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Turning Americans Into Snitches for the Police State: ‘See Something, Say Something’ and Community Policing

aa-snitch If you see something suspicious, says the Department of Homeland Security, say something about it to the police, call it in to a government hotline, or report it using a convenient app on your smart phone.
(If you’re a whistleblower wanting to snitch on government wrongdoing, however, forget about it—the government doesn’t take kindly to having its dirty deeds publicized and, God forbid, being made to account for them.) For more than a decade now, the DHS has plastered its “See Something, Say Something” campaign on the walls of metro stations, on billboards, on coffee cup sleeves, at the Super Bowl, even on television monitors in the Statue of Liberty. Now colleges, universities and even football teams and sporting arenas are lining up for grants to participate in the program. This DHS slogan is nothing more than the government’s way of indoctrinating “we the people” into the mindset that we’re an extension of the government and, as such, have a patriotic duty to be suspicious of, spy on, and turn in our fellow citizens. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/john-w-whitehead/you-too-can-be-a-snitch/


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Driving American Politics Underground

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey The squabbles among the power elites, rampant militarism and the disease of imperialism, along with a mindless nationalism that characterizes all public debate, have turned officially sanctioned politics into a carnival act. Pundits and news celebrities on the airwaves engage in fevered speculation about whether the wife of a former president will run for office—and this after the mediocre son of another president spent eight years in the White House. This is not politics. It is gossip. Opinion polls, the staple of what serves as political reporting, are not politics. They are forms of social control. The use of billions of dollars to fund election campaigns and pay lobbyists to author legislation is not politics. It is legalized bribery. The insistence that austerity and economic rationality, rather than the welfare of the citizenry, be the primary concerns of the government is not politics. It is the death of civic virtue. The government’s system of wholesale surveillance and the militarization of police forces, along with the psychosis of permanent war and state-orchestrated fear of terrorism, are not politics. They are about eradicating civil liberties and justifying endless war and state violence. The chatter about death panels, abortion, gay rights, guns and undocumented children crossing the border is not politics. It is manipulation by the power elites of emotion, hate and fear to divert us from seeing our own powerlessness. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/driving_american_politics_underground_20140907


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9/11 After 13 Years

aa-9-11 - building 7 The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 myth that has been used to create the American warfare/police state. The corrupt Bush and Obama regimes used 9/11 to kill, maim, dispossess and displace millions of Muslims in seven countries, none of whom had anything whatsoever to do with 9/11. A generation of Americans has been born into distain and distrust of Muslims. A generation of Americans has been born into a police state in which privacy and constitutional protections no longer exist. A generation of Americans has been born into continuous warfare while needs of citizens go unmet. A generation of Americans has been born into a society in which truth is replaced with the endless repetition of falsehoods. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/09/10/911-13-years-paul-craig-roberts/


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The Imperial Presidency

aa-Obama - as emperor Forty years ago many Americans celebrated the demise of the imperial presidency with the resignation of Richard Nixon. Today it is clear they celebrated too soon. Nixon’s view of presidential powers, summed up in his infamous statement that, “when the president does it that means it is not illegal,” is embraced by the majority of the political class. In fact, the last two presidents have abused their power in ways that would have made Nixon blush. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-09-09/ron-paul-nixons-legacy-imperial-presidency


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Department of Homeland Security – A 240,000 Person Cancer on the American Soul

aa-Homeland Security - logo w bullets in background Regular readers will be intimately familiar with my feelings on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Long before it became obvious to millions of people, I wrote about how the DHS was never intended to prevent terrorist attacks, rather it had always been intended to suppress the American citizenry. Over the past decade, it has become a dangerous behemoth of fascism under the guise of the fraudulent “war on terror.” http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2014/09/02/department-of-homeland-security-a-240000-person-cancer-on-the-american-soul/


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Backdoor Prohibition Watch: Feds Pushing for Even Lower DUI Standards

aa-Prohibitionists Members of the National Transportation Safety Board are lobbying Virginia and other states to reduce the threshold for drunk driving to 0.05 from the current national standard of 0.08. NTSB member Mark Rosekind made the pitch again Wednesday in New England, at a conference moderated by the area’s American Automobile Association. Rosekind make a similar presentation to Hampton Roads police officers at a Virginia Beach conference earlier this year. Supporters say the tougher standard will save lives, but critics say it will turn casual and responsible drinkers into jailed criminals. “If you are impaired and behind the wheel, you should not be driving,” said attorney Mike Goodove, of the Southside chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. At a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.05, said Goodove, “You’re a danger.” But a restaurant trade group said this would result in arrests for people who enjoy a glass of wine with dinner. http://wtkr.com/2014/09/03/one-drink-limit-feds-pushing-for-lower-dui-standards/


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An Unhappy Summer for Liberty

aa-1984 - newspeak illustration good one At the root of the chaos in the Middle East and here at home are governments that respect no limits on their exercise of power. Public officials — who are supposed to be our public servants — routinely behave as if they are our masters. They reject the confines of the Constitution, they don’t believe that our rights are inalienable, and they fail to see the dangerous path down which they are leading us. It is a path to an authoritarian America, predicted by the British writer George Orwell in his dark and terrifying novel “1984,” in which governmental power was fortified by fear at home and war abroad. President Obama has dispatched 60,000 NSA spies to monitor the cellphone and landline calls, as well as the emails, texts, bank statements and utility bills, of nearly all Americans, in utter disregard for the constitutional standard required for doing so: probable cause of criminal acts by the persons spied upon. Yet his spies somehow missed the Boston marathon bombing, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and theft of Crimea, the downing of the Malaysian civilian airliner and the growth of ISIS in the Middle East. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/09/andrew-p-napolitano/orwells-1984-is-coming-true/


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Our ‘Enemies’ in Ukraine Speak

aa-Ukraine - 2-24-14 America’s ‘news’ media do not let the victims of Ukraine’s civil war — the people who are dying and being driven out from the southeastern regions of that country by the new Ukrainian Government — speak, and tell their story. Scenes will therefore be posted below from an admittedly overlong amateur video from southeastern Ukraine, in which they have been allowed to tell their story. This is being done here since U.S. ‘news’ media apparently don’t consider it something that you would want to know, and since you should be allowed to judge for yourself whether it is or not, and to judge why it’s not being reported on the ‘news’ sources that our ‘democracy’ offers to ‘inform’ America’s public about public affairs. Whatever it is, is mass-theft, combined with mass-murder, combined with a super-scandalous cover-up by all but a half-dozen ‘news’ media in the West (each of which has only a small audience), so that even almost all ‘alternative news’ sites are part of the cover-up. But this site, fortunately, isn’t. It’s one of the few that are honest. In fact, international aristocrats are raping our entire planet with impunity (such as by owning ‘news’ media and politicians), and are ‘trophy hunting’ and otherwise slaughtering not only rare species of animals, but also the human residents of southeastern Ukraine. To ‘bag’ a human or an expensive animal of any species is especially status-confirming to them. Their impunity is the mark of their ‘superiority’: Only they can commit crimes with impunity; so, the bigger the crime, the bigger the thrill it is for them. http://rinf.com/alt-news/editorials/enemies-ukraine-speak/


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10 George Orwell Quotes That Predicted Life in 2014 America

aa-Big Brother - is watching good one “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.” Examining the nightly news in the run up to almost any military intervention will find scores of talking heads crying for blood to flow in the streets of some city the name of which they just learned to pronounce. Once the bullets start flying, those that clamored for war will still be safely on set bringing you up-to-the-minute coverage of the carnage while their stock in Raytheon climbs. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-08-25/10-george-orwell-quotes-predicted-life-2014-america


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War Always Comes Home

aa-police - half cop half military good one Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying that “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. But he can actually add one more certainty to that list. “War always comes home”. While people who start wars rarely think about it or plan for it, war always comes home. After World War II and the Korean War, thousands of American soldiers came home with PTSD and other physical and mental wounds of war. Unfortunately they never received the treatment and help that they needed. After Vietnam the American soldiers came home with PTSD, while also carrying home diseases thanks to exposure to agent orange. Heroin addiction was also rampant. Today that exposure to agent orange in Vietnam is still being felt, as is the heroin addiction. After the first Gulf War, American soldiers came home with high levels of depleted uranium in their blood, and they had children who were born with debilitating birth defects. Which brings us to today. http://www.ingeniouspress.com/2014/08/21/big-picture-war-always-comes-home/


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From Ferguson to Ukraine

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey So America has its lovable war-tyrant in Barak Obama. But it does not matter whether a Democrat or Republican tyrant is at the helm as the Oval Office can be counted on to represent the interests of the mighty who buttress the political duopoly. And they will go to any length to achieve their Kingdom on Earth whether it’s pounding protestors in Ferguson, Missouri or instigating the shoot-down of a civilian aircraft over Ukraine. They will lie, cheat and steal from the poor and give to the rich. They twist the US Constitution and Bill of Rights to suit their needs. American citizens get no special preference from the political duopoly: citizens are petty and in the way, just like any other threat from outside US borders. The relentless American campaign against Russia and the separatist rebels in Ukraine, and US support for military operations in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and South Sudan, for example, is overseen by the same political duopoly that governs the US homeland. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/22/from-ferguson-to-ukraine/#.U_iW18qQLNY.email


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How Tyranny Arises

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one Gullible Americans have been trained to be fearful of crime, blacks, Muslims, terrorists, “domestic extremists,” and now Russia. These fears result in the public accepting illegal, unconstitutional, and immoral actions by police and government. With the passage of time the wrongful police and government behavior become institutionalized as the young are born into the system and know no different and the old who remember accountable government and liberty pass away. This is how liberty and freedom die, citizens become serfs, and the rise of tyranny is accomplished. The transformation of the US into a tyranny is far advanced. It is a revolution that owes its success to the gullibility, ignorance and unconcern of the majority of the American people and to a corrupt and cowardly national media that betrays liberty and fosters tyranny. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/08/22/tyranny-arises-paul-craig-roberts/


