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Feel the Fear: October 2002 (1 of 2)

Political Pressure -- Today's PSI (Police State Index) is: Orange

Bush's National Security Strategy is out... even allies are afraid.
Article by Margo Kingston
The Sydney Morning Herald
September 22, 2002

"Now we know. The Americans have spelt it out in black and white. There will be a world government, but not one even pretending to be comprised of representatives of its nation states through the United Nations. The United States will rule, and not according to painstakingly developed international law and norms, but by what is in its interests."

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Commentary: Bush World Order? Only the CFR and Trilaterals know for sure. The beltway boys certainly know how to scare the crap out of our allies and our own citizens. Maybe they think if we pretend to be more insane than Saddam that they will get him out of the way for us before we go off and John Wayne around. Damn cowboys. One of the most startling and hypocritical quotes from it:

America must stand firmly for the nonnegotiable demands of human dignity: the rule of law; limits on the absolute power of the state; free speech; freedom of worship; equal justice; respect for women; religious and ethnic tolerance; and respect for private property.

Has ANYONE been looking at what's gone on here in the last, oh, 50 YEARS????! Pretty much has been the opposite of that little gem there Georgie boy. Reminds me of the joke about how you can tell when a politician is lying; their lips move.

Dissident "No Fly" Lists are Here
Article by Alan Gathright
The San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2002

"A federal "No Fly" list, intended to keep terrorists from boarding planes, is snaring peace activists at San Francisco International and other U. S. airports, triggering complaints that civil liberties are being trampled."

"Several federal agencies -- including the CIA, FBI, INS and State Department -- contribute names to the list. But no one at those agencies could say who is responsible for managing the list or who can remove names of people who have been cleared by authorities."

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Commentary: Activist? Your papers are NOT in order! Funny, it was supposed to be the terrorists that were to be inconvenienced here. Oh, that's right; you can declare anyone a terrorist/unlawful combatant now without due process or appeal. It's good to be king. Sucks to be one of the serfs, but hey hasn't it always?
One of the key indicators of a Police State is the restriction on domestic travel. Ashcroft, the FAA, the CIA, OHS and all the other word salad boys (none of whom will admit to being the final authority on these no-fly lists by the way) can live with it, but can we?

NYC Cops Snoop on Political Groups

Article by Philip Messing
The New York Post
September 26, 2002

"Seventeen-year-old restrictions on NYPD political investigations must be lifted to aid the war against terrorism, city officials said yesterday."

"The Corporation Counsel's office filed papers in federal court seeking to ease the so-called Handschu Agreement, which requires police surveillance of political groups to be monitored by a secret, three-member authority."

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Commentary: Ah, back to the Good Old Days of Hoover, CoIntelPro and the Ends Justify the Means! Seriously, police monitoring of local political groups with no history of violent or otherwise illegal behavior? In America? I could see it if the group was called "People for the Destruction of the USA by Any Means Necessary", but the groups that they are focusing in on are usually such dangerous types like the ACLU, Amnesty International and the World Wildlife Fund (the only things people from this WWF bodyslam are donuts into their coffee while they protest destruction of habitat). Terrorism is like a Swiss Army Knife, they can do just about anything they want by using it. Only in Amerikkka.

Denver Cops Spy on Colorado Libertarians...Class Them as "Militia Group"
Article by Ari Armstrong
The Colorado Freedom Report
September 6, 2002

"The Denver Police Department kept secret "spy files" on the Libertarian Party, Walter Schlomer reported in a recent e-mail. Schlomer, who serves on Colorado's state LP board as Fundraising Director, picked up a copy of the file September 5 at Denver police headquarters."

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Commentary: I guess advocating the US Constitution and the principles of the Founding Fathers makes one a radical nowadays. The Brits *did* say that someday we'd be back to being a nation of subjects under an aristocracy. Hopefully the majority of people will disagree.

Politicians Get Opponent Ads Pulled -- Often Without Legal Justification
Article by Brian Wilson
FOX News
September 27, 2002

"WASHINGTON It is the familiar call that marks the modern election season: candidates crying foul over television ads produced by opposing political parties and interest groups. But unlike previous years, some local television stations are starting to respond to the complaints by yanking ads that are called contentious...."

