Letter — Police state in the works
Today, our political climate lends itself to the development of a totalitarian police state. We have a secret court which permits secret wire taps and other forms of clandestine surveillance by the police, i.e. the FBI. If the police have tapped your phone or are listening in on your in your bedroom you cannot know it or have protection from it because civilian authorities are precluded from reviewing such police activities. All of this is done in the name of national security. Keeping us safe from terrorist and an Iraqian threat has become a mantra. Daily President Bush attempts to make us believe that we should live constantly under a shadow of fear. Thus, we should agree to allow the police to secretly invade our private lives. Of course, that is government engaged in psychological warfare against its citizens. Some one controlling some one else’s mind is the maximum prison.
In his “Memories: 1925-50,” George F. Kennan (creator of the Marshall Plan) wrote that “There are openly totalitarian forces already working in our society. … And it is not even with these small existing groups of extremists that the real danger lies. The fact of the matter is that there is a little bit of the totalitarian … in each and every one of us. It is only the cheerful light of confidence and security which keeps this evil genius down at the usual helpless and invisible depth. If confidence and security were to disappear, don’t think that he would not be waiting to take their place. Others may lull themselves to sleep with the pleasing assumption that the work of building freedom in this country was accomplished completely and for all time by our fore fathers…freedom is something that has to be reconquered every day.”
Walt Kelly’s Pogo said “I have found the enemy and he is us.” That’s especially true if we allow loss of confidence and security to panic us into the open arms of secret courts and secret police activities. Then we must prepare for that knock on the door during the dark of night.
South Lake Tahoe
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