Friday, April 25, 2008

Police State/Martial law in the US

Which video is real and which is Memorex?

The first, a make-believe television ad from MTV created months ago warning about the coming police state. Don't laugh, Presidential directive #51 signed last May leaves total discretion to the President to determine when to lock down, anywhere, for any reason.

The second one is real. Operation Torch was launched in NYC today, proposing to "beef up safety" in the city's major transit hubs. And all thanks to your taxes, a 50% increase in a Homeland Security Grant.

After having listened to Naomi Wolf's interview about her new book The End of America, Naomi Wolf warns that history occurs in patterns, and in order to understand where our country is today and where it is headed, we need to read the history books. She lays out the 10 steps that dictators (or aspiring dictators) take in order to shut down an open society. We are actually late in the process. I recall the George Santayana quote, "those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it".

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