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Pilger writes: "Snowden's revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of modern form of fascism."

Pilger: 'In the new American cyber-power, only the revolving doors have changed.' (photo: unknown)
Pilger: 'In the new American cyber-power, only the revolving doors have changed.' (photo: unknown)

A New Fascism on the Rise

By John Pilger, AlterNet

24 June 13


The power of truth-tellers like Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.

n his book, Propaganda, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: "The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."

The American nephew of Sigmund Freud, Bernays invented the term "public relations" as a euphemism for state propaganda. He warned that an enduring threat to the invisible government was the truth-teller and an enlightened public.

In 1971, whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg leaked US government files known as The Pentagon Papers, revealing that the invasion of Vietnam was based on systematic lying. Four years later, Frank Church conducted sensational hearings in the US Senate: one of the last flickers of American democracy. These laid bare the full extent of the invisible government: the domestic spying and subversion and warmongering by intelligence and "security" agencies and the backing they received from big business and the media, both conservative and liberal.

Speaking about the National Security Agency (NSA), Senator Church said: "I know that the capacity that there is to make tyranny in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law ... so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return."

On 11 June, following the revelations in the Guardian by NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg wrote that the US had now "that abyss".

Snowden's revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone, is further evidence of modern form of fascism - that is the "abyss". Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world - from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia - the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology.

Fred Branfman, who exposed the "secret" destruction of tiny Laos by the US Air Force in the 1960s and 70s, provides an answer to those who still wonder how a liberal African-American president, a professor of constitutional law, can command such lawlessness. "Under Mr. Obama," he wrote for AlterNet, "no president has done more to create the infrastructure for a possible future police state." Why? Because Obama, like George W Bush, understands that his role is not to indulge those who voted for him but to expand "the most powerful institution in the history of the world, one that has killed, wounded or made homeless well over 20 million human beings, mostly civilians, since 1962."

In the new American cyber-power, only the revolving doors have changed. The director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, was adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the Bush administration who lied that Saddam Hussein could attack the US with nuclear weapons. Cohen and Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt - they met in the ruins of Iraq - have co-authored a book, The New Digital Age, endorsed as visionary by the former CIA director Michael Hayden and the war criminals Henry Kissinger and Tony Blair. The authors make no mention of the Prism spying program, revealed by Edward Snowden, that provides the NSA access to all of us who use Google.

Control and dominance are the two words that make sense of this. These are exercised by political, economic and military designs, of which mass surveillance is an essential part, but also by insinuating propaganda in the public consciousness. This was Edward Bernays's point. His two most successful PR campaigns were convincing Americans they should go to war in 1917 and persuading women to smoke in public; cigarettes were "torches of freedom" that would hasten women's liberation.

It is in popular culture that the fraudulent "ideal" of America as morally superior, a "leader of the free world", has been most effective. Yet, even during Hollywood's most jingoistic periods there were exceptional films, like those of the exile Stanley Kubrick, and adventurous European films would have US distributors. These days, there is no Kubrick, no Strangelove, and the US market is almost closed to foreign films.

When I showed my own film, The War on Democracy, to a major, liberally-minded US distributor, I was handed a laundry list of changes required, to "ensure the movie is acceptable". His memorable sop to me was: "OK, maybe we could drop in Sean Penn as narrator. Would that satisfy you?" Lately, Katherine Bigelow's torture-apologizing Zero Dark Thirtyand Alex Gibney's We Steal Secrets, a cinematic hatchet job on Julian Assange, were made with generous backing by Universal Studios, whose parent company until recently was General Electric. GE manufactures weapons, components for fighter aircraft and advance surveillance technology. The company also has lucrative interests in "liberated" Iraq.

The power of truth-tellers like Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media. WikiLeaks is especially dangerous because it provides truth-tellers with a means to get the truth out. This was achieved by Collateral Damage, the cockpit video of an US Apache helicopter allegedly leaked by Bradley Manning. The impact of this one video marked Manning and Assange for state vengeance. Here were US airmen murdering journalists and maiming children in a Baghdad street, clearly enjoying it, and describing their atrocity as "nice". Yet, in one vital sense, they did not get away with it; we are witnesses now, and the rest is up to us.

