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The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
« on: September 20, 2019, 12:57:30 PM »

August 3, 2019

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    The Facts:This article was written by attorney and author John W. Whitehead, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute where it was originally published. Posted here with permission.
    Reflect On:What’s really going on in America and allied countries? Has total population control gone into effect? Why have we not noticed? Why are we complacent? Are things changing? Is humanity waking up? Why does the national security state continue to grow?

“Adolf Hitler is alive and well in the United States, and he is fast rising to power.”—Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, on the danger posed by the FBI to our civil liberties

Despite the finger-pointing and outcries of dismay from those who are watching the government discard the rule of law at every turn, the question is not whether Donald Trump is the new Adolf Hitler but whether the American Police State is the new Third Reich.

For those who can view the present and past political landscape without partisan blinders, the warning signs are unmistakable: the Deep State’s love affair with totalitarianism began long ago.

Indeed, the U.S. government so admired the Nazi regime that following the second World War, it secretly recruited Hitler’s employees, adopted his protocols, embraced his mindset about law and order, implemented his tactics in incremental steps, and began to lay the foundations for the rise of the Fourth Reich.

Sounds far-fetched? Read on. It’s all documented.

As historian Robert Gellately recounts, “After five years of Hitler’s dictatorship, the Nazi police had won the FBI’s seal of approval.” The Nazi police state was initially so admired for its efficiency and order by the world powers of the day that J. Edgar Hoover, then-head of the FBI, actually sent one of his right-hand men, Edmund Patrick Coffey, to Berlin in January 1938 at the invitation of Germany’s secret police—the Gestapo.

The FBI was so impressed with the Nazi regime that, according to the New York Times, in the decades after World War II, the FBI, along with other government agencies, aggressively recruited at least a thousand Nazis, including some of Hitler’s highest henchmen.

All told, thousands of Nazi collaborators—including the head of a Nazi concentration camp, among others—were given secret visas and brought to America by way of Project Paperclip. Subsequently, they were hired on as spies and informants, and then camouflaged to ensure that their true identities and ties to Hitler’s holocaust machine would remain unknown. All the while, thousands of Jewish refugees were refused entry visas to the U.S. on the grounds that it could threaten national security.

Adding further insult to injury, American taxpayers have been paying to keep these ex-Nazis on the U.S. government’s payroll ever since. And in true Gestapo fashion, anyone who has dared to blow the whistle on the FBI’s illicit Nazi ties has found himself spied upon, intimidated, harassed and labeled a threat to national security.

As if the government’s covert, taxpayer-funded employment of Nazis after World War II wasn’t bad enough, U.S. government agencies—the FBI, CIA and the military—have fully embraced many of the Nazi’s well-honed policing tactics, and have used them repeatedly against American citizens.

Indeed, with every passing day, the United States government borrows yet another leaf from Nazi Germany’s playbook: Secret police. Secret courts. Secret government agencies. Surveillance. Censorship. Intimidation. Harassment. Torture. Brutality. Widespread corruption. Entrapment. Indoctrination. Indefinite detention.

These are not tactics used by constitutional republics, where the rule of law and the rights of the citizenry reign supreme. Rather, they are the hallmarks of authoritarian regimes, where the only law that counts comes in the form of heavy-handed, unilateral dictates from a supreme ruler who uses a secret police to control the populace.

That danger is now posed by the FBI, whose laundry list of crimes against the American people includes surveillance, disinformation, blackmail, entrapment, intimidation tactics, harassment and indoctrination, governmental overreach, abuse, misconduct, trespassing, enabling criminal activity, and damaging private property, and that’s just based on what we know.

Whether the FBI is planting undercover agents in churches, synagogues and mosques; issuing fake emergency letters to gain access to Americans’ phone records; using intimidation tactics to silence Americans who are critical of the government; recruiting high school students to spy on and report fellow students who show signs of being future terrorists; or persuading impressionable individuals to plot acts of terror and then entrapping them, the overall impression of the nation’s secret police force is that of a well-dressed thug, flexing its muscles and doing the boss’ dirty work of ensuring compliance, keeping tabs on potential dissidents, and punishing those who dare to challenge the status quo.

