The United Police States of the UK and USA
Here's a handy do-it-yourself, dot connecting demonstration.
Start, by defining - in your own time and in your your own words - the meaning of 'police state'.
Then, if you live in either the US or UK, try truthfully telling This Old Brit that your own country isn't already just such a state.
Try telling anyone for that matter. But show no surprise should they snigger.
Because - and you'd better believe it - from the first day George Bush and Tony Blair bonded, all regular Americans and ordinary Britons were well & truly buggered -- as far as genuine democracy and/or personal freedom was concerned.
The United States and the United Kingdom are both now fully fledged police states.
To attempt to deny it any longer is merely to declare most definitely that one is a downright dimwit. Be it by accident or by design.
Ask yourself the question[s].
Apart from a police state, where else would such worthy and worldly-wise, frail old men be manhandled in the manner which Walter 'Wolfie' Wolfgang was at Brighton -- for voicing one single simple word of dissent at New Labour's latest mutual admiration society's shameful, sycophantic shindig?
Incidentally, Walter's latest own words are well worth reading, here: http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article316115.ece
And where else would GW's storm troopers so easily be able to segregate thousands of law abiding citizens behind wire fenced, caged in 'arenas' classed as free-speech areas -- whenever the cowardly so-called Commander in Chief condescends to come calling, in any American city?
And where else would those cages in question be carefully constructed so far away from the 'emperor's' prescence - or even his miserable massive motorcade's proposed path?
And why else would so many special British police powers be being brought into force, almost by the bloody hour?
Similarly, why should it also be so in the States?
And where else other than a totalitarian police state would a perfect gentleman of a veteran, traditional Labour politician like Great Grimsby MP, Austin Mitchell, have his camera snatched and his perfectly harmless pictures deleted -- by the police -- other than in a state where they hold such sweeping sway?
Read Mr Mitchell's personal report here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4291424.stm
Moreover, where else would so many long suffering souls be incarcerated in so many 'detention camps' - for so long - without any adequate access to proper legal advice or representation? And why else would so many of said enslaved, still be stuck in in actual shackles?
And why else would today's Guantanamo Bay still be the obscene scene of such serial mass starvation -- by so many already driven half mad, hunger-strikers?
What in the world , one can't help but wonder, will it take to awake some people from their current comatose state?
A barrel full of bullets in the brain?
A fate as sickeningly savage as the one so recently suffered by a perfectly innocent young Brazilian, in the carriage of a London tube train?
At this particular point, it's perhaps appropriate to point out that This Old Brit is far from alone in how he sees our shared trans-Atlantic, present predicaments.
See this scorcher of a story from today's daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=363946&in_page_id=1770
Also today, even the UK's own Attorney General Lord Goldsmith issued warnings to his old pal Tony's ministers - regarding their increasingly alarming further plans & plots.
See what he said for yourself, courtesy of the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4299114.stm
However, in the final analysis it's perhaps only fair and balanced to point out that maybe we are all 'guilty as charged' -- that is -- as proven aiders & abetters.
Just as the pre WW2 German people once did, for better or for worse, we all watched it coming for a while -- and now it's arrived, we're accepting it.
Fait accompli ?
I fear it may be.