Tag Archives: police state

Paradise lost: US military police ‘state of siege’ is on.


The photo below is from the state of siege imposed in California on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 due to some attack on some cops.  It depicts a citizen trying to get to his home being threaten by the police. The residents in the ‘affected’ area were not allowed to come back to their homes for 24 hrs, homes were invaded by the cops as was done in Boston after the marathon massacre.

When I see this, I feel afraid of the police. As a person with a disability, I’m considered by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) as a ‘possible terrorist’. NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) has probably by now put my name (and yours if you are receiving ‘mental health services’) in the FBI/NSA/ list of mentally ill people to keep an eye on. See my post ( under gun control category)  NY SAFE Act gun law .

What you see in that AP photo could happen to any one of us soon. All needed is a real or staged ‘terrorist attack’ on a cop by a ‘mentally disabled’ kid or adult and BADDA BAM, you have a rifle pointed at your face like that OR  a military boot stomping on your face.

This is NOT Iraq or Afghanistan. This is good ol’ Sacramento, California area.

A California Highway Patrol officer and another emergency responder stop a vehicle at a checkpoint near the neighborhood where a federal immigration officer was shot and three local police officers were wounded during a violent confrontation with a suspect in the Sacramento suburb of Roseville on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Randall Benton)

Advertisements

Man sets himself on fire on the Mall


Man is critically injured after setting himself on fire on the Mall

WARNING! Image that may be considered disturbing by some people is included in this post.

In the USA, contrary to Europe and the Middle East, the  visible evidence of the consequences of the war on the working class unleashed by their elected law-breakers…um…I meant to say law-maker’s policies, is not the working class seen in the streets fighting their corrupted elected politicians and their police-state. No. In the USA, the visible evidence of that class war is the disintegration of the public mental health in the form of self-immolation, increase in suicide rates, increase in ‘mass shootings’. It’s not ‘chemical imbalance’, it’s mental illness due to political imbalance. Mental illness  in healthy societies is very low and not a problem to that society.

This  evidence of the  increased mental deterioration of our people is what our president callously referred to as that pesky

ritual that we go through every three or four months

I know you don’t like to hear this but, our president’s and law-breakers (in both houses of Congress and both parties) laws redistribute our wealth up to the billionaire elite of Wall Street, to the war-mongering arms dealers and builders, the health insurance industry’s CEOs, the pharma and to the surveillance industry’s CEOs (among other privileged elitists) through trillions of dollars spent in contracts. This leaves the public safety-net destroyed when we need it the most.

The ignored-by-the-media epidemic increase in homelessness, usurious loan interest rates that guarantee the debt will be unpaid by an unemployed working class, the trillions in student loan debt that guarantee the students will not have a living-salary because the interest is prohibitive, veterans returning home without health and mental health services, all of this and more can have ONE guaranteed result: trauma to the mental health, individually and collectively.

But there are TWO public expressions of this problem: class struggle in the streets, as in Europe and the Middle East, or collective and individual depression expressed in self-directed violence and/or spontaneous, unplanned violence against the society. This last one is the one the law-breakers fear because they know it can turn into class struggle in the streets with THEM as the target.

Soo, before that happens, they and their media have DISCONNECTED from the public view the chain that ties  the INCREASE in ‘mental health issues’ to the economic and political war on the working class, and put the blame on mental illness as a threat to society, with the mentally ill turned in the public eye into a ‘terrorist’.

http://thoughtcatalog.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/pavss.jpeg?w=584

Famous photo of Vietnam era Tibetan monk protesting the war.

Self-immolation has got to be the most extreme form of political statement. The Tibetan monks used it to protest the Vietnam war and even today. We have yet to see why that man in the mall here in the US set himself on fire but, whatever the reason, it’s a bad omen of the extreme effect this ‘economical crisis’ is having on our people.

