You hear it only in whispers. Americans, those who used to consider themselves liberal or conservative, urban or rural, all races, religions and ethnicities are whispering.
With America’s new laws, universal wiretapping, total supervision of the Internet, networks of informants throughout the population, there is a genuine fear, neither of invasion nor of collapse and starvation though those are seen as more than “probable.”
Americans are convinced they will, perhaps this month, this year, certainly soon, see a civil war. These are no longer bluster, angry words spoken in the heat of the moment. These are quiet words, carefully spoken behind closed doors between trusted friends.
Americans are afraid of their government, their laws, their police and they have been afraid too long.
There are groups that, for political gain, have always exploited fear, this is to be expected. The “neocon” movement was built from wild conspiracy theories spread by the Fox/Murdoch empire and its cabal of hidden cohorts. Fearful Americans voted in even more corrupt governments than usual and economic disasters were engineered, perhaps a bit of government terrorism too.
Americans we lulled into the complacency of sheep and, as they awakened, a few at a time, they saw how the visions and ideals they once held had disappeared.
What they didn’t know was that this dark time and the darker times to follow would, when seen in retrospect, seem as though they were a golden era.
There is real fear in America, strangely uniting people as only hopelessness can.
While America slept, thieves came in the night and stole her soul. First the new laws, the foreign threats, terrorism, militias, extremism, Orwell’s 1984.
Then came the endless wars, more Orwellian nightmares followed by more laws, new bureaucracies, new humiliations, the author’s nightmares of a century past, Orwell and Kafka.
America went away. It was replaced by “Fusion Centers” run by the Department of Homeland Security, where data on the behavior of everyone, children in school, gossip in the workplace, emails, telephone calls, all became fodder for analysis and classification.
This veteran is prone to violence, this church is a cult, this group is a militia, this meeting is a conspiracy.
This is one agency, there are 16. This is only the “Fusion Center.” The NSA (National Security Agency), NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) and 16 other agencies, all with undefined and overlapping powers, are spending billions on super computers to watch, to think, to predict and to, eventually, intervene.
“Capabilities” are being built to answer “threats” that have never existed and, as predicted, when the “Frankenstein monster” America has built is unleashed, it will have no duty but to turn on its unknowing creators.
Thus, every phone call, every email, every Facebook post, perhaps every glance or expression will be recorded and analyzed.
Orwell’s “Thought Police,” exist, 16 agencies full, and those are only those with Federal or national designations. Each state, county, each city or town, all are accumulating heavy weapons, surveillance equipment, all a duplication of the Israeli model.
The worst part is Americans have forgotten how to deal with tyranny. Americans met the British the way the Viet Cong and Taliban have met our own troops.
This was before 15 million Americans languished in prisons. This was before a million police, indoctrinated, no, really “brainwashed,” fed on steroids, human growth hormone, sniper rifles, armoured cars and specialist gear of America’s elite special operations forces now “standard issue” for traffic police and meter maids, America has created a culture of power and oppression.
Behind the police is government, layer upon layer, each more corrupt than the last. Behind the police are endless prisons and jails, many privately run, all as filthy and violent as any on earth, innocent and guilty alike share one thing in common, lack of money to buy their way to freedom.
Only the poor go to jail in America.
Sheriffs and police chiefs, judges and magistrates are empowered to fill the “for pay” prisons owned by corporations that finance their campaigns.
In America, sheriffs and judges are elected, nominated by the powerful, financed by those they are sworn to protect, the privileged classes, those of organized crime, the drug cartels, and, most of all, their political overlords who then serve a greater class of criminals, onward and upward until the elite bankers and moguls of world crime sit at their table and divide their spoils.