Journalist Ali Salaam & Peace Activist Cindy Sheehan Expose Police State - ABC San Diego 1/29/14





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Published on May 31, 2014


Ali Salaam (aka Alex Fidel), 22-year-old independent journalist, and peace activist Cindy Sheehan, along with many concerned denizens of San Diego, protested outside Encinitas City Hall demanding an end to police militarization. Speakers included Ali Salaam, Cindy Sheehan, Nick Bernabe (March Against Monsanto), and more. Occupy San Diego was in solidarity.

Encinitas City Council has taken over $300,000 in grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The results can be seen in the video with a 2013 incident involving the excessive use of police force involving what ABC News calls "a *possible* stolen car investigation," which 2 officers were allegedly fired at non-fatally. If the suspect was a cold-blooded killer, he would have put those cops down while they were down.

However, the suspect was dealing with psychological issues that were likely exacerbated by unethical police tactics, such as aggressive questioning, as a stolen car is the most action police see in a while, to which the police claim the suspect was hard to detain, so they used a smoke grenade, at which point the suspect allegedly fired upon the officers. The suspect drove away, hiding out in his mother's house locally.

Instead of calling the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), as required in these types of situations, they decided to test out some of their new Department of Homeland Security toys. The SWAT teams eventually busted into the suspect's home, finding him in an apparent suicide. It certainly is not appropriate to speculate as to why the suspect took his own life, but the police tactics beg the question, what is a small army going to do to the mind of someone that is fragile, that should be brought in ALIVE to STAND TRIAL?

The DHS money does not come without strings attached. One of the strings is a contract, to which Section 74 requires full compliance at the local level with the USA PATRIOT Act.

Councilmember Tony Kranz denied any police militarization, as heavily armored police soldiers and an armored vehicle are pictured in the report, contradicting Kranz's claim. Kudos to ABC for that; a picture is certainly worth a 1,000 words, much more than the lies of a politician trying to defend SD's military industrial complex.

The mainstream media and the Encinitas City Councilmember Tony Kranz tried to label Cindy Sheehan, Ali, and concerned residents of San Diego by calling it a "campaign stunt." The common characteristic about anti-establishment activists is that they put issues first & politics last; no egos.

Ali did not mention his campaign so that the focus is on the issue, not a personality. Promoting Cindy Sheehan's campaign for Governor of California is a definite exception (vote June 3rd!).

Cindy's antiwar stance was called "ironic" given the death of her son Casey. It's completely inappropriate to say she is violating his memory. That pushes propaganda that you have to support the corporate state's bloody invasions for profit in order to be Patriotic. You can oppose the wars & not be anti-American. War criminal Henry Kissinger said "military men are nothing but dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."

The protestors were calling for an end to accepting DHS money & a repeal of Section 74 of the contract with DHS, ending compliance with the PATRIOT Act. They were also calling for an investigation for criminal charges on the city and the sheriff for not calling PERT.

As far as the mainstream media, ABC San Diego Channel 10 did a fairly balanced job, with the exception of a few instances. The opening anchor reiterated councilmember Kranz' ad hominem attack on Ali & Cindy, calling it a campaign stunt.

They also were reporting from outside a town hall meeting where the Encinitas City Council was having a meeting on the environment. Really? They care about the environment?

What about when they allowed sodium fluoride to be added to the drinking water supply? This was fought by Ali & local activists, scaring the water district into delaying fluoride by 2 weeks.

**No city council members were present? False. Councilmember Tony Kranz was seen in the parking lot walking towards the building. Upon seeing the protestors near the front entrance, he took an alternate entrance into the building. Maybe he's too scared to talk with a candidate for Governor of CA who spent time with late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. We went inside to submit 2 pieces of legislation that would have dealt a serious blow to the police state in Encinitas. Councilman Kranz was present, but was too afraid to speak to the people. It is unclear as to why ABC chose to tow his line instead of calling him out for not being able to communicate with the public.


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