The criminalization of political
dissent in America

Tom Carter of WSWJ

Police process arrested protesters during an anti-war march in St. Paul. [Please see our article, "Who Will Protect Us from the Police" and "What was the FBI Really up to When They Raided Mick Kelley's Apartment Last September."]




PREFACE

In our articles, "The Evil in our Midst," "The Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse" and "The Men Who Gathered Themselves Together at Clint Murchisan's Dallas Home Forty-Five Years Ago" we spoke of a "government within a government" that exists in the United States - a kind of rogue governing elite that carries on its activity regardless of who is in power - Republicans or Democrats.

The Shadowy Figures of a Rogue Government

There exists in the United States - a kind of rogue governing elite that carries on its activity regardless of who is in power - Republicans or Democrats.

Evidence concerning the presence of this rogue government began to surface for the first time after the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations in the 1960s, and finally burst out into the open during the Iran / Contra Hearings in the 1980s. [Please see our articles, "Measuring the Depravity of the Elites,"; "Witchcraft and the Paranormal,"; "The Evil in Our Midst"; and "The Men Who Gathered Themselves at Clint Murchisan's Dallas Home Forty-Five Years Ago."]

Evidence concerning the presence of this rogue government began to surface for the first time after the JFK, RFK and MLK assassinations in the 1960s, and finally burst out into the open during the Iran / Contra Hearings in the 1980s.

[Please see Bill Moyers documentary, as broadcast on PBS below.]


Well-known author William Blum, a former analyst for the U.S. State Department, refers to this secret government in his acclaimed book ROGUE STATE as a "rogue government."; [Please see our article, "As in the Days of Noah.";]

Because the Obama Administration has been willing to "play ball"; with the elites on certain issues, especially security issues, the elites have not until recently had reason enough to act against the Obama Administration in a decisive fashion; but the alarm the elites possess regarding Obama anti-military proclivities has now reached a tipping point as was evidenced by the failed military coup that they attempted against Obama late last year. [Please see our article, "Seven Days in May.";]

"Lower-class" whites holding their noses and voting for Obama.

NOTE: There is a great deal of talk in conservative circles that the three so-called scandals that are currently swirling around the Obama Administration – specifically, (1) the Benghazi Affair, (2) the AP Incident and (3) the IRS Scandal - will sink the Democratic Party and lead to a Republican Party resurgence. THAT IS HIGHLY DOUBTFUL. The likelihood is that Obama will ride out this storm. [Please see our article, "The New Permanent Obama Coalition.";]

Conservatives remain oblivious to the fact that the rage the elites' greed has generated in so-called "lower-class Americans"; – including growing numbers of "working-class" whites - has reached a point where they are willing to ignore the realities of these scandals. DOWNSCALE VOTERS GENUINELY SEE THE OBAMA GOVERNMENT AS THE ONLY MEANS OF BATTLING THE GREED AND AVARICE OF WALL STREET AND THE COMMODITY MANIPULATORS – and they are willing to hold their noses and ally themselves with constituencies that are a part of Obama's larger coalition – i.e., militant feminists, gays and lesbians, etc. - whose moral values they would not ordinarily support.

As we suggested in our recent article, "A Word from S.R. Shearer,"; this turn-of-events – i.e., the erosion of white, working-class support for the Republican Party -  has horrified America's financial elites; how much longer the elites can hold this horror in check is an open question, and it is not too much to speculate that if these scandals grow into a firestorm - the kind that engulfed the Nixon Administration, for example - the elites would be prepared to use them in combination with a foreign policy debacle to justify a military coup against Obama.

In this connection, one must understand that such a coup would still be necessary due to the fact that even with these scandals swirling around it, Obama's new coalition of the "downtrodden"; would still be difficult to dislodge in 2016 for the very reasons we described in our article, "The New Permanent Obama Coalition.";

NOTE: Such a debacle is already in the making: the likelihood of an Israeli airstrike in the very near future against Iran's nuclear facilities that is not supported by the Obama Administration. [Please see our articles, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events"; and "THE TRIBULATION: [Part 3: A catalyst for war in the Middle East – an Israeli air-strike against Iran.";]

It is for these reasons – and much more – that we believe a military coup is in the "offing."; [One has only to peruse articles such as "Seven Days in May," "The Reichstag Fire of 1933 and the Twin Towers of 9-11: Portents of Things to Come" and "Gun Fight at DuPont Circle" to get an idea of the intense nature of these currents and cross-currents.]

Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:4)

It is also why we maintain that those who "buy into" the ridiculous notion that the "end of days" can still be several years off are only kidding themselves; it reveals them as nothing more than the "scoffers" discussed by the Apostle Peter:

"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

"And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4)

These are those who have become comfortable in this present evil world, and their "scoffing" regarding the immediacy of the "end of days" justifies them in the worldly way they are living their lives.

-- Antipas


by TOM CARTER

In a series of prosecutions, precedents are being established for the criminalization of political dissent in America. [Please see our articles, "Seattle Anarchists Imprisoned for Refusing to Testify before a Grand Jury"; and "The Corporate-State Plot to Destroy Occupy.";]

Last week, Massachusetts high school student Cameron D'Ambrosio was arrested and charged under "terrorism"; laws merely for posting lyrics on Facebook that make reference to the Boston Marathon bombings. He faces 20 years in prison. A string of similar "terror"; prosecutions around the country take aim at the First Amendment protection of free speech and political expression.

Massachusetts high school student Cameron D'Ambrosio

NOTE: Carter writes in a second article dated 11 May, 2113: "The prosecution of D'Ambrosio has all the hallmarks of a calculated test case, designed to roll back further the protections of the First Amendment and flex the state's expanding power to regulate speech. It is designed to send a message that under the new legal framework imposed in the course of the so-called "war on terror,"; people have to "watch what they say."; D'Ambrosio, 18, attends Methuen High School in Massachusetts. He was arrested on May 2 on terror charges and accused of making a bomb threat. He is currently being held without bail. Police subsequently raided D'Ambrosio's home, seizing an XBox 360 gaming system and a computer. According to media reports, the teenager's "bomb threat"; consists of the following rap lyrics: "I'm not in reality, So when u see me f--- go insane and make the news, the paper, and the f--- federal house of horror known as the white house, Don't f--- cry or be worried because all YOU people f--- caused this s---.";

Fort Devens U.S. Army base where D'Ambrosio is being held.

Last year, heavily-armed "domestic terrorism" commandos raided Occupy Wall Street protesters' homes in Washington and Oregon, using battering rams and stun grenades.

The authorities have already branded select participants in Occupy Wall Street and anti-NATO protests as "terrorists.";

Last year, heavily-armed "domestic terrorism"; commandos raided Occupy Wall Street protesters' homes in Washington and Oregon, using battering rams and stun grenades. The commandos were authorized to seize all "anti-government or anarchist literature or material.

As with freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, also guaranteed under the First Amendment, has not been officially repealed. The reality, however, is that political assembly is already a semi-criminal activity in America.

Political protests are routinely met with vastly disproportionate police mobilizations, confinement to oxymoronic "free speech zones,"; "kettling"; (in which protesters are surrounded and forcibly moved in one direction or prevented from leaving an area), beatings, tear gas, pepper spray, stun grenades or rubber bullets. The standard government response to a political protest is a massive show of force, complete with police snipers on rooftops. [Please see our article, "TO THE BARRICADES! -The Super-Rich: Sleeping with Guns under Their Pillows.";]

FREE SPEECH ZONE AT 2004 DNC CONVENTION
It was so far away from the convention site and
in such an isolated location that it was less than useless.

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."--First Amendment, U.S. Constitu-tion. If there's one thing the United States stands for, it's unfettered free speech. It is vital to a functioning democracy. Unfortunately, the increasing use by government and law enforcement officials of "free speech zones" and other stifling tactics to purge dissent has largely undermined the First Amendment's safeguards for political free speech. John Whitehead, writing for the Huffington Post, says:

"It is only a slight exaggeration to refer to free speech zones as temporary concentration camps. Although the Holocaust has largely transformed our modern understanding of concentration camps, they were historically intended to 'concentrate' populations of 'dangerous' indi-viduals into a small area so the government could monitor them more easily." [Please see our article, "An Inventory of Practices that Chill Free-Speech" and "American Police State: FBI Abuses Reveals Contempt for Political Rights, Civil Liberties."]

