Stories of the day, from rrnd

NY police report bomb to frame activist
Prison Planet
by Aaron Dykes & Alex Jones
"Two persons identifying themselves as New York police officers
interrupted a 9/11 Truth [sic] demonstration on a public sidewalk in
front of the new WTC 7 Building to intimidate free speech, stating
'Larry [Silverstein] doesn't want to hear it,' before accusing We Are
Change founder Luke Rudkowski of having a bomb and that his cell phone
was 'a gun.' The officer was apparently responding to refusals to stop
filming their faces as police attempted to impede free speech on behalf
of Larry Silverstein, making slanderous and knowingly false
accusations." (04/28/07)

Living under the guillotine's blade
The Power of Narrative
by Arthur Silber
"This is how we live in America today. The final destruction of liberty,
and of life itself, could begin at any moment. Yet we act like the man
with his head resting on the block. We seem to believe there is nothing
especially unusual in our circumstances, nothing that requires us to
take action. Life goes on as it always did. Like the man under the
blade, we could choose to alter our fate. We will not. We believe, as
perhaps the man under the blade believes, that our situation isn't that
bad; we'll be able to get through this, just as we always have. We
forget all those who have gone before us, all those who have died bloody
and painful deaths. But, we may tell ourselves, we are different from
all those others. Their fate will not be ours, because we are special
and unique. We forget that all the earlier victims thought the same."

Brazil: Vigilantes impose peace in Rio slums
Yahoo! News
"For as long as anyone can remember, the cracked asphalt soccer field in
the Roquete Pinto slum was off-limits to children - 'reserved' by gangs
selling marijuana and cocaine. Then, a few months ago, a mysterious
squad of beefy men with submachine guns started patrolling on foot, and
the drug dealers disappeared. ... Startling transformations like Roquete
Pinto's are increasingly visible across Rio, as for-profit 'militias'
made up of active and former police officers, private security guards,
off-duty prison guards and firefighters evict drug gangs from slums
where violence used to be out of control. Although some worry about the
implications of vigilante justice, the militias have powerful
sympathizers, among them Mayor Cesar Maia, who calls them 'self-defense
groups' and says that compared with the drug gangs, the vigilantes are
the lesser evil. The surprise is that the gangs aren't fighting to hold
their turf. In the few known cases where they did, militia gunfire
turned them back." (04/29/07)