We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FBI’s warning of white supremacists infiltrating law enforcement nearly forgotten

Click here to access article by  Samuel V. Jones from the grio.
Because of intensifying civil strife over the recent killings of unarmed black men and boys, many Americans are wondering, “What’s wrong with our police?” Remarkably, one of the most compelling but unexplored explanations may rest with a FBI warning of October 2006, which reported that “White supremacist infiltration of law enforcement” represented a significant national threat.
I can't help but think that right-wing hate groups were welcomed, even intentionally recruited, into police forces for the past decade, and the FBI document that was issued back in 2006 was designed to "cover their asses". I've spent 20 minutes this morning trying to find some link to a media article reporting this warning in 2006, and I failed.

Meanwhile, we read about another police murder of an African American in this report entitled "How Did a 26-Year-Old Iraq War Veteran Die Serving a 2-Day Jail Sentence?".