OWS and Israelification of American Domestic Security

On December 2, 2011, Al-Akhbar English published a research piece by American Jewish author, writer and blogger, Max Blumenthal. In the article, entitled ‘From Occupation to Occupy: Israelification of American Domestic Security’ – Max claims that the high-handed tactics used by American security forces against the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and American Muslims, were taught to them by Israel Occupation Force (IOF) officers.

“The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news reports that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses. But it has never been the subject of a national discussion. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.

Having been schooled in Israeli tactics perfected during a 63 year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous population, local police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities. Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people. The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed “counter-terror” measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement,” wrote Max.

The ADL claims to have trained over 45,000 American law enforcement officials through its Law Enforcement and Society program, which “draws on the history of the Holocaust to provide law enforcement professionals with an increased understanding of…their role as protectors of the Constitution,” the group’s website stated. All new FBI agents and intelligence analysts are required to attend the ADL program, which is incorporated into three FBI training programs. According to official FBI recruitment material, “all new special agents must visit the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to see firsthand what can happen when law enforcement fails to protect individuals.”

Avi Dichter, former chief of Israel domestic security, the terrorist Shin Bet and current member of Knesset, is the architect of US-Israel security cooperation. He is a close friend of former head of DHS, Israel-Firster Michael Chertoff and FBI director Robbert Mueller who described Dichter as his mentor in anti-terror tactics. Last year, DHS secretary Napolitano signed a memorandum with Israeli minister Israel Katz to boost security cooperation between the two countries.

Under the leadership of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, ties between the NYPD and Israel have deepened by the day. The NYPD set up a secret “Demographics Unit” designed to spy on and monitor Muslim communities around the city. Lt. Col. Richard Wheeler, commander Maryland Transit Administration, Mark M. Deluca, chief of police Duxbery, detective Maliki Stone of NYCPD, detective Frank Kosciow, David Vaughn, security adviser US Army Reserve, Chuck Daenzer of DHS, Michel Bjelajac, Atlanta Police Dept., Tim Greene, deputy chief, Jordan international police training center, Sgt. Brain Haggerty of Southbridge MA Police Dept., Troy Arida, US Capitol Police, Llewellyn James Edwards of Bermuda Police, etc. are a few of officers who received training at Israel’s Security Solutions International (SSI) – and their letters of appreciation appear on SSI website.

Given the amount of training the NYPD and so many other police forces have received from Israel’s military-intelligence apparatus, and the profuse levels of gratitude American police chiefs have expressed to their Israeli mentors, it is worth asking how much Israeli instruction has influenced the way the police have attempted to suppress the Occupy movement, and how much it will inform police repression of future upsurges of street protest. But already, the Israelification of American law enforcement appears to have intensified police hostility towards the civilian population, blurring the lines between protesters, common criminals, and terrorists. As Dichter said, they are all just “crimiterrorists”,” wrote Max.

On December 9, 2003, UK daily The Gurdian had reported that Israeli army sent urban warfare specialists to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, the home of US special forces, and according to two sources, Israeli military “consultants” had also visited US occupied Iraq.

When it comes to controlling peaceful protests against governments, Israeli Zionazi tacticts against Palestinian youth have become ‘model’ for the dictators and law enforcement agencies around the world. Israeli military official have trained domestic security services in United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Algeria, Burma, Nigeria, Indinesia, Afghanistan and several other countries.

One response to “OWS and Israelification of American Domestic Security

  1. [David Rovics] Police Chief Timoney Heads to Bahrain…

    Hi folks,

    When I heard that former Miami and Philadelphia chief of police John
    Timoney was heading to Bahrain to train cops there, I felt moved to
    comment. Directly below is a link to my little essay on my blog, and below
    that is the text of the essay. Feel free to re-post, etc.

