04/23/12

Media Protect Elizabeth Warren in Senate Race

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has picked up the endorsement and fundraising support of entertainer Harry Belafonte, whose reputation as a calypso singer has been superseded by his service to international Marxism. During the Cold War, Belafonte sang at a “Concert for Peace” in communist East Germany, where he attacked President Reagan’s anti-communist foreign policy.

A long-time supporter of the Castro dictatorship, he has more recently been singing the praises of Venezuelan Marxist ruler Hugo Chavez.

The April 19 Warren fundraiser, which included Belafonte’s name on the letterhead, was held at the Manhattan penthouse of HBO executive Michael Fuchs, another indication of how Warren has the support of the media in her critical race. HBO recently ran the Sarah Palin-bashing film “Game Change.”

A radical in her own right, Warren proudly claims to be the intellectual author of the Occupy Wall Street movement and is running as a “consumer advocate.” But she had previously benefited from a fundraiser hosted by George Soros, the billionaire hedge-fund operator linked to the 2008 housing-market collapse.

Belafonte’s pro-Marxist views rarely make national news, but last October he garnered headlines when he dozed off before a TV interview, leaving anchor Leyla Santiago to say on camera, “Harry, wake up! Harry?”

Belafonte’s endorsement of Warren, who is trying to unseat Republican Senator Scott Brown, should prompt the media to ask whether Warren, a Harvard professor, has been awake or asleep as more than one hundred million people have died at the hands of communist regimes. Her operatives did not disavow Belafonte’s support for her candidacy.

Belafonte’s 2011 book, My Song: A Memoir, attacked Cuban-Americans opposed to the Castro regime as “angry partisans” who had been “cogs in the corrupt Batista machine” and had “lost their plunder” when Batista was overthrown by Castro.

Typical of how the media cover the legendary singer, a Boston Globe review of the book by Sarah Rodman completely ignores his activism on behalf of communist causes, saying only that his “political activities” drew the attention of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, a convenient villain for the media.

Belafonte claims he never joined the Communist Party USA but acknowledges in his book My Song: A Memoir that he used to attend lectures in 1947 at the Jefferson School in New York City, “which openly billed itself as an institute of Marxist thought affiliated with the American Communist party.” He says he heard such speakers as I.F. Stone, the so-called “independent journalist” later unmasked as a Soviet intelligence agent.

Indeed, the Jefferson School was a “Marxist adult education institute” in New York City that was associated with the Communist Party USA. Equally significant, it was closed down in the mid-1950s after the Subversive Activities Control Board ordered it to register as an agency of the Soviet Union.

At the time he attended lectures at the Jefferson School, Russia “seemed to be leading the way” internationally in achieving a “classless society,” Belafonte writes in his book.

This view carried forward at least to the 1980s, when Belafonte performed at a “concert for peace” in Communist East Germany, a Soviet client state, at a time when the Soviet Union was trying to prevent President Reagan and our NATO allies from deploying nuclear missiles in Western Europe as a counter to a Soviet military advantage.

The 1983 Belafonte appearance was covered by World Magazine, a supplement to the Daily World, the newspaper of the Communist Party, and occurred not too long after President Reagan had ordered U.S. military forces to liberate the island nation of Grenada from a gang of communist thugs known as the New Jewell Movement.

On cue, Belafonte attacked the U.S. action in Grenada, criticized the deployment of U.S. missiles in Europe, and “objected to the attempts by certain U.S. circles to slander the Soviets as the ‘basic evil in the world,’” the communist publication said. Reagan had referred to the Soviet Union as “the focus of evil in the modern world.”

In his book, Belafonte claims that the concert was part of his “human rights” work.

Seemingly oblivious to the facts and the Belafonte record, the Boston Herald noted that the Warren campaign responded to the Belafonte controversy with a statement about her Republican opponent, Senator Scott Brown, getting contributions from Wall Street. The story also quoted Democratic consultant Steve McMahon as saying, “Bette Midler and Harry Belafonte are endorsing Elizabeth Warren and her views, not the other way around.”

Warren, however, is still accepting his support. Just like Castro did.

As noted by anti-communist author Humberto Fontova, Belafonte has said, “If you believe in justice, if you believe in democracy, if you believe in people’s rights, if you believe in the harmony of all humankind—then you have no choice but to back Fidel Castro as long as it takes!”

