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10 Steps That Close An Open Society

[Edit – Added 1 more notable link. Thanks for the pingback Walski]

The events of the past few weeks have prompted me to put this out since I believe this information is important in influencing our reaction(s) towards provocation.

Invoke an internal and external threat
– People who are afraid are willing to do things that they wouldn’t otherwise do.

Establish secret (unaccountable) prisons where torture takes place
– In a secret system, the government does not have to provide any proof of wrongdoing by those it holds, so it can incarcerate anyone it wants.

Develop a paramilitary force
– A private military force — under the exclusive direction of the “commander in chief” with no accountability to Congress, the courts, or the public — blurs the line between a civilian police force and a militarized police state.
[Edit – This is part that scares me the most.]

Surveil ordinary citizens
– People who believe they are being watched are less likely to voice opposition. To scare a population into silence, the government need only monitor the activities of a few to make everyone fear that they are being surveilled. Every closed society keeps a “list” of so-called opponents it tracks.

Infiltrate citizen’s groups
– Spies in activist groups put psychological pressure on genuine activists by undermining their trust in one another. They may also disrupt legal activities, undermining the effectiveness of group efforts.

Detain and release ordinary citizens
– Detention intimidates or psychologically damages those arrested and also lets everyone know that anyone could be labeled an “enemy combatant” and “disappeared.”

Target key individuals
– People are less likely to speak out when those who are highly visible, like journalists, scholars, artists, or celebrities, are intimidated or have the livelihoods threatened. Targeting those who are especially visible makes it less likely that people will speak out and robs society of leaders and others who might inspire opposition.

Restrict the press
– The public is less likely to find out about government wrongdoing if the government can threaten to prosecute anyone who publishes or broadcasts reports that are critical of the government.

Recast criticism as espionage and dissent as treason
– People who protest can be charged with terrorism or treason when laws criminalize or limit free speech rather than protect it.

Subvert the rule of law
– The disappearance of checks and balances makes it easier to declare martial law, especially if the judiciary branch continues to exercise authority over individuals but has no authority over the Executive branch.

Now, these 10 points are from Naomi Wolf’s book, The End of America: Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, which is spawned a documentary with the same name. I’ve not changed the text above to fit the Malaysian context, but does ANY of this sound familiar to you?

It should be noted that the steps detailed in the book, undertaken by Bush-era America, themselves mirrored the steps taken by Nazi-era Germany in the years before WWII.

Believe me when I say that the screws are being turned slowly, day by day. There will be more and more provocation, designed to elicit a specific response. We must not play their game.

Notable links below:
The End Of America Movie
Wikipedia
The Huffington Post – Noami Wolf expands on the 10 steps

The documentary is available on *cough-cough* certain file sharing sites, or you can buy it online, or you can ‘borrow’ my copy.

Toll Hike Protests: IOI Mall

Via email.

These people were just saying what all of us feel. Whatever their political affiliations, all of us feel the pinch of the rising cost of living. What more when our questions with the standard reply which involves the words “national security” being thrown around. Whose nation? Whose security? The highway companies are mostly Bumiputra (hence Malay if you’re Peninsular Malaysian) and probably some fat cat Datuks and Tan Sris are living large off the Rakyat, skimming off deals made between the sheets and under the tables, between these Highway concessionaires and the Government. In the words of a contractor friend, “Itu BQ tulis 10 guni simen, guna 6 guni, 4 guni masuk poket.”

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TMnet throttles P2P

Apparently TMnet is throttling P2P traffic. I’ve never used any Torrent network till quite recently, so I have no idea how fast it was before. I have noticed problems with my, *ahem*, MP3 downloads on Ares though, and a lot of buzz among my friends about how slow Torrent-ing has gotten recently. Zaim clued me in and I spent a few minutes browsing various blogs looking for more info. Zonelance has lots of background info. He suggests contacting the Communications and Multimedia Consumer Forum of Malaysia and lodging a complaint on the basis that TMnet has violated the “Internet Access Service Provider (IASP) Sub-Code for the Communications and Multimedia Industry Malaysia”.

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Bloggers United Official Statement

I don’t consider myself a part of the “blogosphere” (cliques form in real life and cyberspace no?) but I will stand up for a man’s right to responsible free speech. On that basis I’m posting the following statement and displaying the badge on the right.

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Ricecooker Donation Drive TODAY!

rice cooking

Via sms alert from Joe. More info on ricecooker.

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James Brown Is Dead

Image credit : The Memphis Flyer

“I’m going away tonight.” –
James Joseph Brown, Jr.
(May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006)

Tributes : Funky16Corners

Floods in Johor

Update! Dec 22nd – 7.00pm

NST has the story. Our prayers go out to the victims and their families. Some pictures can be found on Malaysia Uncut.

Update! Dec 22nd – 6.30pm

I have just been informed that last night the dam in Segamat burst Pahang “overloaded”, forcing mass evacuations in Segamat. I have unconfirmed reports of deaths in Kampung Jawa, a few people trapped in cars trying to get away and of a baby dying after 2 days spent on a roof waiting for evacuation. The baby’s mother survived. Will update as soon as I get more information. So far none of the mainstream media have reported any deaths but I have found one site which mentions 6 deaths. Please remember these are unconfirmed reports as far as the officials sources are concerned. I just found this out through a friend whose girlfriend is in Segamat and who is currently holed up in one of the shelters there (either Sekolah Agama Kg. Jawa or Sekolah Kebangsaan Kg. Jawa.)

On Thursday an army rescue team found the dead bodies of a man and woman whose car had been swept away by currents. Three other bodies were recovered in Johor, the New Straits Times newspaper reported.

Situation Update No. 7

Widespread floods in southern Malaysia this week have killed at least six people and displaced 60,000, officials said Friday, amid warnings of storms and tidal surges elsewhere in the country.

Situation Update No. 6

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