10.13.2006

Gulag Ameripelago

Coupla stories in the noose this morning that you might ponder:

First from Wayne Madsen (clip):
October 12, 2006 -- EXCLUSIVE. It sounds like a case from the old Soviet Union. An activist opposing the government's policies is charged with crimes against the state, declared mentally unbalanced, and forced to take psychotropic drugs in a military prison hospital. However, this case occurred in the United States and involved a Justice Department attempt to silence a one-time CIA asset who was engaged in backchannel negotiations with Saddam Hussein's government to avert a war.

On September 8, Susan Lindauer, a one-time congressional staffer for Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sen. Ron Wyden or Oregon [Wyden is a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence], and journalist, was ordered released from incarceration from the Bureau of Prisons Carswell Federal Medical Center located at the Naval Reserve Air Station in Fort Worth, Texas. Lindauer, who was never convicted of any crime, spent seven months in the prison hospital and was transferred to New York City where she spent an additional four months in prison . . .
The next one is from NYT (clip):
Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests by ERIC LICHTBLAU.

Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war.

The documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, show, for instance, that military officials labeled as “potential terrorist activity” events like a “Stop the War Now” rally in Akron, Ohio, in March 2005.

The Defense Department acknowledged last year that its analysts had maintained records on war protests in an internal database past the 90 days its guidelines allowed, and even after it was determined there was no threat.

A department spokesman said Thursday that the “questionable data collection” had led to a tightening of military procedures to ensure that only information relevant to terrorism and other threats was collected. The spokesman, Maj. Patrick Ryder, said in response to the release of the documents that the department “views with great concern any potential violation” of the policy.

“There is nothing more important or integral to the effectiveness of the U.S. military than the trust and good will of the American people,” Major Ryder said . . .
Oh, yeah . . . really!.

Hmph. The only hope is that, since Halliburton/KBR has the contract to build concentration camps in the US, it'll be a long time before the regime can imprison us. And they'll be so badly done that we'll be able to easily escape. The down side is that there won't be any electricity and the food'll prolly kill us. I just can't wait.

[Go right to Part 2]

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