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     Jun 16, '14


DISPATCHES FROM AMERICA
Uncle Sam already has you
By William J Astore

I spent four college years in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and then served 20 years in the US. Air Force. In the military, especially in basic training, you have no privacy. The



government owns you. You're "government issue," just another G I, a number on a dogtag that has your blood type and religion in case you need a transfusion or last rites. You get used to it. That sacrifice of individual privacy and personal autonomy is the price you pay for joining the military. Heck, I got a good career and a pension out of it, so don't cry for me, America.

But this country has changed a lot since I joined ROTC in 1981, was fingerprinted, typed for blood, and otherwise poked and prodded. (I needed a medical waiver for myopia.) Nowadays, in Fortress America, every one of us is, in some sense, government issue in a surveillance state gone mad.

Unlike the recruiting poster of old, Uncle Sam doesn't want you anymore - he already has you. You've been drafted into the American national security state. More ...

William J Astore, a retired lieutenant colonel (USAF) and TomDispatch regular, edits the blog The Contrary Perspective.

Posted with permission of TomDispatch. Follow TomDispatch on Twitter and on Facebook or Tumblr. Check out the newest Dispatch book, Ann Jones's They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America's Wars - The Untold Story.

(Copyright 2014 William J Astore)





 

 

 
 



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