A Message from Libertarian Supporters of Ron Paul for President in 2012
Americans are deliberately (and ruthlessly) manipulated by the mainstream corporate media, and the super-wealthy interests that own it. No matter what one’s personal political beliefs are, the vast majority of us believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction. Indeed, the very economic, legal, and social foundations of this nation are being eroded beneath us, a process that began many years ago. Human beings are the most studied creatures on earth, and there are social engineers who exploit their knowledge of human nature, psychology, and basic tribal instincts to keep people divided. A people divided against one another are much more easily conquered. The amazing truth is that the vast majority of us want the same things: freedom, justice, prosperity, security. The difference is simply deciding on the best means for achieving these ends.
So what is liberalism? It is certainly a dirty word in Republican vernacular, and as such it shows deep ignorance by the conservative establishment. Classical liberalism was at the heart of the American revolution. Webster’s defines liberalism as “a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.” Does this definition ring true when examined in light of today’s Democrats? Over the years, the so-called thought leaders on the left have supported a more synthetic progressivism, merging it with liberalism, defined as “a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class).” Obviously, demigoging issues like race, gender, and class is more commonly known as socialism or communitarianism. These semantic games have confused what fundamental American values are!
How has the fight for equality and social justice gone? Martin Luther King, Jr. never fought for institutionalized economic equality, nor did he seek for the state to intervene into issues of personal association. Many of today’s civil rights activists are very radical, and very well funded by the big tax-free foundations. Many of these groups are unapologetically racial by nature, and irritate for special group rights. As dangerous as these activists can be to social harmony, much more dangerous are the forces who seek to forge these groups into political weapons. Americans today are already remarkably culturally tolerant, and have come along way against racism. At this crossroads in US history, populist solutions are absolutely essential.
Unfortunately, President Obama has been incapable of doing the things needed for America to begin to sniff an economic recovery. He has kept in place all of the terrible provisions from the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, and all of the Executive Orders from the Bush Administration. He has continued the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and expanded into Pakistan, Yemen, and possibly Iran. Despite claiming to be the most transparent administration in history, he allowed the SEC to have FOIA exemptions, has fought a war against government whistle-blowers, and given more power to the private, unaccountable Federal Reserve. Obama has also given diplomatic immunity to Interpol, even when operating within the United States. He essentially allowed the insurance lobbyists to write the healthcare reform bill, and has attempted to make an end-run around the Democratically held Congress by pushing environmental regulations through the EPA! His administration helped to fight off an audit of the Federal Reserve, they have done nothing to wind down the too-big-to-fail banks, and have apparently allowed the derivatives trade to continue on in the same manner for the foreseeable future. The most outrageous thing about Obama is that when speaking to the public, he makes it clear that he understands why the people are angry, and why the system needs to be fixed. The fact is, he was a junior Senator who came out of nowhere in 2004. He had no substantial record to speak of, and owes his position to the special interests that paid for his campaign.
You all know that the Republicans are bad news; the sad truth is that both parties are hopelessly corrupt. If we are to return to our truly liberal roots, where our neighbors have opportunities for prosperity and our children grow up free, we must reject the international socialism pushed by the anglo-american political establishment, the multinational corporations, and the globalist financiers who have bankrupted the planet one-hundred times over. Moreover, if we do not retain our national sovereignty, we will have no control over our nation’s destiny. In simple terms, liberals care for their fellow man; I cannot be truly happy if my neighbor is in despair. Under the banner of liberalism, government has forced its way into virtually every aspect of human existence. Even if you have faith in the current political leadership, do you recognize the danger that we are in considering the broad scope of the government’s authority?
Classical liberalism is one in the same with libertarianism. Congressman Ron Paul is by far the single politician whose views are most closely in line with the founding fathers. Tyranny, in all of its forms, is as old as mankind itself. No philosophy is as progressive as maximum individual liberty. Many fear the ugliness that human beings are capable of, and rightly so. But what about the evil, corrupt faction who takes control of a big, powerful government! That is where we are today. We need a government as an arbiter of disputes and to uphold contracts, to provide for a common national defense, and to enforce the borders of the nation. But the primary role of government is to ensure the preservation of the people’s liberties. The unprecedented individual freedom that was secured in the American Revolution inspired the innovative minds of a free people to create the mechanism for true progress. American’s have consequently been blessed with more free time, more disposable income, and a higher standard of living than any prior civilization! Libertarian ideals beget a tolerant society, that until recent years had been the envy of the world. Ron Paul has a record going back nearly 40 years in public office. You will know he is right when the media demonize him, mock him, and try to induce fear in the public rather than attempt to understand a nuanced, yet common-sense philosophy, antagonistic to the Washington political establishment.
