Monday, July 15, 2013

Locking Out the Voices of Dissent

From Chris Hedges:

NEW YORK—The security and surveillance state, after crushing the Occupy movement and eradicating its encampments, has mounted a relentless and largely clandestine campaign to deny public space to any group or movement that might spawn another popular uprising. The legal system has been grotesquely deformed in most cities to, in essence, shut public space to protesters, eradicating our right to free speech and peaceful assembly. The goal of the corporate state is to criminalize democratic, popular dissent before there is another popular eruption. The vast state surveillance system, detailed in Edward Snowden’s revelations to the British newspaper The Guardian, at the same time ensures that no action or protest can occur without the advanced knowledge of our internal security apparatus. This foreknowledge has allowed the internal security systems to proactively block activists from public spaces as well as carry out pre-emptive harassment, interrogation, intimidation, detention and arrests before protests can begin. There is a word for this type of political system—tyranny..... more here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"The problem lies not, of course, with the Occupy movement, but with the reconfiguration of the government into a handmaiden of corporations that seek to squeeze profits out of the dying carcass of empire."

Only Hedges can express what may not be obvious to most. He has shown in this article, very precisely, how the corporate-state has parlayed each and every "security threat" into an opportunity to diminish and absolve our guaranteed rights under the Constitution. He's a literary genius in the quest to save our dwindling civil rights, and literally a prophet of our times.

Please, Mr. Hedges, please don't buy a new Mercedes Benz. (If Janis Joplin were alive today, I'm sure she would have rewritten the lyrics to her song.)

8:05 AM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

"The problem lies not in our stares, but with what's empty behind them!

12:09 PM  

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