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Emanuel Emails Reveal Close Collaboration Between Democrats, Republicans to Destroy Unions, Rob Workers

We are pleased to publish the full set of the recently released emails from Chicago Democratic Party Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s private email server that were finally divulged after a lawsuit brought against the Emanuel Administration by the tepidly reformist “Better Government Association” (BGA – former Chicago TV newsman Andy Shaw’s hobbyhorse).  We’ve also added the court documents released by the BGA along with the emails, because you never know when the BGA’s website will “lose” the links to the emails and start producing the usual “404 error” page we see all the time with releases like this.

DOCUMENTS:

  1.   rahm-emanuel-personal-email-court-documents
  2. 122116-wls-bga-emanuel-emails settlement agreement
  3. BGA vs City of Chicago_Rahm Emanuel private email server emails (3276 pages. censored)

Like the infamous and insecure private email server of Hilary Rodham Clinton, Rahm Emanuel’s email server is purpose-built to help Democrat Emanuel to hide his behind-the-scenes close collaboration with the Dems’ Republican “opponents” as well as the allegedly pro-union Democrats’ secret collaboration with the anti-union capitalists who bankroll both the Democratic and Republican candidates for all the major political offices here in the “Land of the Free”(TM).  Under the toothless “government transparency” laws, all emails and other correspondence from and to government leaders is supposed to be carried out via official  communications channels where they can be archived and preserved as public records, reviewable by the citizenry via Freedom of Information Act requests.  Every communication of every President, Senator, Congressperson and on down through the government to local mayors is supposed to be subject to public scrutiny – if only after a number of years have passed.  The “secret” private servers of Clinton, Emanuel and other “public servants” are kept secret only from the supposedly supreme power in the US’ phony democracy: the citizens.  In fact, private, illegal communications networks set up by top US politicians and federal agency heads are constantly being revealed which prove to anyone paying attention that the only people who these bought-and-paid-for public servants “protect and serve” are the wealthiest people in the USA: the 10% of the US population who own 75% of the national wealth.  Billionaires like Penny Pritzker and Bruce Rauner have full access to the ears and eyes of politicians like Hillary Clinton and Rahm Emanuel via these “secret” email servers, where they can conspire against you behind your back while they publicly pretend to be at each others’ throats.  These repulsively wealthy people, who actually run the USA in their own selfish interests, have 24/7/365 access to the big-city mayors and all the top politicians who are in their turn busily stuffing their and their friends’ pockets with whatever they can filch from the hundreds of billions of dollars in tax money stolen every year from you, the struggling members of the working class.

Even the cursory examination of the emails which we’ve been able to do provides a rare glimpse into the backroom deals constantly being engineered by the phony “friends of labor” Democrats and their real friends among the capitalist 1%ers who actually run Chicago and the USA.  The billionaire who is now the Republican governor of Illinois – Bruce Rauner – whom the Democrats publicly pretend to be their enemy – turns out to be on a first-name basis with Rahm and is revealed to be actually a member of the (very small) Rahm Emanuel fan club.  “You’re a good politician” Rauner gushes at Rahm in an email in which he and the “friend of labor” Emanuel administration conspire to coordinate their attacks on perhaps the last popular and powerful bastion of union labor in Chicago, the Chicago Teacher’s Union.

Rauner conspires with Emanuel to Crush Chicago Teachers' Union

Emanuel and his Republican allies are seen in the emails conspiring to carefully engineer their attacks on the Teachers Union so as to justify smashing the union. They plan to take pains to minimize the “psychological shock” to the pro-teachers’ union majority of the working-class population of the city when they launch their final assault on the union’s ability to protect tenured teachers from summary dismissals based on their poverty-stricken students’ weak GPAs. In other words, the US capitalist class and their politicians are cutting funding to the very social and educational programs necessary for students to excel in school, and then they plan to use the low test scores generated by their cuts to justify the gutting of the seniority rights of “underperforming” teachers!