Finally, the Fortune 100, the Council on Foreign Relations, and groups like the Rand Corporation have crafted nearly all major legislation passed by the Congress in the last twenty years. Even well meaning bills that liberals support are full of exemptions, loopholes, and last minute riders. These laws have not leveled the playing field by any means, they empower those with the most inside influence and the most lobbying capital. The great mistrust of corporate America is justifiable, and just possibly, the means to an end. President Obama was elected despite his stated intention to “spread the wealth around.” Bush’s close relationship with big business was no secret, and many Americans hoped for some socialism, and for some revenge on major corporations. The fact is, these corporations today are our government, for all practical purposes. The real wealth redistribution has gone to the banks that over-leveraged American debt, and stuck us with the bill. This, along with the Federal Reserve system generally, is not the fault of the free market. If the justice system was willing, the bankers would go to prison, and the crooked firms would go bankrupt. Instead, these failed banks are receiving transfusions of the people’s cash to stave off economic collapse. If we want socialism, we will get socialism- with the same bankers running the IMF and World Bank as the new Global Fed. The United Nations has all types of authoritarian measures ready in waiting, that will become law if the Congress signs the Treaties. Research the final goals of the Club of Rome and the UN’s Agenda 21. That is your future! Ron Paul stands against all further international assimilation, and for the US Constitution as the only law of the land.
Just as it’s true on the other side of the aisle, the average Republican voter is not your enemy! The media opinion-makers work as a gatekeepers; not just for political candidates, but also to set artificial parameters for debate. Anyone who thinks outside the corporate box is labeled a kook, an idiot, or an extremist. Case in point is the public outcry against secrecy at the Federal Reserve. Virtually no major media figures were out front pushing for Fed transparency, and even fewer economic experts or financial talking heads. After the banker bailout that was TARP, the people were outraged at the bonuses and the inside deals. Do keep in mind that it was the Democrat majority that passed out the trillions to Wall Street. The Republicans, who are always harping on the budget deficit, decided to make their fiscal stand against the unemployed. Pretty sick that they will shell out billions for wars, but none for the people in need. Listening to Limbaugh, Hannity, and the rest of them, it’s difficult to support any Republicans. That base level of disgust and apathy is counted on by the establishment. The Ron Paul revolution has the potential to be the single most informed populist movement in decades. If we respect eachother’s freedom, we can take our country back, and have a real debate about the society we wish to live in (instead of letting the CFR have the debate for us). God bless, and join this revolution. No Fear (of government intimidation, media ostracization, or personal attacks), No Division (by class, race, occupation, etc), No Diversion (Save our country, Restore American Liberty, Learn the Truth).
If any one retains any hope in President Obama, you must read this article. The man has been groomed, and is a puppet. You have been intentionally deceived. The only way to rescue our country is entirely new leadership: Ron Paul in 2012!
Police State Current Activity
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Saturday, September 11, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
But viewed in light of the paramount law enforcement concern, “officer safety,” Greenfield was transformed into a potential SMERSH assassin. So the heroic Sgt. Jonathan Burke of Ohio’s Delaware County Sheriff’s Office simply had to arrest her, confiscate her property, and hold her in jail for three days, reports the Columbus Dispatch.
At least, that’s how we’re supposed to view what was done to Greenfield and her boyfriend, Colton Dorich, on July 9 at a Flying J truckstop near Columbus.
Like many others their age, the vacationing couple was funding their trip across the country by soliciting donations from other travelers. While this could be called panhandling, it isn’t a crime.
Dorich’s sign — which he displayed while walking his dog — triggered a passerby to call the police. When Burke arrived, he demanded that Dorich produce ID. Melissa withdrew her T-Mobile phone and announced that she was quite sensibly making a record of the event “for legal purposes and our own safety.”
