The Slide Toward “Velvet Glove” Fascism Continues

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Submitted by Pater Tenenbrarum of Acting Man

Government-Granted “Freedom”

Orwellian Language – the Slide toward “Velvet Glove” Fascism Continues

Sometimes we get the feeling the ruling elites are investing the laws they enact with a kind of impertinent, slap-in-your-face black humor. How else to explain the Orwellian names given to the liberty-crushing laws that have been put in place since the “war on terror” started?

The latest example is the misnamed “Freedom Act”, the purpose of which appears to be to make legal what was hitherto plainly illegal – inter alia whole-sale spying by the government on the citizenry. The legislation has been sold to the serfs as absolutely necessary to “prevent terror attacks”. As we have previously pointed out, the average US citizen is statistically far more likely to die from drowning in a bathtub or simply by falling from a chair rather than from a terror attack. No special laws have been proposed yet to save us from the evil of bathtubs and chairs, in spite of the danger evidently emanating from these deadly household furnishings.

Many people indeed begin to watch what they are saying once they are aware of being under constant surveillance. As we have previously argued, this undermines an important pillar of civilization.

Cartoon via Terrence Nowicki

Apart from the vanishingly small statistical likelihood of actually being harmed by terrorists, it is noteworthy that such laws – the true purpose of which is highly unlikely to be congruent with their stated purpose – are enacted even while the government engages in activities that are bound to worsen these statistics in the future. The so-called “war on terror” so far actually seems to be similarly successful as the “war on poverty” and the “war on drugs”. In fact, it appears to be ranking quite high on the list of the biggest government boondoggles.

Since the “war on terror” started, terrorism has grown like never before. One should expect such outcomes to some extent, but this one is actually putting quite a few other failed government schemes to shame … via Washington Post, click to enlarge.

To call a law the “Freedom Act” makes it sound as if freedom were something the government generously grants to its serfs. This is not so. Not surprisingly, upon closer inspection it looks like the new law hasn’t improved the previous state of affairs in the slightest. Instead it has probably made it even worse.

Just keeping in touch with the newly liberated citizens – now and forever, Cartoon by Walt Handelsman  

Supporting Terrorists

Due to a FOIA request by Judicial Watch it has recently emerged that the government knew full well that its intervention in Syria (arming moderately mad mullahs in order to overthrow Assad) would probably result in the emergence of an “Islamic State” in Iraq and Syria. As Washington’s Blog and Zerohedge have pointed out, there are quite a few choice passages in this 2012 assessment by the Defense Intelligence Agency (we have left the typos and grammatical mistakes in the transcription below intact, we have only added a few commas to improve readability):

“The general situation”:

Internally, events are taking a clear sectarian direction.

The Salafists, the Muslim Brotherhood and AQI are the major forces driving the insurgency in Syria.

The West, Gulf countries and Turkey support the opposition; while Russia, China and Iran support the regime.

“The effects on Iraq”:
The opposition forces will try to use the Iraqi territory as a safe haven for its forces, taking advantage of the sympathy of the Iraqi border population, meanwhile trying to recruit fighters and train them on the Iraqi side, in addition to harboring refugees.
If the situation unravels, there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor) and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime, which is considered the strategic depth of the Shia expansion (Iraq and Iran).
The deterioration of the situation has dire consequences on the Iraqi situation and are as follows:
This creates the ideal atmosphere for AQI to return to its old pockets in Mosul and Ramadi and will provide a renewed momentum under the presumption of unifying the jihad among Sunni Iraq and Syria, and the rest of the Sunnis in the Arab world against what it considers the enemy, the dissenters. ISI could also declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, which will create grave danger in regards to unifying Iraq and the protection of its territory.
The renewing facilitation of terrorist elements from all over the Arab world entering into Iraqi arena.”

(emphasis added)

It is startling to learn that all of this was already known to government agencies in 2012, well before the world at large became aware of ISIS. Just think for a moment about this sentence: “…. there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in Eastern Syria (Hasaka and Der Zor) and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want.”

