When the Rule of Force Replaces the Rule of Law: The Emerging American Gulag System

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dave Hodges, Contributor
Activist PostThe imposition of a brutal totalitarian system of government, in the annals of history, is far more common than it is not. Some say it was only a matter of time until America regressed into a brutal totalitarian regime similar to what has occurred in the history of our planet.

America is witnessing the Sovietization of its legal system. The similarities are striking, undeniable and should prove frightening to all Americans.

The Soviet Gulag System of Justice Consisted of Two Major Components

  • The “disappearing” of dissidents and anyone suspected of not being 100% loyal to Stalin.
  • Anyone not murdered by the Secret Police upon being secretly arrested, was exploited as slave labor in the re-education camps which would ultimately reward the state-owned corporations.

The Emerging American Gulag System of Justice Consists of Two Major Components

  • The authority of the government to “disappear” and even murder dissidents and anyone suspected of not being loyal to the ruling elite has been granted by the government to itself.
  • Anyone not murdered by the American NDAA agents of totalitarian enforcement, upon being secretly arrested, will be forced into slave labor, which will ultimately benefit select corporations.

The Soviet Gulag System
At the peak of the secret arrests in the 1930s, extreme fear and even paranoia were pervasive in Soviet cities. It was common knowledge that even intellectuals slept with suitcases of warm clothes and supplies ready under their beds. The Soviet Secret Police typically carried out their arrests in the middle of the night, when there would be few if any witnesses. The Soviet citizenry lived in terror of that they would hear the sound of that ominous knock on the door.

Much like present day America, under the PATRIOT Acts I and II, private conversations were scrutinized as much as published work for any possible incriminating comment which could be construed as critical of the ruling regime. Political opportunists took advantage of this insane atmosphere of fear to rid themselves of rivals. Subordinates turned in their bosses in the hope of securing their positions. Rewards were given to informants and government snitches might get improved living accommodations by denouncing a neighbor.

Many of those arrested had their fate decided quickly at the hands of a an execution squad. Those, who initially survived the secret arrest, were transported to prison camps. Repression in the Soviet Union utilized prison camps for political prisoners under the rule of Lenin and then later Stalin.

The Emerging American Gulag System 

Section 1021(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act permits the government to use the military to detain U.S. citizens, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely in military detention centers. Political prisoners could easily be tortured and executed because who would ever be in a position to report such a heinous crime by the state?

These inexcusable transgressions against our Constitutional liberties, could have been easily fixed by Congress. The Senate and House had the opportunity during this past month to include in the 2013 version of the NDAA, an unequivocal statement that all U.S. citizens would be exempt from 1021(b)(2), leaving the section to apply only to foreigners. However, our criminal Congress and our criminal President remained silent to the pleas to reform the NDAA in order to conform to the Constitution.

Indefinite detention, torture, and even unsanctioned murder are now legitimized practices of the United States government under Section 1021(b)(2) of the NDAA. America even has developed their own Soviet-style informant matrix in a plot hatched by the Director of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano.

(Did anyone else notice what appeared to be chemtrails in the background of Napolitano’s announcement of the government snitch program?)

At the end of the day, the NDAA makes it likely that knocks on American doors followed by the implementation of Soviet-style justice is in our near future. Unfortunately, this is not where the parallels end. Consider the following for your approbation.

Forced Labor In the Soviet Re-Education Camps One of the first Soviet forced labor camps was the Solovetsky Special Purpose Camp (SLON), known asSolovki. It was at this camp that the idea was hatched of expanding the prison system into a huge network. It was found that prisoners could be used for labor at practically no cost to the state because prisoners required no wages and only minimal expense for room and board. Prisoners could simply be forced to work until they dropped dead.

The Gulag Camps rapidly spread across the Soviet Union in the 1930s. Administered by the NKVD, the Gulag became a state within a state, with its own laws, government and even its own economy, which some speculate may have been larger than the Soviet state. Camps were located in isolated areas, many in the vast expanses of Siberia, where the climate and the land were often fatal to the political prisoners over time.

Most Soviet citizens who were sent to Siberia, never returned.

