"The Israelification of America’s security apparatus, recently unleashed in full force against the Occupy Wall Street Movement, has taken place at every level of law enforcement, and in areas that have yet to be exposed. The phenomenon has been documented in bits and pieces, through occasional news reports that typically highlight Israel’s national security prowess without examining the problematic nature of working with a country accused of grave human rights abuses. But it has never been the subject of a national discussion. And collaboration between American and Israeli cops is just the tip of the iceberg.
Having been schooled in Israeli tactics perfected during a 63 year experience of controlling, dispossessing, and occupying an indigenous population, local police forces have adapted them to monitor Muslim and immigrant neighborhoods in US cities. Meanwhile, former Israeli military officers have been hired to spearhead security operations at American airports and suburban shopping malls, leading to a wave of disturbing incidents of racial profiling, intimidation, and FBI interrogations of innocent, unsuspecting people. The New York Police Department’s disclosure that it deployed “counter-terror” measures against Occupy protesters encamped in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park is just the latest example of the so-called War on Terror creeping into every day life. Revelations like these have raised serious questions about the extent to which Israeli-inspired tactics are being used to suppress the Occupy movement." Max Blumenthal
I have many times seen Israeli police and troops engaged against Palestinian civilians. Maximum threat of violence, intimidation, use of rubber bullets that can kill, dogs, the readiness to use "ball" ammunition if necessary; these are all standard Israeli methods for dealing with an occupied people. These are the same methods that were used by St. Louis County police in response to street demonstrations. I find the crowds at Ferguson to be aesthetically unappealing but I insist that they should not be treated as though they are the "enemy" in a country occupied by the over-militarized police. I understand that Michael Chertoff when he was Secretary of Homeland Security played a major role in setting up these mentoring relations with Israel. At the same time DoD has been encouraged to dispose of surplus equipment by giving it to local cops. What a convenient way to get this gear "off the books!" The vehicles in particular are appropriate to a COIN campaign. That is once again a discredited doctrine, and so DoD wants to get rid of it so that it can ask Congress for different equipment.
Some years ago I was on a state grand jury here in which a local cop testified. I asked him why he wore a badge on his shirt that was clearly modeled on the regimental crest of the 1st Special Forces Regiment. He said that he was a member of the Alexandria police SWAT team. I asked him if he was prepared and ready to kill people in line of duty as a normal method of operations. He said no. I told him that if that was the case he should not wear our badge and that he should not think of himself in that way. pl