Creeping Police State?

Creeping Police State?

FBI agents have seized a laptop and documents form the Chicago home of a Hatem Abudayyeh, a well-known anti-war activist and US citizen, in an "attempt to silence his advocacy," said attorney Jim Fennerty, Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network. As many as eight addresses in both Chicago and Minneapolis were searched by the FBI on Friday. Fennerty says, "The government is trying to quiet activists...this case is really scary." Six warrants were served in Minneapolis and two more in Chicago, although the FBI maintains there was no imminent threat to the community and no arrests have been made. If this had been done during the Bush Presidency, Democrats and progressives would be screaming about the creeping imposition of a police state. But how are these any less police state tactics when done by the Obama administration?

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stonesphear's picture
stonesphear 4 years 8 weeks ago
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First the fans of Islam are asked to step up to the plate in opposition to militant Islamic ideology but when they do step up and advertise Islam as a discipline of peace they are accused of grand standing for Osama because Osama proclaims to be a Muslim regardless of any devisions of interpretation of the Koran. Not much to celebrate here.

stopgap's picture
stopgap 4 years 8 weeks ago
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I realize this is off the topic, but the answer to why liberals want to use rich peoples money to help with everybody else's problems. Is that they get their money from everybody else. They don't just create it in an vacuum.

Nelson Wilberforce's picture
Nelson Wilberforce 4 years 8 weeks ago
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Stopgap: Off topic, but I'll answer.

Forbes reported that the top 400 income earners paid an effective rate ...of just under 17 percent. And those who made between $1 and $5 million paid 24 percent. Heck the business man who makes $100,000 also pays 15 percent self-employment tax (that goes away at around $110,000) per year plus that puts them in the 28 percent federal bracket and 10 percent state bracket (where I live). So this guy is taxed at 53 percent for each additional dollar earned. Its about fairness, not some kind of class-envy. We have a trillion dollar-plus deficit. For me, the bottom line is that if we don't find a way to level things out over time, we kill the middle class. Without a middle class, its hard to get rich -- unless you inherit the money. Supporting the middle class allows guys like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to get rich in the first place.

Gandhi: Seven Blunders of the World

· Wealth without work

· Pleasure without conscience

· Knowledge without character

· Commerce without morality

· Science without humanity

· Worship without sacrifice

· Politics without principle

stopgap's picture
stopgap 4 years 8 weeks ago
#4

Nelson, I agree. I didn't quite phrase my statement properly. I meant that liberals want rich people to use their money to help everybody else, because RICH people get their money from everybody else. In other words they get it off the work of others.

Zero G's picture
Zero G 4 years 8 weeks ago
#5

Creeping Police State?

Let's take a look back, something that the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is loath to do:

Civil Rights Photographer Unmasked as Informer

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Thurgood Marshall Had Secret Contact With FBI:

Files Show Relationship Dated to Civil Rights Days

By Roberto Suro

Washington Post Staff Writer

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Er, I could make a more exhaustive survey, certainly, but the point I wanted to make is that this is not creeping, This is a part and regular practice of the US Empire and National Security State. The Obama Administration, which Thom insists that we must support, if for no other reason than to swing the SCOTUS has been systematically and consistently using the DoJ to promote the agenda of permanent warfare. It is a continuation of past practice rather than a creeping police state. But it is CREEPY and I denounce it as fervently as I denounced the Bushco illegalities. But it is to be expected from an administration that refuses to look back, maintains the fiction of American Exceptionalism and continues the bloodletting unabated.

Out damn spot? Nay that stain remains...

stopgap's picture
stopgap 4 years 8 weeks ago
#6

Creeping police state! More like, full-tilt-boogie police state. Even Obama can't seem to get enough of it.

stonesphear's picture
stonesphear 4 years 8 weeks ago
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No Labor, no wealth. Unless you inherit it . LOL

Religion other than a record of what our ancestors thought. ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHH!

abi 4 years 8 weeks ago
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I just signed up just for this reason !

News #1 http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=7701601

The American people say to the Muslim community you should step up and defend yourselves. here they are participating in an outreach program and when they do this what happens they are a being put on the NEGATIVE spotlight and questioned!and in the middle of all that there is no link to WH and the President was not in that event. what?!! Why does that even matter? because the Dems/ WH are afraid of possible FALSE accusation form the Rep...bunch of ...Ghhhrrrr

this is a comment from the news viewer by dickreilly " Pretty thin, Chuck. Abudayyeh attended a WH outreach event for leaders from the Arab American community as part of an Administration effort to enlist community support for US policies. It apparently didn't work. Why else would Abudayyeh be the target of an FBI witchhunt - on Obama's watch?

News #2 is this http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39456324/ns/health-sexual_health How low can our goverment get?

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