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Friday, February 15, 2008

American Fascism, Manifest



This places the fight over telecom immunity in a brighter, if not entirely new, light (my emphasis):

Business Class Can Shoot to Kill in the Event of Martial Law
The FBI has launched a clandestine alliance, which allows privileged US citizens (rich people) to kill without the possibility of prosecution. InfraGard is composed of over 23,000 representatives of the private sector, as well as the FBI and Homeland Security. By imparting the FBI with information, the wealthy members of InfraGard are allowed to protect their interests without condition and given secret intelligence about supposed “terrorist threats”.

Article author Matthew Rothschild quoted a whistleblower as saying, “One business owner in the United States tells me that InfraGard members are being advised on how to prepare for a martial law situation-and what their role might be.” The whistleblower continued, “Then they said when-not if-martial law is declared, it was our responsibility to protect our portion of the infrastructure, and if we had to use deadly force to protect it, we couldn’t be prosecuted.”

The “infrastructure” InfraGard is permitted to protect at all costs is comprised of agriculture, defense, energy, food, information, telecommunications, law enforcement, public health, transportation, chemical industry, and of course, banking and finance. Any perceived threat to the power of these representatives gives them the authority to assert their power over you with special rights that they have and you don’t.
(Manila Ryce at The Largest Majority - h/t Mike's Blog Roundup.)

Ah, so these are the stakes. If we permit judicial review of illegal wiretapping by corporations, in partnership with government, then certainly actually shooting people might make some trouble for the elites. Yet another reason the Judicial Branch is being subsumed with such vigor.

One definition of Fascism is the partnership between business interests and government or, more precisely, particular, elite business interests. Here it is, laid bare. The rise of quasi-military private security firm Blackwater further tingles the tinfoil hat.

See also:

The ______ War Exception To The Fourth Amendment
Fascist America?
The Future?
Draw Your Own Conclusions
Laying Bare The Fascism
The Plot to Seize the White House
And Must The Thing Go Its Course?

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