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Ferguson: A Preview of America’s Burgeoning Police State

aa-police - militarized Even America’s smallest towns can be instantly turned into occupied territories as local police agencies quickly transform themselves from peacekeepers into occupying military forces. The small town of Ferguson, Missouri, is living proof of that. http://www.infowars.com/ferguson-a-preview-of-americas-burgeoning-police-state/


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Rebel for Freedom

aa-George Hansen It has been said that there is no sweeter fate than to die as a fogotten foe of a long-dead heresy. Former Congressman George Hansen, whose soul was released from its ailing and enfeebled mortal coil on August 14, suffered the inverse of that benediction: He lived long enough to witness the complete validation of his grimly prophetic warnings about the advent of American totalitarianism – albeit of variety yet to be uniformly imposed on our society. Anybody who read Hansen’s 1979 book To Harass Our People would not be surprised by either the IRS targeting scandal, or the emergence of the fully realized Panopticon surveillance system. Anybody familiar with the abuse Hansen suffered in the U.S. prison system would understand that was has been done in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib is neither novel nor uncommon. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/william-norman-grigg/rebel-for-freedom/


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Man Easily Crosses U.S.-Mexico Border Dressed as Osama bin Laden

aa-Osama bin Laden - lookalike crossing border I’m not posting this video to drum up fear of terrorism or anything like that. Regular readers know that I think the “war on terror” is a total sham and fraud. I believe the power structure has been intentionally using fear of terrorism to eliminate the civil liberties and freedom of the American public. Washington D.C.’s apathy at the porousness of the U.S.-Mexican border serves as further proof that the entire surveillance state that has been put in place to supposedly stop terrorist attacks has an ulterior motive. As I have maintained over and over, that motive is to protect the government and its oligarch masters from the citizenry itself. It also allows intelligence agencies and others privy to the data to blackmail politicians since they know every single thing they have ever done. The purpose is to permanently consolidate power into a “soft-facist” state in which people are completely controlled and enslaved, yet aren’t even aware of it. Since most of the public would never “step out of line,” the purpose of this type of surveillance state is to ruin or control those who might. http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2014/08/12/video-of-the-day-man-easily-crosses-u-s-mexico-border-dressed-as-osama-bin-laden/


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How the U.S. Muzzles Disenting Voices

aa-truth - is the new hate speech The notion that one’s country is becoming a ruthless police state becomes clichéd, particularly with a lack of historical context. Extreme totalitarian regimes based on, for example, Marxist fundamentalism and unquestioning loyalty to the Party famously utilized internment and compulsory psychiatry to quell political dissidents and unorthodox speech. Yet in the US and elsewhere, objectively assessing the facts surrounding events such as the key political assassinations of the 1960s, the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building bombing, 9/11, or more recent mass-mediated terror events, is tantamount to political heresy and potential justification for state surveillance, interrogation, obligatory “medical” (psychiatric) treatment, and even a sort of asset confiscation in the form of reputational damage and job loss. http://henrymakow.com/2014/08/How-the-US-Muzzles-Disenting-Voices%20.html


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Spying, Lying, and Torture

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one In some respects, the recent admission by CIA Director John Brennan that his agents and his lawyers have been spying on the senators whose job it is to monitor the agency should come as no surprise. The agency’s job is to steal and keep secrets, and implicit in those tasks, Brennan would no doubt argue, is lying. Yet in another respect, this may very well be a smoking gun in the now substantial case against President Barack Obama that alleges that much of his official behavior has manifested lawlessness and incompetence. It is hard to believe that the president did not know about this but not hard to believe he would look the other way. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/08/06/spying-lying-and-torture/#.U-N12fwKDEY.email


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UN and Feds Plan to Fight Ebola With Tyranny

aa-ebola - ambulance With estimates suggesting more than 800 people have died from the ongoing Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, concerns are spreading in the United States about how federal and state authorities would react if — or when — a life-threatening virus such as Ebola begins spreading domestically. Global responses to the outbreak are also stirring fears. Considering the militarization of swine flu preparations five years ago, there is plenty of cause for alarm, experts say. Some analysts and commentators have even warned that the stage is being set for medical tyranny as illegal immigrants flood across the border and an American infected with Ebola comes to the U.S. for treatment. http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/health-care/item/18859-un-and-feds-plan-to-fight-ebola-with-tyranny


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The American Gulag of Thought-Control

aa-thought police - sarcastic poster Look at the way American mass media is covering the conflict in Ukraine and the recent downing of the Malaysia civilian airliner. It’s a scary, unthinking, uninformed drumbeat of «Russia did it, Putin did it, sanction Moscow». No-one is allowed to step outside this uniformity of thinking, or raise the questions begging to be asked, under pain of being ostracised and vilified by the virtual army of drumheads. America has its physical gulags alright in the form of Guantanamo Bay prison and countless other jails that house an inmate population of over two million. But what is also just as real is the virtual American gulag of mass media tyranny and public thought control. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39313.htm#.U9-OTgCQSWQ.email


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The Age of Obama

aa-Barack Obama - as third world dictator good one Disregard of legalities, summary execution of populations, annulment of formal obligations, and presiding by singular decree are not American traditions but those of an antiquated Europe. The most astounding aspect of the entirety of this pervasive usurpation is its swiftness. Louis XIV reigned 72 years and 110 days, the longest for any monarch of a significant nation in Continental history. Obama has been in the White House just over five years and 190 days. Although one may legitimately argue that the groundwork for present encroachment was laid by his predecessors, only now has an American officeholder been so brazen in openly assuming a dictatorial stance. Barry may be well advised to reflect: throughout history a great many tyrants have ruled, some quite recently, who one day were basking in the reflected glory of lackeys who feared to stop clapping first, yet the very next day found themselves in somewhat less monocratic circumstances. Often there is little discernible difference between moments save a date on the calendar; perhaps the most apt explanation being it is proverbially a straw which breaks the camel’s back. Americans have been under an immense strain for innumerable years and tomorrow ever arrives sooner than we think. http://takimag.com/article/the_age_of_obama_guy_somerset/print#axzz39A4BOh8B


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Our Totalitarian Future

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one The Deep State, Silent Government, Oligarchs, TPTB, or whatever term you want to employ to our Brave New World Controllers have mastered the art of propaganda, manipulation, distraction, and social engineering to such an extent the majority of Americans have come to love their techno-narcissistic, debt saturated, welfare/warfare, surveillance state. When a minority of evil minded men gain control of a nation’s currency, own and control the few remaining propaganda news outlets, run the mega-corporations selling toxic poison processed food and iGadgets to the masses on debt issued by Wall Street banks, pay-off the politicians writing legislation and tax codes, and brainwash the youth through government controlled education, your Brave New World nightmare has arrived. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/07/29/our-totalitarian-future-part-two/


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Frightening People Into Silence

aa-government - Jefferson saying good one “Chilling” is the word lawyers use to describe governmental behavior that does not directly interfere with constitutionally protected freedoms, but rather tends to deter folks from exercising them. Classic examples of “chilling” occurred in the 1970s, when FBI agents and U.S. Army soldiers, in business suits with badges displayed or in full uniform, showed up at anti-war rallies and proceeded to photograph and tape record protesters. When an umbrella group of protesters sued the government, the Supreme Court dismissed the case, ruling that the protesters lacked standing – meaning, because they could not show that they were actually harmed, they could not invoke the federal courts for redress. Yet, they were harmed, and the government knew it. Years after he died, longtime FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover was quoted boasting of the success of this program. The harm existed in the pause or second thoughts that protesters gave to their contemplated behavior because they knew the feds would be in their faces – figuratively and literally. The government’s goal, and its limited success, was to deter dissent without actually interfering with it. Even the government recognized that physical interference with and legal prosecutions of pure speech are prohibited by the First Amendment. Eventually, when this was exposed as part of a huge government plot to stifle dissent, known as COINTELPRO, the government stopped doing it. Until now. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/07/16/chilling-governmental-behavior/#.U8fTRMmg9Ek.email


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NSA’s ‘Collect It All, Know It All’ is Actually the Stasi Model”

aa-surveillance state USA Indeed, for 5,000 years straight, mass surveillance on one’s own people has always aimed at crushing dissent. Former top-level NSA officials say that this is “J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids“, and that we’ve turned into Stasi Germany or the Soviet Union. They say we’ve turned into a police state. http://www.infowars.com/nsas-collect-it-all-know-it-all-is-actually-the-stasi-model/


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Tyranny Resurrected

aa-Republicrats - vote republicrat skull and bones good one Imagine living in a country where armed soldiers crash through doors to arrest and imprison citizens merely for criticizing government officials. Imagine that in this very same country, you’re watched all the time, and if you look even a little bit suspicious, the police stop and frisk you or pull you over to search you on the off chance you’re doing something illegal. Keep in mind that if you have a firearm of any kind while in this country, it may get you arrested and, in some circumstances, shot by police. If you’re thinking this sounds like America today, you wouldn’t be far wrong. However, the scenario described above took place more than 200 years ago, when American colonists suffered under Great Britain’s version of an early police state. It was only when the colonists finally got fed up with being silenced, censored, searched, frisked, threatened, and arrested that they finally revolted against the tyrant’s fetters. No document better states their grievances than the Declaration of Independence. A document seething with outrage over a government which had betrayed its citizens, the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, by 56 men who laid everything on the line, pledged it all—“our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor”—because they believed in a radical idea: that all people are created to be free. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/07/05/tyranny-resurrected-john-whitehead/


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Independence Day? 79 Percent of Americans Are Completely Okay With the Current Level of Tyranny

aa-Fourth of July fireworks On July 4th, the United States will celebrate Independence Day once again. But who in the world are we trying to kid? Our founders intended to create a society where freedom and liberty would be maximized, but that is not what America looks like today. Instead, we live in a country that literally has millions of laws, rules and regulations. We have a government that is obsessed with spying on the entire planet and that tries to watch, monitor, track and record as much information about all of us as it possibly can. A “Big Brother” surveillance grid is being constructed all around us, and our militarized police are becoming more brutal with each passing day. Sadly, most Americans don’t seem too alarmed by any of this. In fact, a new Gallup survey has found that 79 percent of Americans are “satisfied” with the level of freedom in this nation. http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/independence-day-79-percent-of-americans-are-completely-okay-with-the-current-level-of-tyranny


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connieusa27

Based on what the occupiers get away with, especially with " foreign policy ", one has to assume that at this point the herd actually prefers being lied to.

connieusa27

Based on what the occupiers are getting away with, one must only assume that not only does most of the herd not mind it, they actually prefer being lied to.

