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Naomi Wolf: The Violent Crackdown on Dissent in America

RT: With the world watching the case of Wikileaks Julian Assange, Russia Today sat down with American author Naomi Wolf to discuss why journalists are finding it increasingly difficult to publish information the US government doesn’t want them to. Indeed, the Pentagon has been ordered to begin monitoring major news stations in the US to see if any media outlets are disclosing classified information. With the entire government now over-classifying everything, it's a heavy-handed attempt to silence truth tellers and whistleblowers with threats of imprisonment, or worse. Wolf's reaction is: "My immediate take is a profound feeling of nausea and a sense that somehow, the United States has collapsed into the Soviet Union circa the mid-1930s. This was horribly foreseeable, but I can’t believe it’s come to this." (24:59)

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There are sincere folk on both sides (Rep & Dem)

This is how both Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul could be serving at the same time. They will be ripe for our message, even on issues that they may have strong misgivings on presently. It is up to us to communicate winsomely, and reasonably.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Naomi Wolf

Is someone on the left I respect.

Look at this article from the UK's guardian, interesting....

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/21/coming-d...

I know it is superficial but she is pretty hot also....

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."

There is no left. There is

There is no left. There is no right.

There is us and them.

I think Naomi is one of us.

Good point.

And you are right. We are all in this together. Thanks.

Lord Acton, Lord Chief Justice of England, 1875 - "The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the People v. The Banks."

Monitoring Major News Stations Really?

Isn't that kind of like them monitoring themselves? I mean the major news stations are all part of the fraud we call our government aren't they? They are all owned by the same corrupt jerks that have run the country into the ground years ago aren't they?

skippy

This Is A Great Thread

The grown ups on this site have hugs of com-passion for our com-patriot Naomi.

I remember when we use to waste more time snipping and snarking at such genuine friends of the heart who progress.

Time is short as tyranny's progression is on pace. I rejoice at the progress of all who will stand opposed.

It sucks

It sucks having an iPhone when I want to view certain videos. lol there is a video, right? I can't tell if there is. I need to get a new computer once I get a job. :(

Naomi Wolf Strangely Silent

...on gun control. In her book The End of America she completely left out any discussion of the 2nd Ammendment. In my view gun control is the 11th, and final step in the true end of America.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Interesting point

Because she is a friend of mine, and I know her to be sincere and good of heart, I would say it is an oversight, or perhaps a blindspot. If it was a blindspot in 2007 when she wrote the book, I would bet that her vision has since improved. And she alludes to that in her condemnation of Obama in the Guardian.

ecorob's picture

I was silent for a very long time, too.

From supporting Nader in1992 to supporting Clinton and Bush through to 2007 when Dr. Paul cured my apathy, I was searching. Weren't we all?

As MANYSTROM points out below, Naomi has not always believed in guns but she does believe in the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

When she speaks, the youth in the Universities listen. The youth, and ALL of us, will sew this fabric of freedom back together.

We will not be ruled by fear. The elite have NO power when we, the people rise up.

We, the people have defeated the imperial Japanese nation and we have defeated the juggernaut of hitler's Germany...the neocons, the democons, and the elitist oligarchy will tremble under our feet!

Rise up, America! Reclaim your Nation. The world prays for you.

Welcome aboard, Naomi. We, the people have been waiting for you.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Naomi Wolf?

Isn't she that lady that endorsed and voted for Obama back in '08.

Hmm... Says one thing, does another.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Like I said below, she's a friend of mine

Did you even read that article you posted? Let me quote a snippit:

...we are fools to assume that if the government makes a dramatically violent move, which all the laws I have highlighted now make entirely possible, that anyone will know clearly what to do or how to implement what should be done in response. In Pakistan, it was clear, in spite of this powerful grassroots movement, no one had a clear Plan B when Musharraf declared a state of emergency and began rounding up the lawyers and arresting the judges. No one had an unquestioned leadership structure in place for the countermovement; no one had a subcontinent-sized phone tree or a nice big -- oh, nation-sized -- conference room in which to meet.

