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06 January, 2008

American democracy uses fascist methods against critics

Cold War-era files declassified last week reveal that FBI director J. Edgar Hoover repeatedly advised President Harry Truman to arrest "all individuals potentially dangerous" to national security, jail them in military prisons and try them before kangaroo tribunals that "will not be bound by the rules of evidence."

This prompts Ted Rall, author of the book "Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?," to make this observation: "In a country whose legal framework authorizes the government to kidnap, torture and murder them, opponents of U.S. policy must decide whether getting out of line--anything from a letter to the editor to direct action--is worth the risk of getting kidnapped, tortured and murdered."

Ted Rall's essay "An Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove" is at

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