Sunday, November 05, 2006

Operation Falcon and the coming police state

We can all be "dissapeared" now.They have , as of this writing "dissapeared" at least 30,000.

Operation FALCON
From SourceWatch
The "aptly-christened" Operation FALCON -- the acronym for "Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally" -- was the "massive roundup of 10,000 American citizens" in a "massive clandestine dragnet that involved hundreds of state, federal and local law-enforcement agencies during the week of April 4 to April 10, 2005. It was the largest criminal-sweep in the nation's history and was brainchild of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and his counterpart," Benigno Reyna, director of the U.S. Marshals Service [USMS] (a.k.a. Federal Marshals Service), Mike Whitney wrote May 18, 2005, for CounterPunch. [1]

"The details are mind-boggling," Whitney said, with more than "960 agencies (state, local and federal) ... directly involved acting on 13,800 felony warrants and spending nearly $900,000 on the operation." Whitney cites one report from CNN that "the raids netted '162 accused or convicted of murder, 638 wanted for armed robbery, 553 wanted for rape or sexual assault, 154 gang members and 106 unregistered sex offenders.'" But, Whitney pointed out, that accounts for approximately 10% of the 10,000 apprehended, so what of the other 9,000? As of May 18, 2005, the date of Whitney's report, "the US Marshall's office [had] issued no public statement to the press as to whether the 10,000 people arrested in operation Falcon have been processed or released." [2]


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