The drive towards the establishment of an American police state is used as the overarching pretext for illegal imperialist war abroad and a methodical assault on democratic rights at home. The basic structure of authoritarian rule is now emerging into plain view.

Over the recent period, the government has vastly expanded its warrantless surveillance of the population. It has constructed a massive data center in Utah big enough to store the contents of every personal computer in the country. Already at a government agent's fingertips--without a warrant--are all of a person's Internet browsing activity, telephone conversations, text messages, credit card transactions, mobile phone GPS location data, travel itineraries, Skype and Facebook data, medical records, criminal records, financial records and surveillance camera footage.

The Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, is a data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to be a primary storage resource capable of storing data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes). Its purpose - as the name implies - is to support the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), though its precise mission is secret. The National Security Agency, which will lead operations at the facility, is the executive agent for the Director of National Intelligence. It is located at Camp Williams, near Bluffdale, Utah, between Utah Lake and Great Salt Lake.

The data center is alleged to be able to capture "all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Internet searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails-parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital 'pocket litter'." According to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, the federal government is legally prohibited from collecting, storing, analyzing, or disseminating the content of the communications of US persons, whether inside or outside of the United States, unless authorized by an individual warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The planned structure is 1 million or 1.5 million square feet and it is projected to cost from $1.5 billion to $2 billion when finished in September 2013. One report suggested that it will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. The completed facility is expected to have a power demand of 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year. [Please see our article, "Our Descent Into Darkness Slouching Towards Nuremberg?"]

Tens of thousands of drones are slated to be launched over the US mainland in the coming years, with thousands already buzzing overhead. These high-tech aircraft are able to monitor meetings and demonstrations, access wireless networks and record the movements of citizens. The administration's recent appointee for the position of CIA director, John Brennan, expressly refused at his confirmation hearings to rule out the possibility that these drones could be armed and used for carrying out assassinations within the US.

The government now believes it could technically use military force to kill an American on U.S. soil in an "extraordinary circumstance" but has "no intention of doing so," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently said. Indeed, the government's recent appointee for the position of CIA director, John Brennan, expressly refused at his confirmation hearings to rule out the possibility that these drones could be armed and used for carrying out assassinations within the US. [Please see our article, "Wall Street attacks the Occupy Movement with the support of the Religious Right."]

While schools are being shuttered and teachers fired supposedly for lack of money, local police departments are awash in billions of dollars of military hardware and training provided by the Department of Homeland Security. When local police are mobilized to respond to a political protest, they now do so in coordination with the federal military and intelligence agencies. It is not a rarity for armored vehicles, body armor and military equipment to be deployed.

Under the precedent set by the recent events in Boston, the authorities now have the power to subject an entire city to a military siege, with the population ordered to "shelter in place,"; while businesses and transportation are shut down and heavily armed SWAT teams are deployed to conduct warrantless house-to-house searches without regard for basic rights.

The federal government, in concert with state and local police departments, has sent untold numbers of "anti-terror" undercover spies into domestic political parties and protest groups. In addition to gathering information, the job of these spies is to divert, disrupt and prevent the emergence of organized social opposition.

The federal government, in concert with state and local police departments, has sent untold numbers of "anti-terror"; undercover spies into domestic political parties and protest groups. In addition to gathering information, the job of these spies is to divert, disrupt and prevent the emergence of organized social opposition.

A person can be designated a "terrorist"; on the secret, unreviewable say-so of the president, without notice and without a trial. Under the "material support"; for terrorism laws signed into law as part of the PATRIOT Act of 2001, a person may be jailed simply for offering vaguely-defined "material support"; to any person or group labeled as "terrorist.";

Under the National Defense Authorization Acts of 2011 and 2012, as tested in the case of Jose Padilla, the US government asserts the power to subject a designated "terrorist"; to arbitrary arrest and detention without trial. In the cases of Padilla and Bradley Manning, and at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and countless CIA "black sites"; around the world, the US government subjects alleged terrorists to torture. Finally, in the cases of Anwar Al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and Abdulrahman Al-Awlaki, the US government tested out its asserted power to murder "terrorists"; outright, even if they are US citizens. [Please see  our articles, "Remembering Dachau while Pondering the Fate of the CIA's Prisoners Scattered around the World"; and "CIA Prison Exposed in Romania.";]

Under these precedents, it would not be necessary to officially suspend the Constitution in order for the US government to meet future domestic opposition with military lockdowns, curfews, house-to-house searches, mass arrests, torture and even assassination. With political dissent labeled as "terrorism"; or "material support for terrorism,"; Congress, the president, the courts, the military, and the so-called "free press"; could continue in their present roles.