The emails were released in a single .pdf file of over 3200 pages, which makes searching the individual emails a chore to say the least.  The Chicago press corps and the BGA itself have bent over backwards to downplay the significance of the evidence of close collaboration between the two capitalist-owned-and-operated political parties of the USA when it comes to attacking the teachers’ union and shoving the greedy agenda of the Chicago capitalist elites  down the throats of the workers of Chicago and Illinois.  The head of the teachers union, Karen Lewis, is herself a close friend of her “opponent” Rahm Emanuel and spends her time in a pantomime of opposition to the union-busting operations of her own Democratic Party directed at “her” union.  As we have pointed out to the workers time and time again, the Democratic Party is not now and never has been composed of the “friends of labor” but is in fact owned and operated – just as the Republican Party is – by the mortal enemies of the workers of the US and the world: the US capitalist class.  So long as the leadership of the US trade union movement is politically shackled to the pro-capitalist dung-cart of the Democratic Party the union movement will not advance a single step but will continue on its downward trajectory into oblivion.  Only a class-struggle Trotskyist leadership of the union movement dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system which systematically robs the working class of the fruits of its labor can lead a resurgence of the US labor movement.

The emails also reveal the careful massaging of the news media constantly being undertaken by the Democrats in order to get the most positive coverage possible for their never-ending attacks on the unions and the working class in general.  The masses must be kept blind and must always have pro-capitalist propaganda driven down their throats continuously lest they discover how badly they are being screwed by their political “friends”.   And of course the media – like the politicians themselves, wholly owned and operated by the 1%ers – dutifully obliges, covering up the actual collaboration between the anti-union capitalist class and the “friends of labor” in the Democratic Party.  “Everyone” wins – except the vast majority of the population in the working class, who see their standard of living being steadily eroded.

The close collaboration betwen the “friends of labor” Democrats and their murderous, racist police is also laid bare by the emails.  Emanuel and ex-Chicago police chief McCarthy fret over news media coverage of the latest atrocities committed by the police and desperately try to maintain the fiction that the police in a capitalist state are supposed “to protect and serve” the working class.  As every intelligent worker knows, the police are the mortal enemies of the workers, racist thugs who think nothing of shooting workers – especially black and Hispanic workers – who dare to stand up against racist police terror.  The cops in a capitalist state have one role to play: they defend the racist capitalist status quo, crushing any attempt of the working class to fight for their rights.  The cops defend capitalist private property and the “inalienable right” of the 1% to 75% of the national wealth!

Democrats have been running the murderous, racist police departments in almost every major US city for ever. Source: Rahm emails, page 220.

Democrats have been running the murderous, racist police departments in almost every major US city for ever.  Source: Rahm emails, page 220.

Democrats' killer cops ever-vigilant to protect citizenry from themselves.  Cop "intelligence" confused by "Guy Fox" masks.  Source: Rahm emails, page 269.

Democrats’ killer cops ever-vigilant to protect citizenry from themselves. Cop “intelligence” confused by “Guy Fox” masks.  Source: Rahm emails, page 269.

We wish we had the time to do a thorough dissection of these emails so we could present you with the juiciest evidence of how the Democrats are selling you out to their wealthy owners day in and day out, but we just don’t have the personnel to enable such a project.  We need honest, hard-working workers to put down their TV remotes and dedicate themselves to fighting for the rights of the working class by joining our party or at least helping us do this work on a regular basis.  Until you start to take your working class political responsibilities to yourselves and your families seriously you will continue to get pummeled by the endless assaults being launched against you by your mortal enemies: the capitalist greedheads and their political hatchetmen in both the Democratic and Republican parties.  The enemies of the vast majority of the population of every capitalist nation-state – the working class – needs the kind of 24/7/365 representation that the top 3% have.  Until you build that kind of organization you will be stuck impotently “speaking truth to power” to a ruling class that is so completely insulated from you that the desperate pleas of your hundreds of millions of workers sounds like a plaintive whisper they need not trouble themselves to notice.

