US Gov't Targets Conspiracy Theorists, Even if They're Right
In the frantic search for anyone who might do anything bad, our Federal Government has created a 21st century witch-hunt, creating lists of potentially dangerous people containing hundreds of thousands of names.
The following is in the same vein, and is just magnificently terrible.
According to a study by the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, certain types of anti-federalist groups believe
the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a “New World Order,” (NWO) in which the United States will be embedded in the UN or another version of global government.
the New World Order will be advanced, they believe, via steady transition of powers from local to federal law-enforcement agencies, i.e., the transformation of local police and law-enforcement agencies into a federally controlled “National Police” agency that will in turn merge with a “Multi-National Peace Keeping Force.”
These beliefs, marginalized by scare quotes, are cited as grounds for being identified as a far-right terrorist. This is what George Orwell called a "thoughtcrime" in his book 1984. In 1984, a thoughtcrime is not an act, but a belief that is counter to government interests and therefore illegal. Sadly, thoughtcrimes are a big part of the ugly reality of the Perpetual War on Scary, and the very concept has become relatively mainstream.
But let's imagine, in a perfect world of white-hatted heroes, that these beliefs are only held by far-right terrorists. It would be a simple matter of figuring out who believes that a federal police force is imminent, rounding them up and putting them in jail, right?
Would it be of any concern if these beliefs were actually true? Would knowing about the federal police become illegal? Would the safeguard from government scrutiny and persecution be to believe a lie?
Conspiracy Becomes Fact
Welcome then, to the real world. Last week, the US Military announced that it granted itself authority to interfere in domestic matters, creating a national police force. This is in violation of existing Federal law, but who cares, right? Say hello to the "National Police".
I admit, the West Point study was published before the US Military granted itself the right to declare martial law without anyone's consent. However, the fact remains that people who believe what is self-evidently true are targeted by the West Point study as domestic terrorists. Are those far-right conspiracy theorists still wacky, now that they are spot on?
This is the problem with thoughtcrimes, as George Orwell foresaw;
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act."