America Might Be a More Gilded Cage than Egypt ... But It Still Looks Like a Cage

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Salinger's picture

“This swift action by our Homeland Security Investigations New York special agents and analysts sends a clear message to website operators who mistakenly believe it’s worth the risk to take copyrighted programming and portray it as their own,”

U.S. Seizes Domains of 6 Sports Streaming Sites

this is one of the sites taken down note the nice graphic obviously designed to engender confidence and a feeling safety and security.

Dr. Gonzo's picture

Our media sucks U.S. government dick. There is no way we can possibly become informed by relying on them. Their job is not to report the news. It is to suppress information and form opinions for us that are favorable to our fascist state. You can't have a free state if you don't let journalists report the truth. The truth is so fucked up that they can't report it without implicating their masters with treason. Everyone in power now is compromised. 

Zero Govt's picture

I watched a programme the other day on the secret Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Over 500 check-points, the Plaestinians having to move through cattle grids every day to get too and from work, church even shopping, on their own land. The oppression and authoritorism by the Israeli State is disgusting.

Then i switched over and saw Homeland Security ruffling up people in the US at a bus station having extended their stop-and-search from airports.

What are we coming to when you can't get on a bus or plane for the 0.000001% chance there may be a madman aboard. Fuk the State intrusion that 99.99999% of the time is a waste of time for 99.999999% of the people harassed who are just ordinary citizens. I'll take the ultra-microscopic risk and freedom to move thanks

apberusdisvet's picture

It's time we realize that  the terrorist straw man is a psyop and to rethink the 9/11 conspiracy theories.  Examine closely the 1st 10 Constitutional Amendments and ask yourself, honestly, how many "rights" are still available to anyone who would openly dare, in any forum, to critcize government policy which, before 9/11, would never have been an issue of concern but now most definitely is.

topcallingtroll's picture

I still prefer the soft tyranny over the hard stuff.  After all, we are still too queazy to do our own torture.  We contract that out although we probably should ask for bids because two billion dollars a year to egypt is a little much for the amount of torture we got out of it.  We will get through this.  At least people aren't put to death for questioning transubstantiation like a few hundred years ago.  Overall the trend is good.  Life is good for most.  As a fan of H.L. Mencken I can echo him and say there is still plenty to eat and plenty to drink.  Many people had their expectations too high thinking a college degree was going to put them on easy street and that somehow american labor was inherently more valuable than all the others.  This is the shit that happens every time there is a dislocation. The radicals of all sides get stirred up, and we become a little more suspicious and willing to give up a few rights for some faux security.  The pendulum will swing back to freedom eventually. We will rebalance in a way that looks suspiciously like the old balance.  Ranters will still rant.  People will still blame the system or the cabal for their failings and humanity will muddle through.  Once we have settled down and freedom is on the rise again many people won't notice, because they will still be glued to their TV's hearing of wars and rumours of wars and watching the latest poor people riot.

topcallingtroll's picture

We make an exception for water torture, but you have to admit that is an improvement from the iron maiden, or the boiling in oil.

WaterWings's picture

Yeah, you get to be Prometheus 183 times.

Yancey Ward's picture

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  Now shut the fuck up, feed me, and change that damned newpaper already!

wackyquacker's picture

dude, you need to get a life.

Gordon Freeman's picture

Please don't tell me that ZH is only now coming to the realization that the U.S. is a fully established Police State...

InconvenientCounterParty's picture

Anyone need further proof that both political parties are complicit in stripping away freedom? Fear is the primary tool of persuasion in all this. Hope is an emotion that mature, well adjusted people see as positive. It is a general response to exhaustion from the constant fear.

The fear mongers would have you believe that hope is negative and fear is healthy and positive. LOL! in fact, anything but abject fear is unpatriotic.

You gettin all this, faux heads? wake the fuk up.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

The declaration and continuation of the 9/11 national emergency in America was and is the basis for all that has followed over the last 9 plus years. Meaning wholesale financial fraud and thieving, wars of empire and resource control and the steady erosion of our legal and civil rights.

Of course, as long as we can remain in denial of the proximity of the danger to us personally, it's all someone else's problem.

Our denial of the lies and outright violations brings new meaning to the term NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard). As long as I can claim it is someone else's problem, I can safely declare I am blameless and not responsible. Plausible deniability isn't just for politicans and corporate CEOs.   

WaterWings's picture

I have read some respected opinions around here lately that there is no real big bad conspiracy. The facts suggest, if not prove, otherwise.

Sure, not everyone in positions of power and influence are "bad" - but if they don't step down or blow the whistle they are comlicit.

Bank robbery drivers get it the same.