What Have We Learned From Egypt?
What To Expect When A Government Turns On Its People
NewsFocus.org, by Tim Watts - 013111
While watching the Egyptian protests, and the resulting
government reaction, I got to thinking... with Egypt a close US ally for over 30
years, how much of the government reaction came from Uncle Sam's playbook?
That made me start to take note of how the government went after
the people. I wondered if it would be the same here, if the government ever
declared martial law against "we the people."
Many were alarmed at just
how quickly the Egyptian government was able to
somewhat isolate its people and restrict their communications ability. The sad
fact is, it really didn't take that much effort, so it is worth noting the
methods used by the Egyptian government to suppress its people.
What was the first thing their government did? They shut down the
internet and cell phone usage, at 12:30 at night. This not only stifled
communication, but also information. In the cell phone age, shutting this vital
service down greatly limits any mobile ability for the people to organize
spontaneously and effectively.
Next, they went after the media, cutting down not only the
information flow to the people, but also the information news flow out of the
country, attempting to limit the world's view of the government's reaction
against the people.
By restricting these services, the
government attempts to retain control:
Another common tactic of oppressive regimes struggling for
control is to round up all those considered to be threats, such as
intellectuals, civic leaders, and any anti-government dissidents.
As we learned here in the US, during hurricane Katrina, they also
came for the guns, stripping legal gun owners of their right to defend
themselves in a crisis.
You can bet that government's the world over are watching the
Egypt protests quite intently, but probably none more so than the US.
Our country has already enacted
planning and drill sessions among the military,
for the purpose of maintaining civilian control in the event of public unrest
from further economic hardships. They have recently
built a fake city with with over 1,500
buildings, the size of downtown San Diego, for the purpose of training soldiers
to fight in a domestic city environment. Our military even goes so far in these
drills as to bring in the public, to take part as role players, treating it as if
it is all just a big theatrical production. The civilians are told to act
surprised and astonished over their detainment and internment, saying things like,
"But we're Americans. How can you do this to us? We didn't do anything."
What they are doing is desensitizing our troops, so that they will stand against the American
This is absolutely disturbing beyond words. Our taxpayer money,
used against us, by our own government.
So, if our government is carrying out active plans to take on its
master, "we the people," even though the legal right has never been
given to our government, nor voted on by the people, then it would seem
prudent for the people to exercise their right to throw off an
oppressive government, as we are legally directed to under the
very first paragraph of the
Declaration of Independence. "We the people"
have the legal right to overthrow a tyrannical regime, but our government
has never been given the authority by the people to attack us.
Just because the illegitimate Bush-Cheney regime hid clauses into
the Patriot Act and Military Commissions Act, etc, giving themselves
the illegitimate right to attack, detain and kill US citizens, "we the people" should
not recognize these stolen abuses of power as anything but treason against the
people and our US Constitution.
Make alternative plans now, such as, how to contact friends and
family in the event of a communications blackout. Plan ahead now for the
pitfalls of a government gone awry, and you will be in much better shape to face
By making careful observations and learning from the Egyptian
crisis, as our own government is, we can be better prepared to face the same
oppression and tactics, should rogue elements within our government rear their
ugly heads again, as they did on 9/11, and many other occasions in our
Pay attention to Egypt folks, because the same thing could happen
in America some day. Learn from the people of Egypt, before the same thing