Re: Report blasts BART police, calls for changes
Thanks for posting.
Has anybody read the report? Is it available for download?
There's the outstanding controversy over the "Cops Gone Wild" videos made
by the SFPD and their filmmaker Andrew Cohen.
And there was an SFPD/ADL spying scandal a while ago, with more articles
than the above
I finished reading Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine" this morning; I thought
the following from her chapter on Israel (Ch. 21) was interesting, with
esp. interesting parts in ALL CAPS... For one thing, it raises questions
about the contracting and fraud prosecutions that are happening in the
U.S. and their applicability to Israel
"With the most tech-dependent economy in the world, Israel was hit harder
by the dot-com crash than anywhere else. The country went into immediate
free fall, and by June 2001, analysts were predicting that roughly 300
high-tech Israeli firms would go bankrupt, with tens of thousands of
layoffs. The Tel Aviv business newspaper Globes declared in a headline
that 2002 was the 'Worst Year for Israeli Economy Since 1953.'
The only reason the recession was not even worse, the newspaper observed,
was that the Israeli government quickly intervened with a powerful 10.7
percent increase in military spending, partially financed through cutbacks
in social services. The government also encouraged the tech industry to
branch out from information and communication technologies and into
security and surveillance. IN THIS PERIOD, THE ISRAELI DEFENCE FORCES
PLAYED A ROLE SIMILAR TO A BUSINESS INCUBATOR. YOUNG ISRAELI SOLDIERS
EXPERIMENTED WITH NETWORK SYSTEMS AND SURVEILLANCE DEVICES WHILE THEY
FULFILLED THEIR MANDATORY MILITARY SERVICE, THEN TURNED THEIR FINDINGS
INTO BUSINESS PLANS WHEN THEY RETURNED TO CIVILIAN LIFE.
A slew of new start-ups were launched, specializing in everything from
'search and nail' data mining, to surveillance cameras, to terrorist
profiling. When the market for these services and devices exploded in the
years after September 11, the Israeli state openly embraced a new national
economic vision: the growth provided by the dot-com bubble would be
replaced with a homeland security boom. It was the perfect marriage of th