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  •  When the danger becomes obvious to everyone, (3+ / 0-)
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    kurt, GreenMother, rlochow

    it will be far too late to rein it in.

    The police state is upon us.  These surveillance programs offer up a turn-key fascist state. Bit-by-bit, it will become more difficult for those in power to resist the temptation to use the vast stores of information available to them.

    Lists of gay people.
    Lists of women who had abortions.
    Lists of people who own pit bulls.
    Lists of people who say 'sin papeles."
    Lists of people who pass by certain locations at certain times.
    Lists of Jews.
    Lists of people who say Occupy!
    Lists of people who say, "Let's climb the trees and chain ourselves there."
    Lists of Mormons.
    Lists of people.....

    Any of this could be generated at the drop of a hat.

    Democrats for Smith, when Smith is a populist progressive and Democrat Jones is the desired corporate tool. Therefore, be sure to drop those intending to vote for Smith from voter rolls.

    After what we've seen in the last 10-12 years, does anyone doubt that another Bush or Rove would hesitate to use that information?  Another Cheney or Rumsfeld?

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 05:10:43 PM PDT

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    •  Who's on your List? (1+ / 0-)
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      shaharazade

      Lists of people who speak out against corporate greed

      Lists of people who challenge the government

      Lists of people who blow whistles or who might

      Lists of people who go to the wrong church

      Lists of people who have read forbidden books

      Lists of people who have visited forbidden websites

      Lists of people who don't agree with the people making the lists.

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