Unfortunately, Greenfield didn’t understand that in any encounter between an armed agent of state coercion and a mere Mundane, it is only the former who is entitled to protection.
“When a sheriff’s deputy encounters an individual holding something in his or her hand, the deputy will take action to identify the item. This is done for the safety of the deputy, the involved parties and the public,” insisted Delaware County Sheriff Walter L. Davis III.
Of course, “safety” in this context supposedly means unqualified submission to those wearing the habiliments of the state’s punitive priesthood, who are indoctrinated to believe that they are compassed about by countless potentially lethal threats.
“Not knowing what the item in her hand was and having prior knowledge of all types of hidden weapons, including a cell-phone gun, I asked her several times to place it in her pocket and to keep her hands free,” wrote the timid Sgt. Burke in his official report.
Several years ago, .22-caliber pistols disguised as cell phones were seized in raids against organized crime syndicates in Europe. This generated a small wave of alarmist stories about this new threat to “officer safety,” one that supposedly changed the “rules of engagement” in police encounters. The disguised pistols are heavier than common cell phones; the chamber is loaded by twisting the “phone” in half. To date, not a single “deadly decoy” of that kind has materialized in the U.S.
Burke demanded that Greenfield surrender the camera. She properly refused that demand. So the armed stranger abducted Greenfield under color of supposed law by arresting her and charging her with “obstructing official business and resisting arrest.” (Dorich wasn’t charged.)
The young woman, who was wearing a neck brace following a traffic accident, was held in jail for three days before pleading no contest to the spurious obstruction charge, for which she was fined twenty dollars. The equally bogus resisting arrest charge was dismissed.
After it became clear that the mysterious object Greenfield carried was a common cellphone and not exotic Eastern European spy tech it was returned — but the video record of the police stop had been erased. Fancy that.
As he Burke drove Greenfield to jail, he lectured his kidnapping victim about the supposed danger she posed to him. The sergeant insisted that it was “unacceptable for me to be filming his activities,” Greenfield told the Dispatch.
It may have been “unacceptable” to Burke, whose mind was cluttered with paranoid, self-serving fantasies, but as Greenfield observes, there was no actual law against making a video record of police carrying out official tasks.
Because Burke was armed, he was able to impose his will on Greenfield. This is precisely the kind of bullying that the rule of law is supposed to prevent. Like too many others supposedly entrusted to enforce the law to protect the public, Sgt. Burke has been taught to act in the service of his unreasonable fears, in the interest of his own self-protection.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Ron Paul is America's leading voice for limited constitutional government, low taxes, free markets, and a return to sound monetary policies. If you are disgusted by what corporate interests have gotten away with in recent years, you must understand that it wouldn't have been possible without government complicity. A small government cannot pass out favors to cronies, and therefore representatives are less likely to be corrupted. Don't allow the media to convince you that libertarian ideals are quaint, bizarre, or anachronistic. Don't allow the likes of the ADL and Southern Poverty Law Center to get away with saying that you're a racist if you believe you've been taxed enough and you think the borders should be secured. Dr. Paul represents a return to common sense in government, and to the freedom that allowed such great prosperity in our country. So take a listen to Congressman Paul's words as he is interviewed by the media, gives speeches to students and supporters, and debates ideological foes. If you have had it with the Bush/Obama regime, Ron Paul offers Real Hope For America. Let the rEVOLution continue! (To donate or listen to additional audio, visit http://ronpaul2012.podbean.com/)
Thursday, April 29, 2010
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Friday, March 12, 2010
Listen to the dumb@ss they picked out to tow the government line: "I feel safe, that I'm gonna get on the bus, and I'm not gonna blow up." DHS, TSA, ICE, and the Tampa PD team up to bring airport security out on the streets. It's the new normal in Amerika, and I reject it. We don't want or need federal agents teaming up with local cops. It started in the airports, went to court houses and government buildings, is now at the bus and train stations, and next they'll come to the local mall. In a way it's already on the streets. Cops will stop and frisk you without probable cause in big cities across this nation! No thanks, I'll keep my 4th Amendment, thank you very much...
