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  •  If high courts, ie FISA (25+ / 0-)

    are, as has been described by former intelligence agents, 'rubber stamps', and law enforcement agencies are bedded hand in glove with the biggest of the big corporations, working for other than the best interests of you and yours truley, then a day of reckoning in a court of law is not something I'm willing to pin my hopes on.

    From joe shikspack's excellent rec list diary:

    The government is endlessly resourceful in rewarding corporations for their cooperation.  Imagine how valuable it was to cooperating financial institutions to be able to have a domestic intelligence and police force at their beck and call to suppress their critics who were demanding that (gasp) bankers who had committed crimes and fraudulently enriched themselves and their institutions be prosecuted.

        [T]he documents ... show that the FBI and American intelligence agencies were monitoring and reporting on Occupy Wall Street before the first tent even went up in Zuccotti Park. The documents that we have been able to obtain show the FBI communicating with the New York Stock Exchange in August of 2011 about the upcoming Occupy demonstrations, about plans for the protests. It shows them meeting with or communicating with private businesses. And throughout the materials, there is repeated evidence of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, American intelligence agencies really working as a private intelligence arm for corporations, for Wall Street, for the banks, for the very entities that people were rising up to protest against.

    It seems that any cooperating corporation can ask the government to quell its critics and help insure its profits by labelling its critics as terrorists:

    So, while we still have a few politicians paying lip service or giving a passing glance at the Constitution, I'm fairly sure it's nothing but a "damn piece of paper" to much of the government that now ferrets out, knows, and keeps our secrets for our own good.

    Information is power. But; like all power, there are those who want to keep it for themselves. Aaron Swartz ~1986-2013~

    by Lisa Lockwood on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 09:52:06 AM PDT

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    •  That was happening when I was young (3+ / 0-)

      In the late 60's when there were so many protests. It's why they had the Church commission.

      It didn't take long for the right wingers to swing back into it with Reagan.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 11:03:36 AM PDT

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