The American Reich

War on Terror PATRIOT Act is making war on democracy. The US is transforming into a StaSi style surveillance state, like former Eastern Germany.
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"It has to look democratic, but we must have everything in [our] hand"
Walter Ulbricht, former president of communist Eastern Germany - architect of the Berlin wall

The US and "the lives of the others"

Oscar winning movie "the lives of the others" was about the Eastern German surveillance state. Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (ministry for state security) has had extensive rights to interrogate, search, even torture people.

Dear Americans, do you think takeover by dictators could not happen to your country? Maybe it has already happened....

Worse than 1984

The US has erected a surveillance system that is technically more potent than any system before. Smartphones have become eyes and ears of the NSA. NSA can track peoples' positions, listen to every word that is said, track all phone calls, even acquire contact lists. Internet and e-mail surveillance for such services like facebook, google is completing the arsenal of this modern surveillance state.

This is the technology Geheime Staats-Polizei (GeStaPo) or Eastern Germany's Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (StaSi) always has dreamed of. The US has more surveillance power than George Orwell has predicted in his novel 1984. Who is controlling this surveillance power? Where is the system of checks and balances?


The American Reich started with the USA PATRIOT Act, which deeply cut citizen rights:
- law enforcement officers may search a home or business without the suspects consent or knowledge
- No need for court orders: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) just issues "National Security Letters", which allows the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial records
- extensive access of law enforcement agencies to business records, including library and financial records
- indefinite detention (imprisonment) of immigrants - without court order or trial!
- CIA may operate on US soil without public control

Who cares about the constitution?

4th amendment of US constitution clearly says:

"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."

How is it then possible for the NSA to search e-mails, cell phones - without all these restrictions?

NSA Regime is constantly violating the US constitution - why should they care about German constitution on German soil?

No system of checks - and no balance!

Where is the system of checks and balances?

Your rights - abandoned: Government agencies can search your house - without court order. They are even keeping allegations as a secret. Such things happened to former congressional staffer Diane Roark.

clueless legislature: For NSA, CIA there is hardly any control by the parliament. Even congress members don't know how these services are spending thier money.

justice system: For "terrorists", military trials have been set up to keep trials out of public control. This is undermining the regular justice system.

end of free press: NSA chief Keith Alexander wants now control over the media, and stop negative press.

Guantanamo / Waterboarding

To avoid negative press, communist Eastern German StaSi was mostly using techniques that did not leave trails. They called it "Operative Psychology".

Today, the US democracy have nice names such as "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" for such things Hitlers "Geheime Staats-Polizei" just called torture. Sure, back in 1933, GeStaPo just made war on terror, some "terrorists" burned down the Reichststag - this is how the Nazi regime explained their terror on the opposition.

Dear Americans - will history repeats itself in the US?

The US may look like a democracy, but is it still democratic?

Artwork by (c) Carlos Latuff - used with permission
"It's not torture when U.S. forces are doing it..."

Drone war: no trial, straight execution

The US doesn't need any trials to execute "terrorists". They just keep on killing people on their drone war in Pakistan, Aghanistan and elsewhere. The US thinks this is efficient - collateral damage acceptable. Is this the US way to advertise democracy and civil rights around the globe?

Armed Predator drone firing Hellfire missile
author: Brigadier Lance Man / license: public domain

Blackmailing power on foreign gvmt's?

Now that the US is spying on foreign governments, they also might know compromising details about the lives of government officials - and influence politics in the satellite states of the American Reich.

Is this the reason why european politicians are not really acting on Edward Snowdens revealments?

War on terror is breeding - terror!

War on terror is not the solution to the problem - it is the problem! If the US is continouing mistreatment of people around the world - Americans shouldn't be suprised of rising Anti-Americanism.

What's next?

Will Americans wake up too late? What is going on behind the democratic fassade? Will a secret shadow state govern American Politics in the near future?

Will you be just a follower - stand in the line with them?

Reichsparteitag NSDAP, Nurenberg, 1935
source: wikimedia commons license: public domain

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22:04 02.11.2013
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