Occupy The National Security State

Spray The Founders?Aaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

It seems sadly fitting the USA Patriot Act turned ten years old the day after police in Oakland, California assaulted peaceful demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets. While police violence had been already rampant in New York in Zuccotti Park, Oakland marked one of the first major violent confrontations with Occupy demonstrators. Soon after, police in cities across American began raids on Occupy camps, many of which culminated in the use of pepper spray, tear gas, rubber bullets and sonic weapons. The evidence that such raids were coordinated by city mayors continues to mount, even though they vehemently deny any collusion. Most recently, police at UC Davis in California nonchalantly pepper sprayed peaceful students sitting on a plaza.

For ten years, we’ve watched one of the most draconian laws passed with incredible haste systematically destroy the freedoms that were supposedly under attack by terrorists and the “axis of evil.” In the name of national security, the Patriot Act has allowed our government — one that touts itself as the freeist in the world — the ability to spy on its citizens without justification, search their homes without warrants, and even penalize them for speaking a word of such actions.

Its recent anniversary in October however, also highlights something equally as insidious now embedded in the American national psyche: The Patriot Act has further cemented the normalcy of bloated security culture and the abuse of civil liberties in exchange for a supposed sense of safety. Its passage was the first nail in the coffin we’ve constructed for our constitutional rights, and paved the way for a security state that Orwell’s Big Brother would eventually be envious of. Between the FBI creating and then capturing terrorists, an incredible nexus of national security organizations, the militarization of our civil police forces and a mostly complicit mainstream media all too willing to act as a mouthpiece for whatever administration happens to hold the White House, we have wrapped ourselves in an increasingly fascist looking flag.

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  • BuzzCoastin

    when the anniversary of Tienanmen Square comes around
    will the Americans still crow about freedom of speech
    and the right of public protest?

    the only difference between the Chinese government’s response
    to Tienanmen Square and
    the Homeland gov’s response to OWS
    is that the resulting oppression was caused by “elected” officials

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well that and the use of less than lethals of course. But that’s the reason they use them and research new ones all the time, so they don’t have to use live ammo on the masses, and give away the truth about the fascist nature of the state. Without their precious non lethal riot control tools, the dead bodies would be piling up by the dozen, and violent revolution would justly be in the air.

      • quartz99

        Calling them less than lethal is a sick joke. You get hit somewhere vital by a rubber bullet and it can still kill you. Being beat with night sticks and kicked by jackbooted thugs while you’re already zip-tied face down on the ground can still kill you or cause permanent, untreatable damage. Calling them “less than lethals” is like saying that it’s “less than lethal” to hit someone with a car at 70mph so long as you strap a few pillows on the front of the vehicle.

        • Anarchy Pony

          That’s what they call them.

      • BuzzCoastin

        i live in Beijing
        i know people who were there when the tanks rolled in
        i asked how many people they saw killed
        they said none,
        but one girl i know lost her favorite bike to a tank
        not to say that no one died,
        but no one i know saw any one killed nor saw shots fired

        little known factoids in the west about Tienanmen:
        the people of Beijing blocked the tanks from entering the city
        the first time they came to town
        Zhao Ziyang the Head of the PRC government resigned
        rather than order the army into the square
        he went to the square after he resigned to warn the students of what was coming
        the soldiers present before the tanks arrived
        also warned everybody as to when they were coming

        if Obummer had that kinda moxie
        he wouldn’t be around long either

    • Calypso_1

      As much as I utterly deplore the events occurring in the United States, I seem to recall some 5000 dead at Tiananmen….enjoy the lead free atmosphere for the time being.

      • BuzzCoastin

        no one i know who was there when the tanks came in
        says that they heard shots
        nor saw anyone killed
        but the numbers reported in the western press
        are treated like they are the gospel

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    when the anniversary of Tienanmen Square comes around
    will the Americans still crow about freedom of speech
    and the right of public protest?

    the only difference between the Chinese governments response
    to Tienanmen Square and
    the Homeland gov’s response to OWS
    is that the resulting oppression was caused by “elected” officials

  • Anarchy Pony

    Well that and the use of less than lethals of course. But that’s the reason they use them and research new ones all the time, so they don’t have to use live ammo on the masses, and give away the truth about the fascist nature of the state. Without their precious non lethal riot control tools, the dead bodies would be piling up by the dozen, and violent revolution would justly be in the air.

  • Anonymous

    As much as I utterly deplore the events occurring in the United States, I seem to recall some 5000 dead at Tiananmen….enjoy the lead free atmosphere for the time being.

  • Anonymous

    Calling them less than lethal is a sick joke. You get hit somewhere vital by a rubber bullet and it can still kill you. Being beat with night sticks and kicked by jackbooted thugs while you’re already zip-tied face down on the ground can still kill you or cause permanent, untreatable damage. Calling them “less than lethals” is like saying that it’s “less than lethal” to hit someone with a car at 70mph so long as you strap a few pillows on the front of the vehicle.

  • Rodneypopper

    I saw that there were already four comments on this article and I thought…Is this a big surprise to anyone, and why don’t you fucking slaves just shut up and bend over?
    Isn’t it obvious that you can never win and you are only there to serve the rich?
    Jesus Christ! wake up and smell the shackles!

  • Rodneypopper

    I saw that there were already four comments on this article and I thought…Is this a big surprise to anyone, and why don’t you fucking slaves just shut up and bend over?
    Isn’t it obvious that you can never win and you are only there to serve the rich?
    Jesus Christ! wake up and smell the shackles!

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    i live in Beijing
    i know people who were there when the tanks rolled in
    i asked how many people they saw killed
    they said none,
    but one girl i know lost her favorite bike to a tank
    not to say that no one died,
    but no one i know saw any one killed nor saw shots fired

    little known factoids in the west about Tienanmen:
    the people of Beijing blocked the tanks from entering the city
    the first time they came to town
    Zhao Ziyang the Head of the PRC government resigned
    rather than order the army into the square
    he went to the square after he resigned to warn the students of what was coming
    the soldiers present before the tanks arrived
    also warned everybody as to when they were coming

    if Obummer had that kinda moxie
    he wouldn’t be around long either

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    no one i know who was there when the tanks came in
    says that they heard shots
    nor saw anyone killed
    but the numbers reported in the western press
    are treated like they are the gospel

  • Anarchy Pony

    That’s what they call them.

  • Anarchy Pony

    That’s what they call them.

  • chris massey-lynch

    All over the place, from the popular culture to the
    propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that
    they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify
    decisions and to consume.

    Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media.

    Noam Chomsky

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