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Independence Day, 2014

aa-targeted assassinations - Obama w drone behind him History has recorded no memo before this one that has advised a president in writing that he is free to kill an American who is not engaging in violence. The logic of the memorandum states that Americans overseas who join organizations that promote acts of terror are the equivalent of enemy soldiers in uniform in wartime. It follows, the memo argues, that because Congress has authorized the president to kill foreign terrorists when they are in foreign lands, he can kill Americans there, as well. Conveniently, the memorandum never mentions the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, which famously commands that if the government wants the life, liberty or property of any person, it can only do so via due process. Due process requires a jury trial with its attendant constitutional protections. The only recognized exceptions to this requirement are the individual and collective right to immediate self-defense. Since natural rights trump all positive law, a cop can kill a bank robber who is shooting at him, and soldiers can kill enemy soldiers who are about to shoot at them. At the root of the recognized exceptions to the requirement of due process is the active violence of the perpetrator, such that due process is impossible and such that the threat to life is clear, present and immediate. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/07/02/independence-day-2014/#.U7VRmykiIVM.email


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Brave New World Revisited

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one I was sitting in the waiting room at Jiffy Lube this morning reading my used copy of Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley that I bought in Wildwood a couple weeks ago. As other people were tapping away on their iGadgets, I was reading words that just blew me away with their simplicity of reason and prophecy of everything that has come to pass 56 years after he wrote them. His assessment of our loss of freedom and liberty as central government and corporations gained more control was 100% accurate. With every sentence I read, I realize Huxley was the most important thinker of the 20th century. I was going to post some quotes from the book and did a search to see if I could find some easily. Instead I found the entire book online. I urge everyone to read it. The man foresaw everything that was going to happen and why. http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/06/28/brave-new-world-revisited/


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Professor Francis Boyle on Impeachment of Bush and Obama

aa-Obama - as dictator In my day if an experienced professor of international and constitutional law, such as University of Illinois Professor Francis A. Boyle, called for impeachment of a president, it was a serious situation for the president. But no more. Today an American president can ride roughshod over constitutional lawyers, the U.S. Constitution and U.S. statutory law without any danger of impeachment. To avoid impeachment today, all a president has to do is to avoid having a sexual affair with a White House intern in the Oval Office, or is that the Oral Orifice. America’s last two presidents, Obama and George W. Bush, have established the precedent that impeachment is a “dead letter law.” Impeachment is unlikely ever again to be a threat to a tyrannical president. Congress and the Federal Judiciary have accepted their impotence. Both “coequal” branches of government are happy in their subservience to the Executive Power. Members of Congress and the Judiciary are still permitted to pretend that they are important, like Roman Senators under the Caesars, but both are incapable of challenging the Executive Branch where a Caesar now rules independently of law and the Constitution. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/17/professor-francis-boyle-impeachment-bush-obama/


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Rename Washington, D.C.

aa-George Washington What governs us today is multiculturalism. Every single white person who lives in this country, no matter how rich, powerful, and well-connected, can be destroyed for racial thoughtcrime. The lie of white privilege conceals the reality that no powerful white person uses his power in defense of his own people–or else he wouldn’t remain powerful for long. The result is a country united only by hypocrisy, as white Americans of all classes build their entire lives around the necessity of avoiding vast numbers of their “fellow citizens” and desperately trying to remain unnoticed by volunteer commissars eager to enforce their totalitarian creed. What does such a “nation” have to do with the vision of George Washington? He was the one irreplaceable man during the struggle for American Independence, the president who united all factions during the dangerous years of the early Republic, and the statesman who set the precedent of voluntarily relinquishing power that spared America the fates of revolutionary France and the Latin American republics. What greater dishonor can we give him than associating him with the gaggle of plutocrats, criminals, and traitors who presume to rule us? http://www.amren.com/news/2014/06/rename-washington/#.U6RHZBcUrTk.email


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The NSA Claims It is ‘Too Big to Comply’ With a Court Order

aa-NSA - logo The fact that that the NSA is now claiming it is “Too Big to Comply” to a court order is an extremely important revelation since it further proves that the super rich and super powerful are in no way shape or form subject to the same laws as the rest of us. The mega banks are “Too Big to Fail,” multi-national corporations are “Too Big to Pay Taxes” and the government is just “Too Big to be Useful.” The rule of law no longer exists in America (remember Jon Corzine), which in turn means there is no longer a functioning society. http://www.silverdoctors.com/the-nsa-claims-it-is-too-big-to-comply-with-a-court-order/


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The Obama Administration is Forcing Local Cops to Stay Silent on Surveillance

aa-Obama - power to the bankers The criminality of the Obama Administration is at this point almost beyond description: The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Yep, there’s that catch-all term again to justify anything, “security.” http://www.silverdoctors.com/the-obama-administration-is-forcing-local-cops-to-stay-silent-on-surveillance/


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Happy Birthday, George Orwell

aa-1984 Big Brother George Orwell, novelist, essayist, journalist and critic, was born 111 years ago on June 25th. His novel 1984, a disturbing reminder of the dangers of excessive state power, remains gripping and popular, as does his allegorical novella Animal Farm, a creative and devastating critique of Stalinism. Before long, however, Orwell’s fiction may cease to shock as surveillance states across the globe turn his dystopian Oceania and nightmarish Big Brother into horrible realities. Here in America, according to an April Rasmussen survey, 37% of voters fear their federal government and 57% believe the federal government threatens rather than protects individual liberty. How did we come to this? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/06/allen-mendenhall/orwells-oceania-in-1984/


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Land of the Free Watch: Fedgov Pushing Local Cops to Stay Mum on Surveillance

aa-surveillance state USA The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned. Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment. Federal involvement in local open records proceedings is unusual. It comes at a time when President Barack Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance and called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified federal surveillance programs. http://news.yahoo.com/us-pushing-local-cops-stay-174613067.html;_ylt=AwrBJR4e65lTwmEAb7zQtDMD


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Washington is Arming Against the Public

aa-Homeland Security - logo w weapons being fired Why should anyone trust a government that kills, maims, tortures, lies, spies, cheats, and treats its own citizens like criminals? For that matter, why should anyone trust a government utterly lacking in transparency, whose actions give rise to more troubling questions than satisfactory answers, and whose domestic policies are dictated more by paranoia than need? Unfortunately, “we the people” have become so trusting, so gullible, so easily distracted, so out-of-touch, so compliant and so indoctrinated on the idea that our government will always do the right thing by us that we have ignored the warning signs all around us, or at least failed to recognize them as potential red flags. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/06/10/john-whitehead-guest-column-washington-arming-public/


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No Place to Hide

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work With heart-pounding suspense, John le Carre-like intrigue and Jeffersonian fidelity to the principles of human freedom, Glenn Greenwald has just published No Place to Hide. The book, which reads like a thriller, is Greenwald’s story of his nonstop two weeks of work in May and June of 2013 in Hong Kong with former CIA agent and NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden. Greenwald was the point person who coordinated the public release of the 1.7 million pages of NSA documents that Snowden took with him in order to prove definitively that the federal government is spying on all of us all the time. The revelations constituted for Greenwald the scoop of the century; for Snowden, the exposure of massive government violations of basic constitutional principles by his former bosses; for the NSA and the Bush and Obama administrations, the revelation of criminal wrongdoing orchestrated by two presidents themselves; and for the American public, a painful realization that the Constitution is only as valuable a restraint on the government as is the fidelity to uphold it of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping. As Greenwald makes clear, it is not in good hands. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/05/28/no-place-to-hide/#.U4c7zIpBrnw.email


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Congress Guts Anti-NSA Spying Bill Beyond Recognition

aa-Congress - monkees In what will come as no surprise to any of you, there are very few members of Congress I have even the slightest degree of respect for. However, Justin Amash is one of them. Rep. Amash is 34 years old and was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has been on my radar screen for several years now as one of the few elected representatives who act more like statesmen than politicians. He has been on the right side of many civil liberties related issues, including his opposition to the NDAA’s provision that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without a trial. More recently, last summer he authored an anti-NSA amendment known as the “Amash Amendment,” which was defeated by establishment authoritarians in both political parties. I covered that story in my post: NSA Holds “Top Secret” Meeting to Stop Powerful Anti-Spying Amendment. Being the fighter that he is, Amash regrouped and came back with an anti-NSA spying bill with some teeth to it: The USA Freedom Act. This bill concerned the establishment to such a degree that Senator Feinstein launched her own competing bill, which believe it or not, intended to codify the NSA’s unconstitutional practices into law. In the end, what the status quo did was water down the once robust USA Freedom Act into oblivion. Don’t take my word for it, Justin Amash wrote the following on his Facebook page: http://www.silverdoctors.com/congress-guts-anti-nsa-spying-bill-beyond-recognition-original-cosponsor-justin-amash-votes-no/


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Another Week of Government Lawlessness

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey What if the federal government is shameless? What if it personifies the adage of do as I say and not as I do? What if it does the very things it prosecutes others for doing? What if it has written laws and enacted procedures so that it can spy and kill, while it charges others with doing just that? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/andrew-p-napolitano/the-feds-are-lawless/


