Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Welcome to Heathrow" or Let us enter/de-tain you!

Cannonfire, one of my regular internet stops during a daily surf-ride, yesterday mentioned a writer Juan Cole, of whom I'd until now been unaware. I shall keep an eye on Mr. Cole's blog:
Informed Comment
from now on.

The piece which caught my eye and was quoted at Cannonfire: Greenwald Partner falsely detained as Terrorist: How to Create a Dictatorship
is a brief 10-point list (How to turn a democracy into a STASI authoritarian state in 10 easy steps), and ends with this paragraph:
Presto, what looks like a democracy is really an authoritarian state ruling on its own behalf and that of 2000 corporations, databasing the activities of 312 million innocent citizens and actively helping destroy the planet while forestalling climate activism.
Grim, ain't it?

I wasn't too surprised, to read that Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda had been detained by UK officials at Heathrow Airport in London under some Terrorism Act or other. The length of the detention seemed excessive though: 9 hours - reportedly the maximum allowed under law before police must release or formally make an arrest. Miranda's electronic equipment (laptop, cell phone) were confiscated before he was eventually released.

UK and USA are obviously in cahoots on the "get Edward Snowden" job, so Glenn Greenwald and anyone associated with him are going to be near the top of their lists of travellers to be detained, if for no other reason than to scare the living daylights out of others who might be considering a little whistle-blowing or leaking action. Did the authorities really think Miranda would be travelling with sensitive material so easily accessible, or that he'd be open to spilling any beans at all? Really? Really??


mike said...

Well, police state here we come...or probably more correct, police world here we come! One of today's headlines:

"Guardian Editor: U.K. 'Security Experts' Entered Offices And Destroyed Hard Drives"

It's becoming very difficult to distinguish the actions of the USA from those of Britain and various other first world nations. I've been very concerned that the USA has turned authoritarian, but I should best expand that view to the global authoritarianism that has transcended any one nation's effort toward a "united nations of authoritarianism".

Again, this is predestined, at least astrologically with the Uranus-Pluto business going on. The next many months will be difficult to bear as many faster planets (personal planets) will be aligning to perfect grand square configuration. Beware, particularly of April 2014:

"So we see that two important cycles of Jupiter to Pluto and Jupiter to Uranus are converging at the same time, between August 2013 and April 2014. And they relate very close in time to the beginning years of the Cardinal Climax. Briefly considered, that means the themes of late 2007 and also mid 2010- mid-2011, are returning, together this time. The month of August is very significant because 1) Jupiter is in T-square to Uranus and Pluto, and 2) Venus will make it a grand square by the end of August (August 24-27). The Grand Trine is gone, the Grand Square is here… starting with Venus (this month) and ending with Mars on April 21-22, 2014. That’s when it stands at 13 Libra, with Jupiter at 13 Cancer, Uranus at 13 Aries, and Pluto at 13 Capricorn."

Indeed, these are interesting times we live in!

Twilight said...

mike ~ I've just been reading the Guardian piece by Alan Rusbridger, and a few of the Guardian readers' comments.

From The piece:
And so one of the more bizarre moments in the Guardian's long history occurred – with two GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives in the Guardian's basement just to make sure there was nothing in the mangled bits of metal which could possibly be of any interest to passing Chinese agents. "We can call off the black helicopters," joked one as we swept up the remains of a MacBook Pro.

Whitehall was satisfied, but it felt like a peculiarly pointless piece of symbolism that understood nothing about the digital age. We will continue to do patient, painstaking reporting on the Snowden documents, we just won't do it in London. The seizure of Miranda's laptop, phones, hard drives and camera will similarly have no effect on Greenwald's work

US/UK joined at the hip as per usual, with others almost as closely joined it's in danger of becoming a global phenomenon.
I said to husband last evening, if we were many years younger I'd be looking for ways for us to go live somewhere in South America!
But that's fantasy.

Astrology is reflecting these tendencies of police statehood back to us, somewhat scarily - though future problems look more like crises in the financial realm than any more war or any worsening of authoritarianism (bad enough already)don't you think, based on those dates? Or might one spawn t'other, perhaps? :-(

mike (again) said...

I dabble with heliocentric astrology, too. From a helio-view (as seen from the sun), there are no retrogrades, so there is only one true square. The true heliocentric square of Uranus-Pluto occurs November 23, 2013...this coincides with the geocentric square on November 1, 2013. November marks a turning-point...the heat is truly on. The April, 2014, geocentric grand square will be a direct assessment and will call for action.

The crisis in the financial sector is actually a subset of the crisis in corporate dominance. The government and corporations have crossed a fuzzy line, such that one mirrors the other at times. Authoritarianism has invaded the corporate world, particularly in the "Terms of Use" clauses and privacy breaches by the corporations, then the corporations comply with data collection by the government.

There are any number of ways the upcoming months can play-out, but with Uranus, the ruler of explosive surprises, I doubt the effects can be predicted. Pluto rules the collective, secrets, and the under-belly, and so far, those effects have been seen. We need to brace ourselves for the unexpected!

“You are an analog girl, living in a digital world.” Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Twilight said...

mike ~ I'll keep those dates in mind, thanks. Uranus is traditionally planet of the unexpected, and of change, and unexpected change (I guess), and eccentricities. No point surmising then on exactly how this round will develop.

It could possibly be simply more of the same - seeing as things are pretty eccentric already - until some future astro-formation which indicates a clear, clean break up of what we've experienced during the past year(s) or so.

Guessing, of course!

Twilight said...

mike ~ Cute quote, by the way....I can relate to that one!