Monday, March 8, 2010
"When you break it out by individual companies, you find that employees of Goldman Sachs gave more to Obama than workers of any other employer. The Goldman Sachs geniuses are followed by employees of the University of California, UBS, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, National Amusements, Lehman Brothers, Harvard and Google. At many of these workplaces, Obama has a three- or four-to-one fund-raising advantage over McCain."
Monday, February 8, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
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As the process of global interdependence unfolds, the prime beneficiaries of this system are eroding the legal safeguards against totalitarian government. The Patriot Act has severely undermined the freedoms of the American people, and the banker bailout of late 2008 has funneled trillions of dollars into the hands of the global financial elite. Despite public optimism at the onset of the Obama administration, it is evident that government continues in the direction of secrecy, cronyism, and widespread corruption. As it becomes clear that real economic recovery is not in the cards, and that Americans are in for a serious decrease in their standards of living, the oligarchs are looking at ways of maintaining their social order.
As this blog has covered in the past, there is a serious risk of civil unrest in the coming years. The question is, will law enforcement generally demand that the people (themselves and their families included) see that justice is done, no matter how high up the corruption goes, or will they simply follow orders from criminals? Being that the globalist elite have their agents deep within all relevant levels of government, it is in their interests to oversee a federal takeover of state and local police. The intellectual framework for this consolidation is being lain as we speak; the old Hegelian Dialectic: problem, reaction, solution.
Now, we all know that a cop's job is not easy. But at a time when our culture is spiritually sick, our savings is in the midst of destruction, and for millions the future looks quite bleak, it isn't about to get any easier. By nearly any measure, the general public is mentally/spiritually ill. Hope is on the decline, and violence is on the rise. At a time when government is roundly mistrusted and utterly irresponsible in fiscal matters, the police are being used as the state's enforcer, taxman, and bill collector. Moreover, the police (by default) stand as a separation between the government and the people. It is the American political establishment that has put law enforcement officers (LEOs) in this position, and their manipulation is plain to see in the media and on the web.
The trio of articles below lay out this version of the Hegelian Dialectic. Although I doubt that there was any intentional collaboration between the authors of the following pieces, these ideas are rampant on the intellectual outlets for the Law Enforcement community. Each article has been published within the last six-to-eight weeks, and intentionally promotes an antagonistic view of the current societal landscape, and the steps the authors deem necessary to confront it.
PROBLEM: "Are America's officers at war?" - Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.
As if the precarious situation that LEOs have been shoved into isn't problematic enough, Chief Joel Schultz of Alamosa, Colorado highlights the recent spike in police homicides. Schultz ties the pain of losing his comrades to the angry taunting of minorities who were on the scene following the shooter's execution, and anonymous message board posts after the well-publicized deaths of three Oakland police officers:
"They will say the officers “got what they deserved” and that the public has lost confidence, that police are a violent racist occupying force. One blog said, “As the police and media work to defame and slander Lovelle Mixon [the murderer], we express our total solidarity.”"
It is not difficult to find hate-laced tirades against anyone, on any subject in the anonymous world of internet message boards (police officers not excluded). Surprisingly, Schultz seems most concerned about "a perfect storm of social factors" leading to widespread public criticism of heavy-handed police actions. In the wake of the recent rash of police murders, Schultz is just as concerned with media and public criticism of law enforcement agencies. He uses rhetoric that intends to anger fellow officers, and then attempts to psychologically profile those who are critical of the police; suggesting that anyone tired of police using brutal force against fellow citizens have some dangerous larger agenda. Rather than performing any self-evaluation, particularly regarding attitudes within minority populations, Schultz determines "we need to take the kind of connect-the-dots examination of patterns of violence that we have learned to do with terrorism." Like many posts on LEO forums like policeone.com,officer.com, and policelink, the article sends a powerful (if not subconscious) message to the casual reader: You are at war! It's you against the world! And that's a dangerous precedent to set.