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ROOT OF ALL USA'S PROBLEMS: A MISTAKE IN THE CONSTITUTION. SOLUTION: BINDING SUPERSEDING NATIONAL REFERENDA Thanks for the great article, Judge Neopolitano. Your final question was “What do we do?” I have an answer. Our government keeps passing laws against the people and against the national interest and has become lawless. The problem is that there are no binding national referenda in the United States. Many other countries, including 3rd world countries (e.g. Australia, Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, South Africa and the Philippines), have a system for national direct democracy, but not the US! That is why American pseudodemocracy is a joke. Our criminal govt. must be ashamed going around the world preaching democracy but denying it to its own people! The Constitution gave all the power to the 3 branches of govt. and assumed they will keep an eye on each other ("checks and balances"). The big money special interests have corrupted all 3 branches and all three branches figured out that it is better to conspire, mug and terrorize the nation and totally ignore the owners, the US Citizens. To keep ultimate power in the hands of the people, the founding fathers put in the second amendment. The second amendment, which assumed that millions of armed citizens can easily ouster an illegal and anarchist govt. with equally armed thousands of soldiers, is effete because modern armies have weapons that can kill thousands at a time, so the people will be crushed in any violent uprising against a criminal government. So they keep passing evil laws the against our country, the public and against our will. But there is a solution to this govt's war on the nation. It is a constitutional amendment to allow national referenda, so people can pass good laws in the national interest themselves. These laws will supersede laws passed by Congress and cannot be overturned except on constitutional grounds by a supermajority of both houses and unanimous vote of the Supreme Court. The people can then still override it by a 66% vote. Some believe that this right to amend the constitution is inherently vested in the American public. Others suggest an actual amendment. A survey showed that 76% of the public approved the idea. We can pass a national referendum that all laws that affect the nation as a whole, such as raising taxes, large welfare programs, foreign aid, immigration, bailouts, and raising the debt ceilings, etc. can become law only if finally approved by the people. We will solve 90% of our problems this way. For eg., see: http://ncid.us/index.htm http://www.iandrinstitute.org/National%20I&R.htm We Americans need to visit these websites, join these groups, contribute and call radio talk shows, etc. and promote this idea and get the process started soon, before it is too late.

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If You Are Doing Nothing Wrong You Have Plenty to Fear – 30 Examples

aa-Big Brother - 5-17-14 Sometimes I just want to pimp slap people. Last summer, I was at dinner during a sales convention. The conversation didn’t get political until someone mentioned the NSA. There is one in every crowd. Someone piped up and said, “They can spy on me all they want. I am not doing anything wrong.” They sang this song in Germany in 1933. And they sang it with unprecedented gusto in the months following 9/11, all in the name of “security” and “keeping us safe”. We were at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the world’s second largest hotel. Nothing in the post-9/11 “national security” apparatus would prevent a terrorist from walking in, setting off a bomb, and killing hundreds or even thousands of people. The more important questions are: How do you know you are doing nothing that could be construed as wrong by some state functionary? How do you know you are not breaking some law somewhere? And why are you so implicitly trusting that your government would never do anything evil with the information it has collected on you? http://www.infowars.com/if-you-are-doing-nothing-wrong-you-have-plenty-to-fear-30-examples/


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The American Republic is Dead

aa-America - US of paranoia The specter of the Surveillance State is hanging not just over my head, and Eric’s – it’s casting its dark shadow over everyone in America who has ever had a “dissident” or “radical” thought and expressed himself or herself in an email, over the phone, on a blog, or using any other form of electronic communication. This is what an authoritarian state looks like – and “elections” don’t change the equation one bit. In a truly free, or even semi-free society, this question – “Am I being spied on by the government?” – wouldn’t even come up. As it stands now, however, anyone in America who has ever expressed a “radical” idea is now a potential target. Nothing short of a revolution is going to reverse this monstrous reality. Whether it comes in a peaceful form – perhaps some combination of electoral and legislative action – in which the warlords of Washington are thrown out on their ears, or some other way is not for me to say. No one can know the future. What I do know, however, is this: one way or another, the monster must be slain. http://antiwar.com/justin/justin051414.html


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Gangster State America

aa-American Empire - banana republic In the 21st century Washington has squandered trillions of dollars on wars that have destroyed countries and killed, maimed, and displaced millions of people in seven or eight countries. Declaring its war crimes to be a “war on terror,” Washington has used the state of war that it created to destroy US civil liberty. In the 21st century it is difficult to find a significant statement made by Washington that is not a lie. Obamacare is a lie. Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction is a lie. Assad’s use of chemical weapons is a lie. Iranian nukes are a lie. Russia’s invasion and annexation of Crimea is a lie. No fly zones are a lie. Russian aggression against Georgia is a lie. 9/11, the basis for Washington’s destruction of civil liberty and illegal military attacks, is itself a lie. The fantastic story that a few Saudi Arabians without government or intelligence agency backing outwitted the entire national security apparatus of the Western world is unbelievable. It is simply not credible that every institution of the national security state simultaneously failed. That Washington would tell such a fantastic lie shows that Washington has no respect for the intelligence of the American people and no respect for the integrity of the American media. It shows also that Washington has no respect for the intelligence and integrity of its European and Asian allies. Washington won’t even tell the truth about little things in comparison–jobs, unemployment, inflation, GDP growth, economic recovery. Washington rigs the markets in order to cover up its sacrifice of the economy for the benefit of a few special interests. In the name of “privatization,” Washington hands over public assets and government responsibilities to rapacious private interests. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2014/05/06/gangster-state-america-paul-craig-roberts-2/


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Land of the Free Watch: Supreme Court Refuses Challenge to NDAA Indefinite Detention of Americans

aa-NDAA - poster The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal against the clause of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which, the plaintiffs argue, allows for indefinite detention of Americans by the military. The case has been ongoing for two years, but ultimately ended in defeat Monday as the highest court effectively killed off the lawsuit, despite previous district court declarations that the legislation is harmful to the First Amendment and that Americans worried about being militarily detained had a “reasonable fear”. In a statement, Tangerine Bolen, one of the plaintiffs said “We are no longer a nation ruled by laws.” “We are nation ruled by men who have so steeped themselves in a false narrative that at the same time they are exponentially increasing the ranks of terrorists, they are destroying the rule of law itself. It is madness upon madness—the classic tale of becoming the evil you purport to fight while believing you remain righteous.” Bolen added. The case was brought by a group of journalists led by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Chris Hedges. Hedges, one of the few real respectable liberal voices, was also joined in his efforts by Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg. http://www.infowars.com/supreme-court-refuses-challenge-to-ndaa-indefinite-detention-of-americans/


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A Legal Way To Kill?

aa-Dees - drone attack There are numerous additional aspects of due process, the basics of which emanate from the Constitution itself. Yet, the “of law” modifier of the constitutional phrase “due process” gives Congress, not the president, the ability to add to the due process tools available to a defendant. Congress may subtract what it has added, but neither Congress nor the president may remove any of the tools available to the defendant under the Constitution. Until now. Now, we have a president whose principal law enforcement and intelligence officers have boasted that the president relies on a legal way to kill people without the time, trouble and cost of due process. The president himself, as well as the attorney general, boasted of this, as did the director of national intelligence and the director of the CIA. Yet, when asked by reporters for The New York Times for this legal rationale, Holder declined to provide it. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/04/23/a-legal-way-to-kill/#.U1kdlekPH0s.email


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Extremist Government Watch: Homeland Security Says Your Children Could Be Terrorists

aa-surveillance state USA The White House counter-terrorism chief who suggested that confrontational children could become terrorists is unfortunately just another example of a government official abusing “terrorism” rhetoric. http://www.infowars.com/homeland-security-says-your-children-could-be-terrorists/


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Western Lawmakers Gather in Utah to Talk Federal Land Takeover

aa-Washington - control of Western states Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented. The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said. “What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/politics/57836973-90/utah-lands-lawmakers-federal.html.csp


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Land of the Free Watch: The Next Shoe Just Dropped — Court Denies Attorney-Client Privilege

In the Land of the Free, people grow up hearing a lot of things about their freedom. You’re told that you live in the freest country on the planet. You’re told that other nations ‘hate you’ for your freedom. And you’re told that you have the most open and fair justice system in the world. This justice system is supposedly founded on bedrock principles– things like a defendant being presumed innocent until proven guilty. The right to due process and an impartial hearing. The right to counsel and attorney-client privilege. Yet each of these core pillars has been systematically dismantled over the years. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-04-19/next-shoe-just-dropped-court-denies-attorney-client-privelege


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Land of the Free Watch: ‘Biggest Land Grab in the History of the World’

aa-West - dry riverbed In a move lawmakers and farmers are calling “the biggest land grab in the history of the world,” the Environmental Protection Agency is requesting jurisdiction over all public and private streams in the United States that are “intermittent, seasonal and rain-dependent.” http://www.wnd.com/2014/04/biggest-land-grab-in-the-history-of-the-world/#sk7lqI5u6Q4CElqR.03


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Land of the Free Watch: FBI to Launch Facial Recognition Database With Over 50 Million Photos by 2015

aa-America - US of paranoia There is a disturbing push by the FBI to create an extensive facial recognition database, which will include criminal and non-criminal photos alike. The FBI reportedly is pushing to have a facial recognition database with up to 52 million photos by 2015. The program is called Next Generation Identification (NGI), and the aspect of it that should bother you the most is the fact that non-criminal and criminal photos will be combined in the same database. So someone who has no criminal record can suddenly be flagged as a suspect just because an algorithm says so. What’s worst, research shows that the potential for false positive identification increases as the dataset increases. http://www.silverdoctors.com/nowhere-to-hide-fbi-to-launch-facial-recognition-database-with-over-50-million-photos-by-2015/


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Cliven Bundy, Federal Bureaucracy and the State’s Monopoly of Violence

aa-Waco fireball For the metrosexual urbanite lovers of state power over the individual and natural law, fellow Americans outraged over the growth of a control freak criminal government are the enemy. They believe a rural Mormon cattle rancher espousing “revolutionary talk” harking back to Jefferson and Madison should be arrested, prosecuted and, if necessary, slaughtered. http://www.infowars.com/cliven-bundy-federal-bureaucracy-and-the-states-monopoly-of-violence/


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Flash Points of Tyranny: It Doesn’t End With the Bundy Standoff

aa-cliven bundy - good one of freedom fighters To the discerning eye they are everywhere; Flashpoints of tyranny threatening to push the nation into open revolt. The standoff between the Bundy ranch and the BLM feds is a visceral example of growing discontent over an expanding federal government. These abuses have occurred over many decades, with a focused intent. Centralization of power and a steady erosion of personal wealth and liberty have been the result. As these abuses and usurpations continue, Americans will face a choice between submitting or standing firm like the Bundy family did. http://www.blacklistednews.com/Flash_Points_of_Tyranny%3A_It_Doesn%E2%80%99t_End_With_The_Bundy_Standoff/34489/0/38/38/Y/M.html


