In America there are many different types of law enforcement. You have the Department of Homeland Security, which is supposed to keep the homeland secure. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is an investigative agency that tracks serial killers according to CBS. You have the Central Intelligence Agency, who primarily run coup d’etas, lie and used to employ the world’s most dangerous care-bear, Mike Pompeo. You have Border Patrol, who are basically keepers of lines in the sand. They were the kids that would always call ‘traveling’ and ‘out of bounds’ in games of pick up basketball. As an immigrant and a less than average sports ball player, I never liked those kids.
This is of course on top of local law enforcement. You have your city cops, county cops, state troopers, sheriff’s department, Department of neighborhood patrol, those cops that give kids tickets for their lemonade stand being too close to the curb. Even lower than that you have parking cops, or meter maids. Then you also campus security who roll in cop cars ensuring drunk teens aren’t fornicating in the library by tasing them in the genitals. And lowest of all the law enforcers…Mall cops.
America literally has more choices for law enforcement than birth control, education and healthcare combined. The only thing that rivals the diversity of law enforcers is diversity of reality TV shows! But after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, all these various departments got together and decided that it was important to come together to share information and intelligence to prevent another terror attack. So across the country agencies like the DHS, FBI and local law enforcement created ‘fusion centers’.
And unlike ‘Asian Fusion’, these places were an abomination and not friendly to the working class. And unlike ‘Asian Fusion’ restaurants, these fusion centers have terrible lunch specials! Really a lot of them involved immigrant detention centers. These fusion centers have proven to be useless in their counter terrorism efforts and have been spying on citizens and attempting to infiltrate anti-war activists and protesters. This was one of the things that was revealed by ‘the Blue Leaks’ over the summer.
The Blue Leaks were leaked by the hacktivist group, Anonymous. The leak was published to the site Distributed Denial of Secrets or DDoS using peer to peer to sharing technology like BitTorrent. The same technology that was once used by high school kids to get the new Three Days Grace album is now being used to to expose racist police. Which has cops singing “I Hate Everything About You” to these hacktivists.
One of the major privacy infringements came from the use of the Amazon’s Ring, the doorbell camera. According to the Blue Leaks, Ring gathers information about your house, address and sends real time activity to any of the intelligence & law enforcement agencies. A clear violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Collecting data and spying on the American people was what Edward Snowden revealed about the NSA. And recently Federal Courts have agreed that what the NSA did was unconstitutional. So how is using advancements in doorbell technology – a phrase I never thought I’d utter – to collect data and spy on people any different and not a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights!? The simple answer is, it’s not and law enforcement is using protecting and serving us as cover to violate the constitution.
This also shines a light on the fact that corporations are working with law enforcement and are using consumers unwillingly to do so. The average suburbanite who uses this technology isn’t aware that Ring is sharing data with law enforcement. Now some might be perfectly fine with it, because we do have an overwhelming amount of people in this country that are willing to give away their civil liberties in the name of safety and protection from invisible enemies. But there are quite of bit of people who see this as an overreach by the thin blue hands of the law.
But in the face of the pandemic and the need to wear masks in public, facial recognition software is being rendered obsolete! Which is a problem only if you’re part of Department of Homeland Security. They came out said “Hey look, wash your hands and wear a mask, but can you think of our facial recognition software please! I mean we can’t use that if everyone is masked up and we really want to! Just every once in a while just tuck your mask down and smile so we can use our fun toys!”
According to the DHS, because masks render facial recognition useless, this gives criminals are larger opportunity to be criminals. And this isn’t just coming out fear, it’s also coming out absolutely no data to back up their claims. The only claims they have is one white supremacist group that claimed they can do property damage and get away with it while wearing surgical masks.
They were also going to call themselves the Lab Coat Killers too, but decided not to, because it sounded like they were going to kill doctors. And they realized they can’t do that, because in their racist minds, only white people are doctors. And killing white folks isn’t on brand for white supremacists.
The claim by the FBI is that these sort of technologies are used to look for violence from opportunistic actors. Considering no new movies are being made right now, this makes perfect sense. I’d also be on the lookout for opportunistic directors, producers and key grips! It’s a tough job market and now that the FBI is on to you, it’s going to get even harder!
