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November 5, 2012 3:18 pm
Occupy Oakland: FBI refuses Occupy FOIA requests citing "National Security"

via The Daily Kos

Although the FBI has been forthcoming about their involvement in domestic spying regarding some of the Occupy activities of Constitutionally protected protests the ACLU has received a disturbing response regarding Occupiers in Northern California. I immediately thought of Occupy Oakland when I saw this:

"in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

…Perhaps they consider Northern California the hippie vortex- the source of peace, love, and tolerance- three things authoritarians hate thus must be prevented from spreading. 

ut more troubling than what the FBI has revealed is what it’s refused to reveal. We asked for FBI records about Occupy protests in Northern California, where several of the most high profile demonstrations have taken place, as well as intelligence bulletins, training materials, or justifications for investigating the Occupy movement anywhere in the country. The agency claims it only has a grand total of 37 pages on all of these topics, and is refusing to hand over more than half of those documents. One of the justifications for withholding the information, is that it supposed must be kept secret "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy."

Read more…

April 16, 2012 6:44 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/21245177991/glenn-beck-doing-no-better-on-sfs-knew-960-than">Glenn Beck doing no better on SF’s KNEW 960 than Stephanie Miller

I just spent 22 minutes on the phone with KNEW 960

Yeah, Bay Area folks - it used to be Green 960…If you, too, have been missing the old lineup - here’s what I learned:

Stephanie Miller from 6-9 am and Thom Hartmann from 9-Noon

were not getting good enough ratings…so Green 960 became KNEW 960, and now we have GLENN BECK on in Stephanie’s slot, both Stephanie and Thom air, but they are no longer live, there is a Finance Show on from 6-7 pm, and Stephanie is not live, but airs at 7-10 pm.  So, we get a canned morning show, on our ride home at night…can’t call in, can’t find out what’s happened during the day, it’s an insult.

Truth is, I experience RAGE when I turn on 960 now…they’ve forced me to seek out other Radio Outlets, because I don’t want to hear this morning’s stories at night - stuff happens during the day, and I want to hear TODAY’S stories…like, Stephanie made no mention that Rick Santorum had dropped out of the race on Monday, because it HADN’T HAPPENED when her show aired that morning!  So I feel RAGE when I turn on 960 in the morning and get Glenn Beck, and I feel rage when I turn on 960 at 6 pm and get a financial show, and I feel rage when I try to get some actual live broadcasting from 960 past 7 pm at night!

I let this guy Corey know about it…he agreed…he confessed he used to have a little Sunday evening show on the old Green 960…and he missed the lives shows airing at their actual time, too…

He told me that Glenn Beck’s ratings are about the same as Stephanie’s was, except now they have a lot of irate listeners (who, like me, I bet, are seeking out other progressive, live radio stations to listen to fill their needs).

I asked Corey if Green 960 had irate customers calling in to complain about Stephanie’s show, the way they now call in to complain about Beck’s show…he said, “No.” They never had any complaints about Stephanie…so I suggested going back to Stephanie live when both Beck and Stephanie’s contracts come up for renewal, because, if the ratings are the same, and you could have no irate customers, wouldn’t that be better?

If you are a local Bay Area listener, and have also been distressed with the downhill trend that 960 has taken, maybe you could give the programming guy, Corey a call (415) 356-5546…just ask for Corey…otherwise they will try and get you to record your comment on the comment line…I mean, that’s good, too…but if Corey starts hearing from more people, maybe he can influence the powers that be to get Stephanie back on in the morning, airing live, and then another live show in the evening…

April 9, 2012 1:54 pm
(photo Geoff Ozzy Wright)
Oaksterdam DEA Bust April 2, 2012
Protesters laid down in the street to prevent the DEA from taking Prop 19 mastermind Richard Lee’s possessions from Oaksterdam University, Oakland, CA
via LA Times:
Feds raid medical cannabis school in Oakland
Federal agents descended early Monday on Oaksterdam University — California’s first cannabis industry training school — securing the downtown Oakland facility as they served search warrants. See full story

Related articles
Oaksterdam Founder, Prop. 19 Funder, Driven Out of His Peaceful, Productive Business by Government (reason.com)
Oaksterdam University Founder To Hand Over Ownership Following Raids (sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com)
Oaksterdam founder to leave cannabis business (mercurynews.com)

(photo Geoff Ozzy Wright)

Oaksterdam DEA Bust April 2, 2012

Protesters laid down in the street to prevent the DEA from taking Prop 19 mastermind Richard Lee’s possessions from Oaksterdam University, Oakland, CA

via LA Times:

Feds raid medical cannabis school in Oakland

March 18, 2012 3:56 pm
"Failing to use violence on peaceable assemblies should not be lauded as respectable restraint. Instead, we should be outraged that it is ever even a consideration in the first place!"
~ Nicholas Caleb, Lawyer, Professor, Occupy Protester

"Failing to use violence on peaceable assemblies should not be lauded as respectable restraint. Instead, we should be outraged that it is ever even a consideration in the first place!"

