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Human Rights Watch USA – Amnesty International Deploys In America

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard. The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”


- Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins

I’m sure most of you have heard by now of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the unrest in Ferguson, but what you may not have heard is that human rights organization Amnesty International is also on the ground. In fact, it has been there for several days now and is quite disturbed by what is happening.

Specifically,  Amnesty International USA announced on August 14, that it had sent a 12-person human rights delegation to Ferguson. Yet while the organization has been there for several days, it wasn’t until last night that I started seeing considerable media coverage on the subject. Buzzfeed went so far as to say that some of the resources deployed have never before been used in the United States:

WASHINGTON — Amnesty International has taken “unprecedented” action to deal with the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, by sending resources the human rights group has never before deployed inside the United States.


The organization has been on the ground in Ferguson since Thursday. It sent a 13-person human rights delegation to the city in the wake of the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown.


Jasmine Heiss, a senior campaigner with Amnesty and part of the team in Ferguson, said the use of the “cross-functional team” — which she said included community trainers, researchers, and human rights observers — was “unprecedented” within the U.S. for the group.


On Saturday, after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and put a curfew in place in Ferguson, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins, issued a scathing statement.


“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard,” he said. “The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”

Just last week, I wrote a piece on why I thought Ferguson would ultimately be seen as a significant event in American history and its importance only seems to increase as the days pass. While many Americans are becoming outraged at the scenes of police militarization and third-world like tactics, I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise. After all, it was just a matter of time before the power structure turned its aggressive and violent foreign policy inward on its own citizenry.

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Hoping for peace and justice.


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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:30 | 5112546 TeamDepends
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Great, so how soon can we expect to hear Bono bloviating through a bullhorn?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:32 | 5112553 Slave
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They can say it's a revolution all they want, but they won't be biting the hand that feeds them any time soon.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:53 | 5112653 Newsboy
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This zoo we have created is so very unlike the natural habitat which we evolved for that we are behaving badly. It's chronic. We can't be healthy critters or good critters in this zoo. We can eat each other. Let's just do that. The zoo is all we know...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:20 | 5112754 bunzbunzbunz
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Im not sure if I'm making a leap here, but does the 'g' in 'night' look a bit arabic? There is a high probability coincidence is involved, it's just not a way I've ever seen a 'g' written. Also the picture looks maybe that is the conclusion I was supposed to draw...

(I guess special characters don't work) 2nd character in Common hij?’? order on

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:50 | 5112874 Wahooo
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You got that right. It's tough being a primate.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:39 | 5112581 junction
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The United States is a third world banana republic with police who are trigger happy, crooked judges, full federal prisons and a President serving office illegally using CIA doctored documents.  We don't need stinkin' Amnesty International to repeat those facts, we all know them.  Grab a brioche, Amnesty disaster scene tourists, and take the next bus out of Ferguson.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:32 | 5112554 williambanzai7
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Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:35 | 5112571 Dr. Engali
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Awesome. Mint julep flavored pepper spray.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:47 | 5113071 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Sorry Bonzai, you are a ZH icon, but that picture will NEVER happen.  Those storm troopers all have their .gov pension at risk, they won't be pissing in Obamas cocktail any time soon.  They are just fat assed free loaders who can't wait to retire at age 50 and not give a fuck anymore.  Maybe if they really upheld the constitution your picture might make sense.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:39 | 5112586 quasimodo
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Just curious banzai, did anyone ever actually figure out the name of the asshole that actually did that to those folks when they were huddled on the ground?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:49 | 5112625 buzzsaw99
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Lt. John Pike

Anthony Bologna

the list is endless

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:56 | 5112670 kchrisc
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My guillotine list just got longer.

An American, not US subject.


Every American should be compiling a list of known pol, crat, functionaries
(funcs) and bankster criminals in their sphere of influence. Oath violating and
treasonous gun and badge thugs, corrupt pols and crats, thieving banksters, etc. should be placed on it. Their names, crimes and positions should be, at a minimum, kept for future reference and trial.

When the DC US finally collapses, these lists can then be used to root out the known
criminals that will think that they can hide among their victims--no "Truth and Reconciliation" here.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:22 | 5112773 bunzbunzbunz
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The phrase 'witch hunt' comes to mind...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:17 | 5112971 kchrisc
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"The phrase 'witch hunt' comes to mind..."

Well, Pelosie may be a "witch," but she is a criminal first and foremost.

An American, not US subject.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:31 | 5114241 metastar
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I believe there is enough evidence to bring "these people" to trial for serious acts of treason. If found guilty under a court of law I would hope that the most sever punishments would be applied as their acts equate to premedidated murder.

If we are to be considered Ameicans, then we must uphold the constitution (unlike them) and provide "them" with the due process they deny us. Punishments are to be applied only when proven guilty.

