by Scott Creighton
“There comes a point where democracy can no longer heal democracy“… Yeah. We’re there
An important lecture given by Naomi Wolf in October of 2007 in which she lays out the 10 step process by which open societies transform into closed or fascist ones.
It’s a good speech except for in the beginning she talks about the need to create a mythical enemy both foreign and domestic and she chooses Stalin’s warnings to the Soviet people about “capitalist sleeper cells” operating in the Soviet Union and Soviet block countries. She wrongly claims that it was a “myth” but the fact is, Stalin was absolutely correct; it was called Operation Gladio and it started just before the end of Germany’s part in WWII.
Still, all in all, a good lecture on how fascism is installed in various countries since the end of the last world war especially if you consider some very recent developments.
Notice the second step she talks about: setting up secret prisons and military tribunals that strip citizens of due process. Sound familiar? NDAA 2012?
“Everyone in a closing society has their own boundary, the point at which they … shut up…. The day I open the New York Times and read that someone I identify with, an editor, a journalist, has been named an enemy combatant and is in solitary confinement, that’s the day I’m not going to be talking anymore because at that point I will be too scared.” Naomi Wolf
Not long now…
The ruling comes despite Judge Forrest’s earlier decision that the NDAA fails to “pass constitutional muster” and that the legislation contained elements that had a “chilling impact on First Amendment rights”
Because alleged terrorists are so broadly defined as to include anyone with simple associations with enemy forces, some members of the press have feared that simply speaking with adversaries of the state can land them behind bars. RT Sept. 2012
At the 21:00 mark she starts talking about the importance of the second amendment and how it relates to checking an out of control government’s over-reach with para-military forces. Look at how they have been building up local law enforcement with wartime weapons and gear since 9/11. Look at the rise in para-military special teams in local, state and federal law enforcement, and look at the rise of the DHS (“Homeland”?) And now, here we are after 5 very sketchy mass casualty events talking about depriving the people of their constitutional check on state power “for the children”
“The forth thing a would be dictator does is create a surveillance system aimed at ordinary citizens. It wouldn’t talk much for this too work. In East Germany everyone thought they had a Stazi file, but only 10% actually did have one”
With the new data center in Utah (right next to BYU by the way) it’s big enough and technology is fast enough to have detailed files on everyone. I mean EVERYONE. because not only can they use it too keep the people in check, but since the government now runs for the various corporate interests, that information is extremely valuable in terms of direct marketing to consumers.
“the fifth thing you do is you arbitrarily detain and release citizens”
Remember that guy a couple months back detained for writing some stupid crap on his Facebook site?
“You infiltrate citizens activist groups”
“More and more criminalization of speech”
In This Changed World: NYPD’s Ministry of Justice to Seek Out “Apolitical Speech” as Pre-crime Indicator
“There is this drumbeat to charge people who release information (whistle blowers) with the espionage act”
In the history of the espionage act, there have been only 3 cases charged before Obama. He has added 7 himself to that tally. One right after his re-election. The espionage act was created in the run-up to WWI to round up socialists and activist who opposed the our involvement in the war.
Oddly, the last time Obama used the espionage act, this past Nov., was against someone stationed in Bahrain working on our unconventional warfare operations in the area. Papers were stashed in his backpack and he was quickly arrested and removed from public view. I wonder what he found out or was going to say about our little terrorist operations in the Middle East before the Peace Prize President whisked him away like Eugene Debs so many years ago:
“Debs was noted for his oratory, and his speech denouncing American participation in World War I led to his second arrest in 1918. He was convicted under the Espionage Act of 1917 and sentenced to a term of 10 years”
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