Whatever minimal restrictions initially kept the FBI’s surveillance activities within the bounds of the law have all but disappeared post-9/11. Since then, the FBI has been transformed into a mammoth federal policing and surveillance agency that largely operates as a power unto itself, beyond the reach of established laws, court rulings and legislative mandates.

Consider the FBI’s far-reaching powers to surveil, detain, interrogate, investigate, prosecute, punish, police and generally act as a law unto themselves—much like their Nazi cousins, the Gestapo—and then try to convince yourself that the United States is still a constitutional republic.

Just like the Gestapo, the FBI has vast resources, vast investigatory powers, and vast discretion to determine who is an enemy of the state.

Today, the FBI employs more than 35,000 individuals and operates more than 56 field offices in major cities across the U.S., as well as 400 resident agencies in smaller towns, and more than 50 international offices. In addition to their “data campus,” which houses more than 96 million sets of fingerprints from across the United States and elsewhere, the FBI has also built a vast repository of “profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not accused of any crime. What they have done is appear to be acting suspiciously to a town sheriff, a traffic cop or even a neighbor.” The FBI’s burgeoning databases on Americans are not only being added to and used by local police agencies, but are also being made available to employers for real-time background checks.

All of this is made possible by the agency’s nearly unlimited resources (its minimum budget alone in fiscal year 2015 was $8.3 billion), the government’s vast arsenal of technology, the interconnectedness of government intelligence agencies, and information sharing through fusion centers—data collecting intelligence agencies spread throughout the country that constantly monitor communications (including those of American citizens), everything from internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails.
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Much like the Gestapo spied on mail and phone calls, FBI agents have carte blanche access to the citizenry’s most personal information.

Working through the U.S. Post Office, the FBI has access to every piece of mail that passes through the postal system: more than 160 billion pieces are scanned and recorded annually. Moreover, the agency’s National Security Letters, one of the many illicit powers authorized by the USA Patriot Act, allows the FBI to secretly demand that banks, phone companies, and other businesses provide them with customer information and not disclose those demands to the customer. An internal audit of the agency found that the FBI practice of issuing tens of thousands of NSLs every year for sensitive information such as phone and financial records, often in non-emergency cases, is riddled with widespread constitutional violations.

Much like the Gestapo’s sophisticated surveillance programs, the FBI’s spying capabilities can delve into Americans’ most intimate details (and allow local police to do so, as well).

In addition to technology (which is shared with police agencies) that allows them to listen in on phone calls, read emails and text messages, and monitor web activities, the FBI’s surveillance boasts an invasive collection of spy tools ranging from Stingray devices that can track the location of cell phones to Triggerfish devices which allow agents to eavesdrop on phone calls.  In one case, the FBI actually managed to remotely reprogram a “suspect’s” wireless internet card so that it would send “real-time cell-site location data to Verizon, which forwarded the data to the FBI.” Law enforcement agencies are also using social media tracking software to monitor Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. Moreover, secret FBI rules also allow agents to spy on journalists without significant judicial oversight.

Much like the Gestapo’s ability to profile based on race and religion, and its assumption of guilt by association, the FBI’s approach to pre-crime allows it to profile Americans based on a broad range of characteristics including race and religion.

The agency’s biometric database has grown to massive proportions, the largest in the world, encompassing everything from fingerprints, palm, face and iris scans to DNA, and is being increasingly shared between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in an effort to target potential criminals long before they ever commit a crime. This is what’s known as pre-crime. Yet it’s not just your actions that will get you in trouble. In many cases, it’s also who you know—even minimally—and where your sympathies lie that could land you on a government watch list. Moreover, as the Intercept reports, despite anti-profiling prohibitions, the bureau “claims considerable latitude to use race, ethnicity, nationality, and religion in deciding which people and communities to investigate.”

