CHAPTER FOURTEEN THE SECRET PLANS TO END AMERICAN DEMOCRACY THE INCIDENT: The two terms of George W. Bush saw passage of the Patriot Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, and other similar laws in the wake of 9/11. Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded, and detention centers for terrorists established.
THE OFFICIAL WORD: The erosion of civil liberties, including wiretapping and torture and suspending habeus corpus, is necessary in order to prevent the spread of terrorism on our shores.
MY TAKE: The federal government, and elements of the military, have used 9/11 as an excuse to put in place the means to impose martial law and lock up dissenters in “camps” if they deem it necessary. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights have never been in greater peril than now. The technology exists to further erode our democracy, and basically make slaves of those who won’t go along with the program.
“With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power. American fascism will not be really dangerous until there is a purposeful coalition among the cartelists, the deliberate poisoners of public information.... They claim to be super-patriots, but they would destroy every liberty guaranteed by the Constitution.”