Police State Repression

Spies ‘R Us: the Growth of America’s “National Security State”

By Kenneth J. TheisenUncle Sam Big Brother

This week the Washington Post has been running a series of articles entitled “Top Secret America” The series is an investigation into the extensive growth of the U.S. government's massive spy network in the wake of 9/11. 

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Hear no Evil: Obama Bars Colombian Journalist from U.S., Harvard

By Chris Floyd

Imagine how great the "progressive" furor would be if the Bush Administration had suddenly denied a visa to an award-winning Colombian journalist because of his reportage on human rights abuses by his American-backed government.

Would we not have heard, rightly, how this draconian action exemplified the administration's tyrannical nature, its use of raw, arbitrary power to throttle any voices trying to shed light on the very murky corners of the Drug War and Terror War operations in Colombia that are armed and funded with billions of dollars from American taxpayers?

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Obama’s Police State: Out-Bushing Bush

Under Barack Obama, the former professor of constitutional law, Americans’ civil liberties have shrunken drastically – to the point that his administration claims the right to execute its citizens without charge or due process of any recognizable kind. And citizens that leave the country cannot be sure they will be allowed back in.
But where is the outrage among Democrats, when Obama out-Bushes Bush? “It seems that Democrats did not in fact feel any affront to Bush policies, only to his party affiliation.”

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Supreme Court Criminalizes Dissent

By Kenneth J. Theisen Supreme Court
 
Under the guise of fighting “terrorism”, the U.S. Supreme Court put another nail into the coffin of the first amendment guarantee of free speech and association on Monday, June 21, 2010. The case is Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, No. 08-1498.
 
The U.S. war of terror against the world has been used by both the Bush regime and the Obama administration as an excuse to erode civil liberties and other constitutional protections for the last ten years. This latest case criminalizing free speech is one more illustration of how far the imperialist rulers have institutionalized their fascist agenda in the last decade.

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Police State Spying Powers Increase under Obama, Napolitano

 By Elliot Cohen 

According to a June 18 AP article, Obama’s Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano has defended monitoring Internet communications as a "civil liberties trade-off the US must make to beef up national security." In addition, she said "it is wrong to believe that if security is embraced, liberty is sacrificed." Unfortunately, it is incomprehensible how "beefing up" national security can be both a civil liberties trade-off and not a sacrifice of liberty.
 
This contradiction betrays the sad reality that the Obama administration has followed the lead of the Bush administration in escalating the abridgment of civil liberties in the US to protect "national security."

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Supreme Court Ruling Criminalizes Speech

Press release from the Center for Constitutional Rights

 
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to criminalize speech in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the first case to challenge the Patriot Act before the highest court in the land, and the first post-9/11 case to pit free speech guarantees against national security claims.
 
Attorneys say that under the Court’s ruling, many groups and individuals providing peaceful advocacy could be prosecuted, including President Carter for training all parties in fair election practices in Lebanon. President Carter submitted an amicus brief in the case.

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Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago Has 
Videographer Brutally Arrested & Prosecuted

Ethical Humanist Society of ChicagoWe received the following statement from the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason & Dropping the Charges:

The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) claims that “the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society… Our commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in her or him.” It also claims to promote “intellectual, philosophical, and artistic freedom.”

Why then did a small group within the leadership of the EHSC spearhead a campaign to cancel a long-scheduled talk on Morality without Gods by Sunsara Taylor, a nationally known speaker and writer for Revolution newspaper, based on gross distortions of her positions just days before her talk was to take place?

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Lieberman’s Dangerous and Hypocritical ‘Citizenship Strip’ Legislation

By Craig Considine 

 
Following the Times Square bomb scare, Joe Lieberman is introducing legislation that strips Americans of their citizenship if they ‘affiliate’ with groups or organizations on Washington’s ‘terrorist list’. 
 
‘Affiliate’ is certainly an ambiguous term.  What does Lieberman mean by it? 
 
Does he intend to strip citizenship from Americans who give ’material support’ or ‘aid and comfort’ to the groups on Washington’s ‘terrorist list? 
 
And how, moreover, does Lieberman define ‘material support’ and ’aid and comfort’?

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Autopsy Report in Michigan: Imam Shot 21 Times by Police

 By Craig Considine  

 
This last October, Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah of the Dearborn/Detroit area was killed by the FBI for his so called links to arms dealing and ‘extremism.’ He was a popular leader in the community and active in providing food and shelter for the homeless. I had the chance to meet him on several occasions and I never once got the impression that he was an ‘extremist.’
 
The one thing he said that really stuck with me is ‘Allah challenges people with racism.’ Does that sound like an extremist to you?
 
He is back in the news now because the Dearborn police finally released his autopsy report to the Wayne County Medical Center after 3 months. The report revealed that the Imam was shot a total of 21 times, including once in the back. He was also handcuffed and placed into the back of a van. Rather than raising my own immediate questions, I will let friend Dawud Walid, Executive Director of CAIR-MI, speak:

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Intelligence “Failures:” Security and the Myth of Omniscience

Military SpiesNote – this article by World Can’t Wait Steering Committee member Dennis Loo first appeared on our site in January 2010. Because its analysis has ongoing relevance, particularly in light of the revelations of the exponential growth of the “National Security State following September 11, 2001 in the Washington Post, we are reposting it.

By Dennis Loo 

We want to be able to search everything, so we could see if Mohammed Atta ever got a parking ticket in Roselle. You can’t connect the dots if you can’t see them. -- Richard Kelly, New Jersey Regional Operations Intelligence Center’s Director
 
[E]ach day [the NSA] collects four times the volume of information stored in the Library of Congress – Matthew Aid, Intelligence Historian
 
[If a terrorist incident has a] one percent chance of occurring, then it need[s] to be treated as a certainty. – Dick Cheney

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