Archive for October, 2014

Police State III

Friday, October 31st, 2014

“Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter observed that the history of liberty is the history of procedural safeguards against investigatory or prosecutorial abuses. The FBI’s history of spying against citizens without cause to suspect criminality, confirms Frankfurter’s words. Thick dossiers were compiled that served political blackmail more than law enforcement. There should be restraints on the FBI’s goal of shadowing every government-perceived hatemonger without evidence of a threatened crime.”

Associate Attorney General Bruce Fein, New York Times 8-16-99

Police State II

Friday, October 31st, 2014

“The capacity to assert social and political control over the individual will vastly increase. It will soon be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and to maintain up-to-date, complete files, containing even the most personal information about the health or personal behavior of the citizen in addition to more customary data. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security advisor to Pres. Jimmy Carter, from America in the Technetronic Age 1968

Police State I

Friday, October 31st, 2014

“The individual’s freedom and choice will be controlled within very narrow alternatives by the fact that he will be numbered from birth and followed as a number through his educational training, his required military or other public service, his tax contributions, his health and medical requirements, and his final retirement and death benefits.”

Professor Carrol Quigley (Pres. Bill Clinton’s mentor) talking about the America of the future.

Assisted Suicide ‘Out of Control’ in Netherlands

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The number of mentally ill people who have been killed through euthanasia in the Netherlands has trebled in a single year, according to new figures.

The Daily Mail reports that in 2012, 14 people with “severe psychiatric problems” were killed by lethal injection, a figure that rose to 42 in 2013.

There had also been a 15 percent overall rise in assisted dying over the past year, with the number of cases increasing from 4,188 to 4,829.

Deaths from euthanasia have risen by a total of 151 percent in a period of just seven years, with most cases involving cancer sufferers. However, there were also 97 people who were killed by their doctors because they had dementia.

The figures do not include “terminal sedation”, where the patient is sedated and then has food and fluids withdrawn. If they did, however, euthanasia would account for one in eight of all deaths in the Netherlands.

Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship told the Daily Mail that euthanasia in the Netherlands is “way out of control”, saying that it proves that assisted dying is impossible to regulate.

“The House of Lords calculated in 2005 that with a Dutch-type law in Britain we would be seeing over 13,000 cases of euthanasia per year,” he added.

“On the basis of how Dutch euthanasia deaths have risen since this may prove to be a gross underestimate.

“What we are seeing in the Netherlands is ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included.

“The lessons are clear. Once you relax the law on euthanasia or assisted suicide steady extension will follow as night follows day.”

In Britain, a bill that would legalise assisted dying received its second reading in the House of Lords in July and will continue to the next legislative stage in November.

Earlier this year, Dutch regulator Theo Boer told the British Parliament “Don’t go there” when asked about the British proposals.

Freedom of Medicine Lost 1st, Freedom of Speach Lost 2nd

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

October 2, 2014 by Allahpundit

Note: Hate speech, not hate crimes. YouGov asked people about hate crimes for its poll too and found bipartisan support for the federal law that provides steeper penalties for crimes motivated by hatred of the victim’s race, religion, gender, or national origin. Sixty-four percent of Dems gave thumbs-up to that versus 54 percent of Republicans. A plurality of Republicans also support expanding that law to target hate crimes committed against gays: 44 percent say yes versus 30 percent who say no.

Hate-crimes laws matter in the sentencing phase. If you’re guilty of the underlying offense, then you can be punished more severely depending upon what your motive was. A hate-speech law is different in that it treats hate as the offense itself. All you have to do is verbalize your thoughtcrime against a protected group and you’re facing prison. Our intellectual superiors in Europe cherish their hate-speech laws but the First Amendment makes them anathema in the U.S.

Independents and Republicans are heavily opposed (although, alarmingly, not quite to a majority degree among GOPers) but Democrats and liberals — proud guardians of the free-speech movement in the 1960s — are ready to censor. The best spin I can put on this for lefties is that YouGov’s question asked if they’d support a law that criminalizes comments that “advocate genocide or hatred” against a particular group. Could be that some people who said yes focused on the first part of that, genocide, rather than the second and figured that “advocating genocide” is close enough to making a credible violent threat against a person that it can and should be made illegal too. It can’t (unless you’re doing your advocating in front of a mob that’s whipped up and ready to attack someone), but a question asking exclusively about “hatred” would have been better. An interesting footnote to all this: Given America’s history of racism against blacks, you would think they might support hate-speech laws more than any other group. They do support those laws more than whites (44/34 in favor among blacks versus 32/43 opposition among whites) but not as much as Latinos do. Latinos favor them 49/20, a wider gap in support than you find even among self-identified liberals. On the other hand, the left-leaning 18-34 group doesn’t support hate-speech laws much more than any other age demographic does. They break 38/37. Seniors breaks 35/39.

