Thursday, December 9, 2010

Building a Communitarian Planned Police State

Community (communitarian) Oriented Policing plays a key role in building a new world. Community police are in almost every nation now, and they are directly involved in ALL Local Agenda 21 neighborhood planning efforts. The COPS suggest new laws that help them gather necessary data. The COPS have the database of every resident's personal information on laptops in their cars. Here's a nice video produced by the Sacramento Police Department that describes how the COPS program was first tested in government housing projects that were left to rot for years. When they introduced their communitarian solution to the police neglect, there were many residents who welcomed it. What the video doesn't tell you is how they expanded the COPS program into the private sector in 1999.

In June 2000 I went to a meeting at Town Hall in Seattle, Washington where Jody Kretzmann spoke to a group of community "leaders" about a "new approach" to Rebuilding Communities. I've posted this before and some of my readers are already familiar with it. But since I have so many new readers who are as yet unaware of the process underway, I thought I'd go ahead and post it again. With all the interest in UN Local Agenda 21 now, it might help to know exactly HOW it's being implemented at the grassroots level, globally.

"My time at Public Allies also gave me the opportunity to work with John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, who developed the Asset-Based Community Development approach to neighborhood development, and that really influenced how we worked with communities. Some of you may be familiar with this approach, but the approach acknowledges that all of us, every single one of us breathing in this community, in this planet, those of us serving and those of us who are being served, that we're all both half-full and half-empty. We all have skills and talents that make us good friends, family members, workers, and leaders, and we also have needs and shortcomings that come along with those strengths. We can't do well serving these communities, I learned with Public Allies, if we believe that we, the givers, are the only ones that are half-full, and that everybody we're serving is half-empty. That has been the theme of my work in community for my entire life -- that there are assets and gifts out there in communities, and that our job as good servants and as good leaders is not only just being humble, but it's having the ability to recognize those gifts in others, and help them put those gifts into action. Communities are filled with assets that we need to better recognize and mobilize if we're really going to make a difference, and Public Allies helped me see that." Michelle Obama, June 16, 2009

ABCD is the program Barack and Michelle Obama were trained in, and John McNight is the guy who signed Obama's Harvard Law School application. Jim Diers was Director of the Department of Neighborhoods when the Roosevelt Neighborhood Plan designated our homes as a pilot test for the COPS' COMPASS database. One primary goal of our pilot test was to find "innovative" ways around the 4th Amendment, identified by SPD Police Chief Norm Stamper as an "identified barrier to the program." Diers wrote a book in 2004 about his experiences there called Neighbor Power. It "describes Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods and its bold experiments in bottom-up neighborhood planning and development."
"Jim Diers has a passion for building neighbor power. Since moving to Seattle in 1976, he put that passion to work for an Alinsky-style community organization, a health care cooperative, and a community development corporation. Diers was appointed the first director of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods in 1988. He served under three mayors over the next 14 years as the department grew to become a national model for planning and development powered by neighbors. "
So what kinds of gifts does Michelle Obama expect us to share? When we are all "mapped and mobilized," these are the things good citizens must perform for the common good:

The Capacity Inventory

This copyright material may be reprinted with the following attribution: "Reprinted with permission of John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, pp. 19-25, from
Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets, Evanston, IL: Institute for Policy Research (1993)."

Hello. I'm with (local organization's name). We're talking to local people about their skills. With this information, we hope to help people contribute to improving the neighborhood, find jobs or start businesses. May I ask you some questions about your skills and abilities?

Part I -- Skills Information
Now I'm going to read to you a list of skills. It's an extensive list, so I hope you'll bear with me. I'll read the skills and you just say "yes" whenever we get to one you have. We are interested in all your skills and abilities. They may have been learned through experience in the home or with your family. They may be skills you've learned at church or in the community. They may also be skills you have learned on the job.

