Category Archives: security state fascism

the intrepid Whitney Webb on US coronavirus Techno-Tyrranny


‘Techno-Tyranny: How the U.S. National Security State is Using Coronavirus to Fulfill an Orwellian Vision’, Whitney Webb, May 16, 2020, strategic-culture.org.  (CC w/ attribution)  Given that this tome of an exposé (about 5700 words) is CC, and that the puzzle pieces are so inter-related, I’ll post it all, and thank Ms. Webb profusely for it.  I’ve added a few more bolds to hers.  The graphics didn’t come through, but Webb’s text explains them.

“Last year, a U.S. government body dedicated to examining how artificial intelligence can “address the national security and defense needs of the United States” discussed in detail the “structural” changes that the American economy and society must undergo in order to ensure a technological advantage over China, according to a recent document acquired through a FOIA request [124 pg. pdf ]. This document suggests that the U.S. follow China’s lead and even surpass them in many aspects related to AI-driven technologies, particularly their use of mass surveillance.
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Ground Control to Planet Lockdown: This Is Only a Test

For your consideration, this longish op-ed column by Pepe Escobar, April 2, 2020, strategic-culture.org  Given ‘republishable with attribution, I’ll paste all of it in so that the entire flavor of it comes though, even though you may know much of it already. I’ve added a few bolds for emphasis.

“As much as Covid-19 is a circuit breaker, a time bomb and an actual weapon of mass destruction (WMD), a fierce debate is raging worldwide on the wisdom of mass quarantine applied to entire cities, states and nations.
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Covid-19 and our disappearing civil liberties and privacy rights

frida kahlo; The Wounded Table

Or: Will there be a post-coronavirus world or more of the same?

Some of our rights are ceded willingly, if reluctantly due to the intensity of the pandemic panic; others are more covertly arranged.  My last post demonstrating our disappearing rights was global, but included for the US:

The InJustice Department has quietly asked Congress to suspend habeas corpus, as in: ‘Let them rot in jail until we have the time for trials’.
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Coronavirus Pandemic Panic and Shrinking Civil Liberties & Privacy Rights

In my last post, I’d asked:

‘Will citizens have any civil rights in the end?  Will the most draconian laws and protocols sunset eventually, or be covertly extended for other purposes?  Israel, for instance, is using counter-terrorism protocols cell phone data to monitor the movements of citizens who’ve tested positive for the virus.’

Many citizen civil and privacy rights are being ceded voluntarily; many are being trampled on far more covertly.
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Day 2 of Julian Assange’s Extradition Hearing


Day One is here
: Café version, caucus99% versionFirst, let’s start with the end of Day One’s session in court:

‘Julian Assange was ‘handcuffed 11 times and stripped naked’; WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers complain of interference after first day of extradition hearing’, the Guardian, Feb. 25, 2020
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Assange Extradition Hearing: Day One

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‘Julian Assange hearing: ‘journalism is no excuse for breaking law’; Lawyers for US government deliver opening arguments as extradition case begins’, Ben Quinn, the Guardian, Feb. 24, 2020  (Title an hour changed to: ‘Informants named in WikiLeaks files disappeared, Assange hearing told’ with many additions including this at the top):
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Updates on J. Assange ahead of his Feb 24 Extradition Hearing

Phase one will last a week, according to District Judge Vanessa Baraitser; phase two will commence in May and take up to three weeks..

‘First they came for Julian, next for you’: Waters, Westwood join massive London rally against Assange extradition (photos and video)’, RT.com, Feb. 22, 2020
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