“As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
This powerful testimony by Jonathan Barnett, reveals why it matters, what the actual effect of fascist scientific persecution actually is on real human beings struggling with illnesses, not only this one, (HIV/AIDS.)
Who can even wrap their heads around what we have contended with here, effectively a secret police, that has crushed dissent in all forms, all persons, so openly, with such moral support from the “media,” for over 25 years, claiming to speak for all HIV positive people with their “concern?”
How has this eluded me all these years–the right term?
I have a few close friends who have lived through true “secret police” tactics in former dictatorships, and I want to stress the distinction as well as the likeness, out of respect. The HIV/AIDS and other pharmaceutical “secret police” do not use abject physical violence, torture, assassination, etc–I don’t want to dilute the term “secret police.”
That said: Consider this definition (below) of “Secret Police,” remove the physical violence, and see the similarity between this mentality and that of the hit squads that have persecuted AIDS dissenters ruthlessly for decades, including the HIV positive, including mothers and children, including, even, grieving mothers who lost a child. This can only be understood as pathology, consistent with the mentality clandestine units who imagine themselves responsible for conformity of thought in a given society:
From “Secret Police” Wikipedia: (I have bold-faced words that pertain particularly:)
Secret police (sometimes political police) are a police agency which operates in secrecy and beyond the law to protect the political power of an individual dictator or an authoritarian political regime.
Instead of transparently enforcing the rule of law and being subject to public scrutiny as ordinary police agencies do, secret police organizations are specifically intended to operate beyond and above the law in order to suppress political dissent through clandestine acts of terror and intimidation (such as kidnapping, coercive interrogation, torture, internal exile, forced disappearance, and assassination) targeted against political enemies of the ruling authority.
Secret police forces are accountable only to the executive branch of the government, sometimes only to a dictator. They operate entirely or partially in secrecy, that is, most or all of their operations are obscure and hidden from the general public and government except for the topmost executive officials. This semi-official capacity allows the secret police to bolster the government’s control over their citizens while also allowing the government to deny prior knowledge of any violations of civil liberties.
Secret police agencies have often been used as an instrument of political repression.
States where the secret police wield significant power are sometimes referred to as police states or counterintelligence states. In theory, secret police differ from the domestic security agencies in modern liberal democracies, because domestic security agencies are generally subject to government regulation, reporting requirements, and other accountability measures.
Despite such overview, there still exists the possibility of domestic-security agencies acting unlawfully and taking on some characteristics of secret police. In some cases, certain police agencies are accused of being secret police and deny being such. For example, political groups and civil liberties organizations in the United States have at various times accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of being secret police. Which government agencies may be classed or characterized, in whole or part, as “secret police” is disputed by political scientists.
Also from Wikipedia, consider this passage, about Romania’s former Securitate, characteristic of former ‘Eastern’ European Secret Police:
In the 1980s, the Securitate launched a massive campaign to stamp out dissent in Romania, manipulating the country’s population with vicious rumors (such as supposed contacts with Western intelligence agencies), machinations, frameups, public denunciations, encouraging conflict between segments of the population, public humiliation of dissidents, toughened censorship and the repression of even the smallest gestures of independence by intellectuals. Often the term “intellectual” was used by the Securitate to describe dissidents with higher education, such as college and university students, writers, directors and scientists who opposed the philosophy of the Communist party.