“Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit”
The headline today that local Chicago corporate media fixated on is alarming. What could possibly compel a city of 8 million to flee the city, those refugee masses pouring across the border, 90 miles north to Milwaukee Wisconsin? Such an event would eclipse the exodus from New Orleans ahead of Katrina, and would be a truly historic event. Add to that, the news that downtown Chicago, where I work everyday, is now considered “The Red Zone.” Federal buildings will be guarded and patrolled by federal agents in full body armor with a suite of weaponry, including machineguns that fire high velocity beanbags. Last week, Blackhawk helicopters, with armed commandoes alarmed people here as they swept low over the city and lakefront. A colleague in the office is using her vacation time to avoid being downtown for the “violence.”
For more than a month, police officials-not the union cops- have raised a level of panic about not having enough body armor, and that the city council “must” approve emergency funds before its too late. Commuters have been pummeled with constant reports of disruptions , diversions, or cancellations of service. Downtown we are warned of increased security measures. The clock is ticking towards war in the streets of Chicago, the result of those Occupy and Peace protesters. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
This is not because of credible threats or outright threats from any protest group. Occupy Chicago and MoveOn.org have not only pledged peaceful protests to city, state and federal officials, but are actively training activists in peaceful protest tactics. I have personally seen individuals who have shown violent intent banned from the movement and from being anywhere near Occupy actions. There are security and issue resolution teams within the movement meant to maintain focus and intercede in anything percieved as becoming violent, or anyone acting violenty. Indeed, the history of the movement in Chicago has not seen a single incidence of violence against individuals, property or authorities. The fear and hysteria being generated is entirely by police and government officials as proxies of corporate power elite who maintain a strangelhold on government.The media is the method of communication.
This is a siege. I was in Sarajevo, Bosnia during its 4 year long siege and blockade. The blockade comes from without. A siege comes from without, but also from within. A siege is fear, it is the volume of fear turned steadily up as to eradicate reason by those being targeted for that fear. That fear is a tool, and it is being employed with impunity in Chicago.
The financial powers that own our government and who weild the real might in this nation can rally the governemtnt police and military to secure and defend their selfish interests. They are cynical and adamant, and so concerned about the assertion of true citizen ship, about the audacity of Americans to demand make the government more responsive and more accessible to the individual, and less to corporate interests, that they…they will even descend to violence.
If violence happens in Chicago, it will be at the hands of these surrogates to corporate interests. it may be the police, pressed, not by the middleclass rank and file cops who share much with the protesters, it will be the politically motivated officers/management under orders from the Mayor’s office, or by federal agents so animated and whipped up for a fight that their tension overflows.
What was being called the Chicago Spring, a sublime assertion of Constitutional rights, human dignity and freedom is now giving way to something darker and far more dangerous. Begin the siege of Chicago…
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