These laws taking away the civil rights of people with ‘mental illness’ are NOT created for your protection. They have been created for the protection of the elected officials and the banking and financial elite AFRAID of what may happen to them when we finally wake up.

People, the medicine we need is ‘the people united’ putting the fear in the elite’s heart.

Congress gives standing ovation to cops killer of emotionally disturbed woman with baby in car


This has go to be the mother of all metaphors: Congress gives a standing ovation to the DC cops who ASSASSINATED an unarmed ’emotionally disturbed’ woman who was driving ‘erratically’ with a baby on board.

Our nation has been driven by our militarized police (by military policy), to a state of PANIC at the sight of any ERRATIC behavior from the public (our elected rats’ own erratic and perverse behaviors doesn’t  instill fear and loathing, it instills only poverty and repression. See PS at end of post.). This is the same as the public being trained by the cops  to be in FEAR AND  TERROR of ANY emotionally disturbed people.

The PATHETIC show in DC of people been TOLD BY THE POLICE to run like hell because someone was driving erratically is truly offensive.

“terror in DC” says the main stream media.

The only good thing emanating from this sad event is that it PUT THE FEAR in the hearts of our ELECTED RATS. We should take note of that.

The MISINFORMATION fed to the public in the first hours of this and every incident like this, is shaped to instill fear and loathing of mentally ill people.

Was it an act of ‘terrorism’ from Al Qaeda, as the ‘news’ below the breaking news headline implies? RUN!, we’ll clarify later that it was not an AQ terrorist, it was a crazy woman, which is the same thing.

It just so happen that

Contrar

y to initial media reports that Carey had somehow tried to breach sensitive White House property, the checkpoint was a temporary “outer perimeter” fence, making it quite possible that Carey was confused and frightened as to why she was being stopped in the first place. The temporary checkpoint may have been part of a drill that was running simultaneously.”

People, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the new laws in the drawing table to deprive of their civil rights ANYONE with a history of psychiatric ‘treatment’. The media is making sure that events that in the recent past wouldn’t have been recorded by them are now blown out of proportion. For what purpose? Do I need to tell you?

We know that the NSA is SPYING on ALL Americans, so when you hear somebody talking ‘paranoid’ talk about been spied on by the government, PLEASE, DON’T CALL 911! It may be true!

So, finally, the mathematical formula here is:

mentally ill person = ritual killer = terror, and terrorists can only be controlled with indefinite imprisonment and more ‘medication’.

PS: if you are offended by my use of adjectives to describe our elected rats, I’m sorry you are still not offended by their betrayal and backstabbing  the working class.

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds


Read it and cry, or mourn, or burst or do something to release the…anger? They simply ignore the rules, PERIOD. But Obama said “we don’t spy on you”, except that he didn’t finish the sentence; he meant to say ‘we don’t spy on you…when the equipment is not working’.

My fear is that we will become numb and used to it, like in that movie ‘Brazil’ (1985), one of those movies you must see before you DIE. It’s a funny take on ‘1984’ that actually makes 1984 seem more painful. Compare how ‘Winston’ dealt with Big Brother to ‘Sam’s coping mechanism, if I may use the term. Rent it or watch online at Amazon, or at viooz.co/movies (need java plug ins).

Still from Brazil, the movie.

New York woman visited by police after researching pressure cookers online


That news headline is the evidence: We ARE in a POLICE STATE.

RIP USA. RIP USA democracy.

You can make all kind of jokes about it, it will reflect only ‘nervous laughing’.

The insanity of our ‘leaders’ protecting the BIG CORPORATIONS, not you, has gone to the roof. And THEY say that WE are the insane ones who need to be sent to prison to protect this nation. Criminals always blame the victims.

I don’t know how much longer you can live without accepting the reality of the USA today. We are a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY. We have a DICTATORSHIP and TYRANNY. We have nothing to envy from Pinochet.

Go on living in blissful denial. Because this situation can’t go on without YOU having to take a stand.

