15 October 2005

You, too, will meet the secret police

They just call themselves the Secret Service:
"Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room," [civics teacher Selina Jarvis] says. "Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he'd never been in any trouble."

Then they got down to his poster.

"They asked me, didn't I think that it was suspicious," she recalls. "I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!"

At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident "would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted," she says.
But don't worry, they aren't working alone to root out subversive, anti-American ideas like free speech. They have lots of help from Dear Leader's loyal, patriotic subjects at Wal-Mart (in case you didn't have enough reasons to hate that corporation):
According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent. But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.

An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service. On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.
This is just another example of how dissent is now considered extremely suspect, especially public disapproval of Dear Leader. Veteran opposes the war and tells students that recruiters lie (BREAKING NEWS: water is wet!)? Kick his ass and drag him to jail. High school student doodles his disapproval of Dear Leader's fascist tendencies and warmongering? Confiscate the art and "investigate" him for threats against the pResident. Artist photoshops pictures of Bush and guns? "Encourage" him to censor himself. Of course, they stick mostly to thuggish intimidation, but every fascist pig has to start somewhere. (Wal-Mart incident via BoingBoing. Everything else via memory, bookmarks, and my trusty Google chip.)

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