The similarities between the old Soviet Gulags and the American prison system are stunning. Consider the following contained in a recent expose by Truthout, as an unidentified female prisoner at Arizona’s state prison, at Perryville, described her day working as a laborer for a private company called Martori Farms.

They wake us up between 2.30 and 3am and kick us out of our housing unit by 3.30am. We get fed at 4am. Our work supervisors show up between 5am and 8am. Then it’s an hour to a one-and-a-half-hour drive to the job site. Then we work eight hours, regardless of conditions … We work in the fields hoeing weeds and thinning plants …

Currently, we are forced to work in the blazing sun for eight hours. We run out of water several times a day. We ran out of sunscreen several times a week. They don’t check medical backgrounds or ages before they pull women for these jobs. Many of us cannot do it! If we stop working and sit on the bus or even just take an unauthorized break, we get a major ticket which takes away our ‘good time’.

Researcher, Ben Stein, stated that The American Legislative Exchange (ALEC), comprised of a think-tank of 2400 state legislators from the 50 states, write uniform legislation which “has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.” This is state-sponsored slavery.

Welcome to the administration of justice, Gulag style. How this does not violate the 13th Amendment’s prohibition on slavery, is a mystery, or maybe it is not so mysterious, when one considers that the Bush family is at the center of privatizing prisons for profit.

Conclusion 

Secret arrests, torture and even murder are now part of our legal system, but they are only a means to an end. The criminal elite must be planning something of monumental proportions to go to the lengths that we are witnessing under the auspices of the NDAA and accompanying gun control legislation.

The NDAA is not about protecting us. It is about protecting the state from us.

Perhaps we should all begin sleeping with suitcases of warm clothes and supplies under our collective beds.

Dave is an award winning psychology, statistics and research professor, a college basketball coach, a mental health counselor, a political activist and writer who has published dozens of editorials and articles in several publications such as Freedoms PhoenixNews With Views andThe Arizona Republic.

 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Is America a Police State Yet?

 

Wendy McElroy, Contributor
Activist Post

If you need to ask the question, then the answer is “yes”. But that is a glib response and I do not feel glib about America’s slide through the nine rings of political hell.

A police state is generally defined as a totalitarian government that exerts extreme and pervasive social, political and economic control over peaceful citizens.

Ayn Rand called it “the ultimate inversion…the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.”

There are various ways to measure where a nation sits on the police-state axis.

One way is to compare what you see in America with the following standard description of a police state. A police state maintains its control through the pervasive surveillance of peaceful citizenry, through a vast number of laws with draconian enforcement, and by converting rights into privileges that can be withheld – for example, the ability to travel. Typically, there is a special police force, such as a Stasi, that operates with no transparency and few restraints. The special police do not address violent crime; instead, they exert social control and enforce the law whatever the law may be.

This describes America. Surveillance of daily life has soared; even the Supreme Court has consistently expanded the “right” of police to perform warrantless searches. A vast array of laws now  dictate the minutia of life, from what you may not eat to the light bulbs you may not use as well products you must buy (e.g. health care insurance). On one day in January alone, Obama issued 23 executive orders to start the process of gun control.   Enforcement is becoming every more draconian, with police departments pursuing militarization of their procedures and attitudes. A special police force called the Department of Homeland Security has spearheaded this military zeal; the DHS functions without transparency or accountability. Travel, formerly a right, is now a privilege granted by government agents at their whim.

Does the foregoing describe a free society or a police state?

Another way to judge the degree of totalitarianism is to answer yourself four questions:

