Socialist Party USA’s Billy Wharton on the Paranoid Style and the Surveillance State

From Socialist Party USA co-chair Billy Wharton at the Examiner via Third Party and Independent Daily:

If there is a political crisis, there is an opportunity. Jared Lee Loughner’s attempted assassination of Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona certainly created a crisis. The New York Police Department (NYPD) is now ready to cash in on the opportunity. Or so their recent report entitled “Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation,” suggests. However, this will be a bit of an unusual reward for the men in blue – they score the ideological points while the surveillance industry reaps the monetary profits. . . .

it recommends preventative and preparation measures, both done in fine post 9/11 paranoid style. For prevention, the NYPD recommends the installation of surveillance cameras that cover all angles in the workplace and feed into a centralized location. This is a good example of advancing a pre-existing ideological agenda into a moment of crisis. Quite a financial boon to the surveillance camera makers and to those who wish to have every corner of New York City filmed for the purpose of total surveillance of the population . . .

One thought on “Socialist Party USA’s Billy Wharton on the Paranoid Style and the Surveillance State

  1. Conservative Tea Party Patriot

    Jared Lee Loughner did the right thing. Like Sarah Palin said about targeting liberal politicians like Giffords: don’t retreat, reload.

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