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+103 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-24 15:30
Truth sets us free. But the powers-that-be don't want us to be free; so, as a result, they don't want us to know the truth. Their idols are people like Bernays. They believe in absolute control; in other words, in totalitarianism . They hate freedom, and they will do, and ARE doing, everything in their considerable power to destroy our liberty(ies) and freedom(s). They've done it slowly but surely for a very long time now, and now they're bringing it to a head. We can see, with the multitude of extreme things that they've done in order to further these ends in the past, almost twelve years, that they are finalizing the total control. Thus, very soon, unless We the People successfully put a stop to it, we will have no true liberty and freedom. That is why this whole present bringing to light of the mass-surveillan ce, and the importance of whistleblowers over so-called betrayal of "security", are so important. But is it too little too late? Most of the "American" people are so narcissistic; they so much believe that voting is all they have to do to fulfill their patriotic duty(ies), if that; and so extremely believe that their votes really count, which they don't anymore with the stealing of the "(s)elections" with electronic, non-paper-trail voting machines; that people who are not accepting of the mass-insanity, the mass-surveillan ce-state, and the mass-surrender- of-liberty-for- so-called-"secu rity", can't help but sanely wonder if we're not beyond the point of no return(?).
+25 # jky1291 2013-06-24 23:16
The conservatives have proclaimed that we will become Greece concerning deficit reduction in order to steal more money from the poor to insure the 1% remain obscenely wealthy. But, anyone objectively observing the last 30 years realizes that we are actually on the verge of becoming Syria, with the government's authorization to deploy our own military against our citizens who have the audacity to exercise their Constitutional freedoms of speech, the press, and the right to assemble, while the government violates the Constitutional prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures without search warrants based on probable cause. While I suspect the 2012 election was our last chance to challenge the total usurpation of power of all three branches of government by the wealthy and foreign interests through the U. S. Chamber of Commerce's representation of multinational corporations, further corruption of the peoples' electoral mandates will clearly replicate the conditions that precipitated the American Revolution leading to the creation of this nation, and again indicating the necessity for corrective actions in order to prevent full establishment of the Fourth Reich.
+21 # vicnada 2013-06-25 02:40
Quoting Jack Gibson:
Truth sets us free. But the powers-that-be don't want us to be free; so, as a result, they don't want us to know the truth. Their idols are people like Bernays.
At this stage in our evolution we can only be free in our thinking...so posits political scientist, Rudolf Steiner, early last century. (Like Bernays, he was Austrian, but 30 years his senior). He predicted that governments would attempt to make thinking illegal. This idea, radical as it might sound, is being accomplished through the media control as Bernays declares with ironically brazen transparency. How does one stand against such tyranny? Standing for true journalism such as make this article freely available is one way. Another is training oneself in the discipline of true thinking. It isn't given that we "think". Most of what we call thinking is reaction to stimuli automated by habits as well as our inborn likes and dislikes. True thinking requires consciousness and discipline. Discipline like this is trained by the very reading of Rudolf Steiner's "Philosophy of Freedom" (now also titled "Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path"). One comes awake to inner faculties of strength and resolution such as is needed to unmask the neo-fascism of our time. Go here to review the book: http://ow.ly/mm7Kv
+18 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-06-25 03:05
Evil is nothing new, and yes, this kept hidden, total control of everything and everyone is evil plus. Today's U.S. of (greed and power) A.(ddiction) is now recognized by an increasing number of folks across the globe for what it is - evil plus and anything but what it still claims to be, the home of liberty and justice for all.

Truth is constantly being hidden by the villainaire rulers, as we the sheeple are purposefully crippled by the rulers' MSDing of us - manipulating, spinning, distracting. And, truthtellers must be silenced and destroyed - cannot let truth get out, now can the evil rulers.

Can good overcome evil in these so overtaken by evil times? Please God/good, deliver us from evil, and give us the courage and determination to help ourselves and generations to come. Please give us more rays of hope, via truthtellers (prophets) such as our Ellsbergs, Assanges, Mannings and Snowdens, and all other truthtelling journalists and whistleblowers. Truth, as difficult as it is to hear and understand, does set us free from evil. And yes, God does help those who help themselves. Let's not abandon hope.
+1 # bigkahuna671 2013-06-25 10:23
Jack Gibson, what you say is frightening because you can't tell if you're a Tea-Partier or a left-winger, an ultra-conservat ive or an extreme liberal. That's what so scary about the chasm between liberals and conservatives. Ronnie Raygun did such a great job of widening the gap between the two sides that all we have left is hatred...from both sides. The bipartisanship that was a part of political life before Ronnie has vanished into the massive void that lives within the heads of people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. We need to return to pre-Ronnie days and learn to work together or else our great American society will continue its inexorable slide into Roman Empire-like failure and subsequent vanishing from the earth. Now's the time to pray before it's too late and we're all goners.
+17 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 10:57
The way you can tell he's not a t-partier is that he said this problem has been getting worse over the past 12 years. If he was a t-publican, he'd pretend it wasn't happening until Obama was in office.
+4 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-25 12:39
Thanks, "B.B."! How many times do I have to say that I'm a constitutionali st and not connected with either of the two extremist parties? I've been here commenting quite a while, and made clear that I'm not fooled by either side of the "one-party system", the parties of corporate-fasci sm. But those who are still buying into the "left-right paradigm" and the divide-and-conq uer actualities, have to pigeon hole people as either "left" or "right".

If anything said here doesn't conform with the "left-wing" majority "washing-of-bra ins", or supposedly smacks of being of the "right-wing" washing-of-brai ns, then it is falsely labeled as "tea-partier" and/or "ultra-conserva tive", etc. That's exactly how those people fall for, and right into the trap of, the divide-and-conq uer milieu, and are conquered by acquiescing to very limited, blinkered, controlled, only-parrot-the -majority-of-le ft-winger "thinking".

