Nafeez Ahmed on the Pentagon’s militarization of social science to counter nonviolent activism

For decades Chomsky has made the point that u.s. citizens have a great amount of freedom (relatively speaking) to practice activism. That freedom has been eroded through the patriot act, the ndaa, fusion centers, the militarization of police forces, pro-corporate supreme court rulings and countless other abominations. These new measures are a direct threat to anything that still remains of our constitutional freedom and even more fundamentally, our freedom as human beings. Simply put, it is incontrovertible evidence of a rapidly rising police state.

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Dispatches from the Underclass

by Rania Khalek  June 29, 2014

Editor’s Note: If you are an activist of any type who engages in nonviolent protest, you need to listen to this.

On this week’s episode of Unauthorized Disclosure, Kevin Gosztola and I spoke with Nafeez Ahmed, a writer and contributor to The Guardian, about his groundbreaking article, “Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown.”

(Download the episode here or subscribe for free on iTunes here) or click  Unauthorized Disclosure here to listen.

In both the UK and US there is a disturbing trend of the defense establishment militarizing social science to monitor, study and counter nonviolent activism that challenges the status quo, which both countries have classified as a threat on par with terrorism. The Pentagon has gone so far as to label peace groups that explicitly advocate nonviolence as “social contagions” and “potential supporters of political violence.”  Ahmed explains the creepy…

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