Ferguson's population about 21,000, approximately 75% Black, most poor
Part 1: short chronology of media suppression, then media coverage, mostly Voice of America (VOA), lays some groundwork.
Part 2 documents the history and forces involved in Justice Dept. "Community Policing" strategic planning and tactical organizing, with military, corporate and foundation partners. Not included in these issues is deeply involved, critically important neurogenomics now dominating science, with major players Pentagon/DARPA and the NIH, now underlying and driving overall US finance capitalism in crisis fascist mode.
Michael Brown's murder was more than another white supremacist US 'justifiable homicide' history. It was a major strategic move in the US counter-revolutionary world war [GWOT] to salvage its eroding global domination. It was politically provocative, timed and organized to divide and disrupt class unity with 'race war' to 'justify' and institutionalize military occupation and deadly force against the most brutally oppressed and likely to join revolutionary class war - the one thing that potentially threatens the existence of this predatory political-economic system.
Capitalist upstart rivals are now apparently 'diplomatically' manageable, backed up with threat of USNATO.
Not genuine revolutionary wars like decades-long unbeatable Maoist-led wars in the Nepal, the Philippines and India.
US geostrategists Zbigniew Brzezinski and Henry Kissinger have long-guided policymakers how to deal with inevitable working class-oppressed nattionality resistance before it spreads as it did in the 60's-70's Black Panther Party-led l movement that brought this country as close as it has ever come to revolution. More from them in part 2.
"The Negro youth and moderate[s] must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teachings, they will be dead revolutionaries."
J. Edgar Hoover, FBI Chief, 1968 referring to COINTELPRO against the Black Panther Party
Obama calls for calm after Zimmerman acquittal
7/14/13 "We are a nation of laws and a jury has spoken..We should ask ourselves if we're doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country daily"
remember these words
Obama Calls for Calm and 'Limited' Use of National Guard in Ferguson
“There is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don’t want those lines to be blurred"
8/18/14 http://www.defenseone.com/threats/2014/08/so-much-demilitarizing-ferguso... Government Executive Media Group, Washington, DC
soft power 'rules of engagement'
Missouri Town Braces for Possible Racial Unrest
Last updated 11/23/14 8:37 AM http://www.voanews.com/content/ferguson-grand-jury-decision-off-until-at...
...‘Rules of engagement’
Law enforcement officials in Ferguson agreed on "rules of engagement" with some organized activist groups, hoping to ensure any demonstrations are peaceful when the grand jury decision is issued... have drawn up contingency plans in case the demonstrations turn violent. The deadly shooting incident sparked weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb, which has become a flashpoint for U.S. race relations....
'partnered' with preemptive hard power martial law and National Guard forces increased to 2200
11/24/14 CNN: Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Monday, as a precaution he said, and diminished the role of the Ferguson Police Department Missouri ...before the grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer...Nixon said the St. Louis County Police Department will lead any response and be the ones coordinating with the National Guard if necessary..."In the days immediately following Michael Brown's death, peaceful protests were marred by senseless acts of violence and destruction.That ugliness was not representative of Missouri, and it cannot be repeated," Nixon.had said last week
Millions of protesters out in over 170 cities, shutting down bridges, tunnels and highways in some major cities. No information yet about organizer politics.
US media reported 'human rights' were denounced by three countries, Iran, China, and Russia, explaining they
" used the opportunity to promote anti-American propaganda" ...Perhaps Julia Ioffe at The New Republic sums up the global criticism best: "Like it or not, this is what the world is seeing, the world to which we strive to be an example."
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: INFORMATION WAR
Pentagon's Promised War on the Net Growing
"Direct Action in Social Media (blogging, counter-blogging, posting products to YouTube, etc.); Monitoring and Analysis of Social Media landscape (Air Force and Airmen); policy and education (all Public Affairs practitioners...