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

 

Free All Victims of Chicago Police Torture – Class Action Lawsuit Hearing Wednesday, Nov. 14

The following leaflet was sent along to us by a “little bird”.  This is a very important case and we’d like to see all of you out at the Cook County Courthouse at 26th and California [in Chicago, IL] on Nov. 14th to show your support for the estimated 100 incarcerated persons who were tortured into signing false confessions by Chicago Police commander Jon Burge and his crew.

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Support the 100

still-incarcerated victims of

Jon Burge and Burge’s detectives

Hearing set on class action suit – Pack the Court

 

When: Wednesday, November 14

8:00 AM — News conference in front of Cook County Criminal Court Building

8:45 AM — Proceed to Cook County Criminal Court Building, Room 101 for hearing on class action suit

 

Where:  Cook County Criminal Court Building

2600 S. California Ave, Chicago

* For close to three decades Jon Burge and the detectives under him,

organized in the notorious midnight crew, brutally tortured African American

men on Chicago’s south side in order to elicit confessions from them. How

many men suffered at the hands of these torturers may never be known. But at least 100 remain incarcerated, whose convictions are based in part or in whole, on confessions tortured from them by Burge and his henchmen

On Wednesday November 14 these 100 victims of Burge’s vicious

practices could finally win their day in court. Lawyers from the Roderick

MacArthur Justice Center and the People’s Law Office will appear before The

Honorable Paul P.  Biebel to present a class action petition on their behalf. The hearing is set for November 14, 2012, 9:00AM, at the Cook County CriminalCourt Building, Room 101.

Come to a news conference before the court hearing to show your support for those still fighting to reverse their wrongful convictions based on confessions they were forced to make under torture. Then stay and pack the courtroom in support of these 100 victims of Burge and his detectives.

 

For more information, contact Mark Clements, Campaign to End Torture, at 847-276-1382

e-mail: mark@nodeathpenalty.org

Chicago Police In Widespread Campaign of Torture of African-American Citizens with Electroshock – Using Tasers

The Chicago Tribune has reported that the Chicago Police – still supposedly recovering from the exposure of the practice of torturing African-American and Hispanic suspects into making false confessions to murders using “black box”-style electric shock devices from 1972 to 1985 – is now engaged in an even wider program of using electric shocks to torture people suspected of even minor crimes – this time using hand-held Taser weapons to do the job.  The annual number of victims of this outrageous use of electric shock to compel “co-operation” of unarmed, non-violent suspects is in the thousands.

Dozens of victims of the infamous Chicago Police Department’s torture unit – run by Commander Jon Burge
at the Area 2 headquarters – have been released from jail and many from Illinois’ now-closed Death Row in the wake of the alternative weekly “Chicago Reader”‘s expose of the Chicago Police torture program.

So, now we find out that, according to an in-depth study published by the Chicago Tribune on July 20, 2012, the Chicago Police are continuing to torture people on a daily basis in the city of Chicago – only now they use Taser weapons instead of cattle prods and black boxes.

And – big surprise – the victims of this widespread use of electroshock weapons to “control” uppity… we mean suspects who are “resisting arrests” are… black Chicagoans, who make up 32.9% of the city’s population, but 78.9% of all victims of police Tasering!  And socialists are ridiculed for characterizing the Chicago Police Department as being racist.

This obviously racist use of Taser weapons against African-Americans was blithely ignored by the Chicago Tribune study, which should come as no surprise to anyone.  Both the big pro-capitalist newspapers in Chicago – the Rupert Murdoch-owned “Sun-Times” and the “Chicago Tribune” “missed” the enormous Chicago Police Torture story, even though they must have known what was going on for years.  It was left up to the independent “alternative” weekly Chicago Reader to handle that Pulitzer-worthy coverage, which it did with gusto and persistence in the face of a complete blackout of coverage by any of the big media outlets in Chicago during the decade that the Reader revealed this stunning tale of torture at Area 2, where Jon Burge and a gang of racist cops routinely tortured predominantly black suspects into “confessing” to crimes including murder.  The State’s Attorney (run by none other than former mayor Richard M. Daley from 1980-1989) was often at the scene of these torture events, dutifully taking down the suspects’ “confessions” immediately after torture sessions.  In some cases, State’s Attorneys went in and out of the interrogation rooms to see if the suspect was “ready” to confess yet, and then left so another session of torture could commence if the suspect was not yet “ready to co-operate”.

