Sunday, December 16, 2007

Depth of Surveillance of You and Me Much Greater Than Bush's Lies Suggest

WASHINGTON — For months, the Bush administration has waged a high-profile campaign, including personal lobbying by President Bush and closed-door briefings by top officials, to persuade Congress to pass legislation protecting companies from lawsuits for aiding the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program.

But the battle is really about something much bigger. At stake is the federal government’s extensive but uneasy partnership with industry to conduct a wide range of secret surveillance operations in fighting terrorism and crime.
And if that doesn't scare you enough, read what Glenn Greenwald has to say about it:

More than anything else, what these revelations highlight -- yet again -- is that the U.S. has become precisely the kind of surveillance state that we were always told was the hallmark of tyrannical societies, with literally no limits on the government's ability or willingness to spy on its own citizens and to maintain vast dossiers on those activities. The vast bulk of those on whom the Government spies have never been accused, let alone convicted, of having done anything wrong. One can dismiss those observations as hyperbole if one likes -- people want to believe that their own government is basically benevolent and "tyranny" is something that happens somewhere else -- but publicly available facts simply compel the conclusion that, by definition, we live in a lawless surveillance state, and most of our political officials are indifferent to, if not supportive of, that development.
We certainly have turned into the tyrannical police state that George Orwell described in his book "1984" that was written in 1948. Who could have imagined that sixty years ago Orwell could envision a Bush regime tearing the country apart.

Repignofascists who comment on the blogs in here regularly call me all sorts of names including, surprisingly, a "fascist" for pointing out what a lawless creep the Chimp and his regime are and have become. What the Repignofascists fail to remember (probably because they get all their cue lines from Rush and from the Fox Opinion Network) is that a "fascist" is:

"A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion." [Robert O. Paxton, "The Anatomy of Fascism," 2004]
Sound like anyone you know who will continue to reside in the White House for another 401 very very long days?

Wake up sheeple.

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