A NEW MARTIAL LAW IS HERE
A NEW MARTIAL LAW IS HERE by Paul Rosenberg
When a military boss is installed as the head of government, displacing civilian leadership, we call it martial law. In the 20th century we expected to see this as the general of an army kicking out a president and taking over. The 21stcentury has brought us a variation on that theme, but it still involves military organizations ruling over everyone else.
Right now, we’re living under groups that have inserted themselves into the most intimate parts of our lives and stand ready to order force down upon us. The people doing this are a variety of intelligence agencies, and I’d like you to remember that the NSA is the military. So are the Defense Intelligence Agency and half a dozen other spy units.
Here’s a passage from Julian Assange in Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet that makes my point well:
When you communicate over the internet, when you communicate using mobile phones… your communications are being intercepted by military intelligence organizations… It’s a soldier between you and your wife as you’re SMSing. We are all living under martial law as far as our communications are concerned, we just can’t see the tanks – but they are there.
But it’s not just the military that has displaced traditional power. It’s Google (partnership with the Department of State, long-standing CIA ties), Facebook (FBI, CIA, who knows), and a host of other “free” services.
As for bringing force down upon us via new processes, consider these cases:
- Marine Brandon Raub tossed into a psych ward for his Facebook posts.
- Stupidity on Facebook triggers a hotel raid.
- Facebook is building censorship tools to keep the Chinese government happy.
- A mom in California is arrested for selling food on Facebook.
- A gay couple in Indonesia are arrested after posting an “incriminating” photo to Facebook.
- Facebook users are arrested in Thailand for mocking the boss.
- Facebook develops yet more surveillance systems.
Perhaps a few of these didn’t involve Facebook corporate or American enforcers, but the point stands: Facebook is the evidence gatherer, with a direct, automated connection to their enforcement partners.
Everyone Is Targeted
We’re used to thinking of policemen working backward from the crime: Get some clues, follow them, then target an individual or two for closer scrutiny. But that’s not the way it’s done now.