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Police officers in protective masks prepare as protesters against the state's extended stay-at-home order to help slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) demonstrate at the Capitol building in Austin, Texas, U.S., April 18, 2020. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare - RC267G9ZKRKS

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It is too early to say when or even whether the siege initiated by the coronavirus will end, but many Americans and Europeans are speculating over what kind of countries will emerge on the other side. National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed illegal spying on American citizens, recently predicted that there would be a “slide into a less liberal and less free world,” that the surveillance systems being created to monitor the spread of the disease would become an “architecture of oppression.” To be sure he has a point in that governments have historically used crises to expand their powers. After the crisis is over, the emergency power granted to manage the activity of the people tends to be retained.

Much depends on the lessons learned from what is being done to contain the virus currently. If testing and “keep your distance” does not succeed in checking the spread of the disease and restoring a version of what once was normal life, harsher and more permanent measures might prevail. Alexander Dugin foresees a “military-medical” dictatorship developing.

The rapid spread of the virus has also spawned some unusual conspiracy theories. One claims that the virus was actually developed in the United States, stolen from a lab by Chinese scientists and then released in China before being allowed to propagate worldwide as part of a communist conspiracy to destroy the economy and political system in the U.S. Another has cast Bill Gates as the villain, claiming that he had a hand in the appearance of the virus as part of a nefarious plot to take over global health care. The megalomaniacal Gates certainly is to blame for using his wealth and status to promote a universal “health” surveillance system for the post-coronavirus world, but that he might have been behind the appearance of the virus itself is certainly a bit of a stretch. Still other theories connect the appearance of coronavirus to 5G telecommunications technology.

The reality of to what degree the national security state that already exists tightens its grip based on a continuing medical emergency pretty much depends on how the virus itself reacts to summer heat and the measures being taken to contain it. Meanwhile, there have been some decidedly extreme proposals about what the United States and other nations might consider doing to seize and maintain the high ground in the battle against a still proliferating, highly contagious and lethal disease.

The key to stopping the spread of the virus, most authorities would agree, is to test and monitor nearly all the public, to force them if needs be to maintain distance from individuals who are already infected. There have been several proposals for how to do that ranging from testing nearly everyone and issuing health ID cards based on the results, with those individuals considered contagious or especially vulnerable being subject to quarantine or some form of further isolation. One over-the-top plan would make the health status of individuals recorded and updated on a chip readable by government scanners that would be permanently embedded in everyone’s body.

The plan that appears to have the best possibly of being adopted is being promoted in a joint venture by Apple and Google that appears to have White House support. Bloomberg reports that “Apple Inc. and Google unveiled a rare partnership to add technology to their smartphone platforms that will alert users if they have come into contact with a person with Covid-19. People must opt in to the system, but it has the potential to monitor about a third of the world’s population.”

The monitoring would be done by central computers and once the principle is established that phones can be manipulated there are no technical or practical limits to what other tasks could be included. That means that the observation made by protagonist Winston Smith in George Orwell’s “1984” has finally been realized. Smith was doing the mandatory half hour of exercise daily in front of his television, but when he began to slack off a voice from the tv set admonished him. He then accepted that in theory the government was actually capable of surveilling everyone all the time and might in fact be doing so. Well George and Winston, we have finally arrived at 1984.

Even if coronavirus fades into obscurity, government might plausibly exploit the fear created by it to push hard that a surveillance mechanism be continued and even expanded to prevent its recurrence or the development of future pandemics. That is what the “science” tells one is the right thing to do, at least according to some scientists, but it ignores individual liberty of association, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights in the United States Constitution. The U.S. and other governments have long demonstrated that when it comes to individual freedom versus the ability of the state to impose a statist uniformity, the rules makers will always win out. 9/11, for example, produced the Patriot and Military Commission Acts that have considerably abridged personal liberty in America, even though the threat of terrorism was overstated at the time and has considerably receded ever since. Yet, unfathomably, the Patriot Act has survived and keeps getting renewed by Congress.

