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Re: Report blasts BART police, calls for changes

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  • aaron@prisonactivist.org
    Mesha: Thanks for posting. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/09/30/BA5V19UFFE.DTL Has anybody read the report? Is it available for
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      Mesha:
      Thanks for posting.

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2009/09/30/BA5V19UFFE.DTL

      Has anybody read the report? Is it available for download?

      http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/14/BAT219LU77.DTL

      There's the outstanding controversy over the "Cops Gone Wild" videos made
      by the SFPD and their filmmaker Andrew Cohen.

      http://www.sfweekly.com/1995-05-03/news/dog-bites

      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
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