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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Arizona ignored threat of border militia exposed by Anonymous

Arizona ignored threat of border militia exposed by Anonymous

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

TUCSON -- Anonymous' Lulzsec hacktivists exposed Arizona police files last summer, revealing white supremacists and border militia were widespread, dangerous and heavily armed in southern Arizona.

Those hacked files revealed that armed white supremacists and border militia were largely ignored by Arizona police. Further, the Arizona media, out of fear, did not report the facts from those hacked police files or expose the danger. In fact, the Arizona media, refused.

On Wednesday, JT Ready, leader of the US Border Guard who appeared in photos and videos heavily armed on Arizona border patrols, apparently killed four people, including his girlfriend, her daughter and a 15-month old baby, in a murder-suicide that left five people dead in Gilbert, in the Phoenix Valley.

At the root of white supremacy in Arizona is the Arizona government, responsible for laws targeting people of color and the recent banning of Mexican American Studies in Tucson public schools and dozens of books by award-winning Chicano and Native American authors.

JT Ready had his friends and influences in the Arizona government.

When Anonymous’ Lulzsec exposed the Chinga La Migra files in the summer of 2011, Censored News published an article, with a video showing JT Ready, heavily armed, and on patrol in Arizona.

The article is: “Hacked data reveals US Marines as contract killers, hunting migrants on the border.”

Censored News also published another report from those hacked files in July, showing the danger to Arizona border residents. Border residents of the Sasabe area, bordering the Tohono O'odham Nation, were never informed of these dangers.

“In the leaked files of Chinga La Migra, a police report describes an encounter with a heavily-armed man at Sasabe and states there is a ‘mercenary-type; action planned for this area.

“In this second e-mail from police files, agents working in the town of Sasabe in March said they were approached by a man who engaged in a conversation with agents.” The agents said the man had a Glock pistol Saiga shotgun, 10 round magazine and a 20 round drum magazine.

“He stated that he is soon to receive funding in the amount of $350,000.00 from what he described as ‘Concerned citizens’ and that he planned to use this funding to bring up to five men into the area," the police report states.

Later, in October, when JT Ready showed up heavily armed at the start of Occupy Phoenix, Native Americans and anarchists responded with alarm at the presence of Ready and heavily armed members of the National Socialist Movement.

The Phoenix Class War Council said, "This attitude towards the NSM scum played out, quite predictably, along racial lines, with whites being the only ones to express attitudes of tolerance towards them. This points to the continuing importance of addressing racism and the continual appeal and relevance of racial privileges within the movement. Indeed, we can expand this argument to the whole attitude of the bulk of the white movement towards the police. Experiencing policing in quite different ways than people of color in general, white middle class liberals mistake their own experience for that of others, and routinely attack anyone who questions the alleged 99 percent status of the police, or points out their quite obvious tendencies towards violent action, as violent themselves. To question the violence of the police is to be violent, according to this backwards analysis."

As for those Arizona police files exposed by Anonymous’ Lulzsec, there remains many files revealing the extent of white supremacy and racism in Arizona, and the failure of Arizona police and the US Border Patrol to protect and save lives.

In one of those files, Arizona police point out that a ranch where police go to practice roping near Nogales is also a route of the Mexican drug cartel. The e-mail expresses interest only in the safety of the officers, and no concern for the safety of the people of southern Arizona. The cartel told officers to “look the other way” when they are off duty.

In another e-mail, Arizona police point out that the US Border Patrol based in Why, Arizona, near Lukeville, are leaving migrants to die in the desert south of Phoenix.

The extent of the white supremacy movement in Arizona is also revealed in those files, and the extent to which Arizona police ignore them.

Also exposed in those Arizona police files were the ATF Project Gunrunner's Weapons of Choice, with photos, from 2008. Project Gunrunner began in Laredo, Texas, in 2004, a fact that most media ignore.

The only high point in those police files exposed by Lulzsec is the information on a vote by a Phoenix area chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. It is a vote of no support for racist and anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

The Chinga La Migra files, I, II and III remain online.

UPDATE May 7, 2012: --Arizona border militia JT Ready shot the 15-month old baby in the head during the murder-suicide. Also, according to this article, weapons seized at the scene will be part of investigations into domestic terrorism.
The same area where JT Ready led heavily armed 'border patrols' in southern Arizona is the same area where migrants were found murdered. These areas include the Eloy, Arizona, region, where vehicles were attacked and migrants murdered, and also along the Arizona border.
This report by Derechos Humanos shows some of the murdered migrants whose bodies were found, and the locations in Arizona:

Lakota, Navajo and Supai to UN Rapporteur: Halt genocide and eco-cide

Lakota, Navajo and Supai deliver powerful testimony to the UN Rapporteur in Arizona and South Dakota

