The United States is prepping for war on Syria abroad, meanwhile the war on racism rages on domestically. While the final outcome of both battles is uncertain, one thing we can predict is that more innocent people will be hurt and killed in the process. On this episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri discuss government rhetoric on Syria as the war drum beats, and issues of race in American–including an update on the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case.

Topics discussed include Dallas Police’s new “knock and talk” tactic, Secretary of State John Kerry prepping the world for U.S. action against Syria, Iran warning the U.S. about an attack on Syria, how the George Zimmerman case continues to affect race relations in this country, O’Mara’s response to Zimmerman’s PR stunt at the gun factory, the NAACP petition requesting the DOJ pursue charges against Zimmerman for violating Trayvon’s civil rights, white celebrities and world leaders whose families owned slaves, and more!

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  • Discussion about the Dallas Police’s new “knock and talk” tactic–they just walk up to your house and ask to come in and look around.

    Some police officers are using a more polite tactic to catch small-time drug dealers and other low-level suspected criminals.

    Members of a “knock-and-talk” task force, established in May based on an idea by police Chief David Brown, are using tips from neighbors, approaching possible drug-dealing homes and asking to be allowed inside, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday.

    Dallas police more than two years ago reduced the number of undercover detectives investigating low-level drug crimes. Police shifted their focus to larger-scale traffickers.

    Officers with the 46-member knock-and-talk task force have made 509 arrests and seized 131 firearms and 404 pounds, said Deputy Police Chief Christina Smith, who oversees the narcotics division. The task force also has made 399 possible drug house contacts.

    “It’s another way to lower crime and to make good arrests that will end up putting and keeping the criminals in jail,” Smith said.
    Source: NBC DFW

  • Discussion about the effect of crime stats on people deciding not to live somewhere.
  • What would prohibit people from making false claims against one another. The police want to keep the community snitching and involving them in the day-to-day activities of their lives.
  • Discussion about police patrolling, looking for people to harass.
  • Discussion about the Dallas Police recording circumventing a search warrant by asking permission to search your home. They also record this during the process.
  • Obama And Kerry Dropping Humane Bombs

  • Discussion about Secretary of State John Kerry prepping the world for U.S. action against Syria. This is a full transcript of his statement.

    “Well, for the last several days President Obama and his entire national security team have been reviewing the situation in Syria, and today I want to provide an update on our efforts as we consider our response to the use of chemical weapons.

    What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality. Let me be clear: The indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, the killing of women and children and innocent bystanders, by chemical weapons is a moral obscenity. By any standard it is inexcusable, and despite the excuses and equivocations that some have manufactured, it is undeniable.

    The meaning of this attack goes beyond the conflict in Syria itself, and that conflict has already brought so much terrible suffering. This is about the large-scale, indiscriminate use of weapons that the civilized world long ago decided must never be used at all – a conviction shared even by countries that agree on little else. There is a clear reason that the world has banned entirely the use of chemical weapons. There is a reason the international community has set a clear standard and why many countries have taken major steps to eradicate these weapons. There is a reason why President Obama has made it such a priority to stop the proliferation of these weapons and lock them down where they do exist. There is a reason why President Obama has made clear to the Assad regime that this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. And there is a reason why no matter what you believe about Syria, all peoples and all nations who believe in the cause of our common humanity must stand up to assure that there is accountability for the use of chemical weapons so that it never happens again.

    Last night after speaking with foreign ministers from around the world about the gravity of this situation, I went back and I watched the videos, the videos that anybody can watch in the social media, and I watched them one more gut-wrenching time. It is really hard to express in words the human suffering that they lay out before us. As a father, I can’t get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him; the images of entire families dead in their beds without a drop of blood or even a visible wound; bodies contorting in spasms; human suffering that we can never ignore or forget. Anyone who can claim that an attack of this staggering scale could be contrived or fabricated needs to check their conscience and their own moral compass.

    What is before us today is real, and it is compelling. So I also want to underscore that while investigators are gathering additional evidence on the ground, our understanding of what has already happened in Syria is grounded in facts informed by conscience and guided by common sense. The reported number of victims, the reported symptoms of those who were killed or injured, the firsthand accounts from humanitarian organizations on the ground like Doctors Without Borders and the Syria Human Rights Commission – these all strongly indicate that everything these images are already screaming at us is real, that chemical weapons were used in Syria.

    Moreover, we know that the Syrian regime maintains custody of these chemical weapons. We know that the Syrian regime has the capacity to do this with rockets. We know that the regime has been determined to clear the opposition from those very places where the attacks took place. And with our own eyes, we have all of us become witnesses.

    We have additional information about this attack, and that information is being compiled and reviewed together with our partners, and we will provide that information in the days ahead.

