Awash in cash, the world is, once again, corrupt.
In 2009, a Russian anti-corruption lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky, allegedly died of torture in Russian jails for reporting and fighting against Russian state corruption. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Congress passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act because human rights abuses were perpetuated by the Russian Federation against one of their own to cover up corruption.
The Congress could suggest to President Obama and Vice President Biden, who are reluctant to sign the bill into law, to supersede the Jackson-Vanik amendment with the Magnitsky Act to sanction Russia for human rights abuses by rejecting visas for Russians sympathetic to such behavior and/or imposing trade sanctions and delaying Russian entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Even America can go wrong, and I am here to tell that tale.
Virtue and vice used to be cyclical, in sync with the business cycle – economic growth used to raise virtue and lower vice.
These days they are countercyclical – growth of a few, insulated from the vicissitudes of the business cycle, raises vice and lowers virtue. Increase in poverty in cyclical downturns induces a critical mass of righteous indignation among the people-at-large only to be defused by transfer payments from the government to the voters after telling them what they want to hear.
Rhetoric obfuscates reality, and with technology such as Anthros which enables the government to use the wireless spectrum to model human behavior, a.k.a full spectrum operations since the issuance of a public redacted document of the US Department of Defense, a Russian invention during the Cold War in the 1970s, and later advanced significantly by the Pentagon, human rights abuses only get better, asphyxiating the capacity of the mind to think and act in its interest, in preference, not of society, but of a few interest groups which begin to treat society as a bureaucracy to consolidate power and wealth in the name of race, ethnicity, and religion and any social division or structural mechanism which can play well with those whom they see as the “masses.”
Society has become the subject of HUMINT under the cover of the roaming surveillance operations of the Department of Homeland Security (and United States Secret Service) authorized every year by the United States Congress.
Nazis had perfected the “art form” of the “Red States and Blue States” for total and absolute social control. How did America ever “hear” the whispers in Arabic of Iraqis in the streets of Baghdad?
Pentagon is doling out millions of dollars in contracts to model everything from how people type on their keyboards, wince, and smile to their mating rituals in their private spaces – Total Information Awareness (TIA) – to record the behavioral fingerprints of Americans, and all humans, when far simpler and more effective solutions of ensuring identification of everything from whales to mothers are feasible without violating the bill of rights.
Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the reform of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in lieu of missile defense in Poland is important for human rights in a world being spiraled out of control by the also-human post-9/11 security industrial complex, the new “arms race” since the new Eisenhower-era of the 1990s – beyond nuclear weapons to death by Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP).
Damn those cell phone towers. The earth ain’t flat yet.
O! How I crave the silence and sounds of the clear starry nights.
Blowing these whistles renders your mind in the day and age of Guantanamo.
I am in “it.” And you will be called sane if you don’t deny it. So, let us call a spade a spade and turn the Magnitsky Act into a less-pharisaical law to bring domestic surveillance under the rule of law before my taxes begin to pay for my abuse by my own government of, for and by its unsuspecting citizens.