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American Fascism: Advances of the Police State

CIA destroyed 92 interrogation tapes – AP/Google 3/2/09 

Law Professor: “We May Not Have Realized It At The Time, But In The Period From Late 2001-January 19, 2009, This Country Was A Dictatorship.” – George Washington blog 3/3/09

We may not have realized it at the time, but in the period from late 2001-January 19, 2009, this country was a dictatorship. The constitutional rights we learned about in high school civics were suspended. That was thanks to secret memos crafted deep inside the Justice Department that effectively trashed the Constitution. What we know now is likely the least of it.

Marjorie Cohn : Blueprints for a Police State – CounterPunch 3/4/09

Court rules spy program legal – Raw Story 1/15/09

Federal court to rule wiretapping, intercepting emails without warrant legal.

Oregon National Guard sent off to Iraq, leaving the state with four pilots and a borrowed helicopter– Aero News 2/1/09

Every plate is photographed, time-stamped, labeled on a GPS map and automatically logged into an Arizona Department of Public Safety database. – Arizona Republic via Cryptogon 11/23/08

Woman Convicted of Terrorism under Patriot Act for Spanking Children on Airplane – Natural News 1/21/09

One sign of a police state is the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for committing annoying acts. In America, over 200 people have been sent to prison for raising their voices on commercial airline flights, convicted of felonies under the laws of the Patriot Act.

How Bush Threatened Britain– Atlantic Monthly 2/6/09

In order to prevent any details of its torture record being publicly disseminated, the Bush administration threatened the British government with withdrawal of intelligence sharing if they allowed a court to publish the redacted evidence. Foreign secretary David Miliband denied this on Wednesday, but the letters from the US have been released by Channel 4 News. And their message is unmistakable.

Church Organization Refuses To Divulge If Pastors Are On FEMA Payroll  – InfoWars 2/2/09

A large church organization has refused to divulge how many of its pastors are on the FEMA payroll, after a member expressed concerns about religious leaders being used to condition their congregation to accept the declaration of martial law.

German Weimar Republic in the early 1920s and the U.S. – Troubling similarities – NowAndFutures.com

The US Has 761 Military Bases Across the Planet, and We Simply Never Talk About It – Alternet 9/8/08

Secret List of U.S. Military Bases to Replace Gitmo – ABC News 1/18/09

Statistics suggest Army death coverup – Raw Story 1/16/09

ACLU: ‘Secret courts’ conceal military contractor fraud – Raw Story 1/15/09

Video: CIA Embedded in Every State Government – The Last Outpost

Former Governor Jesse Ventura exposes he was interrogated by more than 20 CIA agents during his term of office in Minnesota. Despite the CIA’s mission statement which states they are not to be operational within the Unites States, Ventura stated that he had embedded CIA agents working in high level positions of the Minnesota state government. Ventura also said that when these agents retired, their replacements were already chosen for him by the CIA. 

Obama to Ignore CIA War Crimes – National Expositor 1/12/09

Raytheon lobbyist picked for deputy Defense post – LA Times 1/23/09

A day after President Obama issued tough new ethics rules for administration employees, a key lawmaker raised questions about his nomination of a lobbyist to the No. 2 position at the Pentagon.

Obama’s orders leave torture, indefinite detention intact – Global Research 1/23/09

Obama Appointments: CFR, Bilderberg and Trilateral Commission – Global Research 1/23/09

Classic Case of Revolving Door at Defense Department – Center for Media and Democracy 1/12/09

Until June 2008, William Lynn was senior VP-government operations for Raytheon, the world’s fifth largest defense contractor. Despite that recent stint as a lobbyist, President-Elect Barack Obama has nominated him to become deputy defense secretary, which would put him “in charge of day-to-day Pentagon operations.” The nomination requires Congressional approval. According to O’Dwyer’s, “The Washington Post predicts Lynn will oversee Defense Secretary Robert Gates‘ program to overhaul DOD‘s weapons acquisition activity.” Before his stint with Raytheon, Lynn was the Pentagon’s comptroller and chief budget officer. He also previously worked as director of DOD’s program analysis and evaluation.

Ex-Gitmo guard: Guards ‘psychotic’ – Raw Story 1/11/09

Top Military Official: We Tortured – TP Muckraker 1/14/09 

George Bush and Dick Cheney are continuing to insist we haven’t committed torture. But that’s now been contradicted by the Bush administration official whose job is to decide whether to bring Guantanamo detainees to trial.

“We tortured [Mohammed al-] Qahtani,” the convening authority of military commissions, Susan Crawford, told the Washington Post‘s Bob Woodward. “His treatment met the legal definition of torture. And that’s why I did not refer the case” (for prosecution).

