Ch. 4: Develop a Paramilitary Force.
Blackwater (73-76). Intimidation withthugs (76-80).
Ch. 5: Surveil Ordinary Citizens.
Maintenance of known surveillance helpsmake ordinary citizens docile
(81-86).“Spying is the fuel of fascism” (86).Germans, Czechs, Chinese (86-88).“Surveillance leads to fear and fear leadsto silence” (88).
Ch. 6: Infiltrate Citizens’ Groups.
, andharassment serve to facilitate the fascistshift (89-92).
Ch. 7: Arbitrarily Detain and ReleaseCitizens.
Watch lists (93-97). TheMaher Arar and James Yee cases, withhistorical parallels (97-101). Arbitrarysearches and seizures (101-03). Limitingcitizen assembly (103-05).
Ch. 8: Target Key Individuals.
Targeting campus intellectuals (WardChurchill), with historical parallels (106-10). Pressure on artists and entertainers(110-12). Civil servants risk losing their jobs (112-13).
Ch. 9: Restrict the Press.
Pressureand threats affecting journalists, withhistorical parallels (114-123).Propaganda, including lies and falsedocuments, has the goal of creating “anew reality in which truth
can no longer
be ascertained and no longer counts
(127, emphasis in original; 123-30).Advocates a new media activism, withbloggers as “warriors for truth andaccountability” (131; 131-32).
Ch. 10: Cast Criticism as“Espionage” and Dissent as“Treason.”
A broadened definition of treason is part of a fascist shift (133-34).Ann Coulter, etc. (134-37). AdamGadahn case (137-38). Historicalparallels (138-41).
Ch. 11: Subvert the Rule of Law.
Changing the rules of the game; e.g.signing statements (142-44). Hitler andMussolini used “a stunning series of escalating
” (145). In the U.S., the legalinfrastructure is in place for a “papercoup”
(146). The president now hasauthority, under the 2007 DefenseAuthorization Bill, “to declare martiallaw” (147)
Wolf challenges readers withvarious scenarios, asking: “Would thatbe the end of America?” (149-51). TheU.S. is in some sense the last bastion of freedom: “The United States has stoodfor the rule of law in the past: We set astandard for other leaders, and set apoint of aspiration for other citizens. If we lose that, what force on earth willstem any barbarism that any despotwishes to impose on his people? Thebureaucrats of the European Union? Thefragmented voices of the UnitedNations?” (151).
Conclusion: The Patriot’s Task.
Urges“citizens from across the politicalspectrum” to enlist in “a war to save ourdemocracy” (153). Urges people toprepare by revealing secrets that couldbe used to blackmail them and to bewilling to experience personal smears(154). Call for a movement (154-55).
The American Freedom Campaign.
“[A] nonpartisan alliance aimed atrestating nine basic American principles”(175).www.americanfreedomcampaign.org Also lists her publisher, the ACLU, HumanRights Watch, and the Center of Constitutional Rights. “The Pledge of theAmerican Freedom Campaign” (176).