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The Hard Truth – Squeeze play- Somebody’s really watching you

15th October 2012   ·   0 Comments

By J. Kojo Livingston
Contributing Columnist

An old joke asks, “Is it still paranoia if they really are out to get me?”

This is a really great time to ask that question as the people who own this government seek greater and greater control and invasion of the lives of the masses. I believe they are trying to see just how far they can go.

We are watching George Orwell’s 1984 come to life before our very eyes. It should be noted that book is no longer required reading in high schools. The book tells of a world where everyone is under constant camera surveillance and constantly reminded of the fact with banners that declare “Big Brother is Watching You.” Everyone is also severely mind-controlled and the government has an entire department devoted to rewriting history.

WAR IS PEACE. FREEDOM IS SLAVERY. IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. These were slogans of the ruling party in that book. How far away are we from that today? War is every president’s answer to domestic economic problems. Free nations like Haiti and Libya have had their leaders forcibly deposed and replaced by the US government to give them freedom or “democracy.” The entire system of public education is under attack, to be replaced with private charter schools that are not accountable. These schools have unqualified teachers and text books that teach racism, ignorant theories, and right-wing historical revisionism. Ignorance is of God?

The vehicle used to sell this thinking is the media, most of which is owned by a literal handful of mega-corporations. Major media’s agenda is to not to inform but to serve their wealthy masters.

For example, if you watch several episodes of “Law and Order” and other cop shows, you will notice that regardless the case, the dedicated cops face the same enemy in every episode…that pesky U.S. Constitution. The criminals may change, but every week the cops and prosecutors have to find a way to get around that useless Bill of Rights that gives suspects things like the right to an attorney. If you notice in almost every episode the law would be easier to enforce if people didn’t have rights. What does this teach you?

Also, most cop shows today push mass surveillance as if it’s a good thing. Many people have been scared into believing that it’s okay to give up your rights in the name of fear disguised as safety. The society was moving in this direction long before 9/11, however the pace toward an outright totalitarian oligarchy has dramatically accelerated since then. The danger signs are many. Here are a few of them:

PROLIFERATION OF LAWS AND PUNITIVE POLICIES – in Louisiana alone the legislature passed over 400 new laws in one year. There are more ways to get fined, ticketed, arrested or penalized than ever before. Every bit of slack people have is disappearing. As times get tighter for the “little people” every aspect of the society private and public becomes more punitive instead of more helpful. Higher late fees, fines, shorter grace periods, compounded NSF fees.

It should alarm you that anyone would even desire to make you get a permit to have a second-line parade. But that’s the general idea, to lock things down to such a degree that you can’t breathe without getting permission.

MANDATORY VACCINATIONS – Texas mandated vaccinations for all girls. Later people started getting sick and having serious reactions to the vaccines. Apparently it had not been tested well enough but that was not the point. The objective of mandatory vaccination is two-fold: First, to see how well the public will submit to having their very bodies invaded by the government. Will the people revolt when their right to be left alone is violated at this personal a level? Apparently not! The second objective is money. Some pharmaceutical company is guaranteed a big payday whenever their bribed politicians pass a mandatory vaccination.

This also includes the infamous RFID chip. The Radio Frequency Identification chip is a transmitter that is smaller than a grain of rice that can be injected under your skin to track you. It’s been used to track birds, whales and land animals for years. Wealthy people are known to use these to track family members in case of kidnapping. Schools and businesses and the government could mandate these for everyone in the future…if you let them.

PERVASIVE SURVEILLANCE –The Patriot Act and the NDAA make this legal for the government but it’s also private sector. You are constantly being photographed without your permission. Cameras on billboards and traffic lights can tell the government (or a hacker where you are going and where you have been.) NSA says it monitors the phones of 1 in every 20 citizens. Your boss can fire you for what you put on Facebook or a blog in the “privacy” of your home.

Your “rewards” card at the grocery store gives you discounts in exchange for tons of information about your personal and buying habits. And if you get in legal trouble that “reward” card or your debit/credit card can be used against you. Yes ladies, some stranger knows exactly when you are going to need those “personal care” items. And yes guys, someone knows how often you get porn or “male enhancement” products. How? Just by analyzing what you buy and when you buy it over a six-month period.

UNCHECKED POLICE ABUSE –
Murders, beatings, false arrests, home invasions, DA’s withholding evidence. Even when these things are witnessed, videotaped or documented the system still upholds the wrongdoing officers. This problem has increased since the election of President Obama and promises to continue until people get seriously fed up. Survival is the first law of nature. If the government does not address this, the people will.

VOTER SUPPRESSION –
Republicans have openly declared war on the concept of democracy. They are clear that if you won’t vote their way you should not be allowed to vote. This has serious implications for the rest of us.

Next week we will look at some of the many things we can do to address this trend and the long-term solutions that Black people must seek. As this nation moves to the right and the white, no more than ever, it’s Self-Determination or Death…

…and That’s the Hard Truth!!!!

This article was originally published in the October 15, 2012 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper

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