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May 29th 2006

Top 10 Signs of Impending Paranoia

Just finished reading Allan Uthman’s Top 10 Signs of the Impending U.S. Police State.


I only buy some of the stuff in points 2,3 and 5. So, I must not be completely paranoid yet, at least not in the Bush Derangement Syndrome sort-of way.

2. “The Long War” – Administrations in the future will undoubtedly use the “War on Terrorism” as an excuse for anything and everything. Already we’ve seen online music piracy linked to terrorism.

3. The USA PATRIOT Act – I completely support it…to fight terrorism. But we’re already seeing serious mission creep.

5. Touchscreen Voting Machines – The fact that more folks don’t find these magical-mystery-vote-changing-machines scary is perhaps scarier than electronic voting itself.

Nonetheless, aside from these three points, I fail to see much of a creeping “police state”. And evidence of any unrestrained exercise by “Bush and Co.” of “their totalitarian impulses” seems sorely lacking.

UPDATE: If this interests you, make sure to check out the comments.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Signs of Impending Paranoia”

  1. Paranoid

    So… the secret detention camps, that’s not worrisome to you?

  2. doug


    Again, this is another example of only seeing what one wants.

    From the original news article, from a “respected” news service, Marketwatch:

    a contingency contract from the Department of Homeland Security to supports its Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities in the event of an emergency.

    The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to expand existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs, KBR said. The contract may also provide migrant detention support to other government organizations in the event of an immigration emergency, as well as the development of a plan to react to a national emergency, such as a natural disaster, the company said.

    So, you’ve basically got the construction of immigrant prisons, new programs (likely immigrant related), or natural disaster response/support. But what does Uthman say about this? Bush is building prison camps!

    4. Prison Camps

    This last January the Army Corps of Engineers gave Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root nearly $400 million to build detention centers in the United States, for the purpose of unspecified “new programs.” Of course, the obvious first guess would be that these new programs might involve rounding up Muslims or political dissenters — I mean, obviously detention facilities are there to hold somebody. I wish I had more to tell you about this, but it’s, you know… secret.

    Huh? He deduced from the Marketwatch article that Bush was building “secret” prison camps to hold Muslims or political dissenters? Oh wait, he probably didn’t deduce this from the Marketwatch article, since he links to the version of this paranoia.

    The version is in some respects even more entertaining than Uthman’s, as it delves into the possibility of the Army rounding up hundreds of thousands of civilians into “labor camps” to make stuff for the Army.

    So anyways…that’s the long answer. No, I’m not worried about these “camps” or detention facilities. I’m about as scared as I am when the government announces that its building another prison.