Facial Recognition is a highly controversial subject matter. In 2019, the European Union banned facial recognition and biometric technologies claiming it violates human rights. Facial Recognition was sold on the idea of safety and security but also to keep people a little scared, primarily of being a suspect of a crime you didn’t commit. 4 out of 5 times facial recognition led to false arrests. Which means people can get that warm false sense of security and an irrational fear of cameras all at the same time. Cameras no longer just steal your soul, but also imprison forever.
In 2019, Jason Tooley, a board member of techUK, said biometric and facial recognition technologies should be used in tandem with policing and not replace it. Clearly this guy hasn’t heard of police stakeouts! Despite all this data about how ineffective facial recognition software really is, DHS still wants to use it. And even though they say the masks are needed for health and safety, they’re going to take a cue from anti-mask protesters and cough on the Fourth Amendment.
The leaks also revealed that cops were being used by corporations as hired guns. Cops are being by hired by corporations to protect things deemed ‘critical infrastructure’ like pipelines, fracking tools and telecom towers, not real critical infastructure like roads, schools, hospitals, or fro-yo shops. They’re enforcing laws that prevent protesters and activist to push back against leaking pipelines and fracking companies under boilerplate laws written by the right wing, Koch Brother funded, legislative organization, ALEC, the American Legislation Executive Council. Not only is it a horrific piece of legislation, but also new show on the FOX network! Watch a bunch of scamps try and save the environment, only find themselves on the wrong side of the law!
There’s also mercenary cops hired by the tourism industry that partners with hotels in certain cities. This can only mean there’ll be new spin-off show called CSI: Quality Inn! Most of this show is will be collecting spunk off hotel linens to solve the crime of who really ordered that porno film! It’s like Dexter meets CSI meets Pornhub! There’s also a group that is hired for shoplifting incidents. I don’t know about you, but I’m very excited to see the first season of Law & Order: Special Retails Unit!
The leaks also identified courses the LA Detectives can take offered by private surveillance corporation ‘Palantir’. Palantir is a company that is partnered with Amazon and has been known to use facial recognition software to deport undocumented immigrants. So the course titles include “How To Spot An Immigrant” “Italian or Indian: Stereotyping Shades Of Brown” “Recognizing Faces but Not Souls” & “How To Love Your Bezos!” That last one is very popular because it’s 100% mandatory!
Between using Amazon’s Ring and the Amazon Partnered Palantir, Jeff Bezos is nuzzling under the bosom of lady Justice whether she wants him there or not, because that how Bad Boy Bezos do. He takes what he wants he wants everything…except a head full of hair. Good villains don’t have hair.
As I mentioned earlier, the Blue Leaks were published on DDoS’ server, which was seized by German authorities on behalf of America. The Germans were like “Oh you need to hide your dirty little secrets about persecution? We got you! We’re very good at hiding dirty little secrets. Ask us about 1936-1945…because we don’t know what happened…we were all taking a collective nap!”
If the idea behind law enforcement is to protect and serve, the Blue Leaks have revealed that they’re doing a really shitty job of it. These leaks show us that the only thing they’re protecting is their own criminality and unconstitutional behavior. And the only thing they’re serving are corporations and their inanimate objects that poison our planet. This only strengthens our need to Defund the Police and start funding more community driven programs that are actually built protecting and serving.
One of the major things the Blue Leaks reveal is the white supremacy problem within American Policing. Over the past few months we’ve seen an uptick in protests and demonstrations against police brutality calling to ‘Defund the Police’. And we’ve seen time and time the police brutalizing protesters…for protesting police brutality. I guess ‘irony’ isn’t something they teach at the academy.
The Blue Leaks show us how fusion center was tracking Black Lives Matter protests across the country. The Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, or NCRIC, nicknamed ‘Nick Rick’, partnered with Silicon Valley to do so. By the way doesn’t the name of the fusion center sound like an 80s one hit wonder? “It’s Nick Rick with his brand new summertime hit single ‘Tannin By The Shine Of Your Heart’! Right here on LAW98, your soft rock station of choice! Because it’s the only soft station around!”
