August 24th, 2012
(HigginsBlog) – The human rights group representing the victim of NAZI indefinite psychiatric detention for Facebook posts discusses the danger of the modern day thought police.
For nearly a week, Brandon Raub, a former marine, found himself incarcerated against his will in a psychiatric facility for posting political opinions and song lyrics on Facebook.
When the government can incarcerate American citizens for merely exercising their First Amendment rights, argues John Whitehead in this week’s vodcast, then we are truly living in frightening times.
This practice is one of the hallmarks of Hitler’s NAZI gestapo.
For those not familiar with the term thought police, George Orwell warned us of this day in his classic novel 1984:
It is the job of the Thought Police to uncover and punish thoughtcrime and thought-criminals. They use psychology and omnipresent surveillance (such as telescreens) to monitor, search, find and arrest members of society who could potentially challenge authority and status quo, even only by thought, hence the name Thought Police. They use terror and torture to achieve their ends.
It also had much to do with Orwell’s own “power of facing unpleasant facts,” as he called it, and his willingness to criticize prevailing ideas which brought him into conflict with others and their “smelly little orthodoxies.”
Source: Wikepedia - Thought Police
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