A couple of years ago I watched a DVD by American journalist Naomi Wolf, titled 'The End of America'.
She explained how, as a student of history, she was worried by the changes she saw in the US, as they echoed the process used by Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, and other dictators in the passed to turn a democracy into a totalitarian dictatorship under martial law.
Ten Steps To Close Down a Open Society
Wolf explains, "If you look at history, you can see that there is essentially a blueprint for turning an open society into a dictatorship. That blueprint has been used again and again in more and less bloody, more and less terrifying ways.
1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy
Hitler invoked a communist threat to the nation's security, he burned down the Reichstag in 1933, and blamed it on 'the communists'.
2. Create a gulag
There are jails in Iraq and Afghanistan, and, of coarse, Guantánamo in Cuba, where detainees are abused, and kept indefinitely without trial and without access to the due process of the law.
3. Develop a thug caste
The Blackshirts roamed the Italian countryside beating up communists; the Brownshirts staged violent rallies throughout Germany. This paramilitary force is especially important in a democracy: you need citizens to fear thug violence and so you need thugs who are free from prosecution.
4. Set up an internal surveillance system
In every closed society - secret police spy on ordinary people and encourage neighbours to spy on neighbours.
James Risen and Eric Lichtblau wrote in the New York Times about a secret state program to wiretap citizens' phone, read their emails and follow international financial transactions, it became clear to ordinary Americans that they, too, could be under state scrutiny.
In closed societies, this surveillance is cast as being about "national security"; the true function is to keep citizens docile and inhibit their activism and dissent.
5. Harass citizens' group
6. Engage in arbitrary detention and release
"Have you been in any peace marches? We ban a lot of people from flying because of that," asked the airline employee.
"I explained," said Murphy, "that I had not so marched but had, in September 2006, given a lecture at Princeton, televised and put on the web, highly critical of George Bush for his many violations of the constitution."
"That'll do it," the man said.
Anti-war marcher? Potential terrorist. Support the constitution? Potential terrorist. History shows that the categories of "enemy of the people" tend to expand ever deeper into civil life.
7. Target key individuals
8. Control the press
9. Dissent equals treason
Cast dissent as "treason" and criticism as "espionage'. Every closing society does this, just as it elaborates laws that increasingly criminalise certain kinds of speech and expand the definition of "spy" and "traitor".
10. Suspend the rule of law
The president now has enhanced powers to declare martial law.
In the early days, things look normal on the surface; peasants were celebrating harvest festivals in Calabria in 1922; people were shopping and going to the movies in Berlin in 1931."
I bring Naomi Wolf's article and work to your attention today, because I have just read an unbelievable leaked report from the U.S. government.
According to Wired Magazine, the U.S. Military may consider you a potential terrorist if you are:
- Speaking out against government policies
- Questioning "Mainstream Ideologies"
- Asking questions about Wall Street shenanigans
- Questioning war
- Holding gold
- "Believe in conspiracy theories"
- "Suspicious of centralized federal authority"
- Opposing surveillance
- Opposing genetically engineered food
- Protesting anything
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MARK ANASTASI is an Internet entrepreneur and founder of the Inspired Marketing Group. Organizing events such as The Traffic Generation Summit, The Millionaire Bootcamp for Women, and The Passive Income Summit, he has trained over 12,000 entrepreneurs around the world since 2005. Want more? Grab my free reports and videos on www.laptopmillionaire.tv/blog
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