Predictably perhaps, presidential son-in-law and jack of all trades Jared Kushner, fresh from his failure to bring peace to the Middle East, has been placed in charge of a White House task force that will determine how and when to develop a pandemic surveillance system which will also link those ill to hospital centers for mandatory screening and treatment. The argument being made is that tracking nearly everyone would enable the identification and quarantining of those who are sick in nearly real time, controlling the spread of future viruses that has up until now been impossible. That the information would be collected into a national data base appears to be part of the program and it would, of course, include information on the patient’s location and activities.

As social media is already being manipulated and controlled by the government working hand-in-hand with the oligarchs who own and operate the sites, the ability to further isolate members of the public so as to preempt the development of any genuine resistance to state policies might well be seen as highly desirable. It would be a gift to a developing police state to be able to know where everyone is at any given time and be able to intuit what they might be doing. Real troublemakers could be further identified and singled out for special attention.

And one should note that it all comes at a time of great vulnerability to both revolution and repression, when representative government is under siege in many countries, unable to control the narrative as it once did. Donald Trump in a tweet barrage last Friday called on his followers to “liberate” Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia because he disapproved of the policies on coronavirus and gun control being advanced by their respective governors, all Democrats. Calling for the overthrow of state governments is illegal, a call to insurrection, but Trump apparently believes that having survived one impeachment attempt he is now untouchable. If many Americans begin to take Trump’s exhortations literally, it could be a sign that the admittedly dystopian political equilibrium in the U.S. is about to spin out of control.

Philip Giraldi, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
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  1. It’s interesting how popular culture has taken the stereotype of the heavy-handed regime in the book 1984 as the only model of what an unfree state looks like. In the real world, all the state requires is obedience, and this it obtains by providing us with a flattering fantasy narrative and the chance to compete among ourselves for shiny toys.

    Our ruling elite already own and control everything worth owning and controlling. Sociopaths are always drawn to power, but our rulers are insane, not crazy. Insidious plots to further enslave us, if they succeed, would weaken the illusions that keep most of us compliant. Despite their formidable power, the elite live in constant terror, like the slaveholders of the old south, that we will realize how powerful we are when we stand together in numbers. Their survival depends on keeping us complacent, not waking us up with heavy-handed oppression. Even people who really believe that they live in a magical place called “the free world” can be counted on to take notice if their chains suddenly become so heavy that they finally notice they’ve always been there.

    Personally I blame the libertarian war on reality for the mess we are in. For the past forty years, there has been an ongoing campaign to delegitimize the very idea of state institutions designed to improve the well being of the population. The government, obeying its constituinal mandate “to provide for the common welfare”, is relentlkessly attacked as an enemy of progress by those who profit from evading its legitimate oversight. But we are seeing that countries with intact state institutions have been able to handle the pandemic and cannot be easily dismissed as authoritarian. They are, rather, efficient – far more so than any for-private-profit system.

    • Agree: Exile
  2. Rich says:

    Did Donald Trump steal Phil’s girlfriend years ago? Is he actually saying that Trump’s calling for people to “liberate ” themselves is a call to “insurrection “? An otherwise decent article ruined by TDS. Trump lives in some people’s heads like the Klan lives in the heads of the American left.

    • Agree: Dutch Boy, Curmudgeon
  3. Trinity says:

    And BECAUSE OF this IMPOSED lockdown, “the second wave” of the virus will probably be even worse in the fall/winter. There are truly evil people and intentions behind this MANUFACTURED virus, but then again that is just a conspiracy theory and we know not to believe in conspiracies. Wasn’t it Dubya who once told the American public that we the people should not buy into “conspiracy theories?” smdh.

