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Someone You Love: Coming to a Gulag Near You


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Kit
- 848 days ago - truth-out.org
The security and surveillance state does not deal in nuance or ambiguity. Its millions of agents, intelligence gatherers, spies, clandestine operatives, analysts and armed paramilitary units live in a binary world of opposites, of good and evil, black->



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Kit B. (277)
Monday April 2, 2012, 6:00 pm
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The security and surveillance state does not deal in nuance or ambiguity. Its millions of agents, intelligence gatherers, spies, clandestine operatives, analysts and armed paramilitary units live in a binary world of opposites, of good and evil, black and white, opponent and ally. There is nothing between. You are for us or against us. You are a patriot or an enemy of freedom. You either embrace the crusade to physically eradicate evildoers from the face of the Earth or you are an Islamic terrorist, a collaborator or an unwitting tool of terrorists. And now that we have created this monster it will be difficult, perhaps impossible, to free ourselves from it. Our 16 national intelligence agencies and army of private contractors feed on paranoia, rumor, rampant careerism, demonization of critical free speech and often invented narratives. They justify their existence, and their consuming of vast governmental resources, by turning even the banal and the mundane into a potential threat. And by the time they finish, the nation will be a gulag.

This is why the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was contested by me and three other plaintiffs before Judge Katherine B. Forrest in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Thursday, is so dangerous. This act, signed into law by President Barack Obama last Dec. 31, puts into the hands of people with no discernible understanding of legitimate dissent the power to use the military to deny due process to all deemed to be terrorists, or terrorist sympathizers, and hold them indefinitely in military detention. The deliberate obtuseness of the NDAA's language, which defines "covered persons" as those who "substantially supported" al-Qaida, the Taliban or "associated forces," makes all Americans, in the eyes of our expanding homeland security apparatus, potential terrorists. It does not differentiate. And the testimony of my fellow plaintiffs, who understand that the NDAA is not about them but about us, repeatedly illustrated this.
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By Chris Hedges, Truthdig | News Analysis | Truthout|

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Past Member (0)
Monday April 2, 2012, 10:18 pm
All this 'control & domination' by the state will bring on a pandemic of PTSD, get ready for the suffering and pain people. You don't really undersand what this wil mean to all humans. Humans should have the right to be left alone.
Freedom To Fascism
 

Aimee A. (177)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 1:53 pm
Scary stuff, though very informative! Thanks for posting!
 

Marlene Dinkins (229)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 2:00 pm
thnx for th e posting
 

Cal Mendelsohn (968)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 2:50 pm
Thanks Kit--really scary
 

Mari Garcia (51)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 4:47 pm
this is pretty scary, another reason why i dont trust the government
 

Yvonne White (231)
Tuesday April 3, 2012, 5:27 pm
This was the One thing I thought Obama & the Democrats would fix after Bu$h Leaguers opened the floodgates..alas, it's getting worse..:(
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:16 am
From the article:

This act, signed into law by President Barack Obama last Dec. 31, puts into the hands of people with no discernible understanding of legitimate dissent the power to use the military to deny due process to all deemed to be terrorists, or terrorist sympathizers, and hold them indefinitely in military detention.

(GET THAT.....DENY DUE PROCESS)

The deliberate obtuseness of the NDAA’s language, which defines “covered persons” as those who “substantially supported” al-Qaida, the Taliban or “associated forces,” makes all Americans, in the eyes of our expanding homeland security apparatus, potential terrorists. It does not differentiate. And the testimony of my fellow plaintiffs, who understand that the NDAA is not about them but about us, repeatedly illustrated this.

(UNDERSTAND THIS.....MAKES ALL.....AGAIN THE WORD.....ALL....ALL AMERICANS....POTENTIAL TERRORISTS)

If you ever wondered what it would of been like to live in the days of the rise of Hitler or Mussolini you are about to find out. Unfortunately too many Americans have fallen asleep at the wheel and when it does hit them up side of the head, they are going to be in for a RUDE AWAKENING. That they Country they "thought" they all lived in......is GONE!

While everyone slept, paid more attention to Dance With the Stars, having their tailgate parties, locking themselves up for hours in video games, more concerned about if I should wear the blue dress or the red dress, their rights have been taken away. Now with the Supreme Court saying you can be striped search for even so much as receiving a ticket for not wearing your seat belt or jay walking.....now the fun really begins.

"Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first."
Daniel Ellsberg 2007
 

JL A. (272)
Wednesday April 4, 2012, 8:35 am
A country that doesn't learn from its mistakes is bound to repeat them...why we have Daniel Ellsberg again showing us where abuse of rights and power is appearing in our midst........
 

Lynn Squance (227)
Thursday April 5, 2012, 11:12 pm
Scary stuff indeed! The wording is so vague that the lawyers representing 'it' can't even explain or give examples.

As I was reading this, my mind harkened back to the Cold War, the Russian Gulag, and McCarthyism. That was bad but this seems worse. Perhaps because this is actually law on the US books.

If this NDAA is not repealed, with so many conservative and ultra conservative governments around the world, the use of gulags will spread like a highly contagious disease.

Scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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