Saturday, November 24, 2012

Secret Police, Drone Strikes, now Robotic Police. Is America becoming a Police State?

It is no longer extreme to say that America is rapidly degenerating into a fascist state. Why not? While many Americans loosely throw the term around when describing other countries, let's take a look at the definition. Facism is a movement that places the nation above the individual, has a centralized, absolute government, oppressive economic and social regimentation and suppresses political opposition with the use of force.

Instead of rejecting the notion that we are becoming a fascist state based on the stigmata that surrounds the issue, why not compare the practices of the American government to the actual definition.

                     Definition                                                                   Policy

 Places the nation above the individual        Drone Strikes kill U.S. citizens that never stood trial     
                                                                 in the name of national security.                   

                                                                 The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which                  
                                                                 allows the military to detain without a trial any
                                                                 American citizen accused of being a terrorist or   
                                                                 “suspected” of supporting terrorist activity. Many people would 
                                                                 be surprised to know that many "terrorist" organizations are 
                                                                 institutions based right here in America. American journalists, 
                                                                 people who store up lots of food, those who participate in social 
                                                                 networks, young people and many regular citizens are now 
                                                                 "terrorist suspects". 

Centralized, absolute government               The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which (in the
                                                                 event of crisis) would grant the President absolute 
                                                                 dictatorial power over government and the people with  
                                                                 no checks and balances. While many would  argue these extreme   
                                                                 measures are for our protection, measures like these enabled 
                                                                 Hitler to create fascist Germany.

Economic and social regimentation               As of 2007, the top one percent owned 42 percent of
                                                                   the country’s financial wealth. The bottom 80 percent
                                                                   owned only seven percent of America's wealth. Looks
                                                                   like economic regimentation has become pretty severe.

Suppresses opposition with force                 The most recent examples of forceful suppression  
                                                                   are the instances in which protesters in the occupy movements     
                                                                   were brutalized for exercising their right of assembly.  
84 year-old woman at Occupy Seattle after being sprayed with pepper spray.

Although you won't find America listed as one of the countries that has maintained a department of secret police in Wikipedia, the federal agency COINTELPRO fits the definition to the tee. We never learned of their existence until 1971, and they were responsible for discrediting and disrupting political agendas that didn't align with their ideologies, planted false media stories, published inaccurate and inflammatory propaganda, gave perjured testimonies and violated almost every American liberty that one can imagine, including murder.

A successful COINTELPRO operation to murder Fred Hampton.

I'm sure that although the existence of America's secret police has become declassified, there is another "classified" agency that has taken its place. 

Mussolini once said, "Fascism should be more accurately called corporatism, because it is a merger of state and corporate power.

The Citizens United ruling, made by the Supreme Court in 2010, is America's way of saying that from this point forward, all government offices are up for sale. For instance, in the recent presidential election, billionaire Sheldon Adelson set a new record by donating a whopping 70 million dollars to help Mitt Romney win. Though 70 million dollars may seem like a lot of money to gamble on a candidate that may or may not win, under Romney's tax plan, Adelson would have saved 2.3 billion. Since Adelson has a net worth of over 20 billion dollars, the 70 million he dropped on the Romney campaign was a mere "drop in the bucket" that could have brought him a 3000 percent return on investment. When wealthy corporate interests dominate government, you then have the epitome of a fascist system. To say that America is "free" while nearly all of our freedoms have been eliminated with the aid of a corporate-owned government is inaccurate and illogical.


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