  4. Irrespective of the theory of the day on whence the virus came, the real question is why does the spread of the virus have to be stopped?
    The real statistics, to date, not the fear porn ones, show the actual number of deaths caused by the virus, are in the region of a bad seasonal flu. Japan, South Korea and Iceland have done the greatest level in testing of their population. All show similar results. Of those rested, approximately 50% have contracted the virus. Of the 50% who have contracted the virus, approximately 50% have shown symptoms. Of the 50% showing symptoms, the death rate is overwhelmingly due to underlying medical conditions, just as it is with seasonal flu. For the deaths not caused by underlying medical conditions, the death rate is less than 1%. For all of those who faithfully get the flu vaccine annually, note that the efficacy rate, is about 20%, and often lower. There has to be something more afoot.
    As for China’s response, again irrespective of the narrative or conspiracy theory, the extreme measures taken were because of the unknown, and, I suspect, that they believe they had been attacked with biological weapons. They would have known about the CDC shutdown of the Fort Detrick Lab last July and the reasons for it, which included missing pathogenic material, along with the dozens of safety violations to obscure the possibility of something being weaponized for attack.
    Keep in mind that the Italian version of the virus has a different origin than the Chinese one, and that Italian doctors were puzzled by a strange new flu they were seeing in early November, which was before the outbreak in China.
    When it comes to international intrigue, its decades before the truth seeps out and is generally ignored by the MSM. That applies to this circumstance.

    • Replies: @Da's Reich
  5. Athena says:

    Calling for the overthrow of state governments is illegal, a call to insurrection, but Trump apparently believes that having survived one impeachment attempt he is now untouchable. If many Americans begin to take Trump’s exhortations literally, it could be a sign that the admittedly dystopian political equilibrium in the U.S. is about to spin out of control.

    I hope history will not repeat itself, Dr Giraldi.

    Salutations from Québec

    • Troll: ploni almoni
  6. @Observator

    Spot on, observator.
    I would only add the other side of the coin: the old classic of “divide & rule”. PC culture has been an absolute boon here — creating a culture of those violently for or against PC. Either will do….

  7. If the Chinese really did all this in order to “destroy the economy and political system of the U.S.”, then they’re a little late to the party. Our Best Friends Forever got that project underway back in 1948, and they’ve had one smashing success after another ever since. USG effectively tendered its unconditional surrender circa 2001-2003.

    • Agree: anarchyst, St-Germain
  8. Svevlad says:

    The sign of irreversible decline. And at the end of that decline a cliff, and our cliff now so high the cost will be billions, if not trillions dead, depending on how long the mess takes place

  9. nickels says:

    As if the government and the private ‘for profit’ are different entities.

  10. @Observator

    As many have pointed out, Brave New World is much closer to what’s come to pass than 1984.

    Rather than a Ministry of Truth torturing citizens into compliance, the populace has been benumbed into compliance by drugs, porn and easily accessible entertainment.

    • Replies: @Cortes
  11. Before we continue to talk about the “virus”, perhaps we should examine its origins more closely.


  12. Cortes says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    And over the past few days a deluge of “suggested” full-length movies has been made available to judge by the YouTube sites that I frequently use. Coincidence? Perhaps. But timing is fortuitous shall we say to facilitate staying glued to our screens.

  13. Ko says:

    “The megalomaniacal Gates certainly is to blame for using his wealth and status to promote a universal “health” surveillance system for the post-coronavirus world, but that he might have been behind the appearance of the virus itself is certainly a bit of a stretch.”

    Well, that’s not a stretch. Evil Gates has connections with Bilderbergs who have let it be know they wish to decrease the global population, and he’s certainly well known for his desire to decrease global population (no doubt just the impoverished), is on record during a TED Talk for saying, in paraphrase, When we finally vaccinate the entire world we can decrease global population by thirty percent. Dose that not sound strange to anyone?

    Gates is involved with big Pharma, owns patents on vaccinations, and strongly wishes to insert a chip into every human as stated in his ID2020 project. And, long ago he created a computer virus that required a digital vaccine and guess who provide the cure and made millions off it?

    Bill Gates should be considered a suspect. He is a psychopath, just watch him speak with his arms outstretched and flying around his head – he looks like an insane human being, and he’s been suspiciously predicting this pandemic for years, and then took the lead and telling humanity life will never be as it was until every gets his injection. Me, and millions of others, will fight to the death anyone who tries to force us to get a Gates injection or an chip in the hand. Believe me.

