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Paramilitary Policing Begins

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Paramilitary Policing Begins

Fearing the rebellious peaceful hordes of Occupy, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has granted the city’s police force emergency purchasing power to suit-up for NATO and G8 meetings this May. Top of the list: 3000 new riot face shields worth $200,000. These face shields are said to be better than existing ones because they fit easier over top of gas masks and seal directly to the forehead of the helmet, preventing liquids from passing through.

“Rioters known to attend NATO and G8 meetings have been known to throw bags of urine and bags of feces at police. Chicago Police officers need a shield that can adapt to what is being thrown at them, ” Fraternal Order of Police President Mike Shields told the Chicago Sun Times.

In a city already strapped for cash for social programs, the move comes as a surprise to citizens and protestors alike.

Aaron Cynic of Chicagoist.com writes:

To our knowledge, no protesters plan on bringing any kind of scatological materials to the demonstrations in May. Furthermore, while cursory searching found plenty of speculation, rumor and hyperbole about such instances, we have yet to find any actual hard evidence outside of commentary. To the contrary, a civil liberties advocate told an independent news website in December: “This is part of a spectrum of information war strategies that the state uses to repress dissent.”

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GaryDee

The saddest part of all of this protest is most people believe the corporate lie and will do nothing to enable change. All this ruination to young people will be in vain. Big Brother owns us, lock, stock and barrel.

Shangey G.

Has anyone else but me noticed the amount of pro-capitalist pro-elitist comments on this board?
I realize that you can post anonymously, so it might be the same person commenting over and over the same tripe and drivel.

I guess I could call "him" or "it" the classic internet term "troll", but is there any other word for those kinds of people -- groups or agencies contracted by the government or corporations to promote business interests, so they hire a couple of geeks to spend all day on chatboards and leave dumb pro-capitalist comments. Is there a name for them? Other than paid-shills/trolls?

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