Much like the Gestapo’s power to render anyone an enemy of the state, the FBI has the power to label anyone a domestic terrorist.

As part of the government’s so-called ongoing war on terror, the nation’s de facto secret police force has begun using the terms “anti-government,” “extremist” and “terrorist” interchangeably. Moreover, the government continues to add to its growing list of characteristics that can be used to identify an individual (especially anyone who disagrees with the government) as a potential domestic terrorist. For instance, you might be a domestic terrorist in the eyes of the FBI (and its network of snitches) if you:

    express libertarian philosophies (statements, bumper stickers)
    exhibit Second Amendment-oriented views (NRA or gun club membership)
    read survivalist literature, including apocalyptic fictional books
    show signs of self-sufficiency (stockpiling food, ammo, hand tools, medical supplies)
    fear an economic collapse
    buy gold and barter items
    subscribe to religious views concerning the book of Revelation
    voice fears about Big Brother or big government
    expound about constitutional rights and civil liberties
    believe in a New World Order conspiracy

Much like the Gestapo infiltrated communities in order to spy on the German citizenry, the FBI routinely infiltrates political and religious groups, as well as businesses.

As Cora Currier writes for the Intercept: “Using loopholes it has kept secret for years, the FBI can in certain circumstances bypass its own rules in order to send undercover agents or informants into political and religious organizations, as well as schools, clubs, and businesses…” The FBI has even been paying Geek Squad technicians at Best Buy to spy on customers’ computers without a warrant.

Just as the Gestapo united and militarized Germany’s police forces into a national police force, America’s police forces have largely been federalized and turned into a national police force.

In addition to government programs that provide the nation’s police forces with military equipment and training, the FBI also operates a National Academy that trains thousands of police chiefs every year and indoctrinates them into an agency mindset that advocates the use of surveillance technology and information sharing between local, state, federal, and international agencies.

Just as the Gestapo’s secret files on political leaders were used to intimidate and coerce, the FBI’s files on anyone suspected of “anti-government” sentiment have been similarly abused.

As countless documents make clear, the FBI has no qualms about using its extensive powers in order to blackmail politicians, spy on celebrities and high-ranking government officials, and intimidate and attempt to discredit dissidents of all stripes. For example, not only did the FBI follow Martin Luther King Jr. and bug his phones and hotel rooms, but agents also sent him anonymous letters urging him to commit suicide and pressured a Massachusetts college into dropping King as its commencement speaker.

Just as the Gestapo carried out entrapment operations, the FBI has become a master in the art of entrapment.

In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the FBI has not only targeted vulnerable individuals but has also lured or blackmailed them into fake terror plots while actually equipping them with the organization, money, weapons and motivation to carry out the plots—entrapment—and then jailing or deporting them for their so-called terrorist plotting. This is what the FBI characterizes as “forward leaning—preventative—prosecutions.” In addition to creating certain crimes in order to then “solve” them, the FBI also gives certain informants permission to break the law, “including everything from buying and selling illegal drugs to bribing government officials and plotting robberies,” in exchange for their cooperation on other fronts. USA Today estimates that agents have authorized criminals to engage in as many as 15 crimes a day. Some of these informants are getting paid astronomical sums: one particularly unsavory fellow, later arrested for attempting to run over a police officer, was actually paid $85,000 for his help laying the trap for an entrapment scheme.

When and if a true history of the FBI is ever written, it will not only track the rise of the American police state but it will also chart the decline of freedom in America, in much the same way that the empowerment of Germany’s secret police tracked with the rise of the Nazi regime.

How did the Gestapo become the terror of the Third Reich?

It did so by creating a sophisticated surveillance and law enforcement system that relied for its success on the cooperation of the military, the police, the intelligence community, neighborhood watchdogs, government workers for the post office and railroads, ordinary civil servants, and a nation of snitches inclined to report “rumors, deviant behavior, or even just loose talk.”

