“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
In the world of American domestic surveillance, illegal wiretaps, or other electronic abuse, and the cohort of graymail tactics of enforcing conformity through fear-it is not unusual to hear that such things “don’t happen here.”
California Wiretap Report 2014:
Such Things Don’t Happen Here!
..they do, in a highly orchestrated, officially protected at the highest levels of state and federal government level that trickles down through local police forces and “community organizations,” not at all unlike….
The Mississippi Sovereignty Commission
Shrouded in the rhetoric of state’s rights, the act creating the Sovereignty Commission provided the agency with broad powers. The commission’s objective was to “do and perform any and all acts and things deemed necessary and proper to protect the sovereignty of the state of Mississippi, and her sister states” from a perceived “encroachment thereon by the Federal Government or any branch, department or agency thereof; to resist the usurpation of the rights and powers reserved to this state and our sister states by the Federal Government or any branch, department or agency thereof.” To exercise this loosely defined objective, the commission was granted extensive investigative capabilities.
The governor of Mississippi was appointed ex-officio chairman (in 1956 the governor was J. P. Coleman). Ex-officio means a person serves by virtue of the office he or she holds. Other ex-officio members were the president of the Mississippi Senate as vice chairman, the state attorney general, and the Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives. In addition, members of the commission included three citizens appointed by the governor from each of the Mississippi Supreme Court districts; two members from the Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate; and three members from the House of Representatives, appointed by the Speaker. The governor, attorney general, and legislators served on the commission during their tenures in office. The three members appointed by the governor served for the duration of the governor’s term.
The commission itself was a small agency with a staff of a director, public relations director, investigators, and clerical staff. In addition, throughout its existence the commission used both paid and unpaid informants to supplement its investigation team. The commission also used private detective agencies to conduct investigations.” More here…
“Spies of Mississippi is a journey into the world of informants, infiltrators, and agent provocateurs in the heart of Dixie.
The film tells the story of a secret spy agency formed by the state of Mississippi to preserve segregation and maintain “the Mississippi way of life,” white supremacy, during the 1950s and ‘60s. The Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission (MSSC) evolved from a predominantly public relations agency to a full-fledged spy operation, spying on over 87,000 Americans over the course of a decade.
Related Story: Riverside, California, working withe the DEA in “the wiretap capital of America” ran a rubber stamped wiretap and asset seizure scheme that is estimated to have tapped 44,000 people, and some 2.2 million phone calls.As a result, cases of major drug dealers, Mexican cartel hit men, money launderers, pimps, and more were affected.
Anyone wanna bet that same counties next kewl nickname will be “the parallel construction capital of the Inverse pyramid?”
The Constitution? Fuhgettaboutit! The #goodguys don’t need no stinking Constitution!