What is it going to be? More slavery to mindless consumerism, or standing up and sacrifice yourself like Manning and Snowman have done?

This is the moment when we all, individually, test ourselves.

What do you see looking back at you in the mirror when you ask yourself the question How far am I capable of going here?

Surveillance state under cover of law: Snowden (2013) and Winston Smith (‘1984’)


We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. … We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. How does one man assert his power over another? By making him suffer. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement – a world of fear and treachery and torment. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. ‘The State explaining why it does what it does in the novel by George Orwell, ‘1984’.

I just bumped into this excellent post “Winston Smith of 1984 Still Relevant” and decided to share it with the few souls that manage to find my blog. It is truly worth reading, particularly if you haven’t yet read ‘1984’. I disagree with the article author’ statement that ” the present US does not match the Orwellian dystopia exactly”; I think we are already there, except that people are starting to realize it now thanks to Snowden.  That’s when reality starts to resemble fiction. The many cases of police brutality and military teams invading homes (which our mainstream media refuses to publish) on account of ‘suspicions’ of a petty crime being committed, tell us that we  are already in ‘1984’.

Anyway, here is that article or comment:

Winston Smith of 1984 Still Relevant

1984

I first read George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 in 1968, when the date he used as the title of his book still seemed far in the future. I read Orwell’s book one slow summer in the heat of central Florida. Neither we nor anyone we knew could afford air conditioning, and so I read the book outdoors in the shade of a century-old oak tree. The book affected me profoundly.

Many of the terms Orwell coined in his masterpiece such as Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and memory hole, became part of our language over time. My favorite Orwellian phrase has always been “down the memory hole.” A memory hole was a garbage chute leading to an incinerator; it was used to dispose of inconvenient evidence of past events when the Party wished to erase those events from history. The Party was not a political party involved in running for office, but simply the state.

 

The job of the protagonist, Winston Smith, was to re-write past newspaper articles, placing the original versions in the memory hole, so that the historical record would conform to the changing official Party version of history. A small group of elites, the Inner Party, controlled the masses via near-universal surveillance (only the Inner Party members themselves could opt out of it), propaganda, and brutal violence. The nation-state ruled by the Party was always at war, had always been at war, and would forever be at war, which was the general justification for state repression.

Orwell once observed in an essay on the English language that contemporary political language was “designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In the book we find that the Party does something similar; not only does it make lies sound truthful, but it manipulates language in order to make it it impossible to think critically about the Party. The public’s vocabulary is severely limited, while words are redefined so that thinking critically about the Party becomes grammatically impossible. Suspecting the party of lies would be a contradiction in terms, as what the Party says is by definition true.

Winston Smith was a party member, but he was not one of the Inner Party. Rather, he was a member of the Outer Party, a larger group of middle-class bureaucrats. At one point he says to an Inner Party member, regarding the Party’s actions, “I understand how, but I don’t understand why.” The Inner Party member explains:

We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. … We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. How does one man assert his power over another? By making him suffer. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. In our world, there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement – a world of fear and treachery and torment. If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.

Orwell captured the essential nature of the state perfectly in this speech. Far too many people have observed the federal government’s habit of expanding its own power without asking the question Winston asks. While the present US does not match the Orwellian dystopia exactly, there are many parallels between it and our reality, and the answer to Winston’s question remains relevant.

Thanks to the whistle blowing of Edward Snowden, we now know that the US government sees no real limits on its “right” to use surveillance against the general population. It is claimed that by computerized analysis of metadata collected by the National Security Agency, one can practically read the mind of the target. Apparently the US government expects to be able to read the minds of the masses, just as the Party did with its system of surveillance.