In other words, ordinary citizens working with government agents helped create the monster that became Nazi Germany. Writing for the New York Times, Barry Ewen paints a particularly chilling portrait of how an entire nation becomes complicit in its own downfall by looking the other way:

    In what may be his most provocative statement,
    Johnson says that ‘‘most Germans may not even have realized until very late in the war, if ever, that they were living in a vile dictatorship.’’ This is not to say that they were unaware of the Holocaust; Johnson demonstrates that millions of Germans must have known at least some of the truth. But, he concludes, ‘‘a tacit Faustian bargain was struck between the regime and the citizenry.’’ The government looked the other way when petty crimes were being committed. Ordinary Germans looked the other way when Jews were being rounded up and murdered; they abetted one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century not through active collaboration but through passivity, denial and indifference.

Much like the German people, “we the people” have become passive, polarized, gullible, easily manipulated, and lacking in critical thinking skills.  Distracted by entertainment spectacles, politics and screen devices, we too are complicit, silent partners in creating a police state similar to the terror practiced by former regimes.

Had the government tried to ram such a state of affairs down our throats suddenly, it might have had a rebellion on its hands.

Instead, the American people have been given the boiling frog treatment, immersed in water that slowly is heated up—degree by degree—so that they’ve fail to notice that they’re being trapped and cooked and killed.

“We the people” are in hot water now.

The Constitution doesn’t stand a chance against a federalized, globalized standing army of government henchmen protected by legislative, judicial and executive branches that are all on the same side, no matter what political views they subscribe to: suffice it to say, they are not on our side or the side of freedom.

From Clinton to Bush, then Obama and now Trump, it’s as if we’ve been caught in a time loop, forced to re-live the same thing over and over again: the same assaults on our freedoms, the same disregard for the rule of law, the same subservience to the Deep State, and the same corrupt, self-serving government that exists only to amass power, enrich its shareholders and ensure its continued domination.

Can the Fourth Reich happen here?

As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it’s already happening right under our noses.



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Re: The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2019, 04:38:22 AM »


    Reflect On:What’s really going on in America and allied countries? Has total population control gone into effect? Why have we not noticed? Why are we complacent? Are things changing? Is humanity waking up? Why does the national security state continue to grow?

“Adolf Hitler is alive and well in the United States, and he is fast rising to power.”—Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, on the danger posed by the FBI to our civil liberties

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From Clinton to Bush, then Obama and now Trump, it’s as if we’ve been caught in a time loop, forced to re-live the same thing over and over again: the same assaults on our freedoms, the same disregard for the rule of law, the same subservience to the Deep State, and the same corrupt, self-serving government that exists only to amass power, enrich its shareholders and ensure its continued domination.

Can the Fourth Reich happen here?

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/08/03/the-rise-of-the-american-gestapo-has-it-already-happened-here/

Yes, it already has, but I'm too busy to care.

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Re: The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 12:55:45 PM »


    Reflect On:What’s really going on in America and allied countries? Has total population control gone into effect? Why have we not noticed? Why are we complacent? Are things changing? Is humanity waking up? Why does the national security state continue to grow?

“Adolf Hitler is alive and well in the United States, and he is fast rising to power.”—Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, on the danger posed by the FBI to our civil liberties

//
From Clinton to Bush, then Obama and now Trump, it’s as if we’ve been caught in a time loop, forced to re-live the same thing over and over again: the same assaults on our freedoms, the same disregard for the rule of law, the same subservience to the Deep State, and the same corrupt, self-serving government that exists only to amass power, enrich its shareholders and ensure its continued domination.

Can the Fourth Reich happen here?

https://www.collective-evolution.com/2019/08/03/the-rise-of-the-american-gestapo-has-it-already-happened-here/

Yes, it already has, but I'm too busy to care.