REACTION: "SWAT options for multiple shooter terrorist attacks" - Lt. Andrew Esposito
If we are to accept the thesis of Mr. Schultz, then the officer on the beat is no longer a public servant, but a soldier in a war zone against a determined enemy. The predictable recommendation is that the police are too lightly armed against potential crises like those in Beslan and Mumbai in recent years. Lieutenant Andrew Esposito, Commander of Rockland County, NY's (REACT) anti-terror unit, warns of the need to investigate "how to deal with terrorism, whether it is domestic or foreign." Lt. Esposito bemoans the restraint that Posse Comitatus puts onto law enforcement in these United States:
"We, on the other hand, follow the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (meaning “the power of the county”), which was passed following the civil war after the federal government used troops to uphold the law, or “occupy”, the south in an effort to stabilize the country. Due to this statue, which was passed over one hundred years ago, our country is now more vulnerable."
Well, Lieutenant, the Bill of Rights is a couple of centuries old. Has it become outdated? Common Law has served as our legal framework for a half of a millennium, should we get rid of it, too? This article serves as an attempt to justify a return to an ugly period in American history, the Reconstruction era, which effectively diluted our republican form of government. Those state boundaries represent the people's only safeguard from a tyrannical federal government. We are not Cuba or Pakistan, and we do not want soldiers in our streets. Lt. Esposito believes that "due to Posse Comitatus, [law enforcement] response will be slow, and too late." The Lieutenant spends the rest of the article laying out the shortfalls of police capability to handle mass hostage-type attacks, and the lacking capacity for LEOs to serve as infantryman in an emergency. This piece serves to illustrate the perceived necessity for the army to be able to operate as another asset of law enforcement inside the US.
SOLUTION: A Stability Police Force for the United States - RAND Corporation
Right on cue, the infamous Rand Corporation has released their plan for a hybrid Army/civilian high-end policing outfit; the Stability Police Force (SPF) for America. Amazingly, this report outlines just the type of force, with the type of capabilities, called for in Lt. Esposito's article. In their introduction, they skirt around the fact that the unit is intended for domestic operations. But in contemplating the current strategy options, Rand concludes that the current status of forces is:
"constrained by the limits placed on its ability to perform civilian policing functions by the Posse Comitatus Act. Without relief from this constraint, it could not take advantage of the opportunities provided the hybrid staffing option to develop and maintain the needed skills."
Those who had been tasked to put this report together almost certainly had a primary objective of justifying an end to Posse Comitatus, a frightening thought for any liberty concerned historian. The authors skillfully frame the debate around the need for an effective police force with availability for rapid foreign deployment. The SPF "can perform law enforcement functions and so contribute to domestic tranquility and homeland defense when not deployed" p105 (anyone else thinking 'enemy combatant status'?). Ah, yes, they will contribute to domestic tranquility and receive vital training; RAND has it all figured out. They envision something of a European model of deployment, and lay it out as such:
"forces perform civilian functions when they are not deployed abroad. For instance, Carabinieri officers perform a range of civilian tasks in Italy, such as countering organized crime and conducting crowd and riot control. Gendarmerie officers are deployed under the Ministry of Interior in France, and routinely perform such tasks as criminal investigations and highway patrol. We concluded that this practice of engaging in civilian tasks on a routine basis was extremely useful preparation for when the organizations deployed abroad during stability operations. Such experience is difficult to get only through training."
The report touted that SPF soldiers "working as police officers would greatly contribute to the state of training and readiness of SPF personnel." Although the authors admit that the hurdles are "probably insurmountable," RAND does submit "the issue of contractors performing law enforcement functions."
Much of the document centers around high-end policing, or police that
"fill a critical gap between military forces and civilian police. They are trained to deal with higher levels of crime and violence than regular civilian police, and are able to perform such tasks as high-end criminality identification, criminal investigation, special weapons and tactics (SWAT), crowd and riot control, and intelligence collection and analysis."
It is troublesome that intelligence agencies and non-governmental organizations have forecast an increase in civil unrest. The ongoing tea-party movement is likely the beginning of a popular uprising against the status-quo. Rather than to investigate government corruption and imprison the perpetrators of Wall St. fraud, articles such as these suggest that the military-industrial-complex is gearing up to face down those who demand justice on behalf of those who have perpetrated the criminal conspiracy.