The NCRIC monitored social media feeds and even hacked into locked phones to track protesters. This was part of the Terrorism Liaison Office, who’s Executive Director claims it was for the safety of the protesters. This like an abusive partner saying they hit you because they care about you. I don’t think they get what the word care means. Do you think you care about me with flowers and chocolates instead of chemical warfare and psychological manipulation?
Fusion Centers often send “suspicious activity reports” or SARs. The goal of this is to report suspicious activity in an area so everyone can keep an eye on it. On the list of suspicious activity are Black Lives Matter marches, vigils and protests. That’s right vigils are suspicious because according to the NCRIC black people don’t buy candles. Have you ever seen a black person at Yankee Candle? No, you haven’t, and if you have, you’re part of the problem, because the NCRIC doesn’t see color…unless its a convenient PR move. Marches and Protests are suspicious because according to the NCRIC, who would be mad about being protected and served?
NCRIC also sent emails to local enforcement that stirred up fear about violent anarchist protesters using scary protester anecdotes from the FBI & DHS. So if you’re a new police officer you already have a preconceived notion that all protesters are not just terrorists, but want to drink the blood of law enforcement by the pale moonlight and can also transform in wolves at night. Which is why the curfews put into place were right around sunset!
But when it comes to racists and white supremacists, the cops give them a free pass. In fact in some states the police work hand in hand with right wing militia and white supremacist groups. States like Alabama, California, Connecticut, Florida (which is a given), Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington & West Virginia have been known to work with these groups. And after the tragic shooting of Jacob Blake, where an unarmed black man was shot 7 times in the back, we can add Wisconsin to the list too.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17 year old militia member that shot protesters in Kenosha, was praised by the police that very night. The Kenosha police is heard to say that they appreciate the presence of the militia. Which means that armed 17 year old right wing vigilantes that are willing murder unarmed people are a police officers security blanky. They can’t go anywhere where without it.
In the video it’s seen that after Rittenhouse shot protesters he’s runs past the cops brandishing a loaded and recently fired weapon without arrest. The cops move past him and head toward the mostly black protesters, because they could have half filled water bottles and possibly also a hand-painted sign. Look hydration is domestic terrorism. You know who liked water? Bin Laden. And Hitler!
And it’s not just cops that are sympathetic to this 17 year old killer, evangelicals are too. After GoFundMe took down a fundraiser for Rittenhouse’s legal defense, a Christian organization used ‘GiveSendGo’ to set up a successful fundraiser. They claim that Kyle Rittenhouse was undoubtedly attacked by the protesters, but there’s no evidence to prove such claims. For a group that undoubtedly says God is real and is everywhere, but we can’t see him and but it is a ‘he’ for sure and also an older man with a robe in the sky, I’m going doubt your undoubtness in this situation.
What would Jesus do in this situation? Probably march with protesters telling them to Defund the Police. Pointus Pilot was a cop! And lets be honest, Kyle Rittenhouse would have shot a brown, Middle-Eastern, Socialist like Jesus because he was scary, with sandals, love and alchemy.
This type of treatment isn’t anything new either. A few years ago at a rally, 2 anti-racist protesters were stabbed by Neo Nazis in Sacramento. The police worked in tandem with the Neo Nazis to track down and arrest the activists! The cops were like “Hey we know not to kick someone when they’re down, but there’s nothing saying we can’t arrest them for being stabbed! Their crime was being too dumb to not get stabbed!”
After his shooting in Charleston, SC, Dylan Roof, the pro-apartheid teen was taken to Burger King on his way to jail! Unless the cops were planning a long con where they slowly filled his arteries with whatever passes for meat at Burger King, this doesn’t show law enforcement cares about Black America. [SC 21] And these are just the instances that we can see! Theres’s no data being collected on how much the police are actually working with White Supremacist and Far-Right Militia organizations.
Cops don’t go through any kind of racial sensitivity programs. And they only get reprimanded if instances of racism go public. There is no rule in place that cops can’t associate and work with the militia or white supremacists! Which just goes to show that Justice is blind, but some how still biased. Since she can’t see, so her other senses must be heightened to point where she can smell melanin content like the most useless and weirdly racist member of the X-Men. Irony must not be taught law schools either.