    Our sense of basic humanity is offended not only by this cowardly crime but also by the cynical attempt to cover it up. At every turn, the Syrian regime has failed to cooperate with the UN investigation, using it only to stall and to stymie the important effort to bring to light what happened in Damascus in the dead of night. And as Ban Ki-moon said last week, the UN investigation will not determine who used these chemical weapons, only whether such weapons were used – a judgment that is already clear to the world.

    I spoke on Thursday with Syrian Foreign Minister Muallim and I made it very clear to him that if the regime, as he argued, had nothing to hide, then their response should be immediate – immediate transparency, immediate access – not shelling. Their response needed to be unrestricted and immediate access. Failure to permit that, I told him, would tell its own story.

    Instead, for five days, the Syrian regime refused to allow the UN investigators access to the site of the attack that would allegedly exonerate them. Instead, it attacked the area further, shelling it and systematically destroying evidence. That is not the behavior of a government that has nothing to hide. That is not the action of a regime eager to prove to the world that it had not used chemical weapons. In fact, the regime’s belated decision to allow access is too late, and it’s too late to be credible. Today’s reports of an attack on the UN investigators, together with the continued shelling of these very neighborhoods, only further weakens the regime’s credibility.

    At President Obama’s direction, I’ve spent many hours over the last few days on the phone with foreign ministers and other leaders. The Administration is actively consulting with members of Congress and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead. President Obama has also been in close touch with the leaders of our key allies, and the President will be making an informed decision about how to respond to this indiscriminate use of chemical weapons. But make no mistake: President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people. Nothing today is more serious and nothing is receiving more serious scrutiny.

    Thank you.”
    Source: The Guardian

  • Is the U.S. in any position to talk about moral correctness when they fly drones and kill innocent people all the time?
  • Discussion about Iran warning the U.S. about an attack on Syria.

    Iran warned on Tuesday against foreign military intervention in Syria, saying the resulting conflict would engulf the region.
    The United States said on Monday it believed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was responsible for a chemical weapons attack against civilians last week, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said President Barack Obama was consulting with allies before deciding how to respond.

    U.S. warships armed with cruise missiles are already positioned in the Mediterranean.

    Iran, which is supporting Assad against rebels seeking to overthrow him, has said rebels were behind the suspected attack and said on Tuesday the West was using it as a pretext to intervene in Syria.

    “We want to strongly warn against any military attack in Syria. There will definitely be perilous consequences for the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Araqchi told a news conference. “These complications and consequences will not be restricted to Syria. It will engulf the whole region.”
    Source: Reuters

  • How the U.S. will determine whom it will help is purely economic.
  • Discussion about how the George Zimmerman case continues to affect race relations in this country.
  • George #Zimmerman wants you to believe that he just wants to quietly go on with the rest of his life, but we know better.

    Just last week, he was photographed taking publicity shots while shopping for a Kel-Tec shotgun. Seems like he’s trying to become a folk hero for his racist followers.

  • Looks like O’Mara is just about done using Zimmerman to propel himself to legal stardom. Here’s what O’Mara’s rep said with regard to Zimmerman’s recent photo op at the gun factory:

    “We certainly would not have advised him to go to the factory that made the gun that he used to shoot Trayvon Martin through the heart,” a spokesperson for Zimmerman’s attorney, Mark O’Mara, was quoted as saying. “We got the verdict that we believe is just, and the rest of George’s life is up to George.”

  • Discussion about the NAACP petition requesting the DOJ pursue charges against Zimmerman for violating Trayvon’s civil rights. What will the petition do?

  • Do the leaders of these groups understand the Civil Rights Movement? In the past the court was used to seek redress. Now they are just collecting names on petitions thinking they are doing something. Also, why are they not going after some of these government agencies that contributed to this outcome–like the State of Florida and Sanford Police?
  • The fact that we have a Black president is playing into this approach.
  • Discussion about the groups like NAACP simply using this case to fight for membership and relevance today.
  • What will achieve the most? Getting the killer convicted or indicting the government agencies that allowed this to happen?
  • Discussion about how Axiom Amnesia listeners and viewers tend to talk most about the Zimmerman case, as opposed to other world events.
  • Discussion about an article on white celebrities and world leaders whose families owned slaves. Obama’s family is listed, among others.

    President Obama

    According to research by the Baltimore Sun, one of Obama’s ancestors, George Washington Overall, owned two slaves who were recorded in the 1850 census in Nelson County, Ky. The same records indicate that another Obama’s ancestors, Mary Duvall, also owned two slaves.

    Note: We decided to add President Obama to this list despite the fact that he is not white. We made this decision based on the fact that the president’s mother’s ancestors owned slaves. Additionally, most African-American’s with white ancestors who owned slaves occurred as a result of unnatural relations between the slave and the slave master.
    Source: Atlanta Black Star

  • Interestingly, this man who is not the descendants of slaves is the person to whom the Black descendants of slaves seek redress for the consequences of slavery.

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