“All media please move to the designated area.”State Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald Johnson lectured reporters in a news conference Tuesday...and be careful in their reporting.“Let’s not glamorize the acts of criminals,”
sample of journalist protests about u.s. freedom of the press
Police target media, arrest and teargas reporters at Ferguson protests
Published: 8/14/14 08:04 Edited: 8/14/14 17:05 http://rt.com/usa/180208-ferguson-journalists-detained-protest/
'Get the f*** out of here!' threats to shoot, mace reporters (VIDEO)
Published 8/18/14 11:40 Edited 8/18/14 12:13 http://rt.com/usa/180984-ferguson-media-shooting-arrests/
Clampdown on media in Ferguson
8/20/14 www.thehindu.com/ todays-paper/ tp-international/ clampdown-on-media-in-ferguson/
Media arrests began as early as Wednesday last week, when Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Huffington Post writer Ryan Reilly were briefly jailed without explanation. By Sunday night, three more reporters — Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated , Financial Times reporter Neil Munshi and Rob Crilly, war zone correspondent for the Telegraph — were arrested.
The arrests came as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson this week, with public anger simmering over an autopsy report for Brown showing he was shot six times, twice in the head and once at the top of his skull while apparently bending down forward, possibly in a gesture of surrender....
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JOURNALISTS CRITICIZE PRESS CLAMPDOWN IN FERGUSON
Updated : 25.08.2014 10:41:10 Published : 25.08.2014 10:39:19 http://www.dailysabah.com/americas/2014/08/25/journalists-criticize-pres...
FERGUSON...Anadolu Agency journalist Bilgin Şaşmaz was threatened, manhandled and detained for five hours while covering disturbances in Ferguson last Tuesday. A police officer has been suspended in relation to the incident. Medical report says Şaşmaz went through psychological trauma in detention..also has black and blue spots and bruises resulting from the arrest. Şaşmaz is not alone. He is one of 17 journalists taken into police custody during the demonstrations, according to the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson declined to comment specifically on Şaşmaz's case, but said the chaos of the protests made it difficult for police to assess who was really a journalist.
Voice Of America's on-scene reporting
Police in Ferguson Briefly Clash With Protesters
updated 11/20/14 10:24 AM http://www.voanews.com/content/police-in-ferguson-briefly-clash-with-pro...
Though protesters in relatively smaller numbers, sometimes as few as one or two, have been demonstrating outside Ferguson police headquarters since the shooting, the situation has not escalated this far for over a month....Wednesday, between 50 and 80 people had gathered outside the Ferguson police department...expecting a Grand Jury decision within days...Police in riot gear moved in quickly Wednesday night, grabbed a couple of protesters and moved back without breaking formation - a move repeated several times...Protesters had briefly blocked traffic and police bullhorns warned them to clear the street before moving to arrest them...The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency activating the National Guard for any contingency. Protesters insist authorities are creating mass hysteria when they should be calling for calm...Some local demonstrators have been attending nonviolent action training . Leaders asked their groups to call out anyone they see causing trouble..."If you look, you see peaceful protesters. But if you look over here, police are in SWAT gear. I mean in riot gear, for no reason What is the reason for the state of emergency?,”Rasheen Aldridge Jr., director of Young Activists United and the youngest member of the newly appointed Ferguson Commission...protesters do admit however that "outside agitators" may try to turn peaceful protests violent.Protests in the aftermath of Brown's death turned violent....
Ferguson Police, Protesters Agree to 'Rules of Engagement'
11/21/14 5:21pm http://www.voanews.com/content/ferguson-law-enforcement-protesters-agree...
Ferguson Law enforcement have agreed on "rules of engagement" with some organized activist groups to ensure demonstrations are peaceful when a grand jury decision is issued
U.S. Attorney Eric Holder — U.S. top law official — issued new guidance to law enforcement authorities about how to maintain public safety while allowing protesters to express themselves. Holder accompanied the new guidelines with a plea for peaceful protest... that throughout history "the most successful and enduring movements for change are those that adhere to non-aggression and nonviolence." Stories differ as to what happened August 9 when Officer Wilson shot Michael Brown. Brown family lawyers [ed:and millions of supporters], say he was trying to surrender when the officer shot him. Wilson's supporters say he shot Brown in self-defense.
Social Media, Websites Escalate Tension in Ferguson
11/22/14 11:43am http://www.voanews.com/content/social-media-escalate-tension-in-ferguson...
In news accounts and on social media, it looks as if demonstrators are clashing daily with law enforcement officers in Ferguson, Missouri. In reality, demonstrations have been mostly peaceful since the violence immediately following the August 9 shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer....