Tribal Mentality !

https://wakeup-world.com/2019/09/11/tribal-mentality-how-fear-of-feeling-out-is-holding-us-back/

Tribal Mentality: How Fear of Feeling Out is Holding Us Back

September 11th, 2019

By Niraj Soma Naik

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

When I was a pharmacist, a fellow pharmacist who was from Nigeria told me how tribal culture had historically held back progress in some parts of Africa. The king of the tribe (usually the most dominant/alpha/territorial character) would kill off anyone who came up with a new invention out of fear that they would become the new king.

Similar things have happened historically in Europe too; kings and queens never want to lose their power to the people. Africa and Asia were also pillaged by those Imperial powers, who believed their capitalist culture was far superior to the natives’. They destroyed their culture and vast resources of wisdom in order to impose their own regime and control.

In places like India, Imperial rulers feared the superior technology and innovation of the natives and wanted a piece of the action – read Vasco Da Gama’s conquest of India and the real history of what he discovered. China too, as Marco Polo writes when he first discovers China and its far superior culture compared to Europe. This kind of oppression was a driving factor behind the civil wars and rebellions that eventually overthrew Imperial rule around the world.

These days much of the world has traded Imperial rule for democracy and free market economies – but how much have things really changed? Have we simply replaced the power of kings and queens with the power of capitalism and corporations? Are the Imperial powers still very much in control of their subjects through sophisticated banking and economics? (Watch the documentary The Spider’s Web on YouTube – and you will discover exactly how they do that).

I used to work in the Head Office of one of the world’s largest corporations, and saw first hand that on a corporate level, bosses will shut down innovative ideas out of fear of a rebel taking over their position. It happened to me on numerous occasions.

In fact, there is so much evidence out there supporting the fact corporations do whatever they can to shut down competition even to the point of taking out their enemies in the same way a king would kill a fellow tribesman (read about Rife Machines here and here, Watch Grass is Greener on Netflix, and check the recent stuff about Dr Sebi/Nipsey Hussle).

At school growing up I saw and experienced – and even can be blamed myself at times – the way an alpha or dominant character would shut down people for being innovative, being smarter than the tribe, or even wearing different clothes. Peer group pressure is real and can prevent awesome ideas from flourishing. Do people really ever grow out of the school playground mentality?
Fear of Feeling Out

What is behind this kind of tribal culture, whether it’s in historic ancestral tribes or in the hallways of a modern college or a smart office? Why does it happen in the first place?

Instinctively we do not want to feel excluded from a group. I call this FOFO (Fear Of Feeling Out).

Back in the tribal times of our ancestors, your survival really depended a lot on fitting into the tribe you were born into. If you were excluded (for example, if you were born with disabilities or simply if someone didn’t like you!) you were pretty much dead unless you were strong and adaptive enough to go and form your own tribe elsewhere.

This also meant that the alphas who dominate and lead a tribe would be the first to shut down a potential threat to their position. They would be the first to shame, dumb down, and even fight to the death a person who threatened their superiority. They have to maintain their status.

This instinctive nature to belong to a tribe at all costs – even if the values of the tribe do not really match your own – is what maintains the status quo we have today.
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Most people don’t want to cause trouble and just want to live in “comfort”. However some people cannot handle the totally false sense of comfort that comes belonging to a tribe that does not share their own values. Some will even die for their truth and beliefs, as seen in multiple revolutions against ruling political parties across the history of the world.

We need these people! We need more people to start standing for what they believe despite the possible rejection! Without these people, we would still be living in caves trying to start fires with sticks. Really.

These are the rebels, misfits, renegades who go on to change the status quo and create innovation. Sure, not all renegades and rebels are good people. Many renegades have created tribes and cultures designed to negatively manipulate, exclude, even torture other tribes and communities. But without the vision and creativity of those prepared to stand up for their truth, where would we be? Perhaps where we are today.

Have we really just gone from tropical jungles to concrete jungles? Are we really just apes wearing fancy clothes? To create real change and progress, surely we’re going to need to challenge our instinctive tribal identity.
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Re: The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened Here?
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We have had the Gestapo at least since J. Edgar Hoover was sworn in as Director of the FBI.



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