I've tried to explain elsewhere that I'm, in a sense, BOTH "liberal" and "conservative"; because all true conservatives and liberals would be constitutionali sts. But please don't anyone twist that around; that does NOT mean that I'm "centrist", not in the usual sense of the word anyway. I take what both sides have right [yes, believe it not, the "right-wingers" do have a couple of things right (oh my God, did he just say that?!)], and I discard all of the extremism that both sides have, and all that both sides have wrong. I am a True Individualist and fully independent thinker.
+5 # bigkahuna671 2013-06-25 17:04
Okay, Jack, I get it. I'm somewhat the same, but I get jumped on by far-lefters for trying to see both sides. The far right has stolen the constitution and is slowly, with the Supreme Court's help, destroying it, replacing it with the nuances of a fascistic society. Wal-Mart has replaced Krupp, the Koch brothers are Heinrich and Rudolf, and the inner circle of the GOP is visiting Berchtesgaden - Hitler's Eagle's Nest. The recent reactions I've gotten from some RSN readers/writers has disgusted me as they're every bit as dysfunctional as the Tea Partiers with their "my way or the highway" attitudes. If you don't agree with their points of view, you are evil and unworthy to be a liberal Democrat. God help us all. Semper Fi, I'll always support my country but I reserve the right to question and find answers when I feel it has lost its way.
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 22:49
Most of us love our country. That's a no brainer.

The problem is our government is no longer ours. It is Wall Street's cadre of political hacks and lackeys. It is our enemy.

That transcends party, except for the true believers in any party. And those true believers are exactly what put Hitler in power and kept him there until the bombs, artillery, and infantry & navies took his military and the German society to shreds.

That may be what happens here, but it will be the US Government doing all the bombing and strafing and sending in the infantry and navy.

What isn't at all clear is what the true believers will do when/if, they discover they have been cheerleading on the Hitlers, the Stalin's etc., in the USA. Perhaps some will panic, some will hunker down like the t-publicans, and some will shrivel into the nothings they already are. But there is no way I know of to quantify how many will do what.
+10 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 11:57
Yes, I agree by the way. We do need to learn to work together. Right now, it's really impossible. It's like asking a school bully if "maybe we can talk this thing out". We all know what happens to the nerd next.

For the last 3 decades, liberals have been having their collective underwear run up the flagpole and milk money stolen. Talking it out hasn't worked.

The only way cooperation will happen is if liberals bring as much force to the bargaining table as conservatives. Only then, will they be willing to talk things out and begin cooperating. Right now, liberals are to weak and spineless to even try to do that, so as the saying goes:

0 # Cassandra2012 2013-08-08 15:07
Yes, and as in 1933, the ubiquitous brownshirts will increase the beatings....
0 # bigkahuna671 2013-06-25 23:30
I guess there are some people who don't want us to learn to work together again and would rather this country go down the toilet. That says a lot about them and some of our readers. I just wish they had the guts to back up their negatives with real words. Don't know if they're capable of formulating anything cogent and efficacious but somehow I don't think so. Oh well, hope their caretakers make sure they eat well and get their rest and keep the TV set on the cartoon network.
+2 # jwhzpr 2013-06-26 15:32
I'm sorry but I don't think prayers are going to do anything but further control the sheeples through organized religion which distracts them from the real threats to their lives and more importantly, the lives of their children and grandchildren. While the religious zealots further their hatred of gays, women's rights (abortion, contraception) etc., the corporatists who now control this government continue their march to total dominance and control.
+1 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-25 14:31
- Continued -

...Yet I have NOT given up, and I will not.
-1 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 22:40
With all due respect, Mr. Gibson, you have thought yourself in circels, and gotten nowhere.

If the "truth sets us free," as you start off with, then what is all that claptrap about, "unless we, the people, successfully put a stop to it," etc. Apparently, either there was no truth, or if there was (and I believe there was much truth in the article), it didn't set us free. We still must, as all people have forever had to, take our freedom, or watch (or ignore) while it evaporates.

You apparently knew you were confused as the proverbial devil in the details, because you wind up in a rant about the narcississtic Americans and wondering if we're not beyond the point of no return.

And I am not surprised that your confusions are popular. So are Obama's and GWB's & Bill Clinton's & Mitt Romney's and Harry Reid's and Diane Feinstein's and Nancy Pelosi's and Paul Ryan's, et. al.

Good luck sorting out the confusions. And when you do, anticipate losing the crowd of cheerleaders.
+8 # pietheyn07 2013-06-24 21:47
Fear breeds unacceptable panaceas...
+16 # DaveM 2013-06-24 22:01
The presumed reason for gathering all of this raw data is to track criminals/terro rists/spies/etc . But the "paper trail" of anyone's life can be examined in any number of ways, some of them unsavory.

