Posted by SnakeArbusto
Listen to this 8-minute interview with Tom Englehardt of TomDispatch:
Here’s the article he mentions:
Where I disagree with Tom, though, is on his characterization of the security state (by the way, don’t miss the _Wired_ article he links to –http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1) as some kind of “nameless” monster that’s been created out of the twisted depths of the Amerikan psyche and that will devour the country, which will literally crumble while tens of billions are squandered to fight a “terrorist threat” whose existence he admits but tries to put into perspective. He sees this entity, growing by leaps and bounds and subdividing itself to grow again, as the threat in itself – some kind of out-of-control juggernaut whose major fault is not that it’s aimed at controlling the population, but that it’s draining the life-blood from the country.
But when I look back on the concerted attacks on the Occupy/Indignadxs movement and look at what we’ve seen so far as the movement warms up again with Spring, not to mention things like what happened in Athens yesterday and the day before after a 77-year-old retiree shot himself to death (http://99getsmart.com/?p=2994) in the center of Syntagma Square, I can’t help thinking that somebody somewhere has a pretty clear idea of what they’re going to do with all that information, about each and every one of us, that’s going to be stored in impenetrable bunkers, with full life support, in the Utah desert. Somehow I get the suspicion that there’s nothing nameless about the people who are organizing to keep protest bottled up in Chicago in May and in the parks and squares around the US.
We’re not headed for a Soviet-style police state, Tom insists. Maybe not, but I don’t like the way the Amerikan police state is starting to look.