Set up an internal surveillance system
We also recommend the Generation Cobweb article: Fly Clear – Attacts on Freedom
Everything is in place now for government agencies to watch our each and every move. Some are evident – warrant less wiretapping, instituted by George W. Bush and preserved by Obama: Government opts for secrecy in wiretap suit. Then there is the Patriot Act which gives the government access to your medical records, tax records and information about the books you buy or borrow. This grossly misnamed Act also allows the government to break into your home and conduct secret searches without any notification, now or in the future.
Consider the curious case of Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby. Young Mr. Lundeby was detained for suspicion of making a bomb threat. Dan Boyce, a defense attorney and former U.S. attorney not connected to the Lundeby case stated, “They’re saying that ‘We feel this individual is a terrorist or an enemy combatant against the United States, and we’re going to suspend all of those due process rights because this person is an enemy of the United States”.
While brute force has long been a stock in trade for oppressive governments technology plays a big role in the perfection of a new big brother. Many of the techniques have been around for a long time. The British philosopher Jeremny Benthan in 1785 conceived a new type of prison he called the panopticon.
From The Impact of Video Systems on Architecture dissertation by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology:
In part one Laying the groundwork for the Fascist takeover of America, part two Creating an internal enemy and part three Creating a Gulag we saw how the government from Reagan to Obama has created internal and external enemies with several phony wars. Further we explored how the United States has prosecuted and imprisoned millions of enemy combatants aka American Citizens. In this installment we will look at the thug caste created to intimidate people and smother any protest before it even gets started.
Despots have long recognized the necessity of controlling the press. Some would argue it is not possible in a free society but not only is it possible it is an accomplished fact. Later in this series we will have a more in depth discussion of how a few companies control the press but for now be aware the two go hand in hand – control of the press and a thug caste.
Two unlikely allies, political conservatives and fundamental Christians have formed the American thug caste. Not the political conservatism championed by Barry Goldwater but Ronald Reagan’s corruption of it, nor the open forgiving religion of Billy Graham but the aberration preached by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.
Part III. Creating a Gulag
The second item in Naomi Wolf’s book, “The End of America, A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, is “Create a gulag”. Thanks to step one, “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy” creating a gulag is all but accomplished. The Bush administration created a worldwide network of ‘detainee’ camps. The most public Gulag is Guantanamo but it is not the only one.
One of the worst is Bagram Air Force base in Afghanistan. Unlike Guantanamo prisoners at Bagram do not have the right of Habeas Corpus. Bagram is just the tip of the iceberg. Also used to ‘detain’ enemy combatants are navy ships, jails in third world countries (where torture is legal) and military bases around the globe. From Gwynne Dyer ‘s article Obama and the Gulag Archipelago
“Only 242 prisoners are still held at Guantanamo, but that is just the tip of an iceberg. There are thousands more held in legal black holes at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, in Iraq, Djibouti and the prison ships, at the US base on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean, and in the countries where the Central Intelligence Agency has been out-sourcing the more severe forms of torture (notably Egypt, Morocco and Jordan).
An exact count of the detainees is impossible, because in many cases even their names are not known, but estimates run as high as 18,000 people. Some of them have been held for as much as seven years.”
Part II, Creating an internal enemy
Ronald Reagan is known as a populist president, a champion of the people. Here are some if the things this well liked president did to the American people. In 1981 he broke the back of the Air Traffic Controllers union “one of the most important events in late twentieth century US labor history.” (McCartin, Joseph A (2006), “Professional Air Traffic Controllers Strike (1981)”, in Eric Arnesen, Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-class History, CRC Press, pp. 1123-1126, ISBN 0415968267) His action against the air traffic controllers signaled other companies that union busting was ok.
But that was just the beginning of his personal war against unions. Reagan believed they were socialist organizations and in Reagan’s mind there was little if any difference between communism and socialism. In 1982 he appointed three anti union management representatives to the five-member National Labor Relations Board. After that the NLRB did little to protect the rights of the American Worker.
This ‘president of the people’ didn’t seem to like people very much. He had little sympathy for young workers, several times attempting to lower their minimum wage. Reagan also wanted less restrictive child labor and anti-sweatshop laws. Which could come in handy because if Dad lost his job or was fired for lawful union activity the kids could go to work because Reagan had severely curtailed training programs for the unemployed, decreasing their chance at finding work.
Part I, Laying the groundwork for the Fascist takeover of America
Many heaved a sigh of relief when George Bush left office, thinking the threat of a fascist regime was over. Not so. The destruction of our country is in the middle stages. It took Hitler almost ten years to seize total power in Germany. In America, a much larger and culturally diverse country, the process, while still the same, is taking longer to complete.
In Naomi Wolf’s book, “The End of America, A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot”, she outlines ten steps that are used to seize and maintain power. The first is, “Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy”. From the nineteen fifties to the seventies the external enemy was clear – commies. The problem with Communism being a viable sustaining threat is the inherent weakness of the system, weaknesses that are too easily recognized and defeated.
It is interesting to note even after reports have shown many of the Russian nuclear missiles were inoperable and the Russian bureaucracy incapable of even launching an attack many still believe Communism to be threat. Perhaps they weren’t paying attention when the Soviet Union attempted to invade Afghanistan. A futile effort that ended with their defeat at the mountain pass of Jaji when 200 Soviet troops, supported by bombers and helicopters, were beaten back by fifty Islamic fighters. The leader of the Islamic force was Osama Bin Laden, more on that later.