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OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 12/19/11

The Transformation of the American Society into a "Controlled" State

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In case you haven't noticed, the U.S. Congress, that completely inept, dysfunctional branch of our government, has just recently taken steps to enact legislation that would allow the military, in certain situations, to detain U.S. citizens and hold them indefinitely, without being charged with any violation of the law, and with no trial by jury. And, it appears that President Obama fully intends to sign it. How's that for what will prove to be a fatal blow to the U.S. Constitution?

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This legislation, Senate bill S.1867 was initiated by Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Carl Levin. It easily passed the Senate with a vote of 86-13 and will shortly be sent to President Obama as part of The 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. This bill is clearly another move by this government to further erode the constitutional rights of American citizens.


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What would the Founding Fathers think of this form of treachery? Those patriots who designed the U.S. Constitution would be in a state of shock and disbelief to think that our government had regressed to this degree; that the government that they created would be the vehicle by which the Constitution was being circumvented. These pitiful, corrupted politicians in this tainted Congress should be forbidden from ever again reciting the pledge of allegiance or saluting the flag because of their nefarious actions against their own country and their fellow citizens.


For those of us who have read the classic novel, "1984", starring Big Brother, what is happening in America today is chilling. Each and every year we have seen this nation getting closer to becoming the modern-day version of the fictitious nation that is depicted in that prophetic novel. If you haven't read it you should because it says so much about the deteriorating legal and moral conditions in the nation in which we live. The specter of Big Brother looms large over America.


The increasing aggressiveness and unjustifiable police actions against the Occupy Movement's demonstrators in New York City and Oakland, as well as in other cities, is a precursor to what may become common in America going into the future. This government that has expended a huge portion of its wealth expanding its military empire and going after suspected terrorists all over the world has now decided that America will become the next battleground.


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There is mounting evidence that those in high positions of our government are caught up in a state of paranoia brought on by the 9/11 disaster. P aranoia, by definition, is "an unfounded or exaggerated distrust of others, sometimes reaching delusional proportions." Paranoid individuals constantly suspect the motives of those around them, and believe that certain individuals, or people in general, are "out to get them." Another definition: "Exhibiting or characterized by extreme and irrational fear or distrust of others."


It seems that we have a government whose members think that some perceived enemy is lurking around every corner. It's as if they are constantly looking back to see who's following them. Whether it's a shoe bomber or an underwear bomber, these paranoid politicians are ready to panic at the slightest hint of a threat and are, as a result, more than ready and willing to take away more of the peoples' constitutional rights to tighten control over this society.


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