Posts Tagged ‘Amy Goodman’

Fusion Centers: An American Stasi ?

August 15, 2008

At first glance, The Siege looks to be a flag waving, hero’s are us kind of American patriot film. But upon further review, and if you honestly give this movie a chance and listen to what it has to say, you’ll see that it wants us to listen, it wants us to learn and it wants us to just look at the possibilities of ” what if? “.

Well, if you ask me I think we are beyond the question of ” what if? “. The above is a description by Dan Grant from Toronto, Ontario of the movie The Siege. You might say that it is a chilling description of present day America. The ” what if? “. Scenario  is no longer what if? It is here in the way of the Fusion Centers!

The ACLU expressed concern about this back in January of 2007 with regards to privacy issues:
at a time when new technology, government powers and zeal in the “war on terrorism” are combining to threaten Americans’ privacy at an unprecedented level.

Now, Amy Goodman has expressed similar concerns in her article Don’t Cage Dissent on which also appears in Common Her opening sentence states the issue in a direct  “ in your face “ manner:
The bulwark against tyranny is dissent. Open opposition, the right to challenge those in power, is a mainstay of any healthy democracy.

and a Denver CBS4 News report echoes scenes from the Siege:

“ the city is planning on jailing arrested Democratic convention protesters at a warehouse with barbed-wire-topped cages and signs warning of the threat of stun gun use“.

This chilling scenario keeps looking more and more like the Stasi State of East Germany of old.  It was widely regarded as one of the most effective and repressive intelligence and secret police agencies in the world. They monitored political behavior among GDR citizens, and is known to have used torture and intimidation to mute dissent.

As of March 2008 these Fusion Centers now number 58. You might want to take a look at this  at the Homeland Security website: State and Local Fusion Centers.

Isn’t it ironic that American journalist are reporting on dissent in China during the Beijing Olympics while all of this is taking place back in the states?


Amy Goodman is the host of “Democracy Now!,” )a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 700 stations in North America.


Musharraf Still Stands

January 3, 2008

Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2008
by Amy Goodman

Benazir Bhutto and her supporters who died with her during the suicide attack Dec. 27 are the latest victims of decades of dangerous U.S. support for Pakistan’s military regime. The country’s dictator, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, has held his grip on power despite increasing popular unrest. The Bush administration got nervous, turning to Bhutto to preserve the status quo in Pakistan. More…

Opposition Urges Musharraf to Step Down

Thursday January 3, 2008 8:31 AM
Associated Press Writer
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) – Pakistan’s U.S.-allied president must resign before next month’s elections or the country risks slipping into civil war, a leading independent thinktank and the opposition said Thursday. More…