Lest you think Republicans and independents stand against criminalizing all forms of offensive expression, though, here are the numbers when YouGov asked whether we should make it a crime to desecrate venerated objects or places use for religious worship:

Support across the board. This is another question that could have benefited from better wording, though: “Desecration” could mean anything from aggressive vandalism, like smashing a religious statue or graffiting a church’s walls, to mockery that doesn’t involve property crimes. (I.e. a difference similar to the difference between hate crimes and hate speech.) The question was inspired by the case in Pennsylvania where a 14-year-old went up to a statue of Jesus and — well, see for yourself. Jonathan Turley has the photo. When YouGov asked whether that kid should spend up to two years in jail for that specific act of desecration, respondents split 36/47 against. Among Republicans, it was 40/46. Among Democrats, it was … 44/38. That’s appalling but it makes sense given their response to the hate-speech question. If you want to criminalize offensive expression, as many liberals seem inclined to do, why not hit the 14-year-old with prison time for insulting Jesus? Coming soon, presumably: Blasphemy laws.

American Education is Suffocating Freedom

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

By Jeff D. Opdyke
A historian chronicling the destruction of the America we all once knew could do no better than to deconstruct the U.S. education system today. Along with providing American students a middling education at best (ranked 17th in the world) our education system is also acclimating the next generation to what America is becoming.

It’s becoming a police state where tolerance is zero and everyone is presumed guilty. The notion of innocence? To hell with that! This will not end well for you or me, or our children.

I am always on the lookout for examples of governmental transgressions so I pay an inordinate amount of attention to American school systems. Misconduct and downright ignorance percolate through our country.

• A 13-year-old, straight-A student in the Washington D.C. school system was recently labeled a truant. Her crime: excelling at the piano. The young girl is so gifted musically that she has played around the world and was hand-picked to serve as an international music ambassador by a prestigious foundation. So, she travels a good bit. But … she has maintained straight-A grades anyway. Though the D.C. school district does have the ability to override its attendance policy for extenuating circumstances, the wise owls atop the failing district decided that being a prodigy on a global level just doesn’t cut the mustard.
• In Houston, a teenager at Sam Houston High was using her cellphone to deal with a family emergency — her ill mother. The school’s assistant principal demanded the teen’s phone because of an asinine policy about cellphone usage on campus. The teen refused because — again — she was dealing with a family emergency. But the assistant principal, displaying an amazing grasp of rationality, had already called for back-up — the police! And thus it was that a 4’10”, 70-pound girl, upset about her ill mother, found herself on the ground, the victim of jackbooted oppression. One cop pressed his knee on her skull while a second sat on her legs and handcuffed her. A third loomed nearby — you know, just in case the 4’10”, 70-pound villain overpowered the two substantially larger men of law and order.
• Remember that golden rule you learned as a kid: Sharing is caring? Well, not so much in Weaverville, California. For his act of kindness — sharing part of his chicken burrito with a friend who was hungry — a 13-year-old boy landed in detention. “It seemed like he couldn’t get a normal lunch,” the teen told a local TV station, “so I just wanted to give mine to him because I wasn’t really that hungry and it was just going to go in the garbage if I didn’t eat it.” To which the school responded that sharing food is prohibited because of food allergies and whatnot. That’s a legitimate reason … but detention is not a legitimate response to a non-crime. Weaverville, have you ever considered pulling the student aside to explain why the policy is in place instead of rushing to punish an act of kindness?

I am too American to Accept the Brainwashing
Similar episodes in schools all over the country serve as a microcosm of what’s wrong with America today. It hints at a future that is heading our way.

As a country, we have become intolerant of any action that questions authority — a byproduct of the terror-laced world that government shoves down our throat with almost every news cycle. It’s as though Orwell’s Ministry of Truth is cranking out fear-mongering stories somewhere in the bowels of metropolitan D.C.

Epochal changes in society do not happen quickly. They’re reprogrammed at a generational pace. My generation is too American to accept what’s going on. We grew up in America where innocence was assumed. It was far freer than the America my kids are inheriting. The American Dream was still very much alive, instead of the withered disillusioned shadow that it is now.

Tomorrow’s Americans will not have the same values. It’s because of the schools and what’s going on inside them. School systems are inculcating our kids to accept an ever-present police state as normal. It’s a police state that won’t allow questioning its authority. Then it becomes ruthless in meting out justice on the fly. Kids learn quickly. Before you know it you have a generation of who are submissive, compliant, and reticent to question authority. Seems the perfect world for an Orwellian government that wants its people to believe they are free, despite the obvious cages built around them.