Woman Convicted of Terrorism under Patriot Act for Spanking Children on Airplane – Natural News 1/21/09

One sign of a police state is the imprisonment of ordinary citizens for committing annoying acts. In America, over 200 people have been sent to prison for raising their voices on commercial airline flights, convicted of felonies under the laws of the Patriot Act.

How the Press, the Pentagon, and Even Human Rights Groups Sold Us a Army Field Manual that (Still) Sanctions Torture  – Alternet 1/24/09

Whistleblower: NSA spied on all Americans, targeted media – Raw Story 1/21/09

America: Freedom to Fascism – Director’s Authorized Version – Google Video

Seizing War Protesters’ Assets – Project Censored.org

President Bush has signed two executive orders that would allow the US Treasury Department to seize the property of any person perceived to, directly or indirectly, pose a threat to US operations in the Middle East. 

Pentagon Targets African-American and Hispanic Kids to Fight its Wars – Global Research 11/30/08 

America’s Child Soldiers: US Military Recruiting Children to Serve in the Armed Forces – Global Research 11/29/08

A Brief History of CIA Involvement in Drug Trafficking – The People’s Voice 12/12/08 

The Secret and (Very) Profitable World of Intelligence and Narcotrafficking – Dissident Voice 1/2/09 

Video: Operation Northwoods Exposed – PrisonPlanet 12/11/08

U.S. Corps of Engineers Caught Harassing Activists on Internet  – InfoWars 12/18/08

Using free internet tracking software, the grassroots group levees.org found solid evidence that multiple individuals at the US Army Corps of Engineers are posting bogus information about the New Orleans flooding and attacking those wanting the truth.

Prisons Earn $878 Million Annually by Poisoning Inmates and Guards, Lawsuit Alleges – NowPublic 12/10/08

Freda Cobb alleges that she and more than 300 other people were poisoned by a Florida prison.  Cobb and 25 other plaintiffs are suing the Federal Corrections Institute in Marianna for exposing them to dangerous lead levels while prison laborers burst computers with hammers to extract gold from within.  Prisons reportedly earned $878 million each year while under contract to Dell and Hewlett Packard by exposing inmates and employees like Cobb to high levels of lead and toxic chemicals. 

The military’s expanding waistline – Salon 2/23/09  

CIA Torture Tapes Destroyed After Watchdog Concluded Methods Illegal – The Public Record 12/11/08

The CIA destroyed videotapes showing its agents subjecting high-level al-Qaeda detainees to waterboarding after the agency’s inspector general issued a classified report in the spring of 2004 that concluded the interrogation methods used on the prisoners “appeared to constitute cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, as defined by the International Convention Against Torture.”

Pentagon Absolves Self for Covert Pundit Program – Center for Media and Democracy 1/20/09

“It is a whitewash,” said Representative Paul Hodes. “It appears to be the parting gift of the Pentagon to the [former] president [Bush],” he added, referring to an internal investigation (pdf) into the Pentagon’s pundit program. From 2002 to 2008, the Pentagon cultivated retired military officers who serve as media commentators, to serve as “message force multipliers” on such controversial issues as Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. Although participants were told “not to quote their briefers directly or otherwise describe their contacts with the Pentagon,” and internal documents make clear that the program attempted to mold U.S. public opinion — two hallmarks of illegal government propaganda — the report from the Defense Department’s inspector general said “there was an ‘insufficient basis’ to conclude that the program had violated laws.” Several key Pentagon figures — including Victoria Clarke and Lawrence DiRita, along with network news executives — declined to be interviewed for the report. The report also found that the pundits didn’t use their high-level Pentagon access to unfairly benefit their military contractor clients. However, it lists Barry McCaffrey — among other pundits “with easily documented connections” to military companies — as supposedly having no contractor ties. Democratic members of Congress “expressed concerns about the scope, methodology and accuracy of the report,” noted the New York Times, which first reported on the Pentagon pundit program.

 

Defense Contractors’ Lobbyists and the Pentagon – Global Research 1/31/09

CIA’s 2008 FOIA Report – The Memory Hole 2/7/09

Bush claims executive privilege after leaving office; Rove told not to turn over documents – Raw Story 1/30/09

 

Court lets Cheney keep records secret; VP gets to choose what becomes public – Raw Story 1/19/09

Whistleblower: FBI lawyers knew warrantless wiretaps were ‘probably illegal’ – Raw Story 12/15/08  

Killing hope: coverup of the 2004 election – Free Press 1/3/09

Ex-detainee describes 6-year ordeal – Raw Story 1/6/09

Never charged or convicted of any crime, details of torture revealed.

Northcom Combat Team Conducts “Humanitarian Support” Exercise in Maryland  – PrisonPlanet 12/28/08

 

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