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US Fascist Police State Advancing at a Rapid Pace

PDD 51 & New Executive Order Give Obama Dictator Power  

OBAMA’S EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND THE CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA  

Obama Executive Order Stokes Martial Law Fears  

An Obama executive order that creates a council of state governors who will work with the feds to expand military involvement in domestic security has stoked fears that the administration is stepping up preparations for martial law. 

The order, which is entitled Establishment of the Council of Governors (PDF), creates a body of ten state governors directly appointed by Obama who will work with the federal government to help advance the “synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States”. 

The governors will liaise with officials from Northcom, Homeland Security, the National Guard as well as DoD officials from the Pentagon “in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments,” according to the executive order. 

Obama takes new tack in disregarding parts of laws  

The Obama administration is lowering the volume in a long-running argument between Congress and the executive branch over when, if ever, a president has the power to bypass federal statutes he has signed into law.  The administration will consider itself free to disregard new laws it considers unconstitutional, especially in cases where it has previously voiced objections elsewhere, White House officials said.  The White House disclosed the shift when asked why it had not put out a signing statement last month, when Obama signed a $447 billion spending bill for 2010 that contained several provisions that restricted executive power in ways that the administration had previously asserted were unconstitutional. 

Foreign Troops on the Streets of America?  

The Makings of a Police State-Part VI : A Nation of Suspects

Puerto Rico leader calls on National Guard For Use As Police

Actual Bloomberg Headline: “Secret Banking Cabal Emerges From AIG Shadows”  

Airline passengers have ‘no right’ to refuse naked body scanners  

Pentagon calls for ‘Office of Strategic Deception’  

Growing Movement To Disband Police Departments  

RAND Corporation Blueprint for Militarized “Stability Police Force”  

Obamacare sparking 10th Amendment rebellion, action in seven states  

Looks like the steadily growing list of constitutional, ethical and political outrages that constitute the Harry Reid version of Obamacare is sparking a rebellion in the states, as AP reports South Carolina’s attorney general plans to investigate the vote-buying that surrounded the proposal in the Senate majority leader’s office. 

According to AP, South Carolina’s Henry McMaster is being joined by the attorneys general of Michigan and Washington state in a suit to determine the constitutionality of the Obamacare proposal. Their initiative was prompted by a request from South Carolina’s two senators, Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint, both Republicans. 

Nine Vermont state office candidates favor secession  

Court Rules That Mass Surveillance of Americans is Immune From Judicial Review  

“The alarming upshot of the court’s decision is that so long as the government spies on all Americans, the courts have no power to review or halt such mass surveillance even when it is flatly illegal and unconstitutional,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. “With new revelations of illegal spying being reported practically every other week — just this week, we learned that the FBI has been unlawfully obtaining Americans’ phone records using Post-It notes rather than proper legal process — the need for judicial oversight when it comes to government surveillance has never been clearer.” 

Intel Boss Blair: Government Plans to Kill Citizens

Report: Bush order allowing murder of US citizens abroad still in effect  

A North American Security Perimeter on the Horizon  

Plans for a North America security perimeter might have seemed like a pipe dream just a short time ago, but it could become a reality sooner than one thinks. Some believe that a perimeter approach to security would be a more effective way of providing safety while ensuring the free flow of trade and investment. For those pushing for deep continental integration, this move is seen as the next logical step. A recent article from the Toronto Star, Canada warms to idea of a tougher ‘perimeter’ suggests that Canadians might now be ready to debate the concept of perimeter security. David Biette who specializes in U.S.-Canada relations and is a member of the Woodrow Wilson Center stated that a, “Perimeter is no longer a dirty word. 

“Us” versus “them”: on the meaning of fascism  

Roger Tucker considers the linguistic root, visual representation, usage and practise of fascism, and examines the circumstances under which the concept, “which is neither good nor bad in itself”, becomes malevolent. To illustrate, he looks at two contemporary examples of fascism: the USA and Israel. 

”Fascism … it is a social pathology and it can legitimately be considered humanity’s most urgent public health problem. If enough people come to understand what the disease is and how to diagnose it, perhaps there will emerge a means to inoculate ourselves. At this point American and Jewish fascism appear to have converged into an aggressive pathological force that endangers humanity more than any such phenomenon in the past.” 

New Film Exposes Government Drug Dealing

New speed cameras enrage Arizona drivers

Spying on Americans: A Multibillion Bonanza for the Telecoms

Verichip is now called PositiveID! Roll up your sleeve for the implantable human microchip, it’s now Positive?

Is Corporate Personhood the End of Democracy?  

Idea of company-as-person originated in late 19th century  

Nobel economist Stiglitz: “US privatized profits, socialized losses is not capitalism.” It’s fascism  

Joseph Stiglitz understands half the US economic disaster when he explains current policy is “no way to run an economy that’s going to work,” “there’s moral hazard everywhere,” and newly-invented and unregulated financial markets have only increased risk, not decreased it. 

Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all ‘conspiracy theorists’ Presidential adviser wrote about crackdown on expressing opinions  

The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle  

ACTA: the leaked secret memos  

Michael Geist: “Negotiations in the 7th round of the ACTA [ed: The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement — a brutal, secret Internet treaty] talks open this morning in Mexico with civil enforcement issues on the agenda. Yesterday I posted on the developments to-date, including a chronology of talks, issues, and leaks that have led to this week’s round of discussions. Part Two of the ACTA Guide provides links to the underlying documentation. Governments have been very tight lipped about the talks. Initially, only a brief summary following the conclusion of each round of the talks was provided. More recently, the agenda of each meeting is disclosed and a summary document (largely confirming Internet leaks) has been provided. Of far greater importance are the leaked documents. These have confirmed how the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is designed to extend far beyond counterfeiting and how it would reshape domestic law in many countries.” 

Obama Administration Shuts Down Oldest Gun Show in Central Texas  

BATF Notice Bans Private Gun Sales In Texas  

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is actively issuing directions banning private sales of guns without licenses at gun shows in Texas, despite there being no law to justify such demands. 

Is Obama Really Preparing For Civil War? 

According to an obscure report in the European Union Times (EUTimes.net), “Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US President Barack Obama has issued an order to his Northern Command’s (USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to ‘begin immediately’ increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January 30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war within the United States before the end of winter. 

Big Brother: Obama Calls for the Integration of State and Federal Military Forces  

In the wake of the Flight 253 provocation, over-hyped terrorism panics, and last year’s Big Pharma and media-engineered hysteria over the H1N1 flu pandemic, President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13528 on January 11. 

Among other things, the Executive Order (EO) established a Council of Governors, an “advisory panel” chosen by the President that will rubber-stamp long-sought-after Pentagon contingency plans to seize control of state National Guard forces in the event of a “national emergency.” 

According to the White House press release, the ten member, bipartisan Council was created “to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards.” 

“When appointed” the announcement continues, “the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.” 

Clearly designed to weaken the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 which bars the use of the military for civilian law enforcement, EO 13528 is the latest in a series of maneuvers by previous administrations to wrest control of armed forces historically under the democratic control of elected state officials, and a modicum of public accountability.



American Fascism: Recent News

Government Prepares for “unwillingness to follow government orders” – LRC 8/10/09 

Forging a “New World Order” Under a One World Government – Global Research 8/13/09 

Mexican Army takes over customs on US border – Agence France Presse / Google 8/17/09

Governors oppose DoD emergency powers – The Hill, DC 8/10/09

The Pentagon Wants Authority to Post Almost 400,000 Military Personnel in U.S. – The Progressive 8/12/09

Pentagon, governors face off over military reserve – AP/Google 8/12/09

White House Warns Rush: Nazi Talk Puts You On “Thin Ice” – Huffington Post 8/7/09

Congress proposed implanting airport workers with RFID chips  – Prison Planet 8/3/09

Obama’s Civilian National Security Force – No Quarter USA 7/20/08

Turning the US Army Against Americans – DProgram.net 8/7/09

An antiwar activist has been accused of spying for the US army, raising legal questions the Obama administration must answer

White House asks for $1B to add to Army manpower – Politico 8/13/09

Audio Unearthed: Obama in His Own Words Wants Mandatory Civil or Military Service – Prison Planet 8/14/09

Insane Food Bill 2749 Passes House On 2nd Try. HR 2749: Totalitarian Control Of Our Food Supply – Prison Planet 8/3/09

America’s Warfare State Lining the pockets of Pentagon contractors – Uruknet 8/17/09  

William Blum: Assassinations and Coups: Keeping Track of the Empire’s Crimes – CounterPunch 8/6/09

Paulson reveals US concerns of breakdown in law and order – Global Research 8/6/09

GITMO in Kansas? – Mother Jones 8/5/09

Nazi-Style Denunciation Campaign Urges Americans To Report Each Other – Prison Planet 8/6/09

A privately-run informant program operating nationwide encourages Americans to anonymously turn each other in to the authorities for cash rewards in a chilling echo of the Nazi “denunciations” of 1930’s Germany, where neighbors would grass their neighbors up to the local Gestapo officer over petty issues.  The WeTip organization takes anonymous tips online or via toll free phone lines and carries the creepy slogan “For A Safer America!” on its website beneath an image of a U.S. flag.  The group forwards tips given by the public to law enforcement authorities across the country, with no jurisdictional borders.

North American Union: Implanting microchips in national ID cards – Global Research 8/5/09

Report Reveals CIA Conducted Mock Executions – NewsWeek 8/21/09

Living Under Fascism – well written sermon for Austin Unitarian church from 2004 

New Jersey Curfew: Legitimate action or test for more cities to follow suit?  – Prison Planet 8/20/09

FBI Says Boston Cops Need M-16s to Prevent City from Becoming Next Mumbai – InfoWars 8/20/09

The Fifty Top U.S. War Criminals Who Need To Be Prosecuted – The Public Record 8/18/09

Mental Stress Training Is Planned for U.S. Soldiers – NYTimes 8/17/09

Arms expert warns new mind drugs eyed by military – Reuters 8/19/09

A leading expert on chemical and biological arms control called Wednesday for urgent efforts to stop new mind-altering drugs developed for medical purposes from being adopted by the military for use in warfare.

