Police state : French ‘riots’ : What’s the outcome?


Richard Moore

The official response to the 'riots' has shown a special
French flavor, as we read in the BBC article below. On the
one hand, we see job programs being set up, as a
sympathetic response to the plight of the demonstrators.
On the other hand, we see the implementation of
police-state procedures. Is one of these responses more
significant than the other? Which one?


I've noticed over many years a certain pattern, going back
at least to the Oklahoma City bombing. In each case, you
have a very suspicious incident, with glaring questions
that are never addressed in the media, followed very
quickly by the passage of 'anti-terrorist' = 'police
state' legislation. The archetype case being of course
9/11, although others might nominate Pearl Harbor or the
Reichstag Fire for that title. In this general category I
also include the Omagh bombing in Northern Ireland, and
the Madrid & London train bombings.

Every one of these incidents has either been shown to be a
false-flag incident, or else it has exhibited serious
anomalies. In the case of the Omagh bombing, for example,
MI5 admits it had prior knowledge, and the 'Real IRA'
group that carried out the bombing had been infiltrated by
an FBI agent. These are typical of the gross anomalies
present in all the cases. As damning as the anomalies
themselves have been, the failure of officials and the
media to respond adequately - or at all - to those
anomalies has been equally suspicious. If there were a
real terrorist attack, there would be no reason not to
openly pursue all leads.

In addition, each of the incidents has shared certain
other characteristics. Each incident has always
dramatically exceeded any prior incident in its context,
shocking and surprising in a profound way. Never has there
been a group that claimed credit, or that had anything to
gain by the incident. Always officials were quick to lay
blame on specific 'perps', and were able to articulate
exactly what was going on in their minds: "They are
jealous of our freedoms; they want to destroy our way of
life" - that kind of thing. How could officials possibly
know such stuff, particularly so quickly, and particularly
if they were caught off guard by the incident?

None of this would make an interesting Sherlock Holmes
adventure, because there are too many clues and they are
too obvious. We have a modus operandi, a crime signature,
that hardly ever varies. We have obvious motives, obvious
opportunity, and considerable material evidence. The
difficulty in the case arises not from the evidence, but
rather from the lack of a relevant prosecuting agency.

The crime formula is a very effective one. The objective
is to pass legislation that in ordinary circumstances
would be beyond the pale, contrary to the sensibilities of
liberals and conservatives alike. The emotional climate
following an 'outrage incident' precludes opposition to
proposed 'solutions', particularly among politicians,
apart from the rare and courageous. Debate never occurs.
The Patriot Act was not even read by Congress before it
was passed. The objective is accomplished.


Are the French events a special French version of this
formula?... a kind of 'terrorist lite' incident, leading
to a foot-in-the-door for police-state legislation? That's
one possibility. Others have suggested the objective is to
cause a 'regime change' in France, discrediting Chirac,
and propelling a more U.S. / NWO friendly politician into
power - a French-style 'colored revolution'. Nicolas
Sarkozy, from what I've heard of him, and said by him,
would amount to a neocon agent in charge of France, should
he get in.

cursed by interesting times,


New powers to tackle French riots 

    A bus is set alight in the southern city of Toulouse 
    The French Government has authorised a range of emergency
    powers in an effort to combat 12 nights of rioting.
    The move, announced by interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy,
    allows local authorities to impose curfews and lets police
    perform raids without warrants.
    The city of Amiens is the first to declare an overnight
    curfew, affecting unaccompanied under 16-year-olds.
    Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has outlined to MPs
    an accompanying  programme to improve social conditions.

The nightly protests have gripped deprived areas with
large African and Arab communities where unemployment is
rife and residents complain of racism and discrimination.

    The republic is at a moment of truth 
    - Dominique de Villepin 
    French prime minister 

Measures announced by the prime minister include a jobs
programme and funding for teaching in deprived areas.

An agency will be set up with the aim of combating racial

"Our collective responsibility is to make difficult areas
the same sort of territory as others in the republic," Mr
de Villepin said.

But he said the restoration of law and order to the
country's largely immigrant suburbs would take time and
hard work.


"The republic is at a moment of truth," he said. "What is
being questioned is the effectiveness of our integration

Unrest continued on Monday night, although Paris saw a
lull for the first time.

But across the country 1,173 cars were burnt and 330
arrests made. Twelve police officers were also injured.

Law for Algeria

Amiens, in the northern Somme region, has become the first
city to declare a curfew under the new powers, which were
approved in a special Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.

    Cabinet can declare state of emergency in all or part of
    the country
    Regional leaders given exceptional powers to apply curfew
    and restrict movements
    Breach of curfew could mean a fine or two-month jail
    Police can carry out raids on suspected weapons stockpiles
    Interior minister can issue house-arrest warrants for
    persons considered dangerous to public safety
    Public meeting places can be closed down
    House searches possible day or night
    Authorities can control press or broadcast media, film and
    theatre performances
    State of emergency can only be extended beyond 12 days if
    approved by parliament

Minors will be subject to the law between 2200 and 0600
(2100 and 0500 GMT) unless accompanied by an adult, and
are also banned from buying petrol.

Two Paris suburbs, Savigny-sur-Orge and Raincy, as well as
the historic city of Orleans, have already declared
separate curfews not covered by the law.

The emergency powers were invoked under a 1955 law and it
is the first time it has been implemented in mainland

The law was originally passed to combat violence in
Algeria in its war of independence against France from

It was also used in New Caledonia in 1985.

Monday saw rioting in the southern city of Toulouse, where
a bus was torched, and Lille in the north, where a creche
was burned down and vehicles set alight.

Two schools were also torched in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais
and Picardie regions, north of Paris.

Return to calm

In Paris, where on Sunday the violence escalated to the
point where two police officers were shot and wounded,
there was a night of relative calm.

    One man killed 
    5,873 cars torched 
    1,500 people arrested 
    17 people sentenced 
    120 police and firefighters injured 
    Figures as of 8 November 

Some 17 cars were reported to have been burned overnight,
but the BBC's Johnny Dymond said areas that had been at
the centre of previous violence were virtually deserted.

The unrest was first sparked by the deaths in the run-down
Paris suburb of Clichy-sous-Bois of two youths, who were
accidentally electrocuted at an electricity sub-station.

Locals said they were being chased by the police, but the
police deny this.

Story from BBC NEWS: 

Published: 2005/11/08 18:33:41 GMT 



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