Let's just suppose, while adjusting our tin foil hats, that a person is on Social Security/Disabi lity, receives food stamps, Medicaid, subsidized housing, what have you. That person's personal data could be used to perform a cost/benefit analysis along the lines of how much it is costing the government to leave this person alone, as opposed to how much it would cost to keep him in prison/a state hospital/some other institution. The moment they "cost too much"....they are dispatched to one or the other.

A bit reminiscent of Sarah Palin's silly "death panels", isn't it? Six weeks ago I would have agreed. But I have a profile resembling that of the hypothetical person above. I will be in court on July 1st facing charges of "terroristic threats" over a Facebook post that was posted by a person either "spoofing" my IP address or using "remote access" software which was found on my computer. The person who appears to be responsible? An Air Force Intelligence officer.

Just sayin', that's all.
+18 # Malcolm 2013-06-24 23:15
Re " It is in popular culture that the fraudulent "ideal" of America as morally superior, a "leader of the free world", has been most effective"

So sad. So true. I confess: I was brainwashed for my entire upbringing, in Texas public schools, Texas churches Texas newspapers. Texas Schoolbook Depository, home of nationalistic jingo propagandanda.

Never even suspected how thoroughly I'd been fooled. Trained footsoldolier to the liars and damnliars.

I became enlightened by moving to Hippieville, California in 1968, age 23. I've been observing the very gradual takeover of our liberties, our freedoms, our wealth, and our morals ever since.

But brainwashing of children seems powerful. Even now, with all the leaked truths about our MASTERS, deep town it feels like a lie. It still feels like America is the BEST. The LAND OF OPPORTUNITY.

Schizophrenic voices: memories of brainwashing, the reality seen every day in the present world.

Perhaps this explains how so many of us older Americans just refuse to-or cannot-accept what's happened to us all.
+23 # brenda 2013-06-24 23:26
The thing that's so depressing about this is the number of Republican "duped Christians" and elderly "duped teabaggers" are running with the Fascism concept.
It's like being caught in a bad nightmare where the monster is getting bigger and bigger with no stopping it.
0 # Cassandra2012 2013-08-08 15:08
The brownshirts are here already.
+19 # adickinson 2013-06-24 23:58
Continue to watch "Democracy Now!" hosted by a true journalist, Amy Goodman, to keep in touch with what is going on. Jeremy Scahill got his training wheels on Democracy Now!, and boy has he taken off! Rolling Stone has been a great source of good articles, and we are going to miss Michael Hastings very much. I thank this author, John Pilger, for his article, which seems right on. It's a sad state of affairs, and it seems like it will get worse, especially since the media and Congress won't let the public have a debate on the issue of what the NSA is really doing! (We need to be messengers about this story. Today in the podiatrist's office, I talked to the medical assistant and to the girl at the front desk. Neither one had heard about Edward Snowden and what he did. They were appalled to find out that their phone conversations, etc. were being invaded and stored for future reference. Spread the word as you gon on your way each day! We need to be part of the media!) Like Julian Assange's attorney said on "Democracy Now!" today (go to democracynow.or g), the true focus and purpose of all this surveillance of Americans is not foiling another terrorist plot, since they have had the capabilities to do that if they want to, but keeping track of who might be planning a demonstration or rally or who might be up to something politican that does not smack of us all being sheep.
+9 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-06-25 09:47
When I talk to people about the NDAA and the fact that the President has to right to have ANYONE of us arrested by the army and held indefinitely in a military prison with out any right to defend ourselves---and that we may be subjected to enhanced interrogation and death people say, "Oh no! That can not be possible! This can't be true!". But it is. Those of us who know what is going on must talk to our friends and neighbors about the truth of the level of corruption in our government. We must join a popular resistance against our current government and move toward democracy in the United States.
+18 # maddave 2013-06-25 00:17
". . .can't help but sanely wonder if we're not beyond the point of no return(?)."

No doubt we are, Jack, but really, it's not personal! Consider:
1. Bernays & Macciavelli were both sociopathic power wonks who advised rulers on how to grasp, use an hold power.
2. According to Benito Mussolini, Fascism is the orderly & systematic merger of capitalist power with state power.
3. Fascist states - Nazi Germany for example - favor the wealthy, "elect" plutocrats, professionals, and the affluent "
upper middle class. Freedom expands in proportion to one's value to society.
4. Blue collar and low level white collar workers who operate the dams, factories, mills, mines, etc. are ruthlessly reclassified as commodities.
5. Opposing political parties; labor unions; and elections are are abolished.
6. Xenophobia is encouraged. Race, religion, sexual preference, nationality, etc become focal points for civic unrest and violence.
6. Police & military power is expanded, and civil rights are reduced or abolished.

There is much more, BUT none of it is due to "their hating our freedoms". Any loss of freedom is collateral damage - lost in the headlong rush to seize wealth, pelf and power. It's not personal, because you are no longer a person. You are a number -irrelevant - and you happen to be standing in the way of profit and progress!
-25 # Caliban 2013-06-25 00:41
"A possible future police state" is not a police state. The amount of information available to the government to fight international espionage, sabotage, and political violence is no greater than that gathered by the corporations that have made our current high tech, social networking world culture both popular and inevitable. The corporations use the information we give them multiple times every day for commercial profit. The government uses it to fight those that would harm us.

