This week in Fascism

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This week in Fascism is a weekly column with a collection of articles and videos show casing the slide into a fascist police state.

Martial Law Sweeps

Operation Sudden Impact was a police state sweep of traffic, businesses and rivers in TN, MS, and AK. Of course, no terrorists were found.

Law-enforcement agencies in Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas took part in what was described by local media as “an anti-crime and anti-terrorism initiative” involving officers from more than 50 federal, state and local agencies.

Given the military style name “Operation Sudden Impact”, the initiative saw officers from six counties rounding up fugitives, conducting traffic checkpoints, climbing on boats on the Mississippi River and doing other “crime-abatement” programs all under the label of “anti-terrorism”.

Bill Moyers: Buying the war

PBS video

“Buying the War” examines the press coverage in the lead-up to the war as evidence of a paradigm shift in the role of journalists in democracy and asks, four years after the invasion, what’s changed? “More and more the media become, I think, common carriers of administration statements and critics of the administration,” says THE WASHINGTON POST’s Walter Pincus. “We’ve sort of given up being independent on our own.”

German Held is US Custody for buying a razor

Spiegel article (english)

The US military have been holding a German citizen in custody in Kabul after he tried to buy a shaver in a military supermarket. German intelligence agencies have found no grounds for suspecting he could be a terrorist and the German foreign ministry is now working to secure his release.

“Can do no wrong” ally Israeli: soldiers talk about abductions, beatings and torture

Belefast Telegraph article

In shocking testimonies that reveal abductions, beatings and torture, Israeli soldiers confess the horror they have visited on Hebron

Major media fails to even come close to doing it’s job during dem debates

Crooks and Liars

The first hour of last night’s debate was a 60 minute master class in questions that elevate out-of-context remarks and trivial, insipid miscues into subjects of natural discourse…which is my job! Stop doing my job! That’s what I’m here for! I’m the silly man!

Media Matters on the subject

KBR’s rapes ignored by Justice Department

The Nation article

As news broke of the rape of yet another US military contractor employee in Iraq [see “Another KBR Rape Case” at thenation.com], the Senate Foreign Relations Committee convened a hearing April 9 to demand that the Justice Department explain why it has failed to prosecute a single sexual assault case in the theater since the Iraq War began.

Top Bush aides pushed for torture

This has been almost completely ignored by major US media.

Guardian

America’s most senior general was “hoodwinked” by top Bush administration officials determined to push through aggressive interrogation techniques of terror suspects held at Guantánamo Bay, leading to the US military abandoning its age-old ban on the cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners, the Guardian reveals today.

After Downing Street

Washington Independent

How Bush killed the economy: Greed + Stupidity

What 8 Years of Bush and Cheney Have Done to the US Economy/

Harry Truman said, “No man should be allowed to be president who doesn’t understand hogs.” That’s never been more true than it will be for the man or woman who walks into the White House on January 20, 2009.

Cheney wants to squeeze terrorist balls

On the only news left: The Daily Show.

Daily Show

CIA Drug Trade

Another “war” where both sides work for the US.

Super Rich: The Greed Game