~ Nicholas Caleb, Lawyer, Professor, Occupy Protester

February 8, 2012 2:32 pm
Young Turks Poll: Has Anonymous gone too far in releasing Oakland officials' personal information?

VOTE IN POLL.

SURPRISING RESULTS!

[NOTE TO WORLD:  ANONYMOUS ≠ OCCUPY

Please do not confuse the two.  In some ways the two movements intersect, but as far as I know, not every ANONYMOUS Action is an OCCUPY Action

I do not think this releasing of names and addresses is a good idea. AT ALL. How different is this from Anti-Abortion groups publishing the photos, and addresses of doctors, or Palin’s map with bullseyes?  We need to ask ourselves, “What is the purpose of this action? ”  I, myself, can not come up with any good reason why this is okay, or think of anything positive that could come from these transgressions on the personal freedoms and liberties of these Officials.  Just because they over-stepped the boundaries of acceptable behavior does not mean that Anonymous should do the same.

We don’t need to stoop this low…we don’t have to go here.

Not this way, please not this.]

February 2, 2012 2:15 pm

VIDEO: of OAKLAND ARRESTS on “Move-In Day” Livestream shot by Oaktown Pirate

Video (with excellent commentary) of the Jan 28, 2012 Move In Day Action aka “The Arrest-An-Occupier-West-Coast-Jamboree”…

Oaktown Pirate’s ongoing commentary is fantastic. Seriously, this guy’s ideas are great!  As he is watching this go down, he is telling us why he thinks it was a bad idea…I totally agree with him.

[NOTE* from Leftish: The Occupy Movement is going through some growth spurts, and might need to make some decisions about whether committing actions such as this one is actually helping or hurting the growth of the movement.

IMHO this was a poorly thought out plan…and this was not a valid reason to storm an abandoned building…because OccupyOakland needed an indoor space.  I am against violence of any kind, and we do not live in a country that has squatter’s rights!

So by doing this action, they were just sending the cops a message:  ”We will round ourselves up for you, and commit a crime, so you will have a good reason to arrest us, en masse…Not only that, but we will even tell you what time our march starts, and exactly where we plan to go, so you will be there in riot gear, ready to play your part in this cops and robbers game we’re playing.”

Then, to make matters worse, vandalism was committed, which really gave the cops license to do whatever the fuck they wanted to to the protesters.  Violence Begets Violence, and  ’Violence is the last refuge of the weak.’

This is NOT the Occupy Movement I signed up for!]

But seriously, watch this.

January 28, 2012 10:32 pm
100s Arrested - Occupy Oakland happening right now!

LIVESTREAM by OakFoSho, broadcasting from above…

2 Full Busloads have already left…

January 20, 2012 6:26 pm
via Rolling Stone
Scott Olsen: Casualty of the Occupation
He was a Marine who survived two tours of Iraq, but it was the Oakland police who almost killed him

