Archive for the ‘police state’ Category

Even in the sick mockery of a free country that is Cheney’s post-9/11 America, it nonetheless beggars belief that our airport security personnel are now empowered to seize your fucking laptop (or iPod, or flash drive, or Fisher-Price Speak & Spell) for no goddamn fucking reason, examine everything on it, steal anything they feel like off it, keep it as long as they want. Oh, and of course owe you not the slightest explanation.

(I’ve wondered more than once WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO MASS OUTRAGE AT THIS? And I’m still wondering.)

Anyway, via Bob Geiger I thankfully see that Russ Feingold (D-Frequently Sole U.S. Senator Who Deserves His Paycheck) has introduced a bill to put a stop to this tyrannical horseshit. Running across Bob’s excellent post on this was a bright spot indeed in my day, filled as it otherwise was with accounts of our House of Lords taking their own first crack at Grand Theft Nation.

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From Democracy Now headlines, 9/22/08:

Army Unit to Deploy in October for Domestic Operations

Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.

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Really. Check this shit out. Our local police forces are buying – tanks!

These are not National Guardsmen or U.S. Army personnel – these are county policemen. Andy Fucking Griffith.

The sad fact is, our (borrowed) tax dollars have so overfilled the coffers of the war merchants, the money now needs elsewhere to go. And as our weapons have now saturated those foreign arenas in which they’re presently allowed to kill people, they too need elsewhere to go.

And as our national need to be a childish, bullying dick meets increasing resistance abroad, it too must have new avenues of expression. And why shouldn’t we prepare for the possibility that some drunk driver might be a terrorist about to deploy weapons of mass destruction?

We saw the forward edge of domestic “shock and awe” in the streets of St. Paul last week.

He looks ready to give directions to Starbucks, doesn’t he? Yeah, right in yo’ ass, Murka-hata!

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