In any case, I do agree that we must start making a list of those to be brought to justice.

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 09:15 | 5119303 Abaco
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Virtually every federal judge that presided over a drug or firearms case, every federal prosecutor who tried such cases, and any ATF or DEA agent that made an arrest and testified, has a well documented case for treason. The federal government has no authority to infringe upon the right to keep and bear arms. Nor do they have the authority to prohibit the purchase and consumption of anything. The right to regulate interstate commerce does not include the right to regulate anything after it has ceased being in interstate commerce. Things that "affect interstate commerce" no matter how nebulously, are not included in the constitutionally granted authority. Lawyers will be the first to admit they they are smarter than anyone else so there is no defense of ignorance here.  These people have conspired to deprive citizens of their civil rights.  They have kidnapped and held in captivity people who are innocent of any crime against anyone. What would any of us consider just punishment if we, or our loved ones, were the victims of this kidnapping and captivity?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:17 | 5112747 buzzardsluck
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By far your best, and no stupid beverage/food warning declared by yourself.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:49 | 5112867 joego1
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Spice up your beverage sir?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:36 | 5112557 GooseShtepping Moron
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That's Steven Hawkins, not to be confused with physicist Stephen Hawking. You know, this guy.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:57 | 5112672 The_Prisoner
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Ironically, both make shit up to conform their agenda.


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:33 | 5112559 Dr. Engali
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So looting and pillaging is the new peaceful protesting. This is what happens when people give over their sovereignty to the state all for the temporary illusion of 'safety', you end up with an oppressive police state.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:57 | 5112669 Rootin' for Putin
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Blacks cant do peaceful protesting, no one has figured out why yet.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:17 | 5112745 Matt
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Didn't they have some peaceful protests under the leadership of Martin Luther King? Something about a "million man march" or something?

By the way, what's the deal with this "New Black Panther Party"? Sounds like they may be a positive influence, hope they don't go radical. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:00 | 5113532 TuPhat
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If you were around back then you might remember they weren't peaceful then either.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:51 | 5112878 joego1
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They have nothing to lose. We just haven't accepted the fact that we are all in the same boat yet or we would be in the streets with them.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:04 | 5113540 TuPhat
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If you have nothing to lose go ahead and get out in the street.  I still have my family and integrity.  Violence for the wrong reason is not going to accomplish anything.  There are reasons to protest but Michael Brown is not one of them.  Don't give in to the left's desire to agitate and give the right an excuse to oppress.  Nothing will be better because of what is happening in Ferguson, only worse.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:38 | 5112582 loregnum
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I like the part about peacefully protesting ignoring the looting and rioting going on. Apparently when black folk are involved reality is thrown out the window. It'd be awesome if all this drama was mainly whites doing it and how the feedback would be different with the media calling them domestic terrorists. 

I agree about the ridiculous nature of the militarized police and I am all for free speech  and protests but it would be nice if people would actually acknowledge the looting and rioting there rather than acting like everyone is sitting in a cirlce peacefully protesting. Now if the looters and rioters can be taken care of and the police/government will STILL being going hardcore on the actual peaceful protesters then yes, there is a big problem.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50 | 5112637 813kml
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Peaceful protests didn't get Occupy Wall Street very far, maybe escalating the protest methods will produce different results.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:16 | 5112740 disabledvet
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It's a wonder the Dow wasn't up 500 today...

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:20 | 5112762 Matt
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Occupy Wall Street failed because while everyone agreed they were mad at the current situation, they all had different ideas on how it should be solved. Every Occupier had their own vision, no leadership, no united vision. Often very conflicting visions, like more government versus less government versus no government.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:22 | 5113199 laomei
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The problem with occupy is that they tried to be a hippy commune with a big tent.  Accept everyone and anyone.  So in the end you get fucking vegans crying over the food.  Idiots cying about how the food has to be available to homeless and everyone else.  Then zero notion of how to handle funds, so shit just gets stolen.  In the end the protest becomes more about not being kicked out of the park than anything else.  The stupidity of sticking to "non-violence" in this day and age...

Here's how a good protest works:

There are motherfuckers who are killing us and ruining lives

Lets go kill the motherfuckers and ruin their lives


You force a situation wherein the government is required to display their full violence, you eliminate the "win-win", by drawing a large group into a situation and then violently altering reality.  Creating the situation where there is no "turning back" and the activist side must be fully vested.  You saw this in the ukraine... snipers taking out cops.  It should be a meaningful attack with symbolism as well.  6 shots to kill the Michael Brown, twice in the head.  Take out 4 regular cops and 2 ranking ones.  Think cops are insane now? See how they react when cops around them get sniped.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:38 | 5113224 Matt
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The Maidan, it was the neo-Nazi extremists sniping both police and protesters in order to destabilize the situation, and then when the leaders of the protesters were to meet with the President, the gunmen ambushed the motorcade. In exchange, they ended up with a disporportionate amount of influence and power in the new government. At least, that's from what I can tell.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:41 | 5112594 dirtyfiles
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all the signs point to revolution..

awakening was Occupy Wall Street but that was to damn specific and down to the point and turned quickly by those in danger  into kind of secondary play 

Ferguson rightly or not is just the spark in random place that could have followers if not killed now.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:43 | 5112597 q99x2
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If there ain't no banksters jumping then nothing is getting accomplished.