We need to consider this right now when we think about our own country: In a sudden sharp move on the part of the US government, even a `small' one such as this imagined scenario of the rendition of a handful of US judges, there is nothing a democracy is prepared effectively to do; that is the nature of democracy. There is no War Room for democracy; no one has an organizational chart detailing who would do what; no one would have a master strategy.

If you have a problem with the word 'democracy', don't let your prejudice of the word make you lose the meaning of the sentence. Replace it with "we the people." As in, we the people here, at the Daily Paul, and all the other people who are awake to what is happening.

What the part that I bolded says is: "If the government turns on us, we the people have no plan of what to do."

Well, the government is turning on us. It is clear from her latest commentary on Obama that she is fully aware of that, and that it is taking place over the Second Amendment. Because she's seen it happen before. The elites are just running a play from the playbook. She knows the playbook. She wrote it all out in The End of America.

I haven't read any further than that, so I can't comment on the rest of the article or why she voted for Obama. So far the article is a catalog of the injustices that took place under the previous regime. She hasn't even gotten to the part about why she voted for Obama.

- ok, time to go finish the article -

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wow! She's on a rant!

When people think about the many laws that invite this kind of overreaching now in the US -- the National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD 51), for instance, that would give the President control over all branches of government -- executive, legislative, and judicial -- in the event of an emergency -- they just assume that, gosh darn it, WE WON'T TAKE IT. And it may well be that we wouldn't want to take it and we would be willing in great numbers to run to the ramparts. But here is what I have to report to you, that the conference call made clear, and my Pakistani friend would confirm this: in a crackdown, even in the best-case scenario, NO ONE KNOWS WHERE THE RAMPARTS ARE.

She's blowing the doors off!

Wow:

Many people have expressed faith in the Military. I am sure most of our military are patriots and cherish freedom; but who would direct a resistance to such an edict? What would be the chain of command? What about ordnance? Many people have expressed faith in the courts, but if they went after the judges -- just a handful of judges -- as they did in Pakistan, would the judiciary prevail? How? All closed societies have judiciaries; the judges just know which way to rule.

Many others assume the media will cover such a depredation and rouse people; well, ideally -- but just days ago we saw a curious blackout of a 60 Minutes report on Don Siegelman, the Democrat probably wrongly jailed in Alabama, by a TV affiliate with close ties to the White House.

Resistance? Sure, but how? The trouble with an aggressive move in any one of these directions on the part of the government is that THEY HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN and we have not. They aren't surprised or shocked; we are. They have a plan; we don't.

So surely, better to roll back these terrifying laws. Just in case.

Wow. It just keeps going and going like this. And then, 95% into the essay, she writes:

That is why Barack Obama has my vote. Of all the leading candidates, he is the only one on these issues who has consistently acted like a true American.

Can't fault her on that. He said all the right things to people like her, and to my friend up in Vermont. Her only fault was that she believed him. Well, she won't get fooled again. And she didn't, if you read what she just had to say about him - link is in another of my comments below.

Well, you're right

I can forgive her being fooled. I was just SO MAD back in '08 after reading her writing on the The End of America and then voted for Obama.

I just couldn't understand how someone could write those words and see so clearly and NOT be able to see Obama for what he truly is.

Didn't mean to put your friend down. I just asked the question.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Hey

She's a friend of mine. I haven't talked to her for a while. But she is good.

Yes, she did vote for Obama, apparently. She also wrote, The End of America which is a book that everyone here should read.

She wrote it in response to Bush. That is right when I came on board with Ron Paul. For me, it was a response to the arrogance of Bush. I barely knew the difference between republicans and democrats back then. I wasn't paying attention. I was ignorant to the rival factions, and their pet issues, and their unique and mutually dependent racket that they run on us, over and over. And the people just keep buying it, over and over.

