Inside the United States


Locutus
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This is satire. Although the news is real, very little actual reporting was done for this story and the quotes are imagined. It is the first installment of an ongoing series that examines the language journalists use to cover foreign countries. What if we wrote that way about the United States?


BOSTON, Mass. — Human rights activists say revelations that the US regime has expanded its domestic surveillance program to private phone carriers is more evidence of the North American country’s pivot toward authoritarianism.

The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported this week that a wing of the country’s feared intelligence and security apparatus ordered major telecommunications companies to hand over data on phone calls made by private citizens.

“The US leadership in Washington continues to erode basic human rights,” said one activist, who asked to remain anonymous, fearing that speaking out publicly could endanger his organization. “If the US government is unwilling to change course, it’s time the international community considered economic sanctions.”

Over the last decade, the United States has passed a series of emergency laws that give security forces sweeping powers to combat “terrorism.” But foreign observers say the authorities abuse those laws, using them instead to monitor ordinary Americans.

While the so-called Patriot Act passed in 2001 is perhaps the most dramatic legislation to date curbing freedoms here, numerous lesser-known laws have expanded monitoring of news outlets, email, social media platforms and even opposition groups — like the Occupy and Tea Party movements — that are critical of the regime.


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Walter
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I am now inside the United States on my annual visit for business. Lovely weather, lovely people, beautiful country, and I alway feel thin when I’m in the States
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

I am now inside the United States on my annual visit for business. Lovely weather, lovely people, beautiful country, and I alway feel thin when I’m in the States

And smart.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

And smart.

And free.
 
taxslave
Free Thinker
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

And smart.

You're right wallmart. Even being in the US would not make you feel smart.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

And free.

Peers wall Mart doesn't like being free either.
Possibly free is more than he is worth?
 

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