Midwifing in the Middle Eas, Cartoon by Adam Zyglis

In other words, ISIS has not only done precisely what was expected, but what the governments supporting the Syrian opposition wanted to happen. Radical salafists were armed to overthrow a tinpot dictator who represents no threat whatsoever to us. Many of the same politicians who voted in favor of this have at the same time incessantly promoted the alleged need to keep civil liberties undermined. According to them, provisions of the “Patriot Act” shouldn’t have been allowed to expire under any circumstances, inter alia to enable us to “defend against the threat posed by groups like ISIS”. Someone should perhaps remind these slime-molds that they knowingly and willingly helped to create this threat. The cynicism and hypocrisy are truly remarkable.

John McCain posing with “moderately mad mullahs” in Syria. The man with the camera was later identified as terrorist Muhammad Nour, while the second man from the left was said to be his associate “Abu Ibrahim”. Both have allegedly been involved in the abduction of Lebanese Shia pilgrims. McCain’s office commented: “If the individual photographed with Senator McCain is in fact Mohamed Nour, that is regrettable.”

Why should “we” get involved in the Sunni/Shia religious dispute at all, what has any of this got to do with us? Note that prior to the Iraq war, Sunni, Shia and Christian communities were living peacefully side by side in the region. One certainly cannot deny that both Saddam and Assad were, respectively are, quite unsavory dictators. And yet, the West has no problem with supporting the brutal theocratic regime of Saudi Arabia and the even more brutal junta of General al-Sisi that is currently ruling Egypt (where the courts are routinely sentencing hundreds of people to death in one go in Stalinesque show trials). This support is provided under the cover of “realpolitik”, the term regularly invoked when policies completely bereft of morals are pursued.

Just trust us…, cartoon by Simon Kneebone

Supporting radical fundamentalists in order to fight a regime one happens to dislike at a given moment is per experience especially dangerous. If there is a “lesser evil” in the Syrian conflict, we have yet to be apprised of its existence. The radicals fighting Assad are certainly happy to take Western money and weapons, just as the mujahedin of Afghanistan once did, but they are definitely not our “friends”. On the contrary, arming them will ultimately only invite blowback, a term coined by the CIA to describe the rash of unintended consequences that usually results from such interventions. It should be known by now that Islamist fundamentalists have especially large blowback potential. The recent murder of cartoonists in Paris has once again underscored this fact (the French government has reacted as one would expect, by curtailing the liberties of French citizens further).

Spot the difference, Cartoon by Matt Wuerker


Amending the Amendments

No-one is saying that genuine terrorist threats shouldn’t be defended against. The question is whether surveillance of the entire population actually serves this goal. The evidence so far suggests that it doesn’t. As the former NSA chief publicly admitted, “one, or perhaps two” terrorist plots have actually been foiled by the NSA’s extended spying activities. Or perhaps none, as Michael Krieger avers. Who knows really? Our money is on “none”.

Similarly, the extraordinary powers the government has arrogated to itself in other areas via the likewise Orwellian-sounding “Patriot Act” are unlikely to actually improve its record of providing safety. The previously allowed methods of detection and prevention of crime should be more than sufficient for this purpose. After all, “ticking bomb” scenarios exist only in Jack Bauer movies. If such a scenario were against all odds ever encountered in real life, we’re quite sure that those confronted by it wouldn’t let protocol stand in their way (and we can be just as certain that no-one would subsequently complain). For the citizens who are supposedly going to be “protected”, there is definitely no mileage in the shredding of the bill of rights.

All over the world, anti-terror laws have been abused for purposes that have absolutely nothing to do with terrorism. These range all the way from “investigating copyright infringement” to “spying on noisy children”.

Cartoon by Joel Pett

If the process were honest, one would simply have to amend the 4th and 5th amendments a bit further. We propose the following changes: 

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


There are certain exceptions when these rights shall be violated on a grand scale. As soon as the government declares something called “the war on drugs”, no-one shall be safe from arbitrary seizure of his effects by anyone ranging from Hicksville sheriffs to DEA agents at their whim. As soon as the government declares something called “the war on terror”, the passage about being secure from “unreasonable searches” will be suspended for the duration of the conflict, i.e., forever.  