Friday, January 22, 2010
This falsehood is pushed by the elitist, social Darwinian. The phrase reeks of corporate public relations propaganda and the Madison Avenue peddlers of personal insecurity. On an individual level, deciding to perceive our own life in a positive and optimistic light can have its shallow benefits, if only temporarily. Of course, the reality of a person's circumstances, if viewed by an impartial and unattached set of eyes, is what it is. In a digital media age, governmental and corporate leaders use human psychology against the passive viewer, with slick talking heads to spin ideas, filter out uncomfortable truths, and shape their desired perceptions. Indeed, it requires an active (if not rebellious) mind to withstand the perpetual motion of the corporate PR machine. Remember the hubris of former White House chief-of-staff Karl Rove, who admitted:
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality—judiciously, as you will—we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors ... and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."Ignorance is NOT Bliss
Unfortunately, a large number of us subconsciously live with the original statement as a kind of personal philosophy. Society is run for the benefit of a very few, the government is corrupt, our birthright is being stolen, and civil society is breaking down. People know this, but it scares them and they simply do not want to deal with it. Ignorance is Slavery! This is the context in which English poet Thomas Gray wrote Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College:
"Yet ah! why should they know their fate?
Since sorrow never comes too late,
And happiness too swiftly flies.
Thought would destroy their paradise.
No more; where ignorance is bliss,
'Tis folly to be wise."
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Attempting to quantify the nature or extent of the existing police state is not an easy task. How does one judge corruption, political repression, domestic surveillance, etc. After all, there is no international index of unjust laws, corrupt cops, paid-off judges and the like. There are a number of projects on the web that look at the raw data and try to do just that. I attempt to collate them here, and, in conclusion, you make your own judgement.
Total Number of Police (by Country)
Source: The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention)
- India 1,032,960
- United States 941,139
- Mexico 495,821
- Italy 322,433
- Germany 250,104
- Japan 231,700
- Thailand 215,450
- Turkey 165,833
- United Kingdom 152,576
- France 124,284
Source:The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention)
- Malaysia 26,294
- Hong Kong 10,593
- Papua New Guinea 9,474
- Latvia 8,110
- Kuwait 2,566
- United States 1,558
- Oman 1,164
- Russia 739
- Turkey 504
- Mexico 448
Source: The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention)
- United States 2,019,234
- China 1,549,000
- Russia 846,967
- India 313,635
- Brazil 308,304
- Thailand 213,815
- Ukraine 198,386
- South Africa 181,944
- Mexico 172,888
- Iran 163,526
Source: International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief
- United States 715 per 100,000 people
- Russia 584 per 100,000 people
- Belarus 554 per 100,000 people
- Palau 523 per 100,000 people
- Belize 459 per 100,000 people
- Suriname 437 per 100,000 people
- Dominica 420 per 100,00 people
- Ukraine 416 per 100,000 people
- The Bahamas 410 per 100,000 people
- South Africa 402 per 100,000 people
Source: Cryptohippie, Inc.'s report called the Electronic Police State, a 2008 ranking of government high tech mass surveillance against its own people. 52 nations are graded on a scale of 1 to 4 (1=most free, 4=least free), in 17 different pertinent categories.
- China 3.58/4.00
- North Korea 3.47/4.00
- Belarus 3.29/4.00
- Russia 3.17/4.00
- United Kingdom 3.17/4.00
- United States 3.11/4.00
- Singapore 3.11/4.00
- Israel 3.05/4.00
- France 3.05/4.00
- Germany 3.05/4.00
Source: Data from the Economist Intelligence Unit's Index of Democracy 2008, Interpreting column V data on Civil Liberties among economically developed Full-Democracies (Rankings 1 to 10, with 10 being most free).