The “Tribune” article makes much of what they see as an “ironic” aspect to the story: Tasers were originally marketed as “a tool to reduce shootings by officers”; but in Chicago, as Taser use by cops has skyrocketed, police shootings – and killings – have actually increased between 2009 and 2011.  But there’s nothing ironic about it: the Chicago cops are gun-crazy and shoot at people even in situations where the firing of police weapons places innocent bystanders in the line of police fire.  The cops in Chicago routinely pull their guns on non-violent citizens and shoot at anyone who runs away from them.  In this Democratic Party-run city, to be black and young places a person at tremendous risk for abuse at the hands of the Chicago Police.  That putting Tasers into the hands of these racist, trigger-happy cops would result in widespread shootings of black citizens with these portable torture devices is as predictable as it is unacceptable – and there’s nothing “ironic” about it.

According to the Tribune, in 2009, when only a couple hundred Chicago cops – had the Tasers, the weapons were used 195 times.  In 2010, using a grant from the Obama government, the city bought hundreds more Tasers and began deploying them across the city.  They placed at least one in every police car and gave them to tactical units and other special operations teams.  Predictably, the use of the Taser against the citizenry surged – to 840 incidents in 2011.

In the two quarters of 2012 there have been 367 uses of Tasers reported to the city’s worthless “Independent Police Review Authority”.  Those are “reported” uses – god only knows how many times the cops use these devices and don’t bother to report it.

If you live in the Democratic Party-run City of Chicago, this is the way it breaks down racially:

Race/ethnicity of person shocked with Taser, from 2009-2011 (numbers in parentheses are each ethnic group’s percentage of the city’s population):

Black: 78.9% (32.9%)

Hispanic: 13.2% (28.9%)

White non-Hispanic: 7.5% (31.7%)

Other: 0.4% (~6.5)

[Note: these racial categories are from the Tribune’s analysis of the Independent Police Review Authority’s reports.  Wikipedia’s entry for “Chicago, IL” has a more complex breakdown based on the 2010 US Census.  We have used a rough combination of the two to give approximate percentages so they add up to 100%.  On top of all this confusion, the IPRA’s data leaves out the ethnicity of 80 reported victims of police Tasering.  See Wikipedia: “Chicago” ]

The neighborhoods that suffer most at the hands of the Chicago Police Department’s mobile torture units are in the heavily black west and south sides.

Such is life in the city from whence the United States’ first black president came.   In 2011, the IPRA reports that there were 60 shootings of “suspects” by police:  that is “shootings” with “guns”.  80% of the people shot were African-American.

The Chicago Police Department claimed that the reason the police were shooting and Tasering more is because there were more incidents where the police were being assaulted by suspects.  Unfortunately for the  cops, their own statistics show that simply isn’t true: according to the Chicago Police Department itself, the number of “batteries” of police officers by suspects actually declined from 2009 to 2011, from 3,299 incidents to 3,105.

Damned facts!  Always getting in the way of the “spin doctors” of the Chicago Police Department!

And here are some more facts that should make the Chicago Police Department uncomfortable: their use of Tasers on the very young and the elderly.

“Forty-nine boys and girls under age 16, including children young as 8, were shocked from 2009 through 2011.  Chicago Police used Tasers on 11 people 60 or older, the oldest being an 82-year old man who was listed as having an irregular heartbeat after the encounter”.

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You can find the source articles via the links we posted above.  We especially recommend the series of articles by John Conroy of the Chicago Reader which revealed the use of torture techniques in Area 2 by Jon Burge and his racist cohorts.

IWPCHI

Chicago City Council Passes Phony Pot “Recriminalization” Law in Chicago

In a bid to prop up the Democratic Party’s non-existent support among youth, today the Chicago City Council voted 44-3 to pass their phony bill that pretends to decriminalize marijuana, but which actually is just another scam to rob the citizens of Chicago.

