"Under current legislation, if you are
"suspected" of terrorist activity, you can be picked up and
held indefinitely, without charges and without access to a lawyer. If your
loved ones call to find out where you are or if you are okay, they will be
told nothing. After all, to disclose your whereabouts would infringe on
your right to privacy. Don't bother clutching your passport to your chest;
this law applies to all U.S. citizens.
And, if currently proposed legislation – PATRIOT Act II – passes, you may
no longer even be a citizen. Under PATRIOT II, if you attend a legal
protest sponsored by an organization the government has listed as
"terrorist," you may be deported and your citizenship revoked.
This is true even if you are only suspected of terrorist activity and
nothing has been proven. More specifically, according to FindLaw's Anita
Ramasastry, a U.S. citizen may be expatriated "if, with the intent to
relinquish his nationality, he becomes a member of, or provides material
support to, a group that the United Stated has designated as a 'terrorist
Use 'EM or Lose 'EM," Rachel Neumann, AlterNet, 5/30/03; See
"Alaska draws applause for opposing Patriot Act."
"Our beloved land has been fogged with
fear—fear, the greatest political strategy ever. An ominous silence,
distant sirens, a drumbeat of whispered warnings and alarms to keep the
public uneasy and silence the opposition. And in a time of vague fear, you
can appoint bullet-brained judges, strip the bark off the Constitution,
eviscerate federal regulatory agencies, bring public education to a
standstill, stupefy the press, lavish gorgeous tax breaks on the rich." -
Garrison Keillor, In
These Times 8/26/04
"The FCC will vote on June 2m 2003 to change several of its remaining
media ownership rules (the rules : the changes). If the rules are relaxed,
it will lead to a massive wave of media consolidation. (Click here for a
detailed time line showing how the review of the media ownership rules has
Nationally, it will mean the largest firms will be able to swallow up any
other media firms they set their eyes upon, and industry observers all
expect a flurry of large deals. At the local level, we should expect a
single firm, or perhaps two or three firms, to own the vast majority of
the media — daily newspaper, TV stations, radio stations, cable TV system
— in a single community. There is enormous profit to be made by having
such monopolistic power, and firms are scrambling to get the rules changed
so they can dominate markets and crush competition."
"...The Issue is Whether we Want to Live in a Free
Society or Whether we Want to Live Under What Amounts to a form of
Self-Imposed Totalitarianism, with the Bewildered Herd Marginalized,
Directed Elsewhere, Terrified, Screaming Patriotic Slogans, Fearing for
Their Lives, and Admiring with Awe the Leader who Saved them from
Destruction, While the Educated Masses Goose-Step on Command and Repeat
the Slogans They're Supposed to Repeat and the Society Deteriorates at
Home. We End Up Serving as a Mercenary Enforcer State, Hoping That others
are Going to Pay Us to Smash Up the World." - From:
Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda, by Noam
Chomsky, Seven Stories Press, 10/2002
George Orwell. "1984,"
"War is important for consuming the
products of human labour, if this work would be used to increase the
standard of living, the control of the party over the people would
decrease. War is the economy basis for a hierarchical society.
There is an emotional need to believe in the ultimate victory of Big
In becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The continuity of
the war guarantees the permanence of the current order. In other
words "War is Peace"
There have always been three main grades of society; the High, the
Middle and the Low, and no change has brought human equality a
Collectivism doesn't lead to socialism. In the event the wealth now
belongs to the new "high-class", the bureaucrats and administrators.
Collectivism has ensured the permanence of economic inequality.
Wealth is not inherited from person to person, but it is kept within
the ruling group.
The masses (proles) are given freedom of thought, because they don't
think! A Party member is not allowed the slightest deviation of
thought, and there is an elaborate mental training to ensure this, a
training that can be summarised in the concept of doublethink."
Learning to love Big Brother
George W. Bush channels George Orwell