When the Obama--or any other--US administration begins (for instance) to imprison people merely for their ethnicity, their political beliefs, and/or their religious preferences, then we can start talking about a "police state" or "fascism". But (to name two current figures who have aroused a great deal of comment), Bradley Manning was not arrested and Edward Snowden is not being sought for arrest for any of the above. Quite simply, they performed certain actions that they knew to be illegal when they performed them. One can sympathize with the actions and despise the government that prosecutes them, but nothing the Obama administration is doing is creating a "police state". It is using its law enforcement agencies to enforce federal laws created by the peoples' elected representatives , and it is using its intelligence agencies to fight a secret war of information that is technically more advanced than ever before but older than Benedict Arnold. But this in itself does not make us a police state.
+7 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 09:31
You're right Taliban,

An all powerful all seeing all knowing government can keep us all safe and warm and cozy. The crime rate is certainly much much much lower under Taliban rule. Under Taliban rule, the threat posed by the state itself is a huge deterrent against crime. The equivalent of Taliban rule was certainly possible when this nation was founded and our nation certainly faced actual existential threats (we are not facing any right now except for those posed by the state itself), but, our Founding Fathers decided that our rights and liberties were more important than protecting each of us from any and all possible boogie men "out to harm us".

Under Taliban rule, a police state is always seen as just "maintaining law and order". Under Taliban rule, any reminder of the Constitution itself is seen as a threat to that law and order and an act of treason.
+12 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 09:36

So in summary, your point is that, "The state only wants what's best for us. Who are we to question the authority of the state" - right?
-10 # Caliban 2013-06-26 00:05
Billy Bob, I can't get up much enthusiasm answering someone too ignorant to know the difference between a famous Shakespeare character named "Caliban" and an ultra-Islamist political/milit ary group in Afganistan. But if you promise to use your Wikipedia more diligently, I will say this much.

No--you completely mis-represented what I was trying to say.

First, I insist that calling the USA of 2013 either a "police state or a fascist state is to commit an exaggeration that verges on lying. Nazi Germany? Sure. Current day North Korea? probably. The USA? Absurd political rhetoric.

Second, the legal actions taken by the government against Manning and Snowden were predictable and within current US law. Neither Manning nor Snowden are stupid, and both knew they were breaking the law when they released the information they did. They also knew they would be charged with criminal activity and would be tried as criminalls when or if apprehended.

If you look carefully, you don't find me approving of, say, the Patriot Act but merely saying that because it is law and was enacted by the elected representatives of the people, it is neither a fascistic, totalitarian, or "police state" product. As for the NSA, I believe that the majority of its employees do believe they are "doing what's best for us--no matter what you may believe.
+8 # bedleysmutler 2013-06-26 10:05
Caliban quote: "If you look carefully, you don't find me approving of, say, the Patriot Act but merely saying that because it is law and was enacted by the elected representatives of the people, it is neither a fascistic, totalitarian, or "police state" product."
Repressive laws were passed by "elected representatives of the people" in both fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, and because most citizens respected those laws as being the will of the people they could not see the evil intent of those acts. Really Caliban, do you sincerely believe that our legislators are doing our bidding? Take off the rose colored glasses and take a good hard look at what the USA has become.
-7 # Caliban 2013-06-26 12:00
To "bedleysmutler" and others: We are NOT Nazi Germany. If you want proof just look at the headlines on the Supreme Court on Gay issues that came out today. Or consider the place of authority and respect that Jews have attained in the USA in the last half-century. Are we perfect? Hardly. The Supreme Court struck down the Voting Rights laws. Even so, I do not expect a return to Jim Crow even though the Republican legislature in my own state (NC) and others will enact or enforce (while the demographics allow it) more restrictive voting regulations.

We don't even seem to be as Corporatist as many allege. In the last two days, President Obama has used presidential authority to tighten greenhouse gas limits in the US, angering the coal and oil hawks almost beyond words. He has also threatened to veto the Keystone Pipeline project if it can't meet the new EPA standards--push ing the oil folks to apoplexy; and he has given what RSN contributor and reader favorite Al Gore IN THIS PUBLICATION has called the greatest Presidential speech on climate change ever.

So, despite the super-heated anti-today's US in this publication, if you look at the totality of today's issue you will find much to counter the negativity of so many readers and MORE than enough to refute the accusations of Fascism.
+5 # reiverpacific 2013-06-26 12:06
[quote name="Caliban"] Billy Bob, I can't get up much enthusiasm answering someone too ignorant to know the difference between a famous Shakespeare character named "Caliban" and an ultra-Islamist political/milit ary group in Afganistan. But if you promise to use your Wikipedia more diligently, I will say this much.