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Commentary: It seems that mere "contentiousness" in opponent ads is enough to make media outlets pull them, even though nobody claims there is any legal reason to do so. Suppression by intimidation or a new, moral media? I know what I'm betting on.

Meanwhile, W Fiddles While Wall Street Burns
Article by Chelsea Emery
Reuters News
September 23, 2002

"NEW YORK (Reuters) - A slew of dour corporate forecasts and fears about a possible war with Iraq sent stocks tumbling on Monday, yanking the NASDAQ down to its lowest level since 1996 and extending the longest bear market stocks have seen in 60 years."

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Commentary: The "War on Terror" seems not to be helping the economy...quite the reverse. Given how much valuable stock portfolios the fat cats in Washington have to lose, you'd think they'd be giving the results of their policies some more thought. Maybe they are going long on oil stocks and letting it ride. They get the wells while we as usual get the shaft.

Micro$oft and Intel Implement Big Brother Inside(tm) for Real
Electronic Privacy Information Center
September 2002

"In June 2002, Microsoft released information regarding its new "Palladium" initiative. Palladium is a system that combines software and hardware controls to create a "trusted" computing platform. In doing so, it would establish an unprecedented level of control over users and their computers."

"Palladium could place Microsoft as the gatekeeper of identification and authentication. Additionally, systems embedded in both software and hardware would control access to content, thereby creating ubiquitous Digital Rights Management schemes that can track users and control use of media. Microsoft expects to have elements of the system in place by 2004. "

Commentary: Soon your PC will not be totally controlled by you, but by M$ and the corporate whores that wish to keep you from accessing any content they don't like or don't think you have paid enough for. Take back your computer and refuse to buy ones with this feature. Look at the FAQ reference in the article for more info.
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DARPA Unleashes the Big Brother Technology Dept. ...er...Information Awareness Office.
US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
September 2002

"To fight terrorism, we need to create a new intelligence infrastructure to allow these agencies to share information and collaborate effectively, and new information technology aimed at exposing terrorists and their activities and support systems.."

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Commentary: Check out their snazzy new Illuminati inspired logo, the same "All Seeing Eye" that's on your $1 Bills. Their mission statement is like a list of all of the paranoid crap you've ever dreamt about concerning what would happen if we let government take too much power from the people. Sure most of the people get the government they tolerate and deserve, but the rest of us are fucked (and we *don't* have to like it).
Destroying something to save it seems to apply to the Constitution as well as Vietnamese villages. Considering some of the administration cronies date from that era, I'm not surprised. NIXON in '04! Death is no excuse!

Police State Index Code Key
Code Green: Constitutional Republic with little censorship or abuse of power. People are pretty much left alone if they don't harm anyone else. [Arguably existent only in late 1700's] Code Orange: Emergencies used to justify "temporary" loss of critical freedoms. Dissidents are discouraged and harassed openly. Massive surveillance infrastructure implemented and expanding. Despite all this, they tell you it is still a free society (move along).
Code Blue: Minor restraints on freedoms, some interference with the free market and beginnings of involuntary taxation. Pressure from special interests to go off commodity based monetary standard. Occasional corruption but government is still trusted...mostly. Code Red: Open attempts to legislate away earlier freedoms and centralize power to the Executive Branch. Federal troops used to overturn State mandates and laws. The Press no longer dares criticize administration and political checks and balances are out the window in the name of expediency in the latest "crisis". Stay low and look into emigration possibilities while still available!
Code Yellow: Mandatory taxation, welfare state almost in full swing. Political dissidents are marginalized but allowed. Gun control is widely advocated by vocal minorities. Travel freedoms partially restricted by increasing security systems. Code Black!: Full Martial Law has been declared with no end in sight. Get out the tinfoil hats, report for your new National ID chip and inhale the chill air of a full high tech surveillance Police State. You probably are going to be disappeared for even going to Annoy.com, so get packing and Trust No One. Good luck!


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