For many years, we’ve been seeing it coming: the relentless appropriation of our constitutionally mandated rights by a government increasingly co-opted by the corporate money and influence of a wealthy elite. A big jump in the creeping fascist state occurred with 9/11. Before the unexplained molten steel in the basement of the twin towers had cooled, the Patriot Act, obliterating many of our rights as free citizens, had been passed by Congress. This enormous piece of legislation, comprising hundreds of pages, was obviously written before the three WTC buildings were even attacked. Since then, we’ve seen our rights further eroded, with Homeland Security checkpoints, free speech zones, and many other infringements, all done in the name of security and anti-terrorism…..