The Authoritarian Enabler

The State Department NDA

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While considering employment with the U.S. Department of State, I came across their Non-Disclosure Agreement, which, of course, now that I want to reference it, I am unable to locate. The NDA requires American personnel to “enthusiastically support U.S. policy”. (Search the phrase to see that it’s a thing.) Considering the mindset of someone seeking employment with the democratic leader of the world, of course, we’d “enthusiastically support” U.S. policy!

That is, unless U.S. policy were hijacked, in which case, all signatories would become entrapped.

And that is exactly where we are today. America’s best, brightest, and most motivated to serve the cause of the United States, and best suited to steer the public, is now entrapped behind the same law that is supposed to serve and protect freedom and democracy.

We did not pledge our lives to support and defend the Fascist States of America. We solemnly swore “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.” In other words, the land of the free had better damn well be the land of the free.

This NDA is the number one threat to the American experiment. To preserve America, we must lift the NDA to give our servants the authority to engage — for or against government policy — in open public debate, as is their American right. Not only is the NDA blatantly unconstitutional, a direct violation of our right to free speech, but it also directly undermines the American system of checks and balances. When the scale is thrown off balance, we create an environment for bad things to happen.

Like 9/11, for example.

Let’s say that America is infiltrated by extremists. The neoconservative fascists who wrote the 1998 manifesto, Rebuilding America’s Defenses, fit the bill. They facilitated a new Pearl Harbor attack on the United States, passed the Patriot Act amidst the fear and chaos, and changed the definition of terrorism to label any patriot who challenges their authority as a terrorist.

Convenient, right?

In the words of my favorite Office Space hypnotherapist, “Wow, that’s messed up.”

And here we are — in Fascist America.

If you are entrapped behind the neoconservative curtain and you care about America, demand your right to free speech. Lift the NDA.

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