Quo' the tormented caliban;
"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again!"
Poor ol' Caliban was entrapped, tormented and enslaved by Prospero and his cohort the invader too.
But he never had the chance to tell anybody about it, being confined to his island.
I've lived in Franco's Spain & Suharto's Indonesia, (Loved both countries, people, food and cultures -not their rulers) both armed and buttressed by the US in their murderous ways and dissenter massacres (remember Guernica or East Timor just for a start?) and have stated often that the US is beginning to resemble them. Shop all you want but watch your back and who you talk to. The comparison grows daily.
They both had large armies and secret police and would have loved the NSA spy-network.
Bad laws are made to be broken!
Sorry to burst y'r bubble!
-7 # Caliban 2013-06-26 15:30
Glad somebody finally looked up the Shakespeare character. But we are still not Nazi Germany, and Obama is not the devil (except to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, the Koch brothers, and their ilk) that he is portrayed as in so many of these posts. He is a good man with a much more complex and difficult world to contend with than his RSN critics seem able to understand.
-1 # reiverpacific 2013-06-26 21:17
Quoting Caliban:
Glad somebody finally looked up the Shakespeare character. But we are still not Nazi Germany, and Obama is not the devil (except to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, the Koch brothers, and their ilk) that he is portrayed as in so many of these posts. He is a good man with a much more complex and difficult world to contend with than his RSN critics seem able to understand.

I didn't ned to look it up -this is just off the top of my head and subject to correction.
But the context resonates quite closely -what?!
Speakin' of the "Devil (and I actually agree with you about Ob' in this case; but he seems to have "eaten of the root which takes reason prisoner" (Banquo-MacBeth ) in response to the military-indust rial-NSA whisperers in his overworked ear)", remember the late Hugo Chavez "smelling the brimstone" and crossing himself after Dimwits had made a prior speech at a UN gathering? Now THAT was the closest we've come when allied with his Cheney-Ghoul puppet master.
Again, please check out my comparisons with other Fascist states I've lived in; there's nothing like a bit of experience to clear the custard on reflection -and I'm not makin' this up.
+1 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:01
Poor Caliban, cannot see your own prospero or your own island's invasion by PR.

You are the private property of an absentee landlord.

Enjoy your time within yourself and in your oblviousness to the reality you describe so well but fail to see has enveloped your very imagination, thinking processes, and intuitions.
0 # Cassandra2012 2013-08-08 15:14
0 # Cassandra2012 2013-08-08 15:13
Have you forgotten th putsch that helped crate Hitler's Germany? etc. The borwnshirts beat up/ killed/imprison ed anyone who objected including the Social Democrats in 1933 Germany. Do some serious reading of just how Hiler took over 'democratically ' and with the aid of the judiciary in Germany.
+13 # billgibson 2013-06-25 00:49
the upside is that we'll all have attractive uniforms (particularly the boots) and the drones will run on time.
+1 # peterjkraus 2013-06-25 08:18
...and the drones will crash on time.
+1 # Milarepa 2013-06-25 01:05
Indeed we're far beyond the point of no return. Still, we the people have to fight - maybe not fight back, but fight for our own survival in the system. My idea is that we need to devise a new language in which to communicate. I mean by this that everything we write must look totally innocuous on the surface, making it impenetrable to surveillance. For example, when I write 'This morning at breakfast I spilled milk but forgot to wipe it up before I went to work'. The true meaning of this would be, 'I will certainly go to Washington tomorrow morning and accost the first politician I run into.' That sort of thing. Give Prism something to choke on.
+18 # seeuingoa 2013-06-25 01:06
I wonder if Obama, looking in the mirror,
shaving in the morning, ever asks himself
if he really likes the person he has
turned into.
-8 # Milarepa 2013-06-25 08:58
Quoting seeuingoa:
I wonder if Obama, looking in the mirror,
shaving in the morning, ever asks himself
if he really likes the person he has
turned into.

I'm not sure Mr. Obama shaves ...
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:04
He doesn't have to look in the mirror. Others do that for him.

He doesn't have to shave himself. Others do that for him.

He doesn't have to ask himself anything. Others tell him what to do and what he really likes and that makes him the empty suit he is.
+15 # Rick Levy 2013-06-25 01:08
Years ago I said that an advantage of (what we now call) the digital age is that while the government is watching us, we can return the favor and watch right back. Thanks to Snowden, Manning, and Assange,at last the latter has come to pass, big time.
+29 # seeuingoa 2013-06-25 02:09
Franklin D. Roosevelt in a
message to Congress (1938):

The liberty of a democracy is in danger
if the people accept the growth of
corporative power to a point where it
becomes stronger than the democratic
state itself.
That, in its essence is fascism.
+2 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:06
Thank you, but don't disturb Caliban's peaceful island dwelling withing himself by letting him see that quote. It will drive him into a frenzy of denial that the corporate power has become stronger than the democratic state itself. Which reminds me.

What democratic state might that have been?
+7 # cordleycoit 2013-06-25 02:43
Suddenly eyes are opening too late to stop the Obama tyranny.He is risking Civil War, internment camps and the whole dress parade the neofascist state. Whistle Blowers, investigative reporters as we see are not welcome in Obama Land. At least the whistle Blowers get trials, reporters get fiery death.
-1 # curmudgeon 2013-06-25 13:54
What do you mean - "risking"?