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The Cliven Bundy Standoff: Wounded Knee Revisited?

aa-Cliven Bundy - standoff Of the 52 ranchers in his section of Nevada, Cliven Bundy is the only one who has refused to go back to the reservation. So the heirs to Sherman and Sheridan have mobilized an army to protect hired thieves who have come to steal the Bundy family’s cattle with the ultimate purpose of driving him from the land. Their objective is not to protect the desert tortoise, but to punish a defiant property owner and entrepreneur. This potentially murderous aggression is being celebrated by Progressives as a worthy effort to make dangerous radicals “feel the superior power of the Government.” For more than two decades, Bundy has defied the federal land management bureaucracy, and his continued resistance could catalyze a general revolt against their designs for the western United States. Their intent, as described by Pendley, is to transform the West into “a land nearly devoid of people and economic activity, a land devoted almost entirely to the preservation of scenery and wildlife habitat. In their vision, everything from the 100th meridian to the Cascade Range becomes a vast park through which they might drive, drinking their Perrier and munching their organic chips, staying occasionally in the bed-and-breakfast operations into which the homes of Westerners have been turned, with those Westerners who remain fluffing duvets and pouring cappuccino.” The high priests of biocentrism and their bureaucratic allies aren’t going to let a handful of ragged but resolute ranchers “check and stop the progress” of Manifest Destiny. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/william-norman-grigg/wounded-knee-ii/


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The Urinals at Joe Theisman’s

aa-automatons Back in Mexico after a frantic week in the Yankee capital, these days a cross between asylum for the chronically paranoid, besieged city, and kindergarten run by a totalitarian Mommy. Cops everywhere, metal detectors everywhere else, concrete stop’em-bombs on sidewalks, pop-up metal barriers on streets on Capitol Hill. Bin Laden won, big time. Crazy people hear voices, right? In Washington everybody hears them. At the airport of course the gurgley over-enunciated “security” announcements by some dimwit elocution major who sounds like she wants to lick the microphone. On the subway we are urged by other recorded Mommies to watch each other and report suspicious behavior. What behavior isn’t suspicious late at night on an urban train system? “Yeah, officer, they’re like, swarthy and got beards and funny clothes and talk some weird language….” Voices, instructions, warnings. We are the Admonished People. Free? No. Brave? No. Watched, warned, told, herded, yes. Urban robots. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/fred-reed/the-urinals-at-joe-theismans/


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Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey When all is said and done, what we are witnessing is the emergence of a disconcerting government mindset that interprets the Constitution one way for corporations, government entities and the wealthy, and uses a second measure altogether for average Americans. For example, contrast the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the “free speech” rights of corporations and wealthy donors in McCutcheon and Citizens United with its tendency to deny those same rights to average Americans when government interests abound, such as in its 2012 decision in Reichle v. Howards, where a unanimous Supreme Court allowed immunity protections for Secret Service agents to trump the free speech rights of Americans, and you’ll find a noticeable disparity. Unfortunately, as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, this constitutional double standard is coming to bear in all aspects of our lives, not just in the realm of campaign finance law. It allows lobbyists intimate access to our elected officials, while prohibiting Americans from even standing silently in protest near a government building; it grants immunity to police officers who shoot unarmed citizens, while harshly punishing Americans who attempt to defend themselves, mistaking a SWAT team raid for a home invasion; and it gives government agents carte blanche access to Americans’ communications and activities, while allowing the government to operate in secret, with secret hearings, secret budgets and secret agendas. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/04/john-w-whitehead/searched-spied-on-shot-at-and-robbed-blind/


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Freedom for Me, But Not for Thee

aa-Diane Feinstein Diane Feinstein’s outrage was directed at CIA domestic spying for the wrong reasons. She not only expressed no outrage over NSA spying, including upon her 37 million California constituents, but she approved it. The CIA behavior that she condemns is the unapproved or unreported torture and the domestic spying on a dozen persons in another branch of government. The NSA behavior that she approves is spying on all Americans all the time. All of this behavior goes to the heart of personal liberty in a free society. At that heart is the principle of personal sovereignty – the idea that individuals are sovereign and the state is merely one instrument with which to protect that sovereignty. Yet the government of which Feinstein approves has been assaulting personal sovereignty by destroying personal privacy. Privacy is not only a natural right – it exists by virtue of our humanity – but it has sound historical and textual roots. A natural right is an area or zone of personal behavior that may not be interfered with by the government, no matter whose good that interference might serve. http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/03/19/freedom-for-me-but-not-for-thee/#.Uyr5hdbj56k.email


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Drones Will Cause an Upheaval of Society Like We Haven’t Seen in 700 Years

aa-drones - good one The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human infantryman as a weapon of war. Or to put it another way: the end of the Age of the Gun. http://qz.com/185945/drones-are-about-to-upheave-society-in-a-way-we-havent-seen-in-700-years/


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The Buggering State

aa-TSA - 3-12-14 The USA is becoming a bone fide police state, albeit a superficially benign one which retains many of the trappings of what is traditionally known as “freedom.” Though the vast majority of citizens (or more properly, subjects) of these United States (make that this United State) have no power to restrain their rulers’ rapacious appetites for plunder, graft, and outright murder, they are nevertheless permitted to criticize these propensities of the ruling class, with as much vitriol as they see fit, and with overall legal impunity. Indeed, pretty much anyone can mouth off about pretty much any major issue, brazenly taking the anti-establishment side, and can pretty much get away with it, after a fashion. http://alternative-right.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-buggering-state.html


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Edward Snowden’s Moral Courage

Edward Snowden There is no free press without the ability of the reporters to protect the confidentiality of those who have the moral courage to make public the abuse of power. Those few individuals inside government who dared to speak out about the system of mass surveillance have been charged as spies or hounded into exile. An omnipresent surveillance state—and I covered the East German Stasi state—creates a climate of paranoia and fear. It makes democratic dissent impossible. Any state that has the ability to inflict full-spectrum dominance on its citizens is not a free state. It does not matter if it does not use this capacity today; it will use it, history has shown, should it feel threatened or seek greater control. The goal of wholesale surveillance, as Hannah Arendt wrote, is not, in the end, to discover crimes, “but to be on hand when the government decides to arrest a certain category of the population.” The relationship between those who are constantly watched and tracked and those who watch and track them is the relationship between masters and slaves. http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/edward_snowdens_moral_courage_20140223


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Scrums Along the Potomac

aa-Washington DC In Washington, you’re hard-pressed to find anyone aware of the lifestyle they’re leading. There is no introspection or greater understanding. Happy hours assemble and disperse before any meaningful conversation takes place. Cell phones are given more eye contact than other people. Everything is highly superficial. But for now, the party in Washington shows no sign of stopping. The federal government will continue to swallow up more and more power. Money will keep flowing into the city, attracting young upstarts from all over the country. One day, writers will look back at this time in the nation’s capital and form stories out of this period of prosperity. It won’t be all that different from tales recounting the Roaring Twenties, best captured by F. Scott Fitzgerald. http://takimag.com/article/scrums_along_the_potomac_james_miller/print#axzz2udvkt1NY


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Land of the Free Watch: White House Attempts to Unleash Ministry of Truth to Control All News Sources in America

aa-media - corporate media pro war If you weren’t already outraged by the illegal and unethically intertwined relationships between government and the mainstream media, then this revelation is sure to send you over the edge. Aside from the fact that the Obama administration has waged an unprecedented war on journalists, prosecuting more whistle-blowers while in office than any other president in history, now he’s announced that his administration will send government contractors into newsrooms across the nation to supervise the content they’re creating and producing through a series of involuntary surveys. http://www.thedailysheeple.com/white-house-attempts-to-unleash-ministry-of-truth-to-control-all-news-sources-in-america_022014


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An Unconscionable Silence

aa-Republicrats - vote republicrat skull and bones good one The political philosopher Edmund Burke once remarked that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good folks to do nothing. A glaring example of the impending triumph of a constitutional evil that could be stopped by folks who have been largely silent is the tyranny coming from the White House. And the folks who can stop this and are doing nothing about it are our elected representatives in Congress. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/02/andrew-p-napolitano/is-the-president-a-dictator/


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Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

aa-American totalitarianism symbolism Relationships are fragile things, none more so than the relationship between a citizen and his government. Unfortunately for the American people, the contract entered into more than 200 years ago has been reduced to little more than a marriage of convenience and fiscal duty, marked by distrust, lying, infidelity, hostility, disillusion, paranoia and domestic abuse on the part of the government officials entrusted with ensuring the citizenry’s safety and happiness. https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/john_whiteheads_commentary/paranoia_surveillance_and_military_tactics_have_we_become_enemies_of_t


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The Art of American Scaremongering

aa-America - US of paranoia What we are seeing is a consensus within both the administration and congress that leakers of any and all classified information must somehow be punished. Working back from that premise, it is necessary to find some legal justification to enable the punishment to take place. This is behavior not atypical of totalitarian regimes. The Soviets maintained meticulous records of their completely phony show trials to demonstrate that some kind of rule of law was taking place while even the Nazis used a famous jurist Carl Schmitt to propagate their “Fuhrer principle,” that the government is always right. Rogers and others in the government who are looking to imprison people for doing the job that they should have been doing in terms of protecting the constitution are heirs to that legacy of government through intimidation and fear mongering. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/02/10/the-art-of-american-scaremongering/


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Totalitarian Paranoia in the Post-Orwellian Surveillance State

aa-surveillance - very good one Orwell was clear that the right to privacy had come under egregious assault. But the right to privacy pointed to something more sinister than the violation of individual rights. When ruthlessly transgressed, the issue of privacy became a moral and political principle by which to assess the nature, power and severity of an emerging totalitarian state. As important as Orwell’s warning was in shedding light on the horrors of mid-20th century totalitarianism and the endless regimes of state spying imposed on citizens, the text serves as a brilliant but limited metaphor for mapping the expansive trajectory of global surveillance and authoritarianism now characteristic of the first decades of the new millennium. http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/21656-totalitarian-paranoia-in-the-post-orwellian-surveillance-state#.Uvo-KFcI-9U.email