- South Korea 8.24/10
- United States 8.53/10
- Slovenia 8.82/10
- United Kingdom 8.82/10
- Italy 9.12/10
- France 9.12/10
- Austria 9.12/10
- Portugal 9.41/10
- Greece 9.41/10
- Belgium 9.41/10
Make of it all what you will. If you want to pat yourself on the back, read Freedom House's Freedom in the World (66% funded by the US government). It paints a rosy, if not downright ignorant, picture of personal freedoms in today's United States. The statistics seem to prove that the good old USA has made a big business out of the criminal justice system. Particularly when viewing the stats on prisoners per capita, it would seem as if our huge government is nearly as oppressive as the states it admonishes for human right violations.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Of course, the 9/11 attacks (and the Department of Homeland Security) have lain the way for unprecedented levels of spending on domestic security. Those who have studied the 9/11 operation understand by now that, whatever went down on that cloudless Tuesday morning, there was a lot more going on than what was written in the 9/11 Commission Report and dutifully parroted by the corporate media. The fear, confusion, and downright panic that followed that fateful day behooved any attempt to discuss the nature of the attack and the impossibility of the Afghan cave dwellers to have single handedly forced the NORAD stand down and caused the WTC7 implosion, as well. Within three years of the attack, I knew that the terrorist threat had been outrageously overstated. Even under the tight scrutiny of FBI/CIA surveillance, if any single terrorist cell in the United States existed they would need to strike something within a three year period to show their followers that they indeed were still at war, and had not been absolutely decimated. If the threat was as grave as the likes of Dick Cheney would have us believe in the days after the attack (you know, Mr. "It's not a matter of if, but when" the next attack is coming), then al-Qaeda would have struck somewhere.
That said, DHS is helping to fund the full-body scanners in our airports, massive surveillance networks in even small cities, LRAD sonic weaponry (already used on non-violent protesters), armored vehicles for our police departments, license plate readers on our streets, and on, and on, and on. Quite a blossoming industry has grown up around the police state that we are all to live for the rest of our lives! And you should know who is providing all this gear to the authorities (at federal taxpayer's expense, of course). As our economy continues to fall, be aware that the less-lethal weapons won't be to protect you from the violent criminals, they will protect the criminals in government from you! Yes, peaceful protest will be banned as unauthorized assembly, and you will be forced to disperse by all types of fun little toys. The banks, and the Fortune 500 have their tentacles deeply into the domestic control grid trough. Innumerable small start-up companies have grown quickly to provide local authorities with vast and advanced public surveillance capabilities. The list of players is large enough to fill a whole book, but below is a primer of some of the largest and most outrageous proliferators of anti-liberty technology.
Xe (Formerly Blackwater)
As dirty as their past has been, my concern isn't as much what Xe has done (although they apparently ran around New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina much like they did in Baghdad), but what they may do in the future. Suppose Interpol, who now has diplomatic immunity operating within the US, contracts out some work to these psychopaths- that's one frightening thought. As ugly a choice this group is,(what are the alternatives? DynCorp? Maybe, KBR?) our ostensibly liberal government is still giving them hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts! Call me a kook, but these guys are so spooky, they are like a private arm of the CIA.
Headquarters: Moyok, NC
2009 Revenue: $669 million
Corrections Corp. of America
The largest and most profitable private prison company in the land. The Heritage Foundation seems to favor this option for criminal rehabilitation. In a time where ever-expanding law turns everyone into a criminal of some sort, this is just too easy a way for corrupt cops, judges, and "businessmen" to require quotas to fill those beds and make the shareholders happy. If we could keep non-violent offenders out of prison, maybe it could be a possibility.
Headquarters: Nashville, TN
2008 Revenue: $1.598 billion
The Rand Corporation is a policy research center set up in the shadow of WWII by the US Army and the Douglas Aircraft Co., and unsurprisingly received start-up capital from the Ford Foundation. Over the decades, they have put forward a myriad of outrageous and profoundly un-American ideas for federal, state, and local governments. They masquerade as a harmless non-profit advisory body, but it is clear that they work at the behest of powerful corporate interests, the military-industrial complex, and the international socialist power structure. They undermine our Constitutional republic, and most recently have proposed a federal militarized police "stabilization force" to be used against US citizens. Make no mistake, they seek to protect the ponzi-scheming banksters (and the politicians that they own) from outraged Main St. Americans.
Headquarters: Santa Monica, CA
2008 Revenue: $230.07 million
Affiliated Computer Services
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, chances are you have seen the massive increase in photo enforcement systems around where you live. ACS, recently acquired by Xerox, has jumped on the police state bandwagon enthusiastically, producing red-light and speed cameras to law enforcement agencies across the nation. We all know that this trend is less about safety, and more about revenue generation for irresponsible government. Photo enforcement companies customarily receive upwards of one-third of the revenue generated from each ticket. For this reason, look for the Fortune 500 to flock towards this type of investment, with capital gains guaranteed by government force. What happened to the right to face our accuser? Disgusting parasites!
