Federal agents from the FBI and the Secret Service recently teamed up with local law enforcement officers to handcuff and cart off to the psych ward a private citizen who appears to be guilty of nothing but criticizing the government.
Details of what appears to be a test run are set forth in this Business Insider report and, more briefly, in this Associated Press account.
Nothing currently seems to be beyond the pale in what used to be the land of the free. It is, however, noteworthy that this latest free speech suppression action is so despicably over-the- top that the involved agencies are sensitively disavowing responsibility for what they did, with each of them sanctimoniously pointing its bureaucratic finger at one of the others.
Shades of the darkest days of the Soviet Union which kept dissenters (other than those it just bumped off or sent to one of its gulags) under lock and key in psychiatric "hospitals."
What next? Electric shock therapy for critics of any governmental action? Frontal lobotomies for tea party demonstrators, military service veterans, strident believers in the Constitution? Our gulag-like reeducation/internment centers already are out there, ready and waiting, and there are plenty of rooftops from which the most vehement critics can 'accidentally' tumble.
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