Brief video clips (from November 21, 2000) of experimental acoustic weapons and electromagnetic radiation weapons used by police. Derivative types are used by criminals with police untrained to stop their use for harassment and criminal abuse.
Here is the MA state law:
PART I. ADMINISTRATION OF THE GOVERNMENT
TITLE XX. PUBLIC SAFETY AND GOOD ORDER
CHAPTER 140. LICENSES
SALE OF FIREARMS
Chapter 140: Section 131J.
Sale or possession of electrical weapons; penalties
Section 131J. No person shall possess a portable device or weapon from which an electrical current, impulse, wave or beam may be directed, which current, impulse, wave or beam is designed to incapacitate temporarily, injure or kill, except: (1) a federal, state or municipal law enforcement officer, or member of a special reaction team in a state prison or designated special operations or tactical team in a county correctional facility, acting in the discharge of his official duties who has completed a training course approved by the secretary of public safety in the use of such a devise or weapon designed to incapacitate temporarily; or (2) a supplier of such devices or weapons designed to incapacitate temporarily, if possession of the device or weapon is necessary to the supply or sale of the device or weapon within the scope of such sale or supply enterprise. No person shall sell or offer for sale such device or weapon, except to federal, state or municipal law enforcement agencies. A device or weapon sold under this section shall include a mechanism for tracking the number of times the device or weapon has been fired. The secretary of public safety shall adopt regulations governing who may sell or offer to sell such devices or weapons in the commonwealth and governing law enforcement training on the appropriate use of portable electrical weapons.
Whoever violates this section shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 or by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 6 months nor more than 21/2 years, or by both such fine and imprisonment. A law enforcement officer may arrest without a warrant any person whom he has probable cause to believe has violated this section.
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
The City Manager of Cambridge fined The Riverside Neighborhood Association $300 for posting signs on street light poles that the city purchased from the utility company. Cambridge Chronicle story here
Harvard organizations also post signs on the street light poles in and around their campus. Why is Harvard immune from fines for violations of the same law? Here is the most recent instance of selective enforcement of laws (unequal protection of laws) by the City Manager who runs the city with no oversight. Ordinary citizens have their rights to free expression curbed by public officials while wealthy corporations (Harvard has $35 billion) can ignore the same laws.
[City Ordinance on posting fliers on public property]
Section 9.04.050 Defacing public property.
A. No person shall post or attach, or directly or indirectly cause to be posted or attached in any manner, any handbill, poster, advertisement or notice of any kind on public property except by permission of the City Manager or his designee, or on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant thereof.
B. Any handbill or sign found posted or otherwise affixed on any public property contrary to the provisions of this section may be removed by the Police Department or the Department of Public Works or the Inspectional Services Department.
C. The person or persons responsible for causing the unlawful posting of any notice described herein will be liable for the cost of removal and for the penalties described below. Persons liable under this section include, but are not limited to, any individual, corporation, partnership or other organization whose advertisement, message or information appears on the unlawfully posted notice.
D. Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine of three hundred dollars. Each illegally posted notice, advertisement, poster or sign shall be considered a separate violation of this section, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation of this section occurs or continues.
E. As an alternative to the penalty set forth in subsection D, whoever violates any provision of this section shall be penalized by a noncriminal disposition as provided in G.L., c. 40, §21D. For purposes of this section, the following officials shall be enforcing persons: Cambridge Police Officers and designated staff of the Cambridge Department of Public Works and the Inspectional Services Department.
Then noncriminal penalty for the first violation of this section shall be twenty-five dollars; for the second violation, one hundred dollars; and for the third and all subsequent violations, two hundred dollars. (Ord. 1138, 1992)
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Columbia’s Radicals of 1968 Hold a Bittersweet Reunion
The New York Times
Police officers stood guard on Columbia’s campus after buildings occupied by student activists were cleared on April 30, 1968.
By JOHN KIFNER
Published: April 28, 2008
Spring, with the trees and flowers in blossom, is a time when colleges hold their reunions. So over the weekend a very specific group of Columbia University alumni gathered in Morningside Heights to recall their campus days.
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Tom Hayden spoke at a reunion on Thursday.
The beatings. The arrests. The building takeovers. The heady communal life in the occupied college buildings. And, most vividly, “the bust,” the early morning of April 30, 1968, when the police stormed the campus, pounding them bloody with nightsticks and dragging some to police vans by their hair.
Sipping white wine and hugging old friends at the opening reception Thursday evening, it looked like any Ivy League reunion — the men’s hair gone gray or white or just gone — but Robert Friedman, then the editor of The Spectator, the student daily newspaper, and an organizer of the event, grew increasingly frustrated as he tried to get them to take their seats for a panel discussion.
“Boy, this is an unruly crowd,” he said.
“Wooooooo,” came the cry from the wrinkled radicals, breaking into applause, proud they were as rambunctious as they had been 40 years ago.