No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.


As soon as the government declares the never-ending “war on terror” mentioned in amendment 4, the whole rigmarole about “due process” shall be suspended as well.

If these amendments were duly altered as proposed above, the courts would no longer have to engage in an unseemly song-and-dance about who has “standing” every time people are attempting to get them to rule on whether assorted anti-terror laws represent an infringement of the constitutional order.

A vision of the potential future consequences of complaining too loudly, Cartoon by Ben Sargent


The fact that the newest anti-terror law has been named the “Freedom Act” is a big red flag all by itself. It certainly appears as if nothing has improved relative to the previous situation. At the same time, government intervention in far-away lands continues to be the biggest force generating more terrorism in the world. When blowback eventually ensues, we will no doubt be told that if we want to be “safe” we will need to surrender even more civil liberties. Unfortunately experience suggests that most people are either going to sleep through this or will even cheer their own enslavement on.

History also shows that no society moves from a relatively free political system to full-scale authoritarianism in one fell swoop. Instead the process moves forward step-by-step, almost imperceptibly at first (in “salami tactic” fashion). A major characteristic of this process that can be observed time and again is that governments enact increasingly repressive legislation on the pretext of emergencies – at times real ones, and more often than not imagined ones. By the time people are waking up to what is going on, it is usually too late. None of this should therefore be taken lightly.

Reaching the “too late” phase.

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Deathrips's picture

The initial cartoon implies Zero does more than golf when hes not fucking the public? Im calling bullshit.



All fun and games gets free men to submit...even if its state sponsored terror. Like the sponsors dont know this.


Stuck on Zero's picture

Old saying about governments: "If you attack moderate opposition all opposition becomes radical."

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Neccesity is cry of tyrant, mantra of slave...

In other is news, War in Oceana and Eurasia is continue and chocolate ration is increase from 5g per day to is 20g per week.

willwork4food's picture

LOL. BORIS!!!!!!! Welcome back !


TeamDepends's picture

Barry works for the Department Of Homoland Security, and SHOULD be viewed with suspicion by every free-thinking American and non-zombie.

Gobbler's picture
Gobbler (not verified) TeamDepends Jun 7, 2015 12:42 AM

Will the velvet fascists buy me a Fema trailer and pay to fix my teeth.  If the answer is yes, then they have my vote.  God bless the velvet fascists.

chumbawamba's picture

I stopped reading after the second time this clown described Bashar Asad as a dictator akin to Sadam Hussein.  This asshat obviously didn't do his research, otherwise he'd know that Asad is nothing of the sort.  He's a mild-mannered Western educated ophthalmologist who was selected by his father and predecessor, Hafez Asad, as the leader of Syria after his elder brother, who was being groomed for the spot, was killed in a car accident.  Bashar assumed the role reluctantly.  Does this make him a dictator?  In the traditional sense, yes.  But to compare him to the likes of Saddam Hussein is like comparing Barak Obama to an actual statesman. Asad is actually liked by most Syrians, something that can't even jokingly be said about Obama.

I'm not here to lend support to anyone, only to point out that the moron author of this article probably has no idea about much of what he's talking about because he obviously took no time or effort to research one of the main people in his little high school quality essay.

I am Chumbawamba.

Faeriedust's picture

Of course not.  Whatever makes you think that they need stoop to something so crude as buying your allegiance?  They have the guns; they make the rules.  Besides which, the whole point of owning the government is to make sure that they can keep all the goodies to themselves and pay nobody nothing.

Muh Raf's picture

Meanwhile the Zionazis kick the sh*t out of Granny Kraut because she doesn't agree with everything being said about WWII. I'm trying to remember why we wanted to win the war in first place, wasn't it to safeguard freedom of opinion and speech?


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Russia is technical winner of WWII, is almost double territorial domain after war. US is burden with cost of foreign military installation while Russia is consume resource of many puppet nation.

Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) Boris Alatovkrap Jun 6, 2015 7:18 PM

I'd say Banks, American manufacturing, and Zionist Jews won.  European civilians and civilization lost.