By Mark Binelli
January 19, 2012 10:00 AM ET


A little more than six weeks after being shot in the head, Scott Olsen boarded a BART train and rode it across San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Olsen can’t say for sure who shot him, or what with, but all evidence suggests it was probably a tear-gas canister fired by riot police as they cleared out the Occupy Oakland encampment last October. The chaotic footage of the night raid ended up all over YouTube. Billowing clouds of tear gas enveloped the streets surrounding Oakland’s City Hall and took on an eerie, sulfurous glow, at least in the videos, while flash grenades erupted disorientingly and masked, silhouetted figures – many of the protesters had bandannas tied across their faces, guerrilla-style – scrambled for cover. For weeks, Occupy protesters had been complaining about heavy-handed police tactics, but this evidence didn’t make anyone think of the Rodney King tape. It looked like a military crackdown in the West Bank.
The projectile that struck Olsen fractured his skull and left him in critical condition. More crucially for the narrative, Olsen turned out to be a 24-year-old ex-Marine who’d survived two tours of duty in Iraq. For a movement supposedly without leaders, this sort of compelling personal story was enough to make him an overnight icon, the perfect almost-martyr. Though he couldn’t even speak for days, a shaky video of other protesters carrying him to safety got endless replays. In the footage, you can hear people around him screaming, “Medic! Medic!” as if a MASH unit might be somewhere nearby, and see Olsen himself, who looks absurdly young, staring up wide-eyed, but unable to speak, as someone shouts, “What’s your name?” As the bedlam churns around him, Olsen slowly reaches up and touches his bleeding head.
"When I heard he was a Marine, I was expecting some six-foot-four guy," the Bay Area journalist Edwin Dobb, who has been covering Occupy Oakland, told me. "But he could pass for a junior in high school."
It’s true. On the BART train this afternoon, Olsen looks like a fourth member of Hanson, circa 1999. He’s heading to Oakland to attend his first protest since he got hurt, and so has decided to wear a sort of costume: a brown camouflage Veterans for Peace T-shirt over a loose pair of American flag pants, minus the stripes – it’s just white stars on that patriotic shade of blue – and an inside-out bandanna worn like a headband, his shoulder-length hair tied into a ponytail. Olsen has a slight frame and delicate features. He still wears one of those oversize white neck braces, the kind you’d see in a sitcom courtroom scene whenever the plaintiff had whiplash, and the padding thrusts his head forward in a birdlike manner, making it look as if he’s always leaning closer to hear exactly what you have to say. His doctors expect close to a full recovery, though his speech remains halting and flattened, calling to mind a speaker with cerebral palsy. The erratic modulation can make his voice sound loud and aggressive, which is an odd contrast with his acutely gentle demeanor. His eyes, large and almond-shaped, with unusually long lashes, seem to be doing extra work, taking everything in to compensate for the slowed speech.
We miss our stop. Olsen says, “You’re following directions. From a guy with. Brain damage.”
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/scott-olsen-casualty-of-the-occupation-20120119#ixzz1k1gODRz5

via Rolling Stone

Scott Olsen: Casualty of the Occupation

He was a Marine who survived two tours of Iraq, but it was the Oakland police who almost killed him

By Mark Binelli
January 19, 2012 10:00 AM ET

A little more than six weeks after being shot in the head, Scott Olsen boarded a BART train and rode it across San Francisco Bay to Oakland. Olsen can’t say for sure who shot him, or what with, but all evidence suggests it was probably a tear-gas canister fired by riot police as they cleared out the Occupy Oakland encampment last October. The chaotic footage of the night raid ended up all over YouTube. Billowing clouds of tear gas enveloped the streets surrounding Oakland’s City Hall and took on an eerie, sulfurous glow, at least in the videos, while flash grenades erupted disorientingly and masked, silhouetted figures – many of the protesters had bandannas tied across their faces, guerrilla-style – scrambled for cover. For weeks, Occupy protesters had been complaining about heavy-handed police tactics, but this evidence didn’t make anyone think of the Rodney King tape. It looked like a military crackdown in the West Bank.

The projectile that struck Olsen fractured his skull and left him in critical condition. More crucially for the narrative, Olsen turned out to be a 24-year-old ex-Marine who’d survived two tours of duty in Iraq. For a movement supposedly without leaders, this sort of compelling personal story was enough to make him an overnight icon, the perfect almost-martyr. Though he couldn’t even speak for days, a shaky video of other protesters carrying him to safety got endless replays. In the footage, you can hear people around him screaming, “Medic! Medic!” as if a MASH unit might be somewhere nearby, and see Olsen himself, who looks absurdly young, staring up wide-eyed, but unable to speak, as someone shouts, “What’s your name?” As the bedlam churns around him, Olsen slowly reaches up and touches his bleeding head.

"When I heard he was a Marine, I was expecting some six-foot-four guy," the Bay Area journalist Edwin Dobb, who has been covering Occupy Oakland, told me. "But he could pass for a junior in high school."

It’s true. On the BART train this afternoon, Olsen looks like a fourth member of Hanson, circa 1999. He’s heading to Oakland to attend his first protest since he got hurt, and so has decided to wear a sort of costume: a brown camouflage Veterans for Peace T-shirt over a loose pair of American flag pants, minus the stripes – it’s just white stars on that patriotic shade of blue – and an inside-out bandanna worn like a headband, his shoulder-length hair tied into a ponytail. Olsen has a slight frame and delicate features. He still wears one of those oversize white neck braces, the kind you’d see in a sitcom courtroom scene whenever the plaintiff had whiplash, and the padding thrusts his head forward in a birdlike manner, making it look as if he’s always leaning closer to hear exactly what you have to say. His doctors expect close to a full recovery, though his speech remains halting and flattened, calling to mind a speaker with cerebral palsy. The erratic modulation can make his voice sound loud and aggressive, which is an odd contrast with his acutely gentle demeanor. His eyes, large and almond-shaped, with unusually long lashes, seem to be doing extra work, taking everything in to compensate for the slowed speech.