But the massive spying by the NSA is not the only aspect of the modern US reminiscent of 1984. The TSA is not only treating the flying public like criminals, but now apparently believes that they should be involved in searching people outside of airports as well. According to a report by KTTV, the Department of Homeland Security partnered with the Los Angeles County California Sheriff’s department and TSA agents recently to conduct an exercise that was described as a “full scale terrorism drill.” The drill was reported to have been taking place nationwide, with various agencies even using undercover agents, “looking for anything out of the ordinary.” US officials claimed that these drills were designed to make the public feel safe in light of rumors that the Boston bombers had planed a July 4th terror attack. According to Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the people will celebrate their independence from tyranny by submitting to random bag searches.

Winston Smith observed that your worst enemy in a surveillance state was your own nervous system, because at any moment, the internal tension caused by living in such a society was liable to translate itself into some visible symptom. The Party would notice this, and could use it as evidence to condemn you for thoughtcrime. Today our own state is working towards the capability to use real-time computer analysis to read thoughts, emotions, and intentions. They claim this will keep us safe from terrorists, but could very well be used to accuse any of us of “intended” crimes. Far from making them safer, the state is putting everyone at risk of being identified as an enemy of the state.

A few years ago, Wendy McElroy asked the question: does the US have police state powers now? Her answer:

Clearly it does. The American government exerts extreme control over society, down to dictating which foods you may eat. Its economic control borders on the absolute. It politicizes and presides over even the traditional bastion of privacy — the family. Camera and other surveillance of daily life has soared, with the Supreme Court recently expanding the “right” of police to perform warrantless searches. Enforcement is so draconian that the United States has more prisoners per capita than any other nation; and over the last few years, the police have been self-consciously militarizing their procedures and attitudes. Travel, formerly a right, is now a privilege granted by government agents at their whim. Several huge and tyrannical law-enforcement agencies monitor peaceful behavior rather than respond to crime. These agencies operate largely outside the restrictions of the Constitution; for example, the TSA conducts arbitrary searches in violation of Fourth Amendment guarantees.

I ran a Google search today on “US police state” and Google yielded just shy of one trillion hits. The question is not “is the USA becoming a police state” but rather the question is “why.” Why does the state continue to seize power for itself? It is not to keep you safe; your safety is the last thing on the minds of the rulers.

George Orwell answered the “why” in 1949 and the answer has not changed. It is part of human nature to want power over others, but we have known for thousands of years that power corrupts. There is no reason to expect that the state’s power will not continue to be abused, and to expand until Orwell’s dystopian vision is made manifest.

http://the-libertarian.co.uk/winston-smith-of-1984-still-relevant/

 

These photos not in the article.

State of siege in Boston searching for the Russian teen age ‘terrorist’. (state of siege = The surrounding and blockading of a city, town, or fortress by an army attempting to capture it.)

“Obey the orders, evacuate your home; it’s for your protection”. State of siege in Boston 2013.

 

S2402-2013: NYS law will make it a crime to ANNOY a cop


New NYS bill would make it a felony to ANNOY a cop! You get 4 big years in prison for the crime.

S2402-2013: Establishes the crime of aggravated harassment of a police officer or peace officer

 S 240.33 AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE 
OFFICER.A  PERSON  IS  GUILTY  OF AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT OF 
A POLICE OFFICER OR
  PEACE OFFICER WHEN, WITH THE INTENT TO HARASS, ANNOY, 
THREATEN OR  ALARM
  A  PERSON  WHOM HE OR SHE KNOWS OR REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW 
TO BE A POLICE
  OFFICER OR PEACE OFFICER ENGAGED IN THE COURSE  OF 
PERFORMING HIS OR HER
  OFFICIAL DUTIES, HE OR SHE STRIKES, SHOVES, KICKS OR 
OTHERWISE  SUBJECTS
  SUCH PERSON TO PHYSICAL CONTACT.
    AGGRAVATED  HARASSMENT OF A POLICE OFFICER OR PEACE 
OFFICER IS A CLASS
  E FELONY.
    S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of November 
next succeed-
  ing the date on which it shall have become a law.
http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S2402-2013