The stench of a police state

Julie Hyland


PREFACE

The war between the "haves" and the "have nots" continues to accelerate throughout the world, and it is producing a hysteria not only insofar as America's elites are concerned, but also among the lackey elites of America's New World Order System in Europe.

A move toward fascist forms of government is by now well under way throughout Europe — a move that cannot help but feed into Europe's need for military support from the United States. [We urge you to see our recent article, "A Secret War in 120 Countries: The Pentagon's New Power Elite."]

Things are moving fast, and Christians who are not paying attention to what is happening will rue the day they ignored the "signs of the times."

Jesus said,

"When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

"And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?" (Matthew 16:2-3)

-- Antipas

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The events of the last 12 days are a warning to the poor in Britain and internationally. The state repression and right-wing hysteria unleashed in response to youth rioting in London and other cities reveal the preparations of the ruling class for police-state forms of rule.

The riots were triggered by the police execution of Mark Duggan, a black 29-year-old father of four, in Tottenham, north London on August 4, followed by an unprovoked police assault on a peaceful protest over his killing two days later. Almost a fortnight later, no officer has been identified, let alone charged, for these crimes. [Please see our article, "London Is Burning."]

Instead, the political elites who sanctioned the looting of public funds to bail out the banks and the super-rich have sought to whip up a lynch mob atmosphere against the "criminality" and "immorality" of the poor.

Cheered on by Britain's political and economic elites, the government has organized a vicious state repression, authorizing the use of water cannons and plastic bullets and the possible use of the army against further social unrest.

Basic democratic rights have been thrown to the winds. The presumption of innocence has been jettisoned as police carry out mass arrests, with those detained subject to show trials presided over by courts acting directly at the behest of the authorities.

Some 3,000 people, the majority aged between 16 and 24, have been rounded up in sweeps across the capital and elsewhere, with police battering down the doors of people's homes for what are, in the main, petty misdemeanors. The names and photographs of people not even charged with any offence—let alone found guilty—are broadcast daily by the media. Juvenile defendants, some as young as 11, have been stripped of their right to anonymity.

Magistrates have been told they can "ignore the rule book" on sentencing norms, following what the chair of one London magistrates court inadvertently described as a government "directive." Over 1,500 people have to date been dragged before courts—in some instances sitting for 24 hours at a time—where, with paperwork barely completed and a shortage of solicitors [lawyers], the most vindictive and punitive sentences are being handed down.

Even though many of those appearing in court have no previous convictions, over two-thirds have been denied bail. Mothers and pregnant women have been incarcerated for six months for handling stolen goods. So too has a student, with no criminal record, for stealing bottles of water worth £3.50.

They are just the first of many others facing summary justice. Hundreds more young people are being remanded for months at a time to await trial before crown courts that can impose more draconian punishments, including up to ten years for rioting.

Collective punishment is the order of the day, with reprisals underway against the family members of those allegedly involved in the disturbances. Without any proof of guilt, mothers and young children are being served with notices of eviction from their council housing [poor people's housing], while plans are made to strip people accused of involvement in the riots of their welfare benefits, even if they are not convicted of any offence.

Last week it was revealed that as the disturbances swept London, police broke into encrypted social messaging networks, gaining access to the mobile phones of hundreds of people and their messages. They had even prepared to close down BlackBerry messaging and Twitter. Simultaneously, the government brought in MI5 and the giant eavesdropping national security centre GCHQ to access electronic communications.

This same ruling elite sings the praises of the social media to undermine governments in other countries when it suits its foreign policy interests. It promoted the so-called "twitter" revolution in Iran as part of US-backed efforts to overthrow President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and install a more pro-Western regime. On its own turf, however, it reacts ruthlessly to any form of communication not controlled by the state. [Please see our articles, "Capitalists of Chaos" and "And So It Begins."]

All this is legitimized by the branding of poor youth as "feral rats" and "wild beasts." Anything now passes as acceptable discourse, as representatives of the elites denounce a "criminal underclass," supposedly generated by the welfare state and "multi-culturalism." Similar statements can be found in the fascistic manifesto issued by Anders Behring Breivik before he slaughtered 76 people, mainly youth, in Norway last month.

One-time civil liberty advocates such as Ian Dunt, editor of politics.co.uk, declare that their previous injunctions against authoritarian measures must be abandoned. Having caught "a glimpse of the breakdown of society," Dunt writes, we "must show we understand the need for tougher sanctions."

The hysteria sweeping the political elite cannot be attributed solely to last week's unrest. The political elite is aware that it has entered a second stage in the global economic crisis that will exacerbate the division between rich and poor already exposed across Europe, the Middle East and internationally, producing enormous shocks and upheavals. [Again, please see our article, "Capitalists of Chaos."]

They see in the disturbances in England only a foretaste of what is to come and are panicked by their own political unpreparedness. In the eruption of social anger among youth they see a frightening precursor to a much broader movement of the poor.

Their reaction to the riots makes clear that their response to the eruption by the poor against the economic catastrophe caused by the elite's greed will be to junk democratic rights and rely on naked state violence.

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God bless you all!

S.R. Shearer
Antipas Ministries

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