People, we are being hoodwinked. I think these warning, at this point, are pretty much useless since the total-information-awareness surveillance police state has been fully entrenched in our society, but come on, it's like they're not bothering to hide their tracks any more.
The other day I read a diary about Leslie Stahl being a member of the Advisory Board of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
I have pretty much given up on the American mainstream media, after realizing long ago that it is basically a propaganda machine. But after I read about Leslie Stahl being a member of an Advisory Board of an organization associated with such an odious character (Peter G. Peterson), I did find it alarming.
Now, this "60 Minutes" report by Ms. Stahl may have nothing to do with the fact that she sits on that Board, but it nevertheless hit me as such a blatant and transparent apologia for the militarization of our police forces (and hence, for a police state), that I find it extremely suspect. It is clearly a piece of cheap propaganda.
What a shame... And to think that not too long ago I considered "60 Minutes" an honest news source.
This is how we lost our country to the plutocracy: because of fear.
Watch the report, and see how Ms. Stahl makes a point about gang members riding around on motorcycles, with AK-47 strapped to their backs! Yes, just like insurgents in Afghanistan.
And by golly, who, who in any neighborhood would not want to be protected from violent hoodlums carrying AK-47s, victimizing and terrorizing residents?
Except that the real terrorizing and victimizing is being done by the rich fucks who refuse to pay their fair share of taxes, hiding the money instead in tax heavens the world over.
And so they buy off the debased politicians to do their bidding; to impose "austerity" on the population.
And so as government functions are purposely de-funded, and as people like Peterson (and the Koch brothers) push for policies that defund the social safety net, and weaken workers' rights, and environmental protections, what do you think is going to happen?
People are going to get desperate. Suicide rates are going to go through the roof, crime is going to increase. The social fabric is being destroyed on purpose by these fascist billionaires and their puppets in government. That to me is terrorism at a massive scale!
Instead of turning the entire population into "informants" and using military-type assaults and raids on our streets, our homes, our neighborhoods, why don't they ask these rich fucks (and corporations) to pay their fair share of taxes? Why don't we flood our streets with jobs instead, and with free schooling (from Headstart to college)?
"60 Minutes," I'm calling you out. That's some piece of cheap propaganda!