Beginning in October, the Army plans to station an active unit inside
the United States for the first time to serve as an on-call federal
response in times of emergency. The 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st
Brigade Combat Team has spent thirty-five of the last sixty months in
Iraq, but now the unit is training for domestic operations. The unit
will soon be under the day-to-day control of US Army North, the Army
service component of Northern Command. The Army Times reports this new
mission marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated
assignment to Northern Command. The paper says the Army unit may be
called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control. The soldiers
are learning to use so-called nonlethal weapons designed to subdue
unruly or dangerous individuals and crowds.
Facism is alive and well in America. There’s insercurity and fear in the hearts of Americans which has allowed for wiretapping, torture, foreign wars, electoral fraud, etc. to go unchallenged. Corporate power has become the doctrine of the goverment. Alan Greenspan has recently admitted the true reason for the invasion of Iraq is oil, which has been vehemently denied by the Bush administation. Suspicions still loom about the twin tower collapse and the mysterious implosion of building no. 7. Hilter said “The great masses of people. . .will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.” We are living a history lesson. I remember the “great question” our teachers posed us: (see The Wave) How could the good people of Germany be so complicant to the evils of the Nazis? It takes a systematic shakedown of institutions, a shock to the nation’s psyche, an enemy to hate, and a superior ideal to fight for. Here’s a definition of fasicism from Robert Paxton: “A form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in uneasy but effective collaboration with traditional elites, abandons democratic liberties and pursues with redemptive violence and without ethical or legal restraints goals of internal cleansing and external expansion.” America has been primed. If another major shock, as in terrorist attack or stock market crash, were to take place, could America fall off the edge into darkness? The following video is from a comedy show in Australian famous for breaching security at the APEC summit in Sydney dressed up as Bin Ladin. This clip highlights that shadow of fasicism that has been cast over the hearts of some Americans. Its hilarious but should also serve as a moral alarm. Insert quote: learn from past or doomed repeat. Anyways, watch the video but if you don’t chuckle at it and find yourself nodding: go get therapy.