In an article in the U.S. journal Nature, British academic Malcolm Dando said civilian researchers in many countries seemed largely unaware of the danger and urged quick action to adapt a key arms pact to head it off.

The Obama Deception HQ Full length version – Alex Jones, via YouTube

Biological Warfare and the National Security State: A Chronology – AntiFascist Calling 8/8/09

Worthwhile reading…

America’s Ultimate Weapon of Mass Destruction: Biological Warfare – Global Research 8/3/09

Vietnam: Chemical companies, US authorities knew the dangers of Agent Orange – Global Research 8/10/09

Blackwater ‘hired for CIA plan’ – BBC 8/20/09

The CIA hired contractors from the US private security firm Blackwater as part of a secret programme to track and kill top al-Qaeda figures, reports say.  The New York Times quotes current and ex-government officials as saying Blackwater helped the CIA with planning, training and surveillance.  Several million dollars were spent on the programme but no militants were caught or captured, the report says.

No cash? Elyria High students can pay with their finger – Chronicle Telegram, 8/18/09

The CIA’s Torture Psychologists – Mother Jones 8/12/09

Interrogation Inc.: A Window Into C.I.A.’s Embrace of Secret Jails – NYTimes 8/13/09

Bombshell report on CIA interrogations is leaked – Guardian, UK 8/22/09

Findings suppressed since 2006 detail death threats against prisoners and other methods that may constitute torture

Slow, Brutal, Merciless Inhuman Ethnic Cleansing of Ancient Lands – There Are No Sunglasses 8/5/09

The Start Of The Second American Revolution?  – Prison Planet 8/7/09

With collection of best angry-town-hall-rabble videos

Project EXPOSE MSM Report 2: Sibel Edmonds: Major DEA Scandal & Time Magazine – 123 Real Change.com

This second project report is based on the first-hand documented experience of Mr. Sandalio Gonzalez, retired Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Agent in Charge. Time Magazine reporters Tim Burger and Tim Padgett had an opportunity to speak at length with Mr. Gonzalez and several other veteran DEA agents with direct knowledge of a major corruption case involving several DEA agents on drug traffickers’ payrolls in Colombia. The involved corrupt US officers were also directly involved in helping Colombia’s paramilitary death squads launder drug proceeds. Further presented was the documented cover up of this major scandal by the DEA and DOJ IG offices. Despite corroboration by a number of other sources, including several veteran DEA agents and other government officials with first-hand knowledge of the case, and documented evidence disclosed and provided, and despite being given an ‘exclusive’ to the story as insisted on by them, Time Magazine never published the story, and no reasons were ever provided.



Technology Round-Up: Robots, Real ID, fabricated DNA, the 10th dimension and more
August 23, 2009, 12:12 pm
Filed under: imperialism, interesting, news, physics, Real ID, science, technology, weaponry

IBM uses DNA to make next-gen microchips – Reuters 8/16/09

North American Union: Implanting microchips in national ID cards – Global Research 8/3/09 

REAL ID reincarnated with a new name: “PASS ID” – Boing Boing 8/20/09

Congress proposed implanting airport workers with RFID chips  – Prison Planet 8/3/09

Robo-copter can navigate inside your home – CNet 8/14/09

Police launch ‘Flying Saucer’ CCTV camera  – London Telegraph via Prison Planet 8/16/09

Earth Hums, and It’s “Loudest” in Europe, Americas – National Geographic 8/10/09

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D – via Cryptogon 8/14/09

High Tech Weaponry used in Gaza: Radiation contamination by Depleted Uranium – Global Research 8/14/09

DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated, Scientists Show – NYTimes 8/17/09

No cash? Elyria High students can pay with their finger – Chronicle Telegram, 8/18/09

Visualizing up to ten dimensions – BoingBoing 8/18/09

“This is a short animation that takes the viewer through a progressive description of all (and all possible) dimensions, up to and including the 10th. It is an elegant introduction to the fundamentals of string theory and a mind-blowing toe-dip into the pool of the metaphysical.”

Arms expert warns new mind drugs eyed by military – Reuters 8/19/09

A leading expert on chemical and biological arms control called Wednesday for urgent efforts to stop new mind-altering drugs developed for medical purposes from being adopted by the military for use in warfare.

In an article in the U.S. journal Nature, British academic Malcolm Dando said civilian researchers in many countries seemed largely unaware of the danger and urged quick action to adapt a key arms pact to head it off.

Sentient world: war games on the grandest scale – The Register, UK 6/23/07

The DOD is developing a parallel to Planet Earth, with billions of individual “nodes” to reflect every man, woman, and child this side of the dividing line between reality and AR.

Called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS), it will be a “synthetic mirror of the real world with automated continuous calibration with respect to current real-world information”, according to a concept paper for the project.

“SWS provides an environment for testing Psychological Operations (PSYOP),” the paper reads, so that military leaders can “develop and test multiple courses of action to anticipate and shape behaviors of adversaries, neutrals, and partners”.