NOTE: A favorite ploy of dictatorships around the world – especially those in the West which like to pose as "democracies"; – is to use cases such as Jose Padilla, Bradley Manning, Anwar Al-Awlaki, Samir Khan and Abdul Rahman Al-Awlaki as "starting points"; ("precedents";) in their effort to erode democratic processes. The elegance of such cases as those listed above is that the actions of these people are so "outrageous"; that most Americans will allow the precedent to be set, after which the precedent can be expanded as a tool against ordinary Americans engaged in protests against the government.

In the second half of the 20th century, US-backed dictatorships in Argentina and Chile used the supposed struggle against "terrorism"; as a political cover for the arrest and murder of tens of thousands of political opponents, youth, workers, intellectuals and other "enemies of the state."; As the WSW web site warned from the outset, such is the inevitable logic of the American "war on terror."; [Please see our article, "Argentina, the Death Squads and Christian Activism,"; "American Dystopia"; and "APOSTASY: Christianity In The Service Of A Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State (Part 1)";]

Two essential factors are driving the trampling of democratic rights and the shift towards authoritarian rule.

  • The first is the massive growth of social inequality, which in turn is driven by the historic crisis of the financial system. While it robs the population in order to pile up ever greater and more obscene levels of private wealth, the financial aristocracy is terrified of the emergence of social opposition. Not from a position of strength, but out of extreme fear and vulnerability, the billionaires look to police state repression as a means to preserve their status, power and wealth.

Social inequality robs the population in order to pile up ever greater and more obscene levels of private wealth, the financial aristocracy is terrified of the emergence of social opposition. Not from a position of strength, but out of extreme fear and vulnerability, the billionaires look to police state repression as a means to preserve their status, power and wealth.

The late Professor C. Wright Mills' writes in his excellent book, The Power Elite:

"It is, of course, the proud claim of the higher circles in America that their members are entirely self-made. That is their self-image and their well-publicized myth. Popular proof of this is based on anecdotes; its scholarly proof is supposed to rest upon statistical rituals whereby it is shown that varying proportions of the men and women at the top are the sons and daughters of men of lower rank. (But, as we have already seen, the proportion of men and women who have risen into the elite from humble backgrounds is very, very small indeed - no more than 10 percent)."

Mills continues,

"People with advantages are loath to believe that they just happen to be people with advantages. They come readily to define themselves as inherently worthy of what they possess; they come to believe themselves 'naturally' elite; and, in fact, to imagine their possessions and their privileges as natural extensions of their own elite selves. In this sense, the idea of the elite as composed of men and women having a finer moral character is an ideology of the elite as a privileged ruling stratum, and this is true whether the ideology is elite-made or made up for it by others." [Please see our article, "The Elite, Money and the End of Days."]

  • Second, just as democracy is incompatible with such levels of social inequality, it is incompatible with imperialist war. The US military and intelligence agencies have for twelve years been wading in blood in a drive to plunder the world's strategic resources. The dead, wounded and displaced number in the millions.

The US military and intelligence agencies have for twelve years been wading in blood in a drive to plunder the world's strategic resources. The dead, wounded and displaced number in the millions. [Please see our documentary, "Greed Is Good;" also, our articles, "Christians In Africa, AWAKE" and "A Dreadful Nation, an Overflowing Scourge."]

Obviously, the elites are in an advanced stage of preparations for an inevitable confrontation with average Americans. [Please see our article, "The Reichstag Fire of 1933 and the Twin Towers of 9-11; Portents of Things to Come.";]

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God bless you all!

SR Shearer,
Antipas

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