Caring for the Elderly ________
Caring for the Mentally Ill ________
Caring for the Sick ________
Caring for the Physically Disabled or Developmentally Disabled ________
Now, I would like to know about the kind of care you provided.
Bathing ________
Feeding ________
Preparing Special Diets ________
Exercising and Escorting ________
Grooming ________
Dressing ________
Making the Person Feel at Ease ________
Typing (words per minute) ________
Operating Adding Machine/Calculator ________
Filing Alphabetically/Numerically ________
Taking Phone Messages ________
Writing Business Letters (not typing) ________
Receiving Phone Orders ________
Operating Switchboard ________
Keeping Track of Supplies ________
Shorthand or Speedwriting ________
Bookkeeping ________
Entering Information into Computer ________
Word Processing ________
Construction and Repair
Painting ________
Porch Construction or Repair ________
Tearing Down Buildings ________
Knocking Out Walls ________
Wall Papering ________
Furniture Repairs ________
Repairing Locks ________
Building Garages ________
Bathroom Modernization ________
Building Room Additions ________
Tile Work ________
Installing Drywall & Taping ________
Plumbing Repairs ________
Electrical Repairs ________
Bricklaying & Masonry ________
Cabinetmaking ________
Kitchen Modernization ________
Furniture Making ________
Installing Insulation ________
Plastering ________
Soldering & Welding ________
Concrete Work (sidewalks) ________
Installing Floor Coverings ________
Repairing Chimneys ________
Heating/Cooling System Installation ________
Putting on Siding ________
Tuckpointing ________
Cleaning Chimneys (chimney sweep) ________
Installing Windows ________
Building Swimming Pools ________
Carpentry Skills ________
Roofing Repair or Installation ________
Window Washing ________
Floor Waxing or Mopping ________
Washing and Cleaning Carpets/Rugs ________
Routing Clogged Drains ________
Using a Handtruck in a Business ________
Caulking ________
General Household Cleaning ________
Fixing Leaky Faucets ________
Mowing Lawns ________
Planting & Caring for Gardens ________
Pruning Trees & Shrubbery ________
Cleaning/Maintaining Swimming Pools ________
Floor Sanding or Stripping ________
Wood Stripping/Refinishing ________
Catering ________
Serving Food to Large Numbers of People (over 10) ________
Preparing Meals for Large Numbers of People (over 10) ________
Clearing/Setting Tables for Large Numbers of People (over 10) ________
Washing Dishes for Large Numbers of People (over 10) ________
Operating Commercial Food Preparation Equipment ________
Bartending ________
Meatcutting ________
Baking ________
Child Care
Caring for Babies (under 1 year) ________
Caring for Children (1 to 6) ________
Caring for Children (7 to 13) ________
Taking Children on Field Trips ________
Driving a Car ________
Driving a Van ________
Driving a Bus ________
Driving a Taxi ________
Driving a Tractor Trailer ________
Driving a Commercial Truck ________
Driving a Vehicle/Delivering Goods ________
Hauling ________
Operating Farm Equipment ________
Driving an Ambulance ________
Operating Equipment & Repairing Machinery
Repairing Radios, TVs, VCRs, Tape Recorders ________
Repairing Other Small Appliances ________
Repairing Automobiles ________
Repairing Trucks/Buses ________
Repairing Auto/Truck/Bus Bodies ________
Using a Forklift ________
Repairing Large Household Equipment (e.g., refrigerator) ________
Repairing Heating & Air Conditioning System ________
Operating a Dump Truck ________
Fixing Washers/Dryers ________
Repairing Elevators ________
Operating a Crane ________
Assembling Items ________
Writing Reports ________
Filling out Forms ________
Planning Work for Other People ________
Directing the Work of Other People ________
Making a Budget ________
Keeping Records of All Your Activities ________
Interviewing People ________
Operating a Cash Register ________
Selling Products Wholesale or for Manufacturer (If yes, which products?) ________
Selling Products Retail (If yes, which products?) ________
Selling Services (If yes, which services?) ________
How have you sold these products or services? ________
Door to Door ________
Phone ________
Mail ________
Store ________
Singing ________
Play an Instrument (Which one?) ________
Guarding Residential Property ________
Guarding Commercial Property ________
Guarding Industrial Property ________
Armed Guard ________
Crowd Control ________
Ushering at Major Events ________
Installing Alarms or Security Systems ________
Repairing Alarms or Security Systems ________
Upholstering ________
Sewing ________
Dressmaking ________
Crocheting ________
Knitting ________
Tailoring ________
Moving Furniture or Equipment to Different Locations ________
Managing Property ________
Assisting in the Classroom ________
Hair Dressing ________
Hair Cutting ________
Phone Surveys ________
Jewelry or Watch Repair ________
Are there any other skills that you have which we haven't mentioned?
Priority Skills
When you think about your skills, what three things do you think you do best? Which of all your
skills are good enough that other people would hire you to do them? Are there any skills you
would like to teach? What skills would you most like to learn?
Part II -- Community Skills
Have you ever organized or participated in any of the following community activities?
Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts ________
Church Fundraisers ________
Bingo ________
School-Parent Associations ________
Sports Teams ________
Camp Trips for Kids ________
Field Trips ________
Political Campaigns ________
Block Clubs ________
Community Groups ________
Rummage Sales ________
Yard Sales ________
Church Suppers ________
Community Gardens ________
Neighborhood Organization ________
Other Groups or Community Work? ________
Let me read the list again. Tell me in which areas you would be willing to participate in the
Part III -- Enterprising Interests and Experience
Business Interest
Have you ever considered starting a business? Yes _____No _____
If yes, what kind of business did you have in mind?
Did you plan to start it alone or with other people? Alone _____Others _____
Did you plan to operate it out of your home? Yes _____No _____
What obstacle kept you from starting the business?
Business Activity
Are you currently earning money on your own through the sale of services or products?
Yes _____No _____
If yes, what are the services or products you sell? Whom do you sell to? How do you get
customers? What would help you improve your business?

Part IV -- Personal Information
Address _____________________________
Phone _____________________________
Age _____________________________
Sex: F_____ M_______


Kevin Eggers said...

I watched the Sacramento video on Community Oriented Policing. You have to admit it's a great propaganda film. Besides you Niki, Charlotte Iserbyt has written articles on the Cops program, which is where I first learned about it. Reading about the Cops program in your book is what really opened my eyes.

