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Six Minutes to Surveillance

The American Civil Liberties Union is taking a lesson from the infamous Doomsday Clock (you know, the one that predicts global annihilation? Proving it’s not only Christians who can predict the arrival of the Rapture) with its new Surveillance Clock.

Here it is:

The clock is designed to show that we are currently six minutes from midnight, the time when we become a truly complete surveillance society. Although, given the most recent taser incident and watching as dozens of students and Sen. John Kerry idly stood by, it’s easy enough to argue it’s well past midnight, and we’re just hitting the snooze alarm around 7 AM (past midnight).

In any event, for those keeping track, here’s another web widget to keep you reminded of just what kind of regime we’re living under and who is complicit. It’s a nice addition to the Bush Countdown clock, the Cost of the Iraq War ticker, and the Iraq War dead tallies that just keep rising.

And, if tasering rambunctious, inquisitive students isn’t your bailiwick, then read Naomi Wolf’s latest post on Huffington Post and the Powell’s Book Blog for more perspective, citing extensively from some of the arguments she’s articulated in her new book End of America.

Let’s hope Naomi and that other true modern patriot, Stephen Colbert, take on this issue as only these two could when they square off on The Colbert Report tomorrow night.


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