This book was about Bush, but it continues on in its relevance against Obama. It is a timeless book. It is about the End of America.

We're living it right now.

God, I can't believe that.

This is what she wrote about Obama on the 21st:

The spectacle on the Mall during President Obama's inauguration was a scene of the great theatre of "democracy" – but masking what will likely go into the history books as the greatest loss of democracy in the United States in its history (short, perhaps, of President Lincoln suspending habeas corpus during the civil war). President Obama's first term consolidated more than George W Bush had managed to do: the loss of central freedoms guaranteed in the US constitution.

Freedom was invoked in President Obama's remarks, as in the others'. But what does "freedom" in these speeches really refer to now?

The tragedy of this moment is that since 2008, the balance of power has completely changed between those on the dais and those in the Mall. Those on the dais can ignore them; eavesdrop on them; and now, it seems, disarm them (though I hate guns, I recognize another constitutional right when it is under fire – this time with an unprecedented two-score executive orders).

Those on the dais can now imprison at will those in the Mall and keep them forever. The president can, if he puts their name on a list, kill them.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/obama-se...

It is good. It continues: Thank you for giving the oppotunity to look this up. I know earlier that she had begun to turn on Obama. She got fooled - like a lot of people who voted for him. I have a friend up here - a good Massachusetts Liberal - (so liberal he's now living in Vermont, lol). I saw him go gaga for Obama. For him, it totally was a race thing. He had fought so hard for racial equality in the 60's - that in his mind, it was a H U G E victory. I'm not saying that's the same reason Naomi supported him. But that's the thing - he was such a blank canvass: Handsome, nice smile, a little goofy, faux competent. Everyone could paint whatever they wanted onto him. He was just a projection screen for HOPE.

Now he's the one "pulling us through this depression." He still gives us HOPE. It was a pretty strong imprint that we were dosed with. Even I wanted him to win over McCain. McCain was just flat out scary. McInsane, lol.

Romney? Still don't know what to make of that. Was that, like a first generation test of the fully automated robotic candidate? What was that? The Manchurian candidate? I still can't figure out the angle by which they were coming with that one.

Anyway, read what Naomi wrote. I've got to go finish it too.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/obama-se...

Michael Nystrom's picture

Wow - just finished it, had to share:

In his remarks, President Obama did not just declare that ten years of war are over – a tactic I now recognize (from Piers Brendon's excellent history, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) as being the kind of thing that British imperialists declared to home audiences periodically, even as they ramped up wars of choice in region after region – but promised to "act on behalf of those who long for freedom globally".

Really? How about starting at home: how about restoring freedom locally before claiming to extend it globally?

And why not celebrate a new term by actually recognizing what an inauguration in America is – not an investment of power (a mistake the speakers kept making), but an assumption by the executive of a responsibility, an obligation, contracted in an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/21/obama-se...

This is as strong as I'd hear coming out of any Ron Paul supporter.

Now I'm going to go read what she said 4 years ago about why she voted for Obama. :)

It is fine to change your mind. It is fine to learn and see and understand. We're all in the process of it. Muhammad Ali said if you see the world the same at 50 as you did at 20, you've wasted 30 years of your life.

Always keep changing. Growing. Evolving.

ecorob's picture

It was a bitter medicine to swallow...

We, the irate, tireless minority KNEW that turning our back on romnie was a calculated risk. But we knew that electing romnie would make us worse off than reelecting obombya.

We HAD to hope and pray that by giving the dems what they wanted that they, too, as Americans first, would somehow see through the facade and that they would see the deception of the duopoly.

With Naomi now seeing the lie, we have begun to achieve our goal. She is a strong voice for Liberty as we, the tireless minority, have ALWAYS known.

We had a plan. We still have a plan. The DP spearheaded this movement. I truly believe that with ALL of my heart. We have helped to turn the tide.

We are Patriots. The battle continues. We can not shrink now, even as we increase the voice of freedom. We are joined every day by newborn Patriots.