Headquarters: Dallas, TX
2008 Revenue: $6.16 billion
Federal Signal Corp. (PIPS Technology)
PIPS, Federal Signal's public safety subsidiary, is among America's leaders in Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology, big brother's newest toy for obtaining total surveillance over our roads. Thanks to Federal Signal, we are all guilty until proven innocent when traveling. For now, the public is assured that ALPRs will help track down stolen vehicles and indicted fugitives. But the technology will evolve to electronically verify your insurance, and even to identify "scofflaws" with unpaid parking tickets. Imagine what a corrupt government can do with the proliferation of this technology. They could determine that your travel is unessential, or that you have not obtained a permit to be in a certain part of town. This dragnet approach to Total Information Awareness is an affront to the Fourth Amendment.
Headquarters: Oak Brook, IL
2008 Revenue: $1.2 billion
Perhaps the fastest growing police state profiteer (and military-industrial-complex member), L-3 has been swallowing up corporations left and right. Now, they are front and center in the controversial naked full-body-scanners going into 200+ airports across the United States. Another violator of our Fourth Amendment protections (no, being viewed in the nude by the TSA is not reasonable), L-3 is rolling out their Millimeter Wave Airport Passenger Screening System, called the Pro Vision, costing the taxpayers between $130k-$170k apiece. We absolutely must reject sending our wives and children through these monstrosities.
Headquarters: New York, NY
2008 Revenue: $13.96 billion
Apparently, every cop across the land (please, let me know if I'm wrong) absolutely loves carrying the portable electroshock torture device. Despite having killed hundreds of Americans, usually due to trigger happy law enforcement officers, Taser International has succeeded in flooding the market with the police's favorite pain compliance weapon on the market today (so much for the Eight Amendment). Ostensibly developed as an alternative to the use of deadly force, just glancing at the news shows that tasers are used as a way to paralyze unarmed individuals who supposedly resist arrest or flee from custody, as punishment for arguing, as a tool of political repression against dissenters, and sometimes as some kind of sick joke! I call for a class action lawsuit on behalf of the victims of Taser Inernational, to liquidate the assets of these sadistic S.O.Bs!
Headquarters: Scottsdale, AZ
2008 Revenue: $92.845 million
American Technology Corp.
In 2009, we saw the first use of sonic weaponry against Americans during the G-20 in Pittsburgh in late September. The highly militarized police stomped around that city declaring all congregations as unauthorized assemblies, and drove through residential neighborhoods blasting people with the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD). Designed by American Technology Corp., the LRAD has been used against pirates and Iraqi insurgents. During a time when corrupt government authorities fear "flash mobs" and increasing dissent among the populace, the LRAD can disperse large crowds by broadcasting extremely loud, shrill tones.
Headquarters: San Diego, CA
2009 Revenue: $15.8 million
The fourth largest defense contractor in the US, Raytheon is indeed producing weaponry that can be of dual use: against a foreign enemy or against those inhabitants of Northcom (namely, you and I). The Active Denial System (ADS) has been coming down the pike for awhile now, but it has been demonstrated domestically for use by law enforcement. The "pain ray" is a type of directed energy weapon that could supposedly reduce injuries like those suffered from rubber bullets or billy clubs. It's like a taser, but its use would leave no visible marks on ones body, only the memory of pain in your psyche. This has an extreme risk of abuse by the sadists in uniform, who could force false confessions and effectively end the right to petition, and gain a redress of grievances from politicians by immediately disbanding demonstrations.
Headquarters: Waltham, MA
2008 revenue: $23.174 billion
More to come...
If we are to tip the scales back in favor of liberty and the Bill of Rights, we must first act locally. If photo enforcement has become prevalent in our community, we must go to the city council and tell them that we demand our right to face our accuser! It will not require 51% of the people to shut these systems down, although I would certainly welcome a referendum on the matter. Take a look at the police state map on this blog. If your local cops have abused the people with their tasers, you must lobby for them to be banned in your town! If any of the above corporations have offices near you, set up flash mobs and demonstrations against their profiteering. We are free human beings, and we will not be forced pay for our own oppressive slave grid!