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Posted Dec 1, 2011 17:00 UTC (Thu) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Hiring or threatening a portion of the population to spy on the other portion, while never revealing who are spying on whom, is a very cost effect way to control populations. This is something the East Germans perfected during the cold war era.
I guess our 'glorious leaders' were envious and decided to try emulating them.
Posted Dec 1, 2011 17:23 UTC (Thu) by Thue (subscriber, #14277)
Posted Dec 1, 2011 18:37 UTC (Thu) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Recently the Federal government has decided that it's time to start setting up checkpoints on highways to examine travelers like they do in airports.
So far I've noticed this happening through two methods:
1. They have run a court ruling that it's legal for federal officials to setup checkpoints within one mile of the boarder of the US. This is obstinately to check for 'illegal aliens', but it's used as a excuse to search for drugs and other contraband.
2. Tennessee has decided to work with the TSA to setup 'VIPR' check points through out the state. They are using weight stations to pull over people and search commercial vehicles for suspicious items. Using X-rays and the whole ten yards.
Most recently some members of Congress (mainly Democratic Sen. Carl Levin and GOP Sen. John McCain) decided to introduce a bipartisan bill that would effectively repeal the Posse Comitatus Act. Posse Comitatus was implemented after the reconstruction effort of the South after the civil war. It forbids the USA military to operate on USA soil as a police force without a specific act of Congress.
Basically it allows the secret government police to seize any American Citizen operating outside of the USA with no trial and it allows them to hold them indefinitely. On USA soil they have to accuse you of being a terrorist first, or something like that. They say they can't do that unless they decide that your a terrorist threat. Once they decided to accuse you of this then they can come and arrest you and jail you indefinitely without a trial.
So far it seems like it has a very good chance of passing.
Not to mention that Obama has decided that he has the right to authorize the executions of American citizens with no trial and is not obligated to show any proof. The only proof that he needs, I guess, is to say the guy is a terrorist. He has a secret committee that advises the white house when it is acceptable to kill USA citizens without a trial. So it is ok, I guess.
On top of all this we now have a lovely situation were CIA has operational capabilities through drone strikes. They can operate these drones in any country in the world and are not under any obligation to report their activities to Congress. Last I heard CIA using drones are responsible for about 50 assassination attempts on foreign leaders.
Increasingly law enforcement organizations in the USA are getting green lights to use drones on US soil and are getting homeland security funding to pay for it.
Things are not looking up for us right now.
Posted Dec 7, 2011 12:41 UTC (Wed) by Seegras (subscriber, #20463)
Posted Dec 10, 2011 17:24 UTC (Sat) by Duncan (guest, #6647)
I've sometimes wondered if they had chosen something, anything else, other than "Homeland", if there would have been anywhere near the resistance to it that there has been. Of course, I've also wondered how news reporters, etc, could talk about it with a straight face, given all the associations with the "Nazi Homeland" there are, and why there weren't demonstrations on the order of Tienanmen Square here in the US, at the mere mention of actually implementing "Homeland" anything, here.
But I guess it's true what Ben Franklin said about liberty and security, and the vast majority are willing to trade just about anything for that security, these days...
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