Archive | October 15, 2014

U.S. Confusing Ebola with ISIS*

U.S. Confusing Ebola with ISIS*

US warplanes are seen at the Moron de la Frontera air base.(AFP Photo / Cristina Quicler)

US warplanes are seen at the Moron de la Frontera air base.(AFP Photo / Cristina Quicler)

The US has asked Spain for the usage of two military bases in its south as ‘stopover points’ in the 3,000-strong American mission to control the Ebola outbreak sweeping through West Africa.

If the request is successful, the US would begin utilizing its bases of Morón de la Frontera and Rota in Andalusia. The US wants its aircrafts which are returning from high Ebola-risk countries such as Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to be able to stop over.

Spanish military health officials are negotiating “strict protocols” with the Pentagon, reported El Pais on Wednesday. The virus has already killed 4,447 people worldwide, with the majority of the deaths occurring in Liberia.

There have been 8,914 cases overall, [according to] WHO which stated that it expects the number to pass 9,000 by the end of the week and could soon reach 10,000.

While assurances have been given that the usage of the bases will not in any way contribute to the spread of the disease, according to El Pais sources, Spain remains apprehensive about the possibility of more cases on its territory.

A Spanish nurse who had been treating a missionary who returned from West Africa in September was found to have contracted the disease at the beginning of October.

While she is currently in a stable condition, some 100 people who passed into contact with her are being subjected to monitoring over fears that she may have infected others around her while she was still a contamination risk.

Washington has subsequently issued guarantees that no medical personnel who have come into direct contact with Ebola patients will be traveling on the planes which pass through the air bases. Anyone who is suspected to pose a contamination risk will be banned.

Stopovers will be used primarily for refueling and staff travelling on the planes will not leave the bases

A further 100 US troops were reported to have arrived in Liberia to help fight the Ebola epidemic, reported NBC on Tuesday. The number of US troops stationed in the region now stands at 565 and there are three mobile labs for testing and treatment currently stationed in West Africa.

Part of the 950-strong US contingent at Morón are among those helping with the mission in the region.

While the US usage of its bases is part of an existing bilateral agreement, Madrid has the right to authorize flights and stopovers on an individual basis; the UN requested the usage of a Spanish airport as a stopover point for aircrafts transporting both medical personnel and equipment to West Africa in early September. However, Spain is yet to provide a response on the matter.


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Guantanamo Prison Guard Converts to Islam*

Guantanamo Prison Guard Converts to Islam*

God is more pervasive than the act of force-feeding fasting Muslims

In United States Huntsville Alabama Terry Holdbrooks Jr., 29 converted to Islam. Former prison guard in Guantanamo Bay Holdbrooks Jr. converted to Islam “after months of midnight conversations with the Muslim detainees.”

Haldbrooks said

“As I got to know the detainees, as I learned their stories during my long night shifts, I came to see the detainees as individuals. Many were men who enjoyed talking about the same things I do, like ethics, philosophy, history, religion.”

Being a guard at Guantanamo Bay Prison, Holdbrooks mulled over the information Army instructors has taught about Islam as he’d watched the so-called terrorists day after day. What he’d been told wasn’t lining up with what he observed, saying,  while the detainees were reading Qur’an and keeping the daily schedule of prayers, they remained undiscouraged under horrendous pressure, the Deen Show reported.


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Father Tasered, Beaten and Arrested for Picking up his Daughter*

Father Tasered, Beaten and Arrested for Picking up his Daughter*

Ferguson may have brought U.S. police brutality to the limelight, but yet U.S. police brutality persists with a seemingly greater voracity than before…

By Alissa Kokkins

Around the block from where Ezell Ford was killed by LAPD, officers from the Newton Division stopped, Brandon Dawson, 26, on Sunday evening. Dawson had just finished his shift as a dental assistant and was picking up his seven-month-old daughter from his grandmother’s house. He was strapping the baby’s carrier into the car when officers stopped Brandon asking why Brandon had parked in the private driveway. Brandon explained that there were no other spaces available and he had just pulled up to pick up his daughter. The police asked for no papers, and told Brandon to put his hands up as they snatched the father’s baby. Soon after, Brandon would be tazered, beaten, and arrested by police on suspicion of assaulting a gang officer from the LAPD’s Newton Division, according to Officer Lilliana Preciado. However, Officer Preciado  claims not to have any details regarding what led to the arrest.

