This week in Fascism


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

Preachy bit… skip if you just want the news:

It was a pretty busy week (as usual) in Fascism (they’re [the fascists] are all working hard, you’re probably not even reading this crap – who do you think will win?). I’m still blown away by how many “don’t have time” to learn about what’s going on. This is where the “sheeple” phrase comes from. I love this attitude in America that education stops the second you’re out of school. It’s true, there isn’t much you can do (short of becomimg a radical) to effect any of this, but, it’s your duty to at least know about it, spread the word and, at a bare minimum, write your reps.



Air marshals’ names tagged on ‘no-fly’ list

Some federal air marshals have been denied entry to flights they are assigned to protect when their names matched those on the terrorist no-fly list, and the agency says it’s now taking steps to make sure their agents are allowed to board in the future.

Air marshals’ names tagged on ‘no-fly’ list

Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act

Signed into law April 24, 2008, the oh-so innocent sounding Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act of 2007 establishes a national database of newborn DNA.

This law establishes collection and warehousing of newborn DNA for scientific research and requires no parental consent or knowledge.

In government, nothing is sacred

More torture reports from Gitmo

Journalist released from Guantánamo details beatings, extreme temperature exposures, sexual assault, and denial of medical care for his cancer, kidney infections, and injuries.

Journalist released from Guantánamo details abuse

Hijacking planes as pretext for war

Again, if you think something like 9/11 is beyond your governments imagination… it’s not. They’ve been planning crap like this for decades.

Operations Northwoods Documents On the Website of the US National Archives and Records Administration

According to ABC News and government documents on Operation Northwoods, America’s top military leaders drafted plans to kill innocent people and commit acts of terrorism in US cities to trick the public into supporting a war against Cuba in the early 1960s. Approved in writing by the Pentagon Joint Chiefs, Operation Northwoods even proposed blowing up a US ship and hijacking planes as a false pretext for war.

Al Qaeda is overrated – Newsweek

Newsweek wakes up: Terrorist Triage

Why are the presidential candidates—and so many counterterrorism experts—afraid to say that the Al Qaeda threat is overrated?

Shareholders Revolt

Shareholders Revolt Against Bloated CEO Pay

“Where can you get a job where you do nothing to earn your money and get paid in advance?” asked one irate shareholder. “Citigroup!” Added another: “There is something wrong in this company.”

Gore: It Is ‘Obscene’ That Bush Has Dismissed ‘George Washington’s 200-Plus Year Prohibition On Torture’

From an interview with Terry Gross (audio on site):

a president saying that he has the right to overturn George Washington’s 200-plus year prohibition against torture and torture anyone he wants, with his assistants gathered in the basement of the White House, according to recent revelations, personally reviewing the kinds of torture techniques being used prisoner by prisoner — it’s obscene!

London’s Cameras Don’t Reduce Crime

But, they seem very good at wasting money. Bruce Schneier has more.

Jesse Ventura

It’s a pretty sad day when one of the most admirable US politicians is an x-pro wrestler. You can say a lot of things about Ventura but he’s definitely not full of shit like the rest of DC.

Neocons Admit that “War on Terror” is a Hoax

Key war on terror architect Douglas Feith has now confirmed Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and Wesley Clark in admitting that the so-called War on Terror is a hoax.

In fact, starting right after 9/11 — at the latest — the goal has always been to create “regime change” and instability in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Lebanon so as to protect Israel. And the goal was never really to destroy Al Qaeda.

Neocons Admit that “War On Terror” Is a Hoax

Bush signs S.1858 – American citizens are now officially exposed to genetic testing, surveilland and research without their knowledge

discussion on Reddit link to the pdf

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I don’t trust government (and the health care companies that are running said government) but, seriously, a giant public database of health information (like Google is developing) would be seriously helpful to research.

Rejecting Authority of the Border Patrol

[Video] This guy just refuses to play the game and is eventually sent on his way. These stops are supposedly common in the SW states along the border.

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

On CommonDreams: The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

There is direct evidence that President George W. Bush did not honorably lead this nation, but deliberately misled it into a war he wanted. Bush and his administration knowingly lied to Congress and to the American public — lies that have cost the lives of more than 4,000 young American soldiers and close to $1 trillion.

More historical perspective on what’s happening in the US

Charley Resse writes a good article on what we should all be aware of…

Who would have guessed that George W. Bush, who seemed to be a genial good old boy, would turn out to be a tyrant, launching wars of aggression, arresting and confining people without charges or access to a lawyer, condoning torture and lying to the American people? A government that can without trial destroy you by simply putting on a list your name or the name of an organization with which you are associated is a tyranny. A government that invades other countries and that feels free to murder people in any country it chooses is a tyranny.

Americans are on the edge of a long night. We had better wake up and step back before it’s too late.

Patent a pig

Patenting life is a bad idea. Unlike the genetically modified corn that Monsanto is ruining people’s lives with, the patent on the pig is simply a patent on a gene pattern they’ve found that produces meatier pigs. That’s right, it’s not new, it effect huge percentages of existing pigs. The Monsanto Patent for a Pig is a really good documentary on this.

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