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Apathy Toward Tyranny

aa-Obama - emperor newsweek cover Conspiracy theories used to involve a handful of loonies obsessing over isolated alleged events. Today, what used to be seen as freak occurrences are now an endless barrage of really serious events that only a handful of people are sane enough to recognize. Big Brother is no longer a myth, and the truly scary part is that nobody seems to care. If a tyrant is cool and he plays basketball with Jay-Z, well, then, tyranny is cool. In Barack’s America, the Gadsden Flag says, “Tread on Me.” http://takimag.com/article/apathy_toward_tyranny_gavin_mcinnes/print#axzz2sl0zAuB5

 


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Nice Job, Conservatives

aa-Republicrats - Dees birds of prey When Barack Obama was elected president, the chickens came home to roost above the sordid nest that conservatives made for us after the 9/11 attacks. It was after those attacks that conservatives, quivering and quaking in their shoes over the thought that the terrorists were coming to get us, traded away the freedom of the American people to the federal government in the hope of gaining safety and security from the terrorists. What were the terms of that fateful trade? They surrendered to President Bush omnipotent powers, powers that are inherent to any totalitarian regime and that are antithetical to the principles of freedom, due process of law, and limited government in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. http://www.infowars.com/nice-job-conservatives/


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The State of the Totalitarian Union

aa-American Empire - banana republic What if the state of the union is a mess? What if the government spies on all of us all of the time and recognizes no limits to its spying? What if its appetite for acquiring personal knowledge about all Americans is insatiable? What if the government uses the microchips in our cellphones to follow us and listen to us as we move about? http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/01/andrew-p-napolitano/the-state-of-the-authoritarian-union/


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Presidential Placebo

aa-Obama - as emperor Instead of addressing the massive violations of the natural and constitutionally protected right to privacy, instead of acknowledging that but for the personal courage of Edward Snowden his administration would still be pulling the wool over our eyes, instead of reestablishing the serious constitutional and civil liberties bona fides he established for himself as a U.S. senator, the president defended his massive spying as a necessary tool in the fight to maintain national security and offered only a placebo to its critics. Just how massive is this scandal? The Washington Post has reported that the NSA hacks into 500,000 American buddy lists and 600,000 American address books every day, and the Guardian of London reported last week that the NSA seizes 200,000,000 American text messages every day. This is in addition to seizing the content of all cellphone- and landline-generated telephone conversations and copies of all emails sent or received in the United States. And all of that is in addition to seizing all bank records, utility bills and credit card bills of everyone in the United States. By not addressing or refuting any of this, the president obviously plans to continue it. He also plans to reject the most basic principles of American government. If the government derives its powers from the consent of the governed, as the Declaration of Independence declares it does, and if the governed lack the lawful authority to hack and seize our neighbors’ texts and phone calls and utility bills, how could we have given that authority to the government? http://original.antiwar.com/andrew-p-napolitano/2014/01/22/presidential-placebo/#.UuE0ls_DXrQ.email


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Goodbye America: Juxtaposition Edition

aa-movie - Idiocracy - black prez The ghost of George wept. I’m sure there’s a segment of the American public — let’s call them dickless cucks — who look at this and see a vision of progress, an America hurtling toward a bright future of rhythmic world beats, Oval Office courtship displays, and white pissboys gamely pretending to enjoy their cultural annihilation. But those of us with a bigger picture mentality see a different harbinger. http://heartiste.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/goodbye-america-juxtaposition-edition/


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NSA Official: ‘We Are Now a Police State’

aa-surveillance state - homeland security means no privacy Last year, high-ranking NSA official Bill Binney said, “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.” Now, Binney says that the U.S. has already become a full-blown police state. http://www.cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/matt-vespa/nsa-official-we-are-now-police-state


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Washington: The Illusion of Government

aa-Washington DC - tank in front of white house In a paroxysm of patriotic musing, I reflected that Washington is an insular, incestuous, inward-looking city, chiefly interested in itself, so politically inbred as to be in danger of hemophilia, out of touch with reality, having remarkably little understanding of or interest in the rest of the country or the world. Isn’t this wonderful? Inbreeding? By comparison with the Yankee Capital, West Virginians are on the outer limits of hybrid vigor. We had Bush I, a mediocrity but no worse, and later Bush II, in whom mediocrity would have been a welcome astonishment. We had Clinton the First, Bill, who was at least intelligent, then almost had Clinton II, who instead became Secretary of State, for which her only qualification was having been First Basilisk. Hillary lost the presidency to Barack Obama, whose only qualification was being black and reading a teleprompter well. Next we are likely to get Hillary anyway, and before that we almost had Kerry, whose only qualification was having married a pickle heiress. He is now Secretary of State, for no discernible reason. So it goes in the national sandbox. Dynasty, nepotism, simony, a small self-absorbed ruling class of no particular merit awarding itself crucial jobs for reasons of keeping itself in power. How long will that work? http://www.fredoneverything.net/Illusions.shtml


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NSA’s Preference for Metadata

aa-NSA - prism The hidden ball in the debate over the NSA’s collection of phone and e-mail metadata (vs. tapping into actual conversations with a court order) is that the NSA actually prefers the metadata approach because it strips away privacy more efficiently, says ex-NSA analyst Kirk Wiebe. http://original.antiwar.com/Kirk-Wiebe/2014/01/13/nsas-preference-for-metadata/


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The Pipe Dream of NSA Reformers

aa-NSA - your tax dollars at work The pipe dream of many of those who are complaining about the NSA’s massive surveillance scheme is that the NSA can be “reined in” by some type of congressional legislation. They just don’t get it. As long as the NSA exists, it’s going to do whatever it needs to do to protect “national security,” even if that means breaking the law. After all, protecting “national security” is paramount. It is everything. Does anyone honestly believe that the NSA is going to let the country go down if breaking the law enables the NSA to save it? Haven’t these people ever heard the old adage, “The Constitution is not a suicide pact”? Equally important, every single NSA official knows that nothing is ever going to happen to him if he is caught breaking the law, so long as he is doing it to protect “national security.” http://fff.org/2014/01/10/the-pipe-dream-of-nsa-reformers/


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Those Who Sacrifice Liberty for Facebook

aa-1984 - freedumbville great one We pay for convenience by willfully giving up privacy. Smartphones basically act like global tracking devices in your pocket. Every email sent is sucked up and recorded somewhere on a government server. Bank-account numbers are thrown up on the Internet, only to be occasionally stolen by slick hackers. Social media might as well be a portal for telling employers, “Never hire me, ever.” Like welfare, the average person has opted for short-term benefits at the expense of his own freedom. If that decision were limited to just the individual, everything would be kosher. But under democracy, every brain-dead bottom-feeder has a shot at electing steal-and-redistribute pols. They don’t just vote away their own liberty; they surrender everyone’s for a taste of tax handouts. http://takimag.com/article/those_who_sacrifice_liberty_for_facebook_james_miller/print#axzz2q195EmLm


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Demand an Unconditional Pardon for Edward Snowden

aa-Edward Snowden - good poster Benumbed as we are about the extent of the National Security Agency’s systematic spying on the American people, I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. I was wrong. The news that the NSA is intercepting newly-ordered computers en route to their purchasers and installing them with back doors really takes the cake: it conjures the kind of nightmare world a writer of dystopian fiction might imagine. I don’t even want to think about the possible scope of such a program, or its implications for the future. But I must: we all must. In a rational world, there would be no question about the moral and legal status of the man responsible for exposing this treason to the Constitution: he would be hailed as a hero by every sector of society, from the political class to the working class, and given the Congressional Medal of Honor. In our sorry, sinful world, however, Edward Snowden is on the lam, charged with two counts of violating the WWI-era Espionage Act and one count of stealing “government property.” Facing at least thirty years in prison, probably much more, he has been forced to seek asylum in Russia, of all places: condemned, as the New York Times put it in an editorial calling for leniency in his case, to “a life of looking over his shoulder.” In the Bizarro World that enveloped us after 9/11, all values were inverted: good became evil, war was transmuted into peace, and the very concept of liberty was erased, replaced by the false idol of security. And the nightmare continues: long after the smoke that choked Manhattan cleared, our queer condition persists. In our new world-turned-upside-down, the guilty are glorified and the innocent pursued to the ends of the earth. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/01/02/demand-an-unconditional-pardon-for-edward-snowden/


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Secret Reports Reveal All

aa-America - US of paranoia If the United States is ever to become a normal country again where the rule of law is respected and high government officials are held accountable, it is absolutely essential that the still classified sections of the 9/11 report and the entirety of the Senate Committee report on CIA “extreme measures” be made public. President Obama ran for office declaring that his administration would be accountable and open but it has been nothing of the sort. http://original.antiwar.com/giraldi/2014/01/01/secret-reports-reveal-all-2/#.UsVwH7Kxrik.email


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Washington Has Discredited America

aa-Washington DC - tank in front of white house Years ago when I described the George W. Bush regime as a police state, right-wing eyebrows were raised. When I described the Obama regime as an even worse police state, liberals rolled their eyes. Alas! Now I am no longer controversial. Everybody says it. According to the UK newspaper, The Guardian, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, had an angry exchange with Obama in which Merkel compared Obama’s National Security Agency (NSA) with the East German Communist Stasi, which spied on everyone through networks of informers.
Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany where she was spied upon by the Stasi, and now that she has risen to the highest political office in Europe’s most powerful state, she is spied upon by “freedom and democracy” America. A former top NSA official, William Binney, declared that “We (the US) are now in a police state.” The mass spying conducted by the Obama regime, Binney says “is a totalitarian process.” Perhaps my best vindication, after all the hate mail from “super patriots,” who wear their ignorance on their sleeves, and Obama-worshipping liberals, whose gullibility is sickening, came from federal judge Richard Leon, who declared the Obama-sanctioned NSA spying to be “almost Orwellian.” As the American Civil Liberties Union realized, federal judge Leon’s decision vindicated Edward Snowden by ruling that the NSA spying is likely outside what the Constitution permits, “labeling it ‘Orwellian’–adding that James Madison would be ‘aghast.’” http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/12/19/washington-discredited-america-paul-craig-roberts/


