Monsters with Human Faces: The Tyranny of the Police State Disguised as Law-and-Order


By John W. Whitehead
July 24, 2019

“But these weren’t the kind of monsters that had tentacles and rotting skin, the kind a seven-year-old might be able to wrap his mind around—they were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don’t recognize them for what they are until it’s too late.” ― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Enough already.

Enough with the distractions. Enough with the partisan jousting.

Enough with the sniping and name-calling and mud-slinging that do nothing to make this country safer or freer or more just.

We have let the government’s evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery and tyranny go on for too long.

We are approaching a reckoning.

This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned, when things fall apart and anarchy is loosed upon the world.

We have seen this convergence before in Hitler’s Germany, in Stalin’s Russia, in Mussolini’s Italy, and in Mao’s China: the rise of strongmen and demagogues, the ascendency of  over deep-seated principles, the warring nationalism that seeks to divide and conquer, the callous disregard for basic human rights and dignity, and the silence of people who should know better.

Yet no matter how many times the world has been down this road before, we can’t seem to avoid repeating the deadly mistakes of the past. This is not just playing out on a national and international scale. It is wreaking havoc at the most immediate level, as well, creating rifts and polarities within families and friends, neighborhoods and communities that keep the populace warring among themselves and incapable of presenting a united front in the face of the government’s goose-stepping despotism.

We are definitely in desperate need of a populace that can stand united against the government’s authoritarian tendencies.

Surely we can manage to find some common ground in the midst of the destructive, disrupting, diverting, discordant babble being beamed down at us by the powers-that-be? After all, there are certain self-evident truths—about the source of our freedoms, about the purpose of government, about how we expect to be treated by those we appoint to serve us in government offices, about what to do when the government abuses our rights and our trust, etc.—that we should be able to agree on, no matter how we might differ politically.  READ MORE HERE

Sask. Party wants to ‘dissolve’ rights tribunal, NDP says

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By: Sandra Finely/Canadian correspondent

April 23, 2010

SUBJECT:  Support for Human Rights cases (appeals) to be handled in the Courts.  Personal experience.  

TO:  Don Morgan, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Saskatchewan

CC:   Frank Quennell (NDP Justice critic), Dr. Stuart Houston

Dear Don Morgan,

RE:  Protection of Human Rights in Saskatchewan

My personal experience supports your statement “the Tribunal is “too close” to the Commission”, as reported in the appended CBC news report.  There is a problem with the current arrangement that needs to be addressed.  Your efforts will hopefully bring my despair with the system to an end!

The idea that human rights complaints should be handled outside the Court system sounds good.  By removing the costs of the court system, justice becomes accessible – so the argument goes.

However, my experience with the Human Rights Commission and Tribunal led me to conclude that in Saskatchewan we have only the illusion of a system for the protection of human rights.   My real-life experience completely undermined my faith in our institutions.  I said to friends, “We are supporting a system that is a sham.”

Not only are the Human Rights Commission and Tribunal “too close”, they also operate in a closed environment.  At no time was I able to make a presentation in person.  I was not able to ask questions of the Tribunal.   They simply decree that it shall be thus.  The Justice system is far from perfect, but it is at least transparent. More

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