The kind of language a paranoid police state uses…

just before it starts rounding up the Catholics and other undesirables:

“The FBI is asking private security personnel to be on the lookout for employees with ‘a desire to help the “underdog” or a particular cause,’ those who are ‘James Bond Wannabe[s], and anyone with a ‘divided loyalty: allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the United States.’”

The Vatican is a country and the Pope is the sovereign ruler of that state.  Such “divided loyalties” crap can be and has been used in the past to lock up Catholics.

Look, I get that this is a response to Assange, Snowden, and similar whistleblowers.  But this kind of institutional response, in language this broad, is an engraved invitation to state brutality if the state decides to panic after the next terrorist attack or domestic crisis.  Obama’s increasingly draconian attempt to create a police state and call it “safety” will only end in catastrophe if we don’t resist it, first with laughter.

  • Andy, Bad Person

    be on the lookout for employees with ‘a desire to help the “underdog”

    Uh, isn’t that one of the most American things ever?

    • Dillon T. McCameron

      It was until we became überhund. Now it’s treasonous.

  • Dave

    Good thing Mickey was offed in Rocky III and Apollo Creed didn’t make it past Rocky IV, because those two certainly “had a desire to help the underdog”. They’d be in major trouble now.

  • Mark S. (not for Shea)

    “I get that this is a response to Assange, Snowden, and similar whistleblowers.”

    Yep, it is. Today. Tomorrow … ?

    “Obama’s increasingly draconian attempt to create a police state and call it “safety” will only end in catastrophe if we don’t resist it, first with laughter.”

    No. Obama will be enjoying permanent retirement in a few years. Obama is not the problem. Obama’s successor is not the problem. Deep Throat’s very good advice still applies: Follow the money.

  • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

    You always wonder, when watching movies like Brazil, how society got that way. Apparently, this is how.

  • FW Ken

    http://www.dhs.gov/if-you-see-something-say-something-campaign

    There have certainly been countries before where neighbors informed on neighbors. The sad thing is that this sounds so good and righteous. I believe we have offices in every state to receive “intelligence”. But that might be another internal security campaign. Who can keep track!

    UPDATE: I should have read the article and not just the headline. But I’m leaving this for anyone not familiar with the “If you don’t like you neighbor, report them for terrorism” program.

  • http://chicagoboyz.net/ TMLutas

    It is reminiscent of the description of the feds faction in Snow Crash.

  • jackryan

    Washington is turning into the “Capitol of Panem” from Hunger Games. It’s really astonishing to see it progressing at this rate.


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