    What about Bill Gates? He’s not an engineer, never finished college, not a doctor, not an epidemiologist, not a virologist, not elected to anything, IS a documented thief, owns virus patents, and owns vaccine companies. and he’s been a visitor to Epstein’s lolita island many, many times, no doubt to practice his vaccinations. So, he just rich, otherwise, less of a person than the billions he wishes to eradicate from the planet.

  14. Sean says:

    Even if coronavirus fades into obscurity

    Only way that could happen was if something worse overshadows it. It coming back in October spectacularly virulent like the 1918 flu did after laying low over the Summer, The flu goes somewhere each summer, but it does not disappear

    “slide into a less liberal and less free world,”

    Your freedom to cough ends once it is within virus spreading range of my nasopharynx. And that is a lot further away and less affected by screening obstacles than most people realize

    Yes there is going to be a lot more information gathered on everyone. But the lion’s share of enforcement is going to be by irate citizens telling unhygienic people to knock it off or else.

  15. Jeshurun Tsarfat [AKA "JT"] says: • Website

    Sorry to become repetitive, but if you have a video of a man predicting all this, why never mention it?

    Video Link
    There are claims that the US provided Israel and NATO with early warning in 2019 , why doesn’t anyone address the uncanny accuracy of some of this “Goldberg’s” content?..even if some of us suspect no such Goldberg exist, I’ve checked on several archives and the video indeed dates from 2019, so his identity might be part of the clue (a team of hackers perhaps? intelligence agencies?)

    There was a planned element to this Orwellian nightmare. If you add Whitney Webb’s own research, Goldberg and GAFA surveillance make sense.

  16. nickels says:

    That Dugin article is a trip.
    Its uncanny what a flip the libs have done-right down to reusable bags.
    I think he might be onto something with this medical facism.

  17. Sean says:

    As social media is already being manipulated and controlled by the government working hand-in-hand with the oligarchs who own and operate the sites, the ability to further isolate members of the public so as to preempt the development of any genuine resistance to state policies might well be seen as highly desirable

    Lucky thing that Western governments are being run rings round by China, which is there to protect us. Yes, thank goodness for Huawei.

    • Agree: Ann Nonny Mouse
  18. @Observator

    I wouldn’t compare it to “1984.” I’d say “A Bug’s Life”–where the ants revolt against the grasshoppers (and its leader, Hopper) is more like it. Since the Criminal Psycho Elites do not live in reality (“We’re an Empire now; We create our own reality…”) they have no clue as to what is coming. Most no longer buy into the “official” version of 9-11; most no longer buy into climate change and Agenda 21 most no longer buy into worshiping Israel (unless you’re a Christian Zionist); most no longer believe most of what the govt. says or politicians and celebrity hypocrites are really starting to piss people off…’Imagine’ that…so that if the govt. continues this lockdown stuff the elites are just gonna have to invent a “new reality.” As for “normal” maybe the “new” normal will really wake folks up.

  19. @Sean

    There is near zero chance of catching a viral load outside. Sneeze/cough droplets spew a few feet and fall to the ground. The rest of the mist dissipates in trillions of cubic feet of air, lacking the strength to cause harm.

    There are viruses all around us all the time, but it takes a certain amount/viral load for the virus to overwhelm the immune system. Normally the body’s immune system recognizes the invader and stops it.

    And as the temp rises into the 80’s, the virus is neutralized in a few seconds in sunlight.

    German study mentions that casual contact (supermarket) isn’t the most likely way to get infected.
    Most likely way to get infection is through family transmission/living in the same house with someone infected.

  20. If Jared Kushner is in charge of the White House Task Force that is overseeing implementation of a “pandemic surveillance system” for the US, why do I get the feeling that the greatest, most terrifying, most potentially catastrophic ‘disease’ he and his Task Force cronies will focus the majority of their energies on preventing is (to them) the world’s deadliest scourge: anti-semitism.

