Monday, April 23, 2012

Doom Is A Government Department - 2

Smile - You're On Kinky Camera
The first post in this series focused on an executive order that was recently signed by the president.

That order gives his cabinet members the right to seize any U.S. property or the labor of any U.S. citizen to be used in government service, with or without payment, to enhance national security.

Some say it was just another test run, because other presidents have done it, so move on folks, nothing to see here, however, as Dredd Blog pointed out, there really is something new afoot.

That something new is the fact that how journalists, judges, citizens, or foreigners interpret the text is irrelevant, rather, the main factor is now how the government secretly interprets the text, which is said to be a scary interpretation, according to several senators.

Let's move on from that post to today's focus.

Adding to the increasingly obvious fact that psychopaths now govern the U.S. eh?, the Supreme Five recently ruled that you can be strip searched even for a parking or traffic ticket you forgot about:
The justices upheld a ruling by a US appeals court based in Philadelphia that it was reasonable to search everyone entering a jail, even without suspicion of any criminal activity.

The decision was a victory for the jails and for the Obama administration, which argued for an across-the-board rule allowing strip-searches of all those entering the general jail population, even those arrested on minor offenses.

Attorneys for Albert Florence, who was strip-searched twice at two New Jersey jails in a six-day period after his arrest for an unpaid traffic fine, argued jailers must first have reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.
(Guardian, emphasis added). Obama agreed with the Supreme Five perverts, which also goes hand in hand with his declaration that he can kill any American at home or abroad, if he alone decides that they are an enemy combatant.

This strange, unAmerican, fascist, Orwellian ideology is explained by some trend analysis, mixed with some history of other totalitarian regimes:
Our surveillance state shown considerable determination to intrude on citizens sexually. There's the sexual abuse of prisoners at Bagram – der Spiegel reports that "former inmates report incidents of … various forms of sexual humiliation. In some cases, an interrogator would place his penis along the face of the detainee while he was being questioned. Other inmates were raped with sticks or threatened with anal sex". There was the stripping of Bradley Manning is solitary confinement. And there's the policy set up after the story of the "underwear bomber" to grope US travelers genitally or else force them to go through a machine – made by a company, Rapiscan, owned by terror profiteer and former DHA czar Michael Chertoff – with images so vivid that it has been called the "pornoscanner".

Believe me: you don't want the state having the power to strip your clothes off. History shows that the use of forced nudity by a state that is descending into fascism is powerfully effective in controlling and subduing populations.

The political use of forced nudity by anti-democratic regimes is long established. Forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their powerlessness.
(Sexual Humiliation ... U.S. Political Tool). Meanwhile the institutionalized spying on Americans is going full steam ahead:
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration — an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle — financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications — will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
(Wired, emphasis added; cf Salon). This spy center, five times the size of the U.S. capitol, is being built to spy on Americans, while children go hungry, and while the 1% plunder more and more money from the poor and middle class.

The previous post in this series is here.

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