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Friday, February 08, 2008

Politics: Martial Law


When, not if, says the FBI, martial law is imposed, businesses have the right to use deadly force to protect their portion of the infrastructure.

Waitaminnit, dudes. Are those portions not built with wealth created by the labour of the people? On whom is this deadly force to be used? American citizens, who created this infrastructure? Because you don't use private businesses &mdash possibly with the sole exception of Blackwater and such mercenaries, whose sole business is peddling private armed might &mdash to conduct a deadly-force response to well-armed terrorists. For that, you need the military and the police.

It sounds like the FBI wants businesses to either hire mercenaries or arm their workers to use deadly force against unarmed citizens. Can this be?
Rothschild's report details InfraGard, a program set up between the FBI and a number of businesses engaged in maintaining elements of "critical national infrastructure," such as agriculture, banking and finance, the chemical industry, defense, energy, food, information and telecommunications, law enforcement, public health, and transportation. The program's 23,000-plus members provide information to the FBI and in turn receive privileged information from the FBI on threats to infrastructure.
Raw Story has the details. The FBI denies it. However, thanks to Nixon and the lying scum who have succeeded him in the halls of power, plausible deniability has gone the way of the dinosaur.

What the hail is going on here? Is the FBI admitting that the military is broken and the police are not up to the task of guarding our infrastructure against terrorists? Or is it empowering corporations to kill and maim citizens with impunity? Does that, to quote George W. Bush, "goddamned piece of paper," the Constitution, carry any weight with anyone anymore?

Mind you, just yesterday the InnerTubes were ringing with talk about how the FBI is planning to create, at our expense, a billion-dollar biometrics database that will hold information about each and every one of us, down to the whiskers on our collective chinny-chin-chin, the schmucks.

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