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Another example of Sovietization
May 10th, 2010 by Ken Hagler

Gregory Girard: Political Prisoner. Massachusetts resident Gregory Girard has never been formally charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one. Yet after spending four months in jail, he will spend the next four years as a ward of the court.

Girard’s legally obtained firearms will remain in the possession of the thieves in uniform who stole them on February 9, the same day he was kidnapped by a SWAT team. He will undergo involuntary psychiatric evaluation and treatment, including the administration of psychotropic drugs.

If it is deemed “necessary” by any of the legal or therapeutic apparatchiks who are now in charge of his life, Girard will be taken into custody for “in-patient treatment.”

This would almost certainly occur if Girard were once again to express the unacceptable political views that resulted in his four month imprisonment, to wit: The Regime ruling us will eventually send paramilitary goon squads to confiscate legally owned firearms and imprison those who own them.

Because possession of such views made Girard a “danger to the community,” a paramilitary strike force was sent to seize his guns, and he was summarily imprisoned.Under the terms of a “continuance without a finding” announced by Salem District Court Judge Richard Mori, Girard will avoid prison only if his conduct and attitude meet with the approval of people who can consign him to the psihuska at whim. [Pro Libertate]

Given the Evil Empire’s eager rush to be just like the original Soviet Union, it’s hardly surprising that they would adopt the Soviet practice of imprisoning political dissidents in “mental hospitals”.

The article contrasts Girard’s punishment for being right about the government with a case from the same state in which Gestapo agents murdered someone at one of their Checkpoint Charlie reenactments for no particular reason and (as usual) got away completely unpunished.

Role reversal
Apr 15th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

The ultimate reaping of what one sows: right-wing edition. Right-wing polemicists today are shrieking in self-pitying protest over a new report from the Department of Homeland Security sent to local police forces which warns of growing “right-wing extremist activity.” The report (.pdf) identifies attributes of these right-wing extremists, warning that a growing domestic threat of violence and terrorism “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single-issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration” and “groups that reject federal authority in favor of state or local authority.”

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But the political faction screeching about the dangers of the DHS is the same one that spent the last eight years vastly expanding the domestic Surveillance State and federal police powers in every area. DHS — and the still-creepy phrase “homeland security” — became George Bush’s calling card. The Republicans won the 2002 election by demonizing those who opposed its creation. All of the enabling legislation underlying this Surveillance State — from the Patriot Act to the Military Commissions Act, from the various FISA “reforms” to massive increases in domestic “counter-Terrorism” programs — are the spawns of the very right-wing movement that today is petrified that this is all being directed at them.

When you cheer on a Surveillance State, you have no grounds to complain when it turns its eyes on you. If you create a massive and wildly empowered domestic surveillance apparatus, it’s going to monitor and investigate domestic political activity. That’s its nature. [Glenn Greenwald]

Gestapo stupidity
Dec 29th, 2008 by Ken Hagler

Gunpowder Is Okay to Bring on an Airplane.

Putting it in a clear plastic baggie magically makes it safe:

Mind you, I had packed the stuff safely. It was in three separate jars: one of charcoal, one of sulphur, and one of saltpetre (potassium nitrate). Each jar was labeled: Charcoal, Sulphur, Saltpetre. I had also thoroughly wet down each powder with tap water. No ignition was possible. As a good citizen, I had packed the resulting pastes into a quart-sized “3-1-1” plastic bag, along with my shampoo and hand cream. This bag I took out of my messenger bag and put on top of my bin of belongings, turned so that the labels were easy for the TSA inspector to read.

[Schneier on Security]

Of course this worked not because the Checkpoint Charlies thought it was safe, but because they were so abysmally ignorant that they didn’t know what you get by mixing those ingredients.

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