Friday June 14, 2013

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Those who are willing to give up some liberty for safety don’t deserve either one -- Benjamin Franklin.

With the revelations that the executive branch has an arrangement with the country’s three largest phone companies to obtain the phone records of almost all Americans, only to have it further disclosed that the same executive branch has transformed the Bush-Cheney warrantless intrusions into the Prism program which allows the intelligence services to mine all of the country’s major Internet providers by direct access to the companies’ servers in order to be able to obtain: emails, videos, photos, voice-over-IP (Skype, for example) chats, file transfers, social networking details, and more, then is it possible that Americans can remain in denial that our country is plunging into a police state? Is it not curious that Homeland Security will be purchasing 1.6 billion blunt-nosed bullets and 2,750 light-armored tanks? It is undeniable that one definition of Fascism is the merger of state and corporate power.

When I voted for Candidate Obama is 2008 it was because he promised change from the embarrassments and encroachments of the Bush years. Even before Inauguration Day it was obvious to me that the upcoming President Obama would be just another puppet in a long string of puppet presidents who took their marching orders from the Federal Reserve and their cohorts on Wall Street. Besides surrounding himself with a Wall Street cabinet and advisors, his statements that he would not look back, only forward, was a tip-off that he and his do-nothing attorney general would not go after the Bush-Cheney war crimes nor would they bring a single case against the banksters whose greed and outright fraud came as close as you can to bringing down the global financial system.


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Instead of change we got intensification. Obama signed a bill into law which allowed the U.S. military to arrest Americans and hold them without trial. And then there is the militarization of police forces throughout the country where on a recent occasion 100 square miles of Boston was placed under martial law while armored tanks roamed the streets -- all in an effort to find a 19-year-old kid.

Wake up, America. Write articles, call your so-called representatives in Washington, utilize your social networks to organize a groundswell of opposition to what is happening in this country. Rediscover the words: civil disobedience.

CHARLES

STEINHACKER

Great Barrington