How the purge of the military is being done

Every illegal regime that comes to power by means of a coup lives in constant fear of the same thing happening to them. It’s their abiding characteristic and the reason they regularly have mass purges. The mass murderer Mao Tse-tung reputedly said that political power grows from the barrel of a gun, which is the only way despotic regimes can be overturned, since elections in them are at best a sham. That being the case, the country’s army is always subject to periodic purges to weed out contra-regime elements.

For the last 250 years America has had two demographics that are both large scale possessors of guns; the army and the people. Those being the only sources of any real danger to the regime in America, the army must first be cleansed of any elements not loyal to the regime and the guns must then be taken away from the people. The former is already happening and the latter will be coming at you in the not too distant future. For the moment, let’s look at the former.

The six week standown of the army ordered by the Secretary of Defence was not about sending them home to watch reruns of the Simpsons to prevent them storming the Capitol. It’s more to do with the mechanics of the military purge. They’ll start with the commissioned ranks and then work their way down, weeding as they go. In a military force numbering a fully mobilised 2.2 million men, how do you pick out the ones who’re not sympathetic to the regime?

In the past that would have taken some time because traditionally it was done by the use of political files kept by the secret police on all senior figures. A lot of paperwork really. Retrieving paper files, reading through them, adding names to lists, returning the file and getting another one out of the stack for the same treatment.

With the advent of the second industrial revolution, it’s a much less labour intensive process. Just write a database query to scan through all the computer files the Pentagon holds and pick out the objectionable people, but there’s a big problem with that approach. The files will not have been systematically categorised into things like political sympathies. They’re really just service records with no codified flagging of the intangibles you’re looking for.

The solution is to make use of other large databases of people which are actually categorised to such a minute and accurate extent, that they make billions of dollars every year for their owners. I’m talking about big tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and of course Google, who hold decades of data on their users. That data has been data enriched by their algorithms automatically deducing things about you from sites you visit regularly, every like or dislike button you’ve ever pressed on a comment or news item. It all gets sold on for a pretty penny –  names, addresses and everything else anyone is prepared to buy. Forget about Fort Knox, their data centres get the very best physical and cyber protection that money can buy, and they’ve got a lot of money.

The only question is will the Pentagon, social media providers and the secret police all agree to cooperate and share data?

The answer to that is hell yes. The Pentagon has already been purged, the tech oligarchs were active parties to the coup and the secret police would never let a golden opportunity like that pass them by. If you consider that big banks like Chase and BoA gave out mass data on their customer’s transactions without a warrant or subpoena of any sort, it’d not be setting any sort of precedent in the new Amerika. They’ll all share whole heartedly and that’s exactly why they wanted the six week standown of the Services.

If someone asked me how long it would take to arrange access to each others databases and formulate a few well-crafted queries on them, I’d say about six weeks off the top of my head, and there’d be a lot of fat on that estimate, but there’s a more interesting follow on question to be asked.

Will the database created be thrown away after it’s served this purpose?

Of course not. It and other similar ad hoc data bases will form the basic building blocks of your file at computer Central that I warned about in the post-apocalyptic piece I wrote a week before the election of ’20. A secret police file on everybody in America. It’s all coming horribly true. I take no satisfaction or credit for anticipating that dystopian development, since if there’s one true thing to be said about dictatorships, it’s that they are eminently predictable. Like a bull on rails charging at you, to borrow a simile from Hemingway.

Next month, all US military personnel will be obliged to swear once again a second oath of loyalty. That’s unprecedented in the 250 years of military service in the Republic. I wouldn’t put it past the regime to subtly alter the hallowed wording to make it unacceptable while at the same time providing an easy out for anyone who couldn’t bring themselves to take it. The Nazi regime did something like that with the Wehrmacht, adding Adolph Hitler at the top of the list of things loyalty was being sworn to. We’ll soon see if they follow that lead as well.

You can whizz through all your social media accounts, deleting lots of stuff or closing them altogether and it’ll all disappear from your screen, but rest assured, it’ll still all be held at their data centres because after all the legal precedent has been set. You no longer own any data you put up on their platforms, they do, and it’s all still accessible. It’s spilt milk, the “moving finger writes; and having writ, moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it”.

The hard lesson to be learnt by everyone is quite simple. Get off social media – now.


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How the purge of the military is being done