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  •  Don't count on that, these mercenaries (10+ / 0-)

    are professional soldiers who shoot at and kill who they are ordered to shoot and kill.  Remember that they will be used against the "enemies of the state", the liberals, anti-war traitors and other misfits.  No one stopped the black and brownshirts from killing the Jews, Commies, Gypsies and other" unfit peoples".
      The saddest fact is that these fascists have so fractured the US populace with its fearmongering, that many will stand by while many are imprisoned, are killed, and many more are faced with loss of job, family, community.  The "free speech zones", the denial of rights at political events, and the T-shirt incidents have been planned as examples, and to inure us to the loss of our rights, and the consequent loss of any real debate about the direction of this country.  The no-fly list is designed to instill fear of economic loss, not to protect the American citizenry.  I could go on, but you get the point.

    Patriotism may be the last refuge of scoundrels, but religion is assuredly the first.

    by StrayCat on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 10:35:23 AM PDT

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    •  Not so much ordered, as paid (4+ / 0-)
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      I believe that US military forces do what they are ordered to do.

      Mercenaries do what they are paid to do.

      It is an important distinction.

      If America gets to the point where our Government is paying Blackwater mercs to shoot and kill US citizens, then we are going to be having many, serious, simultaneous problems.

      There are a lot of enemies of the state currently. In fact, by polling, it is not a stretch for Cheney and Co. to think that 62% of their fellow citizens are enemies of the state.

      I agree wholeheartedly that what we seem to have going on now is facism lite. Free Speech Zones and other crap included. You may be right that these baby-steps are designed to desensitize us to the process of losing our rights. And I also agree about the debate not being had in this nation and the desperate need to get civilized, reasoned discourse going in this country again.

      How exactly is the no-fly list a threat of economic loss? I think I understand the premise, but I do not see how this is set up as a means of instilling fear of economic loss. FFS, Senator Kennedy was on the damn thing.

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      On forced conformity - "Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard." - Justice Robert Jackson (1943)

      by Skeptical Spectacle on Tue Apr 10, 2007 at 01:13:47 PM PDT

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