Category Archives: Obsession with National Security

Is fear being used as a tool by government representatives to motivate the public to support its plan to take care of our enemies? Are the weapons of the enemy being identified as more lethal, massive in impact, and available? Are weapons being claimed as a threat when none really exist? When will our military be used to emulate the enemy? When will our own weapons be used under the guise of the enemy? How far is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Libertarians are stealthily taking over America.

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

A New Costly Cold War?

Are profit-centric media and supporting profit-centric defense contractors promoting a new cold war, via Russian Hack hysteria, and boosting support for more defense spending? Are regime change neocons fanning the flames for a new cold war to remove Putin from … Continue reading

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Ending American Authoritarianism – A Hybridization of Orwell and Huxley Dystopias, and Resisting It Through Radical Imagination

Henry Giroux re-evaluates the works of Orwell and Huxley compares them to the new American Authoritarianism and proposes actions to reverse it. Both authors provide insight into the merging of the totalitarian elements that constitute a new and more hybridized … Continue reading

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Is a Sense of Security for a Minor Threat Worth the Loss of Liberty – a Real Threat?

The government not only has PRISM, but there is also NUCLEON, MAINWAY and MARINA. The first two collect content from the internet and phone calls. The other two collect metadata from phone calls and the internet. This data collecting is … Continue reading

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The “Bad Barrel” for All U.S. Presidents – Some Try to Resist, Authoritarians Enhance It

What changed many of the promises of candidate Obama into either inaction or the adverse actions of President Obama? Here’s how I put it to the President recently. RE: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor Mr. President, While listening to an … Continue reading

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America’s Growing Authoritarian Police State Revealed by Response to OWS

In three previous articles, I have discussed the growing American police state. This police state is supported by an authoritarian worldview and is promoted by the “bad barrel” structure of today’s police departments. In a recent article by former Police … Continue reading

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Social Dominance Authoritarians – Rule By Fearful Fantasies

In 2006, John Dean wrote this about neoconservatives in his book Conservatives Without Conscience: Neoconservatives are a relatively small group of social dominance authoritarians, with significant, if not disproportionate, influence. Dean also stated that, “Neoconservatism first surfaced in the public … Continue reading

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Richard Bruce – Could He Become America’s Hitler?

If Bruce became President of the United States, what would become of America? Decide for yourself. Bruce on the use of torture for the enemy – “The seeds of Abu Ghraib’s rotten fruit were sown by civilians at the highest … Continue reading

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From The Occupation of Iraq to The Occupation of the US – Is Our Police State Getting Closer?

Don’t be surprised if there is something else to come that would give GWB an opportunity to do what he wants – declare marshall law, suspend the election and deploy the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team to keep us under control.

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Bad Deeds for 8/1/2008

US Customs Can Seize Your iPod – US customs have the power to seize your laptop or iPod when entering the country – even with no reason to do so. Although this power has been in place for a while, … Continue reading

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Beyond Nine-Eleven – Enabling My Evolving Hopes

I started writing this in late 2001 and have not revisited if for quite some time. I’m posting it with some 2007 updates and have added guidelines on how to enable these hopes. May our leaders use all sources of … Continue reading

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Where Are We Going – Trends from 1994 to 2007, Foreign Policy, Global Engagement and Patriotism

Survey Results, Section 3 – FOREIGN POLICY, GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT AND PATRIOTISM Summarized below are the major findings from section 3 of the Pew Research survey, Trends in Political Values and Core Attitudes: 1987-2007. The survey stated at the start of … Continue reading

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The Costs of National Security – $333 on Iraq for Every $1 on Homeland Security, How Safe is This?

Now that we have the President’s latest ideas for victory in Iraq and fighting the terrorists overseas so we don’t have to fight them here, it’s time to look at their plan for protecting us at home. Are we open … Continue reading

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November 2006 – We Have Some Serious Choices to Make!   

We must chose … Between being feared as a warmonger nation and condemned around the world or regaining the respect of at least our allies. Between fighting the terrorist threat endlessly or winning it through an international law enforcement program and … Continue reading

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Fool Me Once Shame on You, Fool Me Twice … No, Not This Time

As I have written previously in this blog, I was deceived by another president forty years ago. I watched the man I supported, and worked for, become further corrupted by both the power that comes with being President of the … Continue reading

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Fighting Terrorists – Stay The Course, Cut and Run, Or?

On June 13, 2006, during a surprise visit to the troops in Iraq, The Decider, President Bush, stated, “We will stay on the offensive against the terrorists, fighting them abroad so we do not have to face them here at … Continue reading

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The Delay Principle – Tax Cuts Outrank National Security

Near the beginning of the Iraq war, Tom Delay made this statement, “Nothing is more important in the face of war than cutting taxes.” In May of 2003, Bob Burnett of Alternet provided some context for the statement (bold added): … Continue reading

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Be Careful What We OK for Others – Majority of Americans Approve of Torture.

Let me start off with a quote from Thomas Paine, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.” … Continue reading

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Port Security – Houston Area Congressmen Doing Something That Matters

In previous articles concerning port security and the Dubai Ports deal, I have attempted to point out other facts that have not made it into the mainstream news and still haven’t. In this article, there is some news about, believe … Continue reading

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New Port Security Agreement with Pakistan – Is National Security Taking a Hit More Significant Than the Dubai Terminal Deal?

In my first article on the Dubai Ports World business deal, I made reference to the Container Security Initiative (CSI).   As reported by U.S. Customs Today:  The CSI consists of four core elements. These are: (1) establishing security criteria … Continue reading

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Soldiers Die, Parents Grieve – When Will the Rest of Us Sacrifice for National Security?

In my effort to get past the political grandstanding and trying to point out the real issue with local national security, I have found another perspective for you to consider. Former labor secretary Robert Reich concludes his Marketplace commentary on the … Continue reading

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United Arab Emirates – What about Venezuela and Their Florida Terminal Operations?

According to Adam Davidson of NPR , there are: 15 major ports in the U. S.; Roughly 100 terminals amongst these ports; SSA Marine, an American company, is the biggest terminal operator with 7 terminals; Maher Terminals, also an American … Continue reading

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Dubai Ports World – National Security Issue, Political Grandstanding, or Both?

DP World rhetoric is everywhere. Here are some facts about managing terminals, not ports, inside and outside the United States, and about Dubai Ports (DP) World. The ports themselves are owned by local taxpayers and run by local governments. Port … Continue reading

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Meet the “Security-Industrial Complex”

To get an understanding of what this information sharing can mean, watch this visualization of the future under the post 9/11 “security-industrial complex”. Continue reading

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Increased Visa Security – Are Terrorists Winning Anyway?

We may be administratively ‘pumping up’ our border security, but will the indirect long term costs cited by the MPI have a greater impact than the terrorists could have hoped for? Continue reading

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The WAWG Index

This index attempts to ‘measure’ the extent to which the list of 14 characteristics monitored by this blog apply to the United States over time.   The index will be determined monthly as a percent change from the previous month. … Continue reading

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