    Ah, yes, the disease of anti-semitism.

    A most dreaded condition so powerfully virulent that even the mere suggestion of its presence can annihilate an entire political movement in only a matter of months, as with Corbyn’s Labour Party in the UK. It must be strictly monitored and quickly punished, er, I mean treated, wherever alleged to exist. A disease that threatens the most historically vulnerable among us, requiring the strongest possible measures of surveillance and prevention, as the holy Holocaustianity Doctrine teaches us.

    And should the long-awaited world-wide derivatives crash occur and mandate painful austerity for the US’ burgeoning unemployed masses who might then finally begin to figure out who has screwed them out of their country and future, it is possible we might be needing the long-rumored FEMA re-education camps for all those falling ‘ill’ with the anti-semitism bug, to avoid the contagion rapidly spreading in the populace. I’m sure Kushner and Co.s ‘pandemic surveillance system’ will be just what is needed in that regard…….

    • Replies: @Trinity
  21. Republic says:

    Re: the military-medical dictatorship,

    recalls the words of Mario Vargas Llosa, who called Mexico the perfect dictatorship, as ” it was camouflaged in such a way that it doesn’t appear to be a dictatorship,”

  22. Funny how we’re blaming Gates and Apple for the thing that NSA shoves up our ass every time anything happens. We need it for drugs, we need it for terror, we need it for that guy who said something mean on twitter, we need it for transnational organized crime, we need it for Occupy hippies, we need it for corona. And when NSA is forbidden to do it they just do it illegally and make congress say, never mind, it’s not a felony offense. Or they get pedo Brits and Israeli genocidaires to do it for them. Or they get AT&T and Verizon to do it for them. So now they get Gates and Apple ratfinks to do it for them.

    What the fuck are you doing with a smartphone anyway? What kind of moron willingly carries a government tracking device?

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  23. Trinity says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    (((Kushner))) is one creepy looking character. I hate Ivanka but I grudgingly have to admit that she is somewhat attractive, not as attractive as she probably thinks she is, I mean I see women more attractive than her every day on the street. That being said, what does this somewhat attractive female see in an unattractive and downright creepy looking guy like Kushner?? Obviously she didn’t need Kushner’s money. Ivanka must be as big of a dingbat as I think she is.

    • Replies: @Mustapha Mond
  24. @Trinity

    “That being said, what does this somewhat attractive female see in an unattractive and downright creepy looking guy like Kushner?? Obviously she didn’t need Kushner’s money. Ivanka must be as big of a dingbat as I think she is.”

    I suspect that like many ‘elite’ families, marriage is not always based solely on love or companionship, but also on simple socio-economic expediency. Kushner is VERY well connected in zionist circles, no doubt. And those circles matter big time, especially in NYC business and politics.

    Regardless, Kushner lucked out snagging Ivanka, as she is definitely an attractive, intelligent woman. Like her politics or not, the truth is the truth: she’s a pretty hot number (in a Barbie-dollish way.)

    Of course, conspiracy-minded individuals might conclude that Trump may have pledged his daughter to wed a prominent zionist scion as part of a mythical ‘deal’ to obtain much-needed financing from Jewish sources, thus assuring long-term compliance with fundamental Tribal interests.

    Or maybe Ivanka just wants a Caspar Milquetoast type she can wrap around her lovely little finger. She seems like a living embodiment of the classic “Jewish Princess”.

    And we all know what a Jewish Princess does with her asshole every morning, right?

    She kicks him out of bed and sends him off to work!

    Looks like the perfect candidate was found……..

    • Replies: @Trinity
  25. @Shocked, shocked

    “What the fuck are you doing with a smartphone anyway? What kind of moron willingly carries a government tracking device?”


    When I was practicing law, I always refused to carry a cell phone, no matter how much the other partners or my secretary would request me to do so. I always said that the radiation associated with such devices was a risk I did not want to assume. And this was many years before the risk became widely suspected. But that wasn’t the only reason, heh-heh.

