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  •  deflect attention from governmental abuse..... (4+ / 0-)
    Terrorism is in good part an effect of government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy
     ― Mark Poster

    Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

    by allenjo on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 11:12:13 AM PDT

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    •  Exactly. And the last thing the crooks want (4+ / 0-)

      is light thrown on their crimes. Maintaining the ability to do that is key.

      Thus the press serves and was designed to serve as a powerful antidote to any abuses of power by governmental officials and as a constitutionally chosen means for keeping officials elected by the people responsible to all the people whom they were selected to serve. - Hugo Black

      "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

      by Sean X on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 12:41:24 PM PDT

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      •  "As is true for all states that expand and abuse.. (3+ / 0-)
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        ...their own powers, that's what the US Government counts on: that it is sending the message that none of this will affect you as long as you avoid posing any meaningful challenges to what they do.  In other words: you can avoid being targeted if you passively acquiesce to what they do and refrain from interfering in it. That's precisely what makes it so pernicious, and why it's so imperative to find a way to rein it in."
        Read Greenwald's article:

        My book, TRAITOR: THE WHISTLEBLOWER & THE "AMERICAN TALIBAN," is Amazon's #1 Best Seller in Human Rights Books for February 2012.

        by Jesselyn Radack on Mon Apr 09, 2012 at 01:25:01 PM PDT

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