Archive for April 15th, 2010

Organizer of ‘Crash the Tea Party’ receives threats

By Anita Kissée KATU News and KATU.com Staff

Story Published: Apr 14, 2010 at 12:57 AM PDT    Story Updated: Apr 14, 2010 at 8:32 PM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore. – A group planning to infiltrate Tea Party protests on Tax Day is led by a local teacher who has received threats after it became known he was behind the group.

During April 15’s Tea Party rallies, Beaverton Middle School teacher Jason Levin’s group plans to dress and act like Tea Party members but “crazier” with the goal to damage the movement’s reputation. However, members of the Tea Party movement said that’s defamation. They’re also now claiming that Levin worked on his “Crash the Tea Party” Web site when he should have been teaching.

Levin admits he did have plans to dress up like a member of the movement, but that all changed after his face and personal number were posted on the Internet. “My phone rang around the clock,” he said.

On his answering machine he received messages like: “Hey Jason, this is Robins Mitchell in Houston, Texas, again. … We’re going to (expletive deleted) you April 15 if you try to mess with the Tea Party.”

His Web site, Facebook page, and Twitter account are all devoted to bringing down the Tea Party movement from the inside by exaggerating its least appealing qualities.

He said he plans to make the movement look bad by misspelling signs and making wild claims, which is an idea he borrowed from a recent counter-protest by Twitter.

“So they infiltrated this group and stood next to them holding up these signs that were equally ludicrous as Westborough signs. Eventually, the people dispersed because they realized nobody could tell the kooks from the kooks,” Levin said.

He said he worked with friends around the country to develop the idea and said they felt the movement is almost out of control, especially after last summer’s health care town hall meetings where health care overhaul opponents shouted down proponents.

“So rather than fight fire with fire, we decided, rather than shouting at them as their opponents, that we would do something a little more panache, and that was to infiltrate the movement and try to take it down,” Levin said.

On his Web site he says his group wants to take down the movement “by any non-violent means necessary.”


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By Sonja Karkar, ZNet, April 14, 2010

Today, there is no excuse for not knowing the truth about Palestine, especially what is happening in Gaza. Even taking into account the disinformation spread in mainstream media, there are enough glimpses one gets of a ravaged Gaza and a brutalized people that should compel us to ask questions. There are enough websites and blogs easily available for anyone to learn more, even if it requires sifting through and evaluating the available information. Certainly, the alarm bells should be ringing when our political leaders declare undying fealty to Israel or cavalierly wear it as a badge of honour, despite the documented reports of Israel’s war crimes by human rights groups and official enquiries.

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Robert Dreyfuss, The Nation, April 13, 2010

War crimes, massacres, and, as Al Jazeera properly calls it, “collateral murder,” are all part of the US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

The release last week of the Wikileaks video, thirty-eight grisly minutes long, of US airmen casually slaughtering a dozen Iraqis in 2007 — including two Reuters newsmen — puts it into focus not because it shows us something we didn’t know, but because we can watch it unfold in real time. Real people, flesh and blood, gunned down from above in a hellish rain of fire.

The events in Iraq, nearly three years old, were repeated this week in Afghanistan, when trigger-happy US soldiers slaughtered five Afghans cruising along on a huge, comfortable civilian bus near Kandahar.

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