Do We Live in a Dystopia 2/3: The War Machines come home to NYC


According to the outgoing Police Commissioner the New York Police Department is a ‘quasi-military organization’ mirroring what past mayor Mike Bloomberg said 2 years ago:“I have my own army in the NYPD . . . the seventh biggest army in the world.”

The increased militarization of the NYPD and other big city police agencies had already caused concern among many by the mayor’s remarks that November, but both Bloomberg and Kelly’s handling of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in Lower Manhattan that autumn and into the winter attracted previously unmatched opposition. Within just a few short months the city had arrested hundreds of peaceful protesters, and tales from Occupiers about being pepper-sprayed by the police became routine over social media.

This was noting new to me, only further indication that I may have to pick up and old African American fashion statement and move further and further North like Frankenstein to live and die in peace.  I don’t know if you recall the following article:

‘It’s Intimidating. And It’s Free’: Iraq War Surplus Militarizing US Police

Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree poses in front the department's mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Queensbury, N.Y. The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Warren County Undersheriff Shawn Lamouree poses in front the department’s mine resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, in Queensbury, N.Y. The hulking vehicles, built for about $500,000 each at the height of the war, are among the biggest pieces of equipment that the Defense Department is giving to law enforcement agencies under a national military surplus program. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

So we have the militarization of the police. Unfortunately there are more puzzle pieces.Let me add some other puzzle pieces for you:

Mass Incarceration

With only 5% of the world’s population the USA has 25% of the entire prison population of the world. There are 1.57 million people in federal and state prison (does not even include county and local jail) according to the Department of Justice. That’s above the nation’s 1.53 million engineers and 1.05 million high school teachers.

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

Global and Domestic Surveillance

According to documents provided by Edward Snowden, NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption. With such technology, all current forms of public key encryption would be broken, including those used on many secure Web sites as well as the type used to protect state secrets.

This of course says nothing about the taping phone records, using porn to discredit others, spying on leaders and all the other terrible things the Snowden and Manley scandals have brought to light.

Thoughts

I do not have to really say more having entrenched in the USA a system of mass incarceration, Global and Domestic Surveillance, The Militarization of the Police, add to it some drones, and a history of mass spying reaching some sort of local maxima during the McCarthy era, constant threats to net neutrality , and projects like the MK Ultra project it is not difficult to imagine that some segments of the population live and have lived in a while in the grips of what more and more each day appears to be a dystopian ideology.

Project MKUltra is the code name of a U.S. government human research operation experimenting in the behavioral engineering of humans through the CIA’s Scientific Intelligence Division. The program began in the early 1950s, was officially sanctioned in 1953, was reduced in scope in 1964, further curtailed in 1967 and officially halted in 1973. The program engaged in many illegal activities; in particular it used unwitting U.S. and Canadian citizens as its test subjects, which led to controversy regarding its legitimacy. 

Forty-four American colleges or universities, 15 research foundations or chemical or pharmaceutical companies and the like including Sandoz (now Novartis) and Eli Lilly and Company, 12 hospitals or clinics (in addition to those associated with universities), and three prisons are known to have participated in MKUltra

Although the CIA insists that MKUltra-type experiments have been abandoned, some CIA observers say there is little reason to believe it does not continue today under a different set of acronyms. 14-year CIA veteran Victor Marchetti has stated in various interviews that the CIA routinely conducts disinformation campaigns and that CIA mind control research continued. In a 1977 interview, Marchetti specifically called the CIA claim that MKUltra was abandoned a “cover story.”

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