SWS also replicates financial institutions, utilities, media outlets, and street corner shops. By applying theories of economics and human psychology, its developers believe they can predict how individuals and mobs will respond to various stressors.



Police State America: Important News You Should Read and Share

Seymour Hersh: ‘Executive Assassination Ring’ Reported Directly to Cheney Office – Alternet 3/11/09

VIDEO: Police State – The Militarization of the Police Force in the USA – Global Research 7/5/09

Police State USA? – Hermes Press 4/21/09

A police state unquestionably exists when:

1. Federal executive and legislative powers make domestic spying on US citizens legal

2. Federal and state political and police mechanisms:

* Steal elections

* Shut down media coverage after they steal an election

* Serve the central government instead of serving the citizens

* Enforce the policies of the central government instead of responding primarily to criminal misdeeds

* Spy on and intimidate citizens

All these conditions now exist in the United States!

Democracy, Consensus and Mass Awareness — It’s Not What You Think – Survival Acres 5/11/09

A useful rant.

RED ALERT: The Total Takeover Of America Enters Its Final Phase  – PrisonPlanet 6/29/09

Top 10 Ways to Know You’re Living in a Medical Police State – Natural News 5/27/09 

Top 25 Censored Stories for 2009 – Project Censored 2/19/09  

Obama: The Emperor’s Seven Signing Statements – Global Research 7/3/09

Obama Issues Signing Statement On War Spending Bill –  Huffington Post 6/27/09

On Friday, President Obama signed a new war spending bill into law, but “not without taking a page from his predecessor and ignoring a few elements in the legislation,” the Hill reports.

The Obama administration announced in the statement it would disregard provisions of the legislation that, among other things, would compel the Obama administration to pressure the World Bank to strengthen labor and environmental standards and require the Treasury department to report to Congress on the activities of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF).

U.S.- Canada Border Security and Military Integration  – Global Research 6/22/09

Air Force tests missile in launch from Calif coast – AP/Mercury News 6/29/09

Pentagon Deploys Experimental Missile Shield to Hawaii – Wired 6/20/09

First came the attempted launch in April. Then, last month, Pyongyang detonated a test nuclear device, which may or may not have worked as planned. Now the Norks are threatening to launch another Taepodong-2 missile, with a 4,000-mile range, towards Hawaii — and Gates is pulling out all the stops, to prepare for an intercept.

That means sending Army Terminal High-Altitude Air Defense missile systems, still in development, to the islands, and deploying the SBX radar. Joint Chiefs vice chairman General James Cartwright said he was “90-plus percent” sure the U.S. could intercept a Nork missile, in the unlikely event it overflew U.S. territory.

Pentagon Rebrands Protest as “Low-Level Terrorism” – AntiFascist Calling 6/18/09

DNA databases prelude to return of eugenics? – Global Research 6/8/09

Obama’s “Open Government” Project Censors Popular Proposal to “End Imperial Presidency” – Alternet 6/4/09

Obama promises to suspend Habeas Corpus – Boing Boing 5/22/09

Obama Administration Targets Environmental and Animal Rights Activists as Eco-Terrorists  – Global Research 6/5/09

Police State Study Ranks US As 6th Worst In The World  – PrisonPlanet 5/12/09

Obama’s Plan for Dictatorship, Americans’ Nightmare  – Global Research 5/23/09

Obama Demands Right to Recruit Minors for Military – Atheo News 4/27/09

Humboldt County, California voters passed measures F and J last November prohibiting military recruiters from initiating contact with minors. Now the Obama administration is demanding that the law be overturned. A court hearing is scheduled for June 9 in Oakland, California. The measures which passed by a large margin allow recruitment to occur if the minor initiates contact. Federal government lawyers claim “irreparable harm” if the laws stand.

Almost half of Georgia Republicans back secession – Raw Story 5/1/09

Crisis as a Means to Building a Global Totalitarian State – Global Research 4/23/09

Obama’s New World Order  – Global Research 4/10/09

Pentagon preps for economic warfare – Politico 4/9/09

The Pentagon sponsors a war game that examines how hostile nations might seek to cripple the U.S. economy.

The Costs of Empire: Can We Really Afford 1,000 Overseas Bases? – Alternet 3/10/09

US Justice Department memos: the specter of military dictatorship – Global Research 3/4/09

Cost of locking up Americans too high – Pew study – Reuters, UK 3/2/09

One in every 31 U.S. adults is in the corrections system, which includes jail, prison, probation and supervision, more than double the rate of a quarter century ago, according to a report released on Monday by the Pew Center on the States.

The study, which said the current rate compares to one in 77 in 1982, concluded that with declining resources, more emphasis should be put on community supervision, not jail or prison.