More than anything both federal & local law enforcement have an obsessive fear over the group named…Antifa! According to this current administration and all law enforcement, Antifa is a coordinated group of anarchists who’s goals are bring the government down from the outside! Clearly this is a an unAmerican non-profit getting tax breaks out the wazoo for their dissent!
In reality, Antifa is what you call someone who is Anti-Fascist or against fascism. These are people against the totalitarian use of law enforcement to track people’s movements and charge them for crimes they didn’t commit. They dissent against archaic and racist laws. These are people that stand in solidarity with the working class and ensure equality for everyone. They stand for the constitutional rights for all of us not just a select few.
Jesus was anti-fascist.
This is one of those things you are or aren’t. If you are for the totalitarian control of all human lives under the Uber-mensch then you’re a fascist. I’d wager to bet that most fascists are narcissists who think they are best human. And if you’re openly against the anti-fascist movement, you’ve basically declared yourself a fascist.
And that’s what the Trump administration did. Trump tweeted out that Antifa was a terrorist organization, just like how the FBI considers the Insane Clown Posse a terrorist organization. The only difference between ICP and Antifa is clown make-up and an insatiable thirst for Faygo. The Insane Clown Posse is anti-fascist.
At least this was a carefully thought out plan. I’d hate for this tweet to be sent without looking at the facts. Oh wait…Attorney General William Barr received an open source intelligence report of a right wing, white supremacist group that specifically stated wanting to kill cops and instructed its members to make Molotov Cocktails. Barr just asked “What flavor do you think the cocktails will be?”
The obsessive fear over Antifa makes sense, when the entirety of law enforcement has become the long arm of fascism itself. Vadusha Talla of the America Civil Liberties Union or the ACLU says “Even though the agencies may include in some of these documents a disclaimer that they are not targeting First Amendment activities as such, if you actually look at what they’re doing, it’s clear that there is no criminal activity that they can point to to justify the over-broad collection and monitoring of protests. They have no basis to do that.”
The ACLU is anti-fascist.
People have feared the Antifa threat throughout this administration, despite the lack of proof that they cause violence at protests. [SC 26] DHS claimed that these protests are our nations “period of darkness” and these people would take over government facilities and law enforcement HQs. There’s literally no proof, but they have repeated proof of right wing violence and use that to target protesters in the ultimate form of gaslighting around!
They also claim that Socialists from Venezuela and Nicaragua are coming up to join these protests and over 200 arrests have been made for “riot related threats”. They also thought about arresting the band Three Days Grace for a song named “Riot”.
The claim that Socialists from South America are coming to the states to protest is a bit ridiculous. The FBI legitimately believes that socialists bought a plane ticket, flew into America during a pandemic, joined a protest, started a riot and then flew back to South America? Or they could just show solidarity by marching on their streets, just like various other countries from around world did!
The fear of anti-fascists in American society is so high that a San Francisco lawyer sent a letter to the police claiming that a terror group was looking for legal representation. The letter was sent by an activist that wanted to see if there were lawyers willing to represent falsely arrested protesters pro-bono. This San Franciscan lawyer goes on to call them ‘pieces of shit’ and kept his identity anonymous over fear being disbarred. And this makes total sense, because if we know anything about terrorists is their politeness and vigilant letter writing campaigns.
The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness has deemed a 80 year old left-wing guild of lawyers “an anarchist extremist sub-group”. Lawyers that uphold the law and fight for justice and equality can’t be anarchists, a political belief that hinges on the lack of laws and a government! We have to defund the police & DHS in New Jersey so their citizens can afford the dictionary!
As of right now Antifa is higher up on the terror watch list than ISIS – you know the actual terrorist organization that has public beheadings and bombed cities across the globe. Antifa is worse than them, because they are on the streets asking for like justice and equality! [COVER] According to the DHS, if we get justice and equality, then the terrorists win! LITERALLY! According to the DHS, protests and civil disobedience is worse than murder. I mean those terrorist extinguished the flames of life, but these folks didn’t listen to platitudes, made a sign with glitter and wrote a catchy chant! So who’s really worse?