In Napa, our Sheriff and Police Department have joined together in implementing the Cops program. I talked to our ex police chief for 45 minutes at a Carls Jr. when he was running for Supervisor. He was the one that brought the Cops program to Napa. He claimed there were no strings attached taking the Federal money to implement the program. He then told me about all the community meetings they had to implement the plan. I don’t know how much he really understands.

I was amazed reading the Federal Government Cops pamphlet (the Sheriff's Department was giving them to everyone) how the same partnerships they call for in UN Agenda 21, they call for with the Cops program.

You are right on with your research Niki.

Niki Raapana said...

It really is great propaganda, even I found myself thinking it might not be all bad and then they'd say something to remind me of what they weren't saying about the program. My friend who's 15 found it for me last night, came to my room saying, "you've got to see this! it's what you said in that video I saw of you." Funny how many teenagers can so easily grasp the implications when most adults cannot. I'm expanding the chapter on cops now too, and the chapter on abcd HAS to have the Michelle quote; she validated me. :) P.S. I asked Nord to just send you the old books and we can work something out later.

Kevin Eggers said...


This is one of my favorite quotes is from Paine's "Rights of Man":
"…Ignorance is of a peculiar nature: once dispelled, it is impossible to reestablish it. It is not originally a thing of itself, but is only the absence of knowledge; and though man may be kept ignorant, he cannot be made ignorant. The mind, in discovering truth, acts in the same manner as it acts through the eyes of discovering objects; when once any object has been seen, it is impossible to put the mind back in the same condition it was before it saw it...”
Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Kevin & Robbi

Bobby Garner said...

Perhaps Paine misunderstood the meaning of the word ignorance. Or, maybe he hoped to persuade a targeted audience to believe him.

According to Merriam Webster, DECEIVE means to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid, ... DECEIVE implies imposing a false idea or belief that causes ignorance, bewilderment, or helplessness.

Webster's 1913 dictionary says; "Ignorance may indicate a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge". How does one willfully neglect a thing which he is not aware of or somewhat knowledgeable of? He ignores it. Ignore means "To be ignorant of or not acquainted with." In law, ignore means to "throw out or reject as false or ungrounded". Clearly, one cannot throw out a thing of which he has no knowledge.

Ironically, it is said that Paine spent a lifetime ignoring the God he had known as a young Quaker.

Niki Raapana said...

Kevin, My favorite Paine quote I used at the beginning of an article I wrote in 2003(?) called "The Balance of Man":

"A government on the principles on which constitutional governments arising out of society are established, cannot have the right of altering itself. If it had, it would be arbitrary."

Merry Christmas to you both too! And you're very welcome.

Bobby, I was told by a scholar from England after I cited him that Webster's is "a dictionary of dubious distinction." :)

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see your posts again Niki! I was getting sad with out a usual dose of intellect and wisdom from you (not that I am incapable of seeking out information on the topics you favor, but that you help reduce the time that would be spent in the process). When I find people who exhibit truth, honestly, and intelligence, I make it a habit of seeing what they are up to, so that I may learn from them.

It's insane to see the post on the community oriented policing. Those bad neighborhoods are about a 10-15 minute trip from where I am. And as you say, some of the ideas seem good, but the problem is that there is a top-down influence on the community and the community is begging for it because of the horrible state that it has degraded to. I'm only part of the way through that video, but I haven't heard it mentioned that the CIA/mossad were the ones dumping massive amounts of coke on these communities. Create the problem, wait for the reaction, provide the populace with the predetermined solution.

I've been giving this much thought and I don't know if there's any reason why, in the process of giving out truth, individuals such as ourselves can not make our own goals occur, if we carefully determine the goals of those attempting to control us. Ie: Hijack their own process and shift the populace towards, learning (an absolute must if they are to avoid malevolent manipulation), and self-determination.

It's something to ponder as these swine literally print their own currency and pay for all of the control and misery they heap upon the common masses.

/end ramble

Anonymous said...

Bobby Garner,

Thank you for your fine research and articles.

I once had a teacher tell me that I would find more truth in reading romance novels than reading “history books” and somebody’s version of history.

What’s funny about Paine is that the right and left use him in support of their objectives. Look at the Glenn Beck’s “Common Sense.” When I visit Berkeley book stores (near where I live), I am amazed at the numerous books on Paine (and Marx). Because of his later writings in rejection of God and property rights, Paine is a hero of the “left”. Paine wrote Rights of Man in defense of the French revolution, which, unlike America’s independence, led to the rejection of God and the rein of terror—more comparable to the Bolshevik Revolution, not our own.

A couple of years ago my wife and I toured the Napa Valley with Connie Fogal, former head of the Canadian Action Party (and lawyer). We discussed words and meanings, and how words that politicians use are meant to be misleading and mean something totally different to the citizens hearing the words. The word “American” for example means North, Central, and South Americans to many of our politicians, while many United States citizens think of themselves as American citizens.

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I'm reminded of Jesus' words to the persnickety Pharisees: "You have strained out the gnat & gulped down the camel."