In 1968, students at Columbia and Barnard seized five campus buildings, resulting in 712 arrests during the big police raid and scores more in subsequent demonstrations. They mobilized a strike that shut down the university. They ultimately won their goals of stopping the building of a gym on public land in Morningside Park, severing ties with a Pentagon institute doing research for the Vietnam War, and gaining amnesty for demonstrators and, not incidentally, the early resignations of their enemies, Columbia’s president, Grayson L. Kirk; and its provost, David B. Truman.
It was an intensely emotional time, and those emotions were recalled during a series of earnest and well-attended panel discussions on the legacy of the student movement, feminism, race, political action and, inevitably, “From Vietnam to Iraq.” Indeed, “wooooooo” was without a doubt the most frequently used word as people cheered a political point or an often hilarious recollection.
But the most stunning moments came Friday night during an elaborately planned reconstruction of the events of April 1968 as black students — who had ordered the white radical members of Students for a Democratic Society out of the building they had occupied, Hamilton Hall — poured out bitter recollections of their experiences at Columbia.
“The worst racism I’ve seen is here at Morningside Heights,” said Al Dempsey, who grew up in a still segregated South and who is now a judge in Georgia.
Listening to the criticisms, some white radicals realized that they had not only been holding separate demonstrations, but living separate lives back then — and in large part now.
At a literary reading on Saturday night by ’68-era Columbia alumni who became writers — there are many — Paul Spike was so affected that he abandoned any reading of his work to speak emotionally.
“Last night was an astonishing experience to learn the black experience at Columbia,” he said. “At best I was indifferent, at worst complicit. On a personal level I think I was a good German.”
As the conference ended on Sunday morning, Tom Hurwitz, now a film maker, then an S.D.S. member occupying the math building, said there had been a reconciliation.
“After we left Hamilton Hall, we went our separate ways,” he said. “After 40 years, we’ve forgiven one another, we’ve reached out to one another.”
Of the roughly 1,100 students who took part in the occupation of the five campus buildings, about 500 attended the reunion, said Nancy Biberman, one of the organizers. At the time, the campus was divided, with a conservative group, calling itself the Majority Coalition and composed partly of athletes, opposing the strike and building takeovers. They were not represented.
This time around, the aging strikers were even welcomed back by the current Columbia president, Lee C. Bollinger, who participated on a panel on official responses to political activism.
“I thought about making my office available to you all night,” he said jokingly.
“Do you have cigars,” came a shout from the back, a reference to the famed smoking of President Kirk’s White Owls by students occupying his office.
“Welcome back,” Mr. Bollinger went on. “I’m really proud to have you here.”
Nevertheless, there was muttering among some participants over his presence because of Columbia’s plans to greatly expand its campus north into Manhattanville. The university’s poor relations with its largely black neighbors have long been an issue. In the case of the scrapped gym in 1968, the plan was seen as racist in part because it was to feature a backdoor entrance for Harlem residents and because many in the community opposed building on scarce parkland.
Among those who showed up, from as far away as the campuses of Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley, were a large number of professors and other educators, as well as poets, writers, musicians, lawyers and a couple of judges, who all had tried to stick to the early idealism of the 1968 strike.
“It defined you,” Susan Kahn, a writer and researcher, said of the strike. “You became a person who tried to be true to it for 40 years, who in one way or another tried to make the world better.”
But less than a year later, S.D.S. would fragment, with some of the Columbia activists moving into the much more radical Weatherman organization. This, too, was evident Sunday morning at a more somber ceremony to honor those who had died in the intervening years. The dead were not only former students, but those who had touched their lives, like the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Mayor John V. Lindsay, Margaret Mead, Abbie Hoffman, the folk singer Phil Ochs and even Dr. Truman, the provost.
Among the names read out to the striking of a Buddhist gong was Ted Gold, killed in March 1970 in the explosion of a Weatherman bomb he was making in the basement of a Greenwich Village town house; and John Jacobs, known as J. J., a founder of the Weathermen, who died of cancer while living under an assumed name in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Edward J. Hyman, a professor of psychology at Berkeley, recalled how Mr. Gold had recruited him to join S.D.S.
“For many decades, I’ve avoided Columbia because of the death of Ted Gold,” he told the crowd. “It’s been wonderful to spend time with you, and I love you all.”
Brian Flanagan, another member of S.D.S., said: “J. J. embodied the spirit of resistance of those times. May J. J.’s spirit live on in ours.” He added that his ashes had been spread on Che Guevera’s memorial in Cuba.
But most of the weekend was spent remembering the heady days of the strike, the nearly constant gathering at the Sundial on College Walk for rallies and demonstrations, throwing food over the heads of counterdemonstrators to the second-story windows of Low Library, the endless debates and splitting into factions. Each person identified himself by the “commune” he or she had occupied: Low, Fayerweather, Avery or Math.