FBI use of Patriot Act authority spiked in ’08 – Raw Story 5/20/09

NYC rehearses for next terror attack; WTC ‘swarmed’ – Raw Story 5/17/09

Night chopper flights over L.A. are tied to military training – LA Times 6/26/09

Second 9/11 Envisaged by Homeland Security: Emergency Procedures in the Chicago Area – Global Research 4/13/09

Senate Rubber Stamps National Enslavement Bill – PrisonPlanet 3/24/09

Obama Defends Expansion Of Fed Powers  – CBS 6/23/09

President Obama defended his recent decision to give the Federal Reserve expanded oversight powers over the nation’s biggest financial institutions, during an exclusive interview with CBS’ The Early Show.  While his critics argue the Fed was partly responsible for letting reckless practices on Wall Street get out of control, the president disagreed.  “It wasn’t the Fed,” Mr. Obama said.

DOJ: AIPAC case witness was asked to ‘fake…suicide’ – Politico 6/23/09

Two people asked a Pentagon official cooperating with prosecutors in an investigation into the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to fake his own death to avoid testifying against two pro-Israel lobbyists charged in the case, according to the Justice Department.

Nafta Superhighway Returns From The Dead  – Global Research 7/4/09

House Passes the 1,200-page Climate Bill that Congress was Not Allowed to Read  – InfoWars 6/27/09

Objecting to the fact that 300 pages were added to the bill at 3 a.m., Minority leader John Boehner attempted a brief filibuster, giving time for colleagues and aides to scan the unread extra passages and present certain excerpts on the floor. Politico blasts his effort, reporting:

That wasn’t good enough for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), who delayed the roll call vote by reading page-by-page through a 300-page managers’ amendment Democrats added at around 3 a.m. Friday. Boehner seemed to relish the hour-long stunt, picking out the bill’s most obscure language and then pontificating about what it might – or might not – mean.

Whose Country is it anyway? A political-economic oligarchy has taken over the United States of America – Global Research 7/3/09

George Carlin – “Who Really Controls America” – viaYouTube

Obama’s Czars “R” US! – Global Research 6/30/09

Real ID: A Real Warning on the Danger of Government – Campaign for Liberty

There was no reason to pass Real ID, and there is no reason to enact a replacement after state legislatures shot REAL ID to pieces. Nothing has happened since 2005 to make the government more trustworthy or to make liberty less valuable. It is vital that we never permit our rulers to treat all Americans like criminal suspects all the time. The government’s incompetence at protecting Americans must not be converted into a political entitlement to destroy all privacy.

US: Citizen or Consumer?  – Unobserver 7/3/09

A corporation is not a person. It is an abstraction: an organizational structure that feels no remorse and has no morality, no life, no soul. Yet the modern corporation – still just an arbitrary legal entity – enjoys the same rights as you or I. It has the right to free speech, to own property, to lobby government officials and protect against self-incrimination.

Michael Hudson’s Super Imperialism: The Economic Strategy of Imperial America – Dissident Voice 7/4/09

Harold Pinter to Obama. The US has supported every right wing military dictatorship in the World since World War II – Global Research 4/27/09

“The United States supported and in many cases engendered every right wing military dictatorship in the world after the end of the Second World War. I refer to Indonesia, Greece, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Haiti, Turkey, the Philippines, Guatemala, El Salvador, and, of course, Chile. The horror the United States inflicted upon Chile in 1973 can never be purged and can never be forgiven.

Hundreds of thousands of deaths took place throughout these countries. Did they take place? And are they in all cases attributable to US foreign policy? The answer is yes they did take place and they are attributable to American foreign policy. But you wouldn’t know it.”

“The True Story of the Bilderberg Group” and What They May Be Planning Now – Global Research 6/1/09

Bilderberg 2009 Intel Already Proving Accurate  – PrisonPlanet 6/24/09

2009 is not even half over, but it seems the forecasts made by both Estulin and Tucker based on their 2009 Bilderberg sources are already proving to be accurate. In a phone interview conducted as this year’s conference was getting underway in Greece, Daniel Estulin warned The Corbett Report that the powers that be were preparing to run up the stock market one final time in order to draw the masses back into investing before crashing the market. Now, a worrying new report suggests that this is precisely the case as corporate executives start ditching their stocks at a rate not seen in years.

FLASHBACK – Bush Seeks Immunity for Violating War Crimes Act – Common Dreams 9/23/06

Thirty-two years ago, President Gerald Ford created a political firestorm by pardoning former President Richard Nixon of all crimes he may have committed in Watergate — and lost his election as a result. Now, President Bush, to avoid a similar public outcry, is quietly trying to pardon himself of any crimes connected with the torture and mistreatment of U.S. detainees.

RICE MAKES RICHARD NIXON CLAIM: WHEN PRESIDENT AUTHORIZES IT, IT’S NOT ILLEGAL – Raw Story 4/30/09 

Exclusive: Inside The Pentagon’s Idea Factory – TPMuckraker 3/10/09

Rahm Emanuel’s Think Tankers Enforce ‘Message Discipline’ Among ‘Liberals’ – Common Dreams 4/10/09

Over the past several weeks, independent journalists and anti-war activists have tried to shine a spotlight on how groups like the Center for American Progress and MoveOn, which portrayed themselves as anti-war during the Bush-era, are now supporting the escalation and continuation of wars because their guy is now commander-in-chief. CAP has been actively pounding the pavement in support of the escalation in Afghanistan, the rebranding of the Iraq occupation and, more recently, Obama’s bloated military budget, which the group said was “on target.” MoveOn has been silent on the escalation in Afghanistan and has devoted substantial resources to promoting a federal budget that includes a $21 billion increase in military spending from the Bush-era.

