Making America Secure
According to a Guardian report:
A second Iraq war veteran has suffered serious injuries after clashes between police and Occupy movement protesters in Oakland.
Kayvan Sabehgi, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is in intensive care with a lacerated spleen. He says he was beaten by police close to the Occupy Oakland camp, but despite suffering agonising pain, did not reach hospital until 18 hours later.
Sabehgi, 32, is the second Iraq war veteran to be hospitalised following involvement in Oakland protests. Another protester, Scott Olsen, suffered a fractured skull on 25 October.
Odd as it may seem, “Oakland police were not immediately available for comment.” Where were they? Did the Department shut its doors for the day? Was it a local holiday? A birthday of someone important? Were they then aware that they had violated the human rights of a veteran and a former Ranger? Were they hiding in shame?
The story does not end here, however. As PhoenixWoman reports:
Not a single major American media source with a nationwide focus and a large viewership or listenership could be bothered to stop their preoccupation with broken windows [in post-general strike Oakland] to care about a man’s broken body — much less to notice that he was the second Iraq war vet to be injured nearly to death by the Oakland cops, and but one of dozens of innocents who got shot with rubber bullets, beaten, gassed, and flash-banged, often apparently as they were trying to stop the black-bloc types.
Hey, US mainstream media! If you wonder why we don’t trust you, now you know. [emphasis in the original]
In fact, the Guardian broke the story!