“It’s kind of an impressionistic mush,” said Ms. Biberman, who now runs a low-income housing agency in the Bronx. “I don’t remember a whole lot about class.”
Much of the reminiscing took place at the Friday-night gathering, which sought to reconstruct the events through a narrative of the many participants. There was a 22-page script consisting mostly of just names, but the stories ran on so long that they had to cut about a third and proceed directly to the arrests. Nevertheless, after nearly four hours, many lingered in the hallway, talking excitedly.
It was at this meeting that the bitterness of the tiny black minority surfaced. Former star football players were kept on the bench because the coach had a “stacking system” that put all the black players in the same position. Blacks constantly had their ID’s checked while whites did not. The men formed their own fraternity, Omega Psi Phi, for solidarity. At Barnard, black women roomed together and were advised they should not take certain difficult courses.
Judge Dempsey said the only thing that had kept him from leaving Columbia was the draft: “Thirty days later you’re at Fort Benning and on the way to Nam.”
Indeed, Thulani Davis, a black poet and writer on the reunion’s organizing committee, said she had to make a major effort over the eight months of planning to persuade the blacks to come.
“They were angry, they were reluctant,” she said. “They didn’t want to come back to the university.”
After tearing down the construction fence for the gym on April 23, 1968, both the black and the white demonstrators occupied Hamilton Hall. But near dawn the whites were told to leave and take their own building. The reason, said Ray Brown, one of the black leaders and now a lawyer, was that the more tightly disciplined blacks did not want to deal with “the 72 other tendencies of the New Left.”
Laura Pinsky said: “Taking another building seemed perfectly all right with me. Even though we were kids, there was a sense of dignity and purpose as we walked across that campus.”
[The following video was made to respond to questions from Lindsay Rhebb a student at GS at Columbia, for a video story for Columbia TV.]
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Footage of student demonstrations at Columbia University in April 1968 from the Columbia Spectator. in April 2008 some alumni of Columbia held a reunion on campus called "Columbia 1968 and the world." See http://www.columbia1968.info/
I was the chairman of an elected committee of students from 21 schools of Columbia University that met with the University Trustees in the aftermath of the protests. I found out about the reunion by chance on the second day of the event. It sounded to me like a media event. Tom Hayden from California was one speaker. I'm not certain of his connection to Columbia.
This is a special response to questions from Lindsay Rhebb at Columbia Television.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
This is the January 14, 2008 episode of Enough Room broadcast on Cambridge Community Television. Subjects discussed include Cambridge Peace Commission, Racism, Discrimination, Osama bin Laden, Disability Rights. Appearing on tape are Howard Zinn, Mo Barbosa, Cathy Hoffman, Rev. Robert Tobin and Joan Harris.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
This is the January 7, 2003 episode of Enough Room on Cable TV Access in Cambridge MA. Subjects discussed include: a market roof collapse, FBI Boston, Disability Rights, Psychiatry, DNA evidence. Cameron Diaz and Salma Hayek are shown as examples of the Truth. Cambridge Mayor Michael Sullivan shown here cutting off public comment is no longer a City Councilor. He is now the Clerk of the Middlesex Courts. Middlesex County was dissolved due to thorough corruption. Michael Sullivan replaced his uncle Edward who was the court clerk for 10,000 years. The Courthouse is named for him. Michael's father, his grandfather and his uncle were all city councilors before him. The Sullivan Family have a tad influence in the politics of the area. The City Council Chambers is named for Michael's Father.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Tufts University Music Professor David Locke's Kiniwe African Drum and Dance ensemble. Professor Locke joins his students in this round.
Festival of African Performance Ensembles, Tufts University, April 5, 2008.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Cambridge Police closed parts of Kirkland Street and Oxford Street in Cambridge after a HAZMAT spill at Harvard's Science Center on Thursday April 10, 2008. A Cambridge police officer reported that the emergency began at about 7:00 AM. The Cambridge Chronicle, reports that the streets were re-opened at about noon.
Science Center employees told me that it was a "gas leak," and that Harvard evacuated the entire building. The Harvard Crimson reported that all morning classes at the science center were canceled.
The HAZMAT cleanup crew refused to reveal what chemical they cleaned up. They told me "You have to ask Harvard."
One HUPD Officer told me that it was an oil leak from equipment in the basement. When I asked him if he would say that on camera, he refused.
The cleanup continued at about 2:45 PM. WHDH-TV report is at
The Boston Herald Report is at
Minor injuries were reported.
Matteo and Ilaria from Milan, Italy visit Harvard April 10, 2008, the day of the Hazmat spill at the Science Center. They were unaware that Harvard has a $34 billion endowment, and earns between $17 and $20 million per day in interest. Matteo is concerned that the Vatican owns so much land in Italy.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Polk County Florida Sheriff discusses the beating. He tells of how depraved these young people are regarding their lack of compassion and lack of respect for civil life.