27,000 Work in Pentagon PR and Recruiting – Wired 2/13/09

“This year, the Pentagon will employ 27,000 people just for recruitment, advertising and public relations — almost as many as the total 30,000-person work force in the State Department.”

Tale of the secret Army tape – Salon 4/9/09

After a soldier taped a psychologist saying he’d been pressured not to diagnose PTSD, the Army launched an investigation. Read the details of how the Army declared itself innocent.

The panopticon economy – San Antonio Current 6/24/09

America’s top spy agency has taken over the former Sony microchip plant and is transforming it into a new data-mining headquarters — oddly positioned directly across the street from a 24-hour Walmart — where billions of electronic communications will be sifted in the agency’s mission to identify terrorist threats.

 

PREVIOUSLY:

Fascism Watch: Martial Law, Checkpoints, Internment Camps – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Second Amendment Threats, Mandatory Service Brigades – 7/11/09

Fascism Watch: Torture and other Atrocities, Rendition and Indefinite Detention – 7/10/09

Fascism Watch: Spying & Wiretapping News – 7/9/09

Police State America: What Are They Planning Next? – 3/10/09

American Fascism: Advances of the Police State – 3/10/09

FEMA & Martial Law – 3/11/09

Cops Gone Wild! – 3/10/09

Fighting Back Against Fascism: Are these tactics effective? – 3/10/09

The Technology of Fascism – 3/10/09



Lost in the Shuffle: under-reported US News round-up

Massachussetts Law School to plan Bush war crimes prosecution – Information Clearinghouse 6/17/08

 

General accuses White House of war crimes – Washington Post 6/18/08

EXCERPT: “The two-star general who led an Army investigation into the horrific detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib has accused the Bush administration of war crimes and is calling for accountability. In his 2004 report on Abu Ghraib, then-Major General Anthony Taguba concluded that “numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses were inflicted on several detainees.” He called the abuse “systemic and illegal.” And, as Seymour M. Hersh reported in the New Yorker, he was rewarded for his honesty by being forced into retirement.”
 
“Now, in a preface to a Physicians for Human Rights report based on medical examinations of former detainees, Taguba adds an epilogue to his own investigation. The new report, he writes, “tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individual’s lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors.”

 

The Last Round-Up: Is the government compiling a secret list of citizens to detain under martial law? – Global Research 6/6/08

 

Continuity of Government planning has already superseded the Constitution as a higher authority – GeorgeWashington blog 5/8/08

 

Republic of Montana: Second Amendment Secession – Reason 6/08

EXCERPT: “In a joint resolution, the Montana politicians argue that when Washington approved the state constitution, including a clause granting “any person” the right to bear arms, upon the Treasure State’s entry into the Union in 1889, the federal government recognized that clause as consistent with the Second Amendment. If the Court comes down on the side of a collective right, they argue, it would breach the compact for statehood between Montana and the federal government.

 

Oklahoma claims sovereignty under 10th Amendment – SpkTruth2Power blog 6/14/08

 

America’s Democratic Collapse – Alternet 6/3/08

A stirring read…
Note: Chris Hedges gave this keynote address on Wednesday, May 28, in Furman University’s Younts Conference Center. The address was part of protests by faculty and students over the South Carolina college’s decision to invite George W. Bush to give the May 31 commencement address.
When it was announced in May that Bush would deliver the commencement address, 222 students and faculty signed and posted on the school’s Web site a statement titled “We Object.” The statement cites the war in Iraq and the administration’s “obstructing progress on reducing greenhouse gases while favoring billions in tax breaks and subsidies to oil companies that are earning record profits.”
“We are ashamed of the actions of this administration. The war in Iraq has cost the lives of over 4,000 brave and honorable U.S. military personnel,” the statement read. “Because we love this country and the ideals it stands for, we accept our civic responsibility to speak out against these actions that violate American values.”

 

6 Extreme Weather Projections for the U.S. – Treehugger 6/29/08

 

Will Midwest Floods Be as Toxic as New Orleans? – Alternet 7/3/08

 

Midwest Flooding Brings to Light the Vulnerability of Corn Ethanol – Treehugger 7/1/08 

 

Government “Strike Teams” Invade Homes, Harass Flood Victims – with video, PrisonPlanet 6/18/08

EXCERPT: “Shocking footage out of Cedar Rapids Iowa shows cops and government employee “strike teams” breaking into houses of flood victims and threatening anyone who questions their actions in complete violation of the 4th amendment right that protects against unlawful search and seizure. No warrant, no knock home invasions are being carried out on the flimsy pretext of “checking for structural damage” as cops harass and threaten with arrest people who refuse to have their homes ransacked by thugs in uniforms. Cedar Rapids police chief Greg Graham promised residents over the weekend that “Law enforcement officers are not entering homes,” and that firefighters would only enter homes through unlocked doors and windows yet the video clearly shows locked houses being broken in to.”

