Ovid (publius_ovidius) wrote,

Amerika, the Beautiful

In case you missed the point, Salon.com has delightful photos of a prisoner we tortured to death during an interrogation at Abu Ghraib (oops! Our bad!). It's complete with smiling Americans giving a "thumbs up" over the dead body. No charges were ever filed, despite the death being listed a homicide. (Warning: I was kidding about "delightful". Those photos are absolutely disgusting and not work safe).

Now George Bush and friends are speaking out against newspapers publishing unclassified material which anyone can find with Google. Of course, Bush has already made it clear that he doesn't even think criticizing him should be legal.

Meanwhile, in California, the East Orange Police Department has taken its cue from Orwell. Seems they're getting together a group of volunteers to monitor secret cameras and watch the public for "suspicious activity". I've found the UK's reliance on widespread CCTV (closed-circuit television) monitoring to be disturbing, but it looks like we're catching up with our friends across the ocean.

Fortunately, there are some who have the courage to stand up for what's happening in this country. It seems that Diebold, the company that makes the secretive voting machines which tell us who "won" which election, used illegal, unapproved voting software which apparently failed in California during the presidential election. Since Diebold "forgot" to mention this major felony, a whistleblower leaked the story. This felony goes to the heart of the problems with electronic voting, even though Diebold has vociferously denied any issues with their software.

How did the whistleblower get this information? He worked for Diebold, printed out some memos and made them public. What does he get for trying to protect your right to vote? He's charged with "a computer crime, second-degree burglary and receiving stolen goods".

Remember, even though your vote is practically worthless in our corrupt system, it could still count for something. If they take away your right to vote, nothing else matters!

It's not a question of whether or not 1984 is already here. It's a question of how long it's going to take before the general public notices. If they do notice, will they even care? I doubt it. The vast majority of people in this country are fabulously wealthy compared to most of the world. Giving up freedom is the price we're apparently willing to pay for SUVs, bottle water and Britney Spears.
Tags: 1984, politics
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