    David

    http://songwritersnotebook.blogspot.com/2011/12/john-timoneys-journey-from-miami-to.html

    John Timoney’s Journey from Miami to Manama
    David Rovics

    John Timoney, until recently chief of police of Miami and before that
    Philadelphia, formerly of New York City, where he also was a high-ranking
    cop, is heading to Bahrain to train the cops there, according to the
    Associated Press. If you happen to know anybody from Bahrain who might be
    thinking that hiring this New Yorker could be a step in the direction of
    less massacre-oriented policing policies, this might be a good time to
    relieve them of any such illusions.

    John Timoney is a deceitful thug. Here’s the background in a nutshell, for
    all who might be interested. In 1999 tens of thousands of peaceful
    protesters shut down the streets of Seattle and more or less shut down the
    big meeting of the World Trade Organization. Because they were peacefully
    blocking roads they were violently attacked by thousands of cops with
    massive amounts of tear gas and other weapons. In another part of town
    (Nike Town) a couple hundred people destroyed corporate property, were
    declared to be violent anarchists, and got massive amounts of media
    attention. The police chased them around but could never seem to catch
    them. Nobody got hurt in Nike Town other than the violent anarchists.

    At every protest against corporate rule after that one, the corporate media
    went into high gear terrorizing everybody about how violent anarchists from
    Seattle were coming to destroy the city. Many people started believing
    this mythology, and it became a good enough pretext for future violent
    attacks on peaceful protesters after Seattle. It became a good enough
    pretext for cities like Philadelphia and Miami to hire police chiefs like
    John Timoney. They hired Timoney because of his reputation as a brutal man
    willing to get the job done, no matter how many heads had to be cracked
    open to do it.

    In Philadelphia in 2000 the job was to keep the Republican National
    Convention flowing smoothly, with the protesters kept at bay. In 2003 the
    job was to keep the Free Trade Area of the Americas talks going along
    unimpeded. By all accounts the RNC protests in Philadelphia were
    especially notable because of widespread police brutality — both in the
    streets and in the jails. In 2003 I was in Miami for the FTAA talks, and
    what I saw from the time I got there to the time I left was a city under
    martial law.

    John Timoney was the man in charge, and he was telling the people of Miami
    and his police force that the violent anarchists from Seattle were coming
    to destroy the city. He took it further, showing his troops
    artfully-edited video footage that was supposedly of the Seattle protests,
    where it appeared there were injured or dead police on the ground at the
    protests (this never happened). These Miami police were scared, and for no
    reason. Timoney presumably knew they had no reason to be scared, but there
    was no doubt that many of these cops believed the media lies which Timoney
    had been exaggerating even more for their benefit.

    Every downtown exit was shut down for days, and almost all the stores and
    restaurants were shuttered, shop owners made to fear riots that would never
    happen. Massives fences were erected everywhere, and thousands of police
    everywhere you looked were wearing the most sinister-looking riot gear,
    many of them weighted down with an array of “non-lethal” weapons of all
    kinds, along with the lethal ones there for backup.

    In one arbitrary moment the protests were declared illegal and within
    moments thousands of mostly young people were being drenched with tear gas
    and attacked, many of them in their backs, with bean bag bullets,
    rubber-coated steel bullets, tazers, and clubs. As people ran into the
    poor, mostly Black neighborhood near where the conference was taking place,
    people were helpful, and were also informing them that certain people in
    their neighborhood had been told by Miami police that they should be
    encouraged to rob the protesters coming in from out of town — any
    potential criminals were apparently given free reign to mug for the
    duration.

    Make no mistake, unfortunate people of Bahrain — this man is coming to
    make everything even worse. But he’ll smile at the cameras glowingly, and
    tell them how his police are all acting with the utmost restraint and
    respect for freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. It won’t be true,
    though.

    JT inspired me to verse twice. Here are the songs I wrote in his honor:

    “Butcher for Hire”
    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=1124863

    “Miami”
    http://soundclick.com/share.cfm?id=2281146


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