Wacko, right-wing nutjob alderman Edward Burke, who voted in favor of the legislation stated: “This is re-criminalization, a more intelligent and effective way of addressing a problem.”

The “problem”, as arch-reactionary Napoleonic Mayor Rahm Emanuel sees it, is that under the old system, in spite of the Chicago Police making over 18,000 arrests (in 2011) and “wasting” 45,000 cop-hours a year processing people who were being arrested for simple possession of this relatively harmless drug, those busted were able to beat their cases 80% of the time! These pigs in the Chicago City Council just want to steal millions of dollars from impoverished youth through these pot fines, like they stole billions from the entire city with their red-light cameras and by privatizing the parking meters.  The Chicago Democrats on the City Council see the workers as nothing but sheep that need to be sheared!

The Democrats are attempting to spin this crappy, reactionary, pro-Drug War legislation as some kind of victory for civil rights.  In fact, the legislation does nothing but give the cops the “option” of giving out tickets instead of arresting people.  And these tickets will not be cheap: the fine for a first offense is $250; a second offense will be $500; and they can then try to force youth to sign up for pointless (but very profitable for the friends of the City Council who run them) “drug rehabilitation” classes.  Please explain to us, dearest Democrats: in a city where the unemployment rate for youth is over 75%, how in the world are these young workers – or their already financially strapped families –  supposed to pay for the tickets they’ll be receiving for the “crime” of smoking or possessing pot?  And if they don’t pay?  Won’t they be thrown in jail anyway?

The most corrupt City Council in North America pretends that this lousy legislation will correct what has historically been a racist application of the drug laws; last year, of the 18,298 total arrests for possession of less than 10 grams of weed (10 nice sized joints), more than 16,000 were of African-Americans.  The City Council, in the original draft language of the ordinance, cited the following statistics: “[E]ach year the Chicago Police Department arrests approximately 23,000 individuals for low level possession of marijuana… a disproportionate number of these arrests are of minorities including 78% African-American, 17% Hispanic and 5% Caucasian”!  Under this new system, obviously, it will still be black workers taking the biggest hit because it will be the same old racist Chicago cops enforcing the drug laws.

Well it comes as no surprise to us that, like everything else the racist, brutal Chicago Police Department does, the burden of their “drug law enforcement efforts” falls heaviest on black and Hispanic workers and youth.  That is not news to anyone living in Emanuel’s ghettoized “city of neighborhoods”.  Hardly a week goes by that the Chicago cops don’t shoot a black or Hispanic youth in the back, claiming he or she pulled a gun on them.  And hardly a week goes by that another disgusting scandal of police brutality doesn’t emerge from the sewer that is the Chicago Police Department.  Just yesterday, the Chicago Sun-Times featured a front-page tale of Chicago cop savagery in which a drunken off-duty Englewood district cop, Chris Gofron, brutally attacked a young couple, sending both of them to the hospital with severe injuries.  The phony-ass “Independent Police Review Board” and the Chicago Police Department spent two years dragging their feet on the case, refusing to identify the psychopathic cop who committed this brutality.  Obscenely, Gofron still carries a gun in Englewood doing god knows what to the people of that embattled south side black neighborhood, while the “Independent Review Board” twiddles it’s thumbs, pretending to investigate the case.  [Source: “Beat Cop”, Chicago Sun-Times, 26 June, 2012]

Quoth Emanuel: “[This] ordinance… allows us to observe the law, while reducing the processing time for minor possession of marijuana – ultimately freeing up police officers for the street.”  Yes, and that’s the true purpose of this war-on-drugs ordinance: to put even more psycho cops like Chris Gofron on the street to terrorize black and Hispanic youth and the general population instead of “wasting their time” on minor drug possession cases.

The Independent Workers party says: Just as we must Dump the Democrats, that reactionary party of war and union-busting, we need to dump their phony “War on Drugs” as well.  It is past time to “re-legalize” all drugs, including cocaine and heroin – make them all legal again, just like they were back in the “good old days” before prohibition.  Drug addiction is a medical and psychological issue, not a criminal issue.  The responsible use of recreational drugs by adults is not and should not be something the government intrudes itself upon.  What the working class does in their own homes on their own time is not the government’s business!

