“Tell me what a Police State Looks Like” by Cindy Sheehan

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by Cindy Sheehan
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“Pittsburgh is what a police state looks like!”

I have been to dozens of protests, large and small, since my son was killed in Iraq, but I have never seen anything like today and the only term I can use is: Profound Overkill. There were easily two cops/soldiers for every one of us protesters…or maybe even 3 to 1.

About two thousand of us gathered in Arsenal Park in Pittsburgh to try and march downtown. We were all peaceful and had no weapons. We had only traveled a few blocks when cops dressed like they were in full combat with heavily armed opponents stopped us and blocked our way with a new weapon called “LRAD:” A new “crowd control” device. LRAD stands for: “Long Range Acoustical Device.” I was, unfortunately near it when the cops turned it on. It’s painful.

The group dispersed and went in many different directions. Some of us got to a corner a few blocks up from where we were initially stopped and I am not kidding, at least 500 cops were stopped in formation at this intersection with their gas masks on and nightsticks at the ready to crack the head of anyone who actually tried to peacefully cross their lines…unarmed, of course.

I spoke to dozens of cops today and tried to explain to them that we peaceful protesters are only trying to exercise our 1st Amendment rights and the cops should be protecting us, members of their own class, and not suppressing our freedoms and actually physically hurting us.

There was absolutely no reason for the over-reaction of the police state to the protesters today. Do not believe the news propaganda that says the protesters were the cause of the violence…it was the cops. The thugs even dropped tear gas from helicopters. We’re like ants trying to struggle against anteaters.

Seeing the National Guard troops, fresh from Iraq, broke my heart the hardest. I also talked to dozens of them, none had ever heard of posse commitatus, and asked them if my son, their brother, died in Iraq so they could steal the rights of his mother. Most of them wouldn’t even look at me. The cops and soldiers should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their selves to be used as tools of the Robber Class “elites.”

“Just following orders” is not a defense.

The G20 will announce tomorrow that they will become the new “permanent council” for international economic cooperation. Who the hell do they think they are? Who voted for this? Who gives them the authority to have this power over our wellbeing and our very lives?

We do, that’s who.

We allow the Robber Class complete, destructive control over our lives by not taking to the streets and outnumbering the thugs 10 to 1; 100 to 1; 1000 to 1…

There’s so few of them and so many of us.

When we will learn?

From the G20 protests in Pittsburgh, PA…11:38 pm


see also:

Demands from Cindy Sheehan to the Mayor and Police Chief of Pittsburgh and the Gov of Pa and Prez of the UPSA

Nearly 200 Arrested as Police Unleash Tear Gas, Sound Cannons at G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh

6 thoughts on ““Tell me what a Police State Looks Like” by Cindy Sheehan

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  4. What is truly disgusting is the obvious success these elite nazis have had on the American people with their propaganda campaign through the media. So much attention and blame is put onto the government and police… I think what protestors throughout the USA need to focus on is their weak link. THE MEDIA! IT is the media who lie all the time. It is the media who sold the war. It is the media who;ve brainwashed millions of Americans to hate “liberals” so much that if you go on YOUTUBE right now and read the comments of the G20 police brutality videos, you will see 100’s of examples of people saying shit like “serves those liberals right”! “The cops were only doing their job against those pinko commie liberals”, etc. THe effect of years of demonizing the left via FOX News and Limbaugh has actually worked. How sad.

  5. Think of the millions or billions they have spent on this crowd control device called L-Rad, which could have been spent on beneficial things we need so desperately now. The ruling class is willing to spend any amount of taxpayer money to protect their own wealth and power and expand their empire and to hell with pollution, the infrastructure, global warming, the cutting of the rain forests, health care for the poor or anything else which could prevent our demise as a species. They are obviously greedy and intelligent financially, but their stupidity in anticipating future dire problems for the planet as a whole is monumental or maybe they don’t give a damn about their children’s future

  6. The dumbing down of America and the world to accept this abuse of constitution rights, and concentration of financial power. Good question: Who Gave Them The Right?

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