It is time.

0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:08
He has no opposition except the frayed and disarrayed t-publicans.

The rest of us are too busy gossiping about the Propaganda Reporting media's gossiping to get organized.
+10 # RODNOX 2013-06-25 05:01
the only real hopes we have here are #1--that enough people rise up against this disease and kill it off----#2--that it gets so big and ugly that it devours its self from the inside--killing off its own with what some refer to as a " circular firing squad " Everything in natuer has a cycle---lets hope this evil has a short cycle
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:09
Geez, your rhetoric is as big as Obama's and just as hollow.
+16 # walt 2013-06-25 06:57
One needs to sit back and look at what powers are influencing our government in order to see why we now are more concerned about war and military than about our own people.

I say it's all due to the powerful neocon lobby that seems to control the entire government and corporate world as well. The American people want an end to war and killing, but Obama is more pressured to carry on waging war than listening to the people. That says plenty. However, the question is: for whom are we so willing to fight wars?
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:12
We are, unfortunately, only asked that question under two or more of the following three conditions; 1) we have been saturated to the bubbling over point with the state propaganda; 2) we are too young and too deprived of an education to think for ourselves,; and 3) we aswered the question they way they wanted, and are now unable to take up the martial life again.

Be well, and try aiming the question around/beyond these three barriers.
+10 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 07:25
This is just the beginning. Technology will continue to become more powerful at an exponential rate. Unless we reinstate checks and balances, our rights and liberties will also disappear at an exponential rate.

Right now, the only thing stopping them from visually monitoring all Americans 24 hours a day and listening to every single word we utter, is that the technology is not there, yet... YET.

And, It will be.

Are we capable of stopping them from filming us in our own bathrooms, once they already have the power to do so?

My own opinion is that we shouldn't wait until then to start figuring out how this crime against America can be undone.
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:15
When you get that figured out, how will you communicate it to the rest of us without telegraphing to them through the same technology exactly what you are thinking so they can pre-empt whatever strategy you have arrived upon?

Better yet, why not read some history of the US revolutionary period, say, 1755-1810, until you see the picture and how it unfolds. Then you will not have to play their games anymore.
+2 # hwgoldson 2013-06-25 08:24
Yes, most of us are unhappy with the current state of affairs in the U.S., but what to do about it? I advocate a solution that posits the flow of power from the bottom up. The President and the Congress should be administrators doing what we the people decide is the best to do in particular circumstances. Where to start this transformation and how to best pursue this goal is where our discussion should focus.
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:16
Our founding generation figured that out for us. we are just too busy running away from that wisdom to capitalize upon it.

Good luck changing directions.
+3 # 6thextinction 2013-06-25 09:19
Where do "We the People" begin to put a stop to it? We can share this piece by John Pilger with everyone we know, and meet with others concerned, but then what? How do we counter what we see in government, wall street, corporations, education, the military, law enforcement, etc.?

Where/How to start? All suggestions welcomed.
+5 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 10:09
Two words:

+3 # Inspired Citizen 2013-06-25 10:14
Go to movetoamend.org and sign the petition. You'll have a chance to get involved there.
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-27 23:19
Start your own local Socrates Cafe. Get the book (that title) by Christopher Phillips, and start your own. If you aren't familiar with Socrates, get and read copies of Plato's Euthyphro, Crito, Phaedo, and Apology, and you are on your way.
+7 # Inspired Citizen 2013-06-25 09:25
"Here were US airmen murdering journalists and maiming children in a Baghdad street, clearly enjoying it, and describing their atrocity as "nice". Yet, in one vital sense, they did not get away with it..."

I suspect that they did. They are probably enjoying their lives while Manning sits through this kangaroo court.
+14 # reiverpacific 2013-06-25 09:28
"The first casualty of war is truth", coupled with "All governments lie" pretty much sums up the US strategy of perpetual war ("War is peace" -Orwell's 1984).
For those who don't think this is now a police state, I can tell you that in now resembles nothing more or less than Franco's Spain, Suharto's Indonesia or Stroessner's Paraguay -all formerly armed and supported by the US BTW (from prior personal experience) with the police more and more becoming inseparable from the military and a cowed, censored wholly-owned corporate press (they just have different methods of censorship in what gets published in the first place and it's advertising revenue generation potential), a huge "National SPY Agency" and such delights -but no national health care and education constantly under threat.
If that's not a "police State" I don't know what is. I see it as Corporate Totalitarianism.
Lest I sound anti-American, when I first came here no visits and then to work for a while, this was a great country to live in, especially if one was creative, thought outside the box and was open to opportunity; but I've seen it, starting with Reagan, slipping slowly but surely and at an accelerating pace into a boxed-in, cowed, fearful and fragmented nation with a winner-take-all , inhumane, divided-and conquered shadow of it's former self -unless you are in the military, menacing the rest of the globe for resources to fuel the imperial beast.
-5 # Milarepa 2013-06-25 10:24
Of course Obama shaves. Why shouldn't he? Of course he looks in the mirror - in order to shave he'd have to do that. On all the photos he looks clean shaven so why would I imagine he DOESN'T shave? Well, simply because what I write may not be what I think. I wanna be able to say: Guess what, I LIED! Make sense?
+1 # tclose 2013-06-25 10:34
I agree that we are sliding dangerously towards a fascist future, driven by the notion that the "land of the free, home of the brave" is under existential attack by terrorism. Ironic, as we give up the "free" part and no longer show ourselves to be "brave" in the measures taken to "combat terrorism". The notion of American Exceptionalism is increasingly unwarranted.