At the moment, the only white supremacist group that is on a terror watch list is a Nationalistic Russian Militia in Ukraine. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan and the Boogaloo Bois are not. The Boogaloo Bois are right wing extremist militia group that’s anti-government and anti-cop. Sure their name sounds like a country-folk do-op, Boy Band that probably has racist undertones, with hit singles like “Your White Alabaster Skin Is All I Need”, but they’re a militia with violent intents.
In city after city, the Boogaloo Bois have been caught with vehicles full of assault weapons and explosives. They’ve also made threats of attacking and killing cops on social media that has been monitored by law enforcement. Yet, the Boogaloo movement continues to thrive with no interference from law enforcement.
One reasons law enforcement doesn’t go after the Boogaloo Bois is Veterans. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS says “Racially motivated violent extremist (RMVE) movements that subscribe to boogaloo have engaged in conceptual discussions about recruiting military or former military members for their perceived knowledge of combat training. NCIS cannot discount the possibility of DoD affiliated individuals sympathetic to or engaged in the boogaloo movement.”
This was proven in the case of Steve Carrillo an Air Force Sargent, who was part of the Boogaloo Movement and attacked a Sheriff’s office in Oakland. He was in a Boogaloo social media group talking about how to use the anger of protests to kill cops. He wanted to exploit Black Lives Matter to fuel the Boogaloo Bois agenda. Yet, this movement and anyone associated with it is not a watchlist. Rather law enforcement uses this as an excuse to track and attack protesters.
Former FBI agent Michael German says: “Terrorism is distinguished from other violence by its political nature and, as a result, counterterrorism is often highly politicized as well. Here we’re seeing where this politicization of counterterrorism is being reflected in intelligence documents that are going out and are intended to inform state and local law enforcement on the ground. Overall, what you see is a strange sensationalization of the antifa threats — and that doesn’t exist when looking at the boogaloo documents.”
And there is a very good reason for this. The Defund the Police movement that is interlinked with the Black Lives Matter and Anti-Fascist movements are talking about taking monetary resources out of the hands of the police and eventually this will lead to the military too. These movements are going after the one and only religion in America…money. The Boogaloo Bois and White Supremacists are not. They’re just going after human lives and why should the system care about that?! You can’t run the stock exchange on human lives! Or can you?
German goes on to say “Far right extremists have been killing members of law enforcement and the general public for decades!” And these threats and acts of violence were proven to be happening at the same time as the Trump Administration’s crack down of leftist activist groups!
Far Right extremists have killed upwards of 202 people in America, while Islamic Terror has killed 140. Meanwhile there are no deaths in America that can be related to anti-fascists. This should easily put people in White Supremacy and Far Right Militias like the Boogaloos higher on terror watchlist than ISIS, Antifa & Insane Clown Posse!
This boils down to the violation of Fourth Amendment to restrict the First. Hate is part of the First Amendment. Saying ‘I hate raisins’ is acceptable, but when I claim all vineyards must burn for they are the source of the raisins, that’s not exercising the First Amendment, that’s planned arson. And possibly a crime against good wine. The FBI likes to claim to that it’s going after violent offenders. Yet the far right militias, who have expressed violent intents are plentiful, free and seemingly protected in the states, despite a metric ton of material support.
Hina Shamsi of the ACLU National Security Project says “There are instances in which people engaging in white supremacist violence get the benefit of the doubt as potential lone offenders, while people of color and those who dissent against government injustice are smeared as threats with guilt by association.” The hypocrisy in law enforcement both locally & federally is steeped in racism. Their distrust and fear over the anti-fascism movement, makes them fascists.
The scales of justice are very clearly tipped toward white supremacy. What need now more than ever is a more transparent and equal justice system. This will show us that the rule of law does and will apply to each and every one us rather than a select few. We shouldn’t be condemning the Blue Leaks, but learning from them to improve our justice system and make better laws and systems.
Krish Mohan is a socially conscious, Indian standup comedian and writer who regularly tours the country. He performs at small theaters, bars, comedy clubs, colleges, DIY and house venues. With his quirky attitude, charming personality, and intelligent humor, Krish captivates and engages audiences of all backgrounds, tackling hot button topics like race, religion, war, immigration, while adding an optimistic, philosophical & sociological twist!