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    Thursday, July 10, 2008

    The Bush Police State Brings Torture to the Friendly Skies Over America

    Just when you thought you’ve heard it all...

    A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal, Inc. website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers (video also shown below).

    This bracelet would:

    • Take the place of an airline boarding pass

    • Contain personal information about the traveler

    • Be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage

    • Shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes

    The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it’s referred to, would be worn by every traveler “until they disembark the flight at their destination.” Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if the passenger got out of line.

    Clearly the Electronic ID Bracelet is a euphemism for the EMD Safety Bracelet, or at least it has a nefarious hidden ability (thus the term ID Bracelet is ambiguous at best). EMD stands for Electro-Musclar Disruption. Again, according to the promotional video, the bracelet can completely immobilize the wearer for several minutes.

    So is the government really that interested in this bracelet?

    Apparently so.

    According to this letter from DHS official, Paul S. Ruwaldt of the Science and Technology Directorate, office of Research and Development, which was written to the inventor whom he had previously met with, Ruwaldt wrote, “To make it clear, we [the federal government] are interested in . . . the immobilizing security bracelet, and look forward to receiving a written proposal.”


    DHS, of course, was not created to keep the country secure, but to reroute taxpayer dollars to right wing corporations who then give generously to right wing politicians of both "parties." It was also created to put in place the mechanism for suppressing dissent.

    In other words DHS was created to build the Bush Police State.

    Widespread economic turmoil leading to food and water shortages, massive unemployment, homelessness, decaying infrastructure, constant climate change disasters, perpetual war, etc could potentially lead to citizen response, though with evangelical Christianity and FOX news to anesthetize the public I don't see much chance for that - however, the ruling class does and DHS is there to wipe out dissent before it grows, by shocking, cuffing, detaining, kicking, beating, macing, tasering, arresting, torturing, rendering anyone who might demand justice and accountability from the power elite.

    The letterhead, in case you were wondering, is from a U.S. Department of Homeland Security office at the William J. Hughes Technical Center at the Atlantic City International Airport, or the Federal Aviation Administration headquarters.

    In another part of the letter, Mr. Ruwaldt confirmed, “It is conceivable to envision a use to improve air security, on passenger planes.”

    Would every paying airline passenger flying on a commercial airplane be mandated to wear one of these devices? I cringe at the thought. Not only could it be used as a physical restraining device, but also as a method of interrogation, according to the same aforementioned letter from Mr. Ruwaldt.

    Would you let them put one of those on your wrist? Would you allow the airline employees, which would be mandated by the government, to place such a bracelet on any member of your family?

    Why are tax dollars being spent on something like this?

    Because corporations rule the world and this policy is in the best interests of corporations. And see above explanation.

    Is this a police state or is this America?

    This is a police state. Pretty soon we can all get braceleted when we go to renew our driver's licenses. This can be marketed by the Rovian forces as "Crime Prevention"



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