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State of Fear

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: FBI, surveillance, non violent dissent, suspects, freedoms )

- 1955 days ago -
The FBI documents are not only a chilling example of how widespread this surveillance and obstruction has become, they are an explicit warning by the security services to all who consider dissent. Anyone who defies corporate power, ... is a suspect.

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Jae A (316)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:17 am understement but one that will do.

Interesting/informative read as well as chilling food for thought Lynn..thank you for sharing this article with others.


Lynn Squance (235)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:41 am
Mara Verheyden-Hilliard... “This production [of information], which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protesters organizing with the Occupy movement. These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity. These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

"potential criminal and terrorist activity" --- And just how should citizens, and others, utilising their 1st amendment rights refer to Wall Street and Corporate America, and their actions?

And at the end of the article, McLeish asks “What does such surveillance and militarized response mean for our democratic system of governance as more and more people in our country and abroad struggle to survive and are moved to protest stark economic inequalities, mass unemployment and unfair working conditions, and impoverished living conditions?”

As someone once said to me about something similar "This is scary shit!"

How much of this is actually going on? It is certainly disturbing to think that a corporate citizen has more clout, not equal clout, but more clout than the average citizen who finds himself in a predicament because he non-violently used his 1st amendment rights. Is the first amendment being rewritten because government and corporate America are afraid? What are they afraid of that they appear to be so heavyhanded?

Elizabeth M (65)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:53 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing Lynn.
After reading this article, I felt a shiver going up my back. This is pretty scary all right.

Yvonne White (229)
Friday January 11, 2013, 2:21 pm
It stands to reason that as more & more wealth & power are grabbed by fewer & fewer Uber-rich that They will be more paranoid & vindictive to their perceived enemies! The Middle-class has been reduced to "middle-men" who are the layer of spies that observe, deploy "help", & maintain the Super-rich's level of safety & comfort. There are SO many of US that they have to try to Manage us Before we can unite. Of course, in doing so they Really need to be more Diplomatic - the wrong choices can Cause the next (inevitable) Revolution. I sincerely hope the next one will be less bloody & more equitable for Everyone...The Corporations & Uber-rich HAVE the ball right now - the Masses still own the ballcourt, even if they don't realize it!;)

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday January 11, 2013, 3:58 pm
It does not get much scarier than this. Thanks Lynn and Carrie for forwarding.

Mitchell D (87)
Friday January 11, 2013, 5:21 pm
Hedges needs to read "Democracy For the Few," by Michael Parenti. Should he do so he will learn that protecting the corporate world has been a goal of our government from its inception. I think it was Hoover, who said, "The business of government is business."
I have issues with this, but this is the way it is.In effect, the Plutocracy runs the show. In related news, who do you think the NRA represents, citizens and their dear 2nd amendment? No way: follow the money; see who the corporate supporters of the NRA are: the munitions magnates.
And, don't blame Obama for surveillance, it was going on long before he came along. Perhaps look at G.W. Bush and his Cheney pal, look at the Patriot Act.

Jason S (50)
Friday January 11, 2013, 8:53 pm
Good Posting, thanks

Terrie W (798)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:23 am
Call it what it truly is peeps.....FASCISM. Stop being afraid or hesitant to call it what it is.

This is only the beginning. Actually the beginning of 'in-your-face' Fascism began with their God, Ronny Ray-Gun. Before then it was hidden and low key, but like Mitchell said, it (our government or form thereof) has always been pro-business (and the owning of property and it's supreme rights above all else) from the beginning, never a true Democracy.....why? Because.....say it with me peeps.....true Democracy is called .......SOCIALISM. Which, in it's true form, is OF, BY and FOR the COMMON people. Thus, a 'bad' thing for the privileged few who is either a business person or vastly wealthy or both.

And the Fascists have done their job well. This is only the beginning.

Ann P (17)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 7:48 am
Very scary. L♥ve ☮ Peace.

Glenville J Owen (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:25 pm
Thank you for this story Lynn. If only we'd all wake up and realize the power we all have within ourselves and put it to good use to keep our legislators on the straight and narrow path they need to tread while they serve us all as equals, the world would be a much better place to live in for every one and every thing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday January 13, 2013, 2:14 pm
My thanks for posting, Lynn. *I'm sorry I'm unable to send you a star since I sent one in the past week.

Farah Hage Ali (152)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 10:09 am
noted, thank you

Chris C (152)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 3:21 pm
Very scary!
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