We miss our stop. Olsen says, “You’re following directions. From a guy with. Brain damage.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/scott-olsen-casualty-of-the-occupation-20120119#ixzz1k1gODRz5

December 12, 2011 10:35 pm December 2, 2011 1:53 pm 9:01 am

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12/1/11 ~ RACHEL MADDOW interviews SCOTT OLSEN - INSPIRATIONAL!

8:00 am
We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!
What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.
May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:
STAY PEACEFUL!

We are SO LUCKY that Scott Olsen was the guy who got hit!  He’s BRILLIANT!!  Every time I hear him speak I am TRULY INSPIRED!!

What a blessing for our movement, that such a peaceful, forgiving, sensible man was singled out by a police projectile and has since become one of our most eloquent spokespeople.

May we all remember AND always act upon Scott’s words:

STAY PEACEFUL!

December 1, 2011 10:51 pm

Interview with Scott Olsen on his return to OccupyOakland with a reporter from IndyBay.

November 30, 2011 3:58 pm

f="http://leftish.tumblr.com/post/13564332851/stay-peaceful-because-thats-what-its-about">"STAY PEACEFUL…because that’s what it’s about…

It’s about working together, working with one another, and it’s about being open with each other…and that’s how we can solve our problems.”

~ Scott Olsen, Iraq Veteran Against the War, victim of Police Brutality at OccupyOakland

12:56 pm
 
Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who had his skull fractured at an Occupy Oakland protest in October, made his first live television interview last night (Nov. 29) on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.
Introducing him as a “tough Wisconsin kid,” host Ed Schultz asked Olsen, 24, how he was doing.
"I’m doing better every day." Olsen answered. "It’s not always been a pleasant process. It’s been quite frustrating, but I’m doing better."
Olsen’s speech was at times slurred, halting and even garbled, indicating both how far he still is from a full recovery, but also how much he’s come along since first waking up in the hospital after a projectile struck his head.
"I had a head full of words that I wanted to say, but I couldn’t make them come out," he said.  "It was very frustrating."
Olsen criticized Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s decision to approve the October 25 crackdown, when resorted to using tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles in an attempt to evict the protesters.
"I don’t think it was right for her to do that," he said of his first days after the injury.  "We have the right to be in Oscar Grant Plaza (officially known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) and to voice our grievances any time of day."     Olsen said it was “a bit overwhelming” at first to become an international news figure, but is fine now with the media scrutiny.
"I’m happy to step into these shoes and guide this movement and be somebody to look up to for some people," he said.
Olsen, who did two tours in Iraq, also said he does not regret joining the Occupy movement and would do it again.
"When I took the enlistment oath, when I joined the Marines, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic," he said.  "And I’m continuing to do that.
Olsen concedes the Occupy movement is “changing a lot,” but doesn’t think it’s “going anywhere any time soon.”
"Scott Olsen, I want to thank you for coming on the program tonight," Ed said to close the interview.  "God bless you. Keep fighting hard. And keep recovering. We`ll follow your recovery.  All the best to you, my friend."

Scott Olsen, the Iraq war veteran who had his skull fractured at an Occupy Oakland protest in October, made his first live television interview last night (Nov. 29) on MSNBC’s The Ed Show.

Introducing him as a “tough Wisconsin kid,” host Ed Schultz asked Olsen, 24, how he was doing.

"I’m doing better every day." Olsen answered. "It’s not always been a pleasant process. It’s been quite frustrating, but I’m doing better."

Olsen’s speech was at times slurred, halting and even garbled, indicating both how far he still is from a full recovery, but also how much he’s come along since first waking up in the hospital after a projectile struck his head.

"I had a head full of words that I wanted to say, but I couldn’t make them come out," he said.  "It was very frustrating."

Olsen criticized Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s decision to approve the October 25 crackdown, when resorted to using tear gas, rubber bullets and other projectiles in an attempt to evict the protesters.

"I don’t think it was right for her to do that," he said of his first days after the injury.  "We have the right to be in Oscar Grant Plaza (officially known as Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) and to voice our grievances any time of day."    
 
Olsen said it was “a bit overwhelming” at first to become an international news figure, but is fine now with the media scrutiny.

"I’m happy to step into these shoes and guide this movement and be somebody to look up to for some people," he said.

Olsen, who did two tours in Iraq, also said he does not regret joining the Occupy movement and would do it again.

"When I took the enlistment oath, when I joined the Marines, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic," he said.  "And I’m continuing to do that.

Olsen concedes the Occupy movement is “changing a lot,” but doesn’t think it’s “going anywhere any time soon.”

"Scott Olsen, I want to thank you for coming on the program tonight," Ed said to close the interview.  "God bless you. Keep fighting hard. And keep recovering. We`ll follow your recovery.  All the best to you, my friend."