An eyewitness on the scene that asked not to be identified or recorded due to police terrorizing members of low income communities that call for police accountability, watches the confrontation between Daawson and LAPD. A witness who says that after LAPD snatched the baby from Brandon’s arms, an officer began violently shaking the seven-month-old back and forth as if they were intentionally trying to make the baby fly out of the carrier.

“My baby! My baby!” screamed Brandon. LAPD then put the infant on the sidewalk. Alone.

A concerned woman tried to grab the baby, and a police officer slammed the door on her. Upset, Brandon’s grandmother came and took her grandchild from the sidewalk. Ten cop cars soon pulled up. Police officers piled on top of Brandon, tazering and beating him. A beating that was recorded on video that has yet to be released. Witnesses and angry community members surrounded the officers recording the police. Police told witnesses to stop recording, but community members continued to film the police anyway.  Police responded to by taking photos of those recording them, a tactic that police use to intimidate community members with threats of arrest and deportation according to the witness.

Upset community members gathered calling police out, “He did nothing to nobody.” “They (police) threw his baby.”

The community response was caught on tape by Ceebo Tha Rapper. Ceebo has been organizing the neighborhood and recording music about police brutality ever since the same police department killed his cousin, Ezell Ford. However, as the community filmed, police swiftly formed a line. With hands resting on their guns, officers aggressively push the crowd back in the video as community members remind police, “We’re unarmed.” This incident which began as a traffic stop between 7-8 pm, had 65th & Broadway sealed off and occupied by a small army of LAPD until midnight.

Following Brandon’s arrest, his mother, Linda Washington, was shocked when she received a call from her sister. She had just gotten off the phone with her son. He had called to say goodnight and ask how her day was.

“(My) sister called saying I needed to come down because something happened with Brandon and the police.”

Mrs. Washington didn’t believe her at first. After all, it was only minutes ago that Brandon was fine and now suddenly, her family was thrust into an emergency.

Given the wrong information several times by police, Mrs. Washington says she had to do a lot of running around just to locate Brandon and his impounded vehicle. Out on $50,000 bail, Brandon is being treated at the hospital. He has injuries and scars on his neck, forehead, and wrist from being beaten by LAPD. To make matters worse, Brandon’s wallet containing $1200 for his rent, was inside his car. Both the wallet and his rent money are now gone. According to witnesses, Brandon’s vehicle was driven away by a police officer, not a tow truck.

This seems to be about more than a traffic stop, according to Mrs. Washington. One of the officer’s recognized Brandon from two years ago when they had stopped and arrested him in the very same place destroying his pending opportunity to join the marines as an officer on Monday night reminded Brandon:

“You thought you were going to the Marines last time.”

This is a young boy with a baby in the car. And it’s obvious, he’s got on work clothes. What harm is he doing?

Washington asked regarding LAPD immediately using force on her son. Residents of Dawson’s grandmother’s building and his Mom all say Dawson is a sweet and hardworking young father. He has nothing to do with gangs or drugs. In fact, the only other problem Brandon has ever had with police, was in the very same place by 65th and Broadway two years ago with the very same notorious Shootin’ Newton Department.

Concerned about the psychological affects police targeting may have, Mrs. Washington remains determined to support her son.

What happens if every time you take two steps forward someone pushes you two steps backward? Once the police come at you, you’re almost tagged… It’s almost as if they intentionally want to get him to the point to get him locked up.

The eyewitness expressed similar sentiments about local police targeting the community:

They’re racist against the black and latino community. They insult us. They humiliate us. They belittle us.

Statistics back up their sentiments regarding police targeting and racist policing.

According to the NAACP:

  • African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
  • African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
  • Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population

The Newton Police Department has been under fire from community members since August when officers from the department killed unarmed Ezell Ford nine days after they killed unarmed Omar Abrego. Regular demonstrations demanding justice for Ford and Abrego and an end to police brutality have been ongoing, but have yet to be met with any response other than force from the Newton Police Department. All of this of course occurring while those rallying for #FergusonOctober are making it look like there will either be justice against racist killer cops or revolution in America. One more family may be joining the efforts to stop killer cops and end police brutality. Mrs. Washington said her family hopes to attend the October 22nd day of national action against police brutality in Los Angeles.



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