A long hiatus

My first summer after graduation has been an interesting one to say the least. Nagging me for most of it was that I wished I had asked my adviser for more time between finishing school and starting work. Finishing Stanford on its own was exhausting, but I’ve been through intense schooling pretty much nonstop since the summer after fifth grade when I began a program to prepare me for the transition to private school in Manhattan. When my adviser gave me permission to take a week off after I’d asked halfway through the summer, I learned a valuable lesson about speaking up and making my wants and needs clear.

I’m returning from a two-week social media hiatus, which included a week of travel for myself and some time with family. My intention is to revitalize my blog and to use it as the primary way for people to keep up with what I’m thinking about and doing. We’ll see how that pans out in practice… For now, welcome to the updated kristianbailey.com and feel free to look around for my older content.

EBONY: "The Ferguson/Palestine Connection"

As The Unrest Continues, The St. Louis Police Collaboration With Israel Underscores Connected Struggles

EBONY: The Ferguson-Palestine Connection

The St. Louis County Police Department that killed Michael Brown and initially placed Ferguson on siege has trained with the Israeli military. Former County Police Chief Timothy Fitch was one of 15 American officials to participate in a weeklong training in Israel three years ago.

The April 2011 National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) was sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). It brought together leaders from the largest American police departments, the FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) with members of the Israeli National Police, Israel Defense Forces and other intelligence organizations.

“NCTS enables Israel’s counterterrorism experts to share their knowledge and lessons learned, to help American law enforcement better protect America, and prevent us from having to learn the same lessons the hard way,” an ADL press release said.

A spokesperson for the police department was unable to provide information about the trip’s influence on subsequent operations in the county. The ADL was unavailable for immediate comment.

Over 9,000 American officials have trained with Israeli police and military units on responding to civilian protests and terrorism. These operations reflect failure to distinguish between the apparent duty of police to protect civilians and military responses to war. This fusion has had life-costing implications for Americans, specifically black, Muslim and Arab people.

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