Instead the banksters send their favorite bankster policeman in.

Hey maybe they sent him in to jump..

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:43 | 5112603 FiatFapper
Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:46 | 5112619 OldPhart
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I watched the live feeds.  Yes, a lot of black people, some behaving badly...but there were a shit ton more white people than I expected protesting in the mix.  This looks like non-ethnic outrage.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:55 | 5112665 Silenus
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There's a lot of communist agitators like those who brought us the Occupy crowd. These are not simply spontaneous protests. The spark is spontaneous - the police shooting. But the reaction is organized by subversive groups. There's a lot of white hipsters out there with dreams of wielding immense power in a revolutionary regime. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:50 | 5112870 Wahooo
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Can't whitey be pissed off at the Police State? I think so. This isn't about some teenager getting popped, because that happens every day.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:47 | 5112620 Oldwood
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Please, oh please, will someone from the socialist international community come save us!

God only knows that pur government has run amok but surely our problem is not with regard to quelling the rights of fire bombers and looters. Somehow I doubt Amnesty international will save us from a collectivist government bent on making us all debt slaves serving their every whim. Yes tyranny is demanding that protestors go home after midnight and cease destruction. We are so fucked. Wonder of Obama will put them up in the whitehouse while visiting.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:48 | 5112626 tony wilson
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anmesty is just another soros outfit you knuckleheads just not gettin dis yet ares ya

eye work pigs in baton rouge 24 and 7 eye got hospitalized by a hog inseminating machine

eye got cow pox of the head and elbows by cattle

eye suffered head trauma over and over by caananites from the local synagogue of saturn


i one dumb fuck and even eye nose whats goin on

it msm

it all lies



Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50 | 5112638 Laddie
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The SWINE of Amnesty International have NEVER, EVER said a word about the slaughter, the genocide of Whites in Rhodesia now Zimbabwe and the Whites in South Africa. BASTARDS!!!

South Africa, and be not fooled, this is YOUR fate also Whites in America, UNLESS and UNTIL you RISE UP!!!

I put my faith in God and the Mauser
~Boer General Ben Viljoen

'You must carry your gun and your Bible together at once'
~ Afrikaner Werner Selzer, 2010

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:19 | 5112756 tony wilson
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Barbara Lerner Spectre and jewish implementation of multiracial multiculturalism

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:23 | 5113138 Raphio
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IQ 50...shove your Bibull up your ass

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:53 | 5112652 kchrisc
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Welcome to the third-world.

I now have friends telling me that my quips about the DC US being a third-world country don't seem to be  hyperbole after all. Wait until they here about Amnesty deploying in the "heartland.

An American, not US subject.


The American  people really need to realize that a choice is coming whether they like it or not: They can wither away in poverty and misery with everyday a fight to just survive or fight to take back the county, the American country, from these treasonous criminals and murderers.

The choice is coming: Persecution or Revolution.


The Four Rs
Rejection: Quit paying, quit obeying, quit playing
Revolution: It is inevitable, so prepare, as they are.
Retribution: Is there really any place for these sociopaths and criminals in a restored civil and Constitutional society?!
Restoration: Restore the Constitutional republic.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:55 | 5112664 Rootin' for Putin
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AA has a booth at the Feuguson looters fair?  Awesome.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:55 | 5112668 Dasa Slooofoot
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Steven Hawkins:  Ex-Executive VP of the NAACP.  Call me cynical but rollyeyes.  

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:00 | 5112681 MASTER OF UNIVERSE

Amnesty International is full of bluster. What has AI done for Git-Mo prisoners? What has AI done for 911 victims?


Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:02 | 5112687 kchrisc
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Dear gun and badge thugs and their pol, crat, and bankster masters,

Pissed off white people, when the time comes, do not loot, we shoot, and we know where you live.

An American, not US subject.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:21 | 5112766 22winmag
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Like I always say, controlling rock throwing peasants in the city is not the same as controlling heavily armed citizens in the suburbs.


When the heavily armed and motivated suburbanites rebel, everyone in government and in uniform had better duck!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:54 | 5113087 Oldwood
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And you think this not what they want? The police are but another instigator in this passion play. Agitation. We at each others throats. Read these comments and you will see it here. Cops are but a catalyst to go boom. Over reacting under reacting cops and blacks alike. Boom. They are doing the sa!me internationally. Does anyone thing Europe is not going to see this same thing on steroids with the added religious fanaticism? And watch the middle east with all of the factions at each others throats. War of chaos where lines of demarcation between enemy and ally is vague and ever changing. BOOM!

