We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, September 27, 2010

F.B.I. Searches Antiwar Activists’ Homes

by Colin Moynhan from The NY Times

The report indicates that "security" services in the US are increasingly intent upon intimidating people who protest war and other nefarious government policies and actions.
The searches in Minneapolis took place early in the morning at the homes of people who have helped organize demonstrations against the war in Iraq and protests held two years ago during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. 
Indeed, some people are stating that the US is already a police state. Check out Paul Craig Robert's article entitled, "It Is Official: The US Is A Police State". And Burghardt's piece entitled, "FBI Raids Activists' Homes in Sinister COINTELPRO Replay".