President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the nation about the risks of the "acquisition of unwarranted influence" by the "military industrial complex," and Glenn Beck said Thursday that America is becoming exactly what Eisenhower warned against.
"Military gear and military interrogation tactics are leaving the battlefield, hear me America, and are now being unleashed on American citizens," Beck said on his television program. "How long before suspects are going to get waterboarded? Gosh this sounds crazy! It is hard to fathom that a facility such as Homan Square even exists. But what is harder to fathom is that we as a society are not outraged by any of it."
The Guardian this week revealed the location of a secret interrogation facility in Chicago's Homan Square where suspects are illegally "disappeared." They are reportedly kept off official databases and denied access to legal representation for 12 to 24 hours while undergoing beatings and other interrogation techniques. One suspect was only 15 years old, and another was reportedly pronounced dead after being found unresponsive in an interrogation room.
"The militarization of the American police continues to march on, and this one is a huge milestone," Beck said. "This is an unprecedented assault on individual liberty. All Americans can and must stand up. But it seems like all we can do is say, 'Eh.'"
"I warn you with everything in me: we are going to become the darkest of dark nations if we don't wake up soon and we don't stand together, left and right," Beck continued. "This is something that both sides should be able to agree on."
Beck said when a nation combines a militarized police with a surveillance state it is "over."
"But this isn't something that has just snuck up on us. This has been a steady progression long before the Boston bombings, long before the Department of Homeland Security, long before 9/11," Beck said. "The fears of a potential shift towards a militarized police state go all the way back to 1961 and President Dwight D. Eisenhower."
Beck said Eisenhower saw the military build-up in World War II, and he saw what the Germans had done to their own people. The president warned the nation in the strongest of terms that it "must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."
"We are now witnessing his worst fears playing out before our very eyes," Beck said. "How many freedoms are you willing to trade in the name of security? Do you remember what life was like in America before Osama bin Laden? What has happened to us?"
"It is our duty as citizens to speak out against the injustice now while someone can still hear us -- whether you're on the Internet or on television or in your own home," Beck concluded. "They are regulating all of it. Speak before you're just a lonely voice in an empty warehouse."
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