|By Alan Hall | Excerpted from the September 2010 Socionomist
Originally published under the title “Increasing Authoritarianism In the Land of the Free”
[Ed: Our April and May 2010 issues of The Socionomist forecasted more authoritarianism as social mood declines. In this September 2010 update, socionomist Alan Hall reports on three little-known but significant new expressions of authoritarianism in the U.S. Here is a brief excerpt of all’s update.]
…2. Mobile Airport-Style X-Ray Machines See Inside Cars
In his May study on authoritarianism, Alan Hall warned:
A single successful U.S. car bomb or improvised explosive device (IED) would expand airport-like security measures to a far broader landscape. The Department of Defense is already preparing for this eventuality.
Our forecast is coming to pass even despite the absence of such an attack. According to Forbes magazine on August 24, a Massachusetts company has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies:
… more than 500 backscatter X-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles to see their contents … . Law enforcement agencies have also deployed the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.
The executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center calls the surveillance vans “one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.”
In this concise, two-page update, author Alan Hall presents two additional cases of increased governmental surveillance of U.S. civilians. Continue reading to discover how you may be affected as the push toward authoritarianism grows stronger.
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