Read it at AlterNet
Mayors and police around the country have pretended public health is the reason for shutting down Occupy protests, but their actions belie their words.
Hazmat Suits to Break Up Occupations? How Mayors Feign Concern for Health to Trash a Growing Movement
By Sarah Jaffe
Stretching the bounds of credulity to suppress constitutional rights of free speech, assembly, and redress?
Is this part of a coordinated program to paint protestors as dirty? Looks like it. This tactic is right out of Dr. Goebbels playbook to portray "enemies of society" as vermin, the obvious next step being extermination.
What especially gives the lie to this lame excuse is that the police do not allow those they round up and confine accesses to toilets with predictable results.
Hundreds of OccupyLA Demonstrators Held for Days Without Charges on $5,000 Bail in Often Deplorable, Illegal, and Unconstitutional Conditions by Ernest A. Canning at The Brad Blog
Ernest A. Canning has been an active member of the California state bar since 1977. Mr. Canning has received both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science as well as a juris doctor. He is also a Vietnam vet (4th Infantry, Central Highlands 1968).