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  •  Occupy.Com has something on that (16+ / 0-)

    The Story Behind the "NATO 3" Domestic Terrorism Arrests
    Wed, 6/26/2013 - by Matt Stroud and Steve Horn

    Another example: In Boston, local police in conjunction with federal law enforcement, focused attention on the political activism of local Occupy activists at the same time they missed the actual threat posed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

    Contentious political events are, in many ways, a trap set to capture those who even insinuate the wrong kind of political language - "creating language crimes" - as Shuy put it in his eponymous book.

    "The persons wearing the undercover mike . . . begin their work with a distinct power advantage over those they talk with," Shuy writes in his book. "In undercover conversations, when the targets think they are simply engaged in everyday conversations, they are less on alert and are frequently less careful about how they say things. The persons doing the taping, in contrast, have the power to decide when to tape, who to tape, when to start the taping, when to stop, and even how to slant the conversation to serve their own ends."

    Shuy refers to this as "manipulative seduction."

    "When being seduced," Shuy adds, "the listener does not understand the hidden intent of the seducer."

    The overall message is clear: Whatever your political stripe in the United States, the authorities are watching. That's no longer a conspiracy theory. It's policy and now just a question of what the authorities do with that intelligence.

    And that decision is by-and-large a political one.

    Add the median effective tax rate, healthcare costs (20%?), education costs, and other things guaranteed in Denmark & Sweden, we pay MORE for LESS. Somebody's gotta pay the billionaires. They don't grow on trees. ☮ ♥ ☺

    by Words In Action on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 09:52:19 AM PDT

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