Principal Investigators of Recovery, Drs. Peter Horby and Martin Landray, Oxford professors, claimed they followed WHO dosing. Landray also told Paris Soir he was using the same dose used for amebiasis. However, the accepted HCQ amebiasis dose is used only in liver abscess and only then in pregnancy, when other drugs cannot be used. That dose is 600 mg per day for 2 days, then 300 mg per day.
Here is the Recovery dose: 800mg of HCQ initial dose, 800 mg six hours later, 400 mg 6 hrs later, 400 mg 6 hours later, then 400 mg every 12 hours for a total of ten days' treatment.
This equates to 2400 mg HCQ in the first 24 hours, and a total of 9200 mg over the full ten days of use.
We also know, from an official Belgian document issued June 8 about their trial, that high doses were used not only by Recovery in the UK, but also by the Discovery trial in the EU and by the WHO.
We also know that in Brazil, a high dose and a low dose were trialed, and after 8 days the high dose arm was stopped due to an excess of deaths. The low dose trial continues in Brazil.
We also know that the UK Recovery HCQ trial ended earlier than the other arms of the trial, on JUne 5, when it was reported that there was no benefit for HCQ in over 1500 hospitalized patients, who had a crude in-hospital mortality of 25%.
How is the drug normally used? For chronic systemic lupus or rheumatoid arthritis the dose is usually between 200 and 400 mg daily. In acute Q fever 600 mg daily may be given early in treatment.
We also know from WHO's consultation on chloroquine dosing that the Gates Foundation had been studying dosing, and 5 of the 26 people at the WHO meeting where it was decided to add chlorquines to the Solidarity treatment protocol were from the Gates Foundation. The only treatment dose mentioned in their report was in a paragraph about preventive doses. It then said, "Higher doses would be considered for treatment, i.e., 10mg/kg base, followed by 5mg/kg twice daily for seven days."
What is the "base"? A 200 mg dose of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine contains 155 mg "base"drug.
The typical 70 kg person would therefore receive 700 mg base or a little less than 900 mg of the drug as a loading dose.
Generally, a loading dose refers only to a first dose, not to several additional doses within 24 hours, but it can potentially refer to more.
One of four who participated in the chloroquine dosing meeting were from the Gates Foundation.
What is a toxic dose? All experts agree that there is a narrow therapeutic to toxic window for this drug. It is very safe when used correctly in the right patients, but just a bit more can potentially kill. Prof. Nicholas White, who attended the first WHO consultation on chloroquines, mentioned this.
The WHO hired a consultant to explore the toxicity of hydroxychloroquine in 1979. I have reproduced the report cover below. The consultant, H. Weniger, looked at 335 episodes of poisoning. Weniger concluded that "1.5-2 grams of hydroxychloroquine base "may be fatal." The Recovery trial used 1.860 mg base in the first 24 hours, for treatment of very ill Covid-19 patients. A potentially lethal dose.
This dose is not considered a therapeutic dose in any of the literature I examined, including the Goodman and Gilman Pharmacology book 10th edition, the drug label, the online medical encyclopedia UptoDate.
The WHO Solidarity trials, in order to rapidly enroll patients without a lot of paperwork, collect only limited information on side effects. Recovery has not issued any informatin regarding cause of death, so far, in the patients in its HCQ arm, nearly 400 of whom have died.
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We have a new podcast! Check out our brand new "Still Spying Podcast" hosted by Chip Gibbons today!
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In this new limited series podcast, Chip will be joined in conversation by experts and activists and will explore everything from the failure to reform the FBI, the FBI’s own war on Black dissent, the FBI’s dual role as both law enforcement and intelligence, and how the issue of political surveillance fits into larger discussions about policing.
Our debut episode, “Legacy of Abuse: From The Palmer Raids to Black Identity Extremism,” is available now and features a conversation with Mike German, retired FBI agent, a fellow in the Brennan Center for Justice's Liberty and National Security program, and the author of Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy.
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On June 17, 2019, a massive 20-ton cocaine bust went down at the port of Philadelphia aboard a container ship calling at the port. Today is the one-year anniversary of that drug bust, the second largest in American history, and one of five covered in “Gangster Planet.”
Agents from a multi-agency Federal task force swarmed aboard a two block-long container ship called the MSC GAYANE, the second largest in the world.
The official story of the massive drug seizure—which is simple, but wrong—has the task force stumble onto a massive drug shipment on the container ship as it entered the port of Philadelphia.
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Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM
Subject: indefensible and repressive laws--help with a tiny step that can help get many people released?
The Chicago 400 are people who are on public conviction registries and homeless and therefore must register weekly at Chicago Police. (There are 400-500 people homeless in this situation, and 80% are Black men.)
The letter below articulates the alarming impact of registries and residency restrictions, especially on Black men in Chicago, and how under COVID, these policies especially endanger poor African-American communities. We presented this information earlier this year to legislators. We hope they will be ready to act now, as the situation is so dire.
Could any of your organizations help with the pressure by signing the letter?
This very minor change we request could truly help 1,000 get out of prison and another 300 people get housed (at no cost). The IDOC needs and wants to get people out. We just need more support to make it happen.
If national groups sign, it will also allow more local groups to do so. The laws are repressive and indefensible and we need more people to say so.
Thanks eternally to so many friends here for helping develop this work. All thoughts and ideas most welcome. The letter will be sent next week to coincide with a short radio story.
CHICAGO 400 / CHICAGO 400 ALLIANCE
Chicago 400 / Chicago 400 Alliance is a volunteer grassroots campaign working to roll back housing banishment and registry laws and call for police reforms. We are also focusing attention on the 1,400 people stuck inside prison past their release dates only because they have no housing—when they are released, they will be homeless too.
Chicago 400 are people who are on public conviction registries and homeless and therefore must register weekly at Chicago Police. The individuals and organizations working together to provide direct aid and policy support are the Chicago 400 Alliance.
Together we have a campaign—because we can’t let our elected officials just throw all these lives away.
Organizations are pitching in on a joint letter to describe the alarming impact of residency restrictions, disproportionately falling on Black men in Illinois. The two proposed reforms would help 1,000 people be released from IDOC in a short time and cut by hundreds the number of people who are literally homeless in Chicago. Letter here.
NOTE ABOUT THIS VERSION
We are still footnoting the data in this letter. We will send you the final along with any follow-up.
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