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Guantanamo Comes to Main Street U.S.A.

Mark A. Goldman                                                                   Updated: 2/24/08


They say that the difference between how democracy in Europe has evolved compared to that of the United States is that in Europe the government is afraid of the People, whereas in the United States the People are afraid of the government.  That's a dangerous state of affairs and it looks like it's getting worse. 

It's not only a matter of who we vote for... it's a matter of how well informed we are when we do vote... and Americans now are notorious for not being nearly as well informed as are the citizens of many other countries.  And it appears that we Americans don't really think very deeply about the range of choices that are or are not available to us...  and that just might be a fatal mistake.

The videos below are indicative of the evolving trend and consciousness of law enforcement in our nation.  And it's our 'Shock and Awe' government, with its penchant for gratuitous and unconscionable violence and our refusal to hold them accountable that is reshaping the nature of civil liberties going forward in this, our 'land of the free and home of the brave.'

When we allow fear and force to dominate the way in which our government deals with people we don't know... we open the door to despotism, for surely when we fail to protect the legitimate rights of any group or person, we sow the seeds of our own destruction.  Take a look at these videos if you want to know what is happening to civil liberties in our country and elsewhere.  I guess for some members of our community, this is not news at all.  

Apparently local law enforcement officers are now being trained to treat citizens in a manner similar to the way military personnel were trained to treat Guantanamo prisoners.  Our government doesn't seem to care anymore what we think... except maybe during an election year and even then, not so much.  And like the military, many police officers who have been trained to just follow orders, are doing just that...just following orders.  These videos are very disturbing to watch.  Do not view them unless you are prepared to be upset.  

Everything by the book...?  

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Part 2:  Follow up    Part 3:  Follow up   Part 4: Follow up

Our silence and indifference to the plight of others is what allows this kind of thing to happen.  We probably won't get a better wake up call than this.  No doubt bad public relations will force this kind of evidence into dark corners.  The question is, will we wake up, or will we remain silent until something like this happens to someone we know and care about... or maybe to a lot of people we care about?  

And there's the larger issue too:  will we continue to allow our government to inflict this kind of treatment on people who are not part of our culture?  If other people are not treated with the same level of respect and dignity with which we ourselves would hope to be treated, then we can be sure that sooner or later, our government will treat us the same way they treat others... The current state of affairs is unconscionable... look into your crystal ball... what do you see... ?:




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