Why the Working Class Needs the Right to Bear Assault Weapons: Who Will Protect Us From the U.S. Government?

The United States Government – a wholly owned subsidiary of the US capitalist class – has sure picked a terrible time to go around trying to convince U.S. workers to give up their guns.   This past week, NBC News finally got their hands on one of the long-sought-and-denied US Justice Department legal memos asserting – get this – that the President of the United States has the legal right to ASSASSINATE any U.S. citizen he or she doesn’t like!  And now, under pressure from the outrage engendered by the release of the Justice Department’s “assassination memo 1.0”, the despotic regime of Democrat Barack Obama has announced that it will release the final version of the legal opinion that “justifies” the legal grounds upon which the Obama terrorist cabal has already ordered the assassinations of at least two U.S. citizens: Anwar Al-Aulaqi and – two days later – his teenage son.  Al-Aulaqi was murdered on the command of King Obama because he wrote pro-Al Qa’ida articles for the terrorist group’s online magazine.  An a U.S. citizen, he had EVERY RIGHT TO DO THAT under the U.S. Constitution.  This aspect of the assassination of Al-Aulaqi is perhaps the most outrageous: he had a contract put out on him by Godfather Obama because of what he WROTE, not for committing an actual terrorist act.  So, dear supporters of the Democratic Party, your party’s leader and his Ministry of Justice has declared that the President of the United States can have any American citizen assassinated for simply writing and publishing documents that the U.S. Government doesn’t like.  That, friends, is the very definition of despotism.  The US Government isn’t “going out of control”: it is already way out of control.  And if the US working class doesn’t overthrow the US capitalist class and completely disarm IT, the US capitalist class’ wholly owned police state will assuredly disarm US, perhaps posthumously.

We do not support Al-Qa’ida; nor do we support what it stands for: the enslavement of women and the working class in a totalitarian Islamic theocracy.  But we DO defend the right of anyone, anywhere to write, speak, and demonstrate in support of Al-Qa’ida.  We oppose Islamist-led terrorism just as we oppose terrorism led by anarchists, “communists” or anyone else: it is counterproductive to the advancement of the cause of the working class.  Terrorism is a petit-bourgeois declaration of “no confidence” in the working class’ ability to organize itself to overthrow the capitalist class that oppresses the workers all over the globe.  Those who wish to use terrorist methods to impose Islamic law on the working class have declared war on womens rights, first and foremost: they wish to see women enslaved and forced to live out their lives in horrible seclusion and without any ability to obtain an education or to participate fully in the political life of the nation.  We say: bullshit to that!  We’re for 100% equality between women and men and for the inalienable right of women to decide their destiny, from where and how they are educated to whether or not they wish to bear children to whom they wish to fall in love with, no matter what race, class or gender.  Aulaqi opposed all these things, so he was no friends of ours, politically.  But he had every RIGHT to do so as an American citizen, no matter how repugnant we might find his political opinions to be.  This man’s assassination at the hands of US Government hit-men was ordered precisely for what he wrote and for his social association with people the US Government doesn’t like.  By asserting the US Government’s “right” to assassinate any US citizen who so much as writes articles in support of people or organizations that the US Government deems to fall under their definition of the word “terrorist” – a definition that changes from day to day and hour to hour according to the whims of whatever gang of criminals has purchased 4 years’ tenure in the Oval Office –  the US Government has effectively declared the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights to be NULL AND VOID!  The US Government has openly declared war on everyone who dares to oppose them in any way: by overt act of violence or by simply publishing opinions that run against the grain of the US Government’s repulsive worldview – or even for harboring “anti-US” thoughts, or for preparing-to-prepare-to do something that opposes “US national interests”, i.e. US corporate interests.   The new American Revolution has already begun: let history record the fact that the first “shot” in this war was fired by the Bush Administration, with the massive support of the Democratic Party when they approved the Patriot Act back in 2001.  And the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, grievously wounded by the passing of that draconian Act, under which torture of foreigners was “legalized”, was finished off by the “lesser evil” Democratic Party under Barack Obama when his administration, going way beyond where even the deranged Bush Administration dared to go, “legalized” the outright assassination of US citizens in 2012!  The capitalist class fired the first “shots” in this new American Revolution!  It is high time that the US working class start organizing itself to overthrow the US capitalist class before they start rounding up all of us who oppose their rule and start throwing us in the slammer for writing articles like this one, exposing their vast criminality.

We haven’t had a chance to read this disgusting “assassination memo” document yet, but we couldn’t wait to put it out on the Internet for the world to see that when we say that “the US capitalist class’ US Government is the most despotic on the face of the Earth”, we aren’t just trying to blow smoke out our ears.   If this isn’t documentary proof that US citizens need access to military-style weaponry in order to defend themselves from the out-of-control imperialist government running the US today, what do we need to do to convince you?  And if this Democratic Presidential declaration of war on the citizenry of the United States doesn’t prove to you that the Democratic Party isn’t the “lesser of two evils”, what evidence do you need to have?  We desperately need to create an independent party of the working class as a basic element of self-defense; and we need to begin the process of abolishing the capitalist system and taking the guns out of the hands of the bloodthirsty US capitalist class before they declare everyone opposed to their rule to be “domestic terrorists” and start a counterinsurgency campaign against us all… wait a minute!  They’re starting one right now!  It’s called the “Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence”!  It includes the FBI and Homeland Security in its criminal conspiracy against US workers who “advocate violence” on the Internet!  (The text of a Department of Justice web page announcing the new offensive against US worker-rebels is appended to this article).