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Former Top NSA Official: ‘We Are Now In A Police State’

aa-police state - newsweek cover Last year, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said: We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state. But today, Binney told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. has already become a police state. By way of background, the government is spying on virtually everything we do. All of the information gained by the NSA through spying is then shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way … and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/former-top-nsa-official-now-police-state.html


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A Conspiracy So Vast

aa-Constitution - burning As a result of these revelations, no one has been fired, except Snowden, and the conspiracy has grown. Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is now spying on us. It seems that the FBI, no doubt jealous of the unpunished lawlessness of the NSA, has acquired software that permits it to utilize the tiny cameras in many home computers to observe whoever or whatever may be in front of the computer screen. The FBI doesn’t only look at whoever is using the computer screen; it also captures the words and images on the screen. It seems to have an affinity for monitoring online gaming, even the lawful variety. In 1949, when George Orwell predicted in his terrifying novel “1984″ the future use of television sets to watch us in our homes, many thought he was a delusional paranoid. It turns out that he was just off by a generation. His predictions have come to pass. Like many growing conspiracies, this one has spawned others. The Washington Post also reported this week that local cops, too, are jealous of the NSA and its ability to break the law with impunity. In an effort to catch bad guys, local police in half a dozen American cities have begun to ask local telecom providers for a “tower dump.” A tower dump consists of digital recordings of all cellphone usage from a given cell tower. http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/2013/12/12/a-conspiracy-so-vast/?subscriber=1


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Dictatorship Watch: Federal Grants Enable Increased Surveillance by Local Government

From coast to coast, the Obama administration is giving high-tech gifts and bags of cash to struggling local law enforcement to entice them to become subcontractors in the building of the global gulag. From the Department of Homeland Security to the NSA and the federal courts, every branch of the federal government is tugging at the blanket of surveillance, hoping to cover all of us under the “protection” of Big Brother so that no act of defiance will escape recognition and reprisal. http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/item/16737-federal-grants-enable-increased-surveillance-by-local-govt


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Washington’s Tyranny

Until the 21st century, Washington carried out its relentless nefarious activities against other peoples and countries under cover and out of sight. In the 21st century the criminal bush and obama regimes have brazenly demonstrated their disregard for U.S. law, international law, and human rights. Hubris and arrogance have run away with the “superpower.” The U.S. stands reviled by the world. At the UN summit on September 23, the president of Brazil denounced the obama regime for its “breach of international law” revealed by the spy scandal. Bolivian President Evo Morales is filing a lawsuit against the obama regime for “crimes against humanity.” When the world looks at Washington, it cannot differentiate Washington from the dictatorships that Washington attributes to other countries. The Washington regime has declared that it is above both law and Constitution and possesses the power to detain citizens indefinitely and to murder them without due process of law. These powers comprise the necessary and sufficient conditions for dictatorship. http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2013/09/24/washingtons-tyranny-paul-craig-roberts/


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The Liefare-Warfare State

In his famous essay, “War is the Health of the State,” Randolph Bourne made an important distinction between country and state. One’s country is “an inescapable group into which we re born.” As such, “there is no more feeling of rivalry with other peoples than there is in our feeling for our family.” Country is “a concept of peace, of tolerance, of living and letting live,” wrote Bourne. The state, on the other hand, “is essentially a concept of power, of competition.” Conflating the two concepts – country and state – sends one into a hopeless and very dangerous confusion. For the history of the American country is one of “conquest of the land, of the growth of wealth, of the enterprise of education, and the carrying out of spiritual ideals.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/08/thomas-dilorenzo/the-liefare-warfare-state/


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Obama Explains the FEMA Camps

Rachel Madow has compiled and dissected some recent speeches by Obama in which he explains the future use of FEMA camps directly, and his twisted but very real legal theory allowing, at least to him, indefinite pre-emptive detention for crimes that have not been committed yet, and Obama’s overreach, far beyond anything Bush and Cheney ever attempted, and completely outside even the constitution’s Article 1, Section 9, which allows for suspension of Habeas Corpus during times of “Rebellion (e.g. as in the Civil War) or Invasion.” She compares Obama’s evolving policy to that of the Tom Cruise science fiction movie: Minority Report, in which Cruise works as a cop in the department of pre-crime, arresting people for things they haven’t done yet. http://www.opednews.com/articles/Obama-explains-the-FEMA-Ca-by-Scott-Baker-130824-284.html


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Making the World the ‘Enemy’

After 9/11, President George W. Bush turned to Civil War precedents to create military tribunals for trying alleged “terrorists.” But in applying those draconian rules to a worldwide battlefield, he created the nightmarish potential for a global totalitarianism, as retired U.S. Army JAG officer Todd E. Pierce explains. http://consortiumnews.com/2013/08/21/making-the-world-the-enemy/


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Black Is the New ‘Transparency’

Virulent pro-totalitarian enthusiast Cass Sunstein

The recently released secret FISA court opinion is supposed to promote the idea that the administration elected on a promise of “transparency” is now making good on that pledge. There’s just one problem: a good 20 percent of the 83-page document is redacted, including some key paragraphs. It is to a large extent unreadable. But what else are we to expect from this Bizarro World administration – the most secretive in our history – where black is the new “transparency”? Yet that’s just the beginning of the White House’s weirdly inverted response to the public outcry against its massive domestic surveillance program. At his press conference promising to “reform” the spying machinery, President Obama announced a “review board” to be appointed that would supposedly reassure his critics there really is no domestic spying program: the goal, as he put it, would be to strike a “balance” between civil liberties and the safety of all Americans. A week or so later he made some appointments to this panel: former Counter-Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, former special assistant for economic policy Peter Swire, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell – and Cass Sunstein, a very close friend and confidant of the President. Sunstein formerly headed up the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: now a Harvard law professor, he has made something of a name for himself as an outspoken advocate of government spying. Being one of those really highbrow types, he calls it “cognitive infiltration.” Sunstein wants paid government agents to penetrate ostensibly subversive “conspiracy minded” social networks: in other words, he wants to set up a police state system of government spies and provocateurs. Sunstein is a singular figure: no one else in government (or academia, as far as I know) has pushed for measures so openly totalitarian in their implications. Here is part of the summary of an academic paper Sunstein published in 2008. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/08/22/yes-black-is-the-new-transparency/#.UheDOz47kWk.email


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Ten Reasons the U.S. Is No Longer the Land of the Free

Americans often proclaim our nation as a symbol of freedom to the world while dismissing nations such as Cuba and China as categorically unfree. Yet objectively, we may be only half right. Those countries do lack basic individual rights such as due process, placing them outside any reasonable definition of “free,” but the United States now has much more in common with such regimes than anyone may like to admit. These countries also have constitutions that purport to guarantee freedoms and rights. But their governments have broad discretion in denying those rights and few real avenues for challenges by citizens — precisely the problem with the new laws in this country. The list of powers acquired by the U.S. government since 9/11 puts us in rather troubling company. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article35923.htm


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The NSA: ‘The Abyss from Which There is No Return’

We now find ourselves operating in a strange paradigm where the government not only views the citizenry as suspects but treats them as suspects, as well. Thus, the news that the National Security Agency (NSA) is routinely operating outside of the law and overstepping its legal authority by carrying out surveillance on American citizens is not really much of a surprise. This is what happens when you give the government broad powers and allow government agencies to routinely sidestep the Constitution. Indeed, as I document in my book, A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, these newly revealed privacy violations by the NSA are just the tip of the iceberg. Consider that the government’s Utah Data Center (UDC), the central hub of the NSA’s vast spying infrastructure, will be a clearinghouse and a depository for every imaginable kind of information—whether innocent or not, private or public—including communications, transactions and the like. In fact, anything and everything you’ve ever said or done, from the trivial to the damning—phone calls, Facebook posts, Twitter tweets, Google searches, emails, bookstore and grocery purchases, bank statements, commuter toll records, etc.—will be tracked, collected, catalogued and analyzed by the UDC’s supercomputers and teams of government agents. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/08/john-w-whitehead/the-abyss-from-which-there-is-no-return/


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What We Lose if We Give Up Privacy

Privacy is connected to personhood. It has to do with intimate things—the innards of your head and heart, the workings of your mind—and the boundary between those things and the world outside. A loss of the expectation of privacy in communications is a loss of something personal and intimate, and it will have broader implications. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323639704579015101857760922.html


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You Won’t Believe What’s Going on With Government Spying on Americans

While the Obama administration is spying on everyone in the country – it is at the same time the most secretive administration ever. That’s despite Obama saying he’s running the most transparent administration ever. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/you-wont-believe-whats-going-on-with-government-spying-on-americans.html


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On the Cusp

Remember that our lawmakers are forbidden from explicitly describing the level of surveillance the law now allows: in warning against what is being done in the dark, Sen. Ron Wyden has had to use elliptical language – much as someone who lived in the former Soviet Union at the height of the Stalin terror was restrained from describing ordinary everyday horrors in a letter to relatives living overseas. Legislators can’t debate the law, they can’t challenge the law, because the government’s secret interpretation of the law is highly classified – we aren’t allowed to know about it. When it comes to the Surveillance State, many of the traditional avenues of resistance are closed to us. For example, take Ladar Levison, head of Lavabit, a company that recently folded rather than cave in to the government’s demands. What were those demands? Well, Levison can’t say: if he does, the government can charge him, lock him up, and throw away the key. What he did say is that he was forced to make a choice between being “complicit in crimes against the American people” and Lavabit, an email service that allowed users to encrypt their communications (Snowden was reportedly among their customers). He chose the honorable course – but is prevented from telling us exactly why. We are told all this secrecy is necessary because, after all, we’re at war, and our enemies abroad are relentlessly pursuing any and all weaknesses in the system in order to destroy us. Yet there is reason to suspect that the nature of this “enemy” is far different from what we’ve been led to believe: it isn’t some terrorist hiding in a cave somewhere – because the “enemy” is us, i.e. the American people. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/08/13/data-gate-shows-were-on-the-cusp/


