Is there any point in celebrating the 4th of July anymoreBy Dark Politricks
On the 4th of July there is only one question that needs to be asked by all Americans who are actually celebrating this holiday.
"What are you actually celebrating and why?"You may not be ruled by King George any-more but the recent 2 Presidents have acted far more like Kings than the English monarch ever did.
It cannot be the freedom of speech you used to cherish. No you have to have permits and free speech zones for protests now. Plus your constant chatter on the phones, Internet and talk in public is constantly monitored by technology like NSA's PRISM, TRAPWIRE and the much older ECHELON.
It cannot be the free movement around the country without fear of harassment, secure in your papers from unreasonable searches. Not when the Police, TSA, Transport Cops, Border Guards and other agencies can now forcibly take blood and DNA samples from you, scan your naked body and grope your genitals if you refuse to be scanned, stored and studied as you go about your way.
Add to that the fact that most people are carrying the equivalent of chips in their skin by having smart phones on their person 24/7.
Phones that record your every movement to local databases on your phone that can easily be extracted by the Police or if you turn off this feature (check https://maps.google.com/locationhistory/b/0 once logged into Google to see if your history is currently being recorded) then it will still be logged at the phone company.
Turn your phones GPS off and your location can still be located down to a few square metres from pings to phone masts and a simple triangulation formula. Turn your battery off and there is still enough power to enable this to happen - maybe this is the reason most smart phones make it so hard to remove batteries nowadays.
It cannot be freedom from a tyrant, a King George like figure who thinks he has a God-given right to take your life. No the President now has the authority to take your life without even bothering with the charade that passes for a trial if he thinks you are a danger to your country. He just needs to consider you a danger to the country and sign a bit of paper and "boom" a drone is coming your way.
Freedom from drone strikes? Nope - not even if you're a US citizen. Your just an enemy combatant who doesn't have the right to argue your case in a court of law.
Freedom from assassination squads? Nope. Navy SEAL Teams and other commandos are scouring foreign countries to assassinate "terrorists" and the CIA are doing the same on the homeland for "malcontents".
What about freedom to blow the whistle when you find that your government has broken the law, spied on people without warrants or committed massacres in war zones? No - if you write the wrong article in a paper or expose secrets that have been passed to you by a whistle-blower you are more likely to be considered a traitor than a hero in this new age.
It seems journalists who try to print the truth are considered nothing more than spies and the papers and journalists who dare to print your stories of government abuse will also be attacked, spied upon and harassed.
Even people who should know better will call for your execution on live TV. Who even knows whether these talking heads are even real TV personalities any-more rather than COINTELPRO agents stirring up hate against "enemies of the state" who dare speak truth to power.
What about the freedom to work long hours for little pay? Forced to hand over large amounts of your earnings for goods that your Government mandates you "must" purchase and then watch as the endless cycle of your Government buying its own printed money through the convoluted and corrupt Federal Reserve system means that the value of your wage decreases in real terms every month as your jobs are shipped overseas to people who are willing to work even longer and for much less?
It has now come to the stage that you are monitored so much in real life through linked up CCTV systems like TRAPWIRE, massive city sized computer systems that can log every purchase you make, every movement you make through your cars GPS tracking systems or even that useful bug you so happily carry around with you for others to track you with, your phone, that you cannot even escape into cyberspace any-more.
The virtual world is just as monitored as the real one.
I have to wonder whether the places you visit in virtual games like Second Life are also bugged and monitored by virtual agents of the state? I'd guess the answer is most definitely especially after news that the NSA and GCHQ were using the chat services that online games employ to spy on the players.
Facebook, Google, Skype, Apple and all the other big techno giants we are being shepherded into using 24/7 are all just front ends to those 3 letter acronyms that litter the American landscape.
Acronyms like NSA, CIA, FBI and the TSA are all hankering after those data packets that log every URL, website, file, instant message and email you have ever written.
These are the modern-day "papers" of the 21st century, and secure is not something you can expect to be, especially when you willingly hand over your data to the "cloud" for safe storage.
So if you celebrated "Independence Day" then I would be interested to know what is so special about your independence when compared to a dictatorship?
You have been living under emergency laws since 9.11.
Laws that give the President dictatorial like powers through Orwellian pieces of legalese like the PATRIOT ACT which was written years before the date and then eagerly dusted off when the events of 9.11 unfolded.
All to be enacted under a climate of fear and patriotism, where politicians didn't even bother reading what they voted for and detractors were attacked with Anthrax or declared "unpatriotic". All because they were not willing to hand over their basic rights such as habeas corpus, a fair trial, freedom from torture or the right to know what you have been accused of in an open court of law.
This was back when we had a far right government running the USA. Now we are supposedly living under a liberal, left wing, Democrat!
How I laugh when I hear Americans call Obama left wing or socialist! Society is not something he is promoting with Homeland Security asking neighbours to become de-facto spies and inform on each other or where over a million Americans have top secret security clearance.
There is nothing democratic or liberal about the NDAA, drone strikes at will or the President declaring that he can spy on anyone in the world without due process.
I have to wonder what President Obama see's when he looks in the mirror.
Does he see the leader of a once great free nation that has succumb to fear, militarism, war mongering and the all-pervasive surveillance state.
If not, does he honestly believe he's a liberal in charge of a "free nation"?
If so does he not feel the slightest bit of guilt when he looks at that Nobel Peace prize he was so, so prematurely given in the hope that pre-election rhetoric would be converted into real "hope and change" from the Bush/Cheney years?
Instead he has taken the ball from the GOP and kicked it out the stadium, far surpassing anything the Republicans did to kill liberty and freedom in America.
Wars have increased, with covert action and drone strikes occurring in more places across the world than ever before. All under the never-ending "war on terror" banner.
Liberty at home has decreased and a true liberal POTUS would have at least stood up for the freedoms he attacked Bush for removing when he was only a Senator. Does he honestly not believe he is the hypocrite is blatantly is.
It is funny how power corrupts.
It is not so funny to look at the state of Amerika on Independence day.
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