by Doris Colmes
were the magic words of the time: "Papiere Bitte. (Translation:
"Papers, Please.") Hearing those words, even now, causes
dull echoes of sounds akin to bodies hitting dirt, or bullets penetrating
flesh to thud into my mind. Because, if those papers werenít correctly
in order, or, if you were a Jew sneakily present in any place (including
the grocery store) which displayed the usual "NO JEWS OR DOGS
ALLOWED" sign, you were dead meat literally. And, yes, of
course Iím talking about my childhood as a little Jewish kid in
one ever forgets stench. Whether it is a long-forgotten encounter
with a ripe skunk, or a ripe egg, or a ripe decomposing body, once
one of those odors has been brain-documented, then even the slightest
tinge of such an aroma pops back up immediately, along with the
circumstances under which it first offended the nostrils.
thatís whatís happening now. I smell the long-forgotten skunk, the
long-forgotten rot of fascism. What is happening all around can
no longer be denied. What I ran away from so desperately in 1938
is coming back full circle. Only the jack-boots have not yet arrived.
quite literally saved my life. The love and gratitude deep in my
heart for this country will never go away. But Iím scared now. Haunted
by deep fear for the generations to come, who may wind up as I did
Ė looking over their shoulders, scurrying for cover, mute with terror.
And it hurts.
Iím some kind of elderly nut-job neurotically manufacturing dictatorship?
Well, letís look at the 82 billion dollar defense bill passed just
a few weeks ago, which (with a vote tally of 100 to 0) had the Real
ID Act hidden inside it. This law allows a national identification
process in which each and every person in the U.S.A. will be on
ID will be based on driverís license applications, although it isnít
just for driving. Just like the infamous "Internal Passport"
of Nazi Germany, no one will need it unless needing to fly, cash
checks, apply for jobs, walk the streets, enter federal buildings
or drive. As stated in Time magazine on May 15, 2005,
"If you are a wealthy recluse with liquid assets, it doesnít
concern you." Everyone else better watch out! Well, maybe that
wealthy recluse had better watch out also. After all, he/she might
be of a forbidden religion, or of suspicious racial origin.
"ID Theft" and legal "illegal surveillance"? The
Real ID Act links driverís licenses of all states, creating a data
base including the private details of every single U.S. citizen.
It mandates that your driverís license share a common machine-readable
digital photo of you, all the better to track your every movement.
It hands the federal government unfunded mandate power to dictate
what data all states must collect for license holders, including
everything from fingerprints to retinal scans. And, if you donít
drive, youíll still need to submit to the national ID card. How
else, after all, will the cop who doesnít like the shape of your
face, or the fact that you are (God Forbid) wearing a turban get
to arrest you? Yes, "Papiere Bitte" has come home to roost.
folks, thatís only the beginning. More technically sophisticated
techniques will be implemented as they occur. If the Nazis had had
electronic surveillance, phone bugging and all else that the Patriot
Act not only condones but advises, there would have been an even
tighter grip on the populace.
all, the Patriot Act is modeled directly after Gestapo methods:
Those 3:00 AM home intrusions Ė without warrant or reason for arrest
Ė will get our undesirable "domestic terrorists" straight
to the nearest version of GuantŠnamo with no need for trial. The
USA is currently building thirty-seven "detention centers"
nationwide, and theyíll soon be filled with persons who protest
too much, or are simply of the wrong nationality. After all, it
worked very well in Germany, successfully eliminating Jews, Gypsies,
and anyone willing to stand up, and refuse to "Hail Hitler."
next? Well, itís already happening: The Geneva Conventions were
initiated after WW II to prevent the insane war crimes and crimes
against humanity perpetrated by Nazi Germany from ever happening
again. Now, with blithe disregard of all of the above, the U.S.A.
not only institutes torture (not just physical, but deliberately
mental and emotional) on its prisoners, but actually exports these
folks to countries in which such torture is governmentally approved.
What the U.S. domestic prison system has kept hidden for years,
is now right out there for everyone to applaud. How long it will
take before the prison guards tie together the legs of a woman in
labor and then make bets on how long it will take her to die? After
all, thatís what guards did for fun in Nazi Germany. Abu Ghraib,
you ask, "If thatís all true, why doesnít the media expose
it all?" Now, thatís such a classic example of Nazi strategy,
itís almost funny. The Nazis took over the media, folks. No newspaper
published a single sentence without governmental approval, and propaganda
was fed to the populace instead of news. Sound familiar? A Time
magazine article, (April, 2005), gave illustrated examples of
how the current administration administers this process.
last but certainly not least, the Nazis took over the German government
in its entirety with one simple maneuver: They simply took over
the courts. You know, like itís happening right now, today, even
as we speak: Our filibuster was busted, and those neo-con activist
judges are a-sittiní on the bench, ready to take over the Supreme
Court. Because, once that Supreme Court is co-opted, hey, driverís
license ID cards are going be the least of our worries. Ask me.
Colmes [send her mail] is
an independent writer.
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