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The NYPD has reportedly been showing an anti-muslim documentary to it’s recruits. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss this bigoted film, and this terrible decision by the NYPD.
The New York Police Department showed an anti-Muslim film “on a continuous loop” for between three months and one year of training at its COBRA (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological) Unit, which provides terrorism awareness training.
According to the New York Times, the documentary The Third Jihad showed Muslim terrorists shooting Christians in the head, executed children covered by sheets and a fake photograph of an Islamic flag flying above the White House. One of those interviewed in the film says that “Islamism is like cancer.”
News of the film’s use by the NYPD first broke in January 2011. A police official at the time claimed that it had only been shown “a couple of times.”
But documents (PDF) obtained by the Brennan Center for Justice revealed that the film was “played on a continuous loop during the sign in, medical and administrative process” of the training. It was not used during the lecture portion of the training, though, only as an “intermission filler.”
At least 1,489 police officers saw the film.
“Somebody exercised some terrible judgment,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the Associated Press. “As soon as they found out about it, they stopped it.”
Staff at the COBRA Unit said they obtained the video from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But the identity of that DHS agent who provided the film remains a mystery. The DHS said the film was not an authorized to be used or distributed by the department.
The film was eventually pulled after police officers complained that it was offensive.
“It’s clearly a propaganda, anti-Muslim film,” said Linda Sarsour, a member of the Muslim-American Civil Liberties Coalition. “It’s overly dramatic, piecing together things out of context and threading it together to make this very false narrative about Muslim Americans.”
The film was created by the Clarion Fund, a group tied to the Israeli orthodox organization Aish Hatorah, according to Think Progress. The group has received millions of dollars in donations and has produced multiple anti-Muslim films, including Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West and Iranium.
Gee, and I wonder why Islamophobia is so bad in NYC that NYPD is spying on Muslim college students.
I went to OWS. It isn’t even all that great, a bunch of disorganized hippies shouting about 1000 different things is not a movement. What made this a full scale movement is that those in power are validating the movement with their oppressive bullshit.
OWS was doing nothing destructive and barely anything disruptive and the NYPD has been beating them, arresting them, and now apparently destroying thousands of dollars in personal belongings in response. The OWS movement could’ve died just as quickly as it started, but why is it picking up speed? Why are they getting more members EVERY DAY? Because you’re proving them right with every arrest, every breech of civil rights, and every raid.
Ask yourself, if this was a free nation, would the police respond like this to peaceful protests??
The TSA is now conducting comprehensive searches of people without probable cause in the New York City subways, and this program will most likely be extended to all subways unless we rise up and forcefully defend our Fourth Amendment rights. What’s next: Boob and testicle groping of children as a requirement to enter church? Nude picture scanners installed in every automobile? Maybe they’ll just make things easier for themselves and ban clothing. Cavity searches coming soon!
What the fuck is this police state fad our country is taking on..
Yeah.. idk. Let see how this goes..
This is all too predictable, and that makes it even more frightening. Fascism happens when those in power, with their corporate-statist machine, try to keep holding on to capitalism when people start fighting back against the gears of oppression.
Also - OP is a bit too paranoid. Look at the pictures of what is actually happening - not hypotheticals. Police brutality and repression is enough without making up scenarios.
- This has been going on for so fucking long, doesnt make sense to complain now.
- This is a perfect example of the slippery slope fallacy, and makes your argument about 500% less valid
Yes, it has been happening, but is indisputable that recently there has been a spike in police repression and brutality, just look at the recent arrests in Boston, London, Chicago, Sydney, of Cornel West twice, etc.
Talking about what is happening is not the same as complaining and what is happening is capitalism is becoming exposed to more people than it has in a while, and those in power are afraid, and using their servants to protect them.
Whoah, relax skipper. Yes, this has been happening in NYC for a while and
yes it is retarted but when you use fallacies like that no one is going to listen to you. I actually agree with you and I wanna argue with you.
Dr. Cornell West was arrested today protesting the NYPD’s use of “stop and frisk” searches:
Princeton professor and noted activist Cornel West was arrested last weekend for protesting in front of the Supreme Court, and on Friday afternoon he repeated the experience in New York City.
West was part of a demonstration against the New York Police Department’s “stop and frisk” policy, in which individuals considered suspicious by the police are searched without due cause.
According to Salon’s Justin Elliott, the NYPD carried out 600,000 such searches last year, with 87% of the targets being black or Hispanic. Only 7% of the searches resulted in arrest, and critics of the policy say it does little to reduce crime and is probably unconstitutional.
Here’s the speech he gave moments before the arrests began:
These searches, even if they yielded arrests the majority of the time, have enormous potential for abuse - evident with the NYPD’s application of stop and frisk searches. To me, the searches are a morally reprehensible violation of a person’s civil rights.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Keep fighting, folks. King wrote in the same letter, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.”
Police Brutality of the Day: Though this morning’s confrontation at Zuccotti Park was called off at the last minute when the park’s owner decided to postpone its clean-up project, police still managed to clash with Occupy Wall Street protesters celebrating their “victory.”
The above video allegedly shows an NYPD officer mounted on a scooter ramming into a crowd of demonstrators that spilled over from the sidewalk during the subsequent celebratory march.
One protester can be seen sprawled on the street after having his leg reportedly run over by the officer. Adding injury to injury, the cop can then be seen striking the wounded man before he is eventually hauled off.
Michael Tracey reported seeing a National Lawyers Guild member struck by a scooter, and CBS News reporter Miles Doran tweeted that his foot had similarly been run over by a police scooter, and that this was apparently a common occurrence at the scene.
At least 14 protesters were arrested during the march.
When I saw the pics I figured it wasn’t telling the whole picture but…..wow
So, not only do high-ranking members of the New York City Police Department mace innocent
protestorsoccupiers, they also arrest New York Times journalists doing their jobs.
Does that idiot mayor Michael Bloomberg realize that he and the NYPD are just agitating the
uhh…..duh? They WANT it to turn into a riot. If it’s a protest we’re young and stupid but maybe we have a point, if we’re rioters we’re scum and it’s perfectly fine to kill/ lock us all up/take away more of our rights
“New York City Police Foundation — New York JPMorgan Chase recently donated an unprecedented $4.6 million to the New York City Police Foundation. The gift was the largest in the history of the foundation and will enable the New York City Police Department to strengthen security in the Big Apple. The money will pay for 1,000 new patrol car laptops, as well as security monitoring software in the NYPD’s main data center.
New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly sent CEO and Chairman Jamie Dimon a note expressing “profound gratitude” for the company’s donation.
“These officers put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” Dimon said. “We’re incredibly proud to help them build this program and let them know how much we value their hard work.”
Or to put that more bluntly: People are protesting big business, we’re big business, become our bodyguards.
The more I watch the live stream, the more furious I become.
I really wish I was there right now, this is unbelievable.