Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

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by Vashti Kenway
Socialist Worker
May 26, 2016

The expansion of the Big Brother surveillance state in the U.S. has had greater scrutiny thanks to courageous whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and journalists like Glenn Greenwald. But the increase in state repression and violations of basic civil liberties–often carried out in the name of the “war on terror”–has gone global. In this article published at the Australian newspaper Red Flag, Vashti Kenway explains how “thought crime,” a concept once confined to science fiction, has become sufficient grounds to arrest and detain–and considers the ramifications of a strengthened state apparatus in Australia and beyond.


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Thoughtcrime: USA by Rand Clifford

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June 1, 2011

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The federal government seems unable to do anything but lie. Now, that’s plenty disturbing, but perhaps most disturbing of all is that hordes of Americans still, somehow, actually believe the lies. Compiling a list of official lies would be a savage challenge, tantamount to writing a synopsis of everything important that has happened, and is happening. On the other hand…easy as pie, compiling a list of actual federal truthfulness; unfortunately, there not only would be little if any pie, but hardly any crumbs. In fact, there might not even be any crumbs.

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Terror laws target ‘thought crimes’ by Colin Mitchell

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Posted with permission from Green Left Weekly

by Colin Mitchell
Green Left
25 October 2009

It is a pattern that is being repeated over and over worldwide. Security agencies conduct secret surveillance of suspects, record their conversations, then convict them under anti-terrorism laws so broad that expressions of opinion and radical talk are sufficient to define a terrorist.

No actual plans to carry out any terrorist act are required.

So it is that five Sydney men were found guilty on October 16 of conspiring to commit an act or acts in preparation for a terrorist act.

There was no unambiguous evidence of any physical steps taken towards committing any terrorist act.

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