Social media content and violent images in the news from August have put the community on edge — so much so that Missouri’s governor, Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency last Monday. “We’re certainly concerned about folks that are not coming to speak but instead are coming to instigate or cause harm to their fellow citizens or to the property,” Nixon said in explaining the declaration. The move activated the National Guard, making its members available to assist law enforcement.Some Ferguson businesses are boarding up their storefronts. Business owners told VOA they’re taking that measure not because they feel threatened but because their insurance companies have insisted on it.
"It is not a matter of what is true that counts, but a matter of what is perceived to be true."
VOA Reporters on the Scene as Protests Engulf Ferguson
updated 11/25/14 6:41 AM http://www.voanews.com/content/voa-reporters-on-the-scene-as-protests-en...
..."One police car is completely engulfed in flames and it appears somebody set fire to a second police car here. There are some explosions coming out of this police car It appears the protesters have been moving around causing destruction and some chaos here and the police are not able to keep up. There's actually very little police presence where we're at " VOA's Kane Farabaugh said reporting from just outside the Ferguson police perimeter..."...It is unclear why authorities chose to announce the grand jury's decision late at night, a move that appeared to embolden many of the protesters who were intent on acting violently. Early Tuesday several buildings in the area continued to burn, some uncontrolled. The St. Louis County Police Department also reported several scattered incidents of looting at local businesses...
NB: VOA report pre-scripted & updated with pre-decision URL
Riot-Hit Ferguson Braces for Second Night of Unrest
Last updated 11/25/14 11:30 PM http://www.voanews.com/content/ferguson-grand-jury-expected-to-reconvene...
The midwestern U.S. town of Ferguson faced a possible second night of unrest as solidarity protests were held nationwide against a grand jury's decision to not indict a white police officer whshot and killed an unarmed black teenager. More than 2,000 National Guard soldiers have been deployed in Ferguson to guard against fresh racially charged riots, which broke out late Monday after it was announced that charges would not be filed against officer Darren Wilson...
...The St. Louis County Police Department said via Twitter a police car was set on fire in front of city hall and that there were reports of bottles and fireworks being thrown at officers...
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles called for Missouri's governor to send more resources to prevent more destruction of property and threats to people's livelihood. Governor Jay Nixon responded by ordering nearly triple the number of troops into Ferguson, in a bid to head off another night of unrest...
The family appealed for calm as Brown's mother and father appeared Tuesday at a nationally televised news conference in a church in suburban Ferguson, alongside their lawyers and the Reverend Al Sharpton, a longtime civil rights activist....the Brown's lead attorney Benjamin Crump also addressed the substance of a video, taken Monday evening.
Crump also addressed the substance of a video taken Monday evening, that showed Brown’s stepfather making incendiary remarks.
The video shows Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing amid a crowd anguished after learning the grand jury’s decision. Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head – wearing a green-and-white T-shirt with the words "I Am Mike Brown" – comforts the sobbing McSpadden. Then he turns and shouts, gesturing at his surroundings, "Burn this [expletive] down." Crump, at the news conference, said McSpannen’s reaction "was borne out of desperation and frustration after watching the decision that the killer of her unarmed child would not be brought to justice. And Head's was "raw emotion, not appropriate at all. Don't condemn him for being human." But the attorney emphasized Brown's parents did not condone violence. Reverend Sharpton, meanwhile, vowed the fight for "a new level" of police accountability will continue. He said Brown will not be remembered for the ashes from buildings burned in Ferguson, but for "new legislation and the upholding of laws that protect citizens in the country."...
President Barack Obama deplored the destructive acts, saying they are criminal and those responsible should be prosecuted; but, America's first black president said he understands many people are upset by the grand jury decision. He said the frustrations of the protesters have "deep roots in many communities of color who have a sense that our laws are not always being enforced uniformly or fairly.''
Released: Wilson's testimony to Grand Jury about why he 'feared for his life'
Wilson described Brown as a ‘demon’ and ‘Hulk Hogan’-like in grand jury testimony
duly picked up by all major strategic communications/public diplomacy 'news'
Exclusive: 11/25/14 ABC's George Stephanopolous Interviews Officer Darren Wilson
...“All I wanted to do was live” Wilson said....