The Stasi In the USA
As would be expected, the imperial follow-up after such classification is to spy on said
This means that for the first time in American history, the federal government has a full-time intelligence organ devoted exclusively to scrutinizing the political opinions and affiliations of U.S. citizens. Well, the first time the domestic spying was public.
If you think I am exaggerating, I will let the J-BERB's speak for themselves:
DHS/I&A will be working with its state and local partners over the next several months to ascertain with greater regional specificity the rise in rightwing extremist activity in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the political, economic, and social factors that drive rightwing extremist radicalizationOh, by the way, this DHS-ERB document is not to be shared with the public, media, or Congress and is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The relevant quotes are [emphasis mine]:
LAW ENFORCEMENT INFORMATION NOTICE: This product contains Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES) information. No portion of the LES information should be released to the media, the general public, or over non-secure Internet servers. Release of this information could adversely affect or jeopardize investigative activities.and
Warning: This document is UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (U//FOUO). It contains information that may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552). It is to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is NOT to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need-to-know without prior approval of an authorized DHS official. State and local homeland security officials may share this document with authorized security personnel without further approval from DHS.Someone is facing a year in jail for disclosing this document. Here is the relevant quote from §214 (f) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
... shall be fined under title 18 of the United States Code, imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both, and shall be removed from office or employment.Thank goodness there are still some peace officers scattered among the legions of police and law enforcement officers in the country.
The continued domestic spying on citzens in general and dissidents in particular, is just further implementation of the Ten Steps to Closing Down a Free Society by Naomi Wolfe from her 2007 book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot. Those ten steps are:
- Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy.
- Create secret prisons where torture takes place.
- Develop a thug caste or paramilitary force not answerable to citizens.
- Set up an internal surveillance system.
- Harass citizens' groups.
- Engage in arbitrary detention and release.
- Target key individuals.
- Control the press.
- Treat all political dissidents as traitors.
- Suspend the rule of law.
My prediction is the ERB and their minions, the J-BERB's (Jack Boots at the Extremism and Radicalization Branch), will exceed the reach, scope, and terror of the East German Stasi and will do so with the thunderous applause of Law and Order conservatives and ACORN radicals.
h/t to Pro Libertate
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