Naomi Wolfe is a Patriot. She has seen the light. The plan is working.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Bottom line for me was

how much damage can Obama do in four and how much could Romney do in eight? If Romney had won Rand wouldn't stand a chance in 16. I didn't vote for either but this just made the decision of accepting Obama in easier.

If not us than who?

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Absolutely, Michael. So many of us have been deceived.

(It is fine to change one's mind.)

Absolutely, Michael.

So many of us have been deceived.

Including TMOT, himself.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Cyril's picture

Maybe she is changing her mind on "HOPE"?

Maybe she is changing her mind on "HOPE"?

Anyone told her about Dr. Ron Paul?

'Better late than never to get clues...

P.S.
If someone points me to a reliable email address of hers, I can even write her about him... Or I might do that preliminary homework by myself, eventually.

NO PROBLEMO.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.

http://Laissez-Faire.Me/Liberty

"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous." -- Confucius

Agreed

tyrannts

A patriot must always be prepared to defend his country from his government.

ecorob's picture

what you call naive...

I call being on the front lines of liberty.
Naomi, and many of us saw this coming years ago.
The gop is proven a sham. We have no rights nor a voice.
The dems turn their backs and the constitution is damned by the tyranny that rules us.

You are in our hearts, Naomi. Sadly, you, our truest voice, are fighting a battle for all our voices. At once we ask, how did it come to this and, incredulously, who didn't see this coming?

And, when you did, what else did you see, btw?

We hear you, Naomi. God bless you.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

the strangerr's picture

Nicely said

She's wonderfully human and an important voice. Great book too, The End of America.

reedr3v's picture

Even sadder, she saw it most starkly

under Bush. She did not analyze the core problem of government authority, so she supported Obama. Now she says 3 times in this interview, "I can't believe it has come to this."

As a True Believer in BigGov, she just didn't get it until she personally experienced the reality. Still she's way ahead of most Progressives who still give Obama a pass for the wars and tyranny.

the strangerr's picture

germane points

You make some relevant observations...

“she saw it most starkly under Bush” - ain't that the way it goes? Many of my Democrat friends/colleagues saw the degradation and the danger under Bush. Many of my Republican friends/colleagues could point to it under Clinton & Obama. Both sides were right of course, even while looking at different aspects. I suppose a person's current paradigm regulates what they perceive.

When you've personally experienced the reality anything, big government as leviathan, etc. it's bound to hit home. I think she senses the depth, the darkness, and the closeness of it all more than most.

And there you prove you're own naivity

Full blow tyrrany started under Bush as they enacted the PNAC agenda laid out before 9/11. The GOP died a long time ago yet you think it just now is a sham.

It's "naiveté"

Full blown tyranny started in 1913, when they ramrodded the income tax down our throats. Or maybe with Lincoln and his all-powerful Federal machine overriding states' rights. I'm morally opposed to slavery, but that could have been solved by the Free states just saying, "If any of your slaves escape and come to us, we will welcome them as Free People."

But the damnable war addicts had to get into it.

So, yeah, we've been under some form of tyranny for quite some time, thank you very much.

Freedom is my Worship Word!

She is still naive

After she published the ten steps to tyrrany she demonstrated in interviews with Alex Jones how naive she was about 9/11 and other false flag ops. She is still naive and now its about Assange. The fact is she cannot see how it might possibly be that Assange is a CIA plant used to get the message out that publishing leaked info will not be tolerated. This is Problem Reaction Solution behavior at its best. Nothing Wikileaks has published has caused harm to the sociapathic endgame of the elite. Nothing Assange has published has suggested Israel is up to no good (which is the biggest giveaway of all!). This is all propaganda theater, subtle and effective when there are Wolf's around to lap it up.

Surprised I only got one down vote

Because I know how many people here actually believe Assange is the real deal. Hate to burst the bubble of such wishful thinkers. Maybe a dose of Mike Rivero or Ryan Dawson may help enlighten the senses.