It can happen here.

Ξ November 16th, 2006 | → Comments Off | ∇ Propaganda |

A brief and partial history of the United States and Torture:
From the end of the World War II until quite recently, the US employed the Monroe Doctrine in a rather extraordinary way. In particular, it became US foreign policy to “discourage” the native socialist and communist movements in Latin America through any means necessary.

One of the primary methods by which the US ensured anti-communist policies in Latin America was through the School of the Americas. The SoA was used to train the police and military forces of numerous countries in brutal counter-insurgence techniques and torture. One of the most devastating methods of “control” employed by these regimes involved the Disappeared. The routine use of kidnapping by the government to silence dissidents creates an aura of fear that chills speech and action against the regime by the populace. It is this sort of action that is the hallmark of totalitarian and fascist societies.

Why should you care? Because the current US regime is taking affirmative steps to make this sort of action a tool in the war on terror. The recent passage of the Military Commissions Act authorizes a wide range of government action which essentially has no oversight. Read this article by a former civil rights litigator on the methods currently being used to Disappear people from inside the United States.

No, it isn’t exactly the same thing. But when the government comes to your home while you are eating dinner with your family and takes you away and then says they have the right to lock you up for as long as they want without telling you why…This is the sort of naked power that has long been exercised by governments who rule by force, instead of through the will of those governed. Before you say this just applies to immigrants, remember that there are millions of legal immigrants in the United States. Remember that the military commissions act applies to citizens .

If you think it can’t happen here, you haven’t been paying attention.

 

Hacking the Vote

Ξ November 3rd, 2006 | → Comments Off | ∇ Propaganda |

Among some of my friends, I’m known as the guy to go to if you have computer problems (though compared to some people I know, I’m very low on the Nerdery Totem Pole). Recently, one of these friends asked me how long it would be until it would be possible to hack the vote.

I told him “6 years ago.”

If you think that there was NOT major electoral fraud exclusively benefiting the Republican Party during the last two major elections, then you haven’t been paying attention.

Watch computer programer Clinton Curtis testify about his involvement in writing a program to flip votes in Florida in 2000.

 

Speaking Truth to Power

Ξ October 20th, 2006 | → Comments Off | ∇ Propaganda |

There are very few people out there who do it anymore.

So in Murrow’s great shadow watch The Beginning of the End of America

Good Night, and Good Luck.

 

And so begins the Age of the American Empire

Ξ October 1st, 2006 | → Comments Off | ∇ Propaganda |

I’m a student of history. More specifically, my studies concerned the nature of Empires. How they begin, how they endure and how they fall. During the 90s, I genuinely felt that this could be the beginning of the Pax Americana. And then 2000 happened. I told people at the time that this was our Caesar moment. That we had just witnessed the end of democracy as we know it. That now would come the days of dictatorship and Empire. I hoped I was wrong.

There is a new law of the land, passed just this last week

Subsection 4(b) (26) of section 950v. of HR 6166 - Crimes triable by military commissions - includes the following definition:

“Any person subject to this chapter who, in breach of an allegiance or duty to the United States , knowingly and intentionally aids an enemy of the United States, or one of the co-belligerents of the enemy, shall be punished as a military commission under this chapter may direct.”

And so ends the time of liberty among the free peoples of America. This is small language. It has been mostly ignored or buried. But remember, only citizens can have a duty or allegiance to the United States. And thus, it is citizens of the United States who may now be thrown into “detention” far from their homes and families. Maybe someday people will look back and see that this was the End of the Beginning of our New Nation.

Next on the Menu:

1. November, 2006: Massive and diffuse election fraud to guarantee that the Republican Party maintains a majority in both houses of congress.

2. November, 2008: Massive “terrorist attacks” which “force” the nation to suspend national elections for president.

3. Martial law is declared. “Dissidents” and “enemy sympathizers” are rounded up and placed in “detention centers” around the country.

“In Germany, the Nazis came for theCommunists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak for me.”
- Martin Niemoller

Read the poem, “Hangman” by Maurice Ogden.

 

You didn’t know this already?

Ξ September 21st, 2006 | → Comments Off | ∇ Propaganda, Randomness |

I meet people sometimes who still have faith that our political and electoral system accurately reflects the will of the people. You know, that quaint notion that the person who gets the most votes wins?

Isn’t that just fucking adorable?

Anyway, if you didn’t already know what happened to put Dear Leader into office back in 2004, a fine and upstanding member of the Kennedy clan
breaks it down
for you

 

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