Either the working class will abolish capitalism or capitalism will abolish the working class: what do you prefer?  And as for giving up our right to bear arms – NO WAY!  Tell CNN and Piers Morgan to go to hell: we need our guns to defend ourselves from the real and present danger of the US capitalist class’ police state!

Here’s the historic Wall St. sock puppet and “lesser evil” Democrat Barack Obama Administration’s declaration of war against the US working class:




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Working to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence in the United States

February 5th, 2013 Posted by Tracy Russo

Earlier today, the White House released a policy statement to counter violent extremist use of the Internet to recruit and radicalize to violence in the United States.  The statement from Quintan Wiktorowicz, the White House Senior Director for Community Partnerships, on the National Security Staff originally appeared on the White House Blog and is reposted in full below.

The American public increasingly relies on the Internet for socializing, business transactions, gathering information, entertainment, and creating and sharing content. The rapid growth of the Internet has brought opportunities but also risks, and the Federal Government is committed to empowering members of the public to protect themselves against the full range of online threats, including online radicalization to violence.

Violent extremist groups ─ like al-Qa’ida and its affiliates and adherents, violent supremacist groups, and violent “sovereign citizens” ─ are leveraging online tools and resources to propagate messages of violence and division. These groups use the Internet to disseminate propaganda, identify and groom potential recruits, and supplement their real-world recruitment efforts.  Some members and supporters of these groups visit mainstream fora to see whether individuals might be recruited or encouraged to commit acts of violence, look for opportunities to draw targets into private exchanges, and exploit popular media like music videos and online video games.  Although the Internet offers countless opportunities for Americans to connect, it has also provided violent extremists with access to new audiences and instruments for radicalization.

As a starting point to prevent online radicalization to violence in the homeland, the Federal Government initially will focus on raising awareness about the threat and providing communities with practical information and tools for staying safe online. In this process, we will work closely with the technology industry to consider policies, technologies, and tools that can help counter violent extremism online. Companies already have developed voluntary measures to promote Internet safety ─ such as fraud warnings, identity protection, and Internet safety tips ─ and we will collaborate with industry to explore how we might counter online violent extremism without interfering with lawful Internet use or the privacy and civil liberties of individual users.

This approach is consistent with Internet safety principles that have helped keep communities safe from a range of online threats, such as cyber bullies, scammers, gangs, and sexual predators. While each of these threats is unique, experience has shown that a well-informed public, armed with tools and resources to stay safe online, is critical to protecting communities. Pursuing such an approach is also consistent with the community-based framework we outlined in Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States (PDF) and the Strategic Implementation Plan for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States (PDF).

A New Interagency Working Group

To more effectively organize our efforts, the Administration is establishing a new Interagency Working Group to Counter Online Radicalization to Violence, chaired by the National Security Staff at the White House and involving specialists in countering violent extremism, Internet safety experts, and civil liberties and privacy practitioners from across the United States Government. This Working Group will be responsible for developing plans to implement an Internet safety approach to address online violent extremism, coordinating the Federal Government’s activities and assessing our progress against these plans, and identifying additional activities to pursue for countering online radicalization to violence.

Raising Awareness through Existing Initiatives

In the coming months, the Working Group will coordinate with Federal departments and agencies to raise awareness and disseminate tools for staying safe from online violent extremism primarily through three means.

First, information about online violent extremism will be incorporated into existing Federal Government Internet safety initiatives.  Internet safety initiatives at the Department of Education, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies provide platforms that already reach millions of Americans, and relevant departments and agencies will work to add materials related to online radicalization.

The primary government platform for raising awareness about Internet safety is OnGuard Online, managed by the Federal Trade Commission and involving 16 departments and agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education.  OnGuard Online─ in addition to other Federal Government Internet safety platforms like Stop.Think.Connect and Safe Online Surfing─ will begin including information about online violent extremism.  This information also will be posted on the Countering Violent Extremism homepage on the Department of Homeland Security’s website and updated to reflect new best practices and research.

Second, the Federal Government will work with local organizations throughout the country to disseminate information about the threat.  One reason for the success of Federal Government Internet safety awareness efforts is that they work closely with local organizations — such as school districts, Parent Teacher Associations, local government, and law enforcement — to communicate to communities.  Law enforcement is a particularly important partner in raising awareness about radicalization to violence and is already developing materials with support from the Department of Justice. Law enforcement departments and agencies have established Internet safety programs and relationships with community members and local organizations that can reach multiple audiences with critical information about the threat of online violent extremism and recruitment. Departments and agencies will provide the latest assessments of this threat to our local partners and encourage them to incorporate this information into their programs and initiatives.

Third, departments and agencies will use our preexisting engagement with communities to provide information about Internet safety and details about how violent extremists are using the Internet to target and exploit communities.  U.S. Attorneys throughout the country, who historically have engaged with communities on a range of public safety issues, are coordinating these Federal engagement efforts at the local level, with support from other departments and agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Education.  U.S. Attorneys and others involved in community engagement will seek to incorporate information about Internet radicalization to violence into their efforts, as appropriate.  At the same time, the Federal Government will engage with State, local, and tribal government and law enforcement officials to learn from their experiences in addressing online threats, including violent extremism.

Going Forward

As the Federal Government implements this effort in the coming months, we will continue to investigate and prosecute those who use the Internet to recruit others to plan or carry out acts of violence, while ensuring that we also continue to uphold individual privacy and civil liberties.  Preventing online radicalization to violence requires both proactive solutions to reduce the likelihood that violent extremists affect their target audiences as well as ensuring that laws are rigorously enforced.

[Sources: NBC News website; U.S. Department of Justice Website]

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