WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH
-- The three slogans of the Party displayed on the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's 1984.
"The United Nations Security Council, and now NATO, have spoken with one voice: The Iraqi regime will completely disarm itself of weapons of mass murder or we, the United States, will lead a coalition of willing nations and disarm that regime in the name of peace." -- George W. Bush, addressing thousands of Romanian citizens in Bucharest, Saturday, November 23, 2002.
"Every purchase you make with a credit card, every magazine subscription you buy and medical prescription you fill, every Web site you visit and e-mail you send or receive, every academic grade you receive, every bank deposit you make, every trip you book and every event you attend -- all these transactions and communications will go into what the Defense Department describes as 'a virtual, centralized grand database.'" -- William Safire, You Are a Suspect
"I wouldn't mind having something planted permanently in my arm that would identify me." -- Andy Rooney, Finding the Bad Guys
"Behind Winston's back the voice from the telescreen was still babbling away about pig-iron and the overfulfilment of the Ninth Three-Year Plan. The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized." -- George Orwell, 1984
"As of today, the Attorney General can suspend the ordinary requirements of the Fourth Amendment in order to listen in on phone calls, read e-mails, and conduct secret searches of Americans' homes and offices." -- Ann Beeson, litigation director of the Technology and Liberty Program of the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Progressive has collected examples of the new McCarthyism here.
According to Pew Research, 55% of Americans favor military action against Iraq. According to AP, only 13% of Americans can locate Iraq on a map. According to People for Better TV, 98% of American households have one television, 67% have two or more, the average American watches nearly nine hours of television every day, and the average American child spends more time in front of the television set than any other activity of their waking lives. People for Better TV cites a May 1998 Roper poll, writing that "69 percent of Americans cite TV as the most trusted source compared to newspapers (37%), radio (14%), magazines (5%) and the Internet (2%)." Even if all 13% of Americans who can find Iraq on a map support a military invasion, that still leaves 42% of Americans supporting an Iraq invasion without knowing where Iraq is located.
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