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:04 | 5112701 Bunga Bunga
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Foreign journalists arrested in Ferguson.

So much about freedom of press. US, never complain about human rights in Russia again.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:08 | 5112713 Spungo
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Can someone please photoshop Arnold's face onto that person then change the sign to "nice night for a walk"

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:09 | 5112714 Ms. Erable
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AI will place everyone involved on common ground - it will give the looters/protestors and the swine/swineherds targets they can take out without starting an epic shitstorm.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:24 | 5112997 Seize Mars
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Well then they better haul in the jib so it doesn't get covered in shit.

Shit Abyss:

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:14 | 5112734 reader2010
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Finally, Amnesty International received the instruction from the Big Kapital to divert people's anger away from the real issues. 

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:18 | 5112752 disabledvet
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Don't they build F-150's down there?

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:47 | 5112860 user2011
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Don't worry, Blackwaters will kill them all. There won't be any amnesty ever on US soil.

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:52 | 5112886 tahoeguy
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Spoken like true dumbsh!ts...  They need to rename themselves to Idiots International...

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:09 | 5112950 Seize Mars
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Amnesty International deploys in America.

Ah, I see.

Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being granted to them by their world government.

-Henry Fucking Kissinger

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:37 | 5113040 IronShield
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I think Steven Hawkins should just stick to physics.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:49 | 5113081 falga
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Didn't see Amnesty in Gaza...but they seem to be quite a large group in Ferguson!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:52 | 5113084 falga
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Wonder how much these tear gas canisters cost?  give everyone a $100 bill and ask them to go home. you will be surprised how orderly Ferguson will be for such a distribution.  No need for National guards.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:00 | 5113103 JoJoJo
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Human Rights Campaign and Amnesty Intl coming to Ferguson to do a little  community organizing Obama gangem style. Now is the tme for all good men to come to the aid of themselves and order some body armor from Amazon (Free shipping on oders over $35)

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 01:52 | 5113169 napper
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I believe Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are propaganda arms of the Establishment.


They were created to help the Establishment's political and military intervention in "unfriendly" countries, i.e., those that are not lapdogs to the US / NATO.


They will perform some superficial routine posturing against US human right violations but their main goal has never been real human rights. What have they done about US war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan ...?

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 02:56 | 5113245 Schmuck Raker
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Meanwhile, behind the facade of an innocent looking financial blog, the rest of america satiates itself with:


  • "Soursop fruit kills cancer cells 10,000 times better than chemo. Why is the FDA hiding..."
  • "See what Harvard Researchers Discovered to Tackle Aging At The Source."
  • "Whether All Natural or Bought - We LOVE when stars bare their assets. Check out ALL of..."
  • "Who dropped their pants and showed their bosoms for the silver screen?"
  • "20 Huge Celebrities Who Are Surprisingly Small"
  • "Jannette McCurdy, the former iCarly child star, is all grown up: Just check out these...."
  • "The prospect of a mugshot didn't prevent these female perps from looking really hot."

.....and last, but not least, americans fight for their rights and freedoms by watching:

"21 Classic Photobombs"



Gag me with a pitchfork.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:17 | 5113338 Grouchy Marx
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"The people of Ferguson have the right to protest peacefully the lack of accountability for Michael Brown’s shooting.”

The screaming irony in that statement is that precious few are protesting peacefully. 

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:31 | 5113342 Dre4dwolf
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People protest the wrong things.

The entire country is being/has been pillaged and not even a whimper.

The Ferguson riots amount to, "they shot a black guy, everyone burn down the mall and steal the ipads and jordans" . . . the riot will end when the store shelves are not re-stocked.


Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:43 | 5113351 Brazen Heist
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America revealing its true fascist colors.

Enjoy that reedom thing written on the constitution that Obama wiped his ass with!

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:26 | 5113393 vyeung
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what are they going to do? NOTHING!

Chaos is ensuing America.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:31 | 5114255 Otto Zitte
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Its a psyop, you target. React accordingly.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 06:50 | 5113415 Last of the Mid...
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Amnesty international and NATO personnel should be shot on sight in the US. If Bono shows up I think I may slit my wrists rather than watch that wealthy shit talk about how we need to give to the needy. What a slimeball.

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:08 | 5114433 btdt
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everybody's backyard except Israel's.

Amnesty International is JACO - just another captured organization


Amnesty International USA’s executive director, Steven W. Hawkins, issued a scathing statement.

“We criticize dictators for quelling dissent and silencing protestors with tactics like curfews, we’ll certainly speak out when it’s happening in our own backyard,”


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