    The other reason was that I liked to ‘disappear’ regularly (usually reappearing at a close friend’s house who worked out of his home and where a party was always on tap, if you get my drift.) As the name partner in charge of all civil litigation for the firm, I had the power to refuse, and I used it. I never, ever had a cell phone during a legal career spanning three decades. Looking back, it’s probably one the best choices I made during my career, health-wise (and fun-wise!)

    Today, my now-old-and-grey friends will occasionally upbraid me for still not owning a cell phone. Or I guess they call them smart phones nowadays. No thanks. I’ll take my privacy and health over convenience any day………

  26. M. Mond Esq., very wise. Among the various manipulation techniques they use on us is, “What if we have to reach you?” Nobody’s that important. Life goes on just as it did before cellphones.

    With luck, mandatory NKVD-style contact chaining will be the killer app, in that it kills the smartphone.

  27. Trinity says:
    @Mustapha Mond

    I give Ivanka a 7.5 with the war paint on, but I have a funny feeling that without all the special work, she is a 6 to 6.5 at best. Nothing special IMO. I see better looking women on a daily basis just walking the street. And we are only see Ivanka when she is at her best, what does she look like in the morning sans the hair dresser and the war paint. haha. I would take Melania over Ivanka. Both are heavily made up, however. Melania rates a 7.5 but then again she is pushing fitty years of age. IMO, Melania is far more intelligent while Ivanka comes off as a clueless dingbat.

  28. Is-it-true-that-Bill-Gates-reclusive-son-Rory–is-only-5-feet-5-inches-tall-?-The-few-photos-I-can-find-he-seems-at-least-as-tall-as-his-child-vaccine-poisoning-and-teen-girl-sterilizing-father.The-media-seems-to-have-a-dearth-of-info-on-him-almost-like-Trump’s-son-Baron.


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    👉Bill Gates was also Sued For Forcing Staff To Watch Child Rape And Murder
    👉Of course he flew with #Epstein

    Man arrested at Bill Gates’ estate for reportedly trading child porn

    By: Web Staff
    Updated: December 31, 2014 – 7:12 PM
    Police arrested a Seattle man at Bill Gates and Melinda Gates’ mansion for allegedly collecting more than 6,000 child rape photos.

    Rick Allen Jones, reportedly employed as an engineer at the Gates’ home, is also accused of trading pornography images via Gmail.

    He is charged with possession of child pornography.

    Controversial vaccine studies: Why is Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under fire from critics in India?

    When a team of health activists from an NGO that specializes in women’s health named Sama visited Khammam in March 2010 on a fact-finding mission, they were told that as many as 120 girls experienced adverse reactions such as epileptic seizures, severe stomach ache, headaches and mood swings. The Sama report also said there had been cases of early onset of menstruation following the vaccination, heavy bleeding and severe menstrual cramps among many students……

    The standing committee report was a shocker but it became even more significant when it was mentioned that the study was sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)….

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  29. @Sean

    You think your nasopharynx is chosen by God?

  30. FemCrim says:

    Count me out. Everybody has to die of something. I would rather die free than die under the lies of the establishment.

  31. @Curmudgeon

    “When it comes to international intrigue, its decades before the truth seeps out and is generally ignored by the MSM. That applies to this circumstance”.

    Absolutely, sure here we are in 2020 and still very few people would have the view that WW1 was essentially the Brits being unable to deal with growing German economic power.

    The ‘Huns raping the Nuns” propaganda is still regurgitated today.

    At this stage in Ireland I am losing my patience with people behaving as though we are under attack from the martians, I can’t go for a walk without having to deal with people who have bought in so completely to the narrative that they seem to really believe that they could die as a result of walking by a stranger in the park.

    I’m reminded of that Byron “Sorrow is knowledge; they who know the most must mourn the deepest o’er the fatal truth, the Tree of Knowledge is not that of life”

    This site is a bit of a refuge from sheepland

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