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The People's Surveillance State

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All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once the fraud is exposed they must rely exclusively on force. - George Orwell~~~ An article by William Rivers Pitt ~

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 2:36 pm

In the aftermath of September 11, there was a big push to create a national surveillance system in the name of national security. Cameras were installed at traffic lights, ostensibly to catch people running red lights and stop signs, but those cameras came with a nifty side benefit: they recorded everyone within reach of the lens in their comings and goings. Cameras were installed at street corners, ostensibly to provide security against crime, but again, you were recorded wherever you went. Bank machines all come with security cameras, and those added to the ever-broadening web of national surveillance. Finally, almost every cell phone now comes with software that, so long as the thing is turned on, can track your every step by triangulating your position via GPS and the cell towers your phone signal bounces off of.

Those with a fealty to the quaint ideals of American civil liberties had, to no great surprise, a big problem with putting this system in place. Combine the concern over having millions of innocent people on camera with the fact that the Bush administration decided to spy on pretty much everyone by way of the NSA because no one had the guts to stop them, and what you had - and have to this day - is a pretty damned paranoid situation where everyone is being watched by The Man. Today, it is almost impossible to be anywhere in America without something tracking you. After this technology had been in place for a few years, it even became fodder for cop shows; half the episodes of "Law & Order: SVU" after 2008 involve catching criminals using this web of eyes and ears. As you can imagine, the bad guys almost never got away.
**************Published by Truthout - an OpEd by William Rivers Pitt ~

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~~~ Benjamin Franklin

Kit B (276)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 2:41 pm

Above are just the first two paragraph by William Rivers Pitt, please use |Visit Site| to read the full OpEd. Thanks.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 2:47 pm
What callous cruelty against the heros of our land
who walk in the footsteps left by our founders!

Marco C (31)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 3:06 pm
Yes, lamentable. The chancellor cannot be entrusted with human life, much less that of our intellectual youth that has made considerable sacrifices to further their education and prepare a bright future for this country. Even if she were a farmer, her herd would be taken from her.

I marvel at the self discipline of the parents who have shown remarkable restraint in not forming a lynch mob an laying waste to one and all involved in this reprehensible act of violence against their children, who they have carefully stewarded and shepharded through life. The disregard for human life and safety is shocking, perpetrated by precisely those designated and entrusted with the responsiblity to protect. A phenominal betrayal of the worst kind. And this the parents, students and taxpayors PAID FOR just adds insult to injury.

Jail, prison, jail, jail, jail, prison, prison, prison, jail, jail. You think we should let Cain, or Perry waterboard this guy to see if a wider conspiracy is invoved. Where was this guy born? Has he been camping in Pakistan or gone to summer camp in Afganistan? Does he have any radical arab militant muslim friends? Who does he associate with? $ 110,000.00 is a big salary....where is he spending his money? Is he a closet facist? He ever been convicted of domestic violence? Does he have a subscription to Death Camp Magazine?

Wouldn't you want to know?

Terry King (113)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 3:19 pm
One minor correction... The offending UCDPD officers have not been suspended. They were placed on PAID administrative leave! These asshats are still getting paid instead of doing jail time!

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 6:52 pm
I'm with Marco on this..if they had maced My Kid they would NEED their SWAT team AND the National Guard!
WE need to watch the watchers VERY Closely!

Kamila A (141)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 8:24 pm
I can't hold this. How can this happen in the country of the "free and the brave?!!!!!!!!!"
This makes it clear how far into fascism this country has fallen.

TomCat S (129)
Tuesday November 22, 2011, 10:02 pm

Chien Chao (105)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 5:10 am
thank you

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 7:21 am
I take another exception: This 'police action' was called "unAmerican." I'm afraid it's very American since we are now becoming conscious of just how much fraud and force have been a part of the American way for a very long time. It is coming to the light of day, however, thanks to the good people involved in the Occupy movement. Bless the brave among us who dare to speak out or sit in silence and torment while showing our system up for what it really is... the police state ruled by the plutocracy. Good reveal, Tom. Thanks.

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 7:23 am
OOPS! Kit, I mean! Sorry, Kit. I'd just commented on another piece by Tom and fell asleep for a minute. Mea culpa!

patricia lasek (317)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 7:42 am
Rachel Maddow had a wonderful piece on the use of mace, teargas and rubber bullets, as well as other non-lethal weapons the police are using against the protesters. Her question at the end of it was, what if they didn't have access to these and used real bullets like they did at Kent State?

This does not give them the right to use any weapons against peaceful protesters. Our nation has become a nation of thugs following 9/11/2001.

cecily w (0)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 9:42 am
The tragedies of 911 occurred, in part, because terrorists were permitted to enter the country. It seems our government--on all levels--doesn't have its priorities straight. Instead of denying entry to some people (or following up on their whereabouts and activities), U.S. citizens are brutalized by our own police forces.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 12:29 pm

Kamila A (141)
Wednesday November 23, 2011, 8:18 pm
Patricia, I agree, it became a nation bent on becoming completely fascist after 9/11.....kinda makes it easier to become a conspiracy theorist. They create the terror, then they take all our freedoms away in order to protect us. Interesting. It reminds me of how the banks crashed the economy on purpose in order to make more money. The ends justify the means for the extremely, very few.