Fontova, author of Fidel: Hollywood’s Favorite Tyrant, added, “Shortly after Belafonte’s Cuba visit in Dec. 2009 the Black human-rights activist Orlando Zapata-Tamayo was beaten comatose by his Castroite jailers and left with a life-threatening fractured skull and Subdural Hematoma. A year later Zapata-Tamayo was dead after a lengthy hunger-strike. Samizdats smuggled out of Cuba by eye-witnesses report that while gleefully kicking and bludgeoning Tamayo, his Castroite jailers yelled: ‘Worthless N*gger!—Worthless Peasant!’”

In 1974, Belafonte said in his book, that he had his first meeting with Castro on a trip to the communist island, “the start of a long friendship.” He admitted that he and his wife were “guests of the Cuban government,” meaning their expenses were picked up by the regime.

The Boston Globe responded to the controversy over Belafonte raising money for Warren by running a blog by Carol Rose criticizing the Massachusetts Republican Party for highlighting Belafonte’s anti-American record. Rose, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, plugged an upcoming Massachusetts ACLU May 20 “Bill of Rights Dinner” honoring Belafonte.

Ironically, the name of her blog is “On Liberty,” while Belafonte was close to the Soviet Communists and their lackeys and client regimes during the Cold War.

The Massachusetts GOP recently released a video about Warren’s “fundraising partner,” noting that “in addition to praising Castro’s Cuba, Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and comparing the Department of Homeland Security to the Nazi Gestapo, Professor Warren’s latest backer even blamed the U.S. for the terrorist attacks of 9/11.”

Some of the film footage in the ad is from a Wolf Blitzer CNN interview with Belafonte, in which he didn’t back down from the charges.

In 2006, after Belafonte called President George W. Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world” and said millions of Americans support Marxist Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, the New York Daily News commented, “At this point, Harry really shouldn’t be permitted even to wander the grounds of a nursing home without close caregiver supervision so he does not amble away or fall down and hurt himself.”

This would be funny, were it not for the fact that Belafonte’s praise for communists like Castro goes back several decades, and that a major Democratic Senate candidate and Belafonte’s backers in the ACLU are willing to overlook his record of apologizing for communist tyranny.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].

04/23/12

Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Training: Their Target is the Tea Party

By: AJ

Photo by Julie Dermansky at The Atlantic

Hundreds of OWS training workshops took place this month throughout the country, in all 50 states, including small rural areas. Inside one of the training workshops, attendees report that OWS is “specifically instructed to go to any and all Tea Party gatherings, rallies, etc., to be confrontational and create havoc and disruption.”

They are being trained to recruit and enlarge their numbers in their assigned geographic locations, to use the correct messaging, to incite any opponents, engage in confrontation, employ tactics to evade police blockades and create gridlock.

OWS workshops are extremely organized and clearly well funded. Each workshop had a trainer, DVD’s, handouts and a training manual.

OWS has deep pockets and they will be providing food, water, entertainment and more… just as we saw last Fall with the gourmet meals, tents, hotel rooms and printing presses for their newspapers.

OWS is not a grassroots movement, as demonstrated by the training, resources and coordination at their workshops. OWS is orchestrated and organized by George Soros’ MoveOn.org and Media Matters, Van Jones, Steve Lerner, Francis Fox-Piven, Barack Obama, Union leaders (e.g. SEIU, AFL/CIO, UAW), Communist Party USA (CPUSA), Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and other radical far-left anti-American organizations who are dedicated to the destruction of our free market system and the overthrow of our Constitutional form of government.

Eric Holder, Barack Obama, the Democrat Party – including the Marxist/Communist members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus – and the news and print media are all in bed with OWS. Ordinary Americans cannot and should not expect that OWS will be held accountable for inciting riots, raping women (as they did the last time around) or for any other crimes they may commit.

Recall that under the Obama administration the New Black Panthers have not been held accountable for the crimes they have committed, union thugs have escaped their crimes, the Muslim Brotherhood is now welcomed into our White House, drug cartels and vicious gangs are aided and abetted by Obama’s Fast & Furious gun program, and on and on, so all indicators point to the top coming down on patriotic Americans, not those who commit crimes against them.

The “community organizer” front groups that finance and orchestrate OWS operations want riots to occur. Remember what Van Jones revealed… “Bottom Up” riots will enable the “Top Down” enforcement against innocent by-standers in order to turn our country “Inside Out” and give Obama the crisis he wants.