And the Military-Indust rial complex that Eisenhower warned about has been with us since Eisenhower's time, and has now accelerated big time since so-called Patriots Act.

However, one of the things we have to be concerned about with recent whistleblowing is that the Snowdens and the Mannings have a huge negative reaction amongst conservative folk - these people view Manning and Snowden as out and out traitors. Keep that in mind while extolling them as heroes.
-18 # HerbR 2013-06-25 10:51
It's a bit strong: Fascism requires , or calls for, governmental ownership or control of the economy. We're not there yet !!
+15 # Doubter 2013-06-25 11:35
“ The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, April 29, 1938. Message to congress
-2 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-25 13:14
Too bad though, that even though he said that, that he was part and parcel of it. Similar to how Eisenhower said what he said, but was also part and parcel of it. Globalists both. Or at least FDR was an outright, conscious globalist, helping create the "U.nited (inter)N.ationa lists" and all. I tend to think that, though Eisenhower may not have been a conscious, outright globalist, he was fooled by, and did the bidding of, much of it. A lot of these guys say profound, right-on things on their way out the door; but the question is, did they really mean what they said? What did either FDR or Eisenhower do to curtail the increasing rise of corporate fascism and global(ist) enslavement? Nothing. And they were instrumental in helping to bring it into existence, especially FDR (and his wife, Eleanor).

- Continued -
+5 # Jack Gibson 2013-06-25 16:10
Double-speak. Look at ObamaCON/FRAUD. He's really good at it. He promises all kinds of panacea and shiny professions of "hope" and "change", but then he intentionally does the exact opposite as he intended to do all along. He is duping and laughing at all of those who are fooled by his hypnotism. He was very well trained by "al CIAduh(!)" to do just that, and he does a very good job of it. He's already said all kinds of supposedly "profound", "right-on" things that will be pointed to and quoted after he's gone; but there's no real substance to it. He doesn't mean it. It's all talk, really meaning the exact opposite, and said while he and his globalist puppetmasters are fleecing us in every way that counts, and laughing at us, all the way to the bank. They think most of us are fools, because most of us are.
+1 # Billy Bob 2013-06-25 13:20
Great reply!
+9 # reiverpacific 2013-06-25 14:39
Quoting HerbR:
It's a bit strong: Fascism requires , or calls for, governmental ownership or control of the economy. We're not there yet !!

Are you kiddin'?
Who the Hell d'you think OWNS the government, apart from a few brave, isolated voices like Sanders and Warren?!
+5 # MendoChuck 2013-06-25 13:08
Those that say we are not there yet seem to be missing the point.
Show me where there is disagreement with what our government has become. I say it exists only on your computer screen.
This by itself shows you the success of the present government control has over us.
When we reach the point where we actually stand up with our bodies in the streets then maybe there might be some hope. But as things exist now, as you read this on your computer screen it is way to late. The control is complete and very effective.
+2 # fredmac 2013-06-25 13:17
Please supply the missing word in the 5th paragraph in this article. It seems that there has to be word before "that abyss".

Is it possibly "crossed"?
+2 # brux 2013-06-26 01:30
One only has to see there has been no change in the nature of our government in terms of the lying it does to its citizens ... so we can assume that over the years it has gotten worse exponentially because the lies are still there, and there has been very little truth to replace it.

Imagine what has really been going on in the last 50 years since the JFK assassination, the biggest longest most insidious lie we know of?
+3 # intheEPZ 2013-06-26 09:34
"Having nurtured old-fashioned fascists around the world - from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia - the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology." Precisely. Or as Hegel sort of said, you become your enemy. That which you seek to control, controls you. Given that all these abuses are in the interest of Corporations, and often conducted by corporate contractors, it is only a matter of time before we become the United Gulag of America.
I say, the brutality we visit upon others we will soon visit upon ourselves, starting with the most vulnerable among us. Watch that happen with drones. First there will be accidental collateral damage. If the victims are poor and/or of color, there will be a collective, "oh well". The targets will trickle up, as people become inured, and think themselves protected, just like the animals who accepted the "protection" of the pigs in Animal Farm, just like the Germans under the NAZIs. First they came for....
+1 # mdhome 2013-07-13 19:26
We were warned about the Military Industrial Complex! Too bad it was ignored.

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