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The New, Improved 1984

George Orwell’s prescient book 1984 envisioned a technologically-enabled authoritarian state of ubiquitous surveillance, propaganda and fear that constantly rewrote history to suit the needs of the present regime. Published in 1949, 1984 took the totalitarian templates of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union and extended them into a future where the state employed technology to perfect not only control of the populace via police state repression but control of their minds via propaganda extolling the state and revising “facts” to support the current party line. Welcome to the new, improved 1984, America 2013. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-12/guest-post-new-improved-1984


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The Noose Tightens

You didn’t really think information gleaned from your emails and your telephone calls was compartmentalized, did you? Did you imagine these power-hungry control freaks would keep juicy tidbits scooped up in their data dragnet strictly for “national security” purposes? C’mon! While new details of Data-gate are coming out all the time, the NSA-DEA funnel is easily the most shocking (so far, at least). That’s because the faking of the evidence trail in drug cases potentially puts hundreds if not thousands of cases “won” by federal prosecutors in question – not to mention upcoming cases which could involve similar practices. http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2013/08/11/the-noose-tightens/


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The Barren Wombs of Smart Women

The most egregious blasphemy one can utter in today’s insanely stifling and repressive climate of intolerant egalitotalitarianism is to gently suggest that genetics play any role in determining intelligence differences and relative prosperity between individuals and social groups. Yet (grab a hankie) that’s what the evidence suggests. http://takimag.com/article/the_barren_wombs_of_smart_women_jim_goad/print#axzz2bmxUKan8


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yancey ames

This is exactly what Correa Moylan Walsh said in his classic "Feminism" back in WW1 days.

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Tyranny Rules

Tyranny, even when discussing villains like Hitler, Mao and Stalin, does not have a single pedigree. Tyranny is a process, rarely gained via force until the defense mechanism of the host is destroyed. The process is well underway in America. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-09/guest-post-tyranny-rules


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putnamvt

Yeah, god forbid hat they never use the 'Hitler' qualifier 'in a' tyranny article'.

Realgeorge

Always Hitler is a "Tyrant." It's getting so that a guy can't even kick out the usurers in his country anymore -- not to mention restore the economy, and be approved by 95% of his countrymen

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Pro-Totalitarian Zealot: You’re Not a Real Journalist Unless You Draw a Salary

California Senator Dianne Feinstein has proposed an amendment to the Media Shield Law – an irrelevant law ignoring protection already afforded by the First Amendment – that would limit the law’s protection only to “real reporters,” not bloggers and other upstart alternative media types. A real reporter, declared Madame Feinstein during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, is “a salaried agent” of a media company like the New York Times or ABC News, not a shoestring operation with volunteers and writers who are not paid. http://www.infowars.com/feinstein-youre-not-a-real-journalist-unless-you-draw-a-salary/


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putnamvt

Let's not smear national socialism with a feinstein association. Being an Israeli dual citizen, does she consider the spy Pollard a traitor? Gets kinda tricky I guess. Anti-semitic question.

Realgeorge

The face of a feminazi, Zionazi tyrant

zombee

The Face of a Tyrant.

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Ron Paul Calls NSA’s Alexander and Clapper Liars

Paul referred to NSA Deputy Director John Inglis’ admission that the agency’s warrantless wiretapping only prevented maybe one terrorist plot and even that one is questionable, which contradicts the NSA’s earlier claim of 54 thwarted plots. “It’s all based on lies and I think this is probably a benefit to us because most Americans now are being very, very leery of what our government tells us,” Paul continued. “This is a terrible thing to have to go through… who wants to have to give up on their country?” “We don’t want to give up on our country but I think it’s high time we gave up on a lot of our politicians and the way our government is being run.” http://www.infowars.com/ron-paul-calls-nsas-alexander-and-clapper-liars/


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The Crime of the Century

If Edward Snowden’s documents reveal anything, it’s that the frenzy of construction – from new headquarters to new data centers – that has been the mark of the intelligence world since 9/11 has been matched by a similar frenzy of construction in the world of online and telephonic communications. We undoubtedly don’t know the full scope of it yet, but it’s already obvious that from PRISM to XKeyscore the U.S. Intelligence Community has been creating a labyrinth of redundant surveillance mechanisms that mimics the vast growth and redundancy of the intelligence world itself, of the 17 organizations and agencies in that “community” and all the little outfits or offices not even counted in that staggering figure. The truth is that, thanks to our “spies,” we know a great deal more about how our American world, our government, really works, but we still don’t know what this thing that’s being built really is. Even its creators may be at sea when it comes to what exactly they are in the process of constructing. They want us to trust them, but we the people shouldn’t put our trust in the generals, high-level bureaucrats, and spooks who don’t even blink when they lie to our representatives, pay no price for doing so, and are creating a world that is, and is meant to be, beyond our control. We lack words for what is happening to us. We still have to name it. It is at least clearer that our world, our society, is becoming ever more imperial in nature, reflecting in part the way our post-9/11 wars have come home. With its widening economic inequalities, the United States is increasingly a society of the rulers and the ruled, the surveillers and the surveilled. Those surveillers have hundreds of thousands of spies to keep track of us and others on this planet, and no matter what they do, no matter what lines they cross, no matter how egregious their acts may be, they are never punished for them, not even losing their jobs. We, on the other hand, have a tiny number of volunteer surveillers on our side. The minute they make themselves known or are tracked down by the national security state, they automatically lose their jobs and that’s only the beginning of the punishments levied on them. http://original.antiwar.com/engelhardt/2013/08/06/the-crime-of-the-century-2/#.UgJhmB3RLD8.email


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We’re in a Post-Constitutional America: Our Country is Going Sideways in Plain Sight, and Nobody’s Saying Much About It

Close your eyes for a moment, think about recent events, and you could easily believe yourself in a Seinfeldian Bizarro World. Now, open them and, for a second, everything looks almost familiar… and then you notice that a dissident is fleeing a harsh and draconian power, known for its global surveillance practices, use of torture, assassination campaigns, and secret prisons, and has found a haven in a heartless world in… hmmm… Russia. That dissident, of course, is Edward Snowden, just granted a year’s temporary asylum in Russia, a.k.a. the defender of human rights and freedom 2013, and so has been released from a Washington-imposed imprisonment in Moscow’s international air terminal and the threat of far worse. Now, close your eyes, open them again, and for just a moment, doesn’t the world look a little more orderly? After all, a draconian imperial power has taken one of its own dissidents, who wanted to reveal the truth about its cruel war practices and global diplomatic maneuverings, thrown him in prison without charges, abused and mistreated him, brought him before a drumhead military court and, on essentially trumped up charges of “espionage,” convicted him of just what its leaders wanted to convict him of. That power, of course, must be Russia and all’s right with the world… oops, I mean, that’s U.S. Army Private First Class Bradley Manning and the “evil empire” that mistreated him is… gulp… the United States. http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/were-post-constitutional-america-our-country-going-sideways-plain-sight-and-nobodys?paging=off


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The American Surveillance State Is Here — Can It Be Evaded?

This is the United States of America today, where liberty and privacy are the currency for any and all essential services. Short of living in a cave, cut off from all communications and commerce, anyone living in the concentration camp that is America today must cede his privacy and liberty to a government agency, a corporation, or both, in order to access information via the internet, communicate with friends and family, shop for food and clothing, or travel to work. We have just about reached the point of no return. “If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we are all going to live to regret it,” warned Senator Wyden. “The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance state that cannot be reversed.” http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/08/john-w-whitehead/the-american-surveillance-state%e2%80%a8/


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Government Quietly Preparing for NSA Powers to Be Curbed

Publicly the Obama Administration continues to insist that there is nothing untoward about the massive NSA surveillance schemes, and that every bit of it is absolutely vital to national security. Privately, however, the administration sees the writing on the wall. Public outrage at the surveillance is already trickling into Congressional votes, with Justin Amash (R – MI) nearly getting an amendment to defund NSA surveillance put into the military spending bill. Sooner or later, the NSA’s wings will be clipped. Officials are gearing up for the day when the NSA schemes, uncovered by whistleblower Edward Snowden, will have some actual limitations associated with them, and are cozying up to some in Congress trying to keep the juiciest of the powers intact. http://news.antiwar.com/2013/07/31/govt-quietly-preparing-for-nsa-powers-to-be-curbed/#.UfpffMeZ-QY.email


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Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment

Edward Snowden’s heroic revelations have made it possible for some House members from both parties to blow away the fog that shrouds so much tap dancing on Capitol Hill. When the Amash amendment went to the floor, there was no place left to hide. To their historic shame, 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats voted against Amash’s amendment (while 94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted for it). That’s how the measure lost, 217-205. The record of the House vote tells us a lot. Top Republicans – including Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy – voted with Obama policies to keep smothering the Fourth Amendment. So did top Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. The stench at the pinnacle of GOP power hardly surprises most Democrats. But on civil liberties – as on so many other profound issues – a similar odor is emanating from the upper reaches of Democratic power on Capitol Hill, where Pelosi and Hoyer are far from the only Democrats who have become reflexive servants of indefensible Obama policies. http://original.antiwar.com/solomon/2013/07/25/obamas-willing-executioners-of-the-fourth-amendment/#.UfJq42U8c7Y.email


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The Evil of the National-Security State

What is “national security”? No one really knows. There is certainly no precise definition of the term. It’s actually whatever the government says it is. National security is one of the most meaningless, nebulous, nonsensical terms in the English language, but, at the same time, the most important term in the lives of the American people. All the government has to do is say “national security,” and all discussion and debate shuts down. If the government says that national security is at stake, that’s the end of the story. Federal judges will immediately dismiss lawsuits as soon as the government claims, “The case is a threat to national security, your honor.” Congress will immediately suspend investigations when the government claims that national security is at stake. The Justice Department will defer to the national-security establishment when it raises the issue of national security. National security, a term not even in the Constitution, trumps everything. http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/07/jacob-g-hornberger/the-murder-of-jfk/


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