  1. How many peaceful activities would make you a criminal if you did them? In his book Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent, civil rights attorney Harvey Silverglate. argues convincingly that, “The average professional in this country [the US] wakes up in the morning, goes to work, comes home, eats dinner, and then goes to sleep, unaware that he or she has likely committed several federal crimes that day. Why? The answer lies in the very nature of modern federal criminal laws, which have exploded in number but also become impossibly broad and vague.” You are a felon whether or not you have done anything wrong.
  2. How much of your life is spent working to pay taxes and other government fees? According to the watchdog Tax Foundation, in 2012 Americans worked “107 days into the year, from January 1 to April 17, to earn enough money to pay this year’s combined 29.2% federal, state, and local tax bill.” The figure hardly captures the scope of economic enslavement. The problem is not merely the taxes that consume a third of your life, it is also the unseen costs. For example, compliance with labyrinthine taxes and regulations costs small to middle-sized business 1 in every 3 dollars. This expense gets passed along to consumers while the benefit goes to the government.
  3. How freely can you relocate your assets and person outside state jurisdiction? There are at least three stages in the relocation of the most simple asset – money. You must establish a foreign account, get the money under your control and, then, transfer it. The easiest step should be to get your own money; after all, banks should be merely holding it for you. That step is far from easy. In an article entitled “Get Your Assets Out of the US NOW”, a relocation expert warns that the bank will “make a federal case out of it. Literally.” You will wait from five to ten days for the transaction to clear. The manager will “begin to ask you a lot of questions. She’s required to do it.” He adds, “Here’s the scary part. When you tell them you want to withdraw $100,000 in cash or wire it to a foreign bank, they are REQUIRED to file a SAR. They are PROHIBITED from telling you that they are filing it….They can freeze your account until they are satisfied that what you want to do with YOUR money is legitimate.” Those are just some of the problems arising at one stage of what should be the simplest part of relocating assets.[Editor’s Note: This should help you realize how urgent that it is to relocate your assets while you still can.]
  4. How freely can you use your assets and person within state jurisdiction? Circumstances vary so widely that everyone must answer for themselves.

America is now a police state. How did this happen?

There are no simple answers, and it has happened over a long course of years. If there were a simple answer, then it would be: “War.” The war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on women…but, most of all, the war on terrorism.

Since 9/11 politicians have kept America in a whipped up-state of fear because it allows them to walk past the traditional protections of liberty that restrain the state. Authorities have been able to gut the institutions of society that shielded individual freedom and to replace them with institutions that promote the state instead.

An institution is “a well-established and structured pattern of behavior or of relationships that is accepted as a fundamental part of a culture, such as marriage.” Institutions can be roughly broken into two categories. Private sector institutions reflect the interactions and choices of individuals; they include the marketplace, the family, the press, and religion.

Public or state sector institutions reflect an attempt to control the interactions and choices of individuals; they include today’s legal system, public education, regulatory agencies, and the current banking monopoly. A deep tension exists between the two categories because one can expand only at the expense of the other. For example, regulatory agencies grow by draining away control from individuals in the marketplace; public institutions feed on private ones until there is nothing left. They are able to do so because frightened people will surrender liberty for the illusion of safety.

The war on terror is an engineered hysteria. In its wake, the institutions of America have changed. Public ones have swelled in size and appetite; private ones have retreated. Some of the changes are so glaring that people noticed immediately. It is difficult not to notice the militarization of law enforcement when your children are lined up at airports and touched by uniformed strangers in a manner that would be called child molestation elsewhere. But the dehumanizing process is accepted in the name of security.

The foregoing scratches the surface of “how” a society becomes a total state. It does not explain the “why.” Why do Americans who pride themselves on rugged individualism stand by and watch the triumph of totalitarianism?

One reason is because the behavior encouraged by institutions (such as obedience) tends to become character traits not only of individuals but also of society itself. And, so, society becomes closed rather than open; insensitive to brutality by authorities, and afraid of dissent. Rewarded by the authorities for doing so, people even come to spy on their neighbors as a civic duty of which they are proud.

Another common reason: people do not or prefer not to notice. Because they wake up in their own homes, eat the same breakfast cereal, work at the same job, they have a sense that everything is normal. They do not notice that the legal structure and other institutions that guarded their freedoms are going, going, gone. People who are accustomed to liberty can be blithely unaware of how important mechanisms like rule of law or due process are to their freedom and true safety. The daily  erosion of freedom is far less real to them than their daily routines.

The difference between America and a communist regime lay in its institutional protection of the individual against the state. That difference no longer exists.

Wendy McElroy is a renowned individualist anarchist and individualist feminist. She was a co-founder along with Carl Watner and George H. Smith of The Voluntaryist in 1982, and is the author/editor of twelve books, the latest of which is “The Art of Being Free”. Follow her work at http://www.wendymcelroy.com.

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