 

US not as ‘free’ as touted – Washington Times 5/4/08

EXCERPTS: “The U.S. political system is, at best, “a work in progress” according to an evaluation from the pro-democracy group Freedom House, which finds significant flaws in the U.S. criminal justice system, counterterrorism strategies and the treatment of minorities and immigrants…. “Generally speaking, the controversies over counterterrorism policies can be traced to the Bush administration’s assertion of a degree of executive authority that is extraordinary even in wartime,” says the report, which finds that broad electronic surveillance affects millions, and law enforcement has “overreached” in terrorism cases.”

 

Has the Battle for America Begun? – Global Research 5/14/08

“This article contains several forecasts, including the possible start of a major war with unforeseeable consequences, if the U.S. should happen to attack Iran.”

 

Senate Moves Forward on Orwellian “Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act” – Dissident Voice 5/15/08

 

Unmarked chopper patrols New York City from above – AP/Yahoo 5/24/08

 

Washington DC cops will begin patrolling with ASSAULT RIFLES later this month – Washington Times 5/9/08

Police in Miami and Los Angeles already use the weapons, and Chicago police have plans to use them in the near future.

 

Government in Secret – Sen. Russ Feingold in LA Times 5/8/08

EXCERPT: “Congress should pass legislation to require the administration to alert Congress when the law created by Justice Department opinions ignores or even violates the laws passed by Congress, and to require public notice when it is waiving or modifying a published executive order. Congress and the public shouldn’t have to wonder whether the executive branch is following the laws that are on the books or some other, secret law.”

 

US-led capitalist system heading for collapse? – Arab News 5/19/08

EXCERPT: “Oil prices continue to rise and rise, with no end in sight. Virtually all other commodities seem to be following to be the same suit. Some now say a new economic system is emerging from the ashes of the old and now crumbling financial structure. Failing to meet even the basic needs of the common man, the current economic system is facing its worst crisis and appears in doldrums. It has miserably failed the underprivileged of this world.”

 

Martial Law on the Installment Plan – Freedom in Our Time blog 5/29/08

Constitutional history and its’ relevance today

 

Pentagon: Over 1.000 US nuclear weapons components missing – Financial Times 6/19/08

 

Marines to begin martial law training in Indianapolis – Daily Newscaster 6/3/08

 

Secret Pentagon Funding Near All-Time High – Wired 6/20/08

 

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REAL ID UPDATE
April 11, 2008, 5:20 am
Filed under: Bush, news, politics, Real ID, resistance, technology
Homeland Security blinks on Real ID: No Hassles May 11 (CNet 4/2/08)
 
Montana Gov: Homeland Security ‘blinks’ on Real ID (Wired 3/21/08)
 
3 Governors Continue to Hold Out on Real ID – rest file for deadline extensions (AP/Raw Story 3/20/08)
 
Federal ID law draws objections (Tulsa World 3/16/08)
 
States say no (and yes) to RealID (CNet 3/4/08)
 
South Carolina, Maine granted Real ID extensions (USA Today 3/31/08)


The Torture Tap Dance and the Progression of the American Police State
Torture Tap Dance (Raw Story 2/7/08)
Mukasey’s ‘Justice Dept’ refuses to open investigation into waterboarding admissions; CIA Director Hayden says waterboarding illegal torture now, legal and not torture then
More Torture Tapes to Come (TPMuckraker 12/11/07 and 1/21/08)
Judge orders Bush Administration to provide answers on torture tape handling (ABC 1/25/08)
“A federal judge said Thursday that CIA interrogation videotapes may have been relevant to his court case, and he gave the Bush administration three weeks to explain why they were destroyed in 2005 and say whether other evidence was destroyed.”
Which would be about this Friday 2/15.
Torture is Impeachable and has been Confessed to (Global Research 2/8/08)

 

