The widening use of militarized police units effectively nullifies the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, which prohibits the use of the armed forces for civilian policing. City police forces have in the last few decades amassed small strike forces...
Union-busting law reinstated
Worried that Congress will not act in time to raise the country's borrowing cap, the Obama administration is enlisting the fascist taxpayer titsucking corporations to bribe lawmakers that a U.S. default will have dire consequences.
Tucked into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) budget was a provision to make it much more difficult for the Wisconsin’s burgeoning craft breweries to operate by barring them from selling directly to restaurants and liquor stores, and preventing them
When I asked Dr. Vieira how the nation has progressed on a scale from 1 to 10 towards becoming a police state, with 10 being a full-blown version, he put us currently at about 7.
In the name of God we must gird our loins, whatever exactly gird means, and smite the followers of Allah, and suffer them not to live, neither child nor mother with child nor suckling babe. Their lands shall be accursed and nothing there shall...
History, that coy dominatrix, loves to trick the credulous human race. In a moment when something we call "democracy" seems to be spreading through the dodgy precincts of the world like a contagion of virtue, the trend is actually going the other...
The corporation produces weapons systems - those in charge are psychopaths. Those ordering the use of the weapons may well be psychopaths, too. How many normal people are in the chain of command today?
The Patriot Act that was rammed through after the September 2011 attacks was one of the more egregious blows against liberty in our lifetimes. It shredded core rights and liberties that had been taken for granted for centuries.
Independent thought is not a concept with which very many Americans are familiar or comfortable. Most want to have their emotions stroked, to be told what they want to hear. They already know what they think.
Plan to incrementally steal federal worker pensions
Madigan makes a product that will soon be illegal to sell in the U.S. - an incandescent bulb. His employer, GE, lobbied in favor of the law that will outlaw the bulbs. GE is replacing incandescents with compact fluorescents, which GE makes in China.
All of this is leading to Predictive Behavior Technology -- It is not enough to have logged and charted where we have been; the surveillance state wants to know where we are going through psychological profiling.
3. Checkpoints: The slow acclimation of the populace to military-style checkpoints began first as border control operations up to 100 miles inland in what the ACLU calls the Constitution Free Zone. However, this has rather quickly morphed...
Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office Monday amid sunshine, children’s choirs and a billion-dollar deficit he says he must tame.
The lawlessness and brutality associated with Guantanamo were pointless. The US government destroyed the reputation of the United States and the rule of law for nothing. It is a terrible experience to have years of one’s life stolen and to be...
Corporations can now block class actions
We are politically demobilized and paralyzed. We do not question the state religion of patriotic virtue, the war on terror or the military and security state. We are herded like sheep through airports by Homeland Security and, once we get through...
#4 Would you like to have your face scanned and your ID recorded every time you attend a public event? Don’t laugh. The San Francisco Entertainment Commission is actually proposing a new rule which “would require all venues...
One of Hacker and Pierson’s complaints about the way we usually regard politics is that we miss what’s really going on by focusing on the show of elections and the competition between parties. This is the theatre of electoral politics…‘
The Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and...
If one examines the history of every modern country which eventually disintegrated into despotism, the definition of who the “enemy” is tends to become rather broad rather quickly. That is to say, the more criminal the leadership of a country...
Republican plan to return to 19th century harshness
Uncle Sam's psychosis is terminal for us all if we don't get him into a straitjacket soon. Force, fraud, deceit, extortion, theft and homocide are the natural tendencies of governments' corporate personality. It is fueled by our blood, sweat and tear
Whats with all the conservative (even libertarian) enthusiasm for, and eagerness to defend, the nuclear power industry? Their position is not very conservative, and certainly not libertarian.
He must think that things could get really bad in the Western world to think that anyone in a free-speech democracy is capable of envying life in China.