The truth is that the primary reason that drugs are made illegal is that the US government, the military, weapons manufacturers, the bankers and the law enforcement “community” are making billions of dollars off the drug trade.  Over the last couple of years it was revealed that some of the US’ largest banks – including Wachovia, Bank of America and Wells Fargo – made HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS of dollars laundering drug money for the big drug cartels, through currency exchanges and other methods.  And even though the US Justice Department got the banks to admit they’d done it – NO ONE WENT TO JAIL!  The banksters simply paid fines and walked away from the case!  Wachovia alone, from 2004 to 2007 handled $378.4 BILLION dollars transferred from Mexico via currency exchanges affiliated with that institution.  Instead of being sent to jail for admitting that they “failed to effectively monitor for potential money laundering activity more than $420 billion in financial transactions”, the criminals running Wachovia bank were able to enter into what the US Attorney General’s office for the Southern District of Florida called a “deferred prosecution”: “In light of Wachovia’s willingness to acknowledge responsibility for its actions and omissions, its cooperation and remedial actions to date, and its promised continued cooperation and remedial actions in the future, the government has agreed to defer prosecution of the criminal charge in the information for 12 months. If Wachovia fully complies with its obligations under the Agreement, the U.S. agrees to dismiss the criminal information at the end of the 12 months.”

Can you believe that!  If a local kid gets caught selling 10 grams of crack cocaine, he goes to jail.  If one of the biggest banks in the US gets caught laundering as much as $420 BILLION in Mexican drug money… they get off if they can somehow manage to keep their fingers out of the drug trade for 12 whole months!  Can you see now who really runs this country?  Read these articles if you think we’re making this up:

[Sources: The Guardian (London): ““How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs” by Ed Vulliamy, 2 April 2011;  Bloomberg News: “Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted In Wells Fargo Deal”  by Michael Smith, 28 June 2010; US Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida Press Release: “Wachovia Enters Into Deferred Prosecution Agreement” 17 March 2010]

Then last year we learned that, between 2006 and 2011 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms allowed THOUSANDS of guns to be shipped from the US to drug lords in Mexico – while the ATF watched.  This is what is now known as the “Fast and Furious” scandal, which Democrat Barack Obama’s Administration has been trying to cover up, and whose Attorney General, Eric Holder, has just been found to be in contempt of Congress for impeding Congressional investigations into this unbelievably massive corruption at ATF.  Think we’re lying?  Read the newspaper articles at the end of the Wikipedia essay on what they call the “ATF gunwalking scandal”!  There are 87 of them and counting, each one more stunning than the previous one.

[Sources: Wikipedia: “ATF Gunwalking Scandal” ]

In Afghanistan, before the US invaded, the Taliban had almost completely wiped out the cultivation of opium poppies.  As soon as the US invaded, Afghanistan once again became one of the world’s biggest suppliers to the heroin trade – and the brother of the US’ puppet leader in Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, was alleged to be the biggest heroin dealer in that brutalized nation!

Need more proof that the big US and international banks are deeply involved in the drug trade?  Check this out: in 2009, Antonio Maria Costa, the head of the UN’s “Office on Drugs and Crime” told the Guardian newspaper of London that “[d]rugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis” in 2008!

“Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were ‘the only liquid investment capital’ available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result”!

” ‘In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system’s main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor,’ he said.”

[Source: The Guardian (London): “Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor” by Rajeev Syal, 12 December, 2009]

The War on Drugs is a naked attempt to control the US population by making pleasure illegal.  Like the reactionary laws against prostitution, making drugs illegal gives the government the “goods” on just about every citizen in the US.  If you’re not into drugs, you must be into kinky sex, right?  Make those two things illegal, and you can bust anyone, any time.

It’s time to STOP THE WAR ON DRUGS!  RE-LEGALIZE ALL “ILLEGAL” DRUGS, like they were before 1930s drug prohibition!

(to be continued)

IWPCHI