Madness, Chaos and Tyranny – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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On any given day, the average American going about their daily business was being monitored, monitored, spied on, and tracked in more than 20 different ways, both by the government and the eyes and ears of businesses

By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

Angry mobs. Martial law. A population under house arrest. A techno-enterprise state that exercises its power to immobilize large parts of the country. A constitution in ruins.

Between riots, lockdowns, political theater and COVID-19 mandates, 2021 was one for the history books.

In our ongoing pursuit of life, freedom and happiness, here were some of the stumbling blocks that kept us captivated:

Riots, Martial Law, and the Deep State Coup. A simmering pot of political tension boiled over on January 6, 2021, when protesters stormed the Capitol because the prison guard of their choice was not selected to beat heads for another four years. Before long, the country’s capital city was under military lockdown, online language forums restricted, and people with subversive or controversial views tracked down, investigated, shamed and / or shunned. The subsequent military occupation of the state capital by 25,000 soldiers as part of the so-called “peaceful” transfer of power from one government to the next was little more than martial law disguised as national security. The attempt on January 6 to storm the Capitol by so-called insurgents created the perfect crisis for the Deep State – also known as the Police State, also known as the Military Industrial Complex, also known as the Techno-Corporate State, also known as the Surveillance State – to take control.

The imperial president. All of the imperial powers that Donald Trump, Barack Obama, and George W. Bush have amassed – to kill American citizens without due process, detain suspects indefinitely, deprive Americans of their citizenship, to mass-monitor Americans for no probable reason while law suspending war, disregarding laws he may disagree with, waging secret wars and convening secret courts, sanctioning torture, circumventing the legislature and courts with executive orders and signing declarations, instructing the military, out of reach to operate the law, to act as dictator and tyrant, above the law and beyond any real responsibility – were inherited from Joe Biden, aged 46that President.

The surveillance state. On any given day, the average American going about their daily business was being monitored, monitored, spied on, and tracked in more than 20 different ways, both by the government and the eyes and ears of corporations. In such a surveillance ecosystem, we are all suspects and bits of data that need to be tracked, cataloged, and targeted. Note that it took days, if not hours or minutes, for the FBI to begin identifying, tracking down, and rounding up those suspected of being part of the Capitol Riots. Imagine how quickly government officials could address and summarize any desired part of society based on the digital footprints and footprints we leave.

Digital tyranny. In response to the January 6th events, tech giants have achieved their own version of social justice through digital tyranny and corporate censorship. Suddenly, individuals, including those unrelated to the Capitol Riots, experienced lockouts, bans, and even deletions of their social media accounts. It marked a turning point in the fight for control over digital language, where “we the people” remain on the losing side.

Another war on terror. “Domestic terrorism”, used interchangeably with “anti-government”, “extremist” and “terrorist” to describe anyone who might fall on a very wide range of viewpoints that might be considered “dangerous”, became the new one Showcase for the powers of government to expand at the expense of civil liberties. As part of his inaugural address, President Biden pledged to wage war on so-called political extremism, ushering in what investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald referred to as “a wave of new domestic police powers and rhetoric in the name of fighting carbonaceous” terrorism copies of many of the worst Excesses of the first war on terror, which began nearly twenty years ago. ”The ramifications are so far-reaching that almost every American becomes an extremist in word, deed, thought, or association.

Government violence. The death penalty may have been abolished in Virginia in 2021, but the government-sanctioned murders and devastation continued unabated, with the US government acting as judge, jury and executioner over a population who had already been convicted and found guilty of rights and rights will suffer from government officials trained to respond with the utmost violence. The police posed a particular risk to people who are in a mental crisis or who have special needs and whose disabilities may not be immediately recognizable.

Culture wars. Political correctness gave way to a more insidious form of groupthink and mob rule which, coupled with government and corporate censorship and a culture of abandonment determined not to violate “certain” positions, was only too ready to eradicate nonconforming views. The critical race theory also moved into the foreground of the culture wars.

House invasions. Under the pretext of public health and safety, government officials routinely violated the Fourth Amendment at will. That doesn’t even affect the many ways the government and its criminal corporate partners have used surveillance technology to break into homes: with wiretapping devices, thermal imaging, surveillance cameras, and other surveillance devices. However, in a rare move, the Supreme Court has gained a foothold in two cases:Caniglia v. electricity and Long against California– To prevent the police from conducting unconditional house searches, to confiscate legally owned weapons under the pretext of their so-called “community maintenance” duties and to enter homes without an arrest warrant under the pretext of someone they are “hotly pursuing” Suspect may have committed a crime.

Physical integrity. Caught in the crosshairs of a showdown between individual rights and the so-called “emergency”, concerns about COVID-19 mandates and physical integrity remained part of a much larger debate about the ongoing power struggle between citizens and government over our property “interest” in ours Body. This debate about physical integrity spanned a broad field, ranging from abortions and compulsory vaccination to biometric surveillance and primary health care. Forced vaccinations, forced cave searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases: these were just a few examples of how Americans have been reminded that we have no control over what happens to one Encountering government officials happens to our bodies.

COVID-19. What began as an overt attempt to prevent a novel coronavirus from making the nation (and the world) sick became just another means by which world governments (including our own) expanded their powers, abused their authority, and continued to expand their constituencies suppressed. Now that the government gets a taste for its police-state powers through a variety of bans, mandates, restrictions, contact tracing programs, increased surveillance, censorship, over-criminalization, etc. Individual will withstand the face of long-term COVID-19 authoritarianism.

Financial tyranny. National debt (the amount the federal government has borrowed and repaid over the years) topped $ 29 trillion and is growing. That’s nearly $ 230,000 per taxpayer. The amount this country owes is now greater than its gross domestic product (all the products and services produced in one year through the labor and property of its citizens). This debt is also growing exponentially: by 2051 it should be twice the size of the US economy. Meanwhile, the government continued to spend taxpayers’ money it didn’t have on programs it couldn’t afford; Stores that have been closed due to a lack of customers, resources, and employees; and consumers around the world continued to face supply chain bottlenecks (and skyrocketing prices) for everything from computer chips to cars to building materials.

Global deep state. Mainly due to the US government’s deeply rooted and in many cases top secret alliances with foreign nations and global corporations, it was becoming increasingly evident that we had entered a new world order – a global world order – made up of international agencies and corporations. We have come closer and closer to this global world order over the past few decades, but COVID-19, which saw an even closer intertwining of government and corporate interests, has put this transformation into full swing. Fascism became a global threat.

20 years of crises. Every crisis – made or not – since the nation’s early dawn has become an opportunity for government to expand its reach and power at the expense of taxpayers while restricting our freedoms at every turn: The Great Depression. The world wars. The terrorist attacks of September 11th. The COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the government’s (mis) management of various states of emergency over the past 20 years from 9/11 to COVID-19 has spawned a massive security industrial complex unlike any before.

The state of our nation. There may have been a new man this year, but by and large nothing has changed. The nation remained politically polarized, controlled by forces beyond the control of the average American, and quickly moved the nation away from its liberal foundation. Over the past year, partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have faced repeated outrageous violations of civil liberties, invasive surveillance, martial law, bans, political correctness, erosion of free speech, body searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, state espionage, and criminalization of lawful criminalization Activities, warmongering, etc.

In other words, as I make clear in my book Battlefield America: The War Against the American People and in its fictional counterpart Erik Blair’s diariesThe more things changed, the more they stayed the same.


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