Profile of a Police State
Nov 3, 2012 | Stephen Lendman
For years, America has been on a fast track to tyranny. Duopoly power runs things repressively. Government of, by, and for the people never existed and doesn't now.
Homeland repression is policy. Police state laws target resisters.
Elections are farcical, rigged, and illegitimate. People have no say.
Corporate-controlled electronic voting machines decide for them. Money
power is firmly in charge. Democracy is illusory, not real.
Corporate/party boss-run Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD)
members exclude alternative voices. Money power operates secretly with
no public oversight. A sham process repeats each electoral cycle.
Alternative party presidential candidates risk arrest for showing up to watch debates. Participation is out of the question.
On October 16, Green Party presidential and vice presidential candidates
learned firsthand. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala were arrested,
detained, and held handcuffed uncomfortably to metal chairs for hours in
a remote police warehouse.
They were charged with "obstructing traffic." None at the time was
visible. That's how tyranny works. Challenging authority risks prison or
worse. Many are tortured and abused. Some end up dead.
Obama appointed himself judge, jury and executioner.
He decides who lives or dies. Romney won't change a thing. No matter
who wins, expect police state America to be more repressive than ever
If presidential challengers can be arrested and abused, what chance have
ordinary people. Step out of line and expect the worst. Stein learned
firsthand a second time. Her web site explained.
She supports activists opposing the environmentally destructive Keystone XL (KXL) project. More about it below.
In east Texas, she was arrested and handcuffed for bringing food,
Halloween candy, and supplies. She was detained in Wood County jail.
Authorities charged her with criminal trespassing. She and others were
"They were not warned of imminent arrests; and the arresting officers
did not self-identify as police." Stein said she's willing to face
arrest in support of blocking KXL.
It's a controversial 1,661-mile Alberta, Canada to Port Arthur, TX
pipeline. Earlier, hundreds of environmental activists protested in
front of the White House against it.
If completed, it'll carry toxic tar sands oil from Western Canada to
refineries on America's Gulf coast. It'll pass through environmentally
sensitive areas in six states.
They include waterways and the Ogallala Aquifer. It's one of the world's
largest. In America, it supplies about 30% of the nation's irrigation
ground water. It's also used for human consumption.
Friends of the Earth says Keystone XL "will carry one of the world's
dirtiest fuels: tar sands oil." Moreover, its route "could devastate
ecosystems and pollute water sources, and would jeopardize public
If completed, it'll double America's dirty tar sands oil supply. At the
same time, environmental toxicity will increase exponentially. No matter
the stakes, Big Oil wants it. So do Republicans and many Democrats.
Obama once again conceded.
TransCanada Corporation is building it. It's spill-prone construction
record assures trouble. It promised its Keystone I pipeline would leak
once every seven years. In year one, it leaked 12 times or once a month
on average. It was unprecedented in US pipeline history.
TarSandsBlockade.org asks "Why Oppose KXL?"
For many reasons, it states. NASA scientist James Hansen calls it "a fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet."
All pipelines spill. Avoidance is impossible. Large-scale environmental
damage is too great a price to pay. TransCanada said up to 700,000
gallons of tar sands crude could leak without detection. In other words,
safeguards are weak and ineffective.
Pipeline construction abuses eminent domain. TransCanada "intimidated
landowners" along its route to contractually accede to its demands. In
addition, the company "fraudulently steals land from private citizens
through eminent domain."
Water contamination is certain. The Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer (CWA) is
threatened. In March 2011, water resources & environmental
engineer/consultant Lawrence Dunbar said CWA spillage would be environmentally disastrous. Human and natural resources would be impacted.
Release of enough tar sands contaminants would make affected water
resources unfit for human consumption. CWA "is one of the greatest
assets of the East-Central region of Texas. It provides water for
agriculture, industry, and human consumption and use."
It's far too valuable to contaminate. KXL assures it. Remediation would be hard to impossible to achieve.
According to Cornell
University's Global Labor Institute, KXL will also destroy more jobs
than it creates. Its September 2011 "Pipe Dreams?" report said job
creation claims lack credibility.
At best up to 4,650 temporary ones will be created. In two years or less
they'll be gone. "KXL will not be a major source of US jobs, nor will
it play any substantial role at all in putting Americans back to work."
Moreover, diverting tar sands oil "now supplying Midwest refineries, so
it can be sold at higher prices to the Gulf Coast and export markets
(means) Midwest (consumers) could be paying 10 to 20 cents more per
gallon for gasoline and diesel fuel."
Doing so will adversely impact other spending and cost jobs. KXL will
also have "a chilling effect on green investments and green jobs
Thus far, green economic spending generated "2.7 million jobs in the US and could generate many more."
In addition, "Tar Sands oil and energy independence really do not belong in the same sentence."
Cornell, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other independent assessments say KXL assures higher gas prices.
Exporting tar sands oil won't reduce US dependence on foreign supplies.
Prioritizing exports is planned. At issue is selling at the highest
KXL violates tribal sovereignty. The Indigenous Environmental Network's "Mother Earth Accord"
supports and urges opposition to tar sands development. At issue is
preserving the integrity of US and Canadian First Nations and tribal
TransCanada won't disclose an analysis of chemical dilutants used to
facilitate transporting tar sands oil through KXL. At issue are human
and environmentally destructive substances.
The Pipeline Hazardous Material Safety Administration told Congress that
pipeline regulations weren't crafted with tar sands oil in mind.
They're woefully inadequate and require strengthening. At a time of
deregulatory extremism, don't expect it.
The State Department, not EPA, conducted KXL's Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS). Hillary Clinton has close ties to TransCanada lobbyist
Paul Elliot. He was one of her main 2008 presidential campaign
EIS analysis was rigged. Its methodology lacked credibility. Results claimed minimal environmental contamination risk.
KXL's southern area "Gulf Coast Project" failed to conduct its own
environmental assessment. Issues related to the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer,
wildfires, droughts, and others weren't examined.
Connect the dots. Omnipotent money
power, permanent imperial wars, corporate empowerment, rigged elections,
homeland repression, and government of, by, and for the privileged few
characterize today's America.
Even independent presidential candidates challenging a system this
corrupt, venal and dysfunctional risk arrest, abuse, and possible
On November 6, consider your options. Boycott America's duopoly. Vote
independent or stay home. Change depends on ordinary people struggling
long-term. Nothing else works. Not now! Not ever!
About the author
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com
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