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The Fascist State of America

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#IStandWithEdwardSnowden because free nations don't spy on and murder their citizens. Democracies don't terrorize sovereign nations and their peoples with torture, false imprisonment, and drone-based perma-war. It is time to stand up against the oil oligarchy's police state that is stifling social change required to achieve universal human rights, justice, equity, and global ecological sustainability.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

"If living unfreely but comfortably is something you are willing to accept" it is going to get worse with the next generation" The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to. There is no public oversight. The greatest fear I have for the outcome of these disclosures is that nothing will change" [that people] won't be willing to stand up and take the risks to fight. I am not afraid, because this is the choice I've made." -- Edward Snowden

The Bush administration "puts forward a false choice between the liberties we cherish and the security we provide." -- Candidate Barack Obama 2007

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." -- George Orwell

"With American spying and drone perma-war we are witnessing the end of democracy, the failure of a fragile experiment that governments are derived from the people." -- Dr. Glen Barry

"We the People" are not enemies of the state and deserve and need to know what our government is doing. The truth matters -- particularly when human freedom is at stake, and our shared environment is collapsing, with both at risk of being lost forever. America's civil liberties have been trampled on, and sadly, most don't seem to care, failing to understand the full implications of big brother's ascendancy. Defending freedom from government tyranny is not a left-or-right, conservative-or-liberal matter; it is the difference between right and wrong, truth and lies, liberty and enslavement, life and death.

Edward Snowden has revealed the extent to which America has become a total surveillance police state -- with wholesale spying upon its own citizens -- adding to revelations since 9/11 of the murder of U.S. citizens as well as torture, indefinite detention, and pursuit of drone perma-war, terrorizing entire nations. All of these acts are occurring upon the basis of suspicion alone -- without due legal process, violating international law and the U.S. Constitution -- in an unprecedented expansion of government powers in the name of a war on terror, when in fact they are being used to control dissent and access oil.

President Barack Obama is a profound epic failure, in many ways worse than Ã"ber-fascist Bush, just a new black face on the American oil oligarchy's long history of tyranny and warmongering. What a feeble, sellout, murdering, cynical disappointment Barack Obama has turned out to be. After killing a million Arabs and Muslims, Bush policies continued with vigor under Obama, has the U.S. avenged 9/11 yet? Or does America need to spy, torture, falsely imprison, and wage perma-war for years longer? Perhaps forever?

America is poised upon the precipice of becoming a totalitarian police state overseeing final global environmental collapse. As America is at risk of becoming a third-rate police state, all lovers of liberty -- from the Tea Party to progressives -- must come together to resist oppression, remain free, embrace justice and equity for all, and sustain our shared global environment. One can feel a libertarian--progressive alliance building to stop big nanny government from enslaving us while destroying our environment. A commitment to Green Liberty is the human family's only path to sustained well-being.

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What has America become? It is well past time for the U.S. to reexamine its incautious, militaristic and totalitarian response to 9/11 and re-embrace liberty, justice, and freedom. The U.S. corporate-owned government threatens global liberty and human rights, making global equity, justice, and sustainability impossible. Big nanny government is in bed with the oil oligarchy and corporate elite to threaten American and global liberty and ecosystems.

What other unethical, illegal, violent and unauthorized acts have the U.S. government carried out in secret to keep us "safe"? 9/11 trauma does NOT justify spying, torture, murder, and perma-war -- along with corporate rule, the textbook definition of fascism. Real Americans who honor the Constitution and American values understand that withstanding occasional acts of random terror and minimizing their frequency is the price of freedom.

America folded like a wet towel after the 9/11 crimes -- lashing out militaristically and murdering hundreds of thousands of innocents -- as it needlessly gave up Yankee liberties acquired over hundreds of years in what had been the biggest expansion of personal and political freedoms ever. Instead, the United States should be engaging with the world to address justified grievances, weaning itself from its oil addiction, demobilizing the military and police state, and strengthening international criminal courts to charge and imprison terrorists.

Do we want the executive branch of government to know every detail of each citizen's life? Never has a government been granted powers that don't end up being expanded and misused. The slippery slope of good intentions guarantees that spying as a shortcut for security means dissidents, oddballs, artists, and ordinary citizens who resist the political and economic elite will be targeted next. The military-industrial-Congressional complex has morphed to include the National Security Agency and Homeland Security's fascist state of perma-war and spying.

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