For years we have thought that those on the Right that were concerned about the government becoming a dictatorship and doing unmentionable things like home invasions, gun confiscation, literature confiscation, and so on….we have looked the other way when it was against people that we deem ‘terrorists’ and then in the same breath condemn it when it is someone like those that support the Tea Party and its affiliates…..but the truth is that it could very well be a real concern and NOT an unwarranted fear…..
This from the wsws.org website……
The raids carried out by the FBI against antiwar activists last week are an ominous warning to the entire working class. The police-state tactics show the extent to which basic democratic rights—including the right to free speech and political association—have been undermined in the US.The Obama administration ordered the invasion of the homes of several individuals—primarily members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO)—and the seizure of documents, computers, cell phones, cameras and other personal and political material. Those targeted have been summoned to appear before a grand jury on October 12 and may face criminal prosecution for “material support” for terrorism.
What is the rationale for these actions? There are vague and unsubstantiated allegations of visits to groups that the US government officially designates as “terrorist.” These designations are entirely guided by the requirements at any given time of US foreign policy—that is, organizations are deemed to be “terrorist” depending on whether they are supporting or opposing US interests in the Middle East, Latin America or other parts of the globe.
Under attack is not simply one organization. The government and its array of military-police agencies aim to expand the criminalization of dissent in the United States.
The move by the FBI and the Obama administration is intended as a trial balloon. They seek to create a precedent as well as gauge the reaction from the public and from the media. On the last score, the administration is no doubt pleased with the response: near-universal silence. The newspapers have buried the story, and the television news has not covered it. The New York Times, the voice of the liberal establishment, printed a small article on its inside pages.
Why are there so much fear and loathing on the Right……and why is there NOTHING said about an obvious attack on civil rights? Civil Rights are NOT just for those who think like Michele Bachmann or O’Donnell……..This whole episode takes me back to the days in the 70’s during protests when COINTELPRO was used to set aside people’s civil rights in the name of security…
Can you smell that? That is the smell of approaching civil unrest…….
The breakdown of American democracy is inextricably linked to the growing social crisis in the United States itself. Inequality in the US is at record heights. The financial aristocracy has exploited a crisis of its own making to vastly enrich itself. It is now demanding that the bill be paid by the working class in the form of wage cuts, mass unemployment and austerity.
Something has GOT to change! And the upcoming elections is NOT going to be that change!