Thursday, June 01, 2006

Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State

This is a must read article: Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State By Allan Uthman, and posted on June 1, 2006. Follow the link to read his elaboration of each reason.
Is the U.S. becoming a police state? Here are the top 10 signs that it may well be the case.

1. The Internet Clampdown
Attempts to regulate and filter internet content are intensifying lately, coming both from telecommunications corporations (who are gearing up to pass legislation transferring ownership and regulation of the internet to themselves), and the Pentagon …

2. “The Long War”
This little piece of clumsy marketing died off quickly, but it gave away what many already suspected: the War on Terror will never end, nor is it meant to end. It is designed to be perpetual. … This short-lived moniker told us all, “get used to it. Things aren't going to change any time soon.”

Did anyone really think this was going to be temporary? …

4. Prison Camps
This last January the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root nearly $400 million to build detention centers in the United States, for the purpose of unspecified “new programs.” …

5. Touchscreen Voting Machines
Despite clear, copious evidence that these nefarious contraptions are built to be tampered with, they continue to spread and dominate the voting landscape, thanks to Bush's “Help America Vote Act,” the exploitation of corrupt elections officials, and the general public’s enduring cluelessness.

6. Signing Statements
Bush has famously never vetoed a bill. This is because he prefers to simply nullify laws he doesn't like with “signing statements.” Bush has issued over 700 such statements. …

7. Warrantless Wiretapping
Amazingly, the GOP sees this issue as a plus for them. How can this be? What are you, stupid? You find out the government is listening to the phone calls of US citizens, without even the weakest of judicial oversight and you think that's okay? …
Think about it: this administration hates unauthorized leaks. With no judicial oversight, why on earth wouldn’t they eavesdrop on, say, Seymour Hersh, to figure out who’s spilling the beans? It’s a no-brainer. Speaking of which, it bears repeating: terrorists already knew we would try to spy on them. They don’t care if we have a warrant or not. But you should.

8. Free Speech Zones
I know it’s old news, but... come on, are they fucking serious?

9. High-ranking Whistleblowers
Army Generals. Top-level CIA officials. NSA operatives. White House cabinet members. ... The fact is, when people who kill, spy and deceive for a living tell you that the White House has gone too far, you had damn well better pay attention. …

10. The CIA Shakeup
Was Porter Goss fired because he was resisting the efforts of Rumsfeld or Negroponte? No. …
If Bush’s nominee for CIA chief, Air Force General Michael Hayden, is confirmed, [as in fact, he was --Big Mitch]that will put every spy program in Washington under military control. Hayden, who oversaw the NSA warrantless wiretapping program and is clearly down with the program. That program? To weaken and dismantle or at least neuter the CIA. …
Remember the good old days, when the CIA were the bad guys?
Go read the entire article.

“… and tell ’em Big Mitch sent ya!”

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