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American Fascism! Coming To A Theater Near You?

April 29, 2007

Mr. Conservatard originally saw an article in the Independent, which is a UK based newspaper called “Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps”. This morning he again saw it again posted on Alternet and he finally got a chance to read the article.American Fascism! Coming To A Theater Near You?

In the article, author Naomi Wolf describes the 10 steps that fascist or closed regimens have used to quell decent and control their populations. She then describes how the Bushtard regime has actively enacted laws to do just that, keep the American population in check.

Mr. C encourages his reader(s)? to visit AlterNet and read the entire article. The point that Mr. C feels that is important is what Wolf describes as the “What If’s” at the end of the article.

What if the US has another “terrorist” attack that makes 9/11 look like a cake walk? What if we have another “Katrina” like natural disaster? What is the government decides to imprison activists, clergy and news editors?

The answer is that Bushtards have been manipulating the legal system for these last seven years to take full advantage of just these types of hypothetical scenarios.

Below is a breakdown of the salient points in Wolf’s article. Read the article and post your thoughts and insights.

Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps

By Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green Publishing
Posted on April 28, 2007, Printed on April 29, 2007

1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.

After we were hit on Sept. 11 2001, we were in a state of national shock. Less than six weeks later, on Oct. 26, 2001, the USA Patriot Act was passed by a Congress that had little chance to debate it; many said that they scarcely had time to read it. We were told we were now on a “war footing”; we were in a “global war” against a “global caliphate” intending to “wipe out civilization.”

2. Create a gulag.

Once you have got everyone scared, the next step is to create a prison system outside the rule of law (as Bush put it, he wanted the American detention centre at Guantánamo Bay to be situated in legal “outer space”) — where torture can take place.

3. Develop a thug caste.

The years following 9/11 have proved a bonanza for America’s security contractors, with the Bush administration outsourcing areas of work that traditionally fell to the U.S. military. In the process, contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars have been issued for security work by mercenaries at home and abroad.

4. Set up an internal surveillance system.

In 2005 and 2006, when James Risen and Eric Lichtblau wrote in the New York Times about a secret state program to wiretap citizens’ phones, read their emails and follow international financial transactions, it became clear to ordinary Americans that they, too, could be under state scrutiny.

In closed societies, this surveillance is cast as being about “national security”; the true function is to keep citizens docile and inhibit their activism and dissent.

5. Harass citizens’ groups.

The fifth thing you do is related to step four — you infiltrate and harass citizens’ groups. It can be trivial: a church in Pasadena, whose minister preached that Jesus was in favor of peace, found itself being investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, while churches that got Republicans out to vote, which is equally illegal under U.S. tax law, have been left alone.

6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release.

In 2004, America’s Transportation Security Administration confirmed that it had a list of passengers who were targeted for security searches or worse if they tried to fly. People who have found themselves on the list? Two middle-aged women peace activists in San Francisco, liberal Sen. Edward Kennedy, a member of Venezuela’s government (after Venezuela’s president had criticized Bush), and thousands of ordinary U.S. citizens.

7. Target key individuals.

Bush supporters in state legislatures in several states put pressure on regents at state universities to penalize or fire academics who have been critical of the administration. As for civil servants, the Bush administration has derailed the career of one military lawyer who spoke up for fair trials for detainees, while an administration official publicly intimidated the law firms that represent detainees pro bono by threatening to call for their major corporate clients to boycott them.

Elsewhere, a CIA contract worker who said in a closed blog that “waterboarding is torture” was stripped of the security clearance she needed in order to do her job.

Most recently, the administration purged eight U.S. attorneys for what looks like insufficient political loyalty. When Goebbels purged the civil service in April 1933, attorneys were “coordinated” too, a step that eased the way of the increasingly brutal laws to follow.

8. Control the press.

The Committee to Protect Journalists says arrests of U.S. journalists are at an all-time high: Josh Wolf (no relation), a blogger in San Francisco, has been put in jail for a year for refusing to turn over video of an anti-war demonstration; Homeland Security brought a criminal complaint against reporter Greg Palast, claiming he threatened “critical infrastructure” when he and a TV producer were filming victims of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana. Palast had written a bestseller critical of the Bush administration.

9. Dissent equals treason.

And here is where the circle closes: Most Americans do not realize that since September of last year, when Congress wrongly, foolishly, passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006, the president has the power to call any U.S. citizen an “enemy combatant.” He has the power to define what “enemy combatant” means. The president can also delegate to anyone he chooses in the executive branch the right to define “enemy combatant” any way he or she wants and then seize Americans accordingly.

10. Suspend the rule of law.

Even as Americans were focused on Britney Spears’s meltdown and the question of who fathered Anna Nicole’s baby, the New York Times editorialized about this shift: “A disturbing recent phenomenon in Washington is that laws that strike to the heart of American democracy have been passed in the dead of night … Beyond actual insurrection, the president may now use military troops as a domestic police force in response to a natural disaster, a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or any ‘other condition.'”

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 8, 2007 7:14 pm

    IF any of those things happen, I’m packing my shit and moving to another country. As it stands now, I’m already considering it.

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