Manufacturing chaos via OWS will enable Obama to declare a National Emergency and invoke the unconstitutional powers he has amassed through Executive Order and recent legislation designed to transform our country. Indefinite detainment of Americans without charge or trail, suspending the Constitution and ushering in their new totalitarian form of government, taking over more industries and seizing more of our money and property… that is their goal… to transform our way of life and end Liberty as we know it.

Unless OWS is confronted by strong local police enforcement and city officials, they will create the crisis that will not go to waste by the Obama administration, his all-powerful Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and his brown shirts who will act as his Civilian National Security Force that’s just as strong, just as powerful and just as well-funded as our military.

SUGGESTIONS THAT MAY HELP TEA PARTY GATHERINGS:

  • Bring at least one additional person with you – someone who was not planning to attend the Tea Party gathering. If everyone brings just one extra person, you instantly double the size of your group. There’s power in numbers.
  • Do not engage with any OWS group or member who appears to be looking for a fight because that is exactly what they want you to do; it plays right into their plan to create chaos and/or riots.
  • Stay cool, calm and collected. It’s critical to keep in mind that they are extremely well trained, funded and organized. Although there are far more of us than them, their organizational strength, training, tactics, hateful hearts and loud mouths give them the advantage. So again, do not fall into their trap and do not engage because they will undoubtedly be pushing for it.
  • Have video cameras rolling.
  • If OWS escalates, move your group to an alternate location to avoid OWS as much as possible. Do not travel alone – stay as a group. If OWS follows your group, ask police to help you move to another location away from the OWS harassment and if law enforcement is nowhere in sight and the situation feels threatening, call 911. You’ll have your video footage as evidence that you were peacefully assembling and they’ll see what OWS was doing to you.
  • Be prepared, watch each other’s backs, stay together and stay safe.

Know that OWS creators, leaders and financiers are targeting Americans who want to restore and preserve our Constitutional Republic. Their plan is bottom up, top down and inside out. They intend to protect and promote their “Dear Leader” Obama and silence voices of opposition until the totalitarian transformation is complete. But we’re onto them and we outnumber them. Good must triumph over evil.

Reference:

American Bolsheviks – The Second Act

Update – Additional Suggestions By: Nachum

Keep in mind that the OWS organizers are always the same people and travel from site to site with their astroturfers to cause disruption with screaming, meeting interruptions, chants and possible violence.

A. Go to law enforcement in advance and tell them about your meeting and that rioters with a past record of violence may crash the meeting. Have the precinct captain on speed dial or better yet have a few uniformed officers in presence if possible.

B. Bring megaphones. Occupy disrupters are famous for screaming their “mike-check” repeatedly and chanting to force a meeting to its knees. Be prepared to respond LOUDLY to their chants and tell them to GO AWAY. Tell the owner of the restaurant or meeting hall that they may tell the police to evict people who have a record of violence or illegal behavior.

C. Take pictures and videos. Document the disrupters and present the pictures to the police to file charges. Get their names. Post their faces on the internet. Keep a list. Spread the list of faces and names to other Tea Party groups so these people may be spotted on sight and law enforcement notified if they come near a meeting location.

D. It is only their leaders that are well trained. The average ‘protester’ is given a script and chants nonsense. It’s possible the protester is a paid lackey. Andrew Breitbart would go up to the lackeys and ask them directly. He would put them on film, asking them if they were paid. They HATE when you do that. Look up his old vids on the internet. It is a how-to manual on kicking these agitators where they hurt most. It also might be future evidence in a trial.

Do nots:

A. Do not react with any violence. This is what they want.

B. Do not let them get you angry. They want you to react violently. So they may demand action from their friends in the administration to prosecute YOU. Even if you are in the right, you would be held as guilty.

In addition, the Tea Party should respond with a “playbook” for Tea Party meetings. A simple ‘check list’ for the leadership in the group can be done before any meeting. Include any of the above information along with proper forms for filing citizens arrest, publication of the agitators information for use by other groups that is easy to access, a “how to” file on uploading contact to Freedom Works or Youtube of the offenders and anything else of use for the upcoming election.

Update – Some churches host OWS Workshops – By: MJ

Tea Party people could contact churches and hold them accountable for sponsoring/hosting these Occupy events – see below:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Nation/2012/04/15/Occupy-movement-holds-training-near-Detroit-Ann-Arbor.html

From the last paragraph in the article:

“There were to be 925 such training sessions around the country, according to MoveOn.org. In Toledo, a 99% Spring Action Training is planned for noon Thursday at Monroe Street United Methodist Church. Preregistration is required.”