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Photo credits: Arizona Forgotten People; South Dakota Vi Waln
French translation:
Native Americans in Arizona and South Dakota delivered powerful testimony on the destruction of their homelands by uranium mining, coal fired power plants and oil and gas drilling, during sessions with UN Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya.
Debra White Plume, Lakota, delivering testimony at Sinte Gleska University, on Sicangu Lakota Nation , Rosebud, South Dakota, May 1 -- 2, said it is time to halt the eco-cide of Mother Earth.
During testimony in Tucson last week, April 26 -- 27, Navajos from Black Mesa described the corporate crimes of Peabody Coal, Arizona senators and non-Indian attorneys that have led to the relocation of Navajos, coal mining on Black Mesa, and the continuance of some of the dirtiest coal fired power plants in the US on Navajoland.
Havasupai demanded a halt to the uranium mining in the Grand Canyon that now threatens future generations in the Southwest with the poisoning of the water.
Damon Watahomigie, Supai, said, “As the first born warriors of the Grand Canyon we refuse to become the next millennium’s world terrorists by allowing mega nuclear industrial complex mining industries to mine in the Grand Canyon.”
In South Dakota, White Plume, Lakota, said, “Mr. Anaya, I ask you to keep this message clear, do not pretty up my testimony. I am saying that America is committing ethnocide against our way of life, eco-cide against our Mother Earth, and genocide in our Lakota Homelands. Our Human Rights are being violated and our Inherent Right to live as Lakota People and Nation is being violated as well. Without access to our lands and waters we cannot live our collective Inherent Rights to be who we are.
“There are uranium, oil, and gas corporations here now, and more want to come. We did not invite them.
“America welcomes Canadian-owned Cameco uranium corporation, TransCanada oil pipeline corporation, and PowerTech uranium corporation to come and obtain permits to mine uranium and slurry oil in our Territory against our wishes, this extraction and pipeline threatens our Oglalla Aquifer, which gives 2 million people drinking water and irrigates the world’s bread basket.
White Plume said, “We have not given our free, prior and informed consent as required by the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, we know not everyone is satisfied with the Declaration, but it is a minimum standards document.”
In Arizona, Navajo Leta O’Daniel testified of the horrors forced on Navajos, from the Long Walk to relocation, coal mining and abusive boarding schools.
“My neighbors come from Yeii, Holy people from the ancient Anasazi. Three of my brothers are Medicine Men and I listen to their stories. I can show you where our tracks are side-by-side with the dinosaurs and share origin stories back to the time the dinosaurs ate some humans and our ancestors lived in the cliff to stay away from them and the twin warriors, Monster Slayer and Born by Water helped save our people from the dinosaurs.
“We have prayers and songs for our livestock given to us by the Holy People. Our oral tradition, passed down from generation to generation instructs us to hold on to and take care of our livestock. Spider Woman taught us how to weave rugs. Our designs tell woven stories. It sustains us and provides a livelihood.”
Leonard Benally, resisting relocation at Big Mountain for decades, described the scheme behind Navajo relocation and the current attempts to steal Navajo water rights. Benally said it is time to hold Peabody Coal responsible for genocide, and expose the role of corrupt Navajo politicians, Arizona Congressmen and non-Indian attorneys.
Benally said Navajo President “Ben Shelly of the Navajo Nation is working with Senator Kyl and McCain to pass legislation for the Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement that gives away our water rights to Peabody Coal Company and Navajo Generating Station. We believe the Settlement is a tragedy not only due to the minimizing Navajo rights but is waiving hundreds of millions of dollars in potential compensation for rights waived.
“Our liberty is being sacrificed for an economic bonanza based on fraud and corruption. Our justice has been prostituted by hand outs, hopelessness, and conformity elevated to the status of the National Security doctrines. We are the historical lot of the dispossessed. Democracy has been whitewashed with imported detergent that allows reclaimed sewer water to get dumped on our Sacred San Francisco Peaks.
“Peabody's collusion with the US government has resulted in a dark infamy of genocide and crimes against my people and the environment - relocation, the Bennett Freeze, uranium mining, all in the pursuit of energy resource development fueled by corporate and governmental greed and collusion.”
Navajo elder Glenna Begay of Black Mesa said Peabody Coal has no respect for the dead.
“Residents in the mining area have been jailed or threatened with jail for trying to protect their burial and sacred sites. Other residents have watched the unearthing of graves.”
Hathalie (Medicine Man) Norris Nez said the prayers of the Dine', Navajos, are for all mankind.
"In Big Mountain, Black Mesa, on Hopi Partition Land (HPL) there were many sacred sites where offerings were given.The Holy People, the Star People recognize us by these sites that are sacred where we Diné, five fingered humans give offerings. They acknowledge that we are doing our duty to give our offerings to the Holy People.These places are for the wellness of the people, not only the Diné.Our prayers are said for all mankind."
As the sessions continue across the United States, the Rapporteur and the United Nations are being pressed by Native Americans to use this testimony in a way that will result in real benefits to the people, instead of simply gathering words and reducing those words to brief summaries that lead to no real change.
The session on Thursday, May 3, 2012 is at the College of Law at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.
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