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping (CNN 2/4/08)
EXCERPT: “The FBI already has 55 million sets of fingerprints on file. In coming years, the bureau wants to compare palm prints, scars and tattoos, iris eye patterns, and facial shapes. The idea is to combine various pieces of biometric information to positively identify a potential suspect… The FBI has also started collecting mug shots and pictures of scars and tattoos. These images are being stored for now as the technology is fine-tuned. All of the FBI’s biometric data is stored on computers 30-feet underground in the Clarksburg facility. In addition, the FBI could soon start comparing people’s eyes — specifically the iris, or the colored part of an eye — as part of its new biometrics program called Next Generation Identification.”
Police Swabbing Mouths in Traffic Stops in Serial Killer Hunt (Local 6 via MParent 2/6/08)
Civilian auxiliaries as police officers (local Fox 8 via YouTube)
“The Fox 8 I-Team’s hidden cameras raise the question, when is a police officer not really a police officer? As the I-Team’s Tom Merriman reports, one city has found a loophole on just who can wear a badge and a uniform.”
US troops asked if they would shoot American citizens (PrisonPlanet 2/4/08)
Worthwhile reading, and 2 frightening embedded videos.
Checkpoint USA: Documenting Police Power (via MParent 2/7/08)
DHS checkpoint video blog day 5 – this man is repeatedly detained and harassed by Border Patrol agents who even know his name.
FBI deputizes businesses with ‘license to shoot to kill” with InfraGuard program (Progressive 2/7/08)
EXCERPTS: “Today, more than 23,000 representatives of private industry are working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. The members of this rapidly growing group, called InfraGard, receive secret warnings of terrorist threats before the public does—and, at least on one occasion, before elected officials. In return, they provide information to the government, which alarms the ACLU. But there may be more to it than that. One business executive, who showed me his InfraGard card, told me they have permission to “shoot to kill” in the event of martial law. InfraGard is “a child of the FBI,” says Michael Hershman, the chairman of the advisory board of the InfraGard National Members Alliance and CEO of the Fairfax Group, an international consulting firm…
[Schneck, chairman of the board of directors of the InfraGard National Members Alliance, and the prime mover behind the growth of InfraGard over the last several years], says “that FBI and Homeland Security agents do make presentations to InfraGard, she denies that InfraGard members would have any civil patrol or law enforcement functions. “I have never heard of InfraGard members being told to use lethal force anywhere,” Schneck says… The FBI adamantly denies it, also. “That’s ridiculous,” says Catherine Milhoan, an FBI spokesperson. “If you want to quote a businessperson saying that, knock yourself out. If that’s what you want to print, fine.” But one other InfraGard member corroborated the whistleblower’s account, and another would not deny it.”
United States Inc vs. The People (AtLargely blog 1/25/08)
The FISA bill’s retroactive immunity and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence
S1959 / HR 1955 ‘Homegrown Terrorism’ bill not legally passed, already being put into operation (JustAnotherCoverUp 1/23/08)
Who will rule us after the Next 9/11? (Slate 10/19/07)
“The reality of NSPD-51 is almost as bad as the paranoia”
Toledo Mayor to Marines: Leave Downtown, You’re Scaring People (Toledo Blade 2/9/08)
EXCERPTS: “The 200 members of Company A, 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., planned to spend their weekend engaged in urban patrol exercises on the streets of downtown as well as inside the mostly vacant Madison Building, 607 Madison Ave. Toledo police knew days in advance about their plans for a three-day exercise. Yet somehow the memo never made it to Mayor Finkbeiner, who ordered the Marines out yesterday afternoon just minutes before their buses were to arrive…
“Members of the 1st Battalion, 24th Marines have trained periodically in downtown Toledo since at least 2004 and most recently in May, 2006. Past exercises have involved mock gun fights, ambushes, and the firing of blank ammunition…The Reservists’ visit was no surprise to Toledo police, who Tuesday issued a news release to media outlets on behalf of the Marines that asked Toledoans not to be startled by the sight of camouflaged soldiers toting M16 rifles.”
ACLU Fact Sheet on “Police America” Act
– allows the Attorney General (AG) to issue program warrants for international calls without court review.
– has no protections for American phone calls and emails that are caught up in the dragnet.
– provides only a phony court review of secret procedures.
– requires only meaningless reporting to Congress.
– has a sunset that may be of little value.
Montana Governor Foments Real ID Rebellion (Wired 1/18/08)
New Missouri Bill Thumbs Its’ Nose at Real ID (St Louis Post Dispatch 1/18/08)
How will Real ID affect you? (CNet News 2/7/08)
EXCERPT: “Editor’s note: A May deadline looms as just one flash point in a political showdown between Homeland Security and states that oppose Real ID demands. This is the last in a four-part series examining the confrontation. Today’s installment is a set of frequently asked questions, or FAQ, that we hope explains how the Real ID law affects you.”
“The Real ID law is touted by Homeland Security officials as an anticrime and antiterror measure, but is steadfastly opposed by some state governments on privacy and sovereignty grounds. Computer scientists also have raised concerns about how its creation of a national interlinked database would work in practice. Keep reading for more on Real ID.”
The legislation behind a national ID (CNet News 2/4/08)
Why Real ID is a flawed idea (CNet News 1/31/08)
Ed and Elaine Brown’s property being auctioned off to pay federal taxes (Boston Globe 2/1/08)
Wesley Snipes found guilty of misdemeanor charges, not guilty on felony charges in his anti-tax lawsuit (NYTimes 1/30/08)
Shreveport LA attorney Tom Cryer was found innocent on tax evasion charges in July 2007 after ten years of not paying taxes (via WUFYS 2/1/08)
Top 100 Prime Federal Contractors (Washington Technology 1/15/08)

Previously:

1/21/08: Fascist News: Torture Tapes, FEMA Camps, RFID, Real ID, Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and more

1/16/08: Keeping Track of the Fascists: Edmonds, Orwell, Sudden Jihad Syndrome and more

12/31/07: Top American Fascist News

12/15/07: Keeping Track of the Fascists: The American Police State

11/15/07: Fascist World News: Variations on a Theme

11/15/07: American Fascist News

11/3/07: Top US News: The Slow Decline of American Empire

10/7/07: Keeping Track of the Fascists

9/26/07: Keeping Track of the Fascists