Video: What it was like to be there.

“Within five minutes into the march, we were met with a line of riot police blocking the street in front of us and the right, and all of them had batons in hand. The front of the march took off to the left in a frantic sprint and everyone followed. This set the tone for the rest of the night, as we continued to try to out maneuver the police as we were trapped several times, and continually threatened with the stalking presence of riot police and mounted police officers. At one point to escape being kettled, we ran across the corner of a small garden then through a parking lot.

Never did we feel comfortable, tension and stress were consistently present, and the hot summer-like temperatures weren’t helping our endurance. Even when we were allowed (practically forced) to travel down certain streets due to blockades we were constantly surrounded and trapped at any given moment making an emergency escape for anyone impossible in case things got bad, but nonetheless we all did the only thing we could do: march and chant our asses off.

As the march came to Washington and State St. once again protesters found themselves trapped. Several times before and often the amorphous group was conflicted in which direction to go, and at times considered turning around and going back the way they came. This time though it seemed as if they had had enough. They came to exercise their first amendment right, had been intimidated and bullied and instead of trying to outmaneuver the police would try to move straight through the police line.

At that point a shoving match ensued, but the police quickly upped the ante and started swinging their batons, beating protesters. I quickly backed up to the sidewalk as I anticipated things getting bad. It didn’t take long for a woman to emerge from the crown bleeding from the head, with blood covering about half of her face.

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Yeah, that's tough to watch. Not because of the crashing of police stations or cars, which is actually pretty enjoyable to watch. It's because the destruction is so random. These folks are willing to risk arrest for serious offenses, why are they wasting it trashing a random street? Freaking start going after the people behind the corporations everyone hates and THEIR shit.


Just when Occupy was on the march, and Veterans were atoning for their actions - by returning their medals - Amnesty International was asking NATO to: "keep the progress going”! If that was not enough, Amnesty also invited former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to a,"Shadow Summit”. What is going on with this "Human Rights" group?


Returning medals is an ineffectual way to atone for murder, rape, theft, false imprisonment, kidnapping and torture.

Albright merely stated the reported half million Iraqi children killed as a result of the food and medicine embargo enforced by U.S. troops was worth the mission. Never once saw her with a gun in her hand.

Amnesty International may be under full operational control of the Military. Or maybe, being near witness or witness to the historical reign of U.S. Military terror has taken its toll on the formerly 'courageous' group. Or perhaps, AI has always has been a front to keep America's last shred of conscience from putting a hole in the head, heart and balls of the U.S. Military. - s.j


Reckon it's how U.S. Military personnel are directed to reintegrate/infiltrate into society/Occupy.


While this is a real danger, on balance, do not such actions undermine the powers-that-be far more?


How so? Tell us how putting murderers, etc., back into society or at Occupy "undermines the powers-that-be". Then tell us who you think the "powers-that-be" are. You can define "real danger", too, if you're up to it.


The danger is that of the movement being undermined by paid 'heroes'. For I am not here to repeat mindless statements as, 'Support the Troops'. And am concerned how human-beings can be turned into government killers. Yet, what if they truly atone for their actions, are we to reject them? Also, I meant that the action of returning medals might start to undermine the control of the War Lords - can we not hope?

(P.S. From the needless tone of your comments, you do not sound like a very nice person.)


Some related background on NATO can be found on the The Corbett Report, “The Chicago NATO Summit: Preview and Perspective”. Hope it is of interest?


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