Iyyappan Selvam (18)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 1:23 am

Brenda Towers (0)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 1:22 pm

M B (62)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 2:15 pm
Noted, outside the US. They think so-called "terrorism" justifys everything, but this is not true. The system is not allways right.

Robert B (60)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 4:49 pm

Gloria H (88)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 6:20 pm
So...where is the parent or alumni protest/boycott ? How about not sending money to support the football team? Get em where it hurts till she steps down. She has already slipped in s-t. She warned the students "it wasn't safe"...did she know what beasts she was sic-ing on them, or just that "children, don't sit down in the street"?

Phil R (29)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:03 pm
Looks like a replay of the 60s and 70s. I guess we didn't learn from the past. This country can't afford not to listen when people speak out. We are poised to fail. It happened to the USSR, it could happen to US.

Sir Walk F (124)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:43 pm
Remember to contact the uc davis police dept and let them know you would like to see Lt John Pike fired for pepper spraying seated nonviolent protesters.

Sir Walk F (124)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 7:48 pm
Here's a link to the beginning of a great movie about the 2004 FTAA protests in Miami. I highly recommend it. I was there. I remember the pepper spray. They spent MILLIONS on security. Helicopters. SWAT teams. Mass arrests.

That is part 1 of ten. The rest is viewable on youtube.

I would also recommend "Pickax" and "This is what Democracy looks like", both also available on youtube, documenting the anti globalization movement in N. America.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday November 24, 2011, 9:41 pm
Thanks, Kit, for this excellent article! Many Americans have been complaining about this since the Patriot Act was passed after 9/11, but always get "silenced" by those who believed in fearmongering...especially MainStreamMedia. When fearmongering didn't work, they resorted to using "safety" as the excuse. I, for one, am all for turning the tide on this encroaching totalitarian mindset.

Quanta Kiran (67)
Friday November 25, 2011, 8:10 am

Valerie Hammett (21)
Friday November 25, 2011, 11:31 am
just like Napolitano´s message,´´ IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING´´ well guess what, im seeing crimes against humanity everyday committed by our police force and im gonna say something!
"LEAVE US THE HELL ALONE AND LET US PROTEST IN PEACE" we dont need your violence, this country is going through a difficult time, this is the last thing we need on our shoulders. if they care so much about our security, they need to turn the other way and leave us alone.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Friday November 25, 2011, 2:25 pm
Such a shame...-

Santi Elmira (0)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 1:16 am
Terima kasih..

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday November 26, 2011, 6:24 pm
Funny story:

The nature of the mechanism by which everybody gets watched is not even classified. The U.S. does not spy on its own citizens. It just turns a blind eye as its military allies do so and returns the favour. Then under military intelligence-sharing treaties, by which the countries are required to inform each other in case of threat, it receives any vital information. The upside to this is that if allies find something like an unpopular political position or whatever affiliation which does not actually constitute a threat, they are not obliged to share that information.

Regarding the pepper-spraying, I understand that the students at Occupy Davis were informed prior to the event that if they did not vacate, they would be pepper-sprayed. Unfortunately, after issuing such an ultimatum, the school could not back down without its security losing all credibility. It's an unfortunate situation and I'm very confident it could have been handled better, but it is worth noting that there are aspects of the event which were not all on film.

Past Member (0)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 3:25 pm
That pepper spraying cop has become quite famous and he loves it.

Fame at any price?


David S (55)
Monday November 28, 2011, 2:13 am
The reality is that it is the "false positives" that increase, and often suffer most, in a surveillance society. This is most especially true in how America is becoming the nation of legally sanctioned employment blacklists.

Vallee R (280)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:11 pm
To me - this is totally unacceptable - but so are many things happening in this country - hard to believe that so many people look the other way - saying this could never happen here - but then the news doesn't cover anything either.

Kit B (276)
Monday November 28, 2011, 3:20 pm

Homeland INsecurity at it's finest. We did exactly as we were expected to do, sanction a method for erosion of what was left of a free society.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~~~ Benjamin Franklin

Dr Clue (21)
Friday January 6, 2012, 12:00 pm
Of the basic ten amendments in the constitution (bill of rights), the only one whose violation remains to be institutionalized is the 3rd amendment.

Personally , if I'm going to open a bed and breakfast business , I'l like some say in who I invite into my home.

Fear has been used to found and maintain the most notorious and tyrannical regimes in history, and we are well on our way to becoming what will be one of the largest and saddest pages in history.

The magical word "terrorist" seems to set all critical thinking aside. Take the following observation as a simple clue in explaining the fact that this is but terrorism theater.

There is no shortage of illegals to mow your lawn, illegal drugs flow freely , yet the sound of terrorist bombs deafen us with their silence.

In that single sentence of observation is the proof that our government is not able to claim any special prowess in performing a duty and that terrorism is in the totality of things , but indeed theater.

All of us making a stand with our opinions are indeed being noted, and I've no doubt that if our country's course does not change , the camps await us in our future.

Teresa E (10)
Saturday March 31, 2012, 10:49 am

I wish america was really a free country, instead of one with fake freedoms.
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