I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America. We must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.
~~ U.S. Senator Frank Church, 1975
State power functions in various forms as a mode of terrorism inflicting violence, misery and hardship, often as a function of class warfare and American global imperialism, and how people are often complicit with such acts of barbarism.
==Because We Say So (City Lights Open Media) (Chomsky, Noam)
The state within a state that promotes and benefits from militarism, a plutocratic boom-and-bust economy, and a comprehensive surveillance state is hiding in plain sight. Its operators pursue agendas that are hardly secret. That they are uncompromisingly self-seeking should hardly be surprising, nor is it evidence of a deep-laid plot.
As the political scientist Harold Lasswell observed more than half a century ago, a society’s leadership class consists of people whose “private motives are displaced onto public objects and rationalized in terms of public interest.” It slightly misses the mark to fall back on traditional terminology and refer to the leaders of the Deep State simply and without elaboration as “the establishment.”
===The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government (Lofgren, Mike)
There is no easy way out of the mess we have allowed to happen no matter how hard we conjure up an alternative reality to cocoon ourselves within, the more we try to avoid Truth, the worse it will be for all of us and for the world.
We have very little time left. I cannot possibly express more the dangers that are approaching as the noose of the Police State is closing around our national neck with increasing alacrity as we remain absorbed in the planned chaos of the circus that is now American politics.