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Rocinante's Saddle is Empty: The Passing of Congressman George Hansen

•, By William Norman Grig
Former Congressman George Hansen, whose soul was released from its ailing and enfeebled mortal coil on August 14, suffered the inverse of that benediction: He lived long enough to witness the complete validation of his grimly prophetic warnings about the advent of American totalitarianism ? albeit of variety yet to be uniformly imposed on our society.

Anybody who read Hansen's 1979 book To Harass Our People would not be surprised by either the IRS targeting scandal, or the emergence of the fully realized Panopticon surveillance system. Anybody familiar with the abuse Hansen suffered in the US prison system would understand that was has been done in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib is neither novel nor uncommon.

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