WARNING: May contain opinions
Another Letter From America. Salembard from Salem, OR, Dean Edwards.
We can always count on political opportunism to demean mistakes of their opponents, but where is the Mic Check on the growth of Big Corporate Government as it replaces Democracies?
Have the people become suspect by the political parties claiming to represent their interests? Are we the new "mud bloods" to the new national security states? For those who have seen the movie, "Glorious '39," we have seen this all before in the UK. We see common excesses in both the "Terrorism Act" in the UK and in the "Patriot Act" in the US. We see it in conservative and so-called "left" governments. Here is a story about the security situation in London as the 2012 Olympics draw close.
A similar story in the United States, not yet prominent is the growing concerns over domestic spying by police departments as Drones are tested in Redding, California, and soon in Astoria, Oregon. This contrasts with the growing monitoring of city streets in London. Will it take "A Very British Coup" to reverse the UK monitoring trend? Will Americans empower their governments to deploy surveillance drones over American cities to casually monitor our activities? How much we have in common as our political leaders pander to Big Corporate Government and their bought and paid for influence!
Here is the National Public Radio story as a transcript:
Athletes, Visitors Flood London's Heathrow Airport : NPR
This does cover the security fiasco and lack of private personnel to fulfill their contract for the 2012-London Olympics.
Naturally, Labour pounced on this one as the shadow Home Secretary for Labour took full advantage of the Tory government lack of oversight.
In the US Senate last night, we see the Democrats also taking advantage of the Republican filibuster of the proposed legislation disclosing who contributes to social-action political-action committees. Currently under the US Supreme Court's "Citizens United decision, donors are secret.
The point here is, we can always count on one party to seize advantage of a perceived opportunity. How do we make them all respond to the growing corporate-security state and the corporate seizure of democratic governments? This is the Occupy challenge we hold in common.
Coordinating Editor, Occupy Oregon Media
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