The Zionists managed to use Russian troops to beat the Nazis, ad they used British and American troops to get Palestine.

The Balfour "Agreement" is always presented as a gift the British didn't possess because it was seen by that noble race of colonialist murderers and slave drivers that the Jews of Europe were clearly middle eastern in origin.


The quid pro quo of using Jewish power to {help} get the US to enter the war, an absolute fact, is absolutely buried.   It clashes with the narrative of Jews qua perpetual helpless and 'sacred' victim.  That and the fact the early Bolsheviks were wildly disproportionately Jews in a country that was never more than perhaps 5-7% at most Jewish.


The Jewish Role in the Bolshevik Revolution
and Russia's Early Soviet Regime

of course, wikipedia, openly lousy with hasbara revisionist editors, has this to say about IHR:

As always, judge for yourself...


is it "hate" if it's true?

TahoeBilly2012's picture

The Friedman speech is the single most powerful speech ever to exposing "forbidden history".

MonetaryApostate's picture

Links help a lot, just saying...

Motasaurus's picture


A CIA term coined to cover their domestic operations. 

Headbanger's picture

Boris:  Russian people suffered horribly fighting The Great Patriotic War then under Stalin and Soviet sistemy after.

So is not to say Russian people won WW II. Only government.

If Stalin attacked Germany first instead of Finland which joined the Axis to get back at the Russians, the war with Germany would have been over two years earlier.

But then Stalin would have taken over all of Europe and WW III with US would have followed so much worse suffering.


SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

I thought that was a good link - why would you down Vote a link?

fencejumper's picture

Smedley, probably because they prefer to believe the version of history the victors wrote. The same version that never mentions the great Smedley Butler. A couple of yrs ago I mentioned his name to a college history professor who had never heard it before!

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

As pathetic as that Is, he's not exactly required reading in the Corps. The follow on story about the bankers trying to con him is downright wtf.

fencejumper's picture

Thanks for link BullyBearish. Will watch in entirety later.

Another bit of reality about the Zionists I watched last night from Alison Weir, founder of If Americans Knew:

ThirteenthFloor's picture

+1. Good link. I was somewhat familiar with Khazarian kingdom, but the WW1 details were interesting. Also to hear it in 1961 context is educational, the England/Ireland answer added more details too.

22winmag's picture

I call partial bullshit here.


1/3 of the free world was simply given over to Stalin by Roosevelt with the stroke of a pen at Yalta.

frankly scarlet's picture

FDR post WWII saw the world as a triumverate, with Britain the USA and Russia ruling. Churchill and the Brits realized they'd be the pipsqueaks in this setup and moved to instigate the cold war driving a wedge between Russia and the USA with Truman as point man. Some suggest that FDR was poisoned by Churchill and the Brit spy network to this end. Two of FDR's most trusted aids died on the way home from the Yalta talks.The Russian's wanted an autopsy on FDR's corpse for this reason but no search for poison was ever conducted. The British establishment has always been fascist and are the original neo cons having conducted brutal "empire" for several centuries prior. In 1913 they re conquered the USA with the installation of the Federal Reserve bringing together the British and European central banker/corporate cabal with their American counterparties and they were not about to let those waters be muddied with Russian joining the group.. Russia has long been a friend to the USA in a self survial sense, the Czar sending the Russian Pacific fleet to port in San Francisco during the American Civil War to keep Britain and France from invading the USA, taking adfvantage of the situation. The Czar saw the USA as a fellow bulwark against the Euro central bankers who wanted to set up shop in Russia aswell as the USA. Now we know why the central bankers financed the Russian Revolution and Lenon installed a central bank and had the Czars liquidated.

Panopticon 131's picture

The International Banksters have always financed and controlled ALL sides - and they still do!!!


"The only new thing you don't know is history you never learned."  Truman

Panopticon 131's picture

The International Banksters have always financed and controlled ALL sides - and they still do!!!


"The only new thing you don't know is history you never learned."  Truman

ThirteenthFloor's picture

If you review transcripts of the Tehran conference, it was an angry Churchill that yelled at FDR, for not insisting Kai-shek move imperialisticly into south east Asia. Stalin asked repeatedly for poison testing of FDR at his death he believed in English interference there.

Faeriedust's picture

Dear me, your memory is terrible.  We went into both the First and the Second World Wars to ensure that Britain would be able to pay back all the money it had borrowed from JP Morgan and his cronies.  The rest was always nothing but hot air.

fascismlover's picture

We are living the very worst parts of 1984.  I love a good rally but we dont have that here.  We have total dystopian fascism.  We ended up with the perfect marriage of .gov and .corp.  The only thing that can prevent the next steps is a full out nuclear war or an angry meteor.  Neither is forthcuming though so enjoy and remember that the little things make us happy.  

COSMOS's picture

It got to this point because a clique of effendi have taken complete control of media and govt and wall st. There is no real investigative journalism or voices of dissent that can reach out over Cable/Satellite/Radio.  1984 is a world without options for gentiles.

Faeriedust's picture

Oh, don't be such a pessimist.  The nuclear war could easily brew up over the Ukraine, although Putin is trying carefully to avoid that.  The angry meteor COULD show up about 20 years from now.  There's plenty of space junk in orbit ready to fall in the interim.  And have you any idea what havoc Peak Oil and Global Climate Change are going to create?  We can confidently look forward to seeing Manhattan abandoned as its connections to the mainland are destroyed by repeated storm surges, and Washington D.C. under five feet of tidal water -- both within fifty years if not twenty.  Be sure you set in a good stock of popcorn!

WOAR's picture

Welcome back Boris.  I've missed your wit.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Is apologize for you are miss Boris' joke. Maybe Boris is bad English...? Next time is type more s-l-o-w-l-y.

Pairadimes's picture

Velvet glove? More like a sandpaper condom.

Counterpunch's picture
Counterpunch (not verified) Pairadimes Jun 6, 2015 6:16 PM

Who hurt you, Pairadimes?

Oldwood's picture

Its all for our CONvenience.

Everything that is sucking our freedom away comes in the form of CONvenience.

They make it SOOO easy to make the wrong choice....every fucking time, and generally people fall for it every fucking time.

I think there is an app for that.

Ms No's picture

I liken it more to a donkey punch fascism.

Fun Facts's picture

Your baby gettng blown up in his crib by a paramilitary bomb launched by IQ capped stormtroopers is hardly a velvet glove.

Americans are among the most controlled, regulated, incarcerated, abused citizens in the world, and the police force is impossible to distinguish from an occupation army.

"To see what is under one's nose needs a constant struggle"

- Orwell

dimwitted economist's picture

We Need to Hire MORE TSA People ASAP!!!!! 

XitSam's picture

If it takes the current 50.000 TSA employees to miss 95% of weapons and explosives, if they double that number they can miss 190% of weapons and explosives. It's simple math. 

Thanks Emperor Obama for keeping me safe!

WTFUD's picture

Am sure there's a compound measure in there somewhere making the % miss higher than you estimate.

roadhazard's picture

That just goes to show you how little of a terror war we are really living in. Otherwise all hell would be being raised by "lone wolves" and "terrorists. 

Abaco's picture

Whenis he not fucking the public.  I submit he does both at the same time.

wisefool's picture

The velvet glove is directly trnsnlated to I.R.S/ISIS. We don't take that stuff kindly 'round here. If Timmay can't figureout his taxes with tech working two jobs (IMF consultant and FRNY presidentae. Then we are going to have to let Keynes theory work for 50 years after he died.

will ling's picture
will ling (not verified) Jun 6, 2015 5:56 PM

"security" over liberty - get neither.

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

"He who is sacrificing of liberty for security is victim of history"

- Benjamin Santayana

Oldwood's picture


A victim of stupidity passed from one generation to the next.

If humans were capable of learning,,,,if ALL people were capable of learning from history....and we have the greatest assemblage and access of historical knowledge in history, this shit would end...but it won't.

palmereldritch's picture

